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CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Gives Chidambaram Interim Bail in ED Case
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:35:43 IST

Supreme Court has granted Congress leader P Chidambaram anticipatory bail in Enforcement Directorate till Monday. However, he will continue to stay under arrest as the Apex Court has posted the petition against CBI also for August 26. (Podcast Available

FAMILY - Supreme Court Issues Notice to Centre on Plea Examining Legality of New Triple Talaq Law
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:35:17 IST

Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central Government seeking its reply on the new law that makes "Triple Talaq" a punishable offense. The Court observed that the same will be examined by them. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Apex Court Gives Govt 2-week Deadline on Tenure After Judge in Ayodhya Case Appeals for Protection
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:34:54 IST

Apex Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to pass orders within two weeks on the extension of tenure of the Special Judge conducting the trial in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti, in Lucknow. (Podcast Available

INSOLVENCY - Supreme Court Extends Status Quo on Jaypee's Insolvency Resolution Process
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:04:38 IST

Supreme Court has extended by a week the status quo on the insolvency process on Jaypee Group's plea challenging the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal order allowing fresh bidding for debt-laden Jaypee Infratech. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Gujarat High Court Stops Police from Probing Bigamy Case Against IAS Officer
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:04:25 IST

Gujarat High Court has granted relief to IAS officer Gaurav Dahiya and held that the Gandhinagar Police cannot probe the allegations of bigamy and cheating leveled against him by a Delhi-based woman. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Madras High Court Grants Three Weeks Leave Extension to Nalini
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:04:12 IST

Madras High Court has extended by another three weeks, the ongoing ordinary leave of Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The leave period expires on August 25.The Court observed that the same conditions ordered by it earlier would apply during this period. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Madras High Court Directs Release of Hindu Woman Who Wanted to Convert to Islam
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:03:57 IST

Madras High Court has directed that a 27-year-old dentist who wanted to convert from Hinduism to Islam be set free and allowed to follow any faith of her choice. (Podcast Available

COMMERCIAL - Bombay High Court: Order Allowing Herbal Hookah Applicable to all Restaurants
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:03:38 IST

Bombay High Court has observed while passing an order on a clutch of petitions by 40 restaurants serving hookah, that as far as the hookah served does not contain tobacco or nicotine, they can be served in licensed restaurants across the State. (Podcast Available

COMMERCIAL - Telangana High Court Suspends Adilabad Collector's Order on Pesticide Sales
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:03:24 IST

Telangana High Court has suspended the order passed by the Adilabad District Collector who made it essential for the dealers to sell Monocrotophos pesticide only to the farmers who got prescription from the mandal agricultural officers to the effect. (Podcast Available

MOTOR VEHICLES - Karnataka High Court: Men are not Machines, Can be Temporarily Careless
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:03:10 IST

Karnataka High Court has observed that men are not machines. No man can be expected to work without ever making a mistake while awarding a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh with 12% interest to a minitruck driver who had met with an accident in October 2010. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Telangana High Court Seeks Report on Honour Killings
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:02:57 IST

Telangana High Court has directed State Director General of Police Mahender Reddy to provide clearer details of honour killing cases in the State. The Court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by U Sambasiva Rao of Telangana State Bahujan Resistance Forum seeking formation of a special investigation team to look into all the honour killings taking place in the State. (Podcast Available

BANKING - Bombay High Court Quashes State Government's Order to Attach NSEL Assests
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:02:42 IST

Bombay High Court has ruled that the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) is not a financial establishment and hence, the notifications passed by the State under the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act to attach its assets, stand quashed. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Cooperative Bank Scam: Bombay High Court Orders FIR Against Ajit Pawar, Others
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:02:28 IST

Bombay High Court has directed Mumbai Police's Economic Offences Wing to register an FIR against NCP leader Ajit Pawar and over 70 others in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank scam case. The Court ruled that prima facie, there was "credible evidence" against them in the case. (Podcast Available

COMMERCIAL - Delhi High Court Lifts Restrictions, Key Cancer Drug May Get Cheaper
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:02:09 IST

Delhi High Court has suspended the interim relief granted to Novartis restraining the manufacture and sale of generic version of Ceritinib, launched by Natco Pharma. This move could help make the lung cancer drugs affordable. (Podcast Available

BANKING - Bombay High Court to RBI: State in 2 Weeks why you Keep Changing Features of Notes and Coins
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:01:56 IST

Bombay High Court has lambasted the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for not responding to the question why it frequently changed the size of currency notes and coins. The Court was hearing a public interest litigation by the National Association for the Blind seeking the production of currency notes and coins friendly to visually challenged people. (Podcast Available

EDUCATION - Rajasthan HC Issues Notice on Request to Restrict Menace of Illegally Operating Coaching Institutes
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:01:41 IST

