Delhi HC registers Suo Moto PIL on Covid-19 vaccination:
A suo moto Public Interest Litigation has been registered by Delhi High Court for the purpose of vaccinating all individuals involved with judicial functioning, including judges, court staff, and lawyers, on priority, regardless of their age or physical status. The division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli, after considering the communication rendered by Delhi Bar Council Chairman Mr. Ramesh Gupta, registered the communication as a PIL.[i]
Justice Tyagi requests Bar Members to avoid addressing him as ‘Your Lordship’ or ‘My Lord’:
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi, has requested the members of the Bar to avoid using ‘Your Lordship’ or ‘My Lord’ while addressing him. A note has been issued by The Punjab and Haryana High Court which reads: “It is for the information of respected members of the Bar that hon’ble Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi has requested that they may avoid addressing him as `Your Lordship’ or `My Lord’ and also saying Obliged and Grateful.”[ii]
Sonepat Court grants bail to labour activist Shiv Kumar in all three cases:
In all three cases filed against him, labour activist Shiv Kumar, an associate of Dalit Labour Activist Nodeep Kaur, was granted bail by a Local Court in Sonepat District, Haryana. Shiv Kumar and his associate Nodeep Kaur were arrested on 12th January after their protest against alleged abuse of factory workers in Sonepat’s Kundli Industrial Area turned violent.[iii]
Court grants bail to five people accused of rioting on Republic Day, including a Class X student:
A Delhi Court has granted bail to 5 men including a student of class X who were accused of stealing a police officer’s teargas gun in the unrest that erupted during the farmers’ tractor parade on Republic Day.[iv]
The Common Cause Society moves SC opposing the appointment of an interim director of CBI:
In compliance with Section 4A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, the Common Cause society has petitioned the Supreme Court for the appointment of a permanent Director of the CBI. The PIL also opposed Mr. Praveen Sinha’s appointment as interim/acting CBI Director after the tenure of the previous incumbent, Mr. Rishi Kumar Shukla, expired on 2nd February of this year.[v]
Animal welfare law passed in Cuba
After decades of rejecting residents’ calls for animal rights laws, the Cuban government has now passed a long-awaited Animal welfare law. The Animal Welfare Bill mandates that state governments and animal welfare associations maintain their responsibilities for animal physical and mental wellbeing, as well as banning any types of animal cruelty, which can result in penalties of up to 7,000 pesos. Keepers of cattle, recreational animals, and pets are all subject to these obligations. Pet caretakers must now get preventative and emergency medical care for their pets.[vi]
Top Court rejects Begum’s bid to return:
Shamima Begum, a woman whose British citizenship was revoked after she joined the Islamic State, failed in her attempt to appeal the ruling. Five Supreme Court judges voted unanimously to make the decision.[vii]
[i] Aditi Singh, ‘Weight in claim to declare judges, lawyers as frontline workers: Delhi High Court registers PIL for COVID-19 vaccination on priority’, Bar and Bench, (3 March, 2021), <https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/judges-lawyers-frontline-workers-delhi-high-court-registers-pil-priority-covid19-vaccination> accessed 4 March, 2021.
[ii] Saurabh Malik, ‘No My Lord’, says Justice Tyagi’, The Tribune, (4 March, 2021), <https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/chandigarh/no-my-lord-says-justice-tyagi-220103> accessed 4 March, 2021.
[iii] Sparsh Upadhyay, ‘Labour Activist Shiv Kumar Granted Bail In All Three Cases By A Local Court In Sonepat’, Live Law, (4 March, 2021), <https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/breaking-labour-activist-shiv-kumar-granted-bail-in-all-three-cases-by-a-local-court-in-sonepat-170701> accessed 4 March, 2021.
[iv] ‘Class X student accused of robbing teargas gun gets bail’, Indian Express, (4 March, 2021), 05.
[v] Akshita Saxena, ‘Common Cause Moves Supreme Court Against Appointment Of Interim Director Of CBI; Seeks Directions For Appointment Of Regular Director’, Live Law, (4 March, 2021), <https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/common-cause-moves-supreme-court-against-appointment-of-interim-director-of-cbi-seeks-directions-for-appointment-of-regular-director-170697> accessed 4 March, 2021.
[vi] Alanah Lockwood, ‘Cuba passes animal welfare law amid pressure from activists’, Jurist, (3 March, 2021), <https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/03/cuba-passes-animal-welfare-law-amid-pressure-from-activists/> accessed 4 March, 2021.
[vii] ‘U.K. top court rejects IS bride’s legal bid to return’, The Hindu, (27 February, 2021), 12.
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