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CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Sets Aside HC Order Granting Bail to Murder Accused
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:33:35 IST

Supreme Court has observed that setting aside a High Court order granting bail to murder accused. The Court has observed that in a case where an earlier application for bail has been rejected, there is a higher burden on the appellate court to furnish specific reasons as to why the bail should be granted.

CIVIL - Orissa High Court Releases Rules for Live Streaming of Court Proceedings
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:33:25 IST

Orissa High Court has released a notification stipulating that it would begin live streaming of proceedings soon and thereby published the High Court of Orissa Live Streaming of Court Proceedings Rules, 2021.

CIVIL - Karnataka HC: State Government Cannot Suo-Moto Entrust Inquiry to Lokayukta or Upa-Lokayukta
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:33:15 IST

Karnataka High Court has held that state government cannot suo-moto entrust an inquiry to the Lokayukta or Upa-lokayukta, against employees of statutory bodies or corporations or government companies. It has to be transmitted to their respective disciplinary authorities.

CRIMINAL - Calcutta HC Refuses to Interfere in Ongoing Investigation in Cattle and Coal Smuggling Case
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:33:05 IST

Calcutta High Court has refused to interfere in the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the cattle and coal smuggling cases against former TMC leader Vinay Mishra.

CRIMINAL - MP HC Imposes Rs. 2 Lakh Exemplary Cost on SBI for 'Inhuman Approach'
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:32:54 IST

Madhya Pradesh High Court has imposed exemplary cost of Rs. 2 lakhs on the State Bank of India (SBI) for adopting a very 'inhuman approach' while dealing with a widow woman's application seeking appointment to the Bank on compassionate grounds. The cost is made payable to the woman (Petitioner).

ARBITRATION - SC: Arbitration Award Which Ignores Vital Evidence in Arriving Decision Can be Set Aside
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:08:19 IST

Supreme Court has observed that an arbitration award which ignores vital evidence in arriving at its decision or rewrites a contract is liable to be set aside under Section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 on the ground of patent illegality. The Court has observed that a finding based on no evidence at all or an award which ignores vital evidence in arriving at its decision would be perverse.

CIVIL - Calcutta HC: University Cannot Deduct Portion of Salary Without Obtaining Consent
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:08:09 IST

Calcutta High Court has opined that a University cannot deduct a portion of the salary of its employees, as donation, without obtaining their consent in a plea filed by professors of the Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan against the order of the Registrar compelling them to donate a day's salary to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, West Bengal/West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund.

CIVIL - Telangana HC Directs to Prepare Comprehensive Plan for Conservation of Ramappa Temple
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:07:59 IST

Telangana High Court has instructed the State and Central governments to prepare a comprehensive plan for conservation and management of iconic Ramappa temple in Mulugu district, which was recently recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site.

CIVIL - Madras HC Refuses to Pass Interim Order on Basis of Oral Submissions
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:07:49 IST

Madras High Court has refused to pass any kind of interim order on the basis of oral submissions that the State government was gearing up to implement the 10.5% internal reservation for the Vanniakula Kshatriya community in medical and engineering college admissions.

EDUCATION - Madras HC Seeks State Response in Plea Challenging Admission to Undergraduate Courses
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:07:39 IST

Madras High Court has sought the State government's response in a batch of petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Indian Medicine and Homeopathy on preferential basis to students of Government Schools Act, 2020. The impugned legislation grants a horizontal reservation of 7.5 per cent seats in medical colleges for students passing out of government schools in the State.

DIRECT TAXATION - Madras HC Quashes Assessment Orders Against Karti Chidambaram and Wife for AY 2014-15
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:07:29 IST

Madras High Court has quashed the assessment orders passed by the Income Tax Department on July 15 with respect to the returns filed by Sivaganga Member of Parliament Karti P. Chidambaram and his wife Srinidhi Karti Chidambaram for the assessment year 2014-15.

CIVIL - Kerala HC Seeks Response on Delay in Reconstruction of Nooradi Bridge
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:07:19 IST

Kerala High Court has directed the Secretaries of the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Local Self-Government Department (LSGD) to appear in person on August 8 to explain the reasons for the delay in complying with the court directive to reconstruct the flood-damaged Nooradi bridge in Vandiperiyar, Idukki.

CIVIL - Kerala HC Issues Notice on LDF Candidate M Swaraj's Challenge Against Tripunithara Election Results
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:07:09 IST

Kerala High Court has issued notice to Congress candidate K Babu in the election petition filed against him by CPI (M) leader and former Tripunithara Member of Legislative Assembly, M Swaraj.

CIVIL - Kerala HC Seeks Response in Plea Seeking Clarification to Penalize Devices While Driving
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:06:59 IST

Kerala High Court has sought response of the State Government in a plea seeking clarification on the move by the Police department to penalize the use of Bluetooth/hands-free devices to talk on mobile phones while driving.

CIVIL - Kerala HC Refuses to Stay Notification Issued by Travancore Devaswom Board for Appointment
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:06:50 IST

Kerala High Court has refused to stay the notification issued by the Travancore Devaswom Board calling for applications to the post of Melshanti at the Sabarimala Temple only from Malayala Brahmins.

