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9th April, 2021 (Friday)

1. Supreme Court observed that usually the social and economically privileged people are forced to convert their religion and it violates the secular structure embedded in our Constitution. It has to be addressed that why can’t an adult be free to choose his or her religion. What is the use of the word ‘propagate’ under Article 25 then! Full Story

2. In a recent judgement of Kerala High Court, it was held that partnership is constituted between one or more persons under section 4 of the Partnership Act and Limited Liability Partnership can also form a relation of partnership with an individual or other persons. Full Story

3. In Deep Industries Ltd vs ONGC & Anr (2020), Supreme Court clearly said that in exercising jurisdiction under Article 226 and Article 227 of the Constitution, the High Court must not interfere with the awards made by Arbitral Tribunal unless the case is rare or requires specific consideration. Full Story

4. With the increasing rate of cases of COVID-19 and alarming situation of the pandemic, the Delhi High Court has ordered the hearings of courts to take place virtually till 23 April, 2021. No physical hearings shall take place in High Court and all District Courts. Full Story

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8th April, 2021 (Thursday)

1. The Chief Justice of India narrated in a hearing that “what Advocate General thinks is what government thinks”. The Advocate General is regarded as part of the government and therefore his opinion holds equal importance and virtue. Full Story

2. Adv. Abhishek Gupta, counsel for accused Deep Sidhu in the Red Fort case said “Jo bole so Nihaal” is a common religious slogan like “Jai Shree Ram“. Without indulging in any kind of violence, shouting slogan is not a crime and doesn’t make me part of any unlawful assembly. Full Story

3. Every crime projects various facets of a human being. Like a murderer projects physical body, a rapist the very soul and inner being of the female. It is not merely a crime but an act of degrading honour of a helpless but self-respecting woman. It is more of mental pain than physical one. Full Story

7th April, 2021 (Wednesday)

1. Supreme Court affirms that any question either of fact of law if relates to novation of the contract can’t be dealt in a petition filed under section 11 of Arbitration and Conciliation Act only because it contains arbitration clause in it. Full Story

2. Supreme Court, while setting aside bail granted to an accused in case of dowry death, said that any judicial order delivered by the court must contain the qualitative reason/s which depicts the applicability of judicial mind and conscience of a judge. It must not be an enumeration of general observations. Full Story

3. Supreme Court held that a contract of tenancy is an independent contract and creates an individual right that vests with a person other than the joint Hindu family business. If a business is standing in the name of any member (including Karta) of a joint family, it nowhere arises a presumption of it being the joint family business. Full Story

4. The Allahabad High Court upheld that the Freedom of speech and expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution does not allow for spreading hatred or injuring any person’s feelings resulting in communal conflicts. The Constitution under Article 19(1)(a) does not permit or provides an absolute license for it. Full Story

6th April, 2021 (Tuesday)

1. On the recommendation of Present Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, the President has appointed Justice N V Ramana as the 48th Chief Justice of India. He shall be holding the office of CJI till 26th August, 2022. Full Story

2. The Supreme Court interprets section 32B of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 wider. It says that the court may consider other factors too while deciding punishment which are not mentioned under section 32B of the Act. Court opined that the “Quantity of narcotic substance recovered can be a relevant factor for imposing higher punishment to the accused.” Full Story

3. In Jaspal Singh and Anr vs the State of J&K, the court reiterated the version laid down in Jarnail Singh vs State of Punjab (2011), that records and documents put before by the Police officers can’t be absolutely untrustworthy or unreliable merely because the witnesses are carrying official status their testimony can’t be disregarded. Full Story

4. Earlier in Adil vs State of UP (2020), Allahabad High Court stated that even after submission of the charge sheet, anticipatory bail can be granted to the accused. Now, in Shivam vs State of UP (2021), the court has issued important guidelines that in what appropriate cases anticipatory bail may be granted to the accused subsequent to filing of the charge sheet. Full Story

5th April, 2021 (Monday)

1. The Nationalist Congress Party’s Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has resigned from his post after the High Court of Bombay has ordered an initial CBI probe into allegations of corruption leveled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. Full Story

2. A petition requesting the Central Government for the directions to take steps to make the age of the retirement of the judges of the High Courts and Supreme Court identical has been filed in the Supreme Court. The petition has been filed by Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. Full Story

3. The High Court of Allahabad has laid down the procedure used by the competent authority to inquire into the criminal history of a candidate before selection in a recent judgement. The order has been passed while hearing a plea filed by Sanny Kumar. Kumar is distressed by an order passed by Superintendent of Police Jalaun, cancelling his selection as a constable in the Uttar Pradesh Police in the backdrop of several criminal cases pending against him. Full Story

4. Two Special Courts have been appointed by the Supreme Court to handle the offences related to the coal block allocation matters pending since 2014. Arun Bhardwaj and Sanjay Bansal are appointed as special judges for Special Courts 1 and 2 in order of their seniority. Full Story

3rd April, 2021 (Saturday)

1. The High Court of Allahabad has decided to restrain the functioning of regular Court in Lucknow and Allahabad till April 9 because of the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases across Uttar Pradesh. This order has been passed after consultation with the Administrative Committee of Judges of the High Court. Along with this, the High Court has passed fresh guidelines for the Court’s workings. Full Story

2. The bail application of a woman accused of female foeticide has been rejected by Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior Bench. The applicant was arrested for offences under Sections 313, 318, 376(1) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 5/6(j)(ii) of the POCSO Act. Full Story

3. The High Court of Kerala has laid the significance of being able to see the name, photograph, and symbol with clarity. The Court has done this while disposing of a plea relating to the visibility of a party’s symbol on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Full Story

2nd April, 2021 (Friday)

1. Temporary protection from arrest has been granted to a man whose father was arrested in the Northeast Delhi riots case by a Delhi Court. The Court has further observed that police have not investigated his complaint and now want to arrest him. The Court has listed the matter to be heard on April 24. Full Story

2. The High Court of Allahabad has denied interfering in the plea filed against the reserving of Gram Pradhan’s seat in the Gram Panchayat elections, even though there is not a single Scheduled Tribe person in the entire district. Full Story

3. The Orissa High Court has observed that the law maintaining that having physical relation on a false promise to marry amounts to rape “appears to be wrong”. The Court has further observed that there is a need to amend the law defining sex with the victim on the pretext of fake promise to marry. Full Story

1st April, 2021 (Thursday)

1. The High Court of Uttarakhand has instructed the state government to increase the number of daily COVID tests with Kumbh Mela 2021 in the process to at least 50,000 per day. The Court has also directed the state government to urge those coming to visit the Kumbh Mela area to take their first or second vaccine doses at the designated centres throughout the Kumbh Mela area. Full Story

2. Yesterday, the High Court of Delhi has denied exercising its jurisdiction to quash an FIR filed for offences under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). The Court has further stated that “it would go against the intention of the legislature to protect the interests of children.” Full Story

3. The confirmation given by the state government observing no regulation on movement of public or goods between Kerala and Karnataka has been accepted by the High Court of Karnataka. The state government has also confirmed that all the entry-exit points between the two states will stay open. The assurance was made while hearing a petition filed by Advocate B Subbaya Rai challenging the border restrictions imposed by the ruling of Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada due to rising in COVID-19 cases. Full Story

4. BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has filed a PIL in the Supreme Court requesting directions to the Central and the State Governments to take appropriate steps for curbing black magic, superstition and forceful religious conversions. Full Story

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