Today’s Legal Updates

Monday, 15th November 2021

  1. Today A Mumbai court has told the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) that the permission to interrogate Kiran P Gosavi panch witness in the cruise ship drug case, will have to be obtained from the relevant court in Pune since Gosavi is in judicial custody of Pune court.
  2. Today The Delhi High Court has issued notices to Central government, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on a public interest litigation petition seeking unlimited number of attempts to appear in Civil Services Examination for candidates belonging to Persons with Disability (PWD) category.  (Evara Foundation v UOI and Ors)
  3. Today The Supreme Court has issued notice in a plea seeking the option of virtual hearings for women lawyers during pregnancy, until they are capable of appearing in courts physically.  (Esha Mazumdar v. Union of India)
  4. Today The Supreme Court collegium has reiterated its recommendation of the appointment of three judicial officers as judges of the Calcutta High Court are :-
    • Ananya Bandyopadhyay
    •  Rai Chattopadhyay 
    •  Subhendu Samanta
  5. Today The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has notified that an amendment to its rules, enabling the Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Secretaries in the Home and Defence departments and the Secretary of Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) to get a tenure extension by 2 years.
  6. Today The Supreme Court collegium has recommended the appointment of one lawyer and one judicial officer as judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court are the lawyer recommended is Dr. K. Manmadha Rao and the judicial officer is Ms. B.S. Bhanumathi.
  7. Today The Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to the Director General of Police, Rajasthan for terming the 2017 death of a student from National Law University, Jodhpur as an “accident” after having informed the top court that it was a case of homicidal death. (Neetu Kumar Nagaich v. Mohan Lal Lather & Ors)
  8. Today The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the appointment of Senior Advocate Saurabh Kirpal as a judge of the Delhi High Court.
  9. Today The Central government has notified the transfer of Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee to Meghalaya High Court.
  10. Today The State president of the Vanniyar Sangam, Arulmozhi has issued a legal notice to the makers of movie ‘Jai Bhim’, actor Suriya and Amazon Prime Video alleging that the movie has portrayed the Vanniyar community in a defamatory manner with the intent to harm the reputation and goodwill of the community.
  11. Today Journalists Samriddhi Sakunia and Swarna Jha have been granted bail by Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Gomati district who were detained by the Tripura Police for their reports on the recent communal violence in the State.
  12. Today advocates of the Madras High Court staged a silent protest outside the Court seeking a review of the decision by the Supreme Court Collegium to transfer Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee to the Meghalaya High Court.
  13. Today Several members of the right-wing organizations vandalized and attempted to set fire to Congress leader and former Union law minister Salman Khurshid’s home in Nainital’s Ramgarh. While the police are yet to identify the miscreants, officials said that around 15-20 people were involved in the incident.
  14. Today The Supreme Court refused to entertain the Central government’s plea against the Delhi government’s scheme of home delivery of ration, since the same is slated to be heard by the Delhi High Court on 22nd November 2021. (Union of India vs. Govt. of NCT of Delhi and Ors)
  15. Today The Supreme Court stated that it will take a day to figure out the name of the judge who would be supervising the probe into the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in which farmers protesting against Farm Laws in Uttar Pradesh were mowed down by a four wheeler belonging to Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni.
  16. Today the Calcutta High Court observed that instead of cancelling GST registration of businesses on hyper technical grounds, the authorities must take a reasoned view especially when such businesses provide employment for many. (M/s. CIGFIL Retail Pvt. Ltd. v Union of India & Ors)
  17. Today the Delhi High Court stayed any coercive action against Hyderabad businessman Sathish Babu Sana in relation to the money laundering case involving controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).   (Sathish Babu Sana v CBI)
  18. Today a Delhi Court remarked that while dealing with a bail plea of an accused in a Delhi Riots case, the Delhi Police appears to have done its job with utmost integrity and certainly not on communal lines. (State v. Arif)
  19. Today The Kerala High Court held that consumption of alcohol in a private place without causing nuisance to others will not attract any offence under law. (Salim Kumar v. State of Kerala & Ors.)
  20. Today the Delhi High Court granted custody of an infant to his biological father, who was earlier imprisoned on charges of raping the minor mother.
  21. Today the Kerala High Court said that Political parties and other organisations who have put up flag masts without authorisation at public places should voluntarily remove the same within ten days failing which penalties will be imposed. (The Manam Sugar Mills Co-operative Ltd. v. Deputy Superintendent of Police)
  22. Today A Mumbai court remanded former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to 14 days of judicial custody in relation to the money laundering case against him.
  23. Today A lawyer has approached a Mumbai Sessions Court seeking revision of the order dismissing a complaint lodged against actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel pertaining to their tweets against Muslims from the Tablighi Jamaat sect.
  24. Today A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a stay on the publication, circulation, sale and purchase of the new book of former Law Minister Salman Khurshid ‘Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times, where he allegedly compares the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to ISIS and Boko Haram.  (Vineet Jindal v. Salman Khurshid and Ors)
  25. On Sunday the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has decided the 2022 edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be held on May 8, and the Consortium further decided to reduce the counselling fees from ₹50,000 to ₹30,000 for general category candidates and to ₹20,000 for reserved category candidates.
  26. Today A group of young lawyers have requested the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Chairperson of e-committee of Apex court, Justice DY Chandrachud to continue the system of virtual/ hybrid hearing of cases at the top court on all days including Wednesdays and Thursdays when only physical hearings are currently allowed.
  27. Today A special bench of the Supreme Court will continue hearing a plea by 17-year-old Delhi student Aditya Dubey concerning rising levels of air pollution in the Capital.
  28. Today the Central government informed the Supreme Court that a lockdown would be the most drastic measure taken to curb air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR).
  29. Today the Supreme Court came down heavily on the Delhi government for giving “lame excuses” with regard to tackling the air pollution that is choking the capital.
  30. Today the Delhi government informed the Supreme Court that it was ready to take steps such as a “complete lockdown” to control air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR).
  31. Today the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reform (CJAR) has sought the recall of the Supreme Court Collegium’s decision to transfer Justice Sanjib Banerjee from the Madras High Court to the Meghalaya High Court.
  32. Today the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Central government’s appeal against the Calcutta High Court verdict which set aside the order of the Principal Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) transferring a case filed by former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay from Kolkata to Delhi.  (Union of India v. Alapan Bandhopadhyay)

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