32 websites blocked in India after DoT circular

Law
As reported in Times of India and India Today Department of Telecom (DoT) blocked around 32 websites in India. The lists of the blocked websites include Vimeo, which is a YouTube like video host, and Github, a website used by software developers to host and share programming code. The telecom body reportedly issued a notification regarding the same on December 17. A screenshot of the circular has been...

Breaking: Every breach of promise to marry is not rape

Bombay High Court
Bombay High Court while hearing an application for anticipatory bail ruled that every breach of promise to marry is not rape and pre-marital sex between couples is no longer shocking in India’s big cities. Being a society in transition, it could be treated as one of the most significant verdict. Complainant claimed that, she was pregnant with accused’s child, claimed that, despite promising...

Right to Food as Human Right

Judicial Accomplishment towards International Obligation Dr. Ghulam Yazdani1 Abstract Even after 67 years of Independence, the people of India particularly poor and vulnerable groups experiencing everyday for the basic necessities of life. As there exists problem of  poverty and hunger  on top of all. This paper is focuses on determining the challenges faced in realizing the Right to Food in India...

THE TEXTILE UNDERTAKINGS (NATIONALISATION) LAWS

(AMENDMENT AND VALIDATION) BILL, 2014 Aastha Mehta, Student of Law, GNLU, Gandhinagar Textile industry has been a priority sector since independence, on the lines of the agriculture, and was seen as a huge employment inducing sector also. However Indian Mills have suffered an economic setback, and therefore the revival of such units is on prime agenda of the Government. “The sector has immense employment...

AIIMS to treat a 13 year old boy suffering spinal tuberculosis

Delhi High Court
Delhi High Court directed AIIMS to provide immediate treatment to a 13-year-old boy suffering from spinal tuberculosis and asked not to delay the child’s surgery by waiting for completion of formalities to get financial assistance from Delhi Arogya Nidhi/Kosh. It was a case where the hospital authorities mandated the boy’s family to produce all certificates for completion of formalities. Subsequently,...

Madras High Court rejected PIL on festival holidays

Chennai HC
Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan of Madras High Court while dismissing a Public Interest Petition (PIL) which objected to the court granting four to five days of holidays on occasion of ‘north Indian’ festivals like Diwali, held that, “there is no north-south divide, but for the endeavours of persons like the petitioners, who seek to...

Delhi HC revokes government’s ban on Ola Cabs

Delhi High Court
Delhi HC while setting aside the Delhi Government’s order banning the operation of taxi service provider Ola Cabs and said that “since the petitioner have not been afforded any opportunity of being heard, deem it appropriate to set aside the impugned order.” Court even directed the authorities to take a final decision on Ola Cabs’ representation within 10 days. Court observed...

There is no north-south divide, says Madras HC

Chennai HC
Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan of Madras High Court while dismissing a Public Interest Petition (PIL) which objected to the court granting four to five days of holidays on occasion of ‘north Indian’ festivals like Diwali, held that, “there is no north-south divide, but for the endeavours of persons like the petitioners, who seek to...

Kiss of Love and its legality

Kiss of Love
Vishnu S Warrier Well, recently it was observed in the southern state of Kerala that, a group of volunteers comes up with a new mode of protest against the moral policing called “Kiss of Love”. Subsequently said form of protest gathered support from educational institutions outside of Kerala including University of Hyderabad, JNU Delhi, IISER Kolkata, Pondicherry University, IIT Madras and IIT...

Supreme Court commutes death sentence to life imprisonment

Supreme Court of India
A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra, R F Nariman and U U Lalit said that, “Though no time limit can be fixed within which the mercy petition ought to be disposed of, in our considered view the period of 3 years and 10 months to deal with such mercy petitions in the present case comes within the expression “inordinate delay.” Supreme Court considering the period of 3 years and 10 months...

Medical Reimbursement of Judges not covered under RTI

RTI
Justice Vibhu Bakhru of Delhi High Court, while setting aside a CIC (Central Information Commission) order, asking the apex court to maintain details of medical reimbursement availed by each judges of the apex court during last three years and such information shall be furnished to the information seekers. Since, Medical records of reimbursements of judges’ does not serve any public interest, Delhi...

Separate tax on the chargers sold with mobile phones

Nokia Mobile Charger
A bench of Justices S J Mukhopadhaya and Madan B Lokur of Supreme Court while quashing an order by the Punjab and Haryana High Court held that, making one package of mobile phone and charger will not make it a composite product. Therefore, Supreme Court has held that phone chargers sold with mobile phone should be taxed separately as it is not part of phone but an accessory. Apex court thereby dismissed...

Novartis AG v. Union of India and Glivec patenting

Novartis Glivec
Reasons, Results and Repercussions of India’s fight against evergreening Preena Salgia, Student of Law, NLIU, Bhopal Glivec, an anti-cancer drug developed by the pharmaceutical giant Novartis, created a furore in the Indian drug industry when its patent application was rejected by the highest court of appeal in the country. The rejection was largely a result of Section 3(d) which was introduced in...

Financier not liable to pay damages, says SC

HDFC Bank
Apex Court in HDFC Bank Ltd v. Kumari Reshma set aside Madhya Pradesh High Court’s view and held that if a motor vehicle is hypothecated to a finance company and the borrower does not insure it, the claim for compensation must be paid by the latter, and not the financier. In this judgment Supreme Court set aside the view of Madhya Pradesh High Court that, it was the lender who was liable to pay...

Footpaths are meant for pedestrians, says Delhi HC

Footpaths in India
A bench of Justices Kailash Gambhir and Najmi Waziri, of Delhi High Court while hearing a plea by one Suman Lata who had sought directions to New Delhi Municipal Council to renew her lease for running a pan stall ordered that, footpaths are meant for pedestrians, not for providing livelihood to hawkers and setting up of shops or kiosks. Court also observed that, rights of pedestrians must be “zealously...

Conversion of girls to Islam solely for marriage not valid

Religion in India
Justice Surya Prakash Kesarwani of Allahabad High Court while dismissing petitions filed by five couples who sought “protection as married couple” ruled that the religious conversion of girls “without their faith and belief in Islam” and “solely for the purpose of marriage” to Muslim boys could not be held valid. In each case, the boys were Muslim while the girls...

Arbitration cannot be objected in the middle, says SC

Supreme Court of India
A bench of Justice Chelameswar and S.A. Bobde of the Apex Court in M/s MSP Infrastructure Ltd v. M P Road Development Corporation Ltd. stated that a party to the arbitration proceedings cannot be objected regarding jurisdiction of the tribunal midway. Issue arose in this appeal was whether a party to an arbitration proceeding may be permitted to raise objections under Section 34 of the Arbitration...

CLAT 2015 to be held on May 10, 2015

CLAT 2015
Common Law Admission Test which is popularly known as CLAT for admission to the under graduate and post graduate courses offered by the National Law Schools for the academic year 2015 – 16 will be held on May 10, 2015. Initial admission notification with respect to CLAT 2015 will be published by the CLAT Core Committee on December 25 on the official website www.clat.ac.in. Admissions to under graduate...

CCI not to take any action against Hyundai

Chennai HC
Madras High Court has asked the Competition Commission of India (CCI) not to proceed with any action against Hyundai. Hyundai is among one of the 14 carmakers slapped with a combined penalty of Rs 2,554 crore for failing to sell spare parts in the open market. Hyundai moved the High Court against the summons issued by the Competition Commission of India (CCI). Upon hearing the submissions made by Hyundai,...