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CIVIL - SC Stays Gujarat HC Order Directing Persons Not Wearing Masks to Do Community Service
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:19:58 IST

Supreme Court has stayed the Gujarat High Court order which had directed the State of Gujarat to come up with a policy or order that would direct for those caught without a face cover/mask to be compulsorily sent to COVID-19 care centres for community service.

CAPITAL MARKET - SC Allows Franklin Templeton to Call for Meeting of Unit Holders
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:19:47 IST

Supreme Court has directed a stay on redemption requests from investors and allowed Franklin Templeton Trustees to call for meeting of unit holders to seek their consent/approval.

CIVIL - Madras HC Dismisses Plea Alleging Religious Conversion Under Influence
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:19:37 IST

Madras High Court has dismissed a Habeas Corpus Plea filed by the mother alleging religious conversion of her daughter under influence of Sahul Hameed after noting that the detenue was converted to islam on her own.

ENVIRONMENT - Madras HC Takes Suo Motu Cognisance of Pollution of Amravathi River
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:19:25 IST

Madras High Court has taken suo-motu cognisance of a news report about pollution of the Amaravathi River, and directed the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Karur to conduct an inspection of the River and file a report regarding the same.

FAMILY - Allahabad HC: Live-in Relationship Between Consenting Adults Not an Offence
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 15:19:15 IST

Allahabad High Court has granted police protection to a couple who wanted to live together observing that a live-in relationship between two consenting adults is not an offence.

ENVIRONMENT - SC Rejects Plea to Reopen Sterlite Tamil Nadu Plant
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:24:28 IST

Supreme Court has refused to allow a Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, to open on an experimental basis for a short time to give the company an opportunity to dispel the charges of pollution levelled against the plant.

CRIMINAL - SC: Victims of Human Right Violation by Investigating Agencies have Right to Copy of CCTV Footage
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:24:16 IST

Supreme Court has held that in case of any human right violation by investigating agencies like police, CBI, NIA, ED Etc, the victims have the right to get the copy of CCTV footage of interrogation and also to approach the National/State Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Court or the Superintendent of Police or any other authority empowered to take cognizance of an offence.

CIVIL - SC Directs High Powered Committee to Consider Applications Against Reduction of Width of Road
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:24:05 IST

Supreme Court has asked the High Powered Committee set-up by it to consider the applications filed before the Court by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, against reducing the road width, in two weeks.

MRTP/ COMPETITION LAWS - Supreme Court Stays NCLAT Direction for Probe Against Flipkart Under Competition Act
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:23:54 IST

Supreme Court has stayed the order of National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) directing a probe by the Competition Commission of India against e-commerce major Flipkart for an alleged use of its dominant position.

CIVIL - Allahabad HC Extends Interim Orders Passed by It & Courts Subordinate to It Till January 5
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:23:43 IST

Allahabad High Court has extended the operation of interim orders passed by it and by the Courts/ Tribunals subordinate to it, till 5th January, 2021.

CIVIL - Madras High Court Seeks Response from Central Authorities Over Mental Health Facilities
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:23:32 IST

Madras High Court has called upon the Central health authorities to answer the specific queries raised by the Court on the issue of "inadequate treatment facilities" for mental health patients.

CIVIL - Madras HC Appreciates Services of Essential Workers During the Pandemic
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:23:21 IST

Madras High Court has remarked that the Court places its appreciation and applauds to the services rendered by the Doctors, Health Workers and Police Officers during the pandemic time.

OTHER TAXES - Madras HC Dismisses Plea Challenging Increase in Fee under Tamil Nadu Chit Fund Rules, 1984
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:23:10 IST

Madras High Court dismissed a plea challenging increase in fee from 3% to 5% under Tamil Nadu Chit Fund Rules, 1984.

CIVIL - Karnataka HC Questions ED on Direction to Banks to Freeze Accounts of Amnesty International
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:22:59 IST

Karnataka High Court has asked the Enforcement Directorate to disclose under what power or authority of law it directed banks to freeze accounts pertaining to Amnesty India.

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Imposes Ban on Use and Sale of Fire Crackers During COVID19 Pandemic
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:22:48 IST

National Green Tribunal has imposed a total ban on sale and use of all kinds of fire crackers during COVID-19 pandemic in the National Capital Region and all cities/towns in the country where the ambient air quality falls under the 'poor' and above category.

COMPANY - MCA Relaxes Additional Fees and Extension of Last Date of Filing of CRA-4
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:22:36 IST

Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified relaxation of additional fees and extension of the last date of filing of CRA-4 (form for filing of cost audit report) for Financial Year 2019-20 under the Companies Act, 2013.

