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CIVIL - Supreme Court Says Sabarimala Tradition Age-Old, Refuses Women's Plea
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:49:51 IST

Supreme Court has refused to pass an order on a plea by two women to allow them entry into the Sabarimala temple. The Court said, "We will endeavour to constitute a seven-judge bench at the earliest, and these matters would be taken up after the decision of this bench. "Every woman who wants to go, must go. But, the situation in the country becomes explosive, we don`t want any violence. There is a judgment, but it is not the last word on the issue". (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CONSTITUTION - President Gives Assent to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:06:44 IST

President has given assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and it has now become an Act. According to the Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Rajya Sabha Passes International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:06:29 IST

Rajya Sabha has passed the International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 by a voice vote thereby paving the way for setting up a unified regulator for the International Financial Services Centres. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CONSTITUTION - Rajya Sabha Passes Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:06:14 IST

Rajya Sabha has unanimously passed a Constitution (Amendment) Bill to extend reservation for ten more years to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies. However the Opposition benches questioned the Centre's decision to stop the practice of nominating people from Anglo Indian community to Lok Sabha and certain State Assemblies. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION - Jayalalithaa Biopic: Madras High Court Declines to Stay Release of Queen and Thalaivi
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:06:00 IST

Madras High Court has refused to stay release of web series "Queen" and movie "Thalaivi" which were inspired by the life of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - LTC Scam: Delhi High Court Quashes FIR, Proceedings Against Former RS MP Mahmood A Madani
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:05:45 IST

Delhi High Court has quashed the First Investigation Report and consequent proceedings against former Rajya Sabha MP Mahmood A Madani in connection with the LTC scam in which names of some former lawmakers had cropped up. It however asked him to pay a cost of Rs 5 lakh for the "inadvertent" mistake and asked him to return the excess claim. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF EVIDENCE - Calcutta High Court Refuses Stay on Mukul Voice Test
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:05:30 IST

Calcutta High Court has declined to stay an order by a Subordinate Calcutta Court that had allowed police to conduct a voice sample test of BJP leader Mukul Roy in connection with the arrest in July last year of a Burrabazar trader from whom Rs 90 lakh had been seized. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Supreme Court Rejects Review Petitions Filed Against Ayodhya Verdict
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:28:16 IST

Supreme Court has dismissed all review petitions which were filed against the November 9 judgment in the Ayodhya - Babri Masjid title dispute (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Orders Three Member Judicial inquiry into Hyderabad Encounter
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:18:18 IST

Supreme Court has ordered a judicial inquiry into the Hyderabad encounter, where four men, accused of allegedly raping and murdering a city veterinarian, were killed. The Apex Court said that there will be a three-member team to probe the case and no other court or authority shall inquire into this matter until further orders of the apex court. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CONSTITUTION - Parliament Passes Citizenship(Amendment) Bill, 2019
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:19:42 IST

Parliament has passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha voting 125-99 in favour of the Bill. The Bill provides a path to Indian citizenship for persons belonging to religious minority groups persecuted in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

SERVICE - Supreme Court: Strict Standard Needs to be Applied for Judging Conduct of Judicial Officer
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:19:27 IST

Supreme Court has observed that the standard or yardstick for judging the conduct of the judicial officer has necessarily to be strict while upholding the punishment of compulsory retirement imposed on judicial officer. The Court noted that the public has a right to demand virtually irreproachable conduct from anyone performing a judicial function. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ELECTION - Supreme Court to Tamil Nadu: Conduct Local Bodies Poll as Per 2011 Census
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:19:12 IST

Supreme Court has directed the Tamil Nadu Government and the state poll panel to conduct upcoming local bodies' election by relying on 2011 census instead of the 1991 census as alleged by opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court to Police: Provide Security to JNU Officials to Access Administrative Block
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:18:56 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the police to provide security and assistance to JNU's administrative staff, including the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar, to enable them to enter the main office building, access to which has been allegedly blocked by protesting students.The Court issued the direction to Delhi Police after the Court was informed that the Registrar of the University has been unable to enter the administrative block which has been "on lock-down" due to the protest by the students. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Jammu & Kashmir High Court Directs Home Ministry to Deploy CAPF to Secure Court Premises
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:18:40 IST

Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Union Home Ministry to urgently consider deploying the central armed police force for securing both its wings and district courts in the newly created union territory. The Court taking suo moto cognisance of some incidents in Jammu and Srinagar wings of the high court over the past few months issued notice to the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre on the issue of security. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

SALES TAX/VAT - Kerala HC: State Legislature does not have Power to Amend KVAT Act which is not in Existence Post-GST
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:18:24 IST

Kerala High Court has ruled that the State Legislature did not have power to amend the Kerala Value Added Tax Act, 2003 which is not in existence after the introduction of the Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act, 2016. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Supreme Court Permits Cutting of Over 400 Trees for Delhi-Agra Rail Line
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:21:23 IST

Supreme Court has allowed the cutting of 452 trees for the construction of an additional track for the railway line connecting Delhi to Agra via Mathura, provided the mandatory compensatory afforestation is also undertaken. The Court also ordered Member Secretary of National Legal Service Authority of India to deploy an officer to inspect the site to prepare a periodical report, every three months until further orders, on the condition of saplings planted as part of afforestation. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Delhi High Court: Can Use General Urdu, Persian Words in FIRs, Avoid Archaic Usage
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:21:10 IST

Delhi High Court has clarified that it had in an earlier order only directed that First Investigation Reports should be registered in simple language and archaic Urdu and Persian words need to be avoided. The Court said that Urdu and Persian words of general use can be used by police while registering complaints. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

MEDIA & COMMUNICATION - SC: Intermediaries can be Prosecuted for Defamation if Complaint Made Before Amendment in IT Act
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:47:38 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that intermediaries like Google India can be prosecuted for the offence of defamation instituted prior to the amendments to the Information Technology Act in 2009 as the earlier law did not provide any immunity from such liability.The Court refused to quash the defamation complaint against Google for alleged hosting of objectionable content against a company, initiated prior to the substitution of Section 79 of the IT Act protecting intermediaries from the liability. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - SC Refuses to Transfer to Central Agency Case of Officer Charged for Raping Friend he Met on Facebook
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:47:22 IST

Supreme Court has refused to transfer to a central agency the investigation of a case filed by a woman against an IPS officer of West Bengal cadre accusing him of raping her. Delhi Police had registered two FIRs in the case. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ENVIRONMENT - Supreme Court Directs Maharashtra to not Cut Trees for Metro Project
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:47:06 IST

Supreme Court has directed the Maharashtra Government and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority not to cut trees for the Metro project in Mumbai till the Bombay High Court decision on an activist's plea against tree felling. The Court returned to the high court appeal by Rohit Joshi challenging an earlier High Court order. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - SC Disapproves HC's Practice of Summoning Officers who Passed Order Impugned in Writ Petitions
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:46:52 IST

Supreme Court has disapproved the practice of summoning officers by the High Court while considering the writ petitions which impugns the orders passed by the said officers. The Court noted that merely because an order has been passed by the officer it does not warrant the personal presence of the officer in the Court. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Seeks Centre Stand on Plea Against Blocking of Dowry Calculator Website
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:46:37 IST

Delhi HC has sought the Centre's response on a plea challenging blocking of a website hosting a "dowry calculator", which according to its owner was created as a satirical comment on the existing dowry demand in society. The Court issued a notice to the Ministries of Electronics and Information Technology, Women and Child Development and Communication, seeking their stand on the website owner's petition which claimed the site was blocked by Govt in Sept last year without giving him a hearing. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

SERVICE - Delhi High Court to Centre: Don't Fill Up SAG Posts in ITBP, BSF, CRPF without Informing Court
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:46:22 IST

Delhi High Court has asked the Centre not to fill via deputation the senior administrative grade (SAG) level posts like that of IG and DIG, in the ITBP, BSF and CRPF without informing it in advance. The direction has been issued in several petitions which have opposed filling up of the top posts, including newly created ones, in these central armed police forces by deputation. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court to MCDs: Provide Medical Facilities, Protective Gear to Safai Karamchaaris
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:46:02 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the municipal corporations to ensure that adequate medical facilities with regular check-ups and good quality protective gear like masks, gumboots and gloves are provided to its 'safai karamchaaris'. The Court however declined to issue any direction regarding providing cashless medical facilities to the corporations' employees saying it was a policy decision to be taken by the three municipal corporations. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Jharkhand High Court Grants Bail to 6 Arrested In Tabrez Ansari's Killing
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:45:47 IST

