Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. The Central government through Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta told the Delhi High Court on Thursday that investigation into the violence that took place during the farmers’ tractor rally violence UAPA invoked, 43 FIRs registered of January 26 was proceeding in accordance with the law and on priority.
  2. The National Commission for Women has approached the Supreme Court against the controversial judgment of the Bombay High Court which had held that pressing the breast of a 12-year old child without removing her top will not fall within the definition of ‘sexual assault’ under Section 7 the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
  3. The bail application moved by comedian Munawar Faruqui in relation to the case registered against him for allegedly insulting religious sentiments has been listed for hearing at the Supreme Court tomorrow.
  4. The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to entertain a PIL which sought a direction to the government authorities to forthwith include judges, judicial staffs, advocates, clerks and the members of the legal fraternity in first phase of COVID-19 vaccination.
  5. CBI’s Authority To Investigate Within ‘Railway Areas’ In A State Remains Unfettered By State Govt’s Withdrawal Of Consent: Calcutta High Court
  6. Gold Smuggling With Intent To Threaten Economic Security Of Country A ‘Terrorist Act’ Under UAPA : Rajasthan High Court
  7. The Chhattisgarh High Court recently held that the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (SC/ST Act)will be attracted only if the offence was committed on account of victim belonging to the SC/ST community.
  8. While hearing the Facebook India head vs Delhi Peace and Harmony Committee case, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul of the Supreme Court today commented on how the hybrid mode of hearing is beneficial in certain respects.
  9. The Punjab & Haryana (P&H) High Court is proposing to commence physical hearing of cases in a limited manner with three Benches slated to hear cases physically from February 8, 2021.
  10. Personality cults are not great for a republic or espoused in the Constitution, the Madras High Court orally observed today while hearing a petition challenging the law introduced by the Tamil Nadu government last year to convert former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s former residence “Veda Nilayam” into a public memorial.
  11. The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed that reservation, age relaxation and fee concession must be implemented immediately for the category of transgender candidates, along with the other reserved categories, for the Joint CSIR-UGC NET Examinations at all levels.
  12. The Uttar Pradesh (UP) State authorities have dropped all demands made earlier for the payment of sums between Rs. 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh as personal bonds from farmers, the Allahabad High Court was informed on Tuesday after the Court had sought an explanation over the same recently.
  13. Facebook cannot take refuge under the Central government and claim that it is not obligated to appear before the Peace and Harmony Committee constituted by the Delhi Legislative Assembly to examine the Delhi riots of 2020, the Delhi Assembly told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
  14. The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday sought the response of the Central government in a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging the privatisation of Mangaluru International Airport and seeking quashing of a 2019 cabinet decision approving the bid to lease out three airports including Mangaluru to Adani Enterprises.
  15. The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday urged the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to donate a “substantial” amount of money to any environmental organization in the wake of its controversial affidavit filed in an environmental case.
  16. Lawyer appears for virtual hearing in “a stationed car in a casual manner”, amounts to disrespecting Court: Madras High Court
  17. Lawyer Moves Delhi High Court Seeking Guidelines For Conducting Search And Seizure Operations On Advocates Premises
  18. BJP’s Proposed ‘Rath Yatra’ In West Bengal: Plea In Calcutta High Court Cites Law & Order Issues, Seeks Direction To Stop Yatra
  19. Plea Challenging The Selection Process Conducted By Lalit Kala Academy: Delhi High Court Issues Notice
  20. Jammu & Kashmir High Court To Resume Physical Hearings From February 8.
  21. Asked WhatsApp To Review 2021 Privacy Policy’: IT Ministry Informs Parliament
  22. How Many Police Stations In The State Aren’t Having Toilets For Women? : Allahabad High Court Asks Uttar Pradesh Govt.
  23. Custody Cannot Be Extended Merely Because FSL Has Not Furnished Report; Delay In FSL Examination Affecting Right To Speedy Trial : Karnataka High Court
  24. Karnataka High Court Refuses To Quash Kidnapping Case Against Private Secretary Of Chief Minister.
  25. Tandav Controversy: Allahabad High Court Grants Interim Protection For Amazon Content Head Aparna Purohit, Reserves Order On Her Plea For Anticipatory
  26. Former ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar had prima facie misused her official position in granting loans to accused Videocon group of companies and received illegal gratification, through her husband Deepak Kochhar, a special court observed while taking cognisance of the investigation complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate in the multi-crore scam under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
  27. The Delhi High Court has recently directed the Appellate Authority of the Reserve Bank of India to reconsider the revocation of registration certificate of Shubh Lakshmi Capital Limited- a Non Banking Financial Company, on grounds of shortfall in its its Net Owned Fund (NOF).
  28. The Saket Courts (Delhi) has dismissed an application filed by Jamia Millia Islamia under Section 156 (3) CrPC seeking registration of FIR against Delhi Police Officials for allegedly committing various atrocities in December 2019 within the University Campus following anti-CAA protests.
  29. The Central Government on Wednesday (03.02.21) informed the Lower House that as of February 1, 2021, there are more than 400 Judicial vacancies in Indian High Courts.As per the information provided by Ministry of Law & Justice, there were 419 vacancies of Judges in 25 High Courts on the said date.
  30. Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case : President Competent Authority To Decide Perarivalan’s Pardon, Says Tamil Nadu Governor.
  31. Supreme Court Stays Karnataka HC Order Directing State To Reconstruct Migrants’ Huts Destroyed During Lockdown
  32. Migration From Unrecognised Medical College To Recognised One Restricted By MCI Regulations: Supreme Court
  33. Creditor Will Not Become ‘Financial Creditor’ Under IBC If A Corporate Debtor Has Only Given Security By Pledging Shares, Without Undertaking To Discharge Borrower’s Liability: Supreme Court

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