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Legal Updates of 19th February, 2021

Written by Kajal Sah

Legal Update

Indian News

  • Delhi High Court directed police to ensure that any investigating information is not leaked in ‘Disha Ravi Toolkit Case’:

On Thursday, the climate activist Disha Ravi approached the Delhi High Court seeking directions for the police to not leak any information, to the third party including media houses, regarding the investigation. On Friday, while hearing the writ petition, a single bench comprising of Justice Prathiba M Singh directed the police to ensure that no information is leaked about the investigation of the case registered regarding ‘toolkit’. The high court also instructed police to act in accordance with the affidavit stating that police hasn’t and won’t leak any crucial information of the case to the media.[i]

 

  • Odisha granted 4 weeks by SC to reply to AP’s affidavit over contempt plea for polls in ‘disputed areas’:

On February 13th, Andhra Pradesh held Panchayat elections in ‘disputed areas’ whose ownership is claimed by Odisha. Odisha sought contempt in SC against senior officers of AP in this regard. Andhra Pradesh government then released an affidavit stating that the panchayat election were held by AP in its own territory and has not infringed upon Odisha’s area. A bench comprising of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and A M Khanwilkar granted Odisha a time period of 4 weeks to reply on the affidavit.[ii]

 

  • Supreme Court refused to entertain a writ petition filed before it, challenging ‘Love Jihad Law’ of Madhya Pradesh:

A writ petition was filed, by Vishal Thakre and few others, before Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the ‘Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance’ that deals with inter-religious marriages and religious conversions. Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea and asked the petitioner to approach Madhya Pradesh High Court instead.[iii]

 

  • Notice issued by Delhi HC in a plea seeking augmentation in compensation to survivors of NE Delhi riots:

A petition was filed by Faimuddin and Afsana, residents of Delhi for augmentation in compensation to the survivors if communal violence that took place during protest against Citizenship Amendment Act.

A single-judge bench comprising of Justice Prathiba M. Singh has issued a notice seeking the response from both, the Central and Delhi government on this.[iv]

 

  • A notice has been issued to SII, ICMR, DCGI by Madras HC after a petition alleging ‘Covishield’ side-effects after trial was filed by a volunteer:

The petitioner Asif Riaz alleged that he suffered severe side effects after clinical trial of Covisheild, developed by Serum Institute of India. The Madras high court issued the notice after hearing the petition to the Government of India through the Drugs Controller General of India,Health secretary, CEO of Serum Institute, Director-General of ICMR, Chairman of the Ethics Committee, and CEO of Astra Zeneca UK.[v]

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • UK Supreme court realizes the worker’s rights of UBER Drivers to get paid annual leave, minimum wage etc.:

Supreme Court of UK has rejected UBER London’s stand that UBER drivers are mere independent contractors and UBER is their agent and hence the drivers are not the ‘workers’. In this important ruling, the UK Supreme Court held that UBER Drivers are ‘workers’ and hence are entitled to the rights to receive paid annual leaves, national minimum wage and other worker’s right as prescribed by the laws of UK.[vi]

 

 

 

[i]‘Disha Ravi Toolkit Case : Delhi High Court Directs Police To Ensure Compliance With Affidavit, Ensure No Info Leakage To Media’, LiveLaw.in (19th February, 2021), <https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/disha-ravi-toolkit-case-delhi-high-court-directs-police-to-ensure-no-media-leakage-as-stated-in-their-affidavit-170093> accessed 19th February, 2021.

[ii] SC grants 4 weeks to Odisha for reply on AP’s affidavit over polls in ‘disputed areas’ , The Indian Express, <https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2021/feb/19/sc-grants-4-weeks-to-odisha-for-reply-on-aps-affidavit-over-polls-in-disputed-areas-2266148.html>accessed 19th February, 2021.

[iii]‘Approach High Court’ : Supreme Court Refuses To Entertain Petition Challenging Madhya Pradesh ‘Love Jihad’ Law’, LiveLaw.in (19th February, 2021), <https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/supreme-court-refuses-to-entertain-petition-challenging-madhya-pradesh-love-jihad-law-170086> accessed 19th February, 2021.

[iv] ‘Delhi HC issues notice on plea seeking compensation for NE Delhi riots survivor’ Indian Legal,(19th February, 2021), https://www.indialegallive.com/top-news-of-the-day/news/delhi-hc-notice-compensation-northeast-delhi-riots-survivors/> accessed 19th February, 2021.

[v]Madras High Court Issues Notice To SII, DCGI, ICMR On Plea By Volunteer Alleging Side Effects After ‘Covishield’ Trial, LiveLaw.in (19th February, 2021), <https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/madras-high-court-notice-sii-dcgi-icmr-volunteer-alleging-side-effects-covishield-trial-170095> accessed 19th February, 2021.

[vi] ‘UBER drivers are “workers” entitled to minimum wage, paid annual leave, other workers’ rights: UK Supreme Court’, Bar and Bench, (19th February, 2021), <https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/uber-drivers-are-workers-entitled-to-minimum-wage-uk-supreme-court> accessed 19th February, 2021.

 

 

Written By:

Kajal Sah

First Year

Chanakya National Law University, Patna

 

 

 

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