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Legal Update of 7th April, 2021

written by Vanshika Sharma

INDIAN NEWS

Artificial Intelligence committee of SC launches SUPACE:

The Supreme Court’s Artificial Intelligence Committee unveiled the SUPACE (Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Court Efficiency) Artificial Intelligence portal. The Supreme Court plans to use machine learning to work with the massive volumes of data received at the time of case filing through this portal.[i]

 

Andhra Pradesh HC overturns the stay on MPTC, ZPTC elections:

The earlier order of a single-judge bench regarding Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) and ZillaParishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) elections in the state has been overturned by a division bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. The elections will now take place on April 8, as planned.[ii]

 

Maharashtra Government moves SC against CBI probe order:

The Maharashtra government challenged the Bombay High Court’s order directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary investigation into former Mumbai Police Chief ParamBir Singh’s charges against former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in the Supreme Court.[iii]

 

Delhi HC warns against ‘wishy-washy’ medical reports to get bail:

The Delhi High Court has issued a warning against undertrials using “Skimpy and Wishy-Washy” medical records to secure bail. It stated unequivocally that “ambiguous, incomplete documentation in illegible handwriting will not be entertained in future” and that it would be treated with scepticism.[iv]

 

Court permits woman to abort over 24-week pregnancy due to foetus abnormality:

The Delhi High Court granted a woman’s request to terminate her pregnancy of more than 24 weeks after considering a medical board’s finding that the foetus has significant anomalies.[v]

 

“Mask is like a SurakshaKavach”: Delhi HC

Writ petitions challenging the Delhi government’s imposition of fines on people who don’t wear masks while travelling alone in personal vehicles were rejected by a single judge bench led by Justice Prathiba M Singh. According to the Court, the mask acts as a “surakshakavach,” covering both the wearer and those around them.[vi]

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Netanyahu chosen to lead Israel’s next government formation effort:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been tasked with forming Israel’s next government, a task that offers a way out of his legal quagmire but may prove difficult if he fails to gain enough support in parliament.[vii]

 

Ukraine urges NATO to expedite the membership process:

Ukraine’s President, VolodymyrZelensky, has urged NATO to expedite his country’s membership, claiming that it is the only way to resolve the country’s conflict with pro-Russia separatists.[viii]

 

 

 

[i]SnehanshuShekhar, ‘Supreme Court embraces Artificial Intellegence, CJI Bobde says won’t let AI spill over to decision-making’, India Today, (7 April, 2021), https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/supreme-court-india-sc-ai-artificial-intellegence-portal-supace-launch-1788098-2021-04-07 accessed 7 April, 2021.

[ii]Ashish Pandey, ‘Andhra HC strikes down stay on MPTC, ZPTC elections issued by single-judge bench’, India Today, (7 April, 2021), https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/andhra-pradesh-hc-stays-mptc-and-zptc-elections-state-1787980-2021-04-07 accessed 7 April, 2021.

[iii]‘Maharashtra govt moves Supreme Court against Bombay HC’s order asking CBI to probe charges against Anil Deshmukh’, The Indian Express, (6 April, 2021), https://indianexpress.com/article/india/maharashtra-government-approaches-supreme-court-to-challenge-bombay-hcs-order-directing-cbi-to-probe-allegations-against-anil-deshmukh-7261243/ accessed 7 April, 2021.

[iv]‘HC warns against ‘wishy­washy medical reports’, The Hindu, (7 April, 2021), 02.

[v]‘Court allows termination of 24-week pregnancy due to foetal abnormality’, The Hindu, (7 April, 2021), 02.

[vi]Shreya Agarwal, ‘”Mask Is Like ASurakshaKavach”: Delhi High Court Holds Wearing Of Mask Compulsory Even While Alone In Vehicle’, Live Law, (7 April, 2021), https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/delhi-high-court-holds-wearing-of-mask-compulsory-even-while-alone-in-vehicle-172226 accessed 7 April, 2021.

[vii] Gwen Ackerman, ‘Netanyahu Chosen to Try to Form Israel’s Next Government’, Bloomberg, (6 April, 2021), https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/netanyahu-chosen-to-try-to-form-israel-s-next-government-kn5uvx64 accessed 7 April, 2021.

[viii]‘Ukraine urges NATO to speed up membership’, The Hindu, (7 April, 2021), 13

 

 

Written by:

Vanshika Sharma

B.B.A.LL.B.

National Law University, Odisha

 

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