Rajasthan High Court has issued notices to the Concerned Authorities on a Public Interest Litigation filed before the Court relating to widespread violation of building norms and fire safety standards in various coaching institutes running across the city of Jaipur. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Calcutta High Court Stays Arrest Warrant Against Shashi Tharoor for Hindu Pakistan Remark
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:01:28 IST

Calcutta High Court has stayed a bailable arrest warrant against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for his remark on creation of a 'Hindu Pakistan'. (Podcast Available

COMPANY - McDonald's Case: NCLAT Grants Bakshi Four Weeks to Settle Hudco's Dues
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:01:15 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has given an ultimatum to Vikram Bakshi, the erstwhile joint-venture partner of US burger chain McDonald's, to settle Rs 195-crore dues with Housing and Development Corporation (HUDOC) in four weeks. The Tribunal said if both parties are unable to break the deadlock, the Appellate Tribunal will direct the settlement amount to be paid by Bakshi. (Podcast Available

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - BHC Dismisses Airtel's Plea Against State Govt Accepting Jio's Bid for High Speed Internet Services
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:01:02 IST

Bombay High Court (BHC) has dismissed a writ petition filed by Airtel challenging the notification issued by the State owned Maharastra IT declaring Reliance Jio's bid of Rs 1,25,659 as the lowest in reverse auction held for providing high speed internet services across the State of Maharashtra. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court: Not Rape if Woman has Sex Knowing Marriage Unsure
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:21:15 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that every breach of promise to marry cannot be a false promise,making a man culpable under the rape charge if he has sexual relations with a woman. Under the law, a man can be convicted of rape if it is established that he had sexual intercourse with a woman on the pretext of a false promise of marriage. However clarifying the legal position in this regard, the Court has held that in every case a man cannot be held guilty when he fails to marry a woman despite a promise. (Podcast Available

BANKING - Supreme Court: Evidence Given to Raise Presumption Under Section 139 NI Act Cannot be Discarded
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:20:54 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that evidence adduced by the Complainant under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881(NI Act) to raise statutory presumption under Section 139 cannot be discarded merely on the ground that there were no such averments in the complaint. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court: Court Cannot be Used as Means by Any Person to Perpetuate Illegality
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:20:36 IST

Supreme Court has observed that the Court cannot be used as a tool by a litigant to perpetuate illegality and observed that a person who has liability but for the interim stay cannot be allowed to reap the advantages on the basis of interim orders of the Court. (Podcast Available

CAPITAL MARKET - SC Issues Notice to DLF on Non-Disclosure of Key Information in Qualified Institutional Placements
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:20:18 IST

Supreme Court has issued a notice to the company based on a petition that highlighted how DLF had suppressed key information regarding judicial proceedings against its largest chunk of land-bank in Haryana. A notice has also been issued to SEBI, which too is party to the case. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Supreme Court: High Court can Start Disciplinary Proceedings Against Judicial Officer
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:20:02 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that the high court on the administrative side (also known as the full court) can suspend a subordinate judicial officer facing disciplinary proceedings of allegations of sexual harassment. The Court clarified that the High Court's power to control judicial officers under Article 253 of the Constitution of India, 1950 was not affected by provisions in the law against sexual harassment. (Podcast Available

PROPERTY - Apex Court to Lawyers: Present Evidence on Ayodhya Temple Claim
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:19:45 IST

Apex Court has asked the Hindu parties' lawyers to present objective evidence to show that a temple, especially one dedicated to Lord Ram, once stood on the Ramjanmabhumi. (Podcast Available

FAMILY - Supreme Court: Legal Route Adopted by Wife Cannot be Termed as 'Cruelty' On Husband
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:19:26 IST

Supreme Court has observed that legal course adopted by wife to protect her rights cannot be termed as inflicting cruelty on the husband. The Court ruled that it was needless to mention that irretrievable breakdown of marriage by itself was not a ground provided under the statute for seeking dissolution of marriage. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Madras High Court Rejects Karti Chidambaram's Plea Challenging Transfer of I-T Case to Special Court
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:19:10 IST

Madras High Court has turned down Congress MP Karti Chidambaram's plea seeking an interim stay in connection with an income tax case filed before a special court for alleged economic offences. The case relates to the alleged non-disclosure of Rs 1.35 crore received by Karti and his wife in cash for the sale of lands in Tamil Nadu's Muthukadu. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Bombay High Court: Stamp Duty Cannot be Charged on Resale of Old Properties
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:18:51 IST

Bombay High Court in a landmark judgment has put an end to the age-old practice of collecting stamp duty retrospectively on resale of old properties. The Court also ruled against imposing hefty penalty for past sale agreements that are now regarded as insufficiently stamped or not registered. (Podcast Available

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Madras High Court: No Plan to Restrict Social Media
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:18:34 IST

Madras High Court has made it clear that it was absolutely not interested, at any point of time, in addressing a plea made by two public interest litigation Petitioners to link Aadhaar or any other government authorised identity proof with social media accounts held by individuals. (Podcast Available

