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INDIA – Calcutta HC Establishes A Judicial Panel To Investigate Lawyers’ Assault

The high court set up a one-member judicial committee on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, to investigate the alleged attack by police and Howrah Municipal Corporation employees on lawyers of the Howrah’s district court and court properties on April 24. To investigate the alleged assault, former Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta has been appointed. Also, the committee is to recommend criminal measures against the accused cops and civic employees if they could be found to have entered the court. The state government has been asked to ensure that the seven accused police officers are not deployed in Howrah until completion of the probe.

 

INDIA – Judge Kurian Joseph Warns Lawyers Of Complacency

Justice Kurian Joseph, former Supreme Court Judge, while addressing attorneys on the topic “Role and accountability of judges and advocates in the justice system” stated that “Remember always that complacency and acceptance of injustice are the greatest enemies of any lawyer. They have to take the opportunity to challenge injustice. He also stated that lawyers and judges are equally responsible for resolving disputes and delivering justice. At the Advocates Chambers Complex, Justice Kurian also inaugurated the Kurian Hall built by the HP Advocates Welfare & Charitable Society.

 

USA – Amazon shareholders Discard The Prohibition Of The Sale To Law Enforcement Of Facial Recognition Software

Amazon will continue to sell the company’s “Recognition” facial recognition technology to governments and law enforcement agencies after their shareholders have voted down proposals to stop the practice as confirmed by reports. One proposed banning the technology’s sales and the other called on the company to conduct an independent study and issue a report using the technology on the risks of governments. Amazon, however, did not release total shareholder voting on Wednesday but said it would file information with the U.S. The Commission on Securities and Exchange later this week.

 

INDIA – SC Prevents The Police From Acting Against The Candidate Of BJP Till May 28

On Wednesday, May 22 2019, the Supreme Court (SC) restrained police from taking any coercive action against Arjun Singh, the Barrackpore Lok Sabha candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who faces several criminal cases. Singh was granted protection from arrest until May 28 to allow him to be present on Thursday to count votes in his constituency. The top court also gave him the freedom to approach a suitable bail forum once there was no protection.

 

INDIA – Transfer of land to CRPF: Lawyers Body Looks For Contempt Proceedings

J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) said on Wednesday 22 May 2019 that proceedings of contempt should be initiated against those allegedly infringing court orders by transferring 60 kanals of land to the CRPF in Zakura. The members of the Bar also appreciated the three United Nations Human Rights Council Special Rapporteurs who wrote to India and sought details of the steps taken to bring justice to victims and their neighbours in 76 cases of torture and arbitrary murder of civilians in J&K since 1990.

 

USA – Due To The Restrictive Law On Abortion, Two Film Productions Leave Georgia

Two (2) film projects pulled out production from Georgia after the governor signed the so-called “heartbeat bill,” which can detect abortions after a fetal heartbeat. Initially to be shot in Georgia, the Lionsgate comedy “Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar,” featuring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, and the Amazon series “The Power” of director Reed Morano, but will now relocate production.

 

INDIA – For The First Time Since 2008, SC Has Reached Full Strength Of 31 Judges

For the first time since Eleven (11) years, when Parliament raised the strength of the Supreme Court (SC) to 31 judges, the apex court will function as President Ram Nath Kovind appointed four new judges on 08 May — Justices Aniruddha Bose, A S Bopanna, B R Gavai and Surya Kant.

 

INDIA – Delhi High Court: Give 50 Lakhs To The Victims’ Families Involved In The Plane Crash Chartered In 2011

The Delhi High Court directed a chartered aircraft company and an insurance company to pay Rs. 50 lakh compensation to the families of each of the two doctors and a nurse who were killed in an airplane crash while on an emergency medical flight in 2011. The court asked the companies to pay the compensation within four weeks in accordance with the 1972 Carriage by Air Act statutory liability.

 

CANADA – Some Doctors In Quebec Still Repel “Assisted Death,” Says The Commission

One out of two doctors who rejected requests for medical assistance in dying from terminally ill patients probably did so without justification under Quebec law says the province’s end-of-life care commission head. Despite the progress made in implementing the so-called dying with dignity law, some doctors still resist carrying out assisted dying, although in fewer numbers than when the law came into force on Dec. 10, 2015, added Bureau. However, The commission’s latest report does not explicitly address the issue of doctors who flout the law. Instead, the report contains statistics on assisted dying’s “non-administration.”

 

INDIA – Delhi HC Reserves Order On Plea, Requires More Time For Investigation In Asthana Case

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the Delhi High Court reserved its order on a CBI plea seeking more time to finalize an investigation into an FIR filed in a bribery case against its former Special Director Rakesh Asthana. The probe agency registered the FIR against Asthana, Deputy Police Superintendent (DSP) Devender Kumar and two others charging them with taking bribes at least five times in the Moin Qureshi case between December 2017 and October 2018.

