Today’s Legal Updates :

  1. Today The Delhi High Court ruled that rape charges cannot be waived off only on account of the alleged rapist subsequently marrying the victim.
  2. Today The Kerala High Court has reserved its judgment on a petition challenging the award of tender by Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd. (KMML) to a party who had not signed the declaration form in which the prevailing GST rate was to be mentioned accurately.
  3. Today The appointment of Mukul Roy as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly has been challenged before the Calcutta High Court, given his shift of allegiance to the All India Trinamool Congress Party (AITC) after he won the elections on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket last May.
  4. Today The Bombay High Court directed the Chairman of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education to decide the representation made for refund of fees collected towards Class 10 and 12 examinations as the exams were cancelled due to the pandemic. 
  5. Yesterday The Delhi High Court sought response from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in a challenge made to the appointment of Dr. Najma Akhtar as the Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia University.
  6. Yesterday The Delhi High Court issued notice in a plea alleging that Muslim marriages are being forcibly registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 .
  7. The Pinarayi Vijayan led Left government, in its second term, has notified the appointment of 20 Special Government Pleaders, 53 Senior Government Pleaders and 52 Government Pleaders for representing the State government in cases before the Kerala High Court.
  8. Today The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court ordered a preliminary inquiry against a lawyer for allegedly suppressing facts from the Court in a bail proceeding.
  9. Today The Madras High Court affirmed the conviction of a man for the sexual assault of a girl aged about 7-9 years old primarily on the strength of the victim’s testimony about the incident.
  10. Today A Jammu and Kashmir court issued show cause notice to the Station House Officer (SHO) of a Jammu and Kashmir police station for non-registration of First Information Report (FIR) as per the mandate of the the Supreme Court in the case of Lalita Kumari v. Govt. of UP.
  11. Yesterday Justice Gautam Patel of the Bombay High Court made some strong observations on the freedom of press while ensuring that the fundamental right to privacy of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is maintained.
  12. Today The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Central and Delhi governments on a petition challenging the mandatory imposition of uniforms on auto rickshaw taxi drivers.
  13. Today a Karnataka court has restrained media houses from publishing or telecasting any defamatory material against BJP lawmaker, MP Renukacharya in relation to the Ramesh Jarkiholi sex scandal.
  14. Today The Madras High Court had occasion to highlight the difference between the punishable offence of sexual intercourse induced on a false promise to marry, which would amount to the criminal offence of rape, and the breach of a genuine promise to marry which is not an offence.
  15. Today The Jharkhand High Court has directed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the death of Dhanbad Additional and District Sessions Judge, Uttam Anand, to submit its report by 3rd August.
  16. Yesterday The Bombay High Court issued notice in the plea challenging the amended Bar Council of India (BCI) Rules that prohibit indecent, derogatory, defamatory, motivated, malicious or mischievous statements against any court, judge, State Bar Council or the BCI. 
  17. Yesterday Businessman Navneet Kalra informed the Delhi High Court that the licenses of his restaurants Khan Chacha and Town Hall have been cancelled. 
  18. Yesterday The Karnataka High Court initiated suo motu proceedings based on media reports about dead Bonnet Macaques Monkeys found stuffed in gunny bags on the Belur-Sakleshpur Road in Karnataka.
  19. Yesterday The Karnataka High Court on Friday requested the State government to provide aid of Rs. 2,000 to all domestic workers instead of restricting it to domestic workers falling in Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.
  20. Yesterday Delhi High Court has extended the life of all interim orders pending before all its benches and the subordinate courts in the national capital till August 13, 2021, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
  21. Yesterday The Madras High Court stayed the Madras Bar Association (MBA) elections that was slated to be held in August.
  22. Yesterday The Bombay High Court directed media houses and social media platforms to ensure that videos made against Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty in relation to the arrest of her husband Raj Kundra in a porn film racket case, are not uploaded back online.
  23. On Thursday The Karnataka High Court held that the consent granted by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) for the second stage development of the Karwar port in Uttara Kannada district is illegal.
  24. Yesterday The Madras High Court allowed private unaided schools in the State to collect 85% of the annual school fee payable for the current academic year, i.e. 2021-22, in six instalments from parents who have not suffered a loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic period.
  25. Today The Punjab & Haryana High Court has observed that Court is also the guardian of the minor girls or the girls of tender age, who may be enticed away by a male person due to infatuation of tender age and without knowing the consequences of filing a petition based on live-in-relationship.
  26. Today The Delhi High Court has held that when a provision is declared unconstitutional, it does not get repealed or wiped out; if the defects are cured through amendment, it will become enforceable. The Court noted that if defects are cured the entire Section doesn’t need to be re-enacted to be re-enforce.
  27. Yesterday The Delhi High Court asked the Delhi Government if it has complied with the 2017 directions of the Supreme Court, setting out the desired qualifications for Laboratory Technicians.
  28. Today The Himachal Pradesh High Court has sought response of District Commissioners of all districts in the State to furnish details on the availability of medical facilities in every district and also on the number of doctors and paramedical staff posted in the districts.
  29. Today The Delhi High Court has held that there is no bar in hearing a defendant, who is neither served summons nor appearing on caveat, at the pre-summons stage in a suit on the points for rejection of plaint under Order VII Rule 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
  30. Yesterday The Kerala High Court directed the Palakkad tahsildar to hand over the buffaloes kept in the custody of the municipality to an authorised representative of the People For Animals (PFA).
  31. Yesterday The Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed the petition of a man who had attempted to illegally oust his aged mother and accordingly proceeded to impose costs to the tune of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioner.
  32. Today The Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) has expressed ‘deep concern’ at the revelation that the Pegasus software owned by Israel’s NSO Group, which was allegedly used to hack into the phones of Indian citizens, apparently at the behest of the Union government.
  33. Yesterday the Gauhati High Court said that mere installation of CCTV cameras in the hospitals is not enough and that the CCTV cameras are required to be connected to the nearest Police Station, Dealing with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition seeking protection of doctors in the present pandemic.
  34. Yesterday Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) the apex body of traders in the state who based on Kozhikode moved the Kerala High Court seeking a directive to the State to relax the restrictions imposed on the functioning of shops.

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