CONTEMPT OF COURT - AG KK Venugopal Refuses Consent for Contempt Action Against Shefali Vaidya
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 10:22:24 IST

Attorney General for India, KK Venugopal has refused to grant consent for initiating contempt proceedings against author Shefali Vaidya for her tweets over Supreme Court, stating that the same were made over a year ago.

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Denies Anticipatory Bail to Sexual Harassment Accused
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 14:38:46 IST

Supreme Court has denied the plea for anticipatory bail to an accused in a case of eve-teasing, where First Information Report under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 had come to be registered.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Delhi HC Issues Notice on Plea Against Central Government's Surveillance Systems
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 14:38:35 IST

Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Ministries of Home Affairs, Law, Information Technology and Communications, on a plea against the Central Government's surveillance systems Central Monitoring System (CMS), Network Traffic Analysis (NETRA), and National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), on a plea by Centre for Public Interest Litigation and Software Freedom Law Centre.

CIVIL - Gujarat HC Directs Govt to Release Policy for People Not Wearing Masks to Offer Community Service
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 14:38:25 IST

Gujarat High Court has directed the Gujarat government to come out with a policy or order, directing that all those caught not wearing face cover/mask shall be compulsorily sent to COVID-19 care centres for community service.

CIVIL - Calcutta High Court Orders CAG Audit of Amphan Relief
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 14:38:14 IST

Calcutta High Court has directed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India to audit Amphan Cyclone related relief, amid allegations of irregularities and Corruption in distribution work.

CRIMINAL - SC Dismisses Kerala Govt's Plea Against Investigation by CBI in Periya Double Murder Case
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:14:03 IST

Supreme Court has dismissed Kerala Government's plea against the decision of the Kerala High Court to transfer the further investigation in the Periya double murder case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

CIVIL - SC Pulls Up Gujarat Government in COVID-19 Designated Hospital Fire
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:13:52 IST

Supreme Court has pulled up the Gujarat Government in a matter pertaining to the fire which had broken out at a COVID-19 designated hospital in Rajkot, Gujarat on 27th November, killing five persons.

CIVIL - SC: Practice of Affixing Posters Outside Residence of COVID19 Patients Creates Stigma
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:13:41 IST

Supreme Court has observed that the practice of conspicuously affixing posters outside the residence of COVID19 positive patients creates stigma and often leads to a situation where patients may be treated as so called "untouchables".

EDUCATION - Delhi HC: Answer Key Cannot be Disregarded as Incorrect Merely on Doubt
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:13:29 IST

Delhi High Court has observed in a case relating to Delhi Higher Judiciary Service Preliminary Examination that an answer key cannot be disregarded as being incorrect merely on a doubt.There is always a presumption of correctness regarding the answer key and it may be subject to judicial review only when it is "demonstrably wrong" i.e. it must be such as no reasonable body of men well-versed in the particular subject would regard it as correct.

CRIMINAL - Bombay HC Questions Maharashtra Police Over FIR Against Sunaina Holey for Anti-Govt Tweet
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:13:18 IST

Bombay High Court has while hearing a matter relating to tweets against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya Thackeray questioned the Maharashtra government if action will be taken against Sunaina Holey who said something objectionable on Twitter.

CONSTITUTION - Allahabad HC: Private Financial Institutions Performing Public Duties Not 'State'
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:13:06 IST

Allahabad High Court has reiterated that private financial institutions, carrying business or commercial activity, may be performing public duties, but cannot be considered to be covered under the definition of "State" under Article 12 of the Constitution of India, 1949.

EDUCATION - Madras HC Refuses to Interfere with Anna University's Decision to Collect Exam Fees
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:12:54 IST

Madras High Court has refused to interfere with the decision of Anna University to collect examination fees from the students, even though the examinations were cancelled by the State Government on account of the ongoing pandemic.

CIVIL - Karnataka HC Issues Notice on PIL Challenging Appointment of N R Santosh
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:12:42 IST

Karnataka High Court has issued notice on a public interest challenging the appointment of N R Santosh as political secretary to the Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa.

DIRECT TAXATION - ITAT, Mumbai: Taxpayer Can Add Price Paid for Amenities to Arrive atTotal Cost of Acquisition
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:12:28 IST

Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Mumbai has held that the taxpayer can add the price paid for amenities to a builder's group company to arrive at the total cost of acquisition of the property.

