The Legal Chronicle

GNLU LSC Newsletter

Twelfth Edition : 25th January – 5th February


SC Cancels Appointment of Ex-Judge As UP Lokayukta, Names Another

Tremendous controversy was created after the SC utilized its extraordinary power under Article 142 of the Constitution to appoint Justice Singh as the Lokayukta of UP. Due to the objections raised by Allahabad High Court Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, the SC has replaced Justice Singh with Justice Sanjay Mishra, who is now the new lokayukta of the state.

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Arunachal Pradesh President’s Rule petition deferred

The Constitution bench led by Justice J.S. Khehar graciously takes back its notice to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh J.P. Rajkhowa asking him to give reasons for imposing president’s rule in the State. The bench realised that the Governor is not answerable for any acts done in his official capacity as he enjoys “complete immunity”. This notice had been sent in furtherance of a petition filed by the Rajesh Tacho, the chief whip of the Congress Legislature Party.

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Madras HC to Centre: Shouldn't LGBT People's Rights and Privacy Be Protected

In a welcome step, the Hon’ble Madras High Court said lack of statutory protection for LGBT people has started affecting the very social institution of marriage. The court further went on to state that when more than thirty countries had decriminalized homosexuality, why was India lagging behind.

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Delhi HC Slams Delhi Govt. over Schools Demanding Money Under Management Quota

The Delhi high court on Friday told the AAP government to take action against private schools that were “demanding money” from parents to admit kids under the management quota.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear review petition in Uphaar cinema case

Supreme Court has agreed to hear a review petition regarding the inadequate grant of punishment to the Ansal Brothers in this 1997 tragedy. This review petition has been file by the CBI and the Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy’s (AVUT).

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Women can be ‘karta’ of Hindu Undivided Family

Justice Najmi Waziri of Delhi High Court clarified that if a male member can be the ‘Karta’, from the virtue of being the eldest, and there is no bar for the women to take that place. Women enjoy equal inheritance rights in the family and there is no restriction as to why a woman co-parcenor cannot be the ‘Karta’.

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SC Refuses to Take PIL Seeking CBI Investigation in Goa Iron Ore Scam

The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a fresh PIL seeking a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in iron ore mining in Goa, saying it has already been hearing pleas on similar issues. A bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said there was no reason to hear the plea of NGO 'Goa Paryavaran Savrakshan Sangharsh Samitee' as there are similar petitions pending adjudication before it.

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SC Denies to Review 2014 Ban on Jallikattu

A bench of Justices Gopala Gowda and P C Ghose, refused to reconsider the ban imposed on the bullock cart races. In 2014 The Supreme Court had imposed a ban on this practice on the request of PETA and a Bangalore-based NGO. The practices in jalikattu were held to be an acute case of animal cruelty.

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SC Orders Destruction of Seized Narcotics

Emphasising that the “drug menace is eating into the vitals of our society”, the Supreme Court Thursday ordered destruction of tonnes of confiscated narcotics “without any further loss of time”.

Following the order, more than 30 lakh kg of drugs are likely to be destroyed by the Drugs Destruction Committees at the Centre and state levels.

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