Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. Months after AG denying consent, Supreme Court registers suo motu Contempt case against Rajdeep Sardesai for tweets criticising court In a significant development mirroring the contempt case initiated against Advocate Prashant Bhushan last year, the Supreme Court has registered a suo motu criminal contempt case against journalist Rajdeep Sardesai for his August 2020 tweets critiquing the judiciary.
  2. The money owed by Indian-origin UAE businessman BR Shetty to public sector banks is more than one-third of the annual budget of a State like Sikkim, the Karnataka High Court observed on Tuesday as it upheld the travel restrictions imposed on Shetty by the Central government.
  3. After a trial of almost two years, a Delhi Court will pronounce its verdict in MJ Akbar’s defamation case against Priya Ramani on Wednesday, February 17. In October of 2018, Ramani had accused the then Union Minister of sexual harassment. Ramani took to Twitter to allege that in 1993, Akbar sexually harassed her when she was called to Mumbai’s Oberoi Hotel for a job interview.
  4. Law of sedition is a powerful tool which cannot be invoked to quieten the disquiet under the pretence of muzzling the miscreants, a Delhi Court has said.
  5. The Bombay High Court is hearing the bail plea filed by former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta in the TRP scam case being investigated by the Mumbai Police. Dasgupta was arrested in December and is presently in judicial custody for his alleged involvement in the TRP scam case. Justice PD Naik hearing the plea had earlier directed Dasgupta’s lawyers to withdraw their pending plea in the Supreme Court.
  6. The Supreme Court today reserved its judgment in a plea filed by Editor of Shillong Times Patricia Mukhim, against the Meghalaya High Court’s order dismissing her plea to quash criminal proceedings against her for a Facebook post decrying violence against non-tribal people in the State.
  7. The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that a senior judicial officer sending flirtatious messages over WhatsApp to a junior judicial officer is unacceptable and inappropriate.
  8. The Bombay High Court will pass an order tomorrow in the transit bail petition filed by lawyer and activist Nikita Jacob in the case registered by the Delhi Police pertaining to the “toolkit” related to the ongoing farmers protests.
  9. The Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted transit anticipatory bail for a period of ten days to activist Shantanu Muluk in connection with the First Information Report (FIR) registered by the Delhi Police related to “toolkit” which was circulated on social media.
  10. The Madras High Court today dismissed bail applications moved for the release of former High Court Judge, Justice CS Karnan who was arrested for making derogatory remarks against judges and women in videos circulated online.
  11. A Delhi Court has allowed pleas moved by 21-year-old activist, Disha Ravi seeking a copy of the FIR registered over the toolkit in connection with the Farmers Protests, as well as a copy of the remand application.
  12. A plea has been moved before the Bombay High Court by Punekar Nagrik Kruti Samiti a non-governmental organisation, seeking transfer of investigation into Television Rating Points scam (TRP Scam) from the Mumbai Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  13. The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Prabhakar Tukaram Shinde seeking to be named Leader of Opposition of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), a post currently occupied by the Congress party.
  14. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has taken suo motu cognisance over media reports that 21-year old climate activist, Disha Ravi was arrested by the Delhi Police from Bengaluru and produced in a Delhi Court without a transit remand and without a lawyer of her choice present.
  15. The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday allowed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to withdraw its contentious affidavit in which the NHAI had made allegations that the Environment Protection Act was enacted at the instance of foreign powers.
  16. In a plea seeking establishment of an autonomous body to regulate over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central government to reveal the steps taken to allay the concerns of the petitioner.
  17. Former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice M Rama Jois has passed away after a prolonged illness, The Tribune reported.
  18. The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that it will consider a public interest litigation petition seeking inclusion of judges, lawyers and court staff in the priority list for COVID-19 vaccination.
  19. The Delhi High Court last week granted bail to Raj Kumar alias Lovepreet, who was arrested last year for allegedly having links with Khalistani extremist organizations.
  20. The police custody remand of actor Deep Sidhu was today extended for another seven days in a case concerning the violence that took place at Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor rally held on January 26.
  21. A Delhi Court on Monday took cognizance of the Delhi Police chargesheet in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sedition case in which Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and others are implicated.