SERVICE TAX - CESTAT: No Service Tax Applicable on Permanent Transfer of IPR
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:12:15 IST

Customs, Excise, and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) has held that no service tax is applicable on permanent transfer of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

EXCISE - CESTAT: CENVAT Credit Can't be Denied on Sales Commission
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:12:03 IST

Customs, Excises, and Service Taxes Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) has held that the CENVAT Credit cannot be denied on sales commission as it falls under the definition of "input service."

CONTEMPT OF COURT - Attorney General Grants Consent for Contempt Action Against Artist Rachita Taneja
Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:11:51 IST

Attorney General for India, KK Venugopal has granted consent to a law student for initiating contempt of court proceedings against a comic illustrator Rachita Taneja, for her illustrative tweets depicting Supreme Court being hand in glove with the ruling party, Bharatiya Janta Psrty.

CIVIL - Supreme Court Dismisses PIL Seeking Removal of Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:57:02 IST

Supreme Court has dismissed the plea seeking appropriate action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for falsely accusing second-senior most Judge of the Court, Justice NV Ramana, and for interfering with the administration of justice.

CIVIL - SC Directs Repatriation of Children in Children Protection Homes
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:56:49 IST

Supreme Court has directed for repatriation of children lodged in Children Protection Homes in eight states back to their families to take place as per provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

SERVICE - Supreme Court Dismisses Chanda Kochhar's Challenge Against ICICI Bank Terminating Her Services
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:56:38 IST

Supreme Court has observed that the issue being of the contractual relationship between a private bank and its employee, it did not call for invocation of the writ jurisdiction, and dismissed former ICICI bank MD Chanda Kochhar's plea.

CRIMINAL - Bombay HC: Allegations Against Police Officer Would Not Incite Action Against Government
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:56:27 IST

Bombay High Court has ruled that allegations levelled against a police officer that he is involved in criminal activities and publishing news report regarding the same would not incite the force to act against the government within the meaning of Section 3 of the Police (Incitement to Disaffection) Act, 1922.

CRIMINAL - Madras HC Summons DGP in Investigation Against Former HC Judge CS Karnan
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:56:15 IST

Madras High Court has summoned the Director General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, Tamil Nadu, in connection to the lackadaisical investigation in the 'uncharitable tirades' of former High Court Judge, CS Karnan.

CIVIL - Telangana High Court Extends Operation of All Interim Orders
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:56:04 IST

Telangana High Court has extended the operation of interim orders passed by this Court, as well as by the District and other Subordinate Courts till 11th December 2020.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Directs AAP Govt to Expedite Issuing of Ration Cards
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:17:47 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the Aam Aadmi Party government to expedite applications for issuing ration cards, saying they cannot be kept pending for a long time as the cards are required to obtain subsidised food grains.

INSOLVENCY - Delhi HC: Avoidance Application Cannot be Adjudicated by NCLT After Approval Of Resolution Plan
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:17:11 IST

Delhi High Court has held that an application for avoidance of a preferential transaction, though filed prior to the Resolution Plan being approved, cannot be heard and adjudicated by the National Company Law Tribunal, at the instance of the Resolution Professional, after the approval of the Resolution Plan.

EDUCATION - Madras High Court Rejects NEET Candidates' Plea for Change of Community Status
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:16:59 IST

Madras High Court has rejected NEET candidates' plea to change communal status from 'OBC' to 'General' remarking that Courts cannot keep on condoning the mistakes year after year, and such candidates must be made to own up for their mistakes.

CIVIL - Karnataka HC: A.H. Vishwanath Disqualified Till Expiry of Legislatve Council
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:16:47 IST

Karnataka High Court has held that Member of Legislative Council A.H. Vishwanath, has incurred disqualification under Article 164 (1) (b) and Article 361 (B) of the Constitution of India, 1949 till the expiry of the term of the Legislative Council-May 2021, while two other nominees R. Shankar, and N. Nagaraj (MTB) have not.

FAMILY - Karnataka HC: Right to Marry Person of Choice a Fundamental Right
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:16:35 IST

Karnataka High Court has held that the right of any major individual to marry the person of his/her choice is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of India, 1949.

CRIMINAL - Kerala HC: Arrest Under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act to be Conducted by Special Police Officer
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:16:21 IST

Kerala High Court has made it clear that any investigation or arrest under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 has to be conducted only by a Special Police Officer authorized in that behalf.

EDUCATION - Kerala HC Directs CBSE to Consider Representation Against New Application Format
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:16:09 IST

Kerala High Court has directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to consider a representation against its new application format regarding registration of Class IX/XI students for session 2020-21.

