Today’s Legal Updates

Thursday, 18th November 2021

  1. Today The Supreme Court dismissed a plea by six students seeking directions to conduct term exams for class 10 and class 12 for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) boards via hybrid mode instead of physical examinations.  (Urvashi Naidu v. CBSE)
  2. Today the Kerala government informed the Kerala High Court that the raw materials used in the preparation of nivedyam/ prasadam in the temple undergo strict quality control procedures, In response to a plea alleging the use of spoiled halal certified jaggery at the Sabarimala Temple. (SJR Kumar v. Travancore Devaswom Board)
  3. Today The Supreme Court said that it will not hear a plea filed by senior IPS officer Param Bir Singh challenging the inquiries initiated against him by the Maharashtra government, until the absconding officer discloses his whereabouts to the Court. (Param Bir Singh v. State of Maharashtra)
  4. Today the Supreme Court came to the rescue of a 17-year-old boy from a Dalit community who had qualified for Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay but missed out on a seat because of failure to remit seat acceptance fees on time due to technical glitches.
  5. Today the Delhi High Court pulled up the Ministry of Culture for delaying the appointment of the Director of the National School of Drama (NSD) which fell vacant in July 2018.  (Dr J. Thulaseedhara Kurup v NSD and Ors)
  6. Today Shahrukh Pathan, the man facing an attempt to murder charge for brandishing and firing a gun at a policeman during the Delhi Riots of 2020, sought discharge from the case, arguing that he had no intention to cause injury or to kill. (State v. Shahrukh Pathan)
  7. On Tuesday the Delhi High Court held that the right to a meaningful family life, which helps in retaining physical, psychological and emotional integrity, would “find a place in the four corners of Article 21” of the Constitution of India (Lakshmi Bhavya Tanneeru v. Union of India)
  8. Today the Bombay High Court took on record certain additional documents filed by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik and Dhyandev Wankhede (plaintiff), the father of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director, Sameer Wankhede in the defamation suit filed by the plaintiff.
  9. Yesterday Delhi BJP spokesperson Naveen Kumar Jindal withdrew his petition alleging that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi disclosed the identities of a deceased rape victim and her family members.
  10. On Tuesday the Delhi High Court granted an ex-parte injunction in favour of Britannia in a case filed by the company alleging infringement of its ‘Good Day’ trademark.  (Britannia Industries Ltd v. Good Day Oral Care and Ors)
  11. Today the Supreme Court observed that the brother and sister duo of Senior Advocates Sidharth Luthra and Geeta Luthra had opposed each other in the case, While delivering its verdict on the challenge to the Bombay High Court’s ‘skin to skin’ judgment.
  12. Today the Supreme Court observed that a Intimating candidates via SMS on registered mobile number about physical test and document verification for police constable recruitment will be sufficient communication and a candidate cannot challenge the recruitment on the basis that no separate written communication was received. (The State of Uttar Pradesh and Ors. v. Pankaj Kumar)
  13. Today the Supreme Court will hear on November 24, the plea by NGO Centre for PIL challenging the the appointment of IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as Commissioner of Delhi Police.
  14. Yesterday the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Bombay High Court that the Maharashtra government was attempting to “frustrate” the ongoing corruption probe against former State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.  (State of Maharashtra vs. Central Bureau of Investigation)
  15. Today the Supreme Court allowed the Central government to disinvest its remaining shares in Hindustan Zinc Limited  (National Confederation of Officers Associations of Central Public Sector Enterprises & Ors v. Union of India)
  16. Today the Supreme Court set aside a controversial Bombay High Court judgment which had held that pressing the breast of a child without removing her clothes will not amount to ‘sexual assault’ under Section 7 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act since there was no “skin-to-skin” contact. (Attorney General for India v. Satish)
  17. On Tuesday the Supreme Court ordered insurance companies to develop a common mobile app, a direction which came as part of the Court’s efforts to expedite the process of payment of compensation in motor accident cases. (Bajaj Allianz Insurance Company Pvt Ltd v Union of India)
  18. Today the Allahabad High court has held that a marriage registrar does not have the power to withhold registration merely for the reason that the parties have not obtained the necessary approval for conversion from district authorities.  (Mayra Alias Vaishnvi Vilas Shirshikar And Anr vs State of UP and Ors.)
  19. Today the Bombay High Court permitted a gurudwara to carry out the four-hour religious Prabhat Pheri on the festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti which falls on November 19 this year.
  20. Today in a shocking incident from Bihar, two police officers allegedly assaulted and abused an Additional District and Sessions Judge inside his chamber.
  21. Today the Allahabad High Court has called upon the Central government to implement the mandate of Article 44 of the Constitution of India which exhorts government to bring about a Uniform Civil Code (UCC).  (Mayra Alias Vaishnvi Vilas Shirshikar v. State of UP and others)
  22. Today in the Karnataka High Court a Lawyers appearing for various petitioners challenging the online gaming ban the argued that the State does not have the competence to legislate on a game of skill. (All India Gaming Federation v. State of Karnataka)
  23. Today the Supreme Court has held that for an appointment on compassionate grounds, only the policy prevalent at the time of death of the deceased employee is required to be considered, and not any subsequent one. (State of Madhya Pradesh vs Ashish Awasthi)
  24. Today Parishioners of St. Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church at Piravom, which was previously with the Jacobite faction, approached the Kerala High Court seeking directions restraining the the newly consecrated Catholicos from entering and officiating ecclesiastical, spiritual and temporal powers in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Churches and its properties. (KU Baby & Anr. v State of Kerala & Ors.)
  25. Today the Delhi High Court prepares to resume physical hearings from November 22, advocates appearing via video conference mode were repeatedly reminded to start appearing in person.
  26. Today the Supreme Court held that future rise in income should be considered while determining future income for calculating compensation in motor accident claims, even with respect to a deceased who was not earning, working or self-employed at the time of death. (Smt. Meena Pawaia vs. Ashraf Ali)

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