DELHI HC: GIVE STATUS REPORT ON SUNANDA PUSHKAR’S MURDER IN 3 DAYS.

 News Date: 21.07.2017

Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Police to submit its status report about its probe in Sunanda Pushkar’s murder who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a five star hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. In the case, no charge sheet was filed and no arrests have been made.

PETITION BEFORE SC: AMEND MTP ACT TO ALLOW TERMINATION OF PREGNANCIES BEYOND 20 WEEKS IN CASE OF MINOR RAPE SURVIVORS

News Date: 21.07.2017

A Petition has been filed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court seeking guidelines to constitute a permanent medical board in each district of India for expedient termination of pregnancies beyond 20 weeks in exceptional cases, such as the ones involving minor rape survivors. This petition seeks an amendment in Section 3 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

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SC ORDERS CBI PROBE INTO 62 EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN MANIPUR

News Date: 14.07.2017

A Bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct an enquiry into the 62 extra-judicial killings of civilians by security personnel in Manipur and submit a status report by January next year.

The Court has also asked the State Government to segregate among the several killings related to state police.

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DELHI HC: NO COERCIVE ACTION AGAINST LAWYERS & LAW FIRMS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH GST UNTIL CENTRE’S CLARIFICATION.

News Date: 14.07.2017

The High Court of Delhi has directed the Central Government to not take any coercive action against lawyers and law firms for non-compliance with any legal requirement under the CGST Act, IGST Act or the DGST Act till a clarification in this regard is issued by the Centre and the State.

As of date, there is no clarity on whether legal services provided by legal practitioners and firms would be governed by the reverse charge mechanism.

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NGT LAYS OUT THE WAY AHEAD TO KEEP ‘HOLY GANGA’ CLEAN.

News Date: 14.07.2017

The National Green Tribunal has laid out a way ahead for cleaning and rejuvenating river Ganga in the next two years with a string of directions, including announcement of Rs. 50,000 as environmental compensation for every act of throwing any kind of waste in the river or its tributaries.

 

The tribunal has also prohibited dumping of waste within 500 metres of the river with directions that “there shall be no dumping or landfill sites for any kind of waste irrespective of any technology for waste processing, within 500 meters from the edge of the river Ganga.

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J&K SHRC AWARDS 10 LAKHS COMPENSATION TO MAN USED AS A HUMAN SHEILD.

News Date: 12.07.2017

The Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission has reprimanded the State and the Army for using a 26-year old weaver as a human shield earlier and has ordered the State Government to pay him a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh.

Although the SHRC does not have jurisdiction over the army, but the ruling is recommendatory in nature, and mandatorily requires the State Government’s approval.

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GST EXEMPTION ON GIFTS WORTH UPTO 50,000 BY EMPLOYER

News Date: 12.07.2017

It is decided that gifts and perquisites supplied by companies to their employees will be taxed under GST.
Gifts up to a value of Rs. 50,000 per year by an employer to his employee are outside the ambit of GST. However, gifts of value more than that made without consideration are subject to GST when made in the course or furtherance of business.

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SC DISMISSES PLEAS FOR MODIFICATION OF ORDER ON HIGHWAY LIQUOR BAN.

News Date: 12.07.2017

The Supreme Court has dismissed the plea for modification of order banning sale of liquor along state and national highways holding that such requests are ‘unprecedented’ and not maintainable.

The bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud also said they will dismiss a petition filed by NGO Arrive Safe Society against a recent Punjab and Haryana High Court order allowing the Chandigarh administration to denotify highways within city limits, thus allowing bars and hotels functioning.

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BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS INITIATED AGAINST ESSAR STEEL AND MONNET ISPAT IN NCLT.

News Date: 28.06.2017

Bankruptcy proceedings at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against Essar Steel and Monnet Ispat were initiated yesterday. They have become the first of the 12 big bad loans cases identified by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) against which bankruptcy proceedings have been filed.

Standard Chartered Bank, an unsecured creditor filed the suit in the case of Essar Steel (debt of Rs31, 211 crore) and in Monnet’s case (debt of Rs 10,333 crore), State Bank of India (SBI), which led the lending consortium, filed the case.

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RAJASTHAN HC: AADHAR SHOULDN’T BE A PRE-REQUISITE FOR GETTING FOOD ARTICLES FROM RATION SHOPS.

News Date: 228.06.2017

Rajasthan High Court has directed the authorities to ensure that all those who hold a Ration Card are issued the rations as per the entitlement without insisting upon the holder of the Ration Card obtaining an Aadhaar Card for availing the entitlements.

