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LAW OF EVIDENCE - SC: Confession of Co-accused Inadmissible Against Another Accused if They Were Tried Separately
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:38:40 IST

Supreme Court has held that under Section 15 of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1987 if for any reason, a joint trial is not held, the confession of a co-Accused cannot be held to be admissible in evidence against another Accused who would face trial at a later point of time in the same case. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF MEDICINE - SC Seeks Government Response on Doctor's PPE Plea for Medical Fraternity
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:38:23 IST

Supreme Court has asked the Government to respond to a doctor's plea for a Court direction to the Government to urgently step up and issue World Health Organization-approved personal protection equipment to the medical fraternity throughout the country to protect themselves from being infected by COVID-19. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - SC Dismisses Appeal of Convict Against Conviction in Rash Driving Case
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:38:06 IST

Supreme Court has dismissed Vismay Amitbhai Shah's Appeal against his conviction and sentence for causing the death of two students while rashly driving his BMW car in Ahmedabad in 2013. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

COMMERCIAL - SC Seeks Centre's Response on PIL Expounding Black Marketing of Medical Essentials
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:37:51 IST

Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking immediate intervention of the Court amid the COVID-19 crisis in light of the alleged black market of medical essentials such as masks, hand sanitizers, and personal protection equipment. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - SC Directs Accused Christian Michel to Approach High Court for Interim Bail
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:37:35 IST

Supreme Court has directed Christian Michel, accused and alleged intermediary in the Agusta Westland VVIP Chopper scam case to approach the Delhi High Court for grant of interim bail. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Bombay HC Directs State to Ensure Basic Amenities for Labourers/ Migrants
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:37:20 IST

Bombay High Court has asked the State authorities to take immediate steps to ensure that all migrant workers are provided with basic amenities, during the impending challenge posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CONSTITUTION - Kerala HC Directs Union Govt to Remove Karnataka's Border Blockade for Emergency Medical Cases
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:37:04 IST

Kerala High Court has directed the Union Government to remove the border blockade imposed by Karnataka to allow entry for patients from Kerala to access emergency medical care in hospitals in Karnataka. The Court has held that Karnataka's road blockade resulting in the denial of access to health services amounted to an infringement of the right to life under Article 21 and the right to freedom of movement under Article 19(1)(d) of the Constitution of India, 1949. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Kerala HC Gives Time for Resolution on Karnataka's Road Blockade
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:36:48 IST

Kerala High Court has granted time till 5.30 PM on 2nd April, 2020 for the amicable resolution of the dispute related to road blockade imposed by Karnataka on the National Highway to Kerala. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Gujarat HC Asks Government to File Report Against Participants of Nizamuddin Religious Congregation
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:36:30 IST

Gujarat High Court has sought a detailed report from both the Centre as well as the State Government, regarding the steps taken by them for the identification and isolation of such people involved in the Nizammudin religious congregation. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - P&H HC Directs Subordinate Judicial Authorities to Ensure Compliance of Orders Granting Bail
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:36:13 IST

Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the subordinate judicial authorities to devise a reliable mechanism to update the contact details of all the On Duty Magistrates on the official website of the Court, during the lockdown period, so that compliance of bail orders can be ensured. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF MEDICINE - National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority Notifies All Medical Devices Under Price Control
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:35:52 IST

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has notified all medical devices sold in India as 'drugs' to bring the devices - such as syringes, needles, cardiac stents, a knee implant, digital thermometers, CT scan, MRIs and dialysis machines - under the purview of price control and prohibit firms from hiking their costs by more than 10% annually at a time. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

EDUCATION - Telangana HC Directs to Postpone Class X State Board Exams Indefinitely
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:54:06 IST

Telangana High Court has directed the state authorities to indefinitely postpone Class 10th State Board Examinations in the State, till the impending of COVID-19 pandemic subsides. The examination was scheduled to be conducted between 31st March, 2020 and 6th April, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Rajasthan HC Seeks State's Reply in Plea Against Police Brutality During National Lockdown
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:53:52 IST