ELECTION - Bombay High Court Disposes of PIL Against MNS Rallies Before Lok Sabha Polls
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:18:14 IST

Bombay High Court ruled that the court cannot stop anyone from holding rallies while disposing of a PIL to bar political parties such as the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) from holding rallies because they had not contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (Podcast Available

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS - Delhi High Court: No Infringement Action Valid in Respect of Unregistered or Revoked Patent
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:17:51 IST

Delhi High Court has dismissed the claim of Novartis seeking injunction against Natco Pharma from manufacturing a cancer drug. The Court ruled that there can be no claim for infringement with respect to a patent which has been revoked in a post - grant proceeding. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - Allahabad High Court Bars DJs and Passes Directions for Regulating Use of Loudspeakers
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:17:36 IST

Allahabad High Court has imposed total prohibition on use of Disc Jockeys (DJs) in the State and asked the State Government to issue a toll free number dedicated to registering complaints against illegal use of loudspeakers. (Podcast Available

CONSTITUTION - Madras High Court Declines to Stay Verdict Against Kiran Bedi
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:17:19 IST

Madras High Court has declined to stay a Single Judge's April 30 verdict which held that Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi cannot interfere with the day-to-day administration of the Union Territory when an elected government was in place, since it would amount to running a parallel government. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Permits Bail to Person Accused of Rape on False Promise to Marry
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:17:00 IST

Delhi High Court has allowed bail to a person who was accused of having a physical relationship with a woman on a false pretense of marriage. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Bombay High Court Declines Relief to Malaysian National Caught Smuggling Human Embryos
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:16:43 IST

Bombay High Court has declined to return the passport to a Malaysian national accused of smuggling of human embryos from Malaysia to India. The Court observed that if the passport is returned, the accused will leave India and may not return for adjudication, making it difficult to secure his presence for the trial. (Podcast Available

INSOLVENCY - NCLAT Seeks Jet lenders' Reply on Dutch Insolvency Administrator's Plea
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:16:25 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has asked the Committee of Creditors of Jet Airways if they would coordinate with a Dutch Court appointed administrator and accord other equally situated foreign lenders, who were also pursuing insolvency proceedings against the debt-laden airline, the same status as they would to the secured and unsecured financial creditors in India. (Podcast Available

MRTP/ COMPETITION LAWS - CCI Levies Penalty on LPG Gas Vendors for Cartelization
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:16:07 IST

Competition Commission of India (CCI) has levied penalty on 51 vendors for cartelization in the bidding process in supplying LPG gas cylinders to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited. Furthermore penalty was imposed on 48 vendors for contravention of Section 48(1) of Competition Act, 2002. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Grants Robert Vadra 4 Weeks to File Rejoinder in Plea to Quash Money Laundering Case
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:52:01 IST

Delhi High Court has given businessman Robert Vadra four weeks to file a rejoinder to the Enforcement Directorate's reply to his petition seeking quashing of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Apex Court Upholds States' Policies on Compulsory Service of Doctors in Rural Areas
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:39:09 IST

Apex Court has ruled that doctors across the country are bound by the compulsory bonds executed by them at the time of their admissions in post-graduate and super speciality medical courses. The Court ruled in favour of the policy of various State Governments to have compulsory bonds to be executed by the doctors before their admissions to PG and super speciality courses. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court: Rich and Powerful Cannot Get Order for Early Disposal of Cases
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:38:55 IST

Supreme Court has made it clear to the country's "rich and powerful" that their cases would not be accorded preference and it would not direct high courts or trial courts to adjudicate any matter in a particular time frame. The Court made this observation while hearing an appeal filed by a man who was challenging the Bombay High Court order rejecting his plea for pre-arrest bail in a case of abetment to suicide. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - SC: Jurisdiction of Civil Court Cannot be Taken Away Entirely Despite Bar if Error is Pleaded
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:38:34 IST

Supreme Court has observed that the jurisdiction of the civil courts cannot be entirely taken away inspite of a bar either expressly or impliedly. The Court noted that the civil courts shall have jurisdiction to examine a matter in which there is an allegation of non-compliance of the provisions of the statute or any of the important principles of judicial procedure. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Denies Anticipatory Bail to Chidambaram
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:38:15 IST

Delhi High Court has denied anticipatory bail and protection from immediate arrest to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in a case related to alleged discrepancies in granting Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearances to the INX Media group. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Saradha Scam: Calcutta High Court Extends Rajeev Kumar's Protection from Arrest
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:37:57 IST

Calcutta High Court has extended the protection from arrest to West Bengal CID Additional Director General Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam. The Court extended Rajeev Kumar's interim protection till August 28 after a CBI counsel submitted before her that his senior was out of town in connection with another case. (Podcast Available

SALES TAX/VAT - Gujarat High Court Slams Sales Tax Authority on Grounds of Revenue Collection from Private Firm
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:37:39 IST

