Legal Update of 25th February, 2021

Written by Vanshika Sharma



Top Court rejects Plea for UPSC extra attempt:

Supreme Court dismissed the plea by the aspirants of UPSC whose last opportunity to clear the exam was exhausted due to Covid-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Justice Ajay Rastogi, A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra also denied extra chance to those who took the October 2020 exam but did not cross the age limit.[1]


Two New Judges in Delhi High Court:

Two new judges of the Delhi High Court, Jasmeet Singh and Amit Bansal took an oath, bringing the court’s working strength to 31 as against the approved strength of 60.[2]


NGO plea to simplify Adoption process:

Yatharatha Foundation, an NGO, appeals to Delhi High Court to simplify the lengthy, difficult and complicated procedure of Child Adoption. This has increased the number of couples without child which led to rise in the ‘Grey Market’. As per the information by Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), approximately 30,000 couples have registered for the child adoption but only 2,989 children are there. A notice to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Delhi Government, National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and CARA was issued by the Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh seeking their stand on the plea of the NGO seeking simplification of the adoption procedure.[3]


Four new Judges in Kerala HC:

Justices Murali Purushothaman, Ziyad Rahman, Karunakaran Babu and Dr. Kauser Edappagaths worn in as additional judges in the Kerala High Court. The strength of the judges has increased to 40 as against a sanctioned strength of 47.[4]




Navalny no longer a ‘prisoner of conscience’:

Amnesty International withdrew the status “prisoner of conscience” given to Alexei Navalny because of the hatred comments he made in the past. But the Amnesty still thinks that Navalny should be freed from imprisonment as he hasn’t committed any crime, he has just criticized Vladimir Putin, Russian President.[5]


Opposition leader of Uganda withdraws election petition:

Robert Kyagulani, opposition leader of Uganda, withdrew the election petition that the re-election of the current Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni. Kyagualani claimed that the hearing of the case by the Supreme Court were partial. He withdrew the case as he was “frustrated” by the Top Court as the Court rejected the additional evidence filed by him.[6]



 [1] Abraham Thomas, ‘No extra chance for taking UPSC exam: Top court’, Hindustan Times, (25 February, 2021), 01

[2] Two new Delhi HC judges take oath’, The Hindu, (25 February, 2021), 02

[3] Press Trust of India, ‘Plea seeks simplifcation of child adoption process’, The Hindu, (25 February, 2021), 02

[4] Four New Judges Take Office In Kerala High Court; Working Strength Now 40’, LiveLaw, (25 February, 2021), <> accessed 25 February, 2021

[5] Press Trust India, ‘Amnesty revokes Navalny’s ‘prisoner of conscience’ status’, The Indi-court-election-petition/#> accessed 25 February, Express, (25 February, 2021), 12

[6] Michael Chege, ‘Uganda opposition leader withdraws Supreme Court election petition’, Jurist, (24 February, 2021), <



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Vanshika Sharma


National Law University, Odisha





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