Legal News Updates

01 December 2018: The British government is preparing to suspend a Tier 1 visas [Golden Visha]  from midnight on Dec. 7 until the Home Office introduces tighter restrictions to tackle corruption and organized crime, that allows wealthy investors to fast-track their settlement in the country, part of a new drive to crack down on money laundering.

01 December 2018: India’s exports to China stood at only $13.4 billion, imports aggregated to $76.4 billion in 2017-18, leaving a trade deficit of $63 billion. India had suggested China for renminbi-rupee trade to boost its exports but China has rejected the proposal.

20 Nov 2018Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit approved the premature release of three All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam men convicted in the killing of three woman students in 2000. Read more..

Nov 13, 2018: Sri Lanka’ Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned President Maithripala Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament. A three-member bench including the country’s Chief Justice Nalin Perera delivered its ruling.All petitions filed against Sirisena’s decision will be heard on December 4, 5 and 6, the apex court ruled.

Nov 12, 2018: Two practicing advocates have been appointed to be Calcutta High Court Judge as Collegium recommended their names on 24.10 2018 as suitable candidates.
1. Shri Aniruddha Roy, and
2. Shri Saugata Bhattacharyya.


Nov 10, 2018: India will send a manned mission to space. ISRO chairman Dr. K Sivan has said that the project would cost around Rs. 10000/- crore.

  • Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday dissolved the House. Issuing an extraordinary gazette, Mr. Sirisena dismissed the 225-member assembly with effect from midnight and called for a snap general election on January 5, 2019.

Nov 9, 2018The government Friday said it is not seeking Rs 3.6 trillion capital from the Reserve Bank of India.

  • Debt-laden Reliance Communications (RCom) has settled a case with markets regulator Sebi over non-compliance with listing norms after payment of Rs 6.2 million towards settlement charges.
  • Sebi sets up a review panel to hear disputes between rating agencies & firms.
  • Amid fund crunch, RBI scraps registration of 31 NBFCs; majority from Bengal
  • Amazon triples Cloud services earnings from India to Rs 21.47 billion.
  • Indian users dressd up with Patanjali’s Sanskari brand.

November 2018: Pakistan voices concern over Indian nuclear submarine patrol 

“The development marks the first actual deployment of ready-to-fire nuclear warheads in South Asia which is a matter of concern not only for the Indian Ocean littoral states but also for the international community at large,” Radio Pakistan quoted Dr Faisal as saying.


7 Nov 2018:- 2018 United States election results

The Democrats captured the House of Representatives  while  Republican Party retained its majority in the Senate

Senate Seats96/100 seats declared

Party                          Seats

Republican Party  – 51 – 51%

Democratic Party  – 43 – 43%

Other parties  – 2 – 2%

 

House Seats412/435 seats declared

Party                             Seats

Democratic Party  – 219 – 50.3%

Republican Party –  193 – 44.4%

Other parties  0  0%


US Attorney General sacked

7 November 2018:– United States President Donald Trump sacked US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday. An acting attorney general and Republican loyalist Matthew G Whitaker was appointed as Sessions’s temporary replacement.

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Supreme Court gets four new judges, SC strength increased to 28

Nov 02, 2018: Justices Hemant Gupta, R Subhash Reddy, MR Shah and Ajay Rastogi were on Friday 02/11/2018  sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court. Justice Gupta was the chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Justice Reddy was the Gujarat High Court’s chief justice. Justice Shah was the chief justice of the Patna High Court and Justice Rastogi was the chief justice of the Tripura High Court.

The Government of India issued RBI directions u/s 7 of the RBI Act for the first time

The Reserve bank of India is neither autonomous nor independent and directors are simple government servant by their appointment.

The government has invoked never-before-used powers under the RBI Act allowing it to issue directions to the central bank governor on matters of public interest. Section 7 of the RBI Act empowers the government to consult and give instructions to the governor to act on certain issues that the government considers serious and in public interest. This Section had never been used in independent India till now.   Read more……


CJI talked with PM on collegium recommendation

CJI Ranjan Gogoi is believed to have talked with the prime minister on the issue of the law and justice ministry selectively withholding names of some of the advocates recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for appointment as judges of high courts.


