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Legal Update of 3rd March, 2021

Written by Vanshika Sharma

LEGAL UPDATE

 

INDIAN NEWS

 

Feminists and Activists demands CJI to withdraw the remarks and step down:

A day after the Chief Justice of India, S.A. Bobde, made the controversial remarks in court where he asked a man who had been convicted of raping a minor girl if he would marry her, many women activists and feminists including the concerned citizens released an open letter to CJI asking him to resign and apologize for his statements in court.[i]

Kangana demands the cases against her be moved to Shimla:

In a joint petition filed in the Supreme Court, actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister have demanded that criminal cases filed against Kangana in Maharashtra be shifted to her Home State, Himachal Pradesh as the petitioners fear for their life and property in Mumbai because of Shiv Sena leaders’ personal vendetta.[ii]

TRP-Rigging Case: Bombay HC grants bail to BARC’s former CEO:

The Bombay High Court granted bail to the former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), Partho Dasgupta, who was charged for manipulating the Television Rating Points (TRP). Mr. Dasgupta was released by Justice P.D. Naik on furnishing a cash bond of Rs. 2 lakh and six weeks to furnish solvent surety certificates.[iii]

Advocate M.L. Sharma seeks plea against WB Assembly Election:

A petitioned has been filed by Manohar Lal Sharma, Advocate of Supreme Court, to prohibit the conduct of the West Bengal Assembly election in eight phases in an unequal manner. He also asked the CBI to look into the BJP’s use of “Jai Shri Ram” as a religious rallying slogan in the run-up to the polls.[iv]

Delhi HC declines plea for using “Slang Language”:

The Delhi High Court chastised a petitioner for using the words “Tom, Dick, and Harry” in the petition, the court said that such language is not allowed in court filings. The petition was drafted by Group Captain Atul Jain against the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), arguing that these tribunals are following inappropriate procedures.[v]

Guidelines for physical court hearings: Social Distancing should be maintained:

The Delhi High Court issued guidelines for the resumption of the court proceedings physically from 15 March. According to the government norms all the visitors including lawyers shall keep social distance in the courtroom.[vi]

SC rejects plea against Farooq Abdullah for his remarks on abrogation of Art. 370:

The Supreme Court has rejected a petition demanding action against Farooq Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, for his remarks on Article 370. The court said: “It is not seditious to have views different from the Government.”

According to Rajat Sharma and Dr. Neh Srivastava’s complaint, Abdullah made a live declaration that he would seek support from China to restore Article 370. They also said that the former CM is attempting to hand over Kashmir to China, and that he should be charged with sedition under IPC Sec. 124A.[vii]

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Amazon being accused of ‘Systemic’ racism in Corporate Offices:

Amazon is accused of discrimination in a complaint brought in federal court in the United States, arguing that it employs Black employees into lower-paying jobs and promotes them more slowly than white workers, and that black women are abused. Despite its promise to combat bigotry and declarations of unity from Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, the lawsuit brought by Charlotte Newman, a Black market development head at Amazon Web Services, says the organisation is subject to a “systemic pattern of insurmountable discrimination.”[viii]

Suella Braverman becomes the first “Minister on Leave”:

Suella Braverman, the Attorney General for England and Wales, the British government’s most senior legal advisor, became the first Cabinet minister to take maternity leave after the change in law. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office announced that Braverman would be replaced by one of her subordinates, solicitor general Michael Ellis, during her absence.[ix]

Lahore HC grants bail to Christian man guilty of blasphemy:

Nabeel Masih, a 20-year-old Christian man accused of blasphemy in 2016, was given bail by the Lahore High Court in Pakistan. Masih was found guilty of violating sections 295 and 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code.[x]

 

 

 

 

 

 

[i] ‘Women’s rights activists ask CJI to step down’, The Hindu, (3 March, 2021),

[ii] Samanwaya Rautray, ‘Kangana Wants Cases Against her Shifted to Home State Himachal’, The Economic Times, (3 March, 2021), 02.

[iii] Swati Deshpande, ‘HC grants bail to former CEO of BARC in TRP-rigging case’, Times of India, (3 March, 2021), 18.

[iv] ‘Plea against eight-phase Bengal polls’, The Hindu, (3 March, 2021), 09.

[v] ‘Use of slang prompts HC to send plea back’, Times of India, (3 March, 2021), 09.

[vi] ‘HC issues guidelines for physical hearings’, Times of India, (3 March, 2021), 03.

[vii] ‘’It Is Not Seditious To Have Views Different From Govt’: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Against Ex-J&K CM Farooq Abdullah For Remarks On A.370 With 50K’, Live Law, (3 March, 2021), <https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/supreme-court-says-not-seditious-to-have-views-different-from-govt-farooq-abdullah-170643> accessed 3 March, 2021.

[viii] ‘Lawsuit in US Accuses Amazon of ‘Systematic’ Racism in Corporate offices’, The Economic Times, (3 March, 2021), 14.

[ix] ‘New Law Allows First UK Minister to take Maternity Leave’, The Economic Times, (3 March, 2021), 14.

[x] Hannah Brem, ‘Pakistan court grants bail to Christian man convicted of blasphemy’, Jurist, (3 March, 2021), <https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/03/pakistan-court-grants-bail-to-christian-man-convicted-of-blasphemy/> accessed 3 March, 2021.

 

Written By:

Vanshika Sharma

B.B.A.LL.B.

National Law University, Odisha

 

 

 

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