Supreme Court lifts ban on protests

The Supreme Court lifted the ‘complete ban’ on holding dharna at the Jantar Mantar and Boat Club near India Gate. SC directed the Centre to frame guidelines for granting permission for protests at these sites. The SC observed that there was a need to strike a balance between the right to protest and right of citizens to live peacefully.

SC demands new law to stop lynching

India’s highest court has asked the government to enact a new law to deal with an increase in mob violence and lynchings. Supreme Court recommended Parliament to create a new penal provision to punish the offenders and stem the mob-related violence. The direction was given by three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and ordered parliament to decide within six months.

Assam’s first transgender judge Swati Baruah

The court in Guwahati has got the first transgender judge of Assam. Swati Bidhan Baruah has been appointed as a judge to mediate cases in Lok Adalat. She is the third transgender judge in the country and will mediate in pre-litigation cases related to finance companies. Joyita Mondal of West Bengal is India’s first transgender judge.

SC for Live-Streaming Of Court Hearings

Senior lawyer Indira Jaising and others filed a petition for live streaming of Court’s proceedings. The Centre in its reply to the petition said if the top court takes a policy decision; it can facilitate the setting up of a separate channel for the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Deepak Misra said, “The concept of access to justice can be stretched through live streaming.

Kishanganga hydropower project inaugurated

PM Modi has dedicated 330 MW Kishanganga hydropower project in Jammu and Kashmir to the nation. Kishanganga hydropower project will provide 13% free power to J&K including 1% for local area development fund amounting to around Rs 133 crore per year. The project was delayed for several years as Pakistan dragged India to International Court of Arbitration, which ruled in India’s favour in 2013

New method to solve PSU disputes

Cabinet has approved a mechanism within the government for speedy resolution of commercial disputes of central public sector enterprises without cases going to courts. A new two-tier mechanism will be put in place of the existing Permanent Machinery of Arbitration mechanism to resolve such commercial disputes.Cabinet decision is based on the recommendations of the Committee of Secretaries.

Alfie dies after court rejects appeal

Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British toddler whose grave illness drew international attention, has died.Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state for more than a year. A British court rejected an appeal by the parents on Wednesday to take their son to Italy. The case has provoked strong feelings over whether judges, doctors or parents have the right to decide on a child’s life.

Fast-track court to try drug cases in Manipur

Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh inaugurated a special court at Cheirap Court Complex in Imphal to try drug-related cases.The fast-track court will facilitate the speedy trial of offences relating to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Similar court to try Crime Against Women was also inaugurated by the Chief Minister on June 27 last year.

Naomi Osaka won her first WTA Title

Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win the Indian Wells final, beating Russian Daria Kasatkina for her first WTA Tour title. Osaka was only the fourth unseeded player to reach =The Indian Wells‘ final. Osaka captured the title on her first match point by blasting a backhand into the open side of the court.

Philippines withdrew from ICC

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced immediate withdrawal of Philippines from the International Criminal Court. This comes after ICC started an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Duterte in his war against drugs. He has accused U.N. special rapporteurs & ICC investigators of painting him as a ‘ruthless and heartless violator of human rights’.

Egypt court upholds Red Sea islands transfer

Egypt‘s top court has upheld a deal to transfer 2 Red Sea islands “Tiran & Sanafir” to Saudi Arabia. Court ruled that all previous court verdicts in the case are annulled. It also turned down a second case over the issue filed by the govt. Situated between the 2 countries, islands of Tiran & Sanafir are largely unoccupied but they lie in a strategically important & politically sensitive area.

SC seeks details of jails with 150% occupancy

The SC has asked the National Legal Services Authority to look into the issue of overcrowding of prisons.A three-judge bench was headed by Justice Madan B Lokur.The Bench also asked an advocate, who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter, to look into the issue of rehabilitation and welfare of women prisoners as well as their children, including the education of such kids

Abhilasha Kumari becomes Manipur HC’s CJ

Justice Abhilasha Kumari is the first woman to become the chief justice of the Manipur high court.Justice Kumari, daughter of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh has served as a Gujarat high court judge and chief justice of Tripura high court.She also served as additional advocate general of Himachal Pradesh after the Congress government came to power in March 2003.