Gujarat High Court has slammed Sales Tax Authority for collecting revenue from a private firm Micromax Informatics Limited. The High Court has termed the action of State Tax Authorities to collect revenue from a private firm as "nothing short of extortion", and ordered the return of Rs 1.49 crore recovered from it along with an interest of six per cent. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Chopper Deal: Delhi High Court Rejects Anticipatory Bail Plea of Ratul Puri
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:37:21 IST

Delhi High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in a money-laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam, saying his custodial interrogation was "required for an effective investigation". (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Telangana HC Suspends Two Revenue Officials for Dereliction of Duty Towards Dam-Displaced Villagers
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:37:04 IST

Telangana High Court has ordered suspension of two revenue department officials for alleged dereliction of duty and negligence on implementing its previous order to provide compensation to displaced people of Mallanna Sagar project in Telangana's Sidhipet district. The reservoir was built as part of the Kaleswaram lift irrigation scheme. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Bombay High Court Directs State Government to Treat all Citizens, Whether Rich or Poor, with Dignity
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:36:47 IST

Bombay High Court has ruled that the State must treat all citizens, whether rich or poor, with dignity, while pulling up the State Government for forcing nearly 15,000 families to stay in the chemical pollution-affected Mahul area of Mumbai. (Podcast Available

BANKING - Delhi HC Asks for RBI's Reply on Plea to Make Notes Identifiable by Visually Challenged Persons
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:36:30 IST

Delhi High Court has issued notice to the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to file an affidavit mentioning the steps taken and the proposed steps for making currency notes easily identifiable by visually impaired persons. (Podcast Available

COMPANY - IL&FS Case: NCLAT Declines Interim Relief to Deloitte and BSR Associates
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:36:08 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has refused to give interim relief to IL&FS auditors Deloitte and BSR Associates regarding the move to ban them. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Asks for Report on Garbage Dumping Outside Jahangirpuri Metro Station
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:35:50 IST

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken cognisance of a news report about choking of drains and dumping of garbage outside the Jahagirpuri metro station and sought a report on the issue within a month. (Podcast Available

MRTP/ COMPETITION LAWS - CCI Imposes Penalty on Jaiprakash Associates for Abusing its Dominant Position
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:35:31 IST

Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a fine of Rs 13.82 crores on Jaiprakash Associates Limited for abusing its dominant position in contravention to the provisions of Competition Act, 2002. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court on Facebook's Plea: Must Balance Privacy with Governance Needs
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:29:29 IST

Supreme Court has observed that there has to be a balance between privacy and how to govern while hearing Facebook Inc's petition asking the top court to hear all cases related to demands for linking Aadhaar to social media accounts and tracing the source of WhatsApp messages. (Podcast Available

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Top Court Stays Appellate Tribunal's Order in RCom OTSC Case
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:15:53 IST

Top Court has stayed an Appellate Tribunal's order which had stalled the Telecom Department's demand for Rs 2,000 crore from Reliance Communications (RCom) as one-time spectrum charges (OTSC), an order which may have wider ramifications for the broader industry. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Apex Court: Protection from Criminal Prosecution not Available to PSU Employees
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:15:35 IST

Apex Court has ruled that protection from criminal prosecution is not available to those public servants who work in government companies or undertakings. (Podcast Available

SALES TAX/VAT - Supreme Court Upholds Validity of Provisions of TN VAT Act, 2006
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:15:17 IST

Supreme Court of India has upheld the decision of the High Court of Judicature at Madras and has rejected a batch of writ petitions which challenged the constitutional validity of the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Value Added Tax Act, 2006 (TN VAT Act, 2006). (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Supreme Court: Institutional Independence, Financial Autonomy Important for Independence of Judiciary
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:14:55 IST

Supreme Court has directed the Rajasthan Government to reconsider two decade old proposal of the then Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court to upgrade 16 posts of its Private Secretaries as Senior Private Secretaries which it had refused without even forwarding the same to the Governor. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court: FIR Cannot be Filed in Respect of Disputes Completely Settled in Lok Adalat
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:14:35 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that FIR cannot be lodged in respect of a dispute settled settled in Lok Adalat. The Court also ruled that filing of FIR after passing of the award by the Lok Adalat was wholly unjust and illegal and the same was not permissible being against the terms of the award and also for want of any subsisting cause of action arising out of demand. (Podcast Available

EDUCATION - Apex Court Issues Notice on Plea Against Karnataka HC Order Restricting Admission to Private Schools
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:14:19 IST

Apex Court has issued notice on a petition challenging the May 31 judgment of the Karnataka High Court which held that a student has no right to admission to a private school under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 if a Government or aided school is available in the neighborhood. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - Supreme Court: Don't Delhiites Deserve Clean Air
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:14:05 IST

Supreme Court has wrapped the AAP Government for objecting to use of remote sensing technology to identify polluting vehicles and questioned its commitment to provide clean air to the capital's residents. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Apex Court on Ravidas Temple Demolition: 'Don't Give Political Colour to Our Orders'
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:13:50 IST

