Legal Updates - June 2015

·         Adding to the controversies he had already set ablaze, Justice Karnan of Madras High Court wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India criticizing the Collegium system. The Judge who has been in news after threatening his own Chief Justice with contempt of court proceedings, now called the Collegium system as “undemocratic” and “autocratic” in the letter.
·         Hearing the petition filed by manufacturer of the famous noodles brand Nestle, the Bombay High Court refused to stay the ban of Maggi imposed by the government after the government found that Maggi is hazardous to health. 
·         In a reprieve to Ola and Taxi for Sure, the Delhi High Court set aside government orders by which the government had rejected the application of the two app based companies for licence to operate in the national capital. The Court said that the reason for rejection of application was “not valid”.
·         Hearing the second appeal filed by Mr.Arun Sharma, who had sought copies of the entire Case Diary CD in a certain case, the Central Information Commission has held that the case diary maintained by police may not be disclosed even after closure of probe as larger public interests warrants against its disclosure.
·         A section of lawyers drew flak on account of them taking an off from work for the next three days owing to the scorching heat in Calcutta. The Chief Justice of the Calcutta HC Manjula Chellur severely criticized those lawyers.
·         In an unfortunate incident, two people were killed when a speedy Audi, allegedly being driven by a woman lawyer named Janhavi Gadkar crashed into a taxi in Mumbai. 
·         The Bombay High Court has asked Maharashtra government to declare within a week what steps it would take to make the Godavari river in Nashik, where Kumbh Mela starts next month, pollution-free and its water fit for drinking. 
·         The Bombay High Court has rejected the bail plea of an accused in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, observing it would not be proper to release him when the trial is at its tail-end and asked the relevant lower court to expedite the proceedings. 
·         Madras High Court has described multi-level marketing schemes as Pyramid schemes stated to be non-sustainable business model and asked the government to consider preventive measures so that people are not lured by such schemes.

·         The Supreme Court reserved its verdict on petitions seeking re-conduct of All India Pre-Medical Test 2015 for alleged large-scale irregularities in the examination held on May 3. 
  • ·         Delhi High Court judge Justice Gian Parkash Mittal has tendered his resignation ahead of his joining the CCI.  A Law Ministry statement said that “Justice Gian Parkash Mittal resigned from the office of the Judge of Delhi High Court, in pursuance of proviso (a) to clause (1) of article 217 of the Constitution, with effect from the afternoon of 8th July, 2015.”
  • ·         The Delhi High Court has initiated contempt proceedings against Superintendent AIIMS and Tihar Jail Superintendent due to non-following of the High Court directions. 
  • ·         Former Chief Justice of India, Madan Mohan Punchhi, died on 17 June 2015 at the age of 82, due to a cardiac arrest, in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. M M Punchhi was born on October 10, 1933, at Pakpattan, now in Pakistan. 
  • ·         The Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court refused to act against certain press reports which had commented on the investment climate in West Bengal. The Chief Justice reportedly said, “there is freedom of press in our country”.
  • ·         Taking suo moto cognizance of a letter written by Jaya Sagade, Bombay High Court sought clarification on a circular issued by Women and Child Welfare department regarding Counseling under Domestic Violence (DV) Act.
  • ·         Anand Mathew, Son of Kerala High Court Judge, Justice Babu Mathew P Joseph, was killed in an accident in Bangalore. The accident occurred at around 10 pm as the boy was riding pillion with his friend. 
  • ·         Kerala High Court will soon find itself weighing human rights alongside animal rights as a PIL has been filed before it seeking remedy to curb the menace of stray dogs in the streets of Kochi. 
  • ·         Madurai based advocate N Ilango has filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court challenging a circular that asked water resource organization engineers to perform pujas at temples for rain.
  • ·         Adding to the controversies he had already set ablaze, Justice Karnan of Madras High Court wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India criticizing the Collegium system. 
  • ·         The Supreme Court today extended time for re-conducting the All India Pre Medical Test-2015 and directed CBSE to declare the results by August 17 after the Board had pleaded that it would be impossible for it to hold the test afresh in four weeks.