Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. Today the Uttarakhand High Court observed that Adults have a fundamental right to choose their own life partners, while directing police protection for an inter-faith couple facing family opposition to their union.
  2. Today Jammu and Kashmir High court dismissed a bail application filed by a person accused of promoting religious enmity among communities after his speech regarding assassination of Mahatma Gandhi went viral on social media.
  3. Today The Lakshadweep administration has filed an application before the Kerala High Court alleging that filmmaker Aisha Sultana abused the Court’s earlier interim protection and broke COVID-19 protocol on the islands by interacting with media personnel and visiting others after her police interrogation on June 20.
  4. Today The Supreme Court said that it will not allow the Andhra Pradesh government to conduct Class 12 State Board exams unless it is convinced that the exams for 5.20 lakh students can be held without any fatality amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Today The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to cancel State Board examinations for both class 10 and 12.
  6. Today The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has managed to collect over ₹4 crore in order to extend assistance to lawyers impacted by the economic slowdown due to COVID-19 or those who contracted the virus.
  7. Today The Madras High Court declined to interfere in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition moved for the grant of laptops to Class 12 students of the 2017-18 batch, save to express hope that one day the State has resources to give laptops even to toddlers.
  8. A lawyer is regarded as an officer of the court and nothing more. Often in the past, we have seen lawyers appearing in cases against political opponents or espousing causes they do not believe in.
  9. Today The Supreme Court has decided to resume physical mentioning of cases before the mentioning officer from July 5, 2021.
  10. Today A Hindu outfit named Sri Krishna Janmabhumi Mukti Aandolan Samiti has moved an application before the Mathura court offering a piece of land [to the Muslim party/mosque’s management committee] which is larger than the one on which the 17th century Shahi Masjid stands allegedly inside the Katra Keshav Dev temple complex.
  11. Today The Bombay High Court directed Maharashtra government to come up with a decision before July 1 on permitting lawyers in Mumbai to travel by local trains.
  12. Today The Meghalaya High Court has held that vaccination administered by way of coercive methods vitiates the fundamental purpose of welfare attached to vaccination.
  13. Today The Karnataka High Court granted interim protection from arrest to Twitter MD Manish Maheshwari in relation to the FIR filed by the Uttar Pradesh Police over the Ghaziabad attack video.
  14. Monday The Kerala High Court asked the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council to take a decision on a representation that sought to bring petroleum products under the GST regime.
  15. Today A plea seeking recusal of Calcutta High Court judge Justice Kausik Chanda from a case, citing his political affiliation to BJP, led to an interesting and cordial discussion between the judge and the lawyers appearing in the matter and the growth of BJP in the State of West Bengal.
  16. Yesterday The Orissa High Court declined to interfere with the State’s decision to confine the conduct of Rath Yatra to the Lord Jagannath temple at Puri in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
  17. Yesterday The Kerala High Court stayed a Government Order (GO) that allowed private hospitals to fix room charges for COVID-19 patients.
  18. Today Justice Kausik Chanda of the Calcutta High Court apprehended that he would be giving in to a “media trial” if he recuses from hearing the case filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee challenging the election result of the Nandigram constituency in the 2021 assembly elections.
  19. Today West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made an appearance in the virtual hearing of her petition challenging the election of BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram constituency in the 2021 assembly elections.
  20. Today The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy has announced the opening of its Maharashtra state office on June 29 at 5.30 pm.
  21. The Punjab & Haryana High Court will hold hearings through video conference from June 28.
  22. Yesterday The Bombay High Court reserved orders in the petition filed by the Maharashtra government challenging certain portions of the First Information Report (FIR) registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against former State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
  23. Last week The Gujarat High Court ruled that the act of community members in snatching away a woman’s right to marry and entering into violence and causing harassment is required to be condemned.
  24. Tuesday The High Court of England and Wales rejected an application filed by fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi against his extradition to India in relation to the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank Scam (PNB Scam), PTI reports.
  25. A legal notice has been sent to activist Saket Gokhale by Lakshmi Puri, former Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations, for his tweets which she claimed were “maliciously motivated and laced with canards”.
  26. Tuesday The Chhattisgarh High Court issued notice to the State Bar Council, Chhattisgarh on an application moved by the District Bar Association, Bilaspur seeking financial assistance for lawyers who were infected by the COVID-19 pandemic or have suffered death as a result of such infection.
  27. Today The petitioner Basheer C.K approached the Court aggrieved by the communication issued by the Kozhikode Corporation which directed that certain defects to be cured in order to be eligible for a building permit. However, the petition contented that these defects were unsustainable in law.
  28. In view of the present covid 19 situation, today the Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench has told the State Government that regular testing and vaccination of shopkeepers including vegetable vendors should be taken up on priority basis.
  29. Today The Karnataka High Court directed the State Government to take a decision on providing Video Conferencing facilities to all quasi judicial authorities in the state.
  30. Today A PIL has been filed in the Kerala High Court seeking directions to the Central Government to ban the operation of WhatsApp if it continues to deviate from the orders of the legal authorities in the country.
  31. Today A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday while deciding a matrimonial appeal held that when there is evidence of long cohabitation of a man with two women simultaneously, one pursuant to a ceremonial marriage and the other not so, the presumption of valid marriage leans in favour of the former.
  32. Today The Gujarat High Court restrained Indian Air Force (IAF) from taking any coercive action against an Air Force Officer who refused to take COVID Vaccine and thus, he was served a show-cause notice by the IAF.
  33. Today Bombay High Court at Goa has adjourned the appeal against acquittal of Journalist Tarun Tejpal in rape case by a fast track court in Mapusa, Goa.
  34. Today The Kerala High Court granted an extension of three weeks’ time to the Cabinet Appointment Committee to finalise its recommendations for the appointment of Chairman to the Kerala Administrative Tribunal Advocates’ Association.
  35. Dealing with a suo moto case registered this year, today the Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur Bench has sought Centre’s response on explaining the rationale behind its notification dated 19th October 2001 for not specifying small or commercial quantity for cultivation of Papaver somniferum commonly known as opium poppy or poppy plants under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

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