China To Establish International Courts

China has decided to set up three international courts to deal with disputes related to its multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative.The courts will weigh litigation, arbitration and mediation; providing legal support and solving initiative disputes. The Chinese Supreme People’s Court will set up international courts in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shenzhen.

Haryana government to set up SAT

The Haryana government paved the way for setting up of a State Administrative Tribunal.The state Cabinet, under the Chairmanship of CM Manohar Lal Khattar, approved the Haryana State Administrative Tribunal Rules, 2017. The establishment of the SAT will prove advantageous and essential in view of the increasing number of court cases.

India’s first IT trade union in Pune

The Pune chapter of the Forum for IT Employees (FITE) has become the first officially registered trade union for the IT sector in India.FITE was formed in Bengaluru a few years ago to fight the layoffs in IT sector. The FITE also helped affected employees file cases under the Industrial Disputes Act before the offices of the Labour Commissioner and the labour court.

Lalu jailed for 3.5 years in fodder scam

RJD chief Lalu Prasad was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail and fined Rs 1 million by a special CBI court in a fodder scam case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 89.27 lakh.This is the second time that he has been jailed in the fodder scam. Prasad faces another three scam cases for illegal withdrawal from three other treasuries.

Public access for disabled persons: SC

SC has come out with a series of directions to ensure that public infrastructure is accessible to differently-abled persons.SC ordered that the June 2019 deadline set by the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 should be adhered to. Court said this while disposing of a PIL filed by one Rajiv Raturi. This comes in the fundamental rights under Article 19(1)(c) of the Constitution.

Centre to set up 12 special courts

Centre has decided to set up special courts to deal exclusively with cases against 1,581 MPs & MLAS.12 such courts for a period of 1 year will be set up at a cost of Rs. 8 crore.2 special courts will handle cases against 228 MPs & other 10 courts will be set up in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, UP& West Bengal.

SHB proposes building Ram Temple

UP Shia Central Waqf Board, unveiled a proposed solution for an out-of-court settlement of the Ram janma bhoomi-Babri Masjid case: a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and a mosque in Lucknow. Ram Temple in disputed Ayodhya land and mosque in Lucknow. Shia Board said the state government may, in turn, allot one acre of land for a mosque for Shia Muslims in Lucknow’s Husainabad area.

Former SC Judge V Khalid Passes Away

Retired Supreme Court judge V. Khalid died in Kannur. Justice Khalid was 95 years old. He had served as the judge in the Kerala High Court and as Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. He began his career as a lawyer at the Kannur munsiff court in 1948 and moved to the Thalassery bar in 1949.

Burundi becomes 1st country to leave ICC

African country Burundi has withdrawn from International Criminal Court (ICC) with effect from October 27, 2017 and has thus become the first nation to do so. International Criminal Court is an international tribunal located in Hague, Netherlands. It has authority to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Pakistan’s Football Federation suspended

The Pakistan football federation was suspended from FIFA by the Bureau of FIFA council. The reason behind the suspension was the “Interference of third party” in PFF. The PFF accounts and their offices were under the control of an administrator appointed by court and this actually violated the rules of FIFA.

Jagdish Mukhi to be Governor of Assam

Jagdish Mukhi was sworn in as new Governor of Assam. He was administered oath of office by Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Ajit Singh. Before this, Mukhi served as the lieutenant governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He succeeded Banwarilal Purohit who has been appointed as the governor of Tamil Nadu.

