Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. Today Delhi court reserved orders in the bail plea moved by Disha Ravi, who was arrested last weekend on allegations that a Toolkit she edited has links to pro-Khalistani organisations who had sought to create violence amid the farmers’ protests.
  2. A Delhi court is hearing the bail plea moved by Disha Ravi, an accused in the Toolkit case. Ravi’s judicial custody had been extended by three days yesterday after the expiry of her five-day police custody.
  3. Claiming that the President of the Buffalo Traders Welfare Association runs a slaughterhouse to further his personal interest, Akhil Bharat Krishi Goseva Sangh has moved the Supreme Court seeking to be impleaded as a party in the case challenging the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
  4. Today The hearing in the bail plea moved by Disha Ravi, an accused in the case registered by the Delhi Police over a Toolkit concerning the farmers’ protests, took a few interesting turns.
  5. A panel discussion organised by the Delhi High Court Lawyers Forum on “Our right to dissent” saw retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Deepak Gupta, Senior Advocate Rebecca John and Advocate Chitranshul Sinha make pertinent observations on aspects of sedition law, bail and remand.
  6.  The Delhi High Court will resume its complete physical functioning from March 15, 2021.
  7. Yesterday Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been summoned by a West Bengal court in connection with a criminal defamation suit filed against him by Trinamool Congress Member of Parliament, Abhishek Banerjee.
  8. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has allowed a criminal application seeking directions for registration of FIR in a case related to online fraudulent loan offer through Facebook.
  9. The Madras High Court has held that merely going on a hunger strike will not attract the offence of ‘attempt to commit suicide’, which is punishable under Section 309 of IPC.
  10. On Thursday The Telangana High Court decided to resume physical hearing in the High Court, w.e.f. Monday (22nd February 2021), however virtual hearing of cases would continue on a rotation basis.
  11. The Orissa High Court on Monday (15th February) imposed Rs. 500 fine on an advocate who was not wearing a Neck Band while arguing before the Court in Virtual Hearing.
  12. On Tuesday The Jammu & Kashmir High Court directed the State Government to consider the establishment of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
  13. Delhi Riots: Hard To Believe A Communal Riot Used To Cause Death Of Person Of Their Own Community: Delhi HC Grants Bail To 3 Men Arrested In Shahid Murder case.
  14. “Purity Of Election Process Irretrievably Sullied; SEC Can’t Be Silent Spectator”: Gujarat HC On Tearing of Congress Candidates’ Mandate Papers In Civic Polls.
  15. “Right to dissent is a hallmark of the democracy. Even if one party comes into power, it is not immune to criticism and right to dissent allows such criticism. There can be no progress if we stifle dissent”, said Justice Deepak Gupta on Friday.
  16. axi ride-hailing giant Uber must classify its drivers as workers with minimum wage, holiday and sick pay rights, rather than be categorised as self-employed, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Friday (19.02.21).
  17. The Jharkhand high court on Friday (19.02.21) rejected Lalu Prasad’s bail application in a fodder scam case, dashing the RJD president’s chance of immediate release from jail.
  18. Holding that banks cannot wash off their hands towards their customers for the operation of lockers, the Supreme Court Friday (19.02.21) directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to lay down regulations within six months mandating the steps to be taken by banks with respect to locker facility management.
  19. A Single Judge Bench of Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar of Delhi High Court has rejected the bail application of a rape accused who filed a fake affidavit with forged signatures and a fake Aadhar card copy of the victim claiming that the matter had been settled between the victim and him, and so the case was no longer pressed.
  20. The Kerala High Court has held that mere act of gold smuggling, which is covered under the Customs Act, will not amount to a “terrorist act” under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act unless the same is done with the intention to threaten the economic security of the nation.
  21. The Allahabad High Court recently dismissed a petition challenging the age criteria stipulated in an advertisement calling for applications to the Uttar Pradesh Higher Judicial Services.
  22. The Allahabad High Court has held that keeping a person in custody, despite his furnishing personal bonds as required by the magistrate, is violative of his right to personal liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.

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