 

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SCOTUS PARTIALLY ALLOWS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXCEUTIVE ORDER ON TRAVEL BAN.

News Date: 27.06.2017

 The United States Supreme court (SCOTUS) in the case of Trump v International Refugee Assistance Project has partially allowed President Trump’s Travel Ban order that imposes a ban on entry of individuals from six countries namely, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

 

This order essentially means that the proposed travel ban cannot be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. As for entities, the relationship must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course. Students from the designated countries who have already been admitted to a University have such a relationship with an American entity.

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DELHI HC: LITIGANT NEEDS TO BE VIGILANT, CAN’T PUT THE ENTIRE BLAME ON ADVOCATE TO GET DELAY CONDONED.

News Date: 27.06.2017

According to a judgment by Delhi HC, it is ruled that the litigant owes a duty to be vigilant of his rights, pursue his case diligently and cannot be permitted to cast the entire blame on the Advocate.

He is also expected to be equally vigilant about the judicial proceedings pending in the court of law initiated at his instance or against him. If the litigant does not appear in the court and leaves the case at the mercy of his counsel without caring as to what different frivolous pleas/defences being taken by his counsel for adjournments is bound to suffer.

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SR ADVOCATE KK VENUGOPAL LIKELY TO BE THE NEXT ATTORNEY GENERAL OF INDIA.

News Date: 27.06.2017

It is reported that the Senior Advocate and Constitutional Expert Mr. KK Venugopal is likely be the new Attorney General of India. His name is likely to be announced after Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s return from the US. The 86-year-old looks set to return as a law officer after a gap of almost 40 years.

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NITI AAYOG RECOMMENDS UNBUNDLING AIR INDIA AND ITS REAL ESTATE ASSETS.

News Date: 23.06.2017

Government of India’s think tank NITI Aayog in its recommendatory capacity has suggested that Air India be privatized only after unbundling the airline and its real estate assets. Fundamentally, it means that the property be delinked and sold-off.

The airline has the largest fleet of 140 planes in the country and vast land holdings, including nearly 32 acres in central Mumbai, besides its iconic headquarters on Marine Drive valued at more than Rs1,600 crore. It also has properties in New Delhi, London, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Japan and Mauritius.

 

RBI TO BANKS: EITHER RESOLVE 55 BAD LOANS OR FACE I&B CODE.

News Date: 23.06.2017

The Reserve Bank of India in its effort to check the deplorable level of non-performing assets has asked banks to either internally resolve the 55 bad loans cases within 6 months or be ready to face the proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

The banking sector is saddled with NPAs of over Rs 8 trillion, in which 12 accounts are eligible for insolvency proceedings with each of them having over Rs5,000 crore of outstanding loans, which accounts for 25% of total NPAs of banks.

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UBER CEO’S RESIGNATION CALLS FOR SOME GOOD NEWS FOR OLA

NEWS DATE: 22.06.2017

 

The resignation by Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick brings some relief to OLA as it boosts the latter’s chances of retaining its market leadership in the country. According to analysts, changes at the top management leads to cutting the aggressive spending by the company which is aimed at gaining the market share. Also, transformational changes at the international level are put to rest for the initial couple of months which hits its growth and consecutively benefits the rivals.

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GOI ALLOWS CENTRAL DISTRICT CO-OPERATIVE BANKS TO DEPOSIT THE DEMONETIZED NOTES WITH RBI

NEWS DATE: 22.06.2017

The Finance Ministry has rolled-out the Specified Bank Notes (Deposit by Banks, Post Offices and District Cooperative Banks) Rules, 2017 under which the Government of India has allowed the Central District Cooperative Banks to deposit the old notes (Rs 500 & Rs 1000) with any office of Reserve Bank of India within a period of 30 days from the commencement of the rules.

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ALL STATES/UT EXCEPT J&K APPROVED STATE GST

NEWS DATE: 22.06.2017

The Finance Ministry in a press release stated that all the states and Union Territories have approved the State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Act, leaving the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kerala had approved the SGST Act by rolling out an ordinance yesterday whereas the state of West Bengal had issued an ordinance in this regard on 15th June’ 2017. Thus, almost the entire nation is now on- board for the smooth roll-out of GST with effect from 1st July’ 2017.