CIVIL - HP HC Directs State to File Affidavit on Steps Taken Towards COVID Issues
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:15:56 IST

Himachal Pradesh High Court has directed the State Government to file an affidavit specifying the steps taken with regard to the availability of oxygen cylinder in all the COVID dedicated hospitals; secondly, with regard to the reduction of the duration of COVID tests; and thirdly, with regard to the creation of additional beds and other facilities.

CONSTITUTION - P&H HC: Freedom of Speech Not to Entitle Person to Make Derogatory Remarks
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:15:45 IST

Punjab and Haryana High Court has stated that freedom of speech does not entitle a person to make derogatory remarks/posts against any community or gender.

DIRECT TAXATION - ITAT, Jaipur: Exemption u/s 11 and 12 Allowable on Donation by Charitable Trust
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:15:33 IST

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Jaipur has given relief to Rajasthan Cricket Association and held that the exemption under Section 11 and 12 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 is allowable on donation by a charitable trust to others for utilization towards charitable objects.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - AAAR, Karnataka: IGST Applicable on Online Tests Scored After Human Intervention
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:15:21 IST

Appellate Authority of Advance Ruling (AAAR), Karnataka has ruled that the Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) is applicable on online tests scored after human intervention as it is classifiable as an Online Information Database Access and Retrieval (OIDAR) Service.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - NAA: TTK Prestige Guilty of Not Passing Benefit of GST to Customers
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:14:53 IST

National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) has found TTK Prestige guilty of profiteering for not passing the benefit of Goods and Service Tax reduction to its customers.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - CBIC Waives Penalty for Non-Compliance to QR Code Provisions
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:14:40 IST

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) notified the waiver of penalty for noncompliance to QR code provisions if complied by April 01, 2021 for default during the period December 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

LIMITATION - Chhattisgarh High Court: Section 14 of Limitation Act, 1963 has no Application in Criminal Proceeding
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:00:52 IST

Chhattisgarh High Court has observed that the Section 14 of the Limitation Act, 1963 has no application in criminal proceedings. The Court noted that the applicability of Section 14(1) of the Limitation Act, 1963 is confined to suit and appeal or revision, hence it cannot be made applicable to criminal proceeding like revision.

BANKING - Delhi High Court: Specific Averments to be Mentioned in Case of Dishonor of Cheque
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:00:42 IST

Delhi High Court has passed an order quashing criminal proceedings against the former CEO of a company in a cheque dishonour case by observing that as no specific allegations or averments against the former CEO, regarding her alleged role either in the transaction or in the conduct of business of the company were made out.

CRIMINAL - Kerala HC: Investigation or Arrest under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act to be Conducted Only by SPO
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:00:31 IST

Kerala High Court has held and clarified that any investigation or arrest under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 has to be conducted only by a Special Police Officer authorized in that behalf. It has been held that there is no provision in the Act that empowers such Special officer to delegate the investigation of the case to be conducted by any other police officer.

CRIMINAL - U.P. Governor Promulgates Ordinance on Unlawful Conversion
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:28:30 IST

Uttar Pradesh Governor has promulgated an ordinance on unlawful conversion days after it was passed by the State Cabinet. The Ordinance makes religious conversion a cognisable and non-bailable offence, inviting penalties of up to 10 years in prison if found to be effected for marriage or through misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or other allegedly fraudulent means.

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Acquits Man in Dowry Death Case
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:28:19 IST

Supreme Court has acquitted a man who was convicted by the Trial Court and the High Court in a dowry death case on the basis of benefit of doubt since there was nothing on record to indicate that the dying declaration was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation or that the statement was not correctly recorded.

ARBITRATION - SC: Proceedings under Section 34 of Arbitration Act, 1996 not Sustainable Against Foreign Award
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:28:08 IST

Supreme Court has noted that the proceedings under Section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 is not maintainable to challenge a foreign award since the Arbitration Act, 1996 has accepted the territoriality principle which has been adopted in the UNCITRAL Model Law.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - Central Government Issues Guidelines for Officers to Carry Out GST Checks
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:27:51 IST

Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs has issued standard operating procedures to be followed by tax officials carrying out physical verification of the entities that have been granted a deemed GST registration.

ENVIRONMENT - Kerala High Court Stays Plastic Ban in Sabarimala
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:27:40 IST

Kerala High Court while rejecting the plea of the Special Commissioner seeking to lift the ban observed that in fighting the pandemic, while permitting congregation of people in pilgrim centres, "we cannot allow a perennial problem to the environment to be resumed".

CAPITAL MARKET - SEBI Restrains NDTV's Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy from Securities Markets for Two Years
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:27:29 IST

Securities Exchange Board of India has barred NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy from accessing the securities market for two years for alleged violation of insider trading regulations. Further SEBI also directed the NDTV promoters to relinquish illegal gains worth over Rs 16 crore for their in involvement in insider trading.