Jharkhand High Court has granted bail to six people arrested in connection with the killing of Tabrez Ansari in June. The Court granted bail to the six after their advocate informed the Court that neither their names were mentioned in the First Investigation Report registered in connection with the death of Mr Ansari nor the main accused Papu Mandal had implicated them during interrogation by the police. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Quashes Proceedings in Defamation Case Against Arvind Kejriwal
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:45:31 IST

Delhi High Court has put on hold the proceedings in a criminal defamation complaint against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for re-tweeting an allegedly defamatory video circulated by YouTuber Dhruv Rathee in May, 2018. The Court issued notices to the State and the Complainant seeking their stand on a plea by Kejriwal challenging the summons issued to him in the case by a trial court. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ELECTION - Delhi High Court Junks PIL Seeking Advance Declaration of Intention to Enter Post-Poll Alliances
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:45:16 IST

Delhi High Court has rejected a Public Interest Litigation seeking directions to the Centre, AAP Government and Election Commission to ensure there are no post-poll alliances by political parties to cobble a majority, as seen in Karnataka and Maharashtra, if such an intention has not been declared prior to the election. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF EVIDENCE - Calcutta High Court: Strict Rules of Evidence not Required to be Followed in Domestic Enquiries
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:44:57 IST

Calcutta High Court while dismissing a writ petition said that it is a settled law that in domestic enquiries strict rules of evidence is not required to be followed. The charge is decided upon the preponderance of abilities. Further the Court added that as long as there is some evidence in support of the charges the disciplinary authority can act on the basis of the same. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Patna High Court Orders all Illegally Expanded Medical Establishment to be Shut Down
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:44:42 IST

Patna High Court has directed the closure of all establishments such as Pathological Laboratories/Diagnostic Centres/Clinics/Nursing Homes which has developed illegally in the State of Bihar. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

FAMILY - Patna High Court: Consent of First Wife will not Make Second Marriage Legal
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:44:27 IST

Patna High Court has ruled that the consent of the first wife does not give right to a man to solemnize second marriage during the lifetime of first wife. The Court noted that even if it is presumed that the first wife of the Appellant had given him consent for second marriage, such consent of the first wife of the Appellant does not give right to Appellant to solemnize second marriage during the lifetime of the first wife under Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CONSTITUTION - Lok Sabha Passes Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:44:12 IST

Lok Sabha has passed the Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019 to extend reservation to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies by another 10 years even though the opposition slammed the Government for not giving the benefit to the Anglo-Indian community. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

DEFENCE - Rajya Sabha Passes Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:43:58 IST

Rajya Sabha has passed the Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill provides for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for manufacturing and carrying illegal arms. It also has a provision for imprisonment of two years or fine which may extend to Rs 1 lakh or both for those using firearms in a rash or negligent manner in celebratory gunfire, endangering human life or personal safety of others. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ENVIRONMENT - NGT Directs UPPCB to Submit Report on Impact of Brick Kilns on Air Quality in Hapur
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:43:42 IST

National Green Tribunal has directed the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to submit report on the impact of brick kilns on the ambient air quality in district Hapur. The Tribunal also asked UPPCB to submit report on brick kilns operating in violation of the Uttar Pradesh Brick Kiln (Siting Criteria for establishment) Rules, 2012. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Junks Petition Seeking CBI Probe in Delhi Factory Fire
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:17:30 IST

Delhi High Court has refused to entertain a petition seeking judicial as well as Central Bureau of Investigation probe in the Anaj Mandi fire incident, observing it is an early stage and "time ought to be given to the authorities". The Court while dismissing the petition said, "The incident took place on December 8, authorities are already working to extinguish the fire and also deliberating to stop such incidents in future. The Petitioner ought to have waited." (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CONSTITUTION - Lok Sabha Passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:18:04 IST

Lok Sabha has passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill seeks to make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to gain citizenship in the country. The legislation is applicable to groups who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ENVIRONMENT - Rajya Sabha Passes Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:17:50 IST

Rajya Sabha has passed the Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019 which will pave the way for safer environment in which ships are recycled in India. The Bill already passed by the Lok Sabha will make for India's accession to the Hong Kong Convention that enlists environmentally sound conditions of ship recycling. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ENVIRONMENT - Supreme Court Partially Lifts Ban on Construction Activities in Delhi-NCR
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:17:34 IST

