Today’s Legal Updates:

  1. Plea filed in Supreme Court to expand postal ballot, introduce e-voting and OTP based identification of voters, install CCTVs at polling booths, A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court to expand access of citizens to electoral process by enhancing exiting postal ballot voting to more categories of citizens and introducing e-voting has further prayed that an OTP based system for fault free identification of voters be evolved and also sought installation of CCTVs in all polling booths across the country.
  2. A  Full Bench of the Madras High Court has ruled that decisions taken by the Human Rights Commission under Section 18 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 are binding on the government and that the State does not have any discretion to avoid its implementation.
  3. A three-member arbitral tribunal has ruled that COVID-19 is a Force Majeure event which justified the termination of a lease deed.
  4. Covid-19 pandemic should not result in discontinuation of education, the Karnataka High Court recently observed stating that education is imperative for the progress of the country.
  5. The Delhi High Court has issued notice in a petition by India Leprosy Foundation, a public Charitable Trust, against the initiation of insolvency proceedings against Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL).
  6. The Delhi High Court has directed the removal of articles/videos containing allegedly defamatory content against Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd and its related businesses.
  7. The Delhi High Court has restrained RSH Global Pvt Ltd, which operates under the brand name Joy,from using, manufacturing, selling, advertising, directly or indirectly dealing in cosmetic products that are deceptively similar to that of Beiersdorf AG’s NIVEA in terms of label and trade-dress.
  8.  The Karnataka High Court recently held that the expression ‘agricultural land’ in Section 31(i) of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act) does not include land on which plantation crops such as cardamom, coffee, pepper, rubber and tea are grown.
  9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is popular, loved, vibrant and visionary leader, Supreme Court judge Justice MR Shah said on Saturday expressing his privilege at being part of Gujarat High Court’s Golden Jubilee celebrations which saw the attendance of PM Modi.
  10. The Calcutta High Court recently expressed its inability to aid an Indian man seeking a visa for his Chinese wife after the strained international relations between India and China put the couple in a fix.
  11. After a woman moved the Madras High Court claiming that her husband, a frontline worker, is suspected to have died after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, the High Court has ordered for the conduct of an autopsy following the Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) guidelines.
  12. The Supreme Court on Friday emphasised that a “litigant cannot be permitted to browbeat the Court by seeking a Bench of its choice, while rejecting an application seeking the recusal of Justice DY Chandrachud, one of the judges hearing the matter.
  13. The Himachal Pradesh High Court recently denied bail to a 19-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year old girl holding that the victim sending a friend request to the accused on Facebook does not give him the right to establish sexual relations with the minor girl.
  14. A Division Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday set aside a single judge order restraining Patanjali Ayurved from using “Coronil” in relation to its immunity booster product, finding that there was no prima facie case of trademark infringement made out against Patanjali.
  15. Delhi High Court Issues Notice In Plea Challenging Constitutional Validity of Section 14(1)(h) Of Delhi Rent Control Act, 1958.
  16. Though Author Of CFSL Report Need Not Be Examined, It Is Not Admissible In Evidence Unless It Is Exhibited In Trial By A Witness : Delhi High Court
  17. No Right Exists To Move Representation To Chief Justice Of HC For Transfer Of Cases On Administrative Side: Punjab & Haryana High Court
  18. Writ Jurisdiction U/A 226 May Be Exercised At Pre-Detention Stage In Case Of Potential Threat To A Person’s Fundamental Rights: Madras High Court
  19. ASJ Grants Pre-Arrest Bail To An Accused While Denying Same To Another In Same Matter: Patna High Court Calls For Probe In The Administrative Side.
  20. Despite Marrying Willingly A Minor Girl Can’t Be Allowed To Stay With Husband Till She Attains Majority: Allahabad High Court
  21. “Consensual Sex Between Minors A Grey Area Under POCSO Act”: Bombay High Court
  22. Farmers’ Protest- Punjab & Haryana High Court Issues Notice To Centre, Haryana Govt. On Plea Challenging Suspension Of Internet.
  23. While quashing FIRs registered against Christian evangelist Mohan C Lazarus for hurting religious sentiments, the Madras High Court made certain significant observations regarding the need to maintain respect and tolerance for other religious faiths in a pluralistic society.
  24. Delhi High Court has on Friday (05.02.21) observed that when a public authority withholds information under RTI Act, the burden is on the public authority to show in what manner disclosure of such information could impede the investigation.
  25. Economic damage owing to offences involving huge loss of public fund is required to be viewed seriously, the Bombay High Court observed in its detailed order rejecting the bail application of YES Bank promoter Rana Kapoor, a prime accused in the Rs 5050 crore money laundering scam being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate.
  26. The Karnataka High Court has initiated contempt proceedings against a 72 year old man who threatened to kill Supreme Court and High Court judges.
  27. Madras High Court : spewing venom against another religious faith defies the very purpose of religion.

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