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Refuses Interim Bail to Unitech Promoter Ajay Chandra
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:27:19 IST

Delhi High Court has declined to extend the interim bail of one month granted to Unitech Ltd promoter Ajay Chandra due to the illness of his wife who was suffering from COVID-19. The high court noted that the Supreme Court is seized of the matter and there was no ground to extend the interim bail.

COMMERCIAL - Dog Meat Ban: Gauhati High Court Stays Government Ban on Sale of Dog Meat in Nagaland
Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:27:08 IST

Gauhati High Court has stayed the carpet ban on the sale of dog meat in Nagaland that was imposed on July 2. This would mean that the commercial import, trade and sale of dogs and dog meat can be done in Nagaland for the time being.

EDUCATION - SC Directs Directorate General to Proceed with Admissions to PG Medical Courses
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:14:27 IST

Supreme Court has directed the Directorate General of Health Services to proceed with the counseling for admissions to PG super-specialty medical courses for the academic year 2020-21 without providing reservation for in-service candidates.

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Extends AG Perarivalan's Parole
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:14:16 IST

Supreme Court has extended the parole by a week of AG Perarivalan, a convict in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and has directed State of Tamil Nadu to provide an escort for his medical checks.

CIVIL - SC Directs Central Govt to Constitute National Tribunal Commission
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:14:04 IST

Supreme Court has directed the Central Government to constitute a National Tribunal Commission for the appointment of members in various Tribunals.

CRIMINAL - Bombay HC Allows Application by Victim of 2008 Malegaon Blast Victim Who Lost His Son
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:13:53 IST

Bombay High Court has allowed an intervention application filed by Nisar Ahmed Haji Sayed Bilal, a victim of the 2008 Malegaon blast who also lost his son in the blast, in the writ petition filed by accused Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit challenging the sanction granted to prosecute him as an accused in the case.

CIVIL - Bombay HC Quashes Notice Issued by BMC for Demolition of Kangana Ranaut's Bungalow
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:13:43 IST

Bombay High Court has quashed the notice and order issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to demolish Kangana Ranaut's bungalow.

CRIMINAL - Allahabad High Court Denies Bail to SP Leader Mohd Azam Khan
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:13:32 IST

Allahabad High Court has denied bail to SP Leader Mohammad Azam Khan and his son Abdullah Azam Khan in an alleged case of forging a PAN card and a Passport, depicting that the latter was born in the year 1990, for the purpose of contesting 2017 assembly elections.

CIVIL - Orissa High Court Extends Interim Orders Passed By It & Courts Subordinate to It Till January 15
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:13:22 IST

Orissa High Court has directed to extend the validity/life of all interim orders passed by it and the Courts subordinate to it till 15th January 2021.

CRIMINAL - Jammu & Kashmir High Court Refuses to Stay Investigation Against Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:13:12 IST

Jammu and Kashmir High Court has refused to interfere in an ongoing investigation in relation to a First Information Report registered against Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat by Jammu and Kashmir police for her tweet on Navratri/Navratras.

SERVICE - SC Grants Time to Secretary General to File Reply in Plea Seeking Appointment of Additional Judges
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:28:46 IST

Supreme Court has allowed 4 weeks' time to its Secretary General to file response on a plea seeking appointment of additional judges to the top Court.

DIRECT TAXATION - Delhi HC: Sale Out of Opening Stock Not Income from Other Sources
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:28:36 IST

Delhi High Court has held that the sale made out of opening stock can not be treated as unexplained income to be taxed as income from other sources.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Asks AAP Government to Decide on Matter of Night Curfews
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:28:24 IST

Delhi High Court has asked the Aam Aadmi Party government to decide soon if night curfew was needed to contain the spread of Covid-19.

CRIMINAL - Delhi HC Asks Police to File Report on Inquiry on Confessional Statement of Jamia Millia Student
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:28:13 IST

Delhi High Court has asked police to file a report on an internal vigilance inquiry conducted to probe allegations that a confessional statement of a Jamia Millia Islamia student was leaked to media.

CRIMINAL - Delhi HC Issues Notice in Bail Plea Moved by Malvinder Singh
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:28:00 IST

Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Enforcement Directorate in a bail plea moved by Religare Finvest's ex-promoter Malvinder Mohan Singh.

BANKING - Bombay High Court Refuses to Stay RBI Scheme for Lakshmi Vilas Bank Merger with DBS Bank
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:27:49 IST

Bombay High Court has rejected a prayer for ad-interim stay on Reserve Bank of India's amalgamation scheme for the merger of Lakshmi Vilas Bank with the DBS Bank approved by the Union Cabinet, in a plea filed by shareholders of Lakshmi Vilas Bank.

