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The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the Maharashtra government’s 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in elections to local bodies in the state.
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Law Commission of India to consider the challenge posed by the social evil of dowry while hearing a petition demanding the appointment of a dowry prohibition officer.
The Supreme Court on Monday has restrained the Maharashtra Police from filing chargesheets against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. The investigations in the said matter will however continue with the liberty to file counter-affidavits within a week. The Apex Court also extended the interim protection given to Singh earlier.

Courts
Update

The National Investigation Agency on Monday sought the urgent listing of its appeal in the Supreme Court against default bail granted to lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj in the Bhima Koregaon case. The agency had moved court on December 3, two days after the Bombay High Court granted her default bail. Appearing on behalf of the NIA, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said since the Bombay High Court order would come into effect on December 8, the agency's challenge to the order should be heard as soon as ...

Supreme Court puts Maharashtra’s 27% OBC quota in local body polls on hold

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the Maharashtra government’s 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in elections to local bodies in the state.

Feature

Going by the Book

By setting aside a Kerala High Court order, the Supreme Court sent a reminder that under existing law, the Courts do not have the power to alter a judgment and an order once passed, except to correct a clerical or arithmetical error.

Redefining Sexual Assault

The Allahabad High Court has reduced the jail sentence of a man convicted for sexually assaulting a child by controversially observing that oral sex does not fall within the category of “aggravated sexual assault” under POCSO.

POCSO cases: Pathetic pendency

As per a report of Praja Foundation, 99% of cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in 2020 are pending trial. The delay is being attributed to factors like setting up of virtual courts during the pandemic and the unorganised police-court mechanism. There is, therefore, a need to understand the various agencies involved in the functioning of the POCSO Act and the issues and challenges faced by special courts due to which pendency has taken place.

Columns

Slapp in the Face of Justice

A new type of legal action is increasingly being used by powerful people and governments to shut down criticism from activists, academics, whistleblowers, and journalists. This is officially known as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, or SLAPP.

Attacks on the Judiciary: Open to Scrutiny

Chief Justice NV Ramana’s concern over attacks on the judiciary has led to questions about judges’ relationship with social media and the legal framework to rein in malicious users.

US Supreme Court: Litmus Test

This long running divide in American politics has become a toxic stew of religion and women’s rights, amped up with conservative versus liberal ideology. Opponents of vaccine mandates and masking rules appear immune to the contradiction of opposing government intrusion into personal freedom with the desire to regulate what women can and cannot do with personal health issues.

Specials

The Definitive Debate

Students at an online debate competition held recently put forth impassioned and reasoned arguments that touched upon social and political life, as well as abstract themes.

Welcome Move

The former Supreme Court judge has taken over as the chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal. He had retired from the Supreme Court this July. His vast experience and “welfarist and humanist” approach will be much needed at the tribunal. Earlier this year, APN channel.....

Aryan Khan case: The Media on Trial

By Sanjay Raman Sinha  The overdrive witn...

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Cause List

PIL seeks in-frame sign language interpreter for all official press briefings by PM, other leaders

A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre and states to provide in-frame sign language interpreter in all the official press briefings conducted by the Prime Minister, other Ministers of the Union Government, Chief Ministers of all states and other Ministers of the state government, in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.

Tripura tweets: Journalist Shyam Meera Singh and other activists booked under UAPA move Supreme Cour...

Earlier, Shyam Meera Singh through his Twitter handle informed that Tripura police imposed UAPA on him for merely writing three words on the microblogging platform, "Tripura is Burning."

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Law Firms

Slapp in the Face of Justice

A new type of legal action is increasingly being used by powerful people and governments to shut down criticism from activists, academics, whistleblowers, and journalists. This is officially known as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, or SLAPP.

Attacks on the Judiciary: Open to Scrutiny

Chief Justice NV Ramana’s concern over attacks on the judiciary has led to questions about judges’ relationship with social media and the legal framework to rein in malicious users.

Law Schools

HNLU Raipur releases first ever Day Zero campus recruitments

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) Raipur’s graduating batch of 2020 has released campus recruitment figures for the 50 students (out of a batch of 150) who took part in the official campus placement activities.

LawSikho ties up with MEPSC for new courses

LawSikho, India’s leading online education company that creates advanced and practical legal courses, has partnered with Management & Entrepreneurship and Professional Skills Council (MEPSC) to co-create and roll out five new online courses

MNLU-N students can now graduate as judicial officers for direct recruitment: CJI Bobde

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) has come up with a course in “Nyay Shastra”, based on the ancient Indian judicial system that will train individuals as judicial officers and they can be recruited as judges directly without any further training.

News
Update

The National Investigation Agency on Monday sought the urgent listing of its appeal in the Supreme Court against default bail granted to lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj in the Bhima Koregaon case. The agency had moved court on December 3, two days after the Bombay High Court granted her default bail. Appearing on behalf of the NIA, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said since the Bombay High Court order would come into effect on December 8, the agency's challenge to the order should be heard as soon as ...

Supreme Court puts Maharashtra’s 27% OBC quota in local body polls on hold

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the Maharashtra government’s 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in elections to local bodies in the state.

Punjab and Haryana HC dismisses PIL against appointment of advisor to Punjab Agriculture Marketing Board

The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently dismissed a PIL filed against the appointment of a technical advisor in the Punjab State Agriculture Marketing Board (PSAMB) on contract basis on the ground that a vigilance inquiry regarding disproportionate assets is pending against him.
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Video: SC on air pollution, SC on NEET PG examination

During the hearing on air pollution in the Supreme Court, the Center informed about the formation of the task force.
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Video: SC on air pollution, Supreme Court on Tripura election matter

Supreme Court showed strictness on air pollution matter….Given a 24-hour ultimatum to governments to take initiative…Governments can't shoot from the shoulders of the court….Message given to set up an independent task force
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Video: SC on ONGC, Bombay High Court on Sudha Bhardwaj in Elgar Parishad case

Supreme Court reprimands ONGC for negotiating fees with arbitrator judges… saying you are insulting judges… asking attorney general to intervene
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Video: SIT investigation on Tripura violence case,Allahabad High Court on ​​Lakhimpur Kheri violence case

During the hearing of pollution, the Solicitor General said, the states are not complying with the pollution control orders … fined … sought an answer
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