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INDIA – Following the Murder of Bar Council President, There Is No Much Difference Between Jungle rule and UP Law and Order: Congress

The Congress hit the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government on Thursday, June 13, 2019, over the state bar council president’s killing, saying there wasn’t much difference between “jungle rule” and law and order in the BJP-ruled state. Darvesh Singh, the first female president of the state bar council appointed to the post three days earlier, was reportedly shot dead at court premises in Agra on Wednesday (June 12) by a lawyer who then attempted to kill himself.

INDIA – Indian Law Firm M/S Solicis Lex Is Expanding Its Presence Globally

On the global map, Mumbai-based Indian law firm M/S Solicis Lex has expanded its operations rapidly. It presently has an estimated strength of 150 attorneys across seven cities in India and has partners in eight nations, namely USA, Israel, China, UAE, UK, Bahrain, Canada, and New Zealand. It is likely to soon expand to Australia, Japan, and the EU. The law firm has continuously not only retained but also improved its goodwill and brand in most of its practice fields and has slowly moved up the ladder to boost its market share. While India has seen many churning of law firms in latest times, law firms are considering merging/acquiring/ diversifying to improve their firm’s value and guarantee their organization’s development.

USA – Nevada Is The First State To Ban Employers From Rejecting Job Applicants Over Marijuana Use

Nevada has enacted the nation’s first national law that prevents employers from dismissing a job applicant due to a failed marijuana test. The new law exempts firefighters, emergency medical employees and other public safety jobs. Nevada, along with the District of Columbia, is one of 31 states that have legalized recreational or medical cannabis, which remains illegal at the federal level.

INDIA – Work In West Uttar Pradesh Courts Come To A Halt As Lawyers Protest Murdering The President Of the State Bar Council

Work in court across western Uttar Pradesh came to a halt on Thursday (June 13) as lawyers protested against the assassination of the chairperson of the state bar council two days earlier. In a condolence session, Muzaffarnagar district bar association president Syed Naseer Haider said lawyers condemned the incident. The government bar council issued the call for the boycott. Legal work has been impacted in the districts of Baghpat, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Saharanpur and Shamli.

INDIA – The Question Of Paternity Cannot Be Determined In Habeas Corpus Plea: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court (HC) held that the paternity issue could not be resolved in a habeas corpus writ petition after a couple moved a boy’s plea seeking custody to a shelter home, claiming he was their lost son. The court rejected the appeal of the couple while giving them the freedom to file appropriate legal proceedings to seek a declaration as parents and custody of the child. The court bench said, “This court is not entitled to examine the paternity issue in a petition requesting the writ of habeas corpus. The court’s primary consideration in a writ petition for custody of a minor is not this or that party’s legal right, but the minor’s welfare.

USA – Here Are The 29 Countries Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Formally Legal

To date, only 29 out of the world’s 195 nations have legalized same-sex marriage. While many same-sex couples have no option but to wait for legalization – some are together for centuries before they can lastly get married – in many nations, people who can choose to get married do so later in life. The countries included are; Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Demark, Brazil, France, England and Wales, Uruguay, Luxembourg, Greenland, Scotland, United States, Ireland, Acknowledge, Colombia, Finland, Malta, Germany, Australia, Austria and Taiwan.

INDIA – Tanushree Dutta To File Petition In Bombay High Court As Cops Say No Proof Against Nana Patekar

On Thursday (June 13), the Oshiwara Police Station in Mumbai submitted a B summary report in the Tanushree Dutta – Nana Patekar sexual harassment case. The Police gave Nana Patekar a clean chit and said there was no proof against him in the case. A ‘B-Summary’ report is filed when Police discover no proof against the accused individual to file a charge sheet and seek trial. Tanushree’s lawyer Nitin Satpute said they would lodge a written petition and challenge the Bombay High Court decision once the document is in their possession. During the filming of a unique sequence for the movie Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008, Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of being inappropriate with her. Nana maintained, however, that he did not do such a thing and that he could not have molested her as “there were about 50 individuals on the set.”

INDIA – Surat Fire Disaster That Killed 22 Students; HC Requests Investigation Report From Gujarat Govt.