Commission to examine sub-categorization

President Kovind has appointed a 5 member commission headed by Delhi High Court’s former Chief Justice G Rohini to examine sub categorization of Other Backward Classes. The commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes. The decision has been taken to ensure that the more backward among OBC communities avail benefits of reservation.

24 additional judges

24 judges to Allahabad and Calcutta high courts were appointed today. Allahabad high court, with an approved strength of 160 judges is functioning with 91 judges while Calcutta high court has an approved strength of 72 judges, but is working with 31. These are the first set of fresh appointments to the high court after Justice Dipak Misra took over as Chief Justice of India.

Kenyan court scraps presidential vote

Kenya’s Supreme Court has nullified the result of August 8 presidential election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The court said the electoral board committed “irregularities & illegalities” during last month’s vote, harming the integrity of the election. The court ordered another presidential election to be held within 60 days. No presidential election in Kenya has ever been nullified before.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong jailed

A court in South Korea has found Lee Jae-Yong, Vice chairman & de facto head of Samsung, guilty of corruption & has sentenced him to 5 years in prison. He was convicted of bribery in a scandal that also saw impeachment of South Korea’s former president. Prosecutors alleged that Lee paid millions of dollars to Park in an attempt to cement control of world’s leading smartphone & chip maker.

Uhel to lead UN Syria war crimes probe

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Catherine Marchi-Uhel to lead an international panel tasked with gathering evidence of war crimes in Syria’s 6 year war. She has served as an international judge in Kosovo, Cambodia and at war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia. She currently works as the ombudsperson for a Security Council committee that deals with IS group & Al-Qaeda.

India asks Pak for consular access

India has once again asked Pakistan to grant full and early consular access to its national Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. India also requested early consular access to Hamid Nehal Ansari who was caught for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan in 2012. Jadhav has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage and sabotage activities.

Govt to appoint Nyaya Mitras

Union Government will appoint Nyaya Mitras across the country to expedite the cases pending for last 10 years in lower courts. Retired judges will be appointed as Nyaya Mitras to expedite the over seven lakh fifty thousand cases pending across the country. Their responsibilities would include offering assistance to litigants who are suffering due to delay in trial.

Amul Thapar to get key judicial post.

US Senate has confirmed Indian-American Judge Amul Thapar to a key judicial position on powerful US court of appeals. He is he the first Indian-American to be nominated by US President Donald Trump for the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals and second South Asian judge to be on the US Circuit Court of Appeals. He is currently a US District Court Judge and was nominated by Trump on 21st March.

Taiwan court to recognise gay marriage.

Taiwan’s constitutional court has declared that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, This is first such ruling in Asia. The court gave the country’s parliament a period of two years for laws to be amended to allow same-sex marriage. Taiwan has a reputation as a beacon of liberalism in the region.

HC Gupta gets jail in coal scam.

A Special Court in Delhi has awarded two-year-imprisonment to the former coal secretary H C Gupta in a coal scam case. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parasher also sentenced two senior government officials, K S Kropha and K C Samaria, for two-year imprisonment in the case. Besides the jail term, the court also imposed a fine of one lakh rupees each on the three convicts.

ICJ refuses to play Kulbhushan’s video.

During the public hearing on the death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, the International Court of Justice refused Pakistan’s request to play Jadhav’s alleged confession video. This came after the Pakistan’s counsel claimed that Jadhav had confessed to being an Indian spy. It is after 18 years that an India Pakistan dispute is playing in the world court.

V K Saraswat appointed JNU Chancellor

V K Saraswat, was appointed as Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University on May 11. He succeeds former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan, who completed his term on March 30 this year. Apart from being a member of the JNU court, he will be the competent authority to sanction leave to the vice-chancellor. He, however, will play little role in the day-today administration of the university.

Seth, 1st woman judge of Delhi HC dies

Justice Leila Seth, the first woman judge of Delhi High Court who played a major role in the making of the tough anti-rape law five years ago has died. Justice Seth also became the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. She was part of a committee set up to suggest amendments to the criminal law to deal with heinous crimes like rape after the December 16, 2012 case.

