Legal Updates

SC refuses to postpone UPSC

Sept 30, 2020

The Supreme Court today refused to pass directions for postponement of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) preliminary exams scheduled to be held on October 4. The Court, however, has asked UPSC to consider granting certain relaxations for candidates appearing in their last attempt. SC said, “They are to be public servant, not students”.

Allahabad HC denies bail to school van driver accused of showing porn to students

Sept 30, 2020

The Allahabad High Court recently rejected a bail application moved by the driver of a school van, who was accused of showing porn videos to the students traveling in the van. The accused was charged with offences mentioned under Sections 354(2), 377, 504 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 7 and 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Arnab Goswami moves SC challenging Maharashtra Assembly's breach of privilege notice against him

Sept 30, 2020

The Supreme Court is hearing the plea moved by Arnab Goswami challenging the September 16 privilege motion sent to him by the Maharashtra Assembly for his criticism over government inaction in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. The plea is being heard by a Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

Court asks Sanjay Raut to file statement that he didn't call Kangana Ranaut 'haramkhor'

Sept 30, 2020

In Kangana Ranaut house demolition case, the court today asked proof that Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut called the actress 'haramkhor'. Justice Kathawalla then asked Sanjay Raut to record a statement that he did not call the petitioner, Kangana, 'haramkhor'. To that, Raut's lawyer said, "I will file an affidavit tomorrow," after which the court was adjourned.

All Accused acquitted in Babri Masjid Demolition Case

Sept 30, 2020

A Special CBI Court at Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted all 32 persons accused of hatching the criminal conspiracy behind the demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque on December 6, 1992. The acquitted persons include prominent BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati, Kalyan Singh etc. Special CBI Judge S K Yadav, in his 2000-page verdict, held that the demolition of the mosque was not premeditated and that there was no criminal conspiracy behind it.

Mathura Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Removal Of Idgah Mosque From Site Claimed As Krishna Janam Bhoomi

Sept 30, 2020

A civil court in Mathura (U.P) on Wednesday refused to admit a suit that sought to remove the Idgah mosque on the allegation that it was built over the Krishna Janam Bhoomi, the birthplace of Lord Krishna. As per Section 4 of the Act, Courts are barred from entertaining pleas seeking the conversion of the character of religious places as it stood on the date of Indian Independence. The Places of Worship Act was enacted in the wake of Ram Janambhoomi movement to construct Ram Mandir at the site of the 16-th century mosque Babri Masjid.

15 International Human Rights Organisations Release Statement Condemning Indian Government's Actions Against Amnesty India

Sept 30, 2020

"Amnesty International India announced that it is halting its work in the country after the Indian government froze its bank accounts in an act of reprisal for the organization's human rights work. Fifteen international human rights organizations condemned the Indian government's actions against Amnesty India and pledged to continue support for local human rights defenders and organizations against the recent crackdown" - the Statement reads.

Limited functioning of Delhi HC to continue till October 8

Sept 30, 2020

A Notice to this effect was published by the High Court today. While pending cases listed from October 1 to October 8 have been adjourned en bloc, the present arrangements qua virtual and limited physical hearings shall continue. The Roster for physical hearing till October 8 has already been notified by the High Court.

PIL in SC seeking trial of Hathras Gangrape Case out of Uttar Pradesh in addition to the demand of CBI/ SIT probe

Sept 30, 2020

A plea has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking for investigation into the brutal Hathras rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman allegedly by four upper-caste men by either the Central Bureau of Investigation or a Special Investigation Team. The plea further seeks for the transfer of the matter from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi alleging failure of the State Government to take action against the accused persons.

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