CIVIL - Kerala HC Dismisses Plea for Publication of Lakshadweep Draft Regulations in Vernacular Languages
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:06:40 IST

Kerala High Court has dismissed the petition seeking directions to the Lakshadweep Administration to publish its draft Regulations in the vernacular languages in plea filed by Lakshadweep MP and political leaders. The Court has granted liberty to the petitioners to proceed to the Ministry of Home Affairs with their grievances and suggestions.

INSOLVENCY - IBBI Amends Guidelines on Technical Standards for Performance of Core Services
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:06:30 IST

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has notified the Guidelines for Technical Standards for the Performance of Core Services and Other Services (Amendment), 2021 under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017. The amendment defines the term "Identity Details" which means C-KYC number in the C-KYC database maintained by CERSAI or identification number of any OVD of a person who is a resident of India.

CAPITAL MARKET - SEBI Imposes Penalty on Viaan Industries and Promoters for Violating Insider Trading Norms
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:06:20 IST

Securities and Exchange Board of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 3 lakhs on Viaan Industries and its promoters Shilpa Shetty and her husband Raj Kundra for violating SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 2015.

CIVIL - Rajya Sabha Passes Juvenile Justice (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:06:10 IST

Rajya Sabha has passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021, to "strengthen the child protection setup under the 2015 Act".

DIRECT TAXATION - CBDT Amends Rule 12 of Income Tax Rules Dealing with Return of Income
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:05:59 IST

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified Income-tax (20th Amendment) Rules, 2021 which seeks to amend Income-tax Rules, 1962. The Board has amended Rule 12 of Income Tax Rules, 1962 that deals with "Return of income" pursuant to amendment under section 148 of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Directs Centre to Decide Representation for Regulation of Online Games
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 14:53:09 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the Central Government to decide a representation made to it for formulation of a policy for protection of children from "online gaming addiction" as well as constitution of a regulatory body to monitor gaming content, including both online and offline gaming.

EXCISE - Delhi HC Issues Notice on Plea Challenging Delhi Excise Policy 2021
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 14:52:58 IST

Delhi High Court has issued notice on a petition challenging Delhi Excise Policy 2021 insofar as it reduces the minimum age for consumption of liquor in the national capital. The Court has asked the counsel appearing for Delhi Government to seek instructions in the matter and file a counter affidavit by the next date.

CRIMINAL - Delhi HC Issues Notice on Delhi Police Plea Challenging Trial Court Order Imposing Costs
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 14:52:47 IST

Delhi High Court has issued notice on Delhi Police's plea challenging Trial Court's order which had imposed Rs. 25,000 cost on it by calling the investigation as 'farcical' and 'most callous' in connection with a Delhi Riots case.

CRIMINAL - Calcutta HC Grants Time to West Bengal Government to Submit Supplementary Affidavit
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 14:52:33 IST

Calcutta High Court has granted time to the West Bengal government to submit its supplementary affidavit in response to report of the Committee of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) by 31st July, 2021.

CIVIL - SC: Welfare Schemes Should Cover All Orphan Children and Not Just Children Orphaned by Covid
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:30:49 IST

Supreme Court has made an oral observation that the welfare schemes for orphans, such as the one announced under the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund), should cover all children who became orphans during COVID-19, and not just those who got orphaned due to COVID.

CAPITAL MARKET - SC: Consent of SEBI Not Mandatory for Compounding Offences Under SEBI Act
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:30:40 IST

Supreme Court has held that the consent of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is not mandatory for the compounding of offences under section 24A of the SEBI Act, 1988 but taking views of the expert body is necessary.

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Seeks Reply on Pleas for Increasing Crematoriums/ Burial Grounds
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:30:30 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the concerned authorities to file their replies to a batch of petitions seeking directions for dignified burial/cremation of dead bodies in wake of Covid-19. The Court has granted time till 6th September, 2021, for filing of a fresh status report/ counter affidavit in the matter.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Seeks Report on Steps Taken by Municipal Corporations to Control Mosquito Infestation
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:30:20 IST

Delhi High Court has asked the Municipal Corporations in Delhi to file a status report indicating the steps taken by them to prevent mosquito infestation in the national capital, especially in view of the monsoon season.

DEFENCE - Delhi HC Refuses to Pass Interim Order Granting Permanent Commission to Woman Naval Officer
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:30:11 IST

Delhi High Court has refused to issue an order granting Permanent Commission to a woman Naval Officer in the Indian Navy by observing that the grant of Permanent Commission as per the relevant statute is subject to vacancies and that there existed no gender discrimination in this regard.

CRIMINAL - Bombay High Court Refuses Ad-Interim Relief to Raj Kundra in Porn Film Case
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:30:02 IST

Bombay High Court has refused to grant ad-interim reliefs to businessman Raj Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, in his plea seeking release in a pornography racket alleging "illegal" arrest.

CRIMINAL - Karnataka HC Enquires Legality of SIT Probe in Alleged Sex CD Scandal
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:29:52 IST

Karnataka High Court has raised questions at the legality of the SIT probe in the alleged sex CD scandal involving former State Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, as the SIT Chief has been on leave since 1st May, 2021.

