Today’s Legal Updates:

Thursday, 2nd December 2021

  1. The fourth day of the winter session of Parliament saw responses from the government on issues including data on judicial vacancies, facial recognition at airports, the situation post the new Motor Vehicles Act, etc.
  2. Today the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has moved the Supreme Court challenging the default bail granted to Bhima Koregaon accused Sudha Bharadwaj by the Bombay High Court.   (National Investigation Agency v. Sudha Bharadwaj)
  3. Today the Kerala government has decided that it will suspend the officers who responsible for the aking note of the rise in the number of contempt cases against the government for non-compliance with court orders.
  4. Today the Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju in Parliament revealed the data of the 164 proposals made by High Court Collegiums for appointment of judges to various High Courts, at least 126 are pending before the Central government.
  5. Today the Kerala High Court heavily rebuked the State Police Chief for filing an application filled with “veiled accusations and threats” against the Court in the case regarding fake antiques scam in which notorious conman Monson Mavunkal is the prime accused. (Ajith EV v. Commissioner of Police and Ors.)
  6. Today the Patna High Court held that the demand of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) in respect of payment of facilities and library fees during the COVID-19 pandemic was arbitrary and illegal. (Kartikay Trivedi v. Chanakya National Law University Patna)
  7. The Delhi High Court earlier this week issued notices to the Home Ministry, the Indian Army, the CBI and the Delhi Police in a petition seeking a court-monitored investigation into the death of an Army jawan.  (Lalita Phartyal v Delhi Police through Commissioner of Police)
  8. Today A Mumbai court recalled its order permitting Mumbai Police to declare senior IPS officer Param Bir Singh as an “absconding offender” in an extortion case.
  9. Today the Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in ₹3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP Chopper scam, has told the Delhi High Court that his extradition from United Arab Emirate to India was a quid pro quo for Indian authorities sending back Dubai Princess Latifa.  (Christian Michel James v Central Bureau of Investigation)
  10. Today the Delhi High Court held that matrimonial cases must be decided based on the overall picture that emerges since the issues are generally confined to the bedroom and home. (Rahul Kesarwani v. Sunita Bhuyan)
  11. Today the Calcutta High Court held that an act of dragging a minor girl’s scarf, pulling her hand and proposing marriage does not come within the purview of sexual assault or sexual harassment under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.  (Nurai Sk. @ Nurul Sk. v. State of West Bengal)
  12. Today the Himachal Pradesh government has dismissed a judicial officer from service on the recommendations of the Himachal Pradesh High Court after an enquiry by the High Court found him guilty of corruption.
  13. Today A Division Bench of the Bombay High Court reserved its verdict in the appeal filed by Resilient Innovations against the single-judge order granting liberty to PhonePe to file a fresh suit claiming trademark infringement.
  14. On Wednesday the Bombay High Court took suo motu cognisance of the decision of the Maharashtra government to halt its project of publishing the literature of Dr. BR Ambedkar.
  15. Today the Supreme Court expressed its dissatisfaction at the implementation of the measures suggested by it and the Central government to curb rising air pollution in Delhi.  (Aditya Dubey v. Union of India)
  16. Today the Supreme Court imposed costs of ₹20,000 on a petitioner who challenged an order passed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court which adjourned a matter for three months without issuing notice.  (Ramesh Chander Diwan v. Central Bureau of Investigation)
  17. The Farm Laws Repeal Act 2021, which aims to repeal the three contentious farm laws, received Presidential assent on November 30.
  18. Today the Allahabad High Court granted bail to a man who allegedly threatened to assassinate Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.  (Salman @ Arman Chaudhary v. State of UP)
  19. On Wednesday the Delhi High Court restrained Hindustan Unilever (HUL) owned toilet cleaner brand, Domex, from airing an advertisement that visibly disparaged it’s competitor brand, Harpic, by presenting it’s product as the superior one in terms of removing malodour.  (Reckitt Benckiser India Pvt Ltd. vs. Hindustan Unilever)
  20. Today the Supreme Court has held that the liability and responsibility of a father to maintain the child continues till the age of majority despite dissolution of the parents’ marriage. (Neha Tyagi vs. Lieutenant Colonel Deepak Tyagi)

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