Apex Court has directed Governments of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to ensure that no law and order problems were created over the issue while taking strong exception to protests against its recent order to demolish an old Guru Ravidas Temple built on forest land in Delhi. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Seeks Centre's Reply on Shah Faesal's Plea Challenging his Detention
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:13:33 IST

Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Centre on a Habeas corpus petition filed by the founder of Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement Party,Shah Faesal, challenging his recent detention at an airport in Delhi. (Podcast Available

CONSTITUTION - Bombay HC: Neither Union nor State has Authority to Issue Guidelines to Govern Judicial Discretion
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:13:17 IST

Bombay High Court has rejected a petition filed by a man who challenged the constitutional validity of Section 125 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and ruled that neither the Union nor the State has any power to issue guidelines to govern judicial discretion of Courts. (Podcast Available

FAMILY - Delhi High Court Issues Notice to Centre Over Plea to Equalise Legal Age of Marriage for Both Genders
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:12:56 IST

Delhi High Court has sought reply from the Centre on a Public Interest Litigation/PIL seeking equalising of the legal age of marriage for men and women. The Court issued a notice to the Centre on a PIL which says the limit of 18 years for a woman to get married amounts to "blatant discrimination" while men in India are permitted to get married at the age of 21. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Rajasthan High Court Seeks Data on FIRs Filed in Crimes Against Women
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:12:39 IST

Rajasthan High Court has sought from district judges data on all FIRs registered on orders of courts related to crimes against women and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 within their respective jurisdictions during the last six months while stating that it was painful that police do not register complaints on sexual crimes on time. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Gujarat High Court Directs State Govt to Clarify Parallel Probe Against Suspended IAS Gaurav Dahiya
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:12:20 IST

Gujarat High Court has directed the State Government to clarify how the Gandhinagar police can initiate parallel proceedings in the complaint filed by a Delhi-based woman against suspended IAS Gaurav Dahiya, when the matter is already being probed by Delhi police. (Podcast Available

EDUCATION - Telangana High Court Gives Approval for MBBS, BDS Second Phase Counselling
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:11:59 IST

Telangana High Court has given its nod for conducting the second phase of counselling for admissions into MBBS, BDS courses for 2019 and quashed the petitions against the reservations quota filed by students. The students had opposed the officials for first filling up the reserved seats and then moving on to the general category, calling it injustice against them. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Telangana High Court Directs State Government to File Counter in Linganna Case
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:11:41 IST

Telangana High Court has directed the State Government to file counter affidavit in a PIL alleging fake police encounter of Punnam Lingaiah alias Linganna at Rallagadda village in Gundala mandal of Bhadradri-Kothagudem district on July 31 this year. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - Madras High Court Pulls Up Authority on Illegal Constructions in Kodaikanal
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:11:25 IST

Madras High Court has observed that Kodaikanal has already become a concrete jungle and has passed directions for conserving the ecology of the well know hill station. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Madras High Court Directs Expelled Students to do Community Service for Consuming Alcohol in College
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:11:07 IST

Madras High Court has directed the students who were expelled from college for attending a lecture in drunken state to do community service and propagate anti-liquor messages in order to continue their course in the college. (Podcast Available

CONSUMER - Delhi State Consumer Commission Orders Unitech to Pay Rs 33 Lakhs
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:10:50 IST

Delhi State Consumer Commission has noted that homebuyers cannot be expected to wait indefinitely for the possession of flats and directed real estate firm Unitech to refund over Rs. 33 lakh to a resident. It directed Unitech to refund Rs. 33.59 lakh paid by Delhi resident Surhid Bhandari within 45 days along with simple interest at 10 per cent per annum for the seven-year delay in handing over the possession of the apartment. (Podcast Available

INSOLVENCY - NCLAT: Pension, Gratuity, PF not Incorporated in Liquidation Assets
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:10:32 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has upheld the view taken by National Company Law Tribunal, Principal Bench that provident fund, pension fund, gratuity fund dues are not included in 'liquidation estate'. NCLAT further confirmed that the dues should be paid to the workers directly and would not fall under the mechanism of distribution of assets as provided under Section 53 of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Declines to Quash Sexual Assault Charges Against Tarun Tejpal
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:14:42 IST

Supreme Court has rejected a plea seeking quashing of charges against journalist Tarun Tejpal, who has been accused of sexual assault. The Court said that the case against the Tehelka founder-editor would continue. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Grants Two More Weeks to CBI to Probe Unnao Rape Survivor's Accident
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:14:26 IST

Supreme Court has granted two more weeks to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation into the road accident of Unnao rape survivor near Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh. The CBI had sought four-week time from the court to complete the probe, citing that the statements of the rape survivor and her lawyer were yet to be recorded. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - Apex Court Clears Chardham Highway Project
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:40:30 IST

