Today’s Legal Updates :

Monday, 22nd November 2021

  1. Today 28 advocates have been suspended by the Bar Council of India (BCI) whose names are listed in FIRs or chargesheets for allegedly filing fake claims before the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal and under the Workmen Compensation Act.
  2. Today the Bombay High Court refused to restrain Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik from making any statements or publishing any material in the public domain and on social media against Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, his father and other family members.
  3. Today the Meghalaya High Court took into consideration the romantic relationship between a minor victim and a man accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) while granting the latter bail in a sexual assault case lodged against him.  (Ephina Khonglah v. State of Meghalaya)
  4. Today the Kerala government has informed the Supreme Court that none of the Rohingya refugees residing in the State have any association with the Islamic State or Caliphate (ISIS).
  5. Today the Delhi High Court issued notice in a petition challenging a single-judge order which directed the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) to contribute funds for insurance and other benefits to advocates under the Chief Minister’s Advocates Welfare Scheme.  (Kapil Goyal v. GNCTD and Ors)
  6. Today the Bombay High Court ordered that hearing in the defamation complaint filed against Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member be deferred till 20th December 2021.
  7. Today the Kerala High Court directed the Commissioner of the Food and Safety Department to file a statement in the case alleging the use of spoiled and halal certified jaggery to prepare nivedyam/prasada at the Sabarimala Temple. (SJR Kumar v Travancore Devaswom Board & Ors)
  8. Today Rouse avenue court Delhi were granted bail of three held for leaking ‘sensitive’ national defence information, which held that the chargesheet filed in the case was “incomplete” as it only mentioned offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and not the Official Secrets Act, the investigation in the matter was under both the laws. (CBI v. S J Singh, etc)
  9. Today the Supreme Court directed creation of a seat in Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay for a 17-year-old Dalit boy who had qualified for IIT exam but missed out on a seat because of failure to remit ‘seat acceptance fees’ on time due to technical glitches.
  10. Today the Supreme Court granted Senior IPS officer Param Bir Singh protection from arrest in various cases registered against him by the Maharashtra Police.  (Param Bir Singh v. State of Maharashtra)
  11. Today the Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh Subrahmanyam Sriram informed the Andhra Pradesh High Court, the government has the decision to have three administrative capitals for the State is being withdrawn and Amaravati will remain the sole capital of the State.
  12. On Friday the Punjab and Haryana High Court held that a magistrate court in exercise of its powers under Section 125(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) cannot impose composite civil imprisonment for default on payment of maintenance arrears for more than a month at a time.  (Bal Raj v. Priya and Others)
  13. Today the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court issued notice in a public interest litigation against government orders, one of which withdrew disciplinary action against government employees and teachers who participated in strikes in 2016, 2017 and 2019. (Ramkumar Adityan B v. Chief Secretary)
  14. Today the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) party has filed a contempt petition before the Supreme Court alleging that violence against its party workers is continuing unabated in Tripura and false cases are being hoisted upon them by the ruling BJP government. (All India Trinamool Congress v. State of Tripura)
  15. Today the Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana said that Modern education is utilitarian in nature and might not help build a student’s character or nurture moral values.
  16. Today the Supreme Court was set aside, a High Court order which reduced compensation payable to a disabled employee on the ground that the doctor determined disability as per the norms of World Health Organisation [WHO] and such norms do not operate in India but only in advanced countries.   (Shri Salim v. New India Assurance Company Ltd) 
  17. Today the Supreme Court has held that an arbitral award can be modified by way of an application under Section 33 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 only in case of an arithmetic or a clerical error. (Gyan Prakash Arya vs. M/s Titan Industries Limited)
  18. Yesterday the Delhi Government told the Delhi High Court that it will extend the medical insurance of nearly 29,000 advocates registered with the Bar Council of Delhi.  (Bar Council of Delhi v GNCTD)
  19. Today the Madras High Court has termed a PIL challenging the compulsory double vaccination policy of the government to enter educational institutions as ‘against public interest and not in the interest of the larger chunk of population’. (Academic Resource Advancement v. State Of Tamil Nadu)
  20. Today the Kerala High Court has accentuated on the fact that police officers must comply with the relevant statutory provisions/guidelines making it mandatory to wear the uniform while on duty except when it is permissible under law to deviate from the said mandatory requirement. (Avinash v. State of Kerala)
  21. Today the Allahabad High Court dismissed a habeas corpus plea filed by a father seeking the production of his daughter and a direction to set her free from the illegal detention of a man, a Hindu by religion. (Km. Hashmi Thru. Her Father Natural Guardian Usman v. State Of U.P. & Ors.)

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