CIVIL - Karnataka HC Directs Govt to Reconsider Decision Making Reporting to Duty Mandatory
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:27:37 IST

Karnataka High Court has directed the State government to in two weeks time reconsider its decision making it compulsory for government employees, in particular blind employees, to report to duty.

CIVIL - Kerala HC: PIL Based Purely on Paper Report Not Maintainable
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:27:25 IST

Kerala High Court has stated that Public Interest Litigation filed purely on the basis of paper report is not maintainable.

CRIMINAL - Chhattisgarh High Court Dismisses Petition Seeking Criminal Action Against Aamir Khan
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:27:14 IST

Chhattisgarh High Court has dismissed a petition which sought criminal action against Aamir Khan for his remarks that intolerance was rising in India.

DIRECT TAXATION - ITAT, New Delhi Deletes Addition Against Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages
Fri, 27 Nov 2020 10:27:03 IST

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), New Delhi has deleted the addition against Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages and has held that no tax is applicable on securities premium even if used to set off losses.

CIVIL - SC Dismisses Plea of Skoda-Volkswagen Seeking to Quash FIR Over Alleged Cheat Emission Devices
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 15:05:43 IST

Supreme Court has dismissed the special leave petition filed by international car manufacturer Skoda-Volkswagen seeking to quash a First Information Report registered over alleged cheat emissions devices installed in vehicles.

CRIMINAL - Delhi HC: Amendment to Prevention of Corruption Act Not to Apply to Offences Taken Place
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 15:05:32 IST

Delhi High Court has held that the 2018 amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act, does not apply to the offences which have already taken place.

CIVIL - Bombay HC Dismisses Plea of Student Who was Ineligible for Masters Course
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 15:05:20 IST

Bombay High Court has dismissed a writ petition filed by a 23-year-old student belonging to the reserved category who was held ineligible for admission in the Masters course in Human Resource Development at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management despite securing admission, as she did not qualify the criteria of securing 55% in 12th standard.

ENVIRONMENT - Allahabad HC Asks Government on Reducing Air Pollution in State
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 15:05:10 IST

Allahabad High Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh Government and the State Pollution Control Board about the steps taken by it to reduce air pollution in the State and maintain clean atmosphere.

DEFENCE - SC Asks Centre to Submit Response on Status of Women Army Officers' Permanent Commission
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:20:03 IST

Supreme Court has asked Centre to file a reply in an application contending that the Indian Army has "not granted Permanent Commission to even 50% of women officers", challenging the arbitrary criterion adopted by Centre to "deny benefit to deserving women candidates".

CIVIL - SC Dismisses Plea of Dera Sacha Sauda Members to Transfer Cases Relating to Sacrilege of Holy Book
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:19:50 IST

Supreme Court has dismissed the transfer petition filed by members of Dera Sacha Sauda wherein they sought for the transfer of cases pertaining to sacrilege outside of the State of Punjab.

CONSTITUTION - SC Asks Madras HC to Decide Constitutional Validity of Section 40(a)(iib) of Income Tax Act
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:19:37 IST

Supreme Court has directed the Madras High Court to decide the constitutional validity of Section 40(a)(iib) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

CIVIL - SC: HC Not Appellate Authority While Exercising Writ Jurisdiction in Disciplinary Proceedings
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:19:18 IST

Supreme Court has observed that while exercising writ jurisdiction with respect to disciplinary proceedings, the High Court must not act as an appellate authority, and reappreciate the evidence led before the enquiry officer.

CIVIL - SC: General Allegation of Surcharged Atmosphere Not Sufficient to Transfer Trial
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:19:04 IST

Supreme Court has observed that a general allegation of surcharged atmosphere is not sufficient to transfer trial from one one Court to another.

DEFENCE - Delhi HC Directs Extension Of Pro Rata Pension To Non-Commissioned Officers of Defence
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:18:52 IST

Delhi High Court has ruled that the non-commissioned officers of the defence forces are also entitled to the pro rata pension, which is currently only given to commissioned officers.

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Rules Advocates Not to be Asked to Appear Physically
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:18:37 IST

Delhi High Court has directed that advocates cannot be asked to appear physically before Court amid the pandemic.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - MP HC: Communication of Show-Cause Notice Must be on Revenue's Website and Not via Email
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:18:25 IST

Madhya Pradesh High Court held that the only mode prescribed for communicating the show-cause notice is by way of uploading on the website of the revenue and not through Email.

