Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. Today The Madhya Pradesh (MP) High Court granted interim bail to Nalin Yadav and Sadakat Khan who were arrested along with comedian Munawar Faruqui in the case registered against them by the Madhya Pradesh Police for allegedly insulting religious sentiments.
  2. Social media mediators with more than 50 lakh registered users in India will be considered “important social media mediators” under the recently introduced Information Technology Regulations (Mediator Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code), 2021 (IT Rules 2021).
  3. On Thursday The Karnataka High Court sought the response of the Central and State governments in a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging the restrictions imposed by Karnataka government on the movement of public along the Kerala-Karnataka Border in view of Covid-19.
  4. Students at Dharmashastra National Law University (DNLU), Jabalpur have written to the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and other officials demanding a permanent University campus and the disbursement of funds already allocated for the same.
  5. Allegations of a highly educated partner leading to irreparable harm to his work and reputation could set the stage for a brutal divorce order, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday to allow a divorce petition by a military officer.
  6. Today The Delhi High Court ordered that in case of absence of any counsel on physical hearing dates, no adverse orders should be passed by the district courts.
  7. In view of the opposition to the opening of the courts from March 15 onwards, the Delhi High Court on Friday asked the Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) to come to an “agreement” on the type of hearing they wish to seek.
  8. Today The Bombay High Court called for the record and proceedings from the Metropolitan Magistrate Court at Bandra pertaining to the complaint filed against Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel over allegedly hateful tweets.
  9. It is up to the courts to decide whether the protests allegedly involving Nodeep Kaur crossed the line that led to the destruction and torture, the Punjab and Haryana High Courts respectively granted bail.
  10. The Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman today officially opened the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) Regional Office (South) in Chennai
  11. Today The Madras High Court ruled that a person who has to wear glasses for regular functioning cannot be disqualified from a job an account of poor vision without glasses, when the job description does not specify such visual standards and the work can be done even by wearing glasses.
  12. Today The Delhi High Court asked the Central government whether it could give a “no-objection” to Bar Associations for entering into an arrangement with private companies to facilitate vaccination against COVID-19 for lawyers who are either over 60 years of age or are over 45 years of age with co-morbidities.
  13. Today The Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea filed by a Madhya Pradesh district judge seeking to quash disciplinary proceedings against him following a sexual harassment complaint by a junior judicial officer.
  14. Today The Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea challenging the decision of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to make the electronic toll collection system, FASTag mandatory for all vehicles.
  15. The Consulting Point (TCP), a law firm called The Law Point, has hired Sandeep Chowdhury to do its job.
  16. Today Dalit labour activist Nodeep Kaur was granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in relation to her arrest on January 12.
  17. Today The Aurangabad Bench of Bombay High Court acquitted a death row convict in a POCSO case taking exception to the “insensitive manner” in which prosecution investigated the crime, collected evidence and conducted trial.
  18. The 20-page court order of the High Court of Allahabad dismissing the bail application pending by the Head of Amazon Prime India, Aparna Purohit was full of recommendations to guard against damaging religious feelings and explicitly exposing Hindu Gods and Goddesses in films.
  19. Delhi High Court seeks response from Delhi government on petition challenging Delhi Prison Rule which restricts prisoners’ right to consult a lawyer at two meetings a week.
  20. Following a petition filed by actor Deep Sidhu in connection with the violence at Red Fort during a farmers’ tractor meeting held on January 26, the Delhi Magistrate’s Court said the investigator was obliged to conduct a proper investigation into the case in a fair and impartial manner.
  21. The significant growth of the online market last year as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic has made it extremely important to maintain its integrity, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said in the Karnataka High Court on Thursday.
  22. Today The Madras High Court had occasion to comment on the significance of libraries for the intellectual upliftment of society, calling on the State of Tamil Nadu to file a comprehensive report on the steps carried out to take the public library movement in Tamil Nadu to the next level.
  23. On Thursday The Supreme Court of India held that an ossification test conducted on an accused at the age of 55 cannot solely be relied upon to determine his juvenility in the absence of reliable trustworthy medical evidence.
  24. The Calcutta High Court earlier this week ordered the State Government to provide details of all government residences under his control and occupied by unqualified workers.
  25. The Kerala High Court has found that there is no doubt that workers have the right to join a strike in order to negotiate with management. However, under any circumstances employees may resort to violence to further their cause as this may infringe on the rights of the organization concerned to conduct their business.
  26. “Opening of Physical Classes and Hostels Can Cause Higher Medical Risks”: Consortium Of National Law Universities Advice NLU’s To Reopen.
  27. The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi, has accepted Attorney General Harish Salve’s claim to deduct tuition fees offered by two Indian students “as a cost and only for business or professional purposes” under Section 37 (1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
  28. Arbitration Court Not Empowered To Embark On Fact-Finding Exercise While Deciding Application For Setting Aside Arbitral Award: Madras High Court
  29. Exception Of Customary Divorce U/S 29(2) Hindu Marriage Act Not Attracted In Absence Of Declaration From Civil Court Regarding Its Validity: Calcutta High Court.
  30. Today A division bench led Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court said that it will not hear the petitions seeking action against ‘Aaj Tak’ news channel over alleged mis-reporting of the tractor rally, and that the case will be assigned to another bench.
  31. The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday (February 25) sought details of all pending cases of MPs / Members (sitting or present) in the States of Punjab, Haryana & U.T. Chandigarh.
  32. The Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Indian Legal Council on a petition filed by the State Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh, alleging that the former was trying to take over its operation.
  33. Bombay High Court acquits a POCSO death row convict citing that it is disturbed by manner in which special court decided the case.
  34. The Delhi High Court has sought response from the Delhi government in a petition challenging the Delhi Prison Rule that restricts the right of inmates to consult a lawyer to two meetings a week.
  35. Madras High Court has urged the Tamil Nandu State Government to take the library movement to the next level.

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