Apex Court has cleared the decks for the Chardham highway project, which will connect four holy places in the hills of Uttarakhand through 900-km all-weather roads, by modifying a National Green Tribunal order to constitute a fresh committee to look into environmental concerns. (Podcast Available

PROPERTY - Ayodhya Case:Apex Court Questions Antiquity of Archaeological Proof Submitted by Ram Lalla's Advocate
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:40:14 IST

Apex Court has demanded to know if there was any proof of the antiquity of archaeological evidence submitted by the advocate for Ram Lalla claiming that a temple existed once upon a time at the site and that the mosque was built on its ruins, but was told that there was none. (Podcast Available

BANKING - Supreme Court: No Costs to be Imposed if Settlement is Reached at Stage of Issuance of Summons
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:39:47 IST

Supreme Court has clarified that there is no requirement of imposing cost when the parties to a cheque bounce case have amicably settled the dispute at the stage of issuance of summons itself. (Podcast Available

EDUCATION - Apex Court Extends Time Limit for Admission to Engineering Colleges for J&K Students
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:39:29 IST

Apex Court has extended by a month the deadline for taking admission in several engineering colleges due to situations prevailing in the State after abrogation of its special status. This has provided relief to thousands of students of the State of Jammu and Kashmir selected for a special scholarship scheme. (Podcast Available

LAW OF MEDICINE - SC: Doctor Cannot be Subjected to Criminal Prosecution on Ambiguous Allegations of Medical Negligence
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:39:10 IST

Supreme Court has reiterated that to prosecute a medical professional for negligence under criminal law it must be shown that he did something or failed to do something which in the given facts and circumstances no medical professional in his ordinary senses would have done or failed to do. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Apex Court: Seniority Cannot be Asserted from Date of Initial Appointment as Ad-Hoc District Judges
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:38:55 IST

Apex Court has ruled that the District Judges who previously served as ad-hoc District Judges cannot claim seniority from the date of their initial appointment as ad-hoc District Judges. (Podcast Available

CONTEMPT OF COURT - Madras High Court Issues Notice to State Govt on Contempt Plea Over Spoken English in Govt Schools
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:38:40 IST

Madras High Court has issued a notice to the State Government on a contempt petition filed by a former DMK MLA for failure to implement a court direction on his plea to introduce spoken English in government schools across the State. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Bombay High Court Grants Anticipatory Bail to 33-Year-Old Man in Triple Talaq Case
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:38:26 IST

Bombay High Court has granted anticipatory arrest bail to a Mumbra resident in Maharashtra who was booked under the Muslim Women (Protection of Marriage) Act, 2019. The 33-year-old accused man was charged with having given instant triple talaq on 30 November 2018. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Telangana High Court to GHMC: Explain this Monkey Business
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:38:10 IST

Telangana High Court has found fault with officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for slapping notices on flat owners at Secunderabad's New Bhoiguda who had set up grills and meshes to prevent monkeys from entering their flats. (Podcast Available

FAMILY - Madras High Court: Religious Bodies Cannot Dissolve Marriages
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:37:54 IST

Madras High Court has ruled that religious organisations have got no power to dissolve a marriage or to permit a marriage and such exercises by a jamath or any other religious organisation are condemnable and should be dealt with very seriously by the authorities concerned. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Gujarat High Court Modifies Life Sentence of Man to 10 Year Jail Term
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:37:32 IST

Gujarat High Court has saved a man, named Kamaruddin Mansuri, who murdered his wife by setting her on fire over a petty dispute on 'dal', and was sentenced to life imprisonment by a lower court on the ground that the incident has happened on account of a sudden quarrel and there was no premeditation. The court modified the sentence of life imprisonment to 10 years in jail. (Podcast Available

LAW OF MEDICINE - Bombay High Court Permits Termination of 28-Week-Old Foetus
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:37:15 IST

Bombay High Court has allowed a petition filed by a 28 week pregnant woman seeking permission for termination of pregnancy since several deformities were found in the foetus during sonography and that it had a substantial risk of serious physical handicap. (Podcast Available

MOTOR VEHICLES - Bombay HC: Deceased Victim's Salary Cannot be Evaluated on Ground that Victim was Brilliant Student
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:36:59 IST

Bombay High Court has ruled that merely because the victim in a motor accident case was a brilliant student his salary cannot be assessed as exemplary. (Podcast Available

EDUCATION - Delhi High Court:Rules of BCI and Govt on Granting Consent to Law Colleges Have to be Read in Harmony
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:36:42 IST

Delhi High Court has ruled that Rules of Bar Council of India (BCI) regarding approval of law colleges and the Rules/Policy laid down by the Directorate of Higher Education have to be read in harmony. Further the temporary approval granted by the BCI cannot be used to challenge the non-grant of NOC by the Directorate when the conditions laid down in the temporary approval have not been complied with. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Madras High Court: Change 'Women Protection' Laws to Prevent Misuse
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:36:26 IST

