Legal Updates of February 24th, 2021

Written by Vanshika Sharma

INDIAN NEWS

  • Bail granted to Disha by Delhi Court:

The Delhi Court granted bail to the climate change activist, Disha Ravi, in the recent ‘Toolkit’ case. The Delhi police charged her of sedition for sharing ‘toolkit’ related to the farmers’ protest against the controversial farm laws. The judge Dharmendra Rana said: “Considering the scanty and sketchy evidence available on record, I do not find any palpable reasons to breach the general rule of bail against a 22-year-old young lady, with absolutely blemish free criminal antecedents and having firm roots in the society and send her to jail”.[i]

 

  • Surajgarh case: Varavara Rao gets bail:

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court granted bail to Varavara Rao, a poet, who was arrested in a 2016 Surajgarh case. Some Naxals reportedly torched 75 trucks carrying iron ore from the Surjagarh mines at Etapallitehsil, Gadchiroli on December25, 2016.

The case is for offenses under sections of the Arms Act and also under the strict Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, including attempted murder, arson and criminal conspiracy.

Earlier the principal bench of Bombay High Court granted him bail for six months.[ii]

 

  • SC adjourns Lavalin case hearing again:

This is the third time that the Supreme Court adjourned the SNC Lavalin case hearing. It is a corruption case against Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, and the request for the appeals is made by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).[iii]

 

  • S Vaikundarajan arrested in bribery case:

A special CBI court in Delhi sentenced a sand mining baron from Tamil Nadu, S Vaikundarajan, to three years in prison and a fine of 5 lakh rupees for bribing an environment ministry scientist to gain clearance in Tamil Nadu for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in 2016. Neeraj Khatri, a scientist working with files pertaining to the ministry’s environmental clearance terms of reference, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined 4 lakh rupees for taking a bribe of up to 7 lakh rupees.[iv]

 

  • Gang-rape convict on parolearrested for ATM thefts:

A life convict of the notorious Dhaula Kuan gang rape case of 2010, Mohammad Shamshad, has been held by the Delhi Police for 12 ATM break-ins while he was out on parole. On 20 April, 2020, as part of an exercise to decongest prisons because of the Covid-19 pandemic, he was given parole.[v]

 

  •  An order dismissing a blind professor from his job has been set aside by the Calcutta HC:

Calcutta High Court held that the removal of any blind person from his position or post, only on the ground of his disability is a direct violation of the rights of that person under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. An order of removing a blind professor from his position of the head of department by the Haringhata Mahavidyalaya, was set aside by the Court.[vi]

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • Donald Trump slams the US Supreme Court for not covering his Tax records:

The US Supreme Court was slammed by Donald Trump, former President of United States, for not blocking New York investigators from accessing his tax documents. Justice Stephen Breyer, judge of US Supreme Court, refused to grant a stay for a lower court ruling in favour of Donald Trump revealing his tax returns before a grand jury in New York.[vii]

 

  • Nepal SC reinstates the dissolved parliament:

The Supreme Court of Nepal ruled against the decision of the Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli, and reinstated the Lower House of the Parliament of Nepal, House of Representatives, which was dissolved on the recommendation of the PM by the President, B. D. Bhandari, earlier.

In a historic judgement a five-member Constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice, Cholendra Shumsher, ruled the “Unconstitutional” decision of the Oli Government that dissolved the 275-member lower house of parliament void. Over the next 13 days, the court ordered the House session to be convened.[viii]

 

 

[i] Raghav Ohri, ‘Disha gets Bail, Delhi Police Rap’, The Economic Times, (24 February, 2021), 02

[ii]Swati Deshpande, ‘Varavara now gets bail from Nagpur bench’, Times of India, (24 February, 2021), 17

[iii]Krishnadas Rajagopal, ‘SC puts off Lavalin case hearing again’, The Hindu, (24 February, 2021), 08

[iv]‘TN mining baron jailed for bribing official’, Hindustan Times, (24 February, 2021), 11

[v]‘Rape convict on parole nabbed for ATM break-ins’, Hindustan Times, (24 February, 2021), 04

[vi]‘Removal Of A Blind Person From The Job Solely On Ground Of Disability Violative Of Rights of PwD Act 2016: Calcutta High Court’, LiveLaw, (24 February, 2021), <https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/calcutta-high-court-sets-aside-removal-of-blind-hod-solely-on-ground-physical-disability-170335> accessed 24 February, 2021

[vii] ‘Trump Slams US top Court for not shielding his Tax records’, Hindustan Times, (24 February, 2021), 13

[viii]Kallol Bhattacherjee, ‘Blow to PM Oli as Nepal SC reinstates Lower House’ The Hindu, (24 February, 2021), 01

 

Written By:

Vanshika Sharma

B.B.A.LL.B.

National Law University, Odisha

 

 

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