CIVIL - Madras HC Extends Interim Orders Till August 31 Except For Orders Pertaining to Encroachment
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:29:43 IST

Madras High Court has observed that the life of all interim orders shall be extended till 31st August, 2021 except for orders pertaining to encroachment matters. The order was passed pursuant to the initiation of suo moto proceedings by the Court in Re: Extension of Remand and Interim Orders on May 17.

CRIMINAL - Gujarat HC Questions Gujarat State Government for Detaining People for Possession of Remdesivir
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:29:33 IST

Gujarat High Court has questioned the Gujarat State Government for detaining people under Prevention of Anti-Social Activities, 1985 (PASA) for possessing a few Remdesivir injections, while finding the act of distribution of 5000 injections by political party to be in "accordance with the law".

CRIMINAL - Gujarat HC Refuses to Suspend Sentence of Man Convicted for Acid Attack
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:29:24 IST

Gujarat High Court has refused to suspend the sentence of a man convicted under Section 326A of the Indian Penal Court, 1860 stressing that the Court wants the daughters to be safe and further questioned that from where one gets the idea of throwing acid.

EDUCATION - Kerala HC Orders Cancellation of Offline Examinations for First and Third Semester BTech Courses
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:29:15 IST

Kerala High Court has ordered the cancellation of the offline examinations for first and third semester B. Tech courses being conducted by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technological University.

CIVIL - Kerala HC Stays Show Cause Notice Issued by Lakshadweep Administration for Demolition of Madrassa
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:29:05 IST

Kerala High Court has stayed the eviction and demolition of a long-standing madrassa in Lakshadweep. The Court has passed the interim order while directing the Lakshadweep Administration to file a counter affidavit within four weeks.

CRIMINAL - Kerala High Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Further Probe in Kodakara Money Heist
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:28:55 IST

Kerala High Court has imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on an organisation seeking to entrust the investigation in the Kodakara money heist case to the Crime Branch or constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

CRIMINAL - Kerala HC Orders Release of 61-year-old Convict Who Spent 18 Years in Prison in 14 Cases
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:28:46 IST

Kerala High Court has granted relief to a 61-year-old man who had spent over 18 years behind bars for sentences awarded to him in 14 criminal cases pending before different courts across the State.

MARINE LAWS - Parliament Passes Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:28:36 IST

Parliament has passed the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021, citing "enormous technological development" in the field of marine navigation and the need to regulate the same. The Bill will repeal the Lighthouse Act, 1927 governing the traditional navigation aid, i.e. lighthouses.

CIVIL - SC: Production of Injury Report is Not Sine Qua Non for Establishing Offence
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:03:00 IST

Supreme Court has observed that production of injury report is not a sine qua non for establishing the case for the offence under Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Delhi HC Allows Sushant Singh Rajput's Father to Approach Single Judge Against Release of Film
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:02:50 IST

Delhi High Court has granted liberty to the father of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, to approach the single judge with his grievance pertaining to release of the actor's alleged biopic, "Nyay: The Justice."

CIVIL - Delhi HC Dismisses IMA President Appeal Challenging Trial Court's Order
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:02:40 IST

Delhi High Court has dismissed Indian Medical Association (IMA) president Dr. J.A. Jayalal's appeal challenging trial court's order asking him to not use the IMA platform for propagating any religion and rather to concentrate on welfare of medical fraternity.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Asks for Centre Response on Issuance of New Passport to Transgender Woman
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:02:30 IST

Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to respond on a petition seeking issuance of a new passport to a Transgender woman with the required changes in name and gender without insisting on the production of sex-change certificate.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Disposes of Plea Seeking Directions to Reopen Spa Centres Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:02:19 IST

Delhi High Court has disposed of pleas seeking directions on the Delhi Government to reopen spa centres which were closed amid Covid-19 pandemic, after taking on record the order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority permitting their reopening.

BANKING - Delhi HC Directs RBI to Clear Stand for Regulation of Online Lending Platforms
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:02:09 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the Reserve Bank of India to come out with a clear stand for regulation of online lending platforms that are allegedly charging exorbitant interest rates from borrowers.

OTHER TAXES - Madras HC Stays Single Bench Judgment Against Tamil Actor Vijay
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:01:59 IST

Madras High Court has stayed a single bench judgment which had passed adverse observations against Tamil Actor Vijay and had imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on him for filing a petition challenging the levy of entry tax on his Rolls Royce car.

CIVIL - Madras HC Directs State to Undertake Measures to Notify Madurai Airport as International Airport
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:01:49 IST

Madras High Court has instructed the State government to undertake immediate measures to expand the Madurai Airport and also acquire land in this regard so as to declare and notify the airport as an 'International Airport'.

CRIMINAL - Kerala HC Permits Termination of 15-Week Pregnancy of Mentally Challenged Rape Victim
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:01:38 IST

Kerala High Court has permitted termination of an over 15-week pregnancy of a mentally challenged rape victim citing that it was in her best interests as she was incapable of making an informed decision on her own.