Madras High Court has suggested to bring an amendment in 'women protection' laws so as to prevent its misuse and to safeguard the interest of the 'innocent' masculinity'. (Podcast Available

CONSTITUTION - J & K High Court: Right of Personal Liberty is Most Important Right Guaranteed under Constitution
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:36:10 IST

Jammu and Kashmir High Court has reiterated in a habeas corpus petition that right of personal liberty is the most important right guaranteed under the Constitution. (Podcast Available

FOOD ADULTERATION - Kerala High Court Wraps Up PIL Seeking Ban of Maggi Noodles
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:35:53 IST

Kerala High Court has closed a Public Interest Litigation seeking ban of Maggi noodles manufactured and sold by Nestle India Limited. Further the Court observed that the test reports had showed that the lead content was within permissible limit in the product concerned. (Podcast Available

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - AAR Goa: Naturopathy, Yoga, Ayurveda are Health Care Services
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:35:35 IST

Authority for Advance Ruling (AAR), Goa has explained that services like Naturopathy, Yoga, Ayurveda fall under health care. The AAR order also noted that such 'health care services' rendered at clinical establishments by authorized medical professionals would be exempt from Goods and Services Tax. (Podcast Available

INSOLVENCY - NCLAT Clears Way for Liquidation of Amtek Auto
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:35:20 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has directed asked the Chandigarh Bench of National Company Law Tribunal to proceed with the liquidation of Amtek Auto in accordance with law, saying there remained no approved resolution plan for the company despite the passage of the statutory period of 270 days. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Asks Delhi Civic Body to Revive Neela Hauz Lake Without Delay
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:35:03 IST

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to rejuvenate the Neela Hauz lake in South Delhi without delay. The Tribunal noted that DDA had written to the Public Works Department to arrange fixing of iron meshes and create vertical gardens or to issue a no objection certificate to it to undertake the work. (Podcast Available

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS - Geographical Indication Tags Issued for Four New Products from Three States
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:34:40 IST

Government has allotted Geographical Indication (GI) tags to four new products from the States of Tamil Nadu, Mizoram and Kerala. The Government registered GIs for Palani Panchamirtham in Palani Town, Tamil Nadu, Tawlhlohpuan and Mizo Puanchei from Mizoram and Tirur Betel from Kerala. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - NGT: Take Action Against Police Institute Built on Aravali Land
Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:34:22 IST

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Haryana chief secretary to submit a report on the action taken against the police training and research institute of Indian Reserve Battalion in Bhondsi for illegally constructing the institute on the Aravali land. (Podcast Available

DIRECT TAXATION - Supreme Court Explains Section 292BB Income Tax Act, 1961 Does not Mean Complete Absence of Notice
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:46:39 IST

Supreme Court has observed that Section 292 BB of the Income Tax Act, 1961 applies only to cure the infirmities in the manner of service of notice of assessment/reassessment but not intended to cure complete absence of notice itself. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court: Second Appeal not to be Rejected Merely on Ground of 'Concurrent Findings'
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:46:24 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that a High Court cannot reject a second appeal merely on the ground that there is a concurrent finding of two Courts (whether of dismissal or decreeing of the suit) and thus such finding becomes unassailable. (Podcast Available

MOTOR VEHICLES - Supreme Court: Computation of Multiplier Should be Done on Basis of Age of Deceased Bachelor
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:46:10 IST

Supreme Court has explained that in Motor accident claims cases, the multiplier should be applied in case of a deceased bachelor on the basis of age of the deceased and not the age of the parents. (Podcast Available

EDUCATION - SC: Certificate by Institutions Unable to Bestow 'Degrees' Cannot be Granted Equivalence to 'Degree'
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:45:54 IST

SC has observed that a certificate issued by an institution or an authority or person other than those specified in Section 22(1) of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 cannot be equivalent to a 'Degree'. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Supreme Court: Judge Can Recuse From Case on His Own Discretion
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:45:39 IST

Supreme Court has observed that a Judge can recuse at his own volition but need not at the mere asking of a litigating party while dismissing a prayer seeking recusal of a Judge who is part of the bench hearing an appeal. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Directs Delhi, Centre to Stop Sale of Tobacco Near Schools
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:45:22 IST

Delhi High Court directed the Centre and the AAP Government to ensure effective implementation of the law prohibiting sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within a 100-yard radius of educational institutions in the national capital. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Asks for Response on Pak Man's Plea to Return
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:45:06 IST

Delhi High Court has sought a response from the Centre and the AAP Government on a plea of Pakistani national seeking deportation to his country. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Seeks AAP Govt's Response on Plea to Ensure Ola, Uber Adhere to City Taxi Scheme
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:44:50 IST