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SUPREME COURT REFERS PLEA CHALLENGING AADHAAR ACT TO CONSTITUTION BENCH

News Date: 10 May 2017

Supreme Court has sent a fresh plea challenging Aadhaar Act and mandatory use of Unique Identification Number in at least 17 government schemes to a larger Constitution bench.

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DELHI HIGH COURT: SUCCESSION CAN ONLY BE GRANTED TO LEGAL HEIRS OF A PERSON WHO DIES INTESTATE

News Date: 11 May 2017

Delhi High Court has held that in cases where someone dies without a will, succession can only be granted to the legal heirs of that person, not the nominee.

 

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SUPREME COURT: EXPENDITURE INCURRED TO EARN DIVIDEND INCOME ON SHARES NOT DEDUCTIBLE

News Date: 11 May 2017

Supreme Court has held that Section 14A of Income Tax Act would apply to dividend income on which tax is payable under Section 115-O of Act.

 

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SUPREME COURT: DGHS TO CONDUCT COMMON COUNSELLING TO ALL INDIA & STATE QUOTA FOR MEDICAL ADMISSIONS

News Date: 11 May 2017

Supreme Court, while considering a plea by Dar-Us-Slam Educational Trust, has issued certain important interim directions with regard to admissions in medical colleges across the country, thereby authorizing DGHS to conduct counselling of all-India quota, state quota and deemed university.

 

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Supreme Court: “It’s Time to Deal with Loan Defaulters Sternly”

News Date: 09 May 2017

Supreme Court, while concerned over increasing number of corporate houses and private institutions not paying back loans taken from banks and public bodies, has said that defaulters must be sternly dealt with and strict action taken against them.

 

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Delhi High Court: ‘Should Ola, Uber Drivers be Considered Employees?’

News Date: 09 May 2017

Delhi High Court has sought a response from Ola, Uber cab aggregators and also Centre and Delhi Governments on a petition moved by drivers’ union demanding ‘freedom from exploitation’ and benefits under Labour laws.

 

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Supreme Court Cuts Competition Commission’s Penal Powers

News Date: 09 May 2017

Supreme Court has upheld an order by Competition Appellate Tribunal (Compat) that penalties imposed by Competition Commission of India (CCI) on companies should be only on turnover relevant to a case in dispute, not their overall turnover.

 

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Calcutta HC Judge, J. Karnan Convicts CJI, Seven Judges Under SC/ST Act for Harassing Dalit Judge

News Date: 09 May 2017

Calcutta High Court’s Justice C S Karnan has “sentenced” Chief Justice of India J S Khehar and seven Supreme Court Judges to five years’ imprisonment after he “found them guilty” under Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act, 1989, and amended Act of 2015.

 

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SUPREME COURT TO CENTRE, STATES: COMPLETE REGISTRATION OF CHILD CARE INSTITUTIONS BEFORE YEAR END

News Date: 08 May 2017

Supreme Court has asked Central, State Governments to ensure that process of registration of all child care institutions is completed before the end of this year.

 

 

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CIC: INITIATE STEPS TO INTRODUCE RTI STAMPS FOR PAYMENT OF RTI FEES

News Date: 08 May 2017

Central Information Commission has reiterated its recommendation for issue of RTI-stamps or numbered RTI-coupons as mode for payment of RTI-fees.

 

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SUPREME COURT: INCOME FROM COMPASSIONATE EMPLOYMENT NOT TO BE DEDUCTED FROM MACT COMPENSATION AMOUNT

News Date: 08 May 2017

Supreme Court has held that income from compassionate employment granted to claimant is not liable to be deducted from compensation amount which is liable to be paid either by owner/ driver of offending vehicle or insurer.

 

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SUPREME COURT REVIVES CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY CHARGES AGAINST LALU PRASAD IN FODDER SCAM CASE

News Date: 08 May 2017

Supreme Court has revived criminal conspiracy charges against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav along with others, including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and ex-top bureaucrat Sajal Chakraborty, in the Rs 900 crore fodder scam case.

 

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SC RULES ‘TAKING FINGERPRINT OF ACCUSED DOESN’T BREACH HIS RIGHT AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION’

News Date: 05 May 2017

Supreme Court, while settling a doubt which has troubled crime investigators for long, has ruled that asking an accused to give finger or foot prints for investigation purposes did not violate his fundamental right to protect himself from becoming a witness against himself.

 

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DELHI HIGH COURT FOLLOWS SUIT, ORDERS SERVICE OF SUMMON VIA WHATSAPP, TEXT MESSAGE, EMAIL

News Date: 05 May 2017
Delhi High Court has allowed plaintiff in a case to serve summons on one of the defendants through Whatsapp, text message and email.

