Government affidavit on benefits to transgender

Division Bench of Kerala High Court comprising of Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice A.M. Shaffique, while considering a petition filed by High Court lawyer Basil Attipety, seeking a directive to the State government to grant Rs.10,000 as allowance to every transgender in the State a month and direct the Social Justice and Empowerment Department to provide free education, food, shelter, clothing,...

Constable’s Death: BSF to pay ex-gratia after 5 years

BSF
Bench comprising Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Pratibha of Delhi High Court directed the Border Security Force (BSF) to pay ex gratia compensation to families of its personnel dying on active duty even if the cause turned out to be pre-existing ailments. Court observed that, “a person on active duty, when returns to the barrack after patrolling along the LoC would continue to be stressed for sometime...

Custody of girl child should be kept with mother

Bombay High Court
Division bench of Bombay High Court (Nagpur Bench) comprising Justice Vasanti Naik and Anant Badar, while dismissing the appeal filed by a man, who challenged the family court’s order refusing to grant him his daughter’s custody in August 2013, said that, “the custody of a girl child should be allowed to remain with her mother so that she could be looked after properly.“ Court...

US Co Abraxiss patent application on cancer drug refused

Abraxine Bioscience Cancer drug patent application
Patent application filed by the US firm Abraxis BioSciences for their anti-cancer drug Abraxane, has been refused by the Indian Patent Office on the ground that, it lacks inventive step, and violates Section 3 (d) of the Indian Patent Act. Decision of Indian Patent Office will now be paving the way for generic companies to launch affordable versions in the domestic market. The US firm Abraxis BioSciences...

No intervention in Light Metro plan: Kerala High Court

Light Metro, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court comprising Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice A.M. Shaffique,  while considering a writ petition filed by T.V. Sankaranarayanan of Thiruvananthapuram, who said that the State government was going ahead with a plan to entrust the consultancy to the DMRC without calling for a global tender, declined to intervene in issues regarding implementation of the...

Presidential nod to Black Money Bill

The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets Bill, which had secured the Lok Sabha’s approval during the Budget session of Parliament has been cleared by the Office of President of India. The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets Bill popularly called the black money Bill. Now Bill will be sent to Rajya Sabha for its consent. Since this Bill is notified as a Money Bill, Rajya Sabha does not have the...

Delhi HC acquits man accused of rape and cheating colleague

Delhi High Court
If a woman consents to have sexual relations with a married man who promises to marry her, continues the relationship and gets impregnated, then it is an act of “promiscuity” on her part instead of misconception, the Delhi High Court has said. Justice S P Garg of the Delhi High Court while acquitting a guitar teacher, who was awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by a trial court in...

High Court issued notice to AAP MLA over illegal construction

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
Justice Mukta Gupta of Delhi High Court a plea by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA’s neighbour who has alleged that the illegal construction was going on despite a work-stop notice and a show cause notice being issued to him, directed South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to ensure that no further alleged illegal construction was carried out by an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator at his residence. Court...

Don’t demand Aadhaar Card for people seeking benefits

Aadhar Card enrolment
Justice Rakesh Jain of the Punjab & Haryana High Court, while disposing of a petition filed by Sudhir Yadav who had approached the High Court following reports that Aaadhar card was insisted on for various work, including admissions and availing benefits under government schemes, has directed Haryana Government officers not to demand Aadhaar card for people seeking benefits under various Government...

Presidential nod to re-promulgation of Land Acquisition Ordinance

Re-promulgation of the controversial Land Acquisition Ordinance received the Presidential Assent. It is for the third time in last one year, Government of India promulgated the Land Acquisition Ordinance. The ordinance will now have to be laid before both Houses of Parliament and shall cease to operate at the expiration of six weeks from the date of reassembly if it is not converted into law. The measure...

Mere possession of counterfeit notes can’t be termed as offence

indian currency notes
Justice Anuja Prabhudessai of Bombay High Court while hearing an appeal filed by one Munshi Mohammed Shaikh challenging a sessions court order of October 2013, convicting him under sections 489 (b)and 489 (c) of Indian Penal Code for possession of counterfeit notes and sentencing him to five years in jail observed that mere possession of counterfeit notes cannot be termed as an offence and prosecution...