CONTRACT - SC: Letter of Intent Can be Binding Contract if Its Term So Dictates
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:27:44 IST

Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal filed by South Eastern Coalfields Ltd, observing that a Letter of Intent is not a binding contract unless such an intention is evident from its terms. The Court has observed that such intention must be clear and unambiguous as Letter of Intent normally indicates a party's intention to enter into a contract with the other party in future.

CAPITAL MARKET - SC: Franklin Templeton Will Not Launch Any New Debt Scheme Till Disposal of Appeal
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:27:35 IST

Supreme Court has recorded that Franklin Templeton Asset Management India Pvt Ltd will not launch any new debt scheme till disposal of its appeal pending before the Securities Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai.

LAW OF EVIDENCE - SC: Ocular Evidence Can be Disbelieved When Gross Contradiction Between Medical and Oral Evidence
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:27:25 IST

Supreme Court has set aside an order of High Court that acquitted an accused in a murder case observing that ocular evidence is considered the best evidence unless there are reasons to doubt it. The Court has observed that the ocular evidence may be disbelieved only when there is a gross contradiction between medical evidence and oral evidence, and the medical evidence makes the ocular testimony improbable.

RIGHT TO INFORMATION - Delhi HC: Personal Information Having No Relation with Any Public Activity Cannot be Disclosed
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:27:16 IST

Delhi High Court has observed that any personal information having no relation with any public activity or public interest cannot be disclosed under the Right to Information Act, 2005. The Court has also said that disclosure of such information can cause an unwarranted invasion into one's privacy.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Seeks Response on Plea for Building Separate Public Toilet Facilities for Transgender
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:27:06 IST

Delhi High Court has sought the response of Centre and Delhi Government on a plea seeking directions for building separate public toilet facilities for Transgender and third gender. The Court has issued notice to Union of India through Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Delhi Government and Delhi Municipal Corporations.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS - Bombay HC Refuses Javed Akhtar's Application for Quashing Petition Regarding Didda Copyright Row
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:26:56 IST

Bombay High Court has refused to hear lyricist Javed Akhtar's interim application in Kangana Ranaut's quashing petition regarding the Didda Copyright Row, asking him to approach the complainant or the public prosecutor as he was not a party in the present proceedings.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - Gujarat HC: Issuance of Illusory Pre-Show Cause Notice for Consultation Before Hearing is Arbitrary
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:26:47 IST

Gujarat High Court while imposing the cost of Rs. 20,000 on Goods and Service Tax Department held that the Issuance of an illusory Pre-Show-Cause Notice for consultation only two hours before the hearing is arbitrary.

CIVIL - Allahabad HC: Resolution to Not Appear in Criminal Cases Involving Lawyers is Unconstitutional
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:26:37 IST

Allahabad High Court has held that a resolution passed by the Bar Associations that none of its members will do pairvi in any criminal case against a member Advocate or his family members is not only un-constitutional, against the ethics of professional advocacy as well as against the concept of Articles 14, 21 and 22(1) of the Constitution of India, 1949.

ELECTION - Madras HC Orders Notice on Election Petition Challenging Victory from Katpadi Assembly Constituency
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:26:27 IST

Madras High Court has ordered notice to Minister for Water Resources Duraimurugan on an election petition challenging his victory from Katpadi Assembly constituency this year with a slender margin of 746 votes compared to his nearest rival candidate V. Ramu of the AIADMK who secured 84,394 votes.

CRIMINAL - Kerala High Court Grants Interim Anticipatory Bail to Two Accused in ISRO Espionage Case
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:26:17 IST

Kerala High Court has granted interim anticipatory bail to former police officers S. Vijayan and Thampi S. Durga in the ISRO espionage case for two weeks. The duo was accused of being a part of the conspiracy to falsely implicate, arrest and torture ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan for espionage.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Karnataka High Court Issues Notice on Plea Challenging Provisions of New IT Rules 2021
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:26:08 IST

Karnataka High Court has issued notice to the Union of India on a petition seeking to declare Rule 3 (1) (d) and Rule 7 of the Information Technology (Intermediary guidelines and digital media ethics code, 2021, as ultra vires and unconstitutional and strike down the rules as it grants executive powers without adequate safeguards.

EDUCATION - Karnataka HC Refuses to Interfere With Govt Notification on Regular Format SSLC Examination
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:25:57 IST

Karnataka High Court has refused to interfere with a government notification mandating nine days regular format SSLC examination for students registered with the Karnataka Open School System.

CIVIL - Parliament Passes Bill to Declare Two Food Technology Institutes as Institutions of National Importan
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:25:48 IST

Lok Sabha has passed the National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021, to declare the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Kundli and the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur as institutions of national importance.

INSOLVENCY - Finance Minister Introduces Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:25:38 IST

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has introduced the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021, which amends the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.

CIVIL - Lok Sabha Passes Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:25:28 IST

Lok Sabha has passed the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 with an aim to liberalize the Factoring Regulation Act, 2011 by widening the scope of entities which can engage in factoring business. The Bill, based on recommendations of UK Sinha Committee, contemplates long-term measures for economic and financial sustainability of the sector.

CRIMINAL - SC Refuses to Entertain Gautam Gambhir Foundation's Plea Against Enquiry on COVID Drugs Hoarding
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:13:01 IST

Supreme Court has refused to entertain a petition filed by Gautam Gambhir Foundation against the order passed by the Delhi High Court for enquiry into alleged hoarding of COVID-19 drugs by the trust headed by former Indian team cricketer and present BJP MP from Delhi Gautam Gambhir.

CIVIL - MP HC: Social Media Posts of Chief Minister Can't Be Equated with Administrative Order
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:12:51 IST

Madhya Pradesh High Court has observed that the social media posts of a Chief Minister can't be equated with an administrative order/instruction. The Court has held that it is not necessary that every social media post of a government functionary is seen/read out and followed in the administrative hierarchy.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Appoints Local Commissioner to Submit Report on Donations, Facilities for Devotees
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:12:39 IST

Delhi High Court has appointed a local commissioner for paying surprise visits in Kalkaji Temple in respect of ascertaining conduct of 'puja sewa', collection of offerings being put in donation boxes and also other issues regarding cleanliness, hygiene and facilities for devotees.

CIVIL - MP High Court Allows Plea of SC-PwD Candidate in Civil Judge Selection
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:12:29 IST

Madhya Pradesh High Court has held that vertical reservation can be granted in favor of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes concerning Article 16(4) of the Constitution of India, 1949 and the reservation in favor of physically handicapped concerning Article 16(1) of the Constitution of India shall be considered as a horizontal reservation.

CIVIL - Delhi HC: Presence of Estranged Husband Not Required to Process OCI Card Application
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:51:23 IST

Delhi High Court has held that imposition of the condition mandating the presence of both spouses for the purpose of processing an OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card application in the absence of any statutory rule or guideline to this effect is untenable.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Issues Notice on Plea Challenging Provision of Time to File Objections to Delhi Master Plan
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:51:13 IST

Delhi High Court has issued notice on a plea challenging a notification issued by the Delhi Development Authority in June this year, providing only 45 days' time to Delhi residents for filing their suggestions and objections with respect to the Delhi Master Plan, 2041.

CRIMINAL - Karnataka HC: Acid Attack is Crime Against Basic Human Rights
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:51:03 IST

Karnataka High Court has said that acid attack is a crime against basic human rights and also violates the most cherished fundamental rights guaranteed under Article-21 of the Constitution of India, 1949. The Court has confirmed the sentence of life imprisonment imposed under section 326 (A) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 on one Mahesha (32) a jilted lover stating that the accused cannot treat the victim as slave and pour acid on her face and body.

CIVIL - Kerala HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Removal of Muslims, Certain Christians from Backward Classes
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:50:53 IST

Kerala High Court has dismissed the petition seeking a declaration to cancel the reservation and financial aid provided to Muslims, Latin Catholics, and other Scheduled Castes.

CONSTITUTION - Calcutta HC Upholds Senior Citizen's Right to Reside in His Own House
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:50:43 IST

Calcutta High Court has reiterated that the right of a senior citizen to exclusively reside in his own house and also direct the eviction of his son and daughter-in-law if need be, must be viewed from the prism of Article 21 of the Constitution of India, 1949.

CRIMINAL - Madras HC Quashes Sedition Case for Distributing Hand Bills in 2018 Anti-Sterlite Protest
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:50:33 IST

Madras High Court has quashed criminal case against two persons booked under sedition for distributing hand bills against the Centre and State Government in relation to the 2018 Anti-Sterlite Protest, observing that showing protest, being a fundamental right, is a hallmark of democracy.

CRIMINAL - Karnataka High Court Denies Bail to Accused in Gauri Lankesh Murder Case
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:50:23 IST

Karnataka High Court has dismissed a petition seeking bail filed by Mohan Nayak who is an accused in the journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, observing that the appellant cannot take the benefit of delay in taking cognizance in order to claim statutory bail.

CIVIL - Himachal Pradesh HC Seeks Response on Availability of Covid Facilities in State
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:50:14 IST

Himachal Pradesh High Court has sought response of the State Government on the availability of Covid 19 facilities in the State with regards to the ambulances, hospitals including mental health hospitals and pediatrics facilities with regards to children. The Court has also directed the State Government to continue uploading relevant details about all Covid related activities on the State website.

CRIMINAL - Chhattisgarh HC Refuses to Quash FIR Against Senior IPS Officer Charged With Sedition
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:50:04 IST

Chhattisgarh High Court has refused to quash an FIR against a suspended Additional DGP, who has been accused of tarnishing the reputation of the Government to destroy the peace and harmony of the State in a sedition case alleging that during the raids in the location linked to him, some documents were recovered which showed that he has been involved in promoting enmity among the communities.

CRIMINAL - AP HC Dismisses Plea for Recalling Non-Bailable Warrant Against K.V.V. Satyanarayana
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:49:55 IST

Andhra Pradesh High Court has dismissed a petition filed by K.V.V. Satyanarayana, Special Secretary (Finance), for recalling the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against him in a case related to dues to be paid to G. Siva Narayana, sarpanch of Bhaskararaopet village in Kalidindi mandal of Krishna district, and ordered that he should be taken into custody.

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Constitutes Committee for Recommending Remedial Measures Against Ground Water Contamination
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:49:46 IST

National Green Tribunal has constituted a five member joint committee in order to recommend the remedial measures to curb the contamination of ground water in a village situated in Haryana's Sangrur District in a case wherein reference was made by the applicant on Hindustan Times report dated 8th July 2021 titled 'Sangrur tubewell spews out polluted water; PPCB blames dismantled factor.'

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Directs KRMB to Visit Worksite of Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:49:35 IST

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) to visit the worksite of Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (RLIS) to assess whether the work going on there was for preparation of the detailed project report or more than that and submit a report by 9th August, 2021.

DIRECT TAXATION - ITAT, Bangalore: Income Tax Deduction Not Allowed to Professional Charges Paid for Acquisition
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:49:24 IST

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Bangalore has held that the income tax deduction cannot be allowed to professional and consultancy charges paid for the acquisition of the Companies by the assessee, Steer Engineering Pvt. Ltd.

ENVIRONMENT - Supreme Court Rejects Petition Challenging NGT Order on Use of Firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, Upholds Ban
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 17:25:51 IST

Supreme Court has rejected the petition challenging the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) order on the usage of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region. The NGT's order had imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of all firecrackers during the COVID-19 pandemic in NCR and other cities in India with poor Air Quality Index index.

PROPERTY - Supreme Court: Second-Hand Flat Buyers have Same Rights as Original Allottees
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:29:37 IST

Supreme Court has observed while providing major relief to homebuyers who purchased flats from original allottees but were not delivered the apartments that a builder cannot deny the right to get possession within a reasonable period of time and that they were also entitled to get a refund of their money.

CONSTITUTION - Supreme Court: Independence of District Judiciary is Cardinal
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:29:25 IST

Supreme Court has pointed out that "trial judges work amidst appalling conditions" and called for a change in what it said is "the colonial mindset which pervades the treatment meted out to the district judiciary" stating that "Judicial independence of the district judiciary is cardinal to the integrity of the entire system".

CRIMINAL - Apex Court Says 'very unlikely' it Will Cancel Bail of Student activists Held in Riots
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:29:13 IST

Apex Court observes that frowning upon "hypersensitivity in political matters" said that it is "very unlikely" to send back to jail three student activists, Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha, who were arrested in May last year for allegedly instigating the February 2020 Delhi riots.

TENANCY - Delhi High Court Directs Delhi Govt to Frame Policy on Payment of Rents for the Poor Within Six Weeks
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:29:02 IST

Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi Government to frame a policy to pay rents of labourers during the Covid lockdown. The plea before the Court had requested all landlords to postpone demand/collection of rents from poor and poverty-stricken tenants.

CRIMINAL - Bombay High Court Dismisses 2 Pleas to Quash CBI FIR Against Anil Deshmukh
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:28:50 IST

Bombay High Court has rejected two petitions to quash completely or partly a first investigation report registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation against former State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and unknown others for criminal conspiracy and offence of undue gains as a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

CONSTITUTION - Delhi High Court Declares Section 17 of Senior Citizens Act Ultra Vires
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:28:37 IST

Delhi High Court has declared as ultra vires Section 17 of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 which bars lawyers from representing parties in matters before the Maintenance Tribunals. The order is in line with the judgment delivered by a Division bench of the Kerala High Court in April this year, noting that the provision is ultra vires of Section 30 of the Advocates Act, 1961.

CRIMINAL - Orissa High Court Disposes of PIL for Aid to Rape Victim after 15 Years
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:28:23 IST

Orissa High Court has disposed of a public interest litigation filed 15 years ago seeking Rs 10 lakh compensation for a rape victim as it was not clear whether the Petitioner had the victim's consent to pursue the case. The court observed that it is not known whether the victim was even made aware of it and her present whereabouts are also naturally not known.

CIVIL - Supreme Court Allows Andhra Govt to Withdraw Its Plea to Lift Stay on Investigation
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:11:23 IST

Supreme Court has allowed the state of Andhra Pradesh to withdraw its petition filed against the stay imposed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court on the probe into the Amaravati Land Scam case.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Delhi High Court Issues Notice on Plea Challenging IT Rules, 2021
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:11:11 IST

Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on a fresh plea challenging the vires of Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Asks Paralympic Committee of India to Take Instructions on Shooter Naresh Sharma's Plea
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:10:58 IST

Delhi High Court has granted a day's time to the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), the apex body for promotion and development of Para Sports in India, to seek instructions on a plea filed by shooter Naresh Kumar Sharma over his non-selection for the upcoming Tokyo games 2020.

CRIMINAL - Calcutta HC Grants Time to WB Government to Submit Reply to Final Report by NHRC
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:10:45 IST

Calcutta High Court has granted time to the West Bengal state government to submit a reply to the final report submitted by the Committee of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on West Bengal Post Poll Violence.

CIVIL - Gauhati HC: Foreigners Tribunal Cannot Suo Moto Assume Jurisdiction to Give Opinion
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:10:30 IST

Gauhati High Court has ruled that the Foreigners Tribunal cannot suo moto assume the jurisdiction to give an opinion which is not sought while answering reference made to it regarding entry of a person, suspected to be a foreigner, into Assam.

