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Top 10 legal headlines of the week 13 Dece 2020

Top 10 legal headlines of the week 13 Dece 2020


1. Supreme Court refuses to entertain a writ petition filed by Arnab Goswami against Mumbai Police.

Supreme Court bench comprising of Hon’ble Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indira Banerjee refused to entertain a plea of Arnab Goswami on the ground of its ambiguity. Hon’ble Court held that the prayers are too ambiguous which included the Court’s direction to Union of India for protection of Republic TV staffs and transfer of all cases to CBI.

2. Plea in the Supreme Court seeking direction to CBI for speedy investigation in regard to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.

A writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by a resident of Mumbai seeking for a direction to CBI to complete its investigation within two months and submits its report in relation to the mysterious death of Sushant Singh Rajput.

3. Plea in the Supreme Court seeks direction to allow Farmers’ protest in Jantar Mantar.

A petition has been filed in Supreme Court seeking direction to allow the protesting farmers to enter Delhi and allow them to protest in Jantar Mantar following the guidelines of COVID-19. The plea filed on behalf of Advocate Deepak Kansal seeks to indulge of Court in the protection of fundamental rights of protesting farmers.

4. Supreme Court held the necessity of environment clearance before making a declaration of land acquisition

On 8.12.2020 Supreme Court passed a judgement upholding notification of land acquisition for the Chennai- Salem eight-lane expressways. The Hon’ble Court observed that u/s 3D of the National Highways Act, 1956 regarding the acquisition of notified land can be made only after environment/forest clearance of the specific land is granted

5. Delhi High Court stays CIC order to Air Force to furnish information under Right to Information

On 11.12.2020, Hon’ble Delhi Court passed a stay order on CIC’s direction to the Air force to disclose information under RTI on entourage details of present and former Prime Ministers of India. The stay order was based on the petition filed by Air force challenging order of Central Information Commission.

6. Supreme Court refused to entertain plea on directing Centre to frame stringent punishment on corruption and black money etc. 

A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul refused to entertain a plea which seeks the direction of Court to Centre for framing stringent punishment in offences related to corruption. Court opened scope for Law Commission on law reforms. The court stated that Judiciary cannot be expected to take over all the roles.

7. Plea in Allahabad High Court challenging UP Government’s ordinance on Religious conversion

Advocate Saurabh Kumar has moved a petition in Allahabad High Court challenging the ordinance on religious conversion stating it to be morally and constitutionally repugnant. Petitioner through his petition urges before the Court to declare it ultra vires.

8. Supreme Court’s decision on altering charge u/s 149 IPC to Section 34 IPC

Section 149 IPC deals with vicarious liability and Section 34 are dealt with the charge for an offence committed in furtherance of common intention. In a case titled Rohtas & Anr v. State of Haryana (Cr. Appeal no 38/11), the Court held that Section 149 can be altered to Section 34 IPC if the offence is proven to be committed with a common intention.

9. UP Government filed a Special Leave Petition in Supreme Court against the order of Allahabad High Court which quashed the detention of Dr Kafeel Khan

UP Government’s move in Supreme Court through Special Leave Petition against Allahabad High Court decision which quashed the detention of Dr Kafeel Khan seems to be listed in Supreme Court before 17th December.

10. Demise of Justice Vandana Kasrekar of Madhya Pradesh High Court due to Covid.

Justice Vandana Kasrekar, a sitting Judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court passed away on 13.12.2020 due to Covid-19. She was 60 years old at the time of demise. Hon’ble Justice practised civil and constitutional matters at High Court of Madhya Pradesh Bench at Indore.