The National Crime Records Bureau’s latest data for 2020 is worrisome in many respects. As compared to last year, there has been an increase of 28 percent in the total cases of crimes in the country. The number of cases registered under the SC/ST sections has also increased last year. Uttar Pradesh tops the list in crimes against women.
In a first in the country, the All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) recently launched the first on-road legal assistance programme, “Lawyer on the Spot” (LotS). It has tied up with legal tech platform “Lawyered” for affiliation.
It is so paradoxical that the Supreme Court which always tries to keep a check over every other organ/institution/body under the Constitution has been questioned for failing to apply the same discipline to its own administrative decisions.
A hybrid mode of hearing has been initiated in the Supreme Court from September 1, 2021, with Mondays and Fridays being completely virtual. Whether this will be a success or not remains to be seen. However, the first indications are not encouraging.
Traders in Uttar Pradesh alleged they were being framed by state police resulting in obstacles to movement of goods. The Allahabad High Court pulled up UP police for false FIRs. UP Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi clarified in court that guidelines will be issued against this.
Contrary to media reports, many states have flatly denied deaths due to oxygen shortage during the second wave of Covid-19. This is despite courts pulling them up for their lackadaisical attitude towards patients.