Today’s Legal Updates:

Wednesday, 24th November 2021

  1. Today the Delhi High Court observed that arresting an individual merely on allegations has the potential to destroy their reputation, and it is therefore necessary to apply great care and circumspection while dealing with arrests at the pre-conviction stage.  (Radhye Shyam v State)
  2. Today Ramesh Gaichor and Sagar Gorkhe, accused in the Bhima Koregaon case of 2018, have approached the Special Court under the National Investigation Act seeking bail.
  3. Senior IPS Officer Param Bir Singh informed the single-member High Level Commission of retired Bombay High Court judge, Justice KU Chandiwal that he does not wish to appear before the Commission since he has nothing to add to the complaint already raised.
  4. Yesterday the Delhi High Court said that the power of judicial review cannot be exercised to examine the commercial viability of a bid, while dismissing a plea seeking cancellation of the tender awarded by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).  (VF Worldwide Holdings vs. Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India & Ors.)
  5. Today Dhyandev Wankhede, father of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede, has moved the Bombay High Court in appeal against the order rejecting interim relief against NCP leader Nawab Malik in his defamation suit.
  6. Today the Supreme Court said that While stating that ad-hoc measures are not sufficient to curb the air pollution in Delhi for a thorough statistical and scientific study and a graded response to combat the problem.  (Aditya Dubey v. Union of India)
  7. Today the Delhi High Court issued notice to the Central and Delhi governments on a petition demanding immediate appointment of adequate number of doctors and paramedical staff in all the government hospitals as well as Mohalla clinics in Delhi.  (Dr Nand Kishore Garg v GNCTD and Ors)
  8. Today the Delhi High Court stayed the summons issued by a lower court to BJP MLA Vijender Gupta in a criminal defamation case filed by Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot.  (Vijender Gupta v State of NCT of Delhi)
  9. Today a plea was filed before the Supreme Court in the wake of the Government of Bihar’s recent move to shift Tanti/Tatwa to Scheduled Castes from the Extremely Backward Classes category.  (Ashish Rajak v. State of Bihar)
  10. Today Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has denied making any statement regarding government exploring the possibility of setting up a Bench of the Allahabad High Court at Agra.
  11. Today the Kerala High Court expressed its confusion at the objections raised by a Hindu organisation against the use of halal certified jaggery at the Sabarimala temple. (SJR Kumar v Travancore Devaswom Board & Ors.)
  12. Today the Bombay High Court at Goa rejected an application filed by former editor of Tehelka magazine, Tarun Tejpal seeking in-camera hearing of the appeal filed by State of Goa against Tejpal’s acquittal in a sexual assault case.
  13. Today the Delhi High Court said that its earlier suggestions for increasing security in courts functioning in the national capital will be issued as a directions in a judicial order.  (Court On Its Own Motion v. Commissioner of Police and Ors)
  14. Today the Delhi High Court made suggestions to help adoptive and biological parents obtain no-objection certificates (NOCs) from District Magistrates/Sub-Divisional Magistrates and foreign authorities With a view to streamlining the process of inter-country adoptions.  (RK & Anr v. Central Adoption Resource Authority)
  15. Yesterday the Kerala High Court came down heavily on the State for the continued prevalence of the practice of demanding “nokkukooli” or gawking charges and directed the State Police to register cases of extortion at every instance of a complaint regarding the same.  (TK Sundareshan v. District Police Chief)
  16. Atiq-ur-Rehman, who was arrested with Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan last year, has been shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after the Allahabad High Court pulled up the State authorities for not paying heed to his deteriorating health.
  17. The Popular Front of India (PFI) has moved the Delhi High Court against a notice served on them by the Registrar of Societies District South East Delhi, to show cause why its registration must not be cancelled.  (Popular Front of India v. Registrar of Societies District South East Delhi)
  18. Today the Kerala High Court ruled that, If a police officer on duty is not wearing his/ her uniform, individuals who question the said officer’s authority cannot be booked for obstruction. (Avinash v State of Kerala)
  19. Today a  Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader has filed a private complaint in Mumbai Court seeking judicial cognizance against Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut for her statements against the Sikh community and about the Indian Independence struggle.
  20. Yesterday A Delhi Court directed the Delhi Police to register an FIR against BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra for sharing a doctored video of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter.  (Atishi v. State and Anr)
  21. Today the Supreme Court held that a diploma earned through distance education mode cannot be equated with the diploma granted through regular classroom studies.  (Devender Bhaskar vs State of Haryana)
  22. Today the Supreme Court made it clear that jurisdiction of special courts constituted to try criminal cases relating to Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs), cannot be such that cases which are triable by magistrate are assigned to sessions judge.  (Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay vs Union of India)
  23. Today the Supreme Court reimposed the construction ban in the national capital region (NCR) in view of worsening air quality in the NCR.  (Aditya Dubey v. Union of India)
  24. Today More than 100 lawyers, some of whom are members of the Supreme Court Bar Association, have filed an application before top court seeking resumption of full physical hearings.

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