Legal Update of 25th March, 2021

Written by Vanshika Sharma



Rajya Sabha passes GNCTD Amendment Bill

Amid huge furor and agitation from the Opposition representatives, the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021. It was previously approved by the Lok Sabha on Monday. The bill aims to strengthen the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi’s power by designating him as the “Government of Delhi.”[i]

Divorced wife doesn’t have the Right of Residence

The Kerala High Court ruled that a divorced wife is not entitled to the Right of Residence granted under Section 17 of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act.

Justices K. Vinod Chandran and MR Anitha of the Division Bench ruled that the privilege is only applicable to women in domestic relationships. The court did note, however, that a divorced woman living in a shared home may only be evicted in compliance with the law.[ii]

No bar in promoting SC lawyers as High Court Judges

The Supreme Court stated that there is no bar to accepting Supreme Court advocates for High Court judgeship. During a hearing on judicial appointments, a bench consisting of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Surya Kant made this remark.[iii]

Lok Sabha passes the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professionals Bill, 2021

Lok Sabha passes the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professional Bill, 2021. The bill intends to create a commission to oversee the allied healthcare sector and standardise training and qualifications across the country. Earlier the Bill was approved by the Rajya Sabha on March 16.

CBI books Khaitan Electricals for allegedly defrauding bank

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charged Khaitan Electricals Limited, a well-known brand in the ceiling fan and other home appliance industry, with falsifying accounts in order to defraud a consortium of banks to the tune of Rs 244.92 crore.[iv]

Justice N. V. Ramana to be the 48th CJI of India

SA Bobde, the Chief Justice of India, has recommended Justice NV Raman as his replacement. He has written to the Ministry of Law and Justice recommending Justice Ramana for appointment as the 48th Chief Justice of India.[v]




Taliban rejects Ghani’s proposal to hold elections

After months of ineffective peace talks between the two sides, the Taliban refused Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s plan to hold elections later this year.[vi]

Dr Vivek Murthy to be the US Surgeon General

The Senate has appointed Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy as President Joe Biden’s surgeon general, a role in which his top priority will be responding to the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the country.

For the second time, Dr. Murthy will serve as America’s Surgeon General. Earlier in 2011, he was named to President Barack Obama’s advisory committee on prevention, wellness education, and integrative and public health.[vii]



[i] ‘Rajya Sabha passes bill which gives more power to Lieutenant Governor in Delhi’, Mint, (24 March, 2021), accessed 25 March, 2021.

[ii] ‘Divorced Wife Not Entitled To Right Of Residence Under Section 17 Domestic Violence Act: Kerala High Court’, Live Law, (25 March, 2021), accessed 25 March, 2021.

[iii] ‘No Bar In Considering Supreme Court Lawyers For High Court Judgeship, Says Supreme Court’, Live Law, (25 March, 2021), accessed 25 March, 2021.

[iv] S. Vijay Kumar, ‘CBI books Khaitan Electricals for loan scam’, The Hindu, (25 March, 2021), accessed 25 March, 2021.

[v] Krishnadas Rajagopal, ‘Justice N.V. Ramana set to take over as 48th CJI’, The Hindu, (25 March, 20210, 01.

[vi] ‘Taliban slam Afghan President’s proposal for new election’, The Hindu, (25 March, 2021), 13.

[vii] ‘Senate confirms Dr Vivek Murthy as US Surgeon General’ The Times of India, (25 March, 2021), 18.


Written By:

Vanshika Sharma


National Law University, Odisha

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