 

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HARYANA ASSEMBLY CLEARS HARYANA GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) BILL

News Date: 05 May 2017

Haryana Assembly has passed Haryana Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, 2017 paving way for roll out of GST from July 1.

 

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SUPREME COURT REVOKES SUSPENSION ORDERS AGAINST 8 BHU STUDENTS, ORDERS SPECIAL EXAM FOR SEMESTER

News Date: 05 May 2017
Supreme Court has revoked suspension orders against eight students by Banaras Hindu University (BHU), who sat for a dharna in University campus demanding 24X7 library & canteen facility and fully functional hostels during summer breaks.

 

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BANKING REGULATION ORDINANCE, 2017: RBI GETS POWER TO INITIATE INSOLVENCY PROCESS AGAINST DEFAULTERS

News Date: 05 May 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee has approved Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 which gives power to Reserve Bank of India to initiate insolvency resolution process in respect of a default, under Insolvency Code of 2016.

 

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#BREAKING ON NIRBHAYA CASE: SC UPHOLDS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR CONVICTS IN 2012 DELHI GANG RAPE CASE

 

News Date: 05 May 2017
Supreme Court of India has upheld Death penalty of all four convicts in December 16, 2012 gang rape and murder.

 

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SUPREME COURT ACCEPTS SALMAN KHURSHID’S IMPLEADMENT APPLICATION IN TRIPLE TALAQ CASE

News Date: 04 May 2017
Supreme Court has allowed Senior Advocate & Former Union Minister Salman Khurshid’s impleadment application as respondent in triple talaq matter.

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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY FOR RAPING, KILLING FOUR-YEAR OLD GIRL

News Date: 04 May 2017
Supreme Court has dismissed a review petition of a 55-year-old man and sent him to gallows for raping and stoning to death a four-year-old girl in 2008.

 

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SC: WORD ‘PAYABLE’ IN SECTION 40(A) (IA) OF INCOME TAX ACT ALSO COVERS AMOUNT ALREADY ‘PAID’

News Date: 04 May 2017
Supreme Court has held that though the word used in Section 40(a)(ia) of Income Tax Act, is ‘payable’, it would also cover situations where amount is already paid, but no advance tax was deducted thereupon.

 

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ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT SAYS ‘NO’ TO UNSEALING OF MORE THAN 1,000 FLATS IN GREATER NOIDA PROJECT

News Date: 04 May 2017

Allahabad High Court has declined to order unsealing of more than 1,000 illegally- constructed flats in a housing project in Greater Noida that were sealed following a court order passed a fortnight ago.

 

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DELHI HC TO DMRC: WHY CAN’T DMRC PROVIDE FREE DRINKING WATER, SANITATION?

News Date: 02 May 2017
Delhi High Court has asked DMRC that “Why can’t Delhi Metro provided basic services like drinking water and sanitation for free to commuters at its stations?”.

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ITAT, MUMBAI: INDIVIDUALS PAYING FOR RESIDENTIAL HOUSES WILL GET COMPLETE TAX BENEFITS

News Date: 02 May 2017
Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (Mumbai bench) has held that if entire investment for purchase of a new residential house, along with stamp duty and registration charges, has been made by an individual, he should get full benefit of relevant income tax (I-T) exemptions.

 

SCDRC DIRECTS BANK TO PAY 1L COMPENSATION FOR FAILURE TO INFORM LOAN APPLICANT OF REJECTION

News Date: 02 May 2017

State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Maharashtra has held that failure to inform an applicant about rejection of his loan application constitutes deficiency of service on part of Bank.

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SUPREME COURT ORDERS ‘MEDICAL EXAMINATION’ OF CALCUTTA HC JUDGE C S KARNAN

News Date: 01 May 2017

Supreme Court has constituted a medical board in Kolkata to examine mental health of Calcutta HC Judge C S Karnan, who is facing contempt proceedings after the Bench observed that he is not in a position to defend himself.

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BOMBAY HC: REMARRYING SANS DIVORCE IS CRUELTY BY SPOUSE

News Date: 02 May 2017

Bombay High Court has held that marrying again while first marriage was intact and barring wife entry to a house shared with second ‘wife’ amounts to cruelty by husband.