Supreme Court has allowed construction activity in the Delhi-NCR region between 6am and 6pm, partially lifting its complete ban on it. The Court was informed by Additional Solicitor-General that the Centre has constituted a high-level committee following the Apex Court's direction to examine the feasibility of using technology like smog towers to combat air pollution. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ELECTION - Supreme Court Issues Notice to EC on Plea by Mahua Moitra
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:17:20 IST

Supreme Court has issued notice to the Election Commission on a plea of MP Mahua Moitra seeking direction to the poll body to publish on its website the constituency-wise information collated in Form 17C part I and II and Form 20 for every subsequent Parliamentary and Assembly elections. The Court sought a response from the Election Commission. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

EXCISE - SC: Exemption of Duty Does not Exempt Other Duty or Cess Imposed by Different Legislation
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:17:07 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that when a particular kind of duty is exempted, other types of duty or cess imposed by different legislation for a different purpose cannot be said to have been exempted under the relevant notification. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

BANKING - Chanda Kochhar Termination: Bombay High Court Seeks Response from RBI
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:16:47 IST

Bombay High Court has sought clarification from Reserve Bank of India on a plea filed by former ICICI Bank Chief Executive Chanda Kochhar regarding her job termination. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ENVIRONMENT - NGT to CPCB: Ensure No Plastic Bag Less than 50 Microns is Manufactured and Sold
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:16:32 IST

National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board to ensure that no plastic bag less than 50 microns of thickness be manufactured, stocked, sold and used across the country. The Tribunal also asked the CPCB to ensure that no unregistered plastic manufacturing and recycling unit is in operation and no unit is running in non-conforming or residential areas. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Bombay High Court Confirms Life Sentence for Mafia Don Arun Gawli
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:53:14 IST

Bombay High Court has confirmed the life imprisonment awarded to mafia don Arun G. Gawli under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 by a trial court in 2012 for the murder of a Shiv Sena municipal corporator. The Court confirmed the sentence on Gawli, a former Member of Legislative Assembly and some other associates involved in the crime. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

MEDIA & COMMUNICATION - Delhi High Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Direction to Link Social Media Accounts with Aadhaar
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:53:00 IST

Delhi High Court has dismissed a plea seeking direction to link social media accounts with Aadhaar to control fake news. The Court noted that the information related to the 80 per cent genuine users cannot be passed on to foreign companies even if 20 per cent social media accounts are bogus. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

INSOLVENCY - Apex Court Orders Interim Stay on NCLAT Order on Orchid Pharma Resolution Process
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:45:05 IST

Apex Court has ordered an interim stay on the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal's ruling on the resolution of debt-ridden Orchid Pharma. The NCLAT had set aside the National Company Law Tribunal's approval of a resolution plan by Gurgaon-based Dhanuka Laboratories for Orchid and remitted the matter to the NCLT, observing that it quoted an amount below the liquidation value and could not be approved. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

SALES TAX/VAT - Apex Court: For Sales Tax on Transfer of Right to Use Goods, Place of Contract is Relevant
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:44:50 IST

Apex Court has clarified that for the purposes of levy of sales tax the place of the contract for transfer of right to use of goods is relevant than the location of goods. The Court further noted that the deemed sale takes place at the site where the right to use the goods is transferred. Moreover it is of no relevance where the goods are delivered under the right to transfer to use them. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Supreme Court Permits Vyapam Scam Accused to Travel Abroad for Studies
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:44:35 IST

Supreme Court has allowed Vyapam Scam Accused, Sanket Vaidya, to travel abroad for further studies on the ground that he furnishes a fixed deposit of Rs.1.26 Crore with the trial Court and a surety from his father that he will appear for hearings. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court: Preliminary Inquiry not Mandatory in all Corruption Cases
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:44:20 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that the preliminary inquiry is not mandatory in all corruption cases and a formal or informal information disclosing a cognizable offence will be sufficient to initiate prosecution. The type of preliminary inquiry, if necessary, will depend on the facts and circumstances of each case, it said. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - SC: Orders Passed by HC Contrary to Section 67 shall not be Given Effect to by Authorities
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:44:03 IST