Rajasthan High Court has directed the State Government to file its reply on a Petition alleging use of force by the police authorities for implementation of lockdown in the State. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Andhra Pradesh HC Directs Government to Include Fish/Shrimp in 'Essential Supply Category'
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:53:36 IST

Andhra Pradesh High Court has passed an interim order for inclusion of fish and shrimp in the category of "essential supplies" and has directed the State authorities to permit vehicles for transporting the same. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

BANKING - AP HC Directs Opening of Hospital Attached Under SARFAESI for COVID-19 Treatment
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:53:20 IST

Andhra Pradesh High Court has directed the opening up of a private hospital, which was attached under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act), for treatment of COVID-19 patients. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

SERVICE - Centre Notifies Act Providing Domicile Reservation for Govt. Jobs in Jammu & Kashmir
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:53:01 IST

Ministry of Home Affairs has promulgated the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Order, 2020, which comes into force with immediate effect. The Order notifies changes in the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act, 2010, which defines "domicile" for employment in the region. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - SC Expresses Concern Over Fake News Spurring Migrant Exodus
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:49:23 IST

Supreme Court has expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by the Union and State Governments to prevent the spread of COVID-19 "at this stage" but expressed serious concern over fake news in social, electronic and print media causing the mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

DIRECT TAXATION - SC: No Additional Tax Demand u/s 143(1)(a) if There was No Intention to Evade Tax
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:49:03 IST

Supreme Court has ruled that the additional tax under the provisions of Section 143(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 cannot be imposed if there was no intention on the part of the Assessee to evade tax. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Allahabad HC Suspends Sentence of Two Murder Convicts Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:48:45 IST

Allahabad High Court has temporarily suspended the sentence of two murder convicts on their susceptibility to contracting an infection, amidst the outbreak of COVID-19. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Kerala HC Seeks Report from Govt on Steps Taken to Provide Food & Shelter to Migrant Workers
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:48:28 IST

Kerala High Court has directed the Kerala Government to submit a report regarding the steps taken to provide food and shelter to migrant workers throughout the State. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Rajasthan HC: Applications for Sentence Suspension Not 'Extreme Urgent Matters' During Lockdown
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:48:09 IST

Rajasthan High Court has directed the Registry to not list applications for bail and sentence suspension under the category of 'extreme urgent matters' during the period of 21-day national lockdown. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Rajasthan HC Seeks Report from State Government on Welfare Measures for Inter-State Workers
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:47:53 IST

Rajasthan High Court has issued notice to the State Government and directed them to file a status report regarding measures taken by the Government to ensure that the interest and welfare of migrant daily wage workers are safeguarded. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Madras HC Issues Notice in Plea Seeking Financial Assistance to Lawyers from Bar Council
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:47:35 IST

Madras High Court has issued notice to the State of Tamil Nadu and the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in a Petition seeking minimum financial assistance for Advocates and their Registered Clerks. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - NHAI Clears Contractors' Bills Worth Rs 25,000 Crore
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:47:17 IST

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has cleared bills worth Rs. 25,000 Crore owed to contractors in March, 2020, expediting the process after construction activity came to a grinding halt due to the national lockdown. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

MOTOR VEHICLES - Centre Extends Validity of Driving Licences, Registrations, Fitness Certificates & Permits
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:46:58 IST

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the validity of documents like driving licenses, permits and registration that expired since 1st February, 2020 as valid till 30th June, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

DIRECT TAXATION - Centre Brings Taxation Ordinance Extending Last Date for Compliance to 30th June
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:45:53 IST

Ministry of Law and Justice has promulgated "The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation Of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020" to give effect to the announcements made by the Union Finance Minister on 24th March 2020, that provides for an extension of various time limits under the Taxation and Benami Acts to 30th June, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CAPITAL MARKET - SEBI Extends Deadline for Implementation of Circular on Stewardship Code for All Mutual Funds
Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:45:19 IST

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has extended the deadline for implementation of the circular on Stewardship Code for all Mutual Funds and all categories of Alternative Investment Funds due to the COVID- 19 to 1st July, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - SC Directs Centre to Ensure Welfare of Migrant Workers and Spread Awareness of Pandemic
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:19:36 IST