MOTOR VEHICLES - SC: Third Party Insurance Deemed to be Transferred Along with Effective Control Over Vehicle
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:34:54 IST

Supreme Court has reiterated that when a transport corporation hires a motor vehicle for use from its registered owner, the third-party insurance coverage will also be deemed to be transferred along with the vehicle.

CIVIL - SC: Under Order 7 Rule 11(d) of CPC, Court Cannot Allow Plaintiff to Amend Plaint
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:34:43 IST

Supreme Court has held that while rejecting a plaint under Order 7 Rule 11(d) of Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, the Court cannot grant liberty to the plaintiff to amend the plaint. The Court has observed that the proviso to Rule 11 covers the cases falling within the ambit of clauses (b) and (c) and has no application to a rejection of a plaint under Order 7 Rule 11(d).

CRIMINAL - Delhi HC Transfers CBI Investigation into Allegation of Killing of Undertrial Prisoner in Tihar Jail
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:34:33 IST

Delhi High Court has transferred to Central Bureau of Investigation the investigation into alleged killing of an undertrial prisoner by jail officers inside the Tihar Jail, after observing that an in depth investigation into the matter is required to be conducted. The Court has taken note of the fact that there was no investigation made into the claim made by deceased's sister that he had made a phone call to her a day prior to his death expressing apprehension that he would be killed.

ENVIRONMENT - Bombay High Court Issues Directions for Proper Functioning of Tree Authority in Goa
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:34:22 IST

Bombay High Court has issued several directions for their proper functioning, being "extremely distressed" by the fact that the Tree Authorities in both the districts of Goa have not functioned at all since about a decade.

CRIMINAL - Allahabad HC Stays Arrest of Journalist Vineet Narain Accused of Making Defamatory Posts
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:34:12 IST

Allahabad High Court has granted interim protection against arrest to Journalist Vineet Narain and his associate named Rajneesh Kapur, who has been booked for putting up allegations on social media posts that Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Champat Rai and his brothers grabbed land from gaushala in Bijnor district.

LAW OF MEDICINE - Karnataka High Court Refuses to Stay Compulsory Rural Service Condition
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:34:02 IST

Karnataka High Court has held that notification which called upon the fresh doctors to undergo compulsory rural service for a period of one year under provisions of the Karnataka Compulsory Service to Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act, 2012, to be 'reasonable' and that the legislation promulgated by the State in regard to compulsory rural service is not in conflict with either the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 or National Medical Commission Act, 2019.

EDUCATION - Karnataka HC Confirms Interim Order Staying Government Orders on Online Classes
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:33:52 IST

Karnataka High Court has confirmed the interim order passed by a coordinate bench of the Court on 8th July, 2020, by which it had stayed the government orders issued to the extent they put an embargo on conducting online classes for students of LKG to Class X.

CRIMINAL - Kerala HC Acquits Two Non-Tribal Person Arraigned as Accused in Rape and Murder of Tribal Woman
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:33:40 IST

Kerala High Court has acquitted two non-tribal persons who were arraigned as accused in the case relating to the rape and murder of a tribal woman following public protests, observing that when public opinion influences an investigation, its course gets diverted with exasperating results.

CIVIL - Gujarat HC Directs Hospital to Conduct IVF/ART on Critical COVID Patient on Wife's Plea
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:33:30 IST

Gujarat High Court has directed a hospital in Vadodara to conduct an IVF/Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) procedure for the collection of samples from the body of a critical COVID-19 patient after his wife expressed her desire to bear his child.

CIVIL - Gauhati HC Seeks Views of Three States on Alarming Rise in Covid Cases
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:33:17 IST

Gauhati High Court has sought views from Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on the alarming rise of Covid-19 cases. The Court has taken suo motu notice of the alarming situation of Covid-19 pandemic, which is in its second wave, in the states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, where the positivity rate is extremely high.

CONSTITUTION - SC Upholds Citizen's Right to Challenge Constitutional Amendment Affecting States' Power
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:55:38 IST

Supreme Court has observed that when a citizen of India challenges a constitutional amendment as being procedurally infirm, it is the duty of the Court to examine such challenge on merits, answering the Centre's submission that there is no challenge against Constitution 97th Amendment by States.

CIVIL - Delhi HC Issues Notice to MEA on Plea for Repatriation of Five Indian Seafarers Stranded In Iran
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:55:26 IST

Delhi High Court has issued notice on a plea moved by families of five Indian seafarers who are said to be stranded in Iran despite their acquittal by a local Court in an alleged case of conspiracy.

LABOUR AND INDUSTRIAL - Delhi HC Asks Labour Courts/ Tribunals to Include Details of Workmen & Management
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:55:12 IST

Delhi High Court has issued directions to all Labour Courts, Tribunals and Authorities to include details of workmen and management while passing orders or awards in cases concerning their disputes regarding termination, suspension etc.

ENVIRONMENT - Kerala HC Directs State to Not Obstruct Research on Tiger Moth Disease
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:55:00 IST

Kerala High Court has directed the state to inform whether there was any obstruction in permitting the petitioner scientist to collect discarded blood samples of patients suffering from fever from various health centres, health laboratories, and district hospitals in the State to develop a diagnostic kit to detect tiger moth disease from infectious viral fevers.