Delhi High Court has sought the response of the AAP Government and app-based cab service providers, Ola and Uber, on a PIL seeking directions to the two companies to adhere to the city taxi scheme of 2015. The Court issued notice to the AAP Government, ANI Technologies, which operates under the name Ola, and Uber India seeking their stand on the plea by an NGO which has alleged that the two companies are not complying with the scheme. (Podcast Available

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Bombay High Court Pulls Up CBFC Over Film Certification
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:44:34 IST

Bombay High Court has pulled up the film certification board for adopting an unrelenting stand on the Children's Film Chidiakhana, which has been given a U/A certification. (Podcast Available

SERVICE - Delhi High Court Restrains JNU Inquiry Against Teachers for Participating in Protest
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:44:19 IST

Delhi High Court has stayed the inquiry initiated by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against its 45 faculty members for allegedly participating in a protest march in July last year. The Court sought response of the JNU administration on the plea by the teachers challenging the charge sheets issued by the varsity against 48 faculty members for allegedly taking part in the strike/ protest. (Podcast Available

MOTOR VEHICLES - Madras High Court Directs Payment of Compensation to Accident Victims Only Through Annuity Scheme
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:44:00 IST

Madras High Court has directed the implementation of the Motor Accident Claims Annuity Deposit Scheme from October 1 while clarifying that the victims of motor vehicle accidents in Tamil Nadu can no more get compensation from vehicle insurers in lumpsum. (Podcast Available

CIVIL - Bombay High Court Raps IIT Bombay Scholar Over Sexist Remarks About Professor
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:43:44 IST

Bombay High Court has rapped a senior research scholar at IIT Bombay saying while he has a right to express dissent, his remarks on an associate professor's personality were uncalled for. (Podcast Available

INSOLVENCY - NCLAT Upholds Insolvency Process Against Sahara Q Shop Unique
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:43:20 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has upheld the order of the National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai directing to initiate insolvency resolution process against Sahara group subsidiary Sahara Q Shop Unique Products Range Ltd. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court Directs ED to File Status Report in Ratul Puri's Bail Plea
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:43:05 IST

Delhi High Court has asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file a status report in response to a plea filed by Ratul Puri challenging the lower Court's order which cancelled his anticipatory bail. (Podcast Available

NARCOTICS - Calcutta HC: Special Courts in Narcotics Cases to Record Statements of Witnesses Through Video
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:42:48 IST

Calcutta High Court has recommended the Special Courts under the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 to record statements of official witness through video conferencing. (Podcast Available

CONSUMER - NCDRC Directs Builder to Return Rs 68 Lakhs to Homebuyers for 2 Years Delay in Delivery of Flat
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:42:30 IST

National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has invoked the principle of restitution in integrum as it directed real estate giant Supertech to refund the entire amount to an aggrieved homebuyer along with 12 percent interest. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Bombay High Court Acquits Two Convicted of Kidnapping and Murdering 12-Year-Old Boy
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:42:13 IST

Bombay High Court has acquitted Imtiyaz Shaikh who was sentenced to death by the lower Court and Azad who was sentenced to life imprisonment for kidnapping and killing a 12 year old boy in the year 2012 due to lack of evidence. (Podcast Available

BANKING - Kerala High Court: Deposit of Minimum 20% Fine or Compensation Under Section 148 NI Act Necessary
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:41:51 IST

Kerala High Court has ruled that there is no scope for exercise of discretion under Section 148 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 which empowers the Appellate Court to direct the Accused to deposit minimum of 20 percent of 'fine' or 'compensation' awarded by the lower Court. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Directs Centre to Modify National Clean Air Programme
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:41:35 IST

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Environment Ministry to modify the National Clean Air Programme which proposes 20-30 per cent reduction of air pollution by 2024 while expressing disapproval over the timeline to reduce air pollution. (Podcast Available

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Questions Govt on Plot Squatters
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:41:15 IST

National Green Tribunal has directed Delhi's Chief Secretary to look into the allegations of encroachment on a government plot in Haiderpur that could be used for other purposes. (Podcast Available

CAPITAL MARKET - SAT Declines to Stay Hotel Leela's Postal Ballot to Seek Nod for Brookfield Deal
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:40:57 IST

Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) has declined to stay the postal ballot of Hotel Leela seeking fresh shareholder approval for its sale of assets to Brookfield. (Podcast Available

MRTP/ COMPETITION LAWS - CCI Levies Rs 17 Cr Fine on JTEKT Corp for Cartelisation
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:40:43 IST

Competition Commission of India (CCI) has levied more than Rs 17 crore fine on Japan's JTEKT Corp and its Indian subsidiary for cartelisation with NSK Ltd in supply of electric power steering systems to automotive manufacturers. (Podcast Available

CRIMINAL - Alwar Court Acquits Six Men Accused of Lynching Pehlu Khan
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:40:28 IST

Alwar Court has acquitted six people accused of lynching dairy farmer Pehlu Khan while he was transporting cows in Rajasthan two years ago. The Court acquitted the accused on the grounds of "benefit of the doubt". (Podcast Available

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