Supreme Court has directed the Centre to ensure accessibility of basic necessities and medical facilities for migrant workers in view of the nationwide lockdown. The Court has also directed that a high level committee of experts must be set up to ensure that the awareness of COVID-19 is widespread and factual amongst citizens. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF MEDICINE - Kerala HC Asks Karnataka Government to Consider Emergency Medical Needs of Patients
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:19:20 IST

Kerala High Court has asked the Karnataka Government if the emergency medical needs of patients from Kasargod district, who are more proximate to hospitals in Mangaluru than to those in Kerala, could be accommodated. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

BANKING - Karnataka HC Stays Auction of Properties by Banks During 21-Day Lock Down Period
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:19:04 IST

Karnataka High Court has stayed for three weeks the process of auction and e-auction of mortgaged properties, during the 21-day lock-down period, observing that any activity by any of the departments beyond the exceptions provided under the Government Order including the holding of auctions by Banks would constitute a violation of the order and entail prosecution. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Karnataka HC Directs State Government to Plan for Supply of Food to Needy People
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:18:47 IST

Karnataka High Court has directed the State Government to come out with a comprehensive plan by 3rd April, 2020, for supply of food grains/food to the needy people, poor people, daily wage workers, people residing on the streets, railway platforms, bus stands etc., during the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown period. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Gujarat HC Denies Bail to Asaram Who Pleaded Easy Vulnerability to COVID-19 Due to Old Age
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:18:30 IST

Gujarat High Court has rejected the bail application moved by the self-styled godman, Asaram, apprehending easy susceptibility of the deadly Corona virus due to his old age. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - AAR: GST Applicable on Supply of Waste Paper and Transportation Services Received from GTA
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:18:12 IST

Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR) has held that 5% of Goods and Service Tax (GST) is applicable to the supply of waste paper and transportation services received from Goods Transport Agency (GTA). (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Finance Ministry Defers Enforcement of Amendments to Indian Stamp Act Till 1st July
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:17:54 IST

Finance Ministry has deferred the date for enforcement of the amendments to the Indian Stamp Act, 1899, as proposed under Part I, Chapter IV of the Finance Act, 2019. The amendments, related to collection of stamp duty on securities, that were scheduled to come into force on 1st April, 2020, will come to force on 1st July, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Chhattisgarh HC Extends Interim Orders Till 15th May
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:40:25 IST

Chhattisgarh High Court has extended the life of all interim orders passed by it and by the Courts subordinate to it, which have expired or will expire on or after 16th March, 2020, till 15th May, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

COMPANY - Bombay High Court Stays Sale of Biyani's Pledged Shares
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:39:51 IST

Bombay High Court has restrained Industrial Development Bank of India Trusteeship and Union Bank of Switzerland from selling shares of Kishore Biyani's Future Corporate Resources Private Limited which were pledged to secure the debentures issued by a group company, Rural Fairprice. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Kerala HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance to Monitor State Action During Lockdown
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:39:31 IST

Kerala High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of reported incidents of police brutality against persons who are allegedly violating the national lockdown. The Court has issued notices to the State authorities and the Union of India in the matter of unwarranted police excesses. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Kerala HC Seeks Response of Karnataka Advocate General on Blockade of Inter-State Roads
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:39:08 IST

Kerala High Court has sought the response of Advocate General of Karnataka on the issue of Karnataka Government blocking the roads to Kerala in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Telangana HC Issues Guidelines to Prevent Drug Abuse in Educational Institutions
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:38:46 IST

Telangana High Court has held that educational institutions should continuously work towards providing resources and support to students in order to curb them from abusing drugs and to rehabilitate the students who are addicted to drugs. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Kerala HC Orders Release of UT Prisoners Charged with Offences Punishable Upto 7 Years
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:38:25 IST

Kerala High Court has extended the subsistence of all the interim orders passed by it and the subordinate Courts till 18th May, 2020. The Court has also released prisoners convicted of or charged with offences having jail term of up to 7 years on interim bail up to 30th April, 2020, in order to decongest jails. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CAPITAL MARKET - SEBI Relaxes Rules for FPI Registration, Rating Default
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:38:05 IST