Supreme Court of India has ruled that the orders passed by the High Court which are contrary to the Section 67 (8) of the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017 shall not be given effect to by the authorities. Instead, the authorities shall process the claims of the concerned Assessee afresh as per Section 67 of the Act. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Jammu and Kashmir High Court: Take Stringent Action on Medical Corruption
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:43:46 IST

Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Government to implement the regulations providing mechanism to deal with medical corruption in Jammu and Kashmir. The Court while closing a suo moto PIL which it had initiated after taking cognizance of articles published in Greater Kashmir and The Hindu in 2016 directed Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education to provide wide publicity to Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Madras High Court: Unwed Couples Staying in Hotel Rooms is No Crime
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:43:32 IST

Madras High Court has observed that a live-in relationship of two adults is not deemed to be an offence and has said terming the occupation of a hotel room by such unmarried couples will not attract a criminal offence. The Court noted that apparently there were no laws or regulations forbearing unmarried persons of the opposite sex to occupy hotel rooms as guests. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ELECTION - Allahabad High Court Rejects Election Petition Against PM Narendra Modi
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:43:17 IST

Allahabad High Court has rejected the petition that had challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election from the Varanasi parliamentary constituency. The Court passed the order on an election petition filed by Tej Bahadur Yadav, a dismissed CRPF constable who was declared by the Samajwadi Party as its Varanasi candidate in the last Lok Sabha elections. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Jharkhand High Court Rejects Lalu Prasad's Bail Plea in Fodder Scam Case
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:42:59 IST

Jharkhand High Court has rejected bail to incarcerated RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in a fodder scam case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore from the Dumka treasury in the 1990s. The Court dismissed the bail petition of the former Bihar Chief Minister on the ground that he has not completed half of his prison term handed by the Special CBI Court in the case. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court to Prison Officials: Provide Inmates with Items Allowed under Prison Rules
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:42:44 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the AAP Government and the prison authorities to ensure that convicts and undertrials are provided only those items in jail which are permissible under the rules and "nothing extra". (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Bombay HC Quashes Order Directing Husband to Visit IVF Expert to Fulfill Wife's Wish for Second Child
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:42:23 IST

Bombay High Court has quashed an order of the Family Court, Nanded directing the husband to visit an In Vitro Fertilisation expert against his wishes in pursuance of the wife's desire for another child. The Court said that the Family Court's Order was shocking to the judicial conscience of the Court. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

EDUCATION - All HC: De-Recognition of Schools Cannot be used Against Students who have Been Granted Admission
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:42:07 IST

Allahabad High Court has ruled that the APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University could not delete their names from the college enrollment list merely because the school was found to be non-recognized, post admissions. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

EDUCATION - J & K High Court Grants Relief to Kashmiri Woman who Obtained Medical Degree in PoK
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:41:49 IST

Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked the Ministry of External Affairs to consider recognising the medical degree of a Kashmiri who pursued her MBBS from a college in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The Court observed that it was only after the permission given by the Ministry that the student, Hadiya Chisti, went to pursue her studies in PoK. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Stays Ministry Panel
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:40:20 IST

Delhi High Court has stayed the operations of a new committee that was formed by the Sports Ministry to 'review the Draft National Code for Good Governance in Sports, 2017'. The 13-member panel, that was formed only last month to give their suggestions 'for making it acceptable to all the stakeholders so that there is a sync between Government and all stakeholders and a balance is struck between autonomy of NSFs vis-a-vis need for transparency and accountability' exist only in name as of today. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court: Provide Anti-Rabies Vaccine to all Govt Hospitals
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:39:55 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the Centre, the AAP government and municipal bodies in the city to procure and provide anti-rabies vaccines in sufficient quantities at regular intervals to hospitals run by them in the national capital. The direction came while disposing of a Public Interest Litigation initiated by the Court on its own on the basis of a news report which highlighted the shortage of anti-rabies injections in Delhi. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ELECTION - Supreme Court Puts on Hold Tamil Nadu Local Body Elections
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:18:22 IST

Supreme Court has decided to put on hold the elections for the local bodies in nine new districts carved out of four existing ones in Tamil Nadu for complying with legal formalities such as delimitation and reservation in four months. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court: Compromise Between Accused & Victim is of No Importance while Deciding Rape Cases
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:48:58 IST