CRIMINAL - Karnataka HC Grants Transit Bail to Republic TV COO Priya Mukherjee in TRP Scam FIR
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:18:14 IST

Karnataka High Court has granted transit bail for 20 days to Chief Operating Officer Priya Mukherjee of ARG Outlier Media Private Ltd in the First Information Report registered by Mumbai police alleging TRP Scam.

EDUCATION - Karnataka High Court Extends Interim Relief to PG Doctors
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:18:02 IST

Karnataka High Court has extended the interim relief till 30th November, 2020 directing state government not to insist the 281 PG Doctors to join their respective places for purpose of carrying out compulsory Urban service in terms of section 4 of the Karnataka Compulsory Training Service By Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act 2012(KCS Act).

CIVIL - P&H HC Issues Notice to Govt in Plea Seeking Release of Detenu Farmers
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:17:50 IST

Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice to the Haryana Government in a habeas corpus petition filed by an advocacy group formed by farmers from various parts of Haryana for the welfare of the farmers, seeking the release of over 100 detenues (farmers) who were allegedly detained at midnight ahead of the proposed farmers' agitation in Delhi.

CIVIL - AP HC: Tobacco Does Not Fall Under Definition of 'Food' under Food Safety Standards Act
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:17:39 IST

Andhra Pradesh High Court has reiterated that tobacco does not fall within the definition of "food" as specified under Section 3(i)(j) of the Food Safety Standards Act, 2006 and therefore, registration of First Information Report against its manufacturers is not permissible.

CRIMINAL - Delhi Court Allows Safoora Zargar to Visit Maternal Home for 2 Months for Care of Her Child
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:17:27 IST

Delhi Court has allowed Safoora Zargar, booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in a north east Delhi riots case, to visit her maternal home for two months for proper nursing of her child, post partum care and customs.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - DoT: Landline Users to Add Zero Before Mobile Numbers from January 1
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:17:13 IST

Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that landline users will have to add a zero before calling any mobile number 1st January, 2021 onwards. The Department has accepted the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) recommendations because the move would allow creating numbering space for fixed-line and mobile services.

CIVIL - MHA Releases Fresh Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution Against Covid-19
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:39:49 IST

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has released a fresh set of guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution against Covid-19. The fresh norms will be effective from December 1, 2020 and will remain in place till December 31, 2020. The Ministry has asked states and Union Territoriess to ensure careful demarcation of Containment Zones at the micro level, taking into consideration the guidelines prescribed by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

CRIMINAL - SC Stays Andhra Pradesh HC's Gag Order on Reports on Amaravati Land Scam FIR
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:01:50 IST

Supreme Court has stayed the Andhra Pradesh High Court's gag order on media reporting and social media comments on the contents of the Amaravati land scam First Information Report.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - Delhi HC Seeks Response from CBIC on Airtel's Plea for Refund of Excess GST
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:01:39 IST

Delhi High Court has sought a reply from the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs on Bharti Airtel's plea claiming non-implementation of the Delhi High Court's order allowing rectification of excess Goods and Services Tax worth Rs.923 crores paid by it for the period between July-September 2017.

CIVIL - Delhi HC: Adult Woman is Free to Reside Wherever She Wishes and with Whoever She Wishes
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:01:26 IST

Delhi High Court has provided relief to an adult woman who left her home to marry the man of her choice. After taking her consent and wishes into consideration, the Court noted that being a major, she has a free will to reside wherever she wants and with whoever she wishes.

EDUCATION - Allahabad HC Seeks Response on Plea for Promotion of Students Upto Class VIII Without Exams
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:01:14 IST

Allahabad High Court has asked the relevant government authority to respond to a plea seeking "no examination system" for promotion of students upto 8th standard, until physical classes resume.

CIVIL - Karnataka HC Issues Notice on Political Parties to Instruct Members on Social Distancing Norms
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:01:00 IST

Karnataka High Court has issued notice to political parties-Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (M), Indian National Congress, Janata Dal (S) and Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha, calling upon them to make a statement, whether they are willing to issue instructions to its members/followers to strictly abide by the rules regarding wearing of mask and maintaining of social distance.

ARBITRATION - Kerala HC: Order of Commercial Court u/s 9 of Arbitration & Conciliation Act Appealable
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:00:49 IST

Kerala High Court has held that an order under Section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 passed by a Commercial Court below the level of a District Judge is appealable under Section 13(1) of the The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Act, 2015.

LAW OF MEDICINE - SC Issues Notice and Seeks Response from Centre on Plea Seeking Capping of Prices of RT-PCR Tests
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:25:17 IST

Supreme Court has issued notice in a plea which seeks for the caping of the prices of RT-PCR tests, used to test suspected COVID patients, at Rs. 400, instead of the varying rates across the country.