The Gujarat High Court (HC) requested a thorough report from the state government on the investigation into the Surat fire tragedy that last month claimed the life of 22 students of a coaching institute. Hearing a petition requesting a report from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on the incident, Justice S H Vora told the government to submit its report by July 24. The court also released a notice to the state government on the petition filed by Jaysukh Gajera, dad of a 17-year-old girl who died in the fire disaster. The petition will be accepted for the next hearing on July 25.

CANADA – Lawyer Worries That Changes In Legal Assistance Will Affect The Quality Of The Defence

An Ottawa lawyer is worried about the latest modifications to Ontario’s legal aid scheme that could influence the quality of representation some individuals get. Many individuals facing a bail hearing or requesting a bail decision review will no longer receive funding for legal aid to employ their lawyer. Instead, they will be represented by a lawyer for legal aid employees, known as duty counsel. However, Marcus Pratt, policy director at Legal Aid Ontario, said staff lawyers are presently handling 81% of bail proceedings in Ontario, so they have the expertise. “In the world of bail, we are not changing much. They have expertise in this area, and they will continue to do so. Providing quality frontline services to clients remains the focus of legal aid,” he said.

INDIA – Madras HC Demands Tamil Nadu Govt Report On The Water Crisis In Chennai

The Madras High Court (HC) has asked the government of Tamil Nadu to list the steps it has taken to guarantee water availability in the state capital. Coming strongly on the ruling AIADMK government, the court challenged the Tamil Nadu government on the status of desalination plants that were built along the East Coast Road and other locations. On June 17, the court instructed the state government to send information about desalination and water availability measures. The town has been struggling with water shortage, and residents are mostly dependent on tankers to satisfy their daily requirements.

INDIA – Landmark Copyright Judgment: How Madras HC Gave Ilaiyaraja His Due, The Leading Music Composer

The judgment paved the path for writers to gain full privileges over their work and the results of their work, innovation, and ingenuity. Despite the early Supreme Court judge’s inspiring footnote, Indian artists have persisted to struggle over their work owing to an absence of adequate copyright. All these problems arose when one of India’s major movie score artists Ilaiyaraja and two record labels — Agi Music based in Malaysia and Echo Recording Company based in Chennai — were caught up in a conflict over his works. Amendments to the Copyright Act provide that the creator does not assign or waive the right to obtain royalties that are equally distributed with the producer. The judge said that Ilaiyaraja kept full copyright of his plays except where a “noise clip” was component of a movie. The judgment gives its author the first possession of design and provides for such designs’ complete copyright. From now on, the ruling could form the basis on which to make absolute the rights of a creator or composer so that he/she can enjoy the fruits of his / her labour, creativity and ingenuity.

UNITED KINGDOM – UK And EU Law Enforcement Increase Collaboration On DNA Databases

Law enforcement agencies in the UK and across the EU will be able to search for matching samples on the DNA databases of each other, boosting their ability to tackle cross-border crime and protecting people. Implementing Prüm by the UK will promote better collaboration between police forces and law enforcement agencies. Unknown samples of DNA collected from crime scenes can now be compared automatically with profiles retained by the other EU Member States. The Government of the UK is committed to a long-term security partnership with the EU.

INDIA – Delhi Court Sends Banned Pakistan-Based Terror Outfit Member To Five-Day NIA Custody

Delhi court on Thursday (June 13) sent a 44-year-old man, allegedly a member of the banned Pakistan-based terrorist organization Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), to five-day NIA detention in connection with a terror financing case, which also includes Jamat-ul-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. The case concerns receiving terror funds sent by FIF operators to their associates through hawala operators for further nefarious operations and generating unrest in India. Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil permitted NIA to question Mohammad Arif Ghulambashir Dharampuria in his custody. Defence advocate M S Khan opposed the NIA plea and told the judge that the arrest was unwarranted as the accused had already submitted a request before a court requesting time to surrender and had come to India to join the probe. Moreover, this is the fifth arrest in this case, and the other four are in judicial custody.