Supreme Court has reiterated that compromise between rape accused and victim is of no relevance in deciding rape cases. The Court observed that it is imperative to emphasize that the Courts do not accept such compromise in matters relating to the offence of rape and similar cases of sexual assault. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court Explains Bail Orders Should Cite Specific Reasons for Being Granted or Refused
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:48:43 IST

Supreme Court has noted that Courts should give specific reasons while granting or denying bail as the issue concerns both the liberty of the Accused and ensuring that the offender does not obstruct the delivery of justice. The Court said that open justice is premised on the notion that it should not only be done, but should "manifestly and undoubtedly" be seen to be done and the duty of judges to give reasoned decisions lies at the heart of this commitment. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court: High Court Should not Embark Upon Enquiry Into Validity of Available Evidence
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:48:27 IST

Supreme Court has reiterated that while invoking the power under Section 482 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 for quashing a complaint or a charge, the High Court should not embark upon an enquiry into the validity of the available evidence. The Court further observed that all that the Court should see is as to whether there are allegations in the complaint which form the basis for the ingredients that constitute certain offences complained of. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Supreme Court: No Need to Seek Sanction to Try Retired Bureaucrats
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:48:11 IST

Supreme Court has observed that there is no need to seek sanction before prosecuting a retired government employee in a corruption case while holding that such protection is available to a public servant only during his service. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

SERVICE - Supreme Court: No Pension for Govt Staff who Resign
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:47:53 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that an employee becomes ineligible for pension under the Central Civil Services Pension Rules when he resigns because he forfeits his past service. The Apex Court made a distinction between voluntary retirement and resignation which impacts pensionary benefits under the Rules while deciding a case relating to resignation of an employee of BSES Yamuna Power Limited. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ENVIRONMENT - SC: Fresh Environmental Clearance Necessary for Expansion Beyond Limits Approved by Prior EC
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:47:37 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that a fresh environmental clearance is necessary for the expansion of a project beyond the limits approved by the prior environmental clearance. The Court added that such fresh clearance is necessary even if the expanded project is within the upper limits prescribed under the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2006. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

SERVICE - SC: Minimum Service Stipulated in Rules Can't be Ignored while Considering Claim for Invalid Pension
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:47:21 IST

Supreme Court has observed that the minimum qualifying service prescribed under the Pension Rules cannot be ignored for the purpose of consideration of invalid pension. The Court further noted that pension is earned by stint of continuity and longevity of service. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

COMMERCIAL - Delhi High Court to Centre and Delhi Govt: Take Action Against those Selling Prescription Drugs OTC
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:47:04 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the Centre and the Delhi Government to take action against those found to be selling prescription drugs over-the-counter (OTC) without a doctor's authorisation. The Court issued the direction while disposing of a Public Interest Litigation in which it was alleged that chemists often sell OTC, those medicines which require a prescription from a doctor. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

BANKING - Bombay High Court Rejects PMC Bank Depositors' Plea for Lifting Withdrawal Cap
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:46:46 IST

Bombay High Court has rejected pleas of the depositors of the crisis-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank, seeking lifting of restrictions imposed by the Reserve Bank of India on cash withdrawals. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Calcutta HC: No Data to Establish that Imposition of Death Penalty Leads to Decrease in Crime
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:46:30 IST

Calcutta High Court has allowed the Death Reference Appeal of a habitual offender while observing that there is statistical data to conclusively establish that imposition of death penalty will definitely lead to reduction of crime committed by others in society. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Declines PIL for Restoring Earlier Status of Dilli Haat
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:46:07 IST

Delhi High Court has observed that change is inevitable while dismissing a Public Interest Litigation which sought that stalls at Dilli Haat to be allotted only for sale of handicrafts and handloom products and not for selling varieties of products and food, including Chinese. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

DIRECT TAXATION - Rajya Sabha Passes Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:45:49 IST

Rajya Sabha has cleared the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, replacing an Ordinance that was used to slash corporate tax rates to stimulate growth. The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill and the Upper House cleared the legislation with voice vote without any changes. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

BANKING - RBI Policy: Interest Rates Unchanged, GDP Growth Forecast Lowered
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:45:32 IST

Reserve Bank of India has released its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy statement for 2019-20 in which the Monetary Policy Committee, decided to keep the policy repo rate unchanged at 5.15%. In 2019, the RBI has cut repo rate by 135 basis points so far to a nine-year low of 5.15%. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

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