Securities and Exchange Board of India has relaxed compliance provisions up to 3 months, allowing credit rating agencies to not qualify a COVID-19 related non-payment of interest and principal as default, and allowing foreign funds to send in scanned copies of documents for renewal of registration. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

COMPANY - MCA Unveils Companies Fresh Start Scheme
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:37:34 IST

Ministry of Corporate Affairs has introduced the Companies Fresh Start Scheme and modified the Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Settlement Scheme to provide companies and LLPs with the opportunity to make good on any filing defaults irrespective of the duration and start afresh as fully compliant. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

COMMERCIAL - Finance Ministry Relaxes Norms for Essential, Medical Supplies
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:37:14 IST

Finance Ministry has relaxed procurement, expenditure and transportation norms for medical and other essential supplies for the department of pharmaceuticals, ministry of health and family welfare, ministry of textiles, department of consumer affairs and ministry of civil affairs. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Finance Ministry Says No Extension of Financial Year
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:36:49 IST

Finance Ministry has said that it has not extended the financial year 2019-20 and it will end as scheduled on 31st March, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

INSOLVENCY - NCLAT Excludes Period of Lockdown for Resolution Process
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:36:07 IST

National Company Law Appellate Tribunal has excluded the period of lockdown for the purposes of counting resolution process under Section 12 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

SALES TAX/VAT - CESTAT, Ahmedabad: No Presumption of Deemed Sale on Ground of Non-Payment of VAT
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:35:46 IST

Customs Excise and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal, Ahmedabad has ruled that deemed sale cannot be presumed for the purpose of imposing service tax merely on the ground that the value added tax (VAT) was not paid on such sale. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - SC Directs Centre to File Reply on Steps Taken Regarding Plight of Migrant Workers Amid Lockdown
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:32:34 IST

Supreme Court has directed the Centre to file a reply on steps taken regarding the plight of migrant workers and the lack of access to basic necessities amid the coronavirus lockdown. The Court has set the next hearing on 31st March, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

SERVICE - Madhya Pradesh HC Defers Judicial Transfers Notified on March 19 and 20
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:32:17 IST

Madhya Pradesh High Court has deferred all orders relating to inter-district transfer of judicial officers in the State. The Court has directed that the Judicial transfers notified by it on 19th and 20th March, 2020 will be kept in abeyance and thus, judicial officers under transfer will not move until further orders. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

EXCISE - CESTAT, Ahmedabad: Input Tax Can't be Denied Because Invoice Bears Handwritten Serial Number
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:31:57 IST

Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), Ahmedabad has held that the input tax credit cannot be denied merely on the ground that the invoices bear handwritten Serial Number clarifying that as per Rules 11 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002, it is clear that the invoice should bear serial numbers and it does not prescribe that the invoice should bear Pre-printed Serial Numbers. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

MOTOR VEHICLES - SC Allows Sale Of 10% Of Unsold BS-IV Vehicles for 10 Days After Lockdown
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:54:17 IST

Supreme Court has granted some relaxations to the 31st March, 2020 deadline for the sale and registration of BS-IVvehicles.The Court allowed the sale of 10% of unsold BS-IV compliant vehicles for 10 days, after the end of the 21-days countrywide lockdown. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - SC Directs Family to Pay Rs 4 Lakh to Destitute Homeless Woman as Ad Hoc Arrangement
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:53:59 IST

Supreme Court has directed the family of a deceased man, who was allegedly the woman's husband, to pay her a lump sum amount of Rs 4 lakhs by the end of the month as an ad hoc arrangement. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - SC Grants Bail to Murder Convict Suffering from Pancreatic Cancer for Medical Treatment
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:53:40 IST

Supreme Court has released a murder convict on interim bail to a murder convict from pancreatic cancer to allow him to undergo requisite medical treatment and procedures. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF EVIDENCE - SC: Application Not Necessary for Producing Secondary Evidence
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:53:22 IST

Supreme Court has held that there is no need to file an application seeking permission to produce secondary evidence. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Telangana HC Extends Interim Orders Till 7th June
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:53:03 IST

Telangana High Court has issued a notification ordering that all the courts/ Tribunals subordinate to it will remain closed with immediate effect, until 14th April, 2020. The Court has extended all interim orders passed by it and subordinate Courts which were subsisting on 20th March, 2020 till 7th June, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - Bombay HC Upholds Vires Of Time Limit Under Rule 117 of GST Rules
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:52:42 IST

Bombay High Court has held that the time limit prescribed under Rule 117 of the Goods and Services Rules, 2017 for filing of form TRAN-1 in order to claim input tax credit from the previous regime is not ultra vires to the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Tripura HC Extends Interim Orders Till 30th April
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:52:16 IST

Tripura High Court on Friday extended the life all the interim orders, orders granting bail, parole, etc., passed by it and all the courts subordinate to it, that were subsisting as of 20th March, 2020, up to 30th April, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi HC Disposes Of Plea Seeking Evacuation of Students in Kazakhstan
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:51:57 IST

Delhi High Court has disposed of the plea seeking evacuation of students stranded in Kazakhstan due to the lockdown ordered in light of coronavirus. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Gujarat HC Extends Interim Orders Till 15th June
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:51:37 IST

Gujarat High Court has extended the life of all interim orders passed by it and by the courts subordinate to it, that expired subsequent to 19th March, 2020 till 15th June, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi HC Suspends Use Of Breath Analysers and Biometric Verification for Railway Staff
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:51:17 IST

Delhi High Court has issued directions to the Railway Board to ask all Zonal Railways to suspend use of breath analyser tests and biometric verification for protecting the staff members from the possible exposure to coronavirus. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Calcutta HC Constitutes Monitoring Committee to Ensure Justice to Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:50:52 IST

Calcutta High Court has constituted a 'Monitoring Committee' to ensure access to justice for the residents and also to act on behalf of the Court and report on the ground realities with regards to distribution of essential commodities and medicines to the people of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Bombay HC Issues Notice to Goa Government on Letter Stating Inadequacy of Medical Facilities
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:50:33 IST

Bombay High Court has issued notice to the Goa government after taking cognizance of a letter written to the Chief Justice BP Dharmadhikari by law graduates stating that medical facilities in the State of Goa were not enough for combating the deadly Corona Virus. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Bombay HC Asks State & Union to Grant Approval to Private Labs for Testing of COVID-19
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:50:16 IST

Bombay High Court has passed directions to both the State government and the Union of India to grant approval to private laboratories for testing in order to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Kerala HC: Imprisonment in Default of Fine Awarded in Multiple Cases Can't Run Concurrently
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:49:58 IST

Kerala High Court has held that the imprisonment in default of payment of fine awarded on an Accused in a case cannot be directed to run concurrently with imprisonment in default of payment of fine awarded on him in other cases. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

COMMERCIAL - P&H HC Upholds Chandigarh Admin's Decision to Allow Opening of Shops Selling Essential Goods
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:49:36 IST

Punjab and Haryana High Court has upheld the decision taken by the administration of Chandigarh Union Territory on 27th March, 2020 to allow the opening of shops selling essential items from 10 am to 6 pm amid COVID-19 pandemic. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Orissa HC Orders State to Arrange Food, Shelter & Medical Facilities for Migrants
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:49:18 IST

Orissa High Court has instructed the State authorities to make apposite arrangements for providing food and shelter to such people, in addition to ensuring their medical screening. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Ministry of Health Affairs States Newspaper Delivery Chain in List of Essentials
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:49:02 IST

Ministry of Health Affairs has clarified to States that the newspaper delivery chain is allowed under print media in the list of essential items permitted to function in the 21-day lockdown period. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

INSOLVENCY - IBBI: Lockdown Period Won't be Counted in IBC Timeline
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:48:40 IST

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India has stated that lockdown period will not be counted towards the timeline for any activity under the corporate insolvency resolution process. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - MHA Issues Advisory to States to Take Steps for Migrant Workmen Welfare
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:48:08 IST

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked for immediate steps to be taken to mitigate the situation faced by migrant workers, primarily in the unorganized sector. Governments have been urged to provide them with adequate food, shelter and other requisite support during the nationwide 21-days lockdown. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LABOUR AND INDUSTRIAL - Centre Notifies EPF Scheme Amendment Permitting Non-Refundable Advance to Members
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:47:50 IST

Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has notified an amendment to the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) Scheme, 1952 to allow withdrawal of up to the amount of basic wages and dearness allowance for three months or upto 75% of the amount standing to member's credit in the EPF account, whichever is less, in the event of outbreak of epidemic or pandemic. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - MHA Allows Transportation of All Goods Without Distinction of Essential and Non-Essential
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:46:56 IST

Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified that the transportation of all goods without distinction of essential and non-essential are allowed during the lockdown period. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

FAMILY - Delhi HC: Senior Citizens Needn't Show 'Ill Treatment' to Seek Eviction of Children from Property
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:05:02 IST

Delhi High Court has held that senior citizens, who seek eviction of their sons or legal heirs from their property, need not necessarily have to show that they need maintenance or that they have been ill treated by their heirs. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Karnataka HC Directs State to Look Into Lack of Food Security for Daily Wage Workers
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:04:44 IST

Karnataka High Court has asked the State Government to urgently look into the issue of lack of food security to daily wage workers, migrant workers and homeless persons, during the 21-days lockdown period. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

BANKING - RBI Announces Cut in Repo Rate and Reverse Repo Rate
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:04:27 IST

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced a 75 basis points cut in repo rates, 90 basis points cut to 4% in reverse repo rate as a measure to counter the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

BANKING - RBI Permits Lending Institutions to Allow 3-Month Moratorium on Term Loans
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:04:09 IST

Reserve Bank of India has announced that all commercial banks and non-banking financial companies are permitted to allow 3-month moratorium on the payment of installments of term loans outstanding as on 1st March, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Finance Minister Announces Rs. 1.7 Lakhs Crore Package for Aid of Poor
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:03:43 IST

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore package focused on emergency cash transfers into bank accounts of the poor, along with providing free food grains, pulses and cooking gas for 3 months in a bid to cushion them from the impact of the coronavirus lockdown and economic disruption caused by the disease. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Ministry of Home Affairs Issues Guidelines on Exemptions to E-Commerce Platforms
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:03:28 IST

Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a fresh set of guidelines to exempt e-commerce platforms engaged in the delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, making them operational during the 21-day nationwide lockdown. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - SC Issues Circular for Hearing of Extremely Urgent Matters During Lockdown
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:03:10 IST

Supreme Court has issued a circular stating that the Apex Court shall continue to hear matters involving extreme urgency during the nationwide lockdown. The Circular further seeks to clarify steps for conducting Video Conference hearings as laid down in its earlier notification, released on 23rd March, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

ENVIRONMENT - Delhi HC: Environmental Compensation Can't be Imposed Without Giving Notice to Violator
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:02:53 IST

Delhi High Court has asked the Central Pollution Control Board to reconsider its decision against Public Works Department, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, observing that an order imposing environmental costs cannot be passed without giving prior notice to the alleged violator. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF MEDICINE - Delhi HC Directs AIIMS to Start Free Treatment for Infant with Rare Disease
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:02:37 IST

Delhi High Court has directed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to start treatment for an 18-month old girl, suffering from a rare disease called 'Gaucher', immediately and free of charge. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF MEDICINE - Bombay HC Directs Government to Consider Grant of Approval to Private COVID-19 Testing Labs
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:02:20 IST

Bombay High Court (Nagpur bench) has directed the State Government to take necessary steps for the creation and operation of Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories facilities for testing of COVID-19 within two weeks, at places like Yavatmal, Gadchiroli, and Chandrapur, where confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been found. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Bombay HC Imposes Costs on Petitioner for Mentioning Matter Without Urgency
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:02:04 IST

Bombay High Court has fined a Petitioner Rs.25,000 for failing to adhere to the directions issued by the Court in light of the outbreak of the pandemic of coronavirus asking advocates to only mention matters that were extremely urgent in nature. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Bombay HC Extends Interim Orders Passed by It and Subordinate Courts Till 30th April
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:59:38 IST

