Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has stayed a government circular dated December 30, 2020, which had mandated charging revised stamp duties from January 1, 2021, irrespective of the date of uploading the documents on the National Generic Document Registration System (NGDRS) or of filing the documents with the Registrars/ Sub-Registrars.
  2. The Delhi High Court has granted bail to a 63-year old man accused of pelting stones and instigating attacks on people belonging to another community during the riots which shook north-east Delhi in February 2020, there was no electronic evidence like CCTV footage or videography or photograph to establish his presence at the crime spot.
  3. The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) government has decided to restore 4G internet services in Jammu & Kashmir.
  4. The Delhi High Court has refused to quash an FIR alleging that one Akhtar falsely represented himself as Shiva and had a physical relationship with a Hindu girl on promise of marriage.
  5. The Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court, Abhay Shreeniwas Oka has made an earnest appeal, urging Advocates in the State to refrain from boycotting court proceedings or abstaining from court work, in the interest of ensuring the maximum disposal of cases.
  6. The Madras High Court on Friday voiced concern over religious leaders demeaning other religions while quashing FIRs lodged against a Christian evangelist, Mohan C Lazarus, for his reckless statements against Hindu temples and Hindu Gods.
  7. The factual matrix of a case involving a young person who had left India, gone to Syria and allegedly joining ISIS before returning to India prompted the Bombay High Court to make some pertinent observations about the inconsiderate nature of the accused’s actions.
  8. The Bombay High Court recently declined to grant Yes Bank Managing Director and CEO Rana Kapoor bail in the Yes Bank scam case, observing that the huge loss of public funds, allegedly on account of the criminal activities of his companies, is required to be viewed seriously.
  9. The factual matrix of a case involving a young person who had left India, gone to Syria and allegedly joining ISIS before returning to India prompted the Bombay High Court to make some pertinent observations about the inconsiderate nature of the accused’s actions.
  10. The Delhi High Court is hearing the appeal filed by Future Retail Limited (FRL) against the Court’s order passed earlier this week directing status quo on FRL’s deal with Reliance.
  11. The Central government has agreed to allow one-time relaxation to civil service aspirants who have exhausted all their attempts at the Civil Service Examination (CSE) in October 2020.
  12. The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended eight judicial officers for elevation to the Calcutta High Court following a meeting held on February 4. the Collegium has also intimated that it has proposed the appointment of one Advocate and one Judicial Officer as Chhattisgarh High Court Judges.
  13. The Supreme Court Collegium has proposed the appointment of Senior Advocate Aditya Sondhi and judicial officers Rajendra Badamikar and Khazi Jayabunnisa Mohiuddin as Karnataka High Court Judges.
  14. The Supreme Court Collegium on February 4 approved the proposal for elevation of the 11 judicial officers as judges of Allahabad High Court. The 11 names recommended for High Court judgeship are Mohd. Aslam, Anil Kumar Gupta, Anil Kumar Ojha, Sadhna Rani (Thakur), Om Prakash Tripathi, Naveen Srivastava, Umesh Chandra Sharma, Syed Aftab Husain Rizvi, Ajai Tyagi, Syed Waiz Mian, and Ajai Kumar Srivastava-I.
  15. Wife Alleges Husband Died After Getting COVID Vaccination: Madras High Court Orders Expert Autopsy As Per AEFI Guidelines.
  16. When Forest Is Harmed The Primary Objective Is To Restore Forest: Himachal Pradesh High Court Directs Man To Plant 200 Tree Saplings.
  17. A Metropolitan Magistrates Court in Andheri has directed the Mumbai Police to file a progress report on their inquiry into actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister tweets from April 2020, which allegedly demonstrate hate again the Muslim community, according to an advocate’s complainant.
  18. A civil court in West Bengal has issued notice to WhatsApp Inc on a plea seeking temporary injunction to restrain the messenger platform from implementing its new privacy in India.
  19. ‘Panchayati Divorce’ Has No Legal Sanctity, Such Customs Ceased To Exist After Formulation Of Hindu Marriage Act: P&H High Court
  20. The Karnataka High Court on February 3 issued a notice under the contempt of courts Act, to a 72-year-old person, who wrote a letter to the High Court registry claiming that he had decided to kill two erring Judges amongst the “highly corrupt 28 Judges of this court and the Apex Court along with two corrupt Advocates”.
  21. Bollywood actor Sonu Sood today withdrew his plea before the Supreme Court challenging a notice issued to him over allegedly illegal construction in Juhu, so that the BMC may first process and decide by speaking order an application filed by him and pending before the civic body.
  22. The Madras High Court on Wednesday asked the State authorities to file a status report on how far earlier directives given by the High Court and the Supreme Court to curb honour killings in the country have been complied with Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy passed the order on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition moved by Vidya Reddy.
  23. The Supreme Court on Friday granted ad-interim bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui in relation to the case registered against him by the Madhya Pradesh Police for allegedly insulting religious sentiments.
  24. Physical hearing in Supreme Court likely to resume from March 2021; Maratha Reservation case to be heard from March 8.
  25. The Karnataka High Court recently refused to quash criminal proceedings against NR Santhosh, political secretary to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, in a case of attempting to kidnap the advisor of BJP leader and current Panchayat Raj Minister KS Eshwarappa, when Eshwarappa was serving as Leader of Opposition.
  26. The Delhi High Court has ruled that the Central government’s power to remit or commute a sentence under Section 435 CrPC cannot be withheld arbitrarily or unreasonably.
  27. Single Judge Bench Can Take Cognizance And Decide Civil Contempt Petitions: Kerala High Court.
  28. Victim Sending Friend Request On Facebook Does Not Mean She Intended To Have Sexual Relationship: Himachal Pradesh High Court
  29. The Karnataka High Court on February 1, dismissed a petition filed by N R Santosh, personal secretary to the Chief Minister, seeking to quash a quash of kidnapping case registered against him in 2018, by one K.S. Eshwarappa, who works as advisor to the Opposition Leader.
  30. Taking note of the lack of adequate Forensic Science Laboratories in the state, the Karnataka High Court recently issued several directions to the state government for ensuring that FSL reports are provided on time to aid speedy disposal of cases.
  31. A plea has been filed before the Allahabad High Court by the students of various Law Colleges, seeking direction to the Uttar Pradesh Government to ensure the construction of ladies’ toilets in the Police Stations where it is not constructed.
  32. The Central Government has asked Whatsapp to review its updated privacy policy of 2021 and to explain the rationale of the same.
  33. The Supreme Court has observed that there is no reason to continue the sealing of premises by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi if they were actually sold as shops.
  34. The Supreme Court will consider the petition filed by comedian Munawar Faruqui challenging the Madhya Pradesh High Court order which denied him bail in a case for alleged hurting of religious sentiments.
  35. The Centre on Thursday (04.02.21) informed the Supreme Court that the Tamil Nadu Governor has proposed that the President of India is the competent authority to deal the request of remission of sentence in case of AG Perarivalan, the convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
  36. The Aurangabad bench of Bombay HC asked government official to work with secular mind and scientific approach.
  37. Munawar Faruqui has been granted an ad interim bail by the Apex Court.
  38. “Passing of laws is absolutely of no use so long as our minds remain the same”: Kerala High Court replies to NCC for denying admissions to transgender persons.

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