Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. Supreme Court has stopped using WhatsApp to share video conference links with lawyers due to IT laws introduced by the government to control social media.
  2. On Monday The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court rejected a plea filed by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari seeking quashing of the election petition filed by one Mohammed Nafis Khan challenging Gadkari’s election to Lok Sabha in 2019 from Nagpur constituency.
  3. Bombay High Court Justice Prithviraj K Chavan refused to hear the case before him on Monday after a lawyer who appeared in the case removed his mask despite strict guidelines against it.
  4. The Karnataka High Court has instructed the administrative side of the Court to submit a proposal to the State Government regarding the establishment of a special tribunal to deal with criminal cases of Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislature (MPs and MLAs).
  5. The decision of the Bar Council of India (BCI) to form a nine-member committee to oversee the functions of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council (BCUP) was challenged in the Delhi High Court by BCUP
  6. Senior Advocate Vikas Singh has been elected President of the Executive Committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
  7. The Delhi High Court was informed that the death of a 25-year-old farmer who was protesting on January 26 during a tractor rally was not due to gunshot wounds but to shock and bleeding from head injuries.
  8. On Wednesday The Bombay High Court sought to know from Malegaon Blast accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit the source of a document relied upon by his lawyer.
  9. The Karnataka High Court recently filed a criminal complaint filed against former Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde and former Minister of State CT Ravi over their controversial tweets to Tipu Sultan Jayanti.
  10. Today The Madras High Court declined to quash criminal proceedings initiated against Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) organising secretary RS Bharathi over a speech made last year in which he had allegedly made disrespectful statements against members of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) as well as SC/ST High Court Judges.
  11. Attorney General KK Venugopal has refused to impose sanctions on activist Saket Gokhale to begin contempt of court case against former Indian Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi over his statements to the court and the Supreme Court.
  12. AZB & Partners Pune Capital Markets Partner Richa Choudhary has joined Trilegal as a partner in its Market Capital process.
  13. The Gujarat High Court has launched an official Telegram channel to promote the simplicity and ease of use of lawyers, lawyers and stakeholders.
  14. The Central Government is proposing to introduce a complete ban on the slaughter of cattle, calves, bulls and bulls in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep with the maximum penalty for life imprisonment for violating the law.
  15. Attorneys working before the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), Mumbai have written to the President of the NCLT, New Delhi requesting the revocation of an official order dated February 23, 2021 authorizing the resumption of physical proceedings as per the NCLT-Mumbai Bench.
  16. The Bombay High Court on Friday (26 February) dismissed an application for an extension of the deadline for filing the GST 2019-20 annual return forms (GSTR9 / 9C). It may be noted that the deadline for the issuance of the annual FY 2019-20 refund is 28 February 2021.
  17. The Madras High Court has ruled that a police officer who investigates or submits a final report in connection with a criminal complaint cannot be prosecuted under Section 211 of the IPC for making false charges, if the suspect is guilty.
  18. On Wednesday Delhi High Court has issued directions in an ongoing dispute regarding feeding of street dogs in residential colonies.
  19. “Charges of sedition against journalists and activists for reporting or commenting on the protests, & attempt to curb freedom of expression on social media are disturbing departures from essential human rights principles,” said Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  20. 800 Olive Ridley Turtles’ Death: Orissa High Court Establishes Death Panel, Provides Proposals for Their Protection.
  21. The Madras High Court has ordered the State of Tamil Nadu to pay compensation in dollars. 5 lacs on the Dalit applicant whose daughter died due to complications that arose after anesthesia treatment at a public hospital.
  22. The Karnataka government on Friday assured the court that until the law comes into force under the “Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act 2021”, no compulsory action will be taken in violation of or violating Section 5, which prohibits the movement of cattle.
  23. The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre whether the Bar association can facilitate for the vaccination for lawyers aged above 60 or 40.
  24. Supreme Court : Allegations by highly educated spouse damaging reputation, career of partner amounts to mental cruelty entitling grant of divorce.
  25. Madras High Court : “When a patient is admitted in a government hospital for treatment and he/she suffers any injury or death which is not anticipated to occur in the normal course of events, even in the absence of medical negligence, the government is obliged to disburse ex-gratia to the affected party.”

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