Transparency in the Functioning of the “Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws”- Senior Lawyer’s and Former Judge’s urge Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)- “Lack Diversity”

A letter signed by lawyers and former judges raises concerns that the present Committee “lacks diversity both in terms of the social identity of the members, as well as their professional background and experience.” The Criminal Reforms Committee recently constituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been urged by lawyers and former judges toContinue reading “Transparency in the Functioning of the “Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws”- Senior Lawyer’s and Former Judge’s urge Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)- “Lack Diversity””

Inordinate force has become routine in India: Plea in Supreme court seeks guidelines to fill legal lacuna in dealing with Custodial Death/Torture/Rape

Jeyaraj and his son Bennix died while in the custody of the Sathankulam Police following their arrest on June 19 citing a violation of the COVID-19 curfew The plea before the Supreme Court notes that “Custodial Torture/Deaths/Rapes are a chilling reminder of how the excessive use of force has become a routine in India” leadingContinue reading “Inordinate force has become routine in India: Plea in Supreme court seeks guidelines to fill legal lacuna in dealing with Custodial Death/Torture/Rape”

Death of National Law University Jodhpur student in 2017: Supreme Court asks Rajasthan Police to complete investigation in two months

The Court pulled up the state police for not having finished the investigation despite an order from the Rajasthan High Court to this effect passed in February this year. The Supreme Court today directed the Rajasthan Police to complete its probe into the death of a National Law University, Jodhpur student that took place inContinue reading “Death of National Law University Jodhpur student in 2017: Supreme Court asks Rajasthan Police to complete investigation in two months”

India has one of lowest COVID-19 cases per million in the world

Recovered cases nearly 4.4 lakhs, exceed active cases by more than 1.8 lakh National Recovery Rate crosses 61% The WHO Situation Report 168 dated 6thJuly, 2020 shows that India has one of the lowest cases of COVID-19 per million population. India’s cases per million population is 505.37 while the global average is at 1453.25. The ChileContinue reading “India has one of lowest COVID-19 cases per million in the world”

Surrender cannot be construed as consent for sexual intercourse: Kerala High court upholds conviction of 67-year-old man for rape of minor girl

The Kerala High Court recently held that a woman’s resignation to sexual intercourse when caused by fear or duress cannot be termed as “consent” as understood in law. The Kerala High Court recently held that a woman’s resignation to sexual intercourse when caused by fear or duress cannot be termed as “consent” as understood inContinue reading “Surrender cannot be construed as consent for sexual intercourse: Kerala High court upholds conviction of 67-year-old man for rape of minor girl”

An accused cannot claim to be released on bail only on the ground of grant of bail to other co-accused: Rajasthan High Court- [Read Judgement]

The Rajasthan High Court has stated that parity with other accused is not the sole ground for a grant of bail, and the role of the accused and other considerations have to factored into the analysis. The Jaipur Bench of the Rajasthan High Court yesterday ruled that parity of accused with other accused persons isContinue reading “An accused cannot claim to be released on bail only on the ground of grant of bail to other co-accused: Rajasthan High Court- [Read Judgement]”

Pulling down leggings of a child victim and touching of thighs is sexual assault under Section 7, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012: Delhi High Court

Pulling down the leggings of a child victim and touching of the thighs is evident of sexual intent and accordingly constitutes an offence of sexual assault in terms of Section 7 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, Delhi High Court has held (Rajender vs State). The judgment was passed by a single Judge Bench of Justice SanjeevContinue reading “Pulling down leggings of a child victim and touching of thighs is sexual assault under Section 7, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012: Delhi High Court”

Hindustan Unilever Limited gets ad-interim relief from Bombay High Court over Trademark tussle for “Glow & Handsome” with Emami- [Read Order]

Emami (which owns Fair & Handsome) is now required to give written notice 7 days in advance before it can initiate any legal proceeding against HUL (which owns Fair & Lovely) over the trademark “Glow & Handsome.” The Bombay High Court on Monday directed that Emami Limited should give Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) prior written notice sevenContinue reading “Hindustan Unilever Limited gets ad-interim relief from Bombay High Court over Trademark tussle for “Glow & Handsome” with Emami- [Read Order]”

Ministry of Home Affairs permits conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions

Ministry of Home Affairs, in a letter to Union Higher Education Secretary, today permitted conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions.  The final Term Examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC Guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities; and as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) approved by the UnionContinue reading “Ministry of Home Affairs permits conduct of examinations by Universities and Institutions”

Police cannot register FIR under Section 188 of IPC: Madras HighCourt quashes case against Anti-CAA protestor [Read Order]

The case concerned an activist who was arrested on allegations that he had protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) on a public road without permission last January. While quashing a criminal case filed against an Anti-CAA protestor, the Madras High Court was recently prompted to reiterate that the police cannot by itself registerContinue reading “Police cannot register FIR under Section 188 of IPC: Madras HighCourt quashes case against Anti-CAA protestor [Read Order]”