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Category: Judiciary

Punjab Govt to Knock High Court Against School Fee During Lockdown

(Chd,Pb) Punjab Govt to Knock High Court Against School Fee During Lockdown
The Punjab Government will file a Letters Patent Appeal (LPA) in the High Court this week against the decision of a single judge in the matter of payment of school fee during the lockdown period.
A single judge of the High Court had, on June 30, ruled that all the schools were entitled to collect tuition fee irrespective of offering online classes during the lockdown.
In her ruling, Justice Nirmaljit Kaur had said all schools, whether they offer online classes during the lockdown period or not, are entitled to collect the tuition fee. However, the court ruled, the schools will continue to endeavour and impart online/ distance learning so education is not adversely impacted due to the present or future lockdowns imposed due to the pandemic.

Arnab Gets Clean Chit From Bombay High Court

(Mumbai)Bombay High Court suspends two FIRs against Arnab Goswami
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday suspended two FIRs lodged against Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami for his alleged provocative and inflammatory comments on the Palghar mob lynching and gathering of migrant workers outside Bandra railway station amid lockdown.
In an interim order, a division bench of Justices Ujjal Bhuyan and Riyaz Chagla noted that prima facie, no offence was disclosed against Goswami and he had not intended to cause public disharmony or incite violence.
Goswamis counsel Harish Salve argued that the Congress party orchestrated multiple FIRs against Goswami across the country and told the court that such cases require balancing of free speech and criminal law.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal and Raja Thakare, appearing for the Maharashtra government, had opposed the petition and said a journalist has the right to freedom of expression, but does not have the right to declare that a person was killed only because he was of a particular religion.
Sibal and Thakare had read out transcripts of the two news shows and said there was a clear attempt to incite communal violence.

Vijay Shanker to Serve as Associate Judge on the Columbia (Appeals)

Vijay Shanker to Serve as Associate Judge on the Columbia (Appeals)
Vijay Shanker serves as Senior Litigation Counsel in the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, and as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section. Before joining the Department of Justice in 2012, Mr. Shanker was in private practice with the Washington, D.C., offices of Mayer Brown, LLP, and Covington & Burling, LLP. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Shanker served as a law clerk to Judge Chester J. Straub on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Shanker earned his B.A., cum laude, from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as a Notes Editor for the Virginia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Air India Unions File Writ in HC Against Pay Cut: Pandemic

(Mumbai)Air India Unions Challenge in HC: Pay Cut due to Pandemic
Air India employee unions have moved the Bombay High Court against the airline’s decision to slash allowances, which form a major part of salary, by ten per cent because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Air India Aircraft Engineers Association, All India Service Engineers Association and Indian Pilots Guild filed a writ petition in the high court earlier this week against the national carrier and its subsidiary Air India Engineering Services Ltd.
The petition, filed through advocates Jane Cox and Karishma Rao, said that on March 20, Air India announced 10 per cent deduction for three months from the allowance package of all employees except the cabin crew on account of the impact of coronavirus outbreak.
The plea pointed out that on the same day the Union government issued an advisory asking all private and public firms not to reduce salaries or sack employees due to the pandemic.
The petitioners had also written to the Ministry of Civil Aviation protesting against the deduction but they were to receive any response, the plea said.
The court is likely to hear the matter next week.

Make Judiciary an Essential Service: Kapil Sibal

(New Delhi) Make judiciary an essential service: Sibal
Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday urged the judiciary to declare a plan to ensure that justice delivery system is made an essential service, noting that people were facing hardships due to restricted functioning of courts during the coronavirus lockdown.
He said the government cannot take such a decision as the judiciary is independent.
The Congress leader, who was addressing an online press conference, said people do not know where to go to seek justice during the lockdown.

109 Undertrials Released on Bail From Naga Jails:Covid Boon

109 Undertrials Released from Naga Jails:Covid Boon
As per Supreme Court’s directions 109
undertrial prisoners were released from 11 jails across the state decongesting the jails in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak
The jails in the state have a capacity to accommodate 1,450 prisoners and housed 537 people before the undertrials were released

HC Refuses Bail Saying Accused Is Safe in Jail

(Mumbai)HC Refuses Bail Saying Accused Is Safe in Jail
The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to grant temporary bail to an accused, saying it can not allow him to be released and put him at the risk of contracting coronavirus.
The situation in jail was much better than that in the city of Mumbai, Justice G S Patel observed while hearing a bail plea filed by Jitendra Mishra, a murder accused who is lodged in Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai for the last 18 months.
Mishra, a resident of suburban Ghatkopar, had sought temporary bail citing the pandemic.
“You (applicant) have no idea what is happening in the city. The jail authorities are better equipped than the municipal authorities outside, especially in Worli Naka (central Mumbai).
“Worli Naka is in a mess,” the judge said.
The high court further said that it was aware of the direction given by the Supreme Court that wherever possible prisoners should be released, but it also needed to consider the situation in the city.
Refusing to grant bail to Mishra, the court said the application be listed for hearing before a regular court which will resume after lockdown is over.
As of Wednesday, Mumbai had reported over 700 coronavirus cases

Four Rapists & Murderers Are ,At Last Hanged in Tihad

(New Delhi) Four Rapists & Murderers Are ,At Last Hanged in Tihad
The four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a Delhi woman on December 16, 2012 were hanged in the darkness of pre-dawn on Friday, ending a horrific chapter in India’s long history of sexual assault that had seared the nation’s soul.
Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) were executed at 5.30 am for the savage assault in an empty moving bus on the 23-year-old physiotherapy intern who came to be known the world over as Nirbhaya, the fearless one.
Doctor has examined the bodies and declared all 4 dead,” Director General of Tihar Jail Sandeep Goel said.
Jail officials said the bodies were kept hanging for half an hour, a mandatory procedure after execution as per the prison manual.
This is the first time that four men have been hanged together in Tihar Jail, South Asia’s largest prison complex that houses more than 16,000 inmates. The executions were carried out after the men exhausted every possible legal avenue to escape the gallows. Their desperate attempts only postponed the inevitable by less than two months after the first date of execution was set for January 22.
In last-gasp attempts, one of the convicts knocked on the doors of the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court just hours before the hanging.

Gagoi Takes Oath ,,Minister Justifies ,Senior Disturb Their House

(New Delhi)
Gagoi Takes Oath ,,Minister Justifies ,Senior Disturb Their House
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday took oath as member of Rajya Sabha amid uproar by opposition members.

As Gogoi reached the designated spot to take the oath, opposition members raised slogans prompting Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to say that it was unbecoming of members.

Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act

.President Trump Signed R. 5214, the “Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act of 2019
Which establishes Criminal Penalties against representative payees for embezzling Federal retirement annuity benefits
US President Donald J Trump Signed This into Law on 18th March