INDIA – Alwar Court Awarded Death Sentence To The Accused For Rape, Murder Of Four-year-old Girl

The Alwar District Court on Thursday, June 13, 2019, handed down a death sentence to the accused in Rajasthan’s 2015 Behror rape and murder case registered under the Children’s Protection Against Sexual Crimes (POCSO) Act. The court ruled the judgment calling the case “the rarest of the rare” crimes, said special prosecutor Vinod Kumar Sharma. The case had triggered significant outrage among the individuals of the region who requested a death penalty for the heinous crime at the moment of the incident. The court had sentenced Rajkumar under section 363 (kidnapping), sentencing him to life imprisonment under section 376 (rape), and section 302 (murder) under the IPC POCSO Act.

AUSTRALIA – Australia’s Refugee Policy Is Out Of Line With Worldwide Norms And Breaches International Law: Report

A significant study centre on global refugee legislation has discovered that the government needs to take several measures to bring Australia’s refugee policy into line with other nations around the globe and to fulfil its global commitments. Center Director Professor Jane McAdam said “Australia violates many of our global commitments and is really out of step with what other comparable countries are doing,” “Everyone has the right to seek asylum. As a matter of international law, individuals who come here in search of safety have not breached the law. Australia is effectively violating the law by not protecting individuals when they need it.” She added.

INDIA – Unlawful Purchase Of Govt Land: SC Agrees To Hear Maharashtra MLC’s Plea Against HC on June 14 (Today)

On June 13, the Supreme Court (SC) decided to hear on June 14 a plea by Maharashtra MLC Dhananjay Munde against the Bombay High Court (HC) ordering the registration of a case against him in an alleged illegal acquisition of government land case. The order of the high court was enacted on June 11 by a division bench on a complaint lodged by one Rajabhau Phad, who claimed that the said land belonging to the state was bought and provided as a donation to the Belkhandi Math in Beed. According to law, the land cannot be transferred without authorization from the government, the original petition had said.

INDIA – Lawyer Files Petition In SC Seeking For Fresh Lok Sabha Polls Through Ballot paper

A new petition was lodged at the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday, June 13, 2019, by lawyer M.L Sharma requesting an urgent hearing and direction to conduct new Lok Sabha polls by ballot. The petitioner claimed that the elections could only be held by vote as per the 1951 People’s Representation Act. He requested cancellation of lately held Lok Sabha polls.

DUBAI – Unlawful Vehicle Lift Drivers In Dubai Deported

Twenty (20) Dubai drivers providing illegal vehicle lift services were deported and 60 cars impounded following a month-long inspection campaign by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). “The campaign, which lasted more than a month, targeted labourers and tourist regions in the Emirates and resulted in the reporting of 306 offences for unlicensed passenger transport operations,” said Mohammad Walid Nabhan, Director of Passenger Transport Activity Monitoring at the Public Transport Agency of RTA. Repeat offenders or drivers caught providing illegal passenger transport for more than three offences are deported by law while cars are automatically impounded.

INDIA – Indiabulls Housing Finance Shares Rise 8%, Writ Petition For Misappropriating Rs 98,000 Withdrawn

Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd. said a written petition alleging financial misdeeds against the mortgage lender had been withdrawn on Thursday (June 13), sending shares nearly 8% higher. A criminal writ petition lodged in the Supreme Court on Monday claimed that some ₹98,000 crore ($14 billion) had been siphoned out of business by senior authorities using a web of shell companies. The firm said the petitioner had admitted in court on Wednesday that the petition was wrong in nature and that afterwards, he would approach the court after it had been corrected.

SOUTH AFRICA – Swiss Court Rejects IAAF Demand To Repose Testosterone Rules Against Caster

Lawyers for South African track star Caster Semenya claim Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court rejected the IAAF’s urgent application to be permitted to re-impose its eligibility laws on her instantly. In an order given on Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Switzerland upheld its previous order taken on May 31 in favour of Semenya. The IAAF and Athletics South Africa have until June 25 to make submissions to the court on Semenya’s request that the IAAF rules be suspended throughout the appeal proceedings. “The IAAF regulations against Caster remain suspended until the Supreme Court decides on this petition,” read the declaration.

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