 

INDIA – Consider Transforming PG Diploma Seats Into Degree seats: HC Is telling MCI

Recently, the Bombay High Court granted DY Patil Medical College in Pune relief by directing the Indian Medical Council (MCI) to consider the request of the college to convert postgraduate (PG) diploma seats into degree seats. On the ground that diploma seats had been denounced late, the MCI rejected the request. However, the court ordered the governors’ board and the MCI to consider the applications of the college without taking into consideration any timeline.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – Five Changes In Employment Law That Should Be Looked For By Companies In 2019

Employment laws change regularly, so it is essential to keep up-to-date with small business owners. Thus, BrightHR’s workplace experts in an article published on May 23 ran through some of the 2019 job law changes and how they could affect you. Five things you need to know about employment law for the fiscal year 2019-2020 — an increase in the national minimum wage, an increase in self-registration contributions, an increase in statutory pay rates (e.g. maternity wages), a change in the rules on workers ‘ paychecks and, the possible consequences of Brexit.

 

INDIA – HC Rejects An Industrial Court Order For The Promotion Of A Clerk

Recently, the Bombay High Court set aside an order allowing the promotion of a senior clerk at the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP). The order read, “The cancellation of the promotional order cannot be said to be unreasonable as it would invite the consequence of cancelling the promotion to not join the post for more than three months.” It set aside the judgment of the industrial court. On February 16, 1981, in Thane, Mr Rane was appointed a junior clerk and was promoted as a senior clerk at the end of 12 years. The MJP cancelled its promotion three months later on the ground that he was not interested in joining the post office. Mr Rane moved the industrial court, which provided him with relief. However, the MJP moved the High Court in 2010.

 

INDIA – Madras HC Dismisses VVPAT-EVM Mismatch’s Plea For The Recount Of Votes

On May 22, the Madras High Court declined to entertain a petition seeking to recount votes if they do not match with the  VVPAT slips. A vacation bench made up of Justice RMT Teekaa Raaman, and Justice P D Audikesavalu asked why the petitioner didn’t move the court immediately after the Lok Sabha elections had ended. The bench refused to hear it, noting that the petitioner, Lakshmi Krupa, approached the court at the last minute. In the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, the votes polled were set to be counted on May 23.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – UK Government May Face Legal Action After EU Citizens Have Refused To Vote

The government is facing calls for an urgent investigation into the treatment of EU citizens in the European elections following the denial of their democratic right to vote by many people. Voters across the country told local councils about their devastation in finding their names crossed the register because of clerical errors. Experts said the situation was a “scandal that we knew was coming” and the government could have a court case to answer.

 

INDIA – According To The High Court Of Madras, MCI Disability Rules Arbitrary

The Madras High Court has called the recent disability amendment of India’s Medical Council (MCI) that bars students from more than 40% blindness to pursue MBBS courses; as “arbitrary.” The HC bench noted that the amendments to the MCI do not predict the emotional impact of studying disabled medicine. This observation came because of a petition lodged by the state government against a single judge order in which the Madurai Bench of Madras Court granted life-changing relief to a visually impaired student who sought admission to MBBS after being rejected an MBBS seat despite clearing NEET.

 

INDIA – Madras HC Maintains The Decision Of The Government On The Teacher Transfer Matter

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the Madras high court upheld the government’s decision to deploy its 7,913 secondary-grade surplus teachers to the Department of Social Welfare to take kindergarten classes in 2,381 Anganwadi centres across the state. The division bench of Justices dismissed a batch of pleas moved by the teachers challenging the order, saying the government is justified in its decision as the state spends 447 crores annually on salaries of such surplus teachers.

 

USA – New Law: Austria Bans Headscarves For Girls In Primary School

Any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing associated with head covering” is now banned in a new law in Austria. “The bill passed with the support of the ruling centre-right People’s Party (ÖVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), as reported. Nearly all the opposition voted against it.” “The spokesman for education at the FPÖ, Wendelin Mölzer, said the law was ‘ a signal against political Islam, ‘ while ÖVP MP Rudolf Taschner said it needed to free girls from subjugation.”

 

INDIA – Gogoi Confidant Held ‘Inquiry’ Which Sacked the Supreme Court Complainant

Surya Pratap Singh, the registrar of the Supreme Court who conducted a controversial ‘ disciplinary inquiry ‘ leading to the dismissal of a Junior Court Assistant (JCA) weeks after she was allegedly sexually harassed by India’s Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi, was previously associated with Justice Gogoi, who returned to the post of Chief Justice Punjab and Haryana High Court. Having regard to the woman’s allegation that disciplinary proceedings have been instituted against her as a result of her alleged run-in with CJI Gogoi, Singh’s prior association with the chief justice places another question mark on her decision to dismiss her for what was, at best, minor acts of ‘indiscipline.’

 

USA – Worried By Tensions In Iran, US Legislators Wants To End The ‘Endless Ear’ Law

On Wednesday (May 22), rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran prompted some Democratic and Republican legislators to call for the repeal of a law that presidents have used for two decades to justify U.S. military action worldwide. The lawmakers said it was time for Congress to repeal and replace the law after nearly 18 years, stressing it was too broad from the outset and saying it should not be used to justify war against Iran.

 

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