Political convenience shouldn’t lead to exemptions from RTI

RTI
The Right to Information Act, 2005 says nothing contained in the RTI Act will apply on the organization which are listed in the second schedule of the Section 24, provided that the information (any material in any form) held by or under the control of the public authorities related to allegations of corruption and human rights violation shall not be covered under the exemption. Recent inclusion of...

Forced child marriage in Kerala, case against parents

Law
In a shocking incident happened in Kerala, a 15 year old Muttukadu resident of Tamil origin girl was taken to Tamil Nadu a week ago and her ‘wedding’ was conducted with an auto driver. However, the girl refused to go along with the bride groom. Subsequently, parents took her back to her home. Though parents took her back to her home, 15 year old girl fled her home after she was pressurized...

FDA issues notice to Madhuri Dixit for endorsing Maggi Noodles

Madhuri Dixit maggi oats noodles ad
Madhuri Dixit maggi oats noodles ad Haridwar Food and Drug Administration (FDA) served a notice to Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit on the claims she made in the advertisement which endorses Maggi Oats Noodles. The notice seeks a report from the actress within 15 days on claims made in the advertisement regarding the nutrition value of the Maggi Oats Noodles. If the actress fails to respond to the notice...

Tough time for Kejriwal’s government: SC issues notice

AAP Leader Arvind Kejriwal
Supreme Court of India A bench of Justices AK Sikri and UU Lalit, while refusing to stay Delhi HC order allowing Anti- Corruption Bureau of Delhi to take action against officials in corruption cases, clarified that observation made by the High Court on Ministry of Home Affairs notification of May 21 was tentative in nature and it would not be binding. Apex Court described as tentative a high court...

Bail application of DP Yadav rejected by Uttarakhand High Court

While hearing the application the double bench of Uttarakhand High Court comprising Justice Sudhansu Dhulia and Justice SK Gupta ‘out rightly rejected’ the has rejected bail application of controversial Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav and his associate Praneet Bhati. It was a case where, Yadav and his associates were sentenced to life behind bars on 10th March this year by a special CBI court...

Kejriwal Centre Tug-of-War: Delhi High Courts Observations put on hold

AAP Leader Arvind Kejriwal
Kejriwal Centre Tug-of-War In a big blow to the Aam Aadmi Party Government in Delhi, the Supreme Court has stayed the Delhi High Court’s observations on Delhi Government’s notification which said that the Lieutenant Governor has no power in posting and transfer of bureaucrats. The Supreme Court further observed that the High Court observations will not have any bearing on the case filed by...

14% Service Tax on Liquor Makers – Delhi High Court Refuses to Stay

Delhi High Court
While considering the plea filed by the liquor companies seeking an interim stay on the May 19 notification to ensure that the tax was not levied, Delhi High Court has refused to stay a Government Notification which brings into force from June 1 the levy of 14 per cent service tax on manufacture of alcohol on contractual basis. Petitioners challenged the amendments made to the Finance Act 2015 by...

Don’t hang the convicts hurriedly and secretly, says Supreme Court

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court on in its recent judgment said that the execution of death sentence cannot be carried out in a hurried and secret manner. A bench of justices AK Sikri and UU Lalit of the Apex Court observed that proper procedure must be followed by Government authorities and execution cannot be done till the convict exhausts all remedy available to him to save his life. Supreme Court, while quashing...

Interim Stay on Release of Film ‘Phir Se’

Phir Se movie controversy with RSVP
Justice S C Gupte of Bombay High Court while hearing a suit filed by writer Jyoti Kapoor alleging copyright infringement and breach of confidence against Kohli and production house Bombay Film Company, found prima facie similarities between the script of ‘Phir Se’ and another movie ‘R.S.V.P’. Subsequently Bombay High Court has put an interim stay on the release of movie ‘Phir...