Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. Parliament cannot legalize the illegal action of an invader: Suit filed for restoration of ancient temple at site of Mosque in Varanasi A suit has been filed before a Varanasi court on behalf of Goddess Maa Shringar Gauri, seeking the restoration of rituals within the precincts of an ancient temple located in the heart of the city, which is claimed by Muslims to be part of the Gyanvapi Mosque.
  2. The Delhi High Court has called for a status report with respect to the current manner of functioning of subordinate courts in the city and whether or not adequate infrastructure is available to them for holding hybrid hearings.
  3. The Supreme Court on Thursday directed Kannur Medical College to deposit, within a month, ₹ 15.72 crores towards the refund of fees for 55 students whose MBBS admissions were cancelled owing to irregularities by the College.
  4. Today the Delhi High Court suggestion Senior Advocate Harish Salve agreed to mediate between Founder and Managing Partner of L&L Partners Rajiv Luthra and its Senior Partner Mohit Saraf.
  5. Devise mechanism to ensure award copies reach litigants, set up Special Cell to monitor complaints: Madras High Court to Labour Commissioner.
  6. Today the Karnataka High Court lamented “Political parties don’t follow COVID norms, adhere to social distancing or wear masks while holding rallies”.
  7. An arbitrator cannot act outside the scope of his reference, the Allahabad High Court ruled on January 12 holding that arbitration under section 3-G (5) of The National Highways Act, 1956 is limited to the determination of the fair amount of compensation, and is not a proceeding to judge the correctness of the compensation determined by the competent authority.
  8. Today The Supreme Court ordered seventeen banks and financial institutions, which had lent money to Fortis Healthcare Limited (FHL) promoters, Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh, to give details of shares of FHL standing in the name of Fortis Healthcare Holding Private Limited (FHHPL) which were sold by them starting from January, 2017 despite an order by the Supreme Court directing status quo as regards shareholding of FHHPL in FHL.
  9. Today The Delhi High Court has directed Central government to file an affidavit specifically stating whether or not there is any uniform policy followed by it in imposing penalties for violation of the ‘Programme Code’ or ‘Advertising Code’ under The Cable Television Network Rules, 1994.
  10. Today The Supreme Court directed Kannur Medical College to deposit, ₹ 15.72 crores towards the refund of fees for 55 students within a month whose MBBS admissions were cancelled owing to irregularities by the College.
  11.  The Delhi High Court is hearing appeal moved by Rajiv Luthra challenging the order staying the termination of Mohit Saraf from L&L partnership.
  12. Today The Karnataka High Court quashed and set aside a criminal case registered against founders of Bitcoin company, Unocoin for setting up a Bitcoin ATM in Bengaluru in 2018.
  13. Today A plea has been moved before the Bombay High Court seeking an order to restrain the release of a film titled ‘Nyay, the Justice’ on the life of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. 
  14. Today The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), News 18, and Times Now in the petition filed by climate change activist Disha Ravi against the leak of the FIR filed in the toolkit case.
  15. Yesterday A Mumbai City Civil Court dismissed a suit seeking a permanent injunction against the authors of The Mafia Queens of Mumbai to restrain them from publishing, selling or creating third party rights on their novel.
  16. Today The Calcutta High Court directed the Additional Judicial Magistrate, Mekhailganj, Coochbehar, to expedite and conclude the trial of a Bangladeshi national who had been in custody for over 557 days on charges of dishonestly receiving stolen property.
  17. The Delhi High Court has sought response from the Aam Aadmi Party government in a petition for appointment of 73 Additional Public Prosecutors for fast-track Special Courts (FTSCs) which deal with rape and POCSO Act trials.
  18. Today The Telangana High Court took suo motu cognizance of the brutal murder of two advocates that took place in broad daylight on February 17.
  19. Today The Supreme Court sought the response of the Election Commission of India and Central government on a plea seeking introduction of e-voting by means of a “secured remote electronic voting system” which would allow citizens to cast their vote virtually.
  20. Today The Karnataka High Court issued a detailed set of directions on the issues of infrastructure and staffing in Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) created under the Juvenile Justice.
  21. Today The Allahabad High Court took exception to the Police authorities failing to release an accused arrested on apprehensions of a breach of peace despite the submission of personal bond/bond and other papers.
  22. Today The Supreme Court closed the suo-motu case registered by it in 2019 to examine alleged conspiracy against judiciary in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that had surfaced against then Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.
  23. The Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has issued a notification imposing property tax through urban local bodies (Municipal Corporation, Committees) in their respective areas across Union Territory.
  24. A Session Court in UP’s Varanasi has admitted a revision petition filed against a Magistrate order dismissing a criminal complaint filed for registration of FIR against stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra, for allegedly insulting the Indian flag by tweeting a morphed picture of the Supreme Court, replacing the tricolour atop it with the flag of a political party.
  25. Today The Supreme Court issued notice on a batch of writ petitions which challenge Section 101A inserted by Haryana assembly in the Right to Fair Compensation Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013.
  26. Today The Karnataka High Court directed the state government to furnish a list giving addresses and other details of the schools (Government aided) wherein new classrooms, new toilets will be built and repairs of existing classrooms found in dilapidated conditions will be undertaken.
  27. The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently dismissed a runaway couple’s protection petition with costs for manipulation of date of birth as mentioned in their Aadhar Card.
  28. Delhi High Court Seeks Status Report From Subordinate Courts On Feasibility Of Hybrid Functioning.
  29. On Monday The Jammu and Kashmir High Court asked the Government about the steps it is taking to ameliorate the peculiar conditions of a village in Jammu, whose 80% population suffers from hearing and speech impairment.
  30. Yesterday A Delhi Court (Karkardooma District Court) directed the Police authorities to register an FIR against the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB), for using caste-abusive words in the question paper set by it for the Primary Teacher Examination.
  31. Dismissing an appeal filed by a Husband against the Family Court’s Judgment and decree dismissing the husband plea for a decree of divorce, the Bombay High Court (Nagpur Bench) last week ruled that wife’s habit of chewing tobacco alone is not sufficient to grant a decree of divorce.
  32. Yesterday The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday directed the UP Government to file a statement indicating the time period that it requires to fill up the existing vacancies in the Revenue Courts in the state.
  33. On Tuesday The Jammu & Kashmir High Court directed the Jammu & Kashmir State that, inter alia, no further construction should be allowed within the earmarked area of Gulmarg tourist resort.
  34. The Allahabad High Court earlier this month dismissed the bail application filed by a man accused of selling properties of a Math (Akhil Bhartiya Udasin Sangat Thakurji Virajman Thakurdwara Jhaaulal) on the basis of forged and fabricated documents in favour of the land mafias.
  35. Om Wednesday The Bombay High Court Justice Gautam Patel raised a stink regarding overcrowding in his courtroom. The court warned it would suspend physical hearings and go back to virtual hearings if Covid-19 safety norms are not followed.
  36. A Civil Court at Kochi has stayed the release and online streaming of “Maradu 357”, a film on the demolition of four apartment complexes in Maradu for violations of CRZ regulations.
  37. The Chhattisgarh High Court has held that a man, who marries a woman knowing fully well that her earlier marriage has not ended in a valid divorce, is estopped from raising plea of invalidity of marriage in maintenance proceedings under Section 125 of CrPC.
  38. A letter petition has been filed before the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court seeking CBI enquiry into the alleged murder of a Lawyer couple in the state.
  39. While observing that classification among men has got no place in the abode of God, the Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) last week remarked that it was “very unfortunate” that there was a difference of opinion over the conduct of a temple festival in the Tiruchi district.
  40. The Kerala High Court on quashed an order of the State Government, prohibiting the manufacture, stocking and sale of compostable plastic bags in the state.
  41. Supreme Court has on Wednesday (17.02.21) dismissed the plea by the Association of Diplomate of National Board Doctors challenging the National Board of Examination’s notice that extended training of the DNB candidates by 3 months due to Covid19. The plea argued that the decision is prejudicial to the career of the students who helped the Nation fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
  42. The Madras High Court has ordered that Special Benches, which are established in Courts to expeditiously hear criminal cases pertaining to MPs/ MLAs, will only hear cases “filed against” them.
  43. The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday (17.02.21) suggested to the State government to consider issuing a general direction to all authorities and agencies and instrumentalities of the state for implementation of Rule 3, of The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Rules, 2013. The rule states that no person shall be allowed to clean a sewer manually, with protective gear and safety devices, with a few exceptions.
  44. A Civil Court at Kochi has stayed the release and online streaming of “Maradu 357”, a film on the demolition of four apartment complexes in Maradu for violations of CRZ regulations.
  45. The Apex Court has dismissed a part in person case against the registrar for delay in listing cases.

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