Nadal wins 10th Monte-Carlo title

Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for a record-breaking 10th time by defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He, who now has 50 clay court titles and 70 in all, will be aiming for a 10th French Open title as well next month. He became the first man in the Open era to win the same event 10 times.

40-yr-old definition of blindness gone

India has changed its definition of blindness, bringing it in line with the WHO criteria. The step would drastically bring down the number of people considered “blind” in the country. According to the new definition, a person who is unable to count fingers from a distance of three metres would be considered “blind” as against the earlier stipulation of six metres, which was adopted in 1976.

BSF sacks constable Tej Bahadur Yadav

The Border Security Force (BSF) today sacked constable Tej Bahadur Yadav after a three-month long proceeding at a summary court martial. Bahadur’s dismissal came after a court of inquiry found that he had damaged the “image of the BSF” He had uploaded a video clip on the ‘substandard food’; on social media, triggering an uproar.

Mallya arrested briefly in UK

Vijay Mallya was arrested in London briefly on Tuesday and appeared in court for an extradition hearing. He is being pursued by Indian authorities over unpaid loans tied to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines. India had asked Britain to extradite Mallya to face trial after the liquor and aviation tycoon fled there last March. The banks have sued him to recover about $1.4 billion.

Snapdeal founder and others summoned

Snapdeal’s CEO Kunal Bahl and 2 others have been summoned by a Delhi court on a criminal complaint of an entrepreneur. The entrpreneur alleged that his was unauthorisedly usurped by the firm and its officials. Snapdeal is accused of stealing Gaurav Dua’s concept of “non-inventory holding marketplace model for retail” in the garb of collaborating with him.

Bihar sets up court for prohibition

A year after enforcing stringent prohibition laws, the Bihar government set up a special court for speedy trial in cases registered against violation of the law. Following the High Court directive, the first special court has been set up in Patna. Bihar became a dry State on April 5, 2016.

First non-white judge at Old Bailey

Anuja Ravindra Dhir has taken over as the first non-white circuit judge at the Old Bailey, the central criminal court of England and Wales. Dhir hails from Scotland, where she studied law at the University of Dundee and battled stereotypes over the years to advance her legal career. Dhir, 49, is the first Indian and currently the youngest at the Old Bailey court.

A court orders summons on WhatsApp

In a first, a court of the financial commissioner in Haryana, headed by IAS officer Ashok Khemka, has ordered serving of summons in a property dispute case on WhatsApp. Summons in such cases are usually sent by registered post but Khemka in his order observed that law follows technological advancements and is not fossilised. The summons were ordered to be served on Whatsapp messenger.

Family court judge breaks world record

The principal judge of a family court in Muzaffarnagar has set a Guinness World Record by disposing of as many as 6,065 cases in 327 working days. The name of judge is Tej Bahadur Singh. The judge said that his move was aimed to reduce the number of pending cases in the court and provide justice to the litigants.

Mining banned in Uttarakhand

The Uttarakhand High Court ordered a complete ban on mining activities in the State for four months. The move comes 4 days after a forest worker was allegedly killed in Ramnagar while he was chasing the mining mafia. The court directed the State government to refrain from granting any fresh licence, mining lease, reconnaissance or prospecting licence till the committee submitted its report.

First Body for complaints against cops

Maharashtra became the first state to set up the State Police Complaints Authority (SPCA). People can approach the SPCA office to lodge complaints against police personnel for any alleged abuse of power. The authority is headed by a retired high court judge and comprises retired IPS and IAS officers.

SC agrees to age criterion for HC judges

5 judge collegium of the SC has agreed to having a minimum and maximum age for advocates for appointment as high court judges. Collegium has said that no lawyer below the age of 45 and above the age of 55 should be considered for a judge of a high court. Articles 124 and 217 dealing with appointment of judges do not put any age bracket while laying down the eligibility criteria.