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SUPREME COURT DIRECTS CBI TO COMPLETE PROBE IN TIME-BOUND MANNER IN RAJIV GANDHI ASSASSINATION CASE

News Date: 02 May 2017

Supreme Court has directed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete probe in a time-bound manner and see if there is a larger conspiracy involved in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

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SUPREME COURT SLAPS RS 25 LAKH FINE ON NGO FOR FILING FRIVOLOUS PETITION

News Date: 02 May 2017

Supreme Court, while sending a strong message to litigants that frivolous petitions cannot be filed to waste precious time of Court, has slapped exemplary costs of Rs 25 lakh on Suraj India Trust represented by Rajiv Bhaia to be paid within a month.

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MADRAS HIGH COURT: PENDENCY OF DIVORCE PETITION ‘NO BAR’ TO INITIATE PROCEEDING UNDER DV ACT

News Date: 01 May 2017

Madras High Court has held that pendency of divorce petition filed by husband is not a bar to initiate proceedings under Domestic Violence Act by wife.

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BOMBAY HIGH COURT SETS PRECEDENT, SERVES SUMMON VIA MESSAGING APP ‘WHATSAPP’

News Date: 28 Apr 2017

Bombay High Court has set a precedent after it served a summon via WhatsApp in a copyright infringement suit against producers of Kannada movie ‘Pushpaka Vimana’ released in 2017.

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DELHI HC ALLOWS TATA SONS, NTT DOCOMO TO ENFORCE ARBITRAL AWARD BY LCIA

News Date: 01 May 2017

Delhi High Court has allowed Tata Sons and NTT Docomo to enforce an arbitral award by London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

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SUPREME COURT: ‘EVE-TEASING VIOLATES WOMAN’S RIGHT TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY’

News Date: 01 May 2017

Supreme Court, sending out a stern message to law enforcement agencies to deal with eve-teasers and stalkers with a firm hand, has said that eve-teasing violates a woman’s fundamental rights to live with dignity and she could not be forced to love a person, not of her liking.

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BOMBAY HC: IMPLEAD ITC, FINANCE MINISTRY, SEBI AS PARTIES IN PIL AGAINST LIC INVESTMENT IN LIC

News Date: 28 Apr 2017

Bombay High Court has directed petitioners of a PIL opposing idea of Life Insurance Corporation of India holding one-third equity stake in tobacco giant ITC, to implead Union Ministry of Finance, ITC, Ministry of Industries and Commerce and SEBI as respondents.

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SUPREME COURT SAYS ‘FIRS’ SINE QUA NON FOR ENCOUNTERS EVEN IN AFSPA AREAS

News Date: 28 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has upheld its direction for mandatory registration of FIR against Armed Forces Personnel, even in disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), for every encounter death despite Centre pleading that this order could jeopardise efforts to maintain peace and security.

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SUPREME COURT ON AADHAR, PAN ROW: WE CANNOT PRECLUDE PARLIAMENT FROM ENACTING STATUTORY PROVISIONS

News Date: 28 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has put a poser as to why there was no objection from lawmakers on Government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for making PAN cards, a move which was given effect by latest Budget from July 1.

SUPREME COURT RULES ‘UNWITTING, CARELESS ‘INSULTS’ TO RELIGION IS NO OFFENCE ‘

News Date: 24 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, while reiterating Constitutional protection to freedom of speech and expression has clarified that insults made on religious faith of a particular community “unwittingly or carelessly” without malice is not an offence.

SUPREME COURT DIRECTS HUSBAND TO PAY RS. 50 LAKH AMOUNT, FLAT WORTH RS. 1 CRORE TO ‘CRUEL’ WIFE

News Date: 25 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has directed a husband to provide his wife Rs. 50 lakh amount and a flat worth Rs. 1 crore, even though it held that acts of wife in filing false complaints against husband amounted to cruelty.

 

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SUPREME COURT TRANSFERS TO NGT PLEA OVER YAMUNA RIVER POLLUTION

News Date: 25 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has transferred a Public Interest Litigation seeking de-polluting of river Yamuna and a complete clean up to National Green Tribunal, after hearing it for 23 years.

SUPREME COURT: ‘ACCUSED CAN’T CLAIM UNFETTERED RIGHT TO INSPECT CASE DIARY ‘

News Date: 25 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, while rejecting plea of an accused facing trial to produce certain pages of police diary obtained by him through RTI for the purpose of contradicting police officer, has reiterated that accused cannot claim unfettered right to inspect case diary.

 

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SUPREME COURT: TAX MAY BE LEVIED ON ‘F1 GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP’

News Date: 25 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has held that Formula One World Championship (FOWC) in motor racing is liable to be taxed in India for the F1 Grand Prix Championship.

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SC: ‘EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION CLAUSE’ IN ARBITRATION AGREEMENT WILL OUST ALL OTHER COURTS’ JURISDICTION

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has held that when there is an exclusive jurisdiction clause in an arbitration agreement stating that Courts at a particular place alone would have jurisdiction in respect of disputes arising under the agreement, it would oust all other Courts’ jurisdiction in the matter.

 

SUPREME COURT DENIES RELIEF TO BIHAR TOPPER SCAM MASTERMIND BACHCHA RAI

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has quashed Patna High Court’s order granting bail to Bachcha Rai, the mastermind of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) topper scam.

 

SUPREME COURT REJECTS TATA’S CLAIM OVER TAJ MANSINGH HOTEL PROPERTY, ALLOWS NDMC TO CONDUCT E-AUCTION

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has approved e-auction of Taj Mansingh Hotel in Delhi, rejecting claim of Tata group-owned Indian Hotels Co. Ltd (IHCL) over the property.

 

SUPREME COURT: COURT SHOULD NOT SURRENDER ITS JUDGMENT TO ‘EXPERT’ WITNESS

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, while upholding a High Court order which has set aside conviction of accused in a murder case, has observed that Court cannot be expected to surrender its own judgment and delegate its authority to a third person.

 

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SUPREME COURT: FIR CAN BE PARTLY QUASHED IF NO COGNIZABLE OFFENCE IS MADE OUT AGAINST ACCUSED

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has observed that an FIR can be quashed in part against some accused against whom no cognizable offence is made out.

 

 

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SUPREME COURT REJECTS CENTRE’S SUGGESTION TO PUT OFF HEARING ON WHATSAPP PRIVACY ISSUE

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has brushed aside a government suggestion that it hold off a hearing into privacy issues involving WhatsApp as new rules on data protection issues would be in place by Diwali.

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SUPREME COURT SETS ASIDE HIMACHAL PRADESH HIGH COURT JUDGMENT BECAUSE OF ‘POOR ENGLISH’

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has set aside a judgment passed by Himachal Pradesh High Court because of the convoluted English used in judgment.

 

 

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SUPREME COURT: SPEEDY RECOVERY PROCEEDINGS IS THE NEED OF THE DAY

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
SC, while upholding Rule 5 of MP Micro & Small Enterprises Facilitation Council Rules, 2006, which provides for recovery of amount for which award is passed under Section 18(3) of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006, has mooted for need of speedy recovery proceedings.

 

 

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CIC: DISCLOSURE OF IT RETURN INFORMATION UNDER RTI INVADES PRIVACY OF ASSESSEE

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Central Information Commission (CIC) has upheld an order rejecting an RTI application seeking details of income tax returns of a person on ground that disclosure would cause unwarranted invasion to privacy of assessee.

 

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SUPREME COURT DIRECTS SAMSUNG TO OBEY ITS 2014 ORDER

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has said that its 2014 order asking Samsung group chairman Lee Kun-hee to appear before a local Court in a cheating case may be wrong, but he must obey it as long as it isn’t set aside.

 

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SUPREME COURT NOTICES CENTRE OVER PLEA SEEKING POLICY FOR PROMOTING NATIONAL ANTHEM, SONG & FLAG

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has issued notice to Central Government in a plea seeking framing of a policy for promoting National Anthem, National Song and the National Flag.

 

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SUPREME COURT QUESTIONS ARMY’S SILENCE OVER RAPE, MURDER ALLEGATIONS DURING INSURGENCY IN MANIPUR

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has asked Army why it chose to maintain silence despite Commissions of Inquiry set up by Manipur Government over alleged rape and murder against its personnel in Manipur during insurgency.

 

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BOMBAY HIGH COURT UPHOLDS POCSO CHARGES AGAINST DIRECTOR FOR NOT REPORTING RAPE CASE IN TO POLICE

News Date: 18 Apr 2017
Bombay High Court has upheld charges under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, against director of a trust operating an Ashramshala in Satara for not reporting a case of rape of a minor girl in school to police.

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SUPREME COURT CALLS FOR COLLECTIVE EFFORT FROM AUTOMOBILE GIANTS TO CLEAN DELHI-NCR POLLUTED AIR

News Date: 17 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, in a wake-up call to automobile giants to contribute their bit to curb rising pollution levels in Delhi and NCR, has said that a collective effort is needed to clean up the air.