Bombay High Court has passed an order extending the life of all interim orders passed by Courts in the State until 30th April, 2020, in view of the pan-India lockdown prompted by the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Allahabad HC Extends Interim Orders Passed by It and Subordinate Courts Till 26th April
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:59:22 IST

Allahabad High Court has extended all interim orders passed by it and by the Courts subordinate to it, which expired subsequent to 19th March, 2020 till 26th April, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Madras HC Extends Life of Interim Orders Till 30th April
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:59:05 IST

Madras High Court has extended the life of all the interim orders passed by it, that were subsisting as on 20th March, 2020, till 30th April, 2020, in the wake of the complete lockdown in the entire nation. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF MEDICINE - Andhra Pradesh HC: State Should Provide Personal Protective Equipment to Health Workers
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:58:36 IST

Andhra Pradesh High Court has directed the Central and State Governments to ensure that all the Doctors, Nurses, Ward Boys, and Paramedical Staff have necessary personal protective equipment like N-95 masks, sterile medical gloves, starch apparels, personal protection equipment. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - J&K HC Asks UT Administration to Take Steps Against Persons Concealing Travel History
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:58:16 IST

Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the authorities of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh to enforce their notifications/instructions/orders regarding all disclosures including the travel history; quarantining and isolation stringently and take steps against people concealing the same. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Gujarat HC Rejects Challenge to Levy of Increased Enrollment Fee by Bar Council
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:57:59 IST

Gujarat High Court has dismissed a Writ Petition which challenged the right of the Bar Council of India and Bar Council of Gujarat to levy as well as increase the fee for enrollment of advocates and issuance of Certificate of Practice as stipulated under the Advocates Act, 1961 and Bar Council of India Rules, 1975. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - Calcutta HC: Authorities Undertaking Provisional Attachment Without Informing Bank, Contrary to Law
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:57:44 IST

Calcutta High Court has held that Principal Additional Director General, Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGI) and Additional Director General, DGGI are competent to pass orders under Section 83 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017. The Court further stated that the authorities undertaking provisional attachment beyond 1 year without informing the bank is contrary to the law. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CAPITAL MARKET - SEBI Relaxes AGM Rules for Top 100 Listed Companies
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:57:28 IST

Securities and Exchange Board of India has relaxed Annual General Meeting (AGM) rules for the top 100 listed companies and allowed an extra month till 30th September, 2020 to hold their annual general meetings for the fiscal year 2019-20, ending on 31st March, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi High Court Extends Interim Orders till 15th May
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:32:35 IST

Delhi High Court has extended till 15th May, 2020 all interim orders passed by it or by District Courts that were about to expire on or after March, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi HC Directs Centre to Ensure Welfare of Indian Students Stranded At Kazakhstan Airport
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:32:16 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the Ministry of External Affairs to promptly appoint a Nodal Officer from the Indian Embassy in Kazakhstan to ensure the welfare, well-being and safety of Indian students stranded at Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan since the last 2-3 days. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Karnataka HC Issues Guideliness for E-Filing and Use of Video Conferencing Facility
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:32:00 IST

Karnataka High Court has issued guidelines for e-filing and use of video conferencing facility which can be used by members of the Bar, in all Districts Courts, across the State. The e-filing facility is in addition to the manual filing facility available. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Kerala HC Directs Police to Make No Arrests Except Where it is Inevitable
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:31:44 IST

Kerala High Court has directed that the Police should not make arrests, except where it is inevitable. The Court has also said that the Police will be at liberty to act in respect of heinous and serious offences. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Kerala High Court to Remain Closed Till 14th April
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:31:27 IST

Kerala High Court has extended the subsistence of all the interim orders passed by it and the Courts subordinate to it till 14th April, 2020 and has decided that the Court would remain closed in that duration. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - NHAI to Suspend Toll Collection on National Highways
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:31:07 IST