Ganga and Yamuna are living entities

The Uttarakhand high court has recognized the Ganga and the Yamuna as so-called living entities. The court also directed the central govt to constitute the Ganga Management Board within 8 weeks to look into the issue of cleaning and maintaining the river. The court’s recognition of the rivers comes just days after New Zealand according a living entity status to its river, Whanganui.

Sergei Portugalov banned for life by CAS

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it had issued a life ban against doctor Sergei Portugalov. The Court slapped Portugalov with a lifetime period of ineligibility beginning 10 Mar 2017, for having supplied athletes with banned substances. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is an international quasi-judicial body established to settle disputes related to sport through arbitration.

Deadline for long pending criminal cases

The SC (a bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalitz) has fixed deadlines for deciding long-pending criminal cases in HC and trial courts across the country. The Apex court asked the HC to issue directions to subordinate courts to decide bail pleas normally within 1 week, besides asking magistrates to conclude trial in petty offences, where undertrials are in jails, within 6 months.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won 2017 Open 13

Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsongao defeated Frenchman Lucas Pouille to win the 2017 Open 13. The ‘2017 Open 13’ is a men’s tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts. It was the 24th edition of the Open 13, and part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the 2017 ATP World Tour. It took place at the Palais des Sports in Marseille, France, from 20 February to 26 February 2017.

Summons might be served through email

A key amendment in the law could soon result in summons being serviced in civil matters through email, cutting through layers of red tape and delays, top sources in the ministry of law and justice said. Currently, a summon is served in accordance with the rules under Order V of the Civil Procedure Code of 1908 that governs the functioning of civil courts in India.

SAT Quashes SEBI’s Fine on Apollo Tyres

The Securities Appellate Tribunal has set aside the over ` 1 crore penalty imposed by SEBI on Apollo Tyres. The penalty was imposed with respect to buyback of shares. The application sought permission to intervene in the appeal. A total of Rs.1.03 crore fine was slapped on Apollo Tyres in July 2014 by SEBI for violating norms pertaining to buyback of shares.

Trial of Jakarta governor Ahok begins

The blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has opened amid tight security and mobs of Islamic hardliners chanting for his arrest. Hundreds of protestors, some dressed in white Muslim garb, gathered outside the court. Ahok has caused intense anger in Indonesia over recent months after he referred to a verse in the Qur’an on the campaign trail in September.

Egypt Court Overturn Morsi Life Sentence

Egypt’s Court of Cassation overturned a life sentence against deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Court ordered a retrial in the case that revolves around accusations of espionage with Palestinian group Hamas. The court had last week overturned a death sentence against Mursi in a separate case, meaning he no longer faces execution.

Sri Sri Ravishankar Gets Peace Prize

Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar was honoured with an international peace prize for his efforts in ensuring world peace. Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave away the “Dr Nagendra Singh International Peace Award” to the spiritual leader. The award has been instituted in the memory of Dr Nagendra Singh, first Indian judge at International Court of Justice, Hague

Russia Withdraws from ICC Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an order to withdraw the nation from the process of joining the International Criminal Court (ICC). Russia signed the Rome statute, which governs the ICC, in 2000 but never ratified the agreement to become a member. The decision came after an ICC ruling that Russia’s activity in Crimea amounted to an “ongoing occupation”.

Mohamed Morsi Death Sentence Overturned

Egypt’s Court of Cassation overturned a death sentence against deposed president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial. He was sentenced to death in June 2015 in connection with a mass jail break during Egypt’s 2011 uprising. He was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Mass trials have been held for thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

Won’t impose Yoga on anyone, Says SC

The SC has said that it would not impose yoga on anyone. Top court has refused to entertain a PIL seeking to make the ancient practice mandatory in the school curriculum. The decision was taken by a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur, Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice L N Rao. The petition was filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyaya.