Kerala HC retrains Centre on Digital Media Rules:
The Kerala High Court barred the Centre from taking punitive action against Live Law Media Private Ltd., which owns a legal news portal, for failing to comply with Part III of the current IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules,2021.
The court gave notice to the Center on a petition filed by the company opposing the laws controlling internet news channels, curated advertising (OTT Platforms), and social media intermediaries. Part III of the rules, according to the appeal, put on publishers an arbitrary three-tier complaints and adjudication system.[i]
Karnataka HC directs media to Stick to Code:
On a petition filed by a lawyer and BJP member seeking a direction to the authorities to take action to protect individuals’ right to privacy and ensure that media organizations do not violate individuals’ privacy by breaking the rules, the Karnataka High Court issued notices to the Centre and the State government, as well as 70 media channels. In an interim order, Justice P.S. Dinesh Kumar ordered that any broadcast in the media regulated by the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 shall adhere to the terms of the “Programme Code” specified under the Act.[ii]
Lok Sabha approves National Capital Territory Bill:
The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill,2021, was passed by the Lok Sabha, and it aims to regularize illegal colonies that existed in the National Capital Territory of Delhi as of June 1,2014, and had seen up to 50% growth as of January 1, 2015.[iii]
Delhi HC directs police to protect homosexual woman:
The Delhi High Court has asked the police to offer security to a 23-year-old homosexual woman who was forced to marry a man in 2019 by her parents, who tried a “cure” for her sexual orientation and has now escaped her matrimonial home. In a notice to the Delhi government, police, and her family members in response to her petition, the court also requested that the police ensure that no members of the NGO offering assistance are injured or abused.[iv]
SC seeks response on Plea challenging exclusion of women from NDA:
On a petition seeking directions to encourage qualified female applicants to join the National Defense Academy (NDA) and the Indian Naval Academy (INA) on an equal footing with males, the Supreme Court issued notice to the central government.A bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has asked the government to respond to advocate Kush Kalra’s claim that denying women candidates the right to enroll in the NDA violates Articles14,15, 16 and 19 of the Indian Constitution.[v]
Pak HC rejects plea against Ginali’s poll victory:
The Islamabad High Court dismissed a petition filed by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to reverse former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s unexpected Senate election victory, ruling that it was improper to “unnecessarily drag” the judiciary into political affairs.
Gilani, who stood for Senate as a member of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), ousted Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) by 169 votes to 164 votes, giving a huge blow to Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had directly campaigned for his Cabinet colleague.[vi]
EU Lawmakers vote to declare the bloc ‘Freedom Zone’ for LGBT:
During a discussion in the European Parliament, lawmakers unanimously supported a motion declaring the entire 27-member European Union a “Freedom Zone” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
The resolution is ostensibly a response to events in Poland during the last two years, in which many local groups have adopted largely symbolic motions declaring themselves free of “LGBT ideology” as conservative officials have labelled it.[vii]
Lawmakers in Libya confirm unifying interim government:
Libyan lawmakers have confirmed a newly formed interim government in the hopes of uniting the fractured, war-torn North African nation and shepherding it through elections planned for the end of the year.Prime Minister-designate Abdul Hamid Dbeibah’s government takes power from two competing governments who have ruled the African country for years.[viii]
Merrick Garland the next US Attorney General: Senate Confirms:
With a clear bipartisan vote, the Senate has approved Merrick Garland to be the new US Attorney General, putting the veteran judge in the post as President Biden promises to restore the justice department’s independence.[ix]
[i]Sanyukta Dharmadhikari, ‘Kerala HC restrains Union govt from action against LiveLaw under Part 3 of IT rules’ The News Minute, (10 March, 2021), < https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kerala-hc-restrains-union-govt-action-against-livelaw-under-part-3-it-rules-144969> accessed 11 March, 2021.
[ii]‘Stick to code, Karnataka HC tells media’, The Hindu, (11 March, 2021), 01.
[iii]‘Lok Sabha gives approval for National Capital Territory Bill’, The Hindu, (11 March, 2021), 10.
[iv]Sofi Ahsan, ‘HC asks police to protect homosexual woman forcibly married off by family’, The Indian Express, (11 March, 2021), 04.
[v] ‘SC notice to Govt on Exclusion of Women from Joining NDA’ The Economic Times, (11 March, 2021), 02.
[vi]Sajjad Hussain, ‘Pak court rejects plea against Gilani’s win in Senate polls’, The Indian Express, (11 March, 2021), 14.
[vii] Vanessa Gera, ‘EU lawmakers vote today on resolution for LGBT support’, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, (11 March, 2021), < https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/mar/11/eu-lawmakers-vote-today-on-resolution-for-lgbt/> accessed 11 March, 2021.
[viii]‘Lawmakers in war-torn Libya confirm unifying interim govt’, The Indian Express, (11 March, 2021), 14.
[ix]‘Merrick Garland to be next US attorney general’, Times of India, (11 March, 2021), 16
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