  22. Applications have been invited for empanelment of advocates with the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights. To be eligible for the position, the candidate:- 1) Must be a qualified Advocate 2) Must have at least three years’ experience as an Advocate.
  23. A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court challenging the decision to employ online voting for the upcoming Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) elections.
  24. A trial court while sentencing an accused to life imprisonment cannot order that such imprisonment is for the remainder of natural life, the Supreme Court reiterated.
  25. ‘Aashram’ Row: Rajasthan High Court Grants Protection Against Coercive Action To Filmmaker-Producer Prakash Jha.
  26. Allahabad High Court Stays Demolition Of Residential Complex Built Near Ancient Buddhist Monuments
  27. Bengaluru Organization Seeks FIR Against Haryana Minister Anil Vij For ‘Exterminate’ Tweet On Disha Ravi.
  28. The Bar Must Discourage Their Clients From Raising Baseless Allegations Against The Judicial Officers: Madras High Court
  29. Take Immediate Steps To Set Up Grievance Redressal Forum In Compliance Of S. 11 Of The Transgender Act Of 2019: Calcutta High Court To Govt.
  30. Delhi HC DB To Hear Plea Seeking To Transfer Work Of Chargesheet Scrutiny From Prosecutors To Legal Division Of Police
  31. Punjab & Haryana High Court Sets Aside Govt Nod To Transfer Panchayat Land To Pvt Developer.
  32. Public Sector Banks Permitting Large Exposure Without Adequate Securities A Grave Concern; Revisit Lending Guidelines : Karnataka High Court
  33. “Open To Petitioner To Switch Off TV “: Madras HC Disposes Of Plea Against Sanskrit News Telecast On Doordharsan
  34. Noting that it is a matter for the Government to decide, the Madras High Court last month disposed of a plea filed against Sanskrit news telecast on Doordharasan Podhigai Tamil Television Channel.
  35. A former employee with the Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC ) has allegedly told a magistrate that the organisation received several complaints against Republic TV alleging that the channel used dubious methods to get number 1 viewership, but then CEO of BARC- Partho Dasgupta and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Romil Ramgarhia did not pay any heed.
  36. The Himachal Pradesh High Court recently granted bail to a 24 year old youth, who was accused in a POCSO case for having sexual intercourse with a girl aged 16 years.
  37. The National Green Tribunal has directed the State Pollution Control Board to take immediate action against 225 brick kilns, said to be illegally operating in the Sriganganagar District of Rajasthan alone.
  38. The Rajasthan Government on 02nd February issued a notification removing/amending provisions allowing caste/religion-based allocation of labor in Jails.
  39. The Kerala High Court has directed the Kerala Government to take an appropriate decision on the aspect of inclusion of online gambling and online betting within the purview of the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960 – a legislation which bans gambling/betting – within a period of two weeks.
  40. Underlining that the Court cannot lose sight of what is happening in the society due to drinking habits of the people, the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) recently made an ardent appeal to the government to implement state-wide liquor prohibition to wipe out the tears of women and children.
  41. The Supreme Court has allowed some applications filed by the Government of Himachal Pradesh seeking diversion of certain extent of forest land for the purpose of carrying out certain public welfare projects.
  42. The Supreme Court on Monday (15.02.21) posted to March 16 a batch of petitions challenging the decision of the Airport Authority of India(AAI) to lease out the management of Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to Adani Enterprises Limited.
  43. The Bombay High Court on Monday refused to quash the Mumbai Police FIR against late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister, Priyanka Singh, for allegedly procuring psychiatric drugs for him without any consultation and using a forged prescription.
  44. After National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) allowed the Centre to appoint an administrator at Delhi Gymkhana, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on Monday (15.02.21) appointed Manmohan Juneja to the post to oversee the affairs of the club.
  45. The Apex Court asks the Central Government regarding the regulations of OTT platform in India.
  46. Former Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice M Rama Jois has passed away after a prolonged illness.
  47. The Madhya Pradesh Freedom Of Religion Ordinance 2020 Challenged in the Apex Court.
  48. The Calcutta High Court has ordered the Government to take immediate actions to set up grievance redressal forum in Compliance to Section 11 of the transgender act of 2019.

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