CBI failed to explain 4500 days delay in filing a Criminal appeal

Supreme Court refuses to condone delay over 13 years of a  CBI’s appeal against the Delhi High Court’s 2005 verdict discharging all the accused, including the Hinduja brothers, in Rs 64 crore Bofors pay-off case on Friday 02/11/2018. the matter was heard by a Bench Headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

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Oct 26, 2018: The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea filed by historian Romila Thapar

“We have perused the review petition as well as the grounds in support thereof. In our opinion, no case for review of judgment dated 28 September 2018 is made out. The review petition is accordingly dismissed,” Thapar was seeking a review of the 28 September majority verdict by which the apex court had refused immediate release of five rights activists held in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud dismissed the plea on Friday, Oct 26, 2018.  Read the original Order

Oct 26, 2018: November 02, 2018: SC Refused to grant Ex-party stay on Ex CBI Chief`s Plea against Govt

A Supreme Court Bench on 26.10.2018, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph directed [in WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO(S). 1309/2018] the CVC to complete the probe within 10 days under the supervision of Retired Supreme Court justice A K Patnaik. In the meantime M Nageswara Rao, the interim CBI chief shall not take any policy decision. The next date of hearing on November 12. The Supreme Court on also sought a response from the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Central Vigilance Commission and the Centre on agency Director Alok Kumar Verma’s plea challenging the government’s decision to divest him of his duties and send him on leave.    Read the full order 

Oct 26, 2018: The USA to end birthright citizenship 

President Donald Trump on Tuesday [30/10/2018] said that he is preparing an executive order that would end the right to US citizenship for children born in the US to non-citizens,under the current laws, anyone born in the US irrespective of the nationality of parents, automatically becomes an American citizen.

October 25,2018-The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday- 25/10/2018 filed charge sheet against former Union minister P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case and made him “accused no 1”. The agency has named nine accused in the case including Chidambaram, S Bhaskaraman and four Maxis companies. CBI special judge OP Saini fixed November 26 for consideration of the charge sheet. The Aircel-Maxis cases pertains to grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd in 2006 for investment in Aircel.

October 25,2018-The Supreme Court allows a two-hour window — between 8 pm and 10 pm — for bursting “Green”  firecrackers on Diwali and other festivals and imposes a partial ban on the sale of firecrackers in the country.

October 25,2018JK Govt withdraws circular on Gita, Ramayana in schools, colleges. The circular had asked the School Education Department, the Higher Education department, directors of colleges and libraries and the Culture department to purchasing a sufficient number of copies of the Urdu version of the Gita and the Ramayana, authored by Sarwanand Premi.

October 25,2018-On Sabarimala temple issue Union minister Smriti Irani said, ” Would you take sanitary napkins soaked in menstrual blood into a friend’s home? So why would you take them into the house of God?”

October 25,2018Israel’s largest aerospace and defence company has signed a $777 million (Rs 5,677 crore) contract with India for the supply of Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air defence missiles and missile defence systems for the Indian Navy. Israel Aerospace Industries said India’s Bharat Electronics Limited will be the main manufacturer for the project, Israeli business daily Globes reported.

October 23, 2018- Arrested Devender Kumar, facing bribery allegations in connection of meat exporter Moin Qureshi is suspended from the Central Bureau of Investigation. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed to maintain status quo on the criminal investigation.

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September 26, 2018– A five-judge constitution bench, which declined the demand to refer it to a seven-judge bench to reconsider its 2006 judgement that had put certain conditions for granting quota benefits in job promotions for SC/ST employees. Held that the states were not required to ‘collect quantifiable data’ reflecting the backwardness among these communities.

September 25, 2018 -A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra in its unanimous verdict said this ‘unsettlingly increasing trend’ has the propensity to ‘send shivers down the spine of a constitutional democracy’.“A time has come that the Parliament must make law to ensure that persons facing serious criminal cases do not enter into the political stream”.