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will be suspended collecting toll across National Highways in the country during the 21 days' nationwide lockdown owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Delhi HC Asks Delhi Govt to Consider Whether Bus Marshals in DTC Buses Require Proper Training
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:18:39 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to consider a representation seeking proper training of Marshals that are deployed in the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Cluster buses operated by the Delhi Government. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

INSOLVENCY - Delhi HC Sets Aside SFIO Complaint Against Tata Steel BSL Ltd
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:18:18 IST

Delhi High Court has quashed the summons as well as the complaint filed against Tata Steel BSL Ltd by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

MOTOR VEHICLES - Madras HC Sets Aside Compensation of Rs 86 Lakhs Awarded in Motor Vehicles Claim
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:18:02 IST

Madras High Court has set aside a motor accident award of Rs 86 Lakhs and remanded the matter back to the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (Special Subordinate Court), Coimbatore, directing it to consider and appreciate the oral and documentary evidence from both sides afresh and award compensation, preferably within 6 months. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Kerala HC Extends All Interim Orders Passed by HC and Subordinate Courts
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:17:45 IST

Kerala High Court has extended the subsistence of all the interim orders passed by it and the Courts subordinate to it till 14th April, 2020, in view of the 21-day nationwide lockdown. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Kerala HC Instructs All Judicial Officers to Hear Urgent Matters from Their Residences
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:17:28 IST

Kerala High Court has instructed all the Judicial Officers of its subordinate Courts to hear urgent matters from their respective residences. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LIMITATION - NCLT Extends Limitation Period in Pursuance of Supreme Court Orders
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:17:11 IST

National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has issued a notice intimating all the litigants that the extension of limitation period granted by the Supreme Court will be applicable to the cases falling within the NCLT's jurisdiction. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

BANKING - Finance Minister: No Charge on ATM Withdrawals; Complete Waiver of Minimum Balance Charge
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:11:15 IST

Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a complete waiver of minimum balance charges for savings bank accounts for the next 3 months, and free of charge transactions for debit cardholders who withdraw cash from any bank Automated Teller Machines (ATM) for the next 3 months. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - SC Adjourns Cases Listed for 25th March After PM Announces 21 Days Nationwide Lockdown
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:10:57 IST

Supreme Court has notified that all the matters that were listed for urgent hearing before it on 25th March, 2020 stand adjourned because of the 21-days nationwide lockdown imposed by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CRIMINAL - Delhi HC Directs Expeditious DNA Testing of Bodies of Riot Victims Without Waiting for Court Orders
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:10:39 IST

Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government not to wait for Court's order before conducting DNA testing of persons killed during the Delhi Riots. The Court has noted that no law requires prior permission of the Court before conducting DNA testing, and has ordered the Delhi Government to expedite the process of DNA matching test and to complete the same within 15 days. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CIVIL - Calcutta HC Extends All Interim Orders Passed by It and Courts Subordinate to It
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:10:24 IST

Calcutta High Court has extended the subsistence of all the interim orders passed by it and the Courts subordinate to it till 30th April, 2020, provided they were subsisting on 16th March, 2020. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

CONTEMPT OF COURT - Calcutta HC Initiates Contempt Against Lawyer Who Cursed Judge with COVID-19 Infection
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:10:08 IST

Calcutta High Court has initiated criminal contempt proceedings against a lawyer, Advocate Bijoy Adhikary, for cursing the judge to contract Corona Virus because he refused to grant him his request of an urgent hearing in a matter. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

LAW OF MEDICINE - Rajasthan HC Directs ICMR to Brief Hospitals to Discharge Completely Cured Corona Affected Patients
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:09:52 IST

Rajasthan High Court has asked the Director of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to pass necessary instructions to all medical and health agencies not to discharge a Corona Virus-infected patient unless he is found completely virus free through a blood test. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

DIRECT TAXATION - ITAT, Pune: Income Tax Act, 1961 Has No Provisions to Condone Delay in Filing Misc. Applications
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:09:35 IST

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Pune, while dismissing a bunch of miscellaneous applications, has held that the Income Tax Act, 1961 does not have any provisions allowing condonation of delay of such applications under Section 254 of the Act. (Podcast Available https://goo.gl/jRzvHc)

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