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SUPREME COURT NOTICES CENTRE OVER PLEA AGAINST PRE-CENSORSHIP OF FILMS

News Date: 18 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has sought a response from Centre on a petition moved by actor-director Amol Palekar, who has sought to reclaim “contours of individual freedoms” by taking away Censor Board’s authority of pre-censorship of films.

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SUPREME COURT: N SRINIVASAN CANNOT REPRESENT BCCI IN ICC MEET

News Date: 18 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has said that Former BCCI Chief N Srinivasan cannot represent Indian Cricketing Board at ICC meeting next week as he has been held guilty of conflict of interest.

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MADRAS HC: DENYING EMPLOYMENT TO DAUGHTER OF DECEASED ON GROUND OF MARRIAGE VIOLATES ART. 14, 15, 16

News Date: 12 Apr 2017
Madras High Court has held that denying employment to daughter of deceased on ground of marriage is violation of Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution.

 

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DELHI HC UPHOLDS ORDER RESTRAINING DPS WORLD FOUNDATION FROM USING BRAND NAME ‘DPS’

News Date: 12 Apr 2017
Delhi High Court has upheld a Single Bench order restraining DPS World Foundation from using registered mark/name “DPS” or any other mark identical or deceptively similar to registered mark of plaintiff Delhi Public School.

 

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SUPREME COURT: DEATH DUE TO ‘GRAVE & SUDDEN PROVOCATION’ DOESN’T AMOUNT TO ‘CRUEL ACT OF MURDER’

News Date: 12 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, while reducing life term of a man to 10-year-jail term in a homicidal case, has said that death due to “grave and sudden provocation” could not be termed as a “cruel act” of murder.

 

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SUPREME COURT DIRECTS GUJARAT TRIAL COURT TO EXPEDITE RECORDING EVIDENCE IN ASARAM CASE

News Date: 12 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has asked Gujarat Trial Court to expedite recording of evidence of prosecution witnesses in a sexual assault case lodged by two Surat-based sisters against self-styled godman Asaram.

 

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MADHYA PRADESH HC: RIGHT TO RUN BUSINESS CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW

News Date: 10 Apr 2017
Madhya Pradesh High Court has held that fundamental right of a firm to run a business cannot be taken away without following due process of law.

 

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MENTAL HEALTHCARE ACT, 2016: SUICIDE ATTEMPT BY MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE NOT PUNISHABLE

News Date: 10 Apr 2017
President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to Mental Healthcare Act, 2016 that decriminalizes attempts to commit suicide by a mentally ill person.

 

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BOMBAY HC GRANTS NO RELIEF TO ZEE IN COPYRIGHT CASE ON KID’S TALENT SHOW ‘INDIA’S BEST DRAMEBAAZ’

News Date: 10 Apr 2017
Bombay High Court has refused to grant any relief to Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd and dismissed the notice of motion in a commercial suit filed against Sony Pictures, alleging copyright infringement.

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SUPREME COURT: COURTS SHOULD TAKE ‘PRAGMATIC VIEW’ OF RIGHTS OF CONSUMERS

News Date: 10 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has said that it is necessary for Courts to take a “pragmatic view” of rights of consumers in disputes concerning them since customers are at a disadvantage as compared to service providers.

 

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SUPREME COURT IMPOSES PENALTY ON RAJASTHAN GOVERNMENT FOR ‘FRIVOLOUS, UNJUSTIFIED’ PETITIONS

News Date: 05 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has imposed Rs. 1 Lakh penalty on Rajasthan Government for filing “frivolous and unjustified petitions” in arbitration case and granted liberty to recover the cost from the officers who had authorised for filing of appeal against the High Court order.

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SC: SEBI CIRCULARS CANNOT BE CHALLENGED IN SAT

News Date: 04 Apr 2017

SC has ruled that any action taken by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in its administrative & legislative capacity cannot be appealed at the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) as SAT has jurisdiction only over orders & directions passed by SEBI in quasi-judicial capacity.

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ALLAHABAD HC: FOOD AND FOOD HABITS PART OF RIGHT TO LIFE

News Date: 05 Apr 2017

Allahabad High Court while hearing a petition filed by retail meat shop owner to renew his licence has held that food, food habits and vending thereof is connected with the right to life and livelihood guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. .

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DELHI HIGH COURT UPHOLDS ARBITRATOR’S AWARD DIRECTING TRANSFER OF DOMAIN NAME ‘GOOGLEE’ TO GOOGLE INC

News Date: 05 Apr 2017

Delhi HC has upheld arbitrator’s award directing a man to transfer his registered domain name ‘Googlee’ to Google Inc. on the grounds that the name of the homepage was a “slavish” imitation of the most widely used search engine.