September 24, 2018-Bishop Mulakkal remanded to 12-day judicial custody

September 24, 2018-SC refers female genital mutilation case to 5-judge Constitution Bench-A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submissions of Dawoodi Bohra Women’s Association for Religious Freedom (DBWRF) that female circumcision has been practised by Dawoodi Bohra community for centuries and its validity has to be examined by a larger bench to ascertain whether it was an essential religious practice protected under the Constitution.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 : The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Delhi High Court order granting bail to a man whom the NIA alleges to be a “fundraiser and a conduit to finance terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir”

Sep 14, 2018-Vatican City: Pope Francis has ordered an investigation of an American bishop accused of sexual misconduct with adults and accepted his resignation, the Vatican and US Church officials said on Thursday.The bishop who resigned is Michael J. Bransfield, 75, of the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia.

Sep 14, 2018: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan[22nd Pakistani Prime Minister] said the ISI is “our first line of defence” during a visit to the spy agency’s headquarters for the first time.

Srilanka: Animal sacrifices in Hindu temples in Sri Lanka could be banned after the Cabinet approved a proposal Wednesday to enact laws banning the “primitive” methods of worship, amid calls from the Hindu community to make the ritual a “punishable offence” in the Buddhist-majority country.

TN governor has no power to release the seven convicts who killed Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi.

Power NPAs: SC transfers all pleas challenging RBI notification to itself.

In Kerala nun rape  case the accused Catholic Bishop  is till roaming freely. Police remains inactive.

Currency, equities’ woes deepen as rupee closes at 71.76 against dollar, even it can hit at Rs. 90/-

Adhaar Database hacking news has been denied by authority.

Herald case: HC scraps Sonia, Rahul’s pleas against tax reassessment

Delhi Government launches doorstep delivery of 40 govt services

Punjab assembly passed anti-sacrilege bills.

Indian rejected homosexuality- SC judgment has little effect.

Subramanian Swamy Backs Mohan Bhagwat’s Call For Hindu Unity.

BSF DG: Bengal illegally sheltering Rohingiyas.

28.08.2018: Several activists were arrested in connection with the Maoist violence. Searches were carried out at the residences of poet Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, trade unionist and lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj in Faridabad and Chhattisgarh and civil liberties activist Gautam Navalakha in Delhi, a police official in Pune said. They were all arrested after the raids.

28.08.2018: Law Minister Asks CJI Dipak Misra to Recommend His Successor’s Name. Justice Mishra is going to retire on 2nd October this year.

23 August 2018: The professional social networking site LinkedIn owned by Microsoft, says it will open its vast trove of data to academic researchers.
The company is calling for academics to submit project ideas in three broad areas: analytics, economics and artificial intelligence. It will select teams on a rolling basis, Perisic said, with probably no more than a dozen teams being allowed to access to the data at one time.

Congress Spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill on Wednesday 22 August 2018, received a cease and desist notice from businessman Anil Ambani-led group of companies asking him to restrain from speaking on the Rafale deal or face legal consequences.

The United Kingdom has confirmed to the Indian agencies that the Rs. 13,578-crore Punjab National Bank case fugitive Nirav Modi is in England.

Supreme Court sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s response on a petition challenging the dropping of the 2007 Gorakhpur riots case against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The Supreme Court ordered the Principal Secretary (Home) of Rajasthan to clarify the Vasundhara Raje government’s position of the action taken against officials in the aftermath of the lynching of Rakbar Khan by cow vigilantes.

The shelter homes in Bihar across the state will function under the direct control of the department. There will be no role for NGOs in running and managing shelter homes in the State.

Mandsaur 7-year-old girl rape case: A special Court pronounces death sentence to the two accused Irfan and Asif.
The charge sheet was filed on July 12, and the trial held from July 30 to August 8. As per Deputy director (public prosecution) Bapu Singh Thakur the prosecution presented 37 witnesses during the proceedings. The final arguments were heard on August 14, and the judgment reserved for August 21. Additional district and 2nd Addl Dist & Sessions judge Nisha Gupta pronounced them guilty.