CIVIL - Kerala HC: Constitutional Jurisdiction Cannot be Used for Deciding Disputes
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:54:47 IST

Kerala High Court has held that its constitutional jurisdiction cannot be used for deciding disputes for which remedies under the civil law are available. The Court has held that the petitioners are not entitled to any reliefs refusing to exercise the powers of the judicial review and superintendence.

CIVIL - Karnataka HC Confirms Interim Order Passed by Coordinate Bench of Court on July 8
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:54:28 IST

Karnataka High Court has confirmed the interim order passed by a coordinate bench of the court on July 8, 2020, by which it had stayed the government orders issued on June 15 and June 27, 2020 to the extent they put an embargo on conducting online classes for students of LKG to Class X.

CRIMINAL - P&H HC Orders DGP (Punjab) to Take Steps to Curb Drug Supply and Consumption
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:54:06 IST

Punjab & Haryana High Court has ordered the Director-General of Police (Punjab) to take practical steps to curb the spread of drug supply and consumption in the State. It has further directed the DGP to 'catch hold' of such persons who are running fake companies/ fake medical stores without valid licenses, for illegal drug trade.

CIVIL - J&K HC: Omission to Record Statement of Accused Not Fatal to Validity of Trial
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 14:53:45 IST

Jammu & Kashmir High Court has held that in the absence of any prejudice to the accused or demonstrated failure of justice, omission to record his statement under Section 242 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 [J&K] cannot be held to be fatal to the validity of the trial.

CRIMINAL - SC: High Courts Can Pass Interim Orders in Section 482 CrPC in Exceptional Cases
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:24:03 IST

Supreme Court has observed that the High Courts can pass interim protection order in Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 petitions in exceptional cases by giving brief reasons.

ARBITRATION - SC: Courts Cannot Modify Award Passed Under Section 34 of Arbitration Act
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:23:51 IST

Supreme Court has held that Courts cannot modify an award passed under Section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 in Project Director, NHAI v. M Hakeem case, while dismissing all appeals pertaining to the case.

CRIMINAL - SC Quashes Criminal Proceedings Against DMK Rajya Sabha Member, R.S. Bharathi
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:23:38 IST

Supreme Court has quashed the criminal proceedings against DMK Rajya Sabha member R.S. Bharathi under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 for a speech he made in 2020.

ENVIRONMENT - Allahabad HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance of Noise Pollution by Modified Silencers on Bikes
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:23:25 IST

Allahabad High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of Noise pollution generated through modified silencers specifically Bullet Bikes and the other two wheelers, directing the Additional Chief Standing counsel to assist the Court in the matter.

CIVIL - Bombay HC Directs Municipal Corporations to Ensure Sacrifice of Animals in Slaughter Houses
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:23:12 IST

Bombay High Court has directed authorities in different Municipal Corporations in Maharashtra to ensure animals are sacrificed only in licensed slaughterhouses or abattoirs. The Court has directed local authorities to take action against those illegally slaughtering animals while staying Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Commissioner's order allowing 38 temporary slaughterhouses to operate in the corporation, just outside Mumbai city.

CIVIL - Bombay High Court Refuses to Interfere With BMC's Restrictions on Animal Sacrifice on Bakr Eid
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:22:59 IST

Bombay High Court has refused to interfere with the BMC's circular limiting to 300, the number of water buffaloes to be sacrificed at the designated Deonar abattoir across three days of Eid-ul-Adha or Bakreid, from 21st July to 23rd July, 2021.

EDUCATION - Madras HC Directs Centre to Take Steps for Implementing OBC Reservation in MBBS Seats
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:22:46 IST

Madras High Court has directed the Central government to immediately take measures for implementing OBC reservation in MBBS seats under All India Quota, across under-graduate and post-graduate medical and dental colleges of the State.

EDUCATION - Madras HC Directs State to Install Complaint Boxes in Schools for Sexual Abuse Complaints
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:22:33 IST

Madras High Court has directed the State government to install complaint boxes in every school to encourage students to shun hesitation and complain freely about any case of sexual abuse, either by the managing committee members or teaching or non-teaching staff.

EDUCATION - Karnataka HC Issues Notice to State on Plea Seeking Parity in Assessment Criteria for Evaluating Fres
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:22:19 IST

Karnataka High Court has issued notice to the state government on a petition seeking directions to follow the same assessment method for repeater students of II PUC class, as is being done in the case of regular students, while awarding marks for the academic year 2020-2021.

CRIMINAL - Chhattisgarh High Court Seeks Data of Prisoners Not Released Despite Supreme Court's Direction
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:22:05 IST

Chhattisgarh High Court has directed the State Government and State Legal Service Authority (SLSA) to provide data of all such prisoners who were not released on interim bail/ parole pursuant to a recent order of the Supreme Court for decongestion of prisons. The Court has further directed that a Chart shall also be filed, mentioning the reasons due to which such prisoners were not released.

DIRECT TAXATION - CBDT Extends Electronic Filing IT Forms 15CA/15CB Till August 15
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:21:47 IST

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the electronic filing of Income Tax Forms 15CA/15CB till 15th August, 2021.

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