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SC SETS UP 5-JUDGE BENCH TO HEAR THE PLEA CHALLENGING WHATSAPP PRIVACY POLICY

News Date: 05 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has set up a 5-judge bench to hear the petition accusing WhatsApp and Facebook of privacy violation.

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SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO RESTORE JUSTICE KARNAN’S JUDICIAL POWER, GIVES HIM ANOTHER MONTH

News Date: 03 Apr 2017

In a first in Indian judicial history, sitting High Court judge C Karnan appeared before a seven member bench of the Supreme Court to answer charges of contempt levelled against him. Justice Karnan offered to give an “unconditional” apology provided his judicial work was restored. However the Supreme Court refused this offer and gave the judge another four weeks to file a reply in the contempt notice.

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The CBI is investigating

The CBI is investigating former Congress finance minister P Chidambaram for the clearance he gave Malaysian firm Maxis to buy 100 percent of Aircel, the investigating agency told the Supreme Court today.

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SC ORDERS PARSVNATH TO GIVE HABITABLE HOMES WITH OC’S IN LUCKNOW PROJECT IN 3 WEEKS

News Date: 03 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has directed Parsvnath Developers to give possession of habitable flats along with occupation certificates to 12 home buyers in its Planet project in Lucknow within three weeks.

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FINANCE BILL, 2017 RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL ASSENT, TAKES EFFECT FROM TODAY

News Date: 03 Apr 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Finance Bill, 2017 to give effect to provisions like bar on cash transactions above Rs 2 lakh and compulsory quoting of Aadhaar for filing tax returns.

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NGT ISSUES NOTICE TO DELHI, UP ON WASTE BURNING ALONG DND FLYOVER

News Date: 31 Mar 2017
National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a notice to the governments of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on a plea alleging indiscriminate burning of municipal solid waste in Delhi and National Capital Region despite a ban being in force.

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STATUS QUO ON MDR: RBI

News Date: 31 Mar 2017
RBI has said that its mid-December 2016 ‘special measures’ on rationalisation of merchant discount rate (MDR) will continue whereby MDR for transactions up to Rs. 1,000, and above Rs. 1,000 and up to Rs. 2,000 were capped at 0.25 per cent and 0.50 per cent, respectively, of the transaction value.

 

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SC REFERS TRIPLE TALAQ CASE TO CONSTITUTIONAL BENCH; HEARING TO BEGIN FROM MAY 11

News Date: 31 Mar 2017
Supreme Court has decided that a five-judge constitution bench will rule on the constitutional validity of the practice of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims. The hearing of same will begin from May 11.

 

 

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MCA RELAXES NORMS FOR M&A DEALS CLEARANCE BY CCI

News Date: 31 Mar 2017
Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has eased the criteria for notifying Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) deals to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) requiring fewer companies to seek clearance from CCI before going for M&As.

 

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DELHI HC: NCW HAS NO ADJUDICATORY, ADVISORY POWERS

News Date: 29 Mar 2017
Delhi High Court has ruled that National Commission for Women (NCW) did not have any adjudicatory or advisory powers.

 

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SC: CHIEF JUSTICE FREE TO APPOINT ARBITRATOR EVEN IF ARBITRATION AGREEMENT PROVIDES OTHERWISE

News Date: 29 Mar 2017
Supreme Court has held that even if an arbitrator is specified in agreement for arbitration, Chief Justice or designated Judge is free to appoint an independent arbitrator, having due regard to qualification, if circumstances so warrant.

 

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BOMBAY HC: MERE REPAYMENT OF LOAN AMOUNT ‘NO GROUND’ FOR QUASHING CHEATING CASE

News Date: 29 Mar 2017
Bombay High Court has held that re-payment of loan amount will not have any adverse effect on a criminal prosecution and observed that offences involving banking and loan transactions were “offences of serious nature, where the FIR cannot be quashed only on the ground that the loan is repaid”.

 

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SUPREME COURT PUTS ON HOLD 19 CASES AGAINST QNET, GRANTS BAIL TO FERREIRA

News Date: 29 Mar 2017
Supreme Court has stayed proceedings in all 19 FIRs filed against QNet direct selling company across country while granting bail to former world billiards champion Micheal Ferreira and another official of firm’s India franchise in a cheating case.