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Plea seeking permission to use mother’s name in documents filed before Madras HC: Notice issued

The Madras High Court has issued notice on the 6th of September 2021 in a Public Interest Litigation seeking to allow people to furnish the name of their mother or single parent on documents and other forms. The matter had come across the bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee...

Karnataka HC praises Cauvery Calling Project

Observing that afforestation is necessary, the Karnataka High Court dismissed a writ petition on the 7th of September 2021 which sought to prohibit Isha Outreach Foundation’s attempts at collecting public funds for plantation of tree saplings along the Cauvery river bank under the "Cauvery Calling Project". A division bench comprising...

SC refuses to entertain plea seeking more funds and PR activities for sports industry.

On September 7, a bench consisting of Justices UU Lalit, SR Bhat and Bela M Trivedi, refused to entertain PIL seeking appropriate governmental support in the form of funds, infrastructure, policies, and governance model for upliftment of sports in India. The petitioner, Advocate Vishal Tiwari, lamented the dismal condition of...

“You Have No Respect for Our Judgment”: Supreme Court Issues Notice Over Tribunals Reforms Act

On Monday 6th September 2021, a special bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud, and Justice L Nageswara issued notice on the writ petition challenging the Tribunals Reforms Act 2021, filed by Congress MP Jairam Ramesh. The Bench stated that the Act is...

SC Rebukes Central Government Over The Tribunal Reforms Act, 2021

On the 6th of September, the Supreme Court expressed its dissatisfaction with the Union Government's overt neglect of its judgement in passing the Tribunals Reforms Act and delay in filling up the vacancies in Tribunals. The Bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud, and Justice L Nageswara Rao noted that the Court...

Sale of Books an Essential Service: PIL filed in Bombay HC

A bench of Justice K.K. Tated and P.K. Chavan of Bombay High Court heard a petition filed by Marathi Prakashak Parishad, an organization of Marathi book publishers from Pune, through Advocate Asim Sarode, seeking to include the sale of books as an essential service under the Essential Services Maintenance...

Kerala High Court Deliberates on Feasibility of Petitions Alleging Judicial Misconduct Against Judges

The Hon’ble Kerala High Court, on 2nd of September 2021, deliberated on the feasibility of two petitions which alleged judicial misconduct by the High Court’s two retired justices and one sitting justice. The matter in which such misconduct has been alleged pertains to the case of Madradu flats demolition....

Consistent accusations adequate to prove culpability: Kerala High Court

While discussing the admissibility of a dying declaration, the Kerala High Court on 1st September 2021, observed that consistent and reliable declaration against the accused would validate his guilt. The case had come across the division bench comprising of Justice Vinod K. Chandran and Justice Ziyad Rahman. The facts of...

Petition seeks SC intervention to ameliorate conditions of women in Mental Asylums

A 3 Judge Bench comprising of Justices D Y Chandrachud, Vikram Nath, and Hima Kohli, on September 1, in the matter of Gaurav Kumar Bansal vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Ors., noted the abject condition of women who have been institutionalized in mental health care institutions across the...

Hearing continues in petition challenging the suo motu powers of NGT

The Supreme Court on the 1st of September 2021 continued the hearing of a batch of cases relating to the powers of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The Bench comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar, Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice C T Ravikumar was hearing the case. The Supreme Court on...