CONSTITUTION - SC: Right to Property Remains a Valuable Constitutional Right
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:25:04 IST

Supreme Court has reiterated that though right to property is not a fundamental right, it remains a valuable constitutional right and has directed the Centre hand back possession to the land to its owners.

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Grants Interim Bail to UAPA Accused to Take Care of Their Old Parents
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:24:52 IST

Supreme Court has granted interim bail to two Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 convicts for one month to take care of their parents.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Delhi HC Orders Aniruddha Malpani to Take Down Defamatory Tweets Against WhiteHat Jr
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:24:41 IST

Delhi High Court has ordered a Twitter user, Aniruddha Malpani to take down some specific 'deprecatory, defamatory' tweets against WhiteHat Jr – a platform teaching coding to children.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Delhi HC Gives Liberty to Sameet Thakkar to Seek Clarification on Taking Down of Tweets
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:24:29 IST

Delhi High Court has given liberty to Sameet Thakkar and TV Today Network to approach the single bench seeking clarifications on whether the 29 sets of URLs taken down by Twitter are the tweets which are the subject matter of the proceedings in the defamation suit filed by TV Today Network against Thakkar.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Delhi HC Accepts Sony's Plea for Exclusive Rights in India Australia International Cricket Series
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:24:17 IST

Delhi High Court has accepted Sony Pictures' Network India Pvt Ltd's plea before it claiming exclusive media rights in the forthcoming India Australia International Cricket Series, 2020 and injuncted websites like www.b1.mylivecricket.biz and others from doing any unauthorized broadcast of the international series.

CRIMINAL - Bombay HC Grants Interim Protection from Arrest to Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:24:05 IST

Bombay High Court has granted interim protection from arrest to actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel in the First Information Report registered by Mumbai police over alleged communal tweets.

CIVIL - Allahabad HC Seeks Govt Response on Enforcement of Clinical Establishments Act, 2010
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:23:52 IST

Allahabad High Court has called upon the State Government to apprise it about steps taken to regulate clinical establishments in the State, in view of Article 47 of the Constitution as well as the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010.

CIVIL - Allahabad HC Directs Police to Ensure People in Public Spaces Mandatorily Wear Masks
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:23:40 IST

Allahabad High Court has ordered the Police authorities to ensure that people moving in public spaces mandatorily wear masks, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus.

MOTOR VEHICLES - Allahabad HC Calls Upon Transport Commissioner in Plea for Compliance of Motor Vehicles Act
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:23:27 IST

Allahabad High Court has called upon the Transport Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh to respond on the issue with regard to compliance of the mandatory provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

EDUCATION - Karnataka High Court Dismisses Plea Against KSLU's Decision to Hold Semester Exam
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:23:15 IST

Karnataka High Court has dismissed a petition filed by two Law Students, challenging the circular issued by Karnataka State Law University (KSLU) in so far as they impose an examination on the intermediate semester law students, for the semester from which they have already been promoted.

CIVIL - P&H HC: Bar Council Cannot Suspend Licence to Practice While Referring Complaint
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:23:00 IST

Punjab and Haryana High Court has quashed a resolution passed by Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana suspending the licence of practice of a lawyer who allegedly posted derogatory comments in Facebook about the judiciary and lawyers.

CIVIL - Uttarakhand HC Ordrs Enquiry of Non-Intimation of Conversion by Religious Priest
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:22:48 IST

Uttarakhand High Court has directed the District Magistrate, Dehradun to conduct a detail inquiry about non compliance of Section 8(2) of the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018 which mandate Religious Priests to give prior intimation to the concerned District Magistrate, before performing conversion of a person from one religion to another.

DIRECT TAXATION - Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Bangalore Confirms Disallowance Against Nike India
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:22:35 IST

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Bangalore has confirmed disallowance against Nike India, stating that the burden of expenditure for new product samples is on the manufacturer, so the wholesaler can not claim the tax benefit.

DIRECT TAXATION - ITAT, Mumbai: Company Granting Bonus to Employees or Shareholder Entitled to Tax Benefits
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:22:23 IST

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Mumbai has held that the company which is granting bonuses to its employees or shareholders is entitled to tax benefits.

DIRECT TAXATION - ITAT, Bangalore: EY Entitled to Deduction Under Section 10AA on Voluntary Transfer Pricing Adjustment
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:22:11 IST

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Bangalore has held that the assessee is entitled to deduction under Section 10AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 on voluntary transfer pricing adjustment.

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