July 27, 2018: The high-level panel on data protection framework submitted its report to the government, suggesting steps for safeguarding personal information, defining obligations of data processors as also rights of individuals, and mooting penalties for violation.Headed by Justice B N Srikrishna, the panel handed the report to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, wrapping up nearly one year of deliberations that touched upon sensitive and controversial issues.

16th July 2018: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued its Recommendations on “Privacy, Security and Ownership of Data in the Telecom Sector.

Muslim Personal Law Board wants parallel Court

Jehovah’s Witnesses must comply with the rules of EU law on the protection of personal data.

The Supreme Court of India on 09/07/2018 Monday said the abolition of death penalty by the British Parliament, several Latin American nations and Australian states was no ground to erase capital punishment from the statutes in India.

The Philippine president, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists [July 7, 2018]

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth granted royal assent [under Royal Assent Act 1967] to Prime Minister Theresa May’s flagship Brexit legislation [European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 ] on JUNE 26, 2018, ending months of debate over the legislation that will formally end the country’s European Union membership.

Supreme Court rules that Trump’s travel ban is constitutional.  The 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court finds that Trump’s travel restriction fell “squarely” within the president’s authority. [See the executive order]

Current Exchange Rate in India [Notification dated the 21st June, 2018]

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LAW AT MARKET    newnew

The country’s largest port developer Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd. (APSEZ) has executed a share purchase agreement with Larsen and Toubro Ltd. (L&T) to acquire 97% stake in Marine Infrastructure Developers Pvt. Ltd. (MIDPL), the developer and operator of Kattupalli Port near Chennai, for ₹1,950 crore.

India INX is now India’s first International Exchange set up at GIFT City and was inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi, on 9th Jan, 2017. India INX offer a diversified portfolio of products and technology services at a cost which is far more competitive to Indian exchanges as well as other global exchanges. India International Exchange IFSC Limited (India INX) and India International Clearing Corporation IFSC Limited (India ICC) are wholly owned subsidiary of the BSE Limited. India INX and the India ICC have commenced mock trading from India INX’s data centre at GIFT City from December 17, 2016. The International exchange received final approval from Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on December 30, 2016. 

June 12, 2018 -WASHINGTON —Federal judge Richard J. Leon of United States District Court in Washington on Tuesday approved the blockbuster merger between AT&T and Time Warner, rebuffing the government’s effort to stop the $85.4 billion deal, in a decision The judge, observed that the Justice Department failed to prove that the telecom company’s acquisition of Time Warner would lead to fewer choices for consumers and higher prices for television and internet services. [Read more]  

Human cells resist gene editing by turning on defenses against cancer, ceasing reproduction and sometimes dying, two teams of scientists have found  reported in the journal Nature Medicine

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POLICY UPDATES

The national level engineering and medical entrance examinations – JEE Main and NEET – will be held twice a year from 2019 in online mode. Henceforth Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET) will be held by newly formed examination conducting agency, National Testing Agency (NTA).
Apart from NEET and JEE Main, NTA will also conduct National Eligibility Test (NET), Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) and Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) exams from now on.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are set to meet face to face in Singapore to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. [12.06.2018] READ MORE.

Pre-Iron age [2000 BCE] chariot found in an excavation in  Bagpat District of UP  gives ‘new dimension to the Indian history’. READ MORE …

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TRIBUNALS UPDATES

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)  admitted the insolvency plea filed by the State Bank of India (SBI)

Unwarranted invasion of privacy of an individual comes u/s  clause (j) of Section 8(1) of the RTI Act, shall not be disclosed [ Central Information Commission Dated 06.06.2018 ]

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) UK has turned the concept into a formal requirement for the nine largest current account providers in the UK (CMA9) with the launch of the Open Banking initiative.

With the government to provide autonomous vehicle legislation by the second half of 2018, Singapore will be at the forefront of self-driving vehicles testing.