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INDIA – Modi Government Determined On Making RTI Extinct Law: UPA Chairperson

Chairman of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Sonia Gandhi, slammed the Modi government on amending the RTI Act and said the government is pushing the historic law to extinction. Sonia Gandhi released a declaration on Tuesday (July 23, 2019), saying, “It is of utmost interest that the Central Government is hell-bent on totally subverting the 2005 Historic Right to Information (RTI) Act, which is now on the verge of extinction, prepared after comprehensive consultations and adopted unanimously by Parliament.” Other parties like Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also initiated protests against the proposal on Monday (July 22, 2019), not just in Congress.

INDIA – India’s Top Court To Rule On The Displacement Of Millions Of Forest Dwellers

India’s top court on Wednesday (July 24, 2019) resumes hearing a case against millions of forest residents and indigenous people facing eviction under federal law that conservationists say wildlife is hurting and causing deforestation. In February, the Supreme Court released an order to remove forest dwellers in 21 countries where nearly 2 million land claims were dismissed under the 2006 Forest Rights Act (FRA), each possibly representing a household. The court later delayed its order to give more time to the states to determine the land claims that were dismissed.

USA – Lawyers Seek 10-Years Rather Than Life Imprisonment For Pipe Bomb Mailer

Lawyers for a Florida man who mailed crudely made pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump weeks before mid-term elections say he should spend no more than 10-years and a month in prison. In papers filed on Monday (July 22 2019), the defenders of Cesar Sayoc cited a FBI report released last week saying the devices wouldn’t have worked. The attorneys claim they were intended as hoaxes and no one was harmed. However, in court papers, prosecutors countered that Sayoc should receive life in prison to adequately prevent domestic terrorism acts aimed at silencing and intimidating government officials.

 

INDIA – Indian Banks Pulled Up For ‘Collusion’ With The Real Estate Company By The Top Court

India’s top court on Tuesday (July 22 2019) said several banks collaborated with Amrapali Developers, one of India’s biggest real estate companies, in misappropriating loans for housing projects. The Supreme Court criticized lenders for failing to monitor the company’s end-use of loans, one of several developers in India after a decade-long building boom to hit economic difficulty in the latest years. It also said the promoters had also diverted loans taken from banks to improve their private assets.

 

INDIA – West Bengal State Lawyers To Boycott HC Judge Over “Political Remarks”

The political battle between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP in West Bengal cast a rare and ominous shadow on Monday’s judiciary, with state-impaneled lawyers at the Calcutta High Court (HC) telling Samapti Chattopadhyay that they won’t attend her court. The State lawyers are allegedly dissatisfied with some of Justice Sumapti Chattopadhyay’s “political observations” while hearing key cases on civic bodies. As development news spread, over 100 Calcutta High Court lawyers condemned the judgment in a letter to the Chief Justice. Opposition parties also slammed the decision of state attorneys. “The whole nation can see how Bengal’s democracy and the judiciary are being demolished,” said BJP leader Jaidip Majumdar.

 

USA – The United States Extends The Authority To Deport Migrants Without Going To Court

The U.S. government is introducing a fresh method of rapid deportation that will bypass immigration courts. Under the new rules, migrants who have not been in the U.S. for more than two years can be deported instantly. Until now, only those detained close the frontier which had been in the U.S. for less than two weeks could be subject to expedited deportations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims it is going to contest the court policy. It is anticipated that the new rule will be enacted immediately after it is published on Tuesday (July 23, 2019).

 

INDIA – SC Reserves The Verdict On Plea Challenging Devendra Fadnavis’ Election

On Tuesday (July 23, 2019), the Supreme Court reserved a verdict on a plea seeking annulment of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ election to the State Assembly on the supposed concealment in the election documents of criminal cases against him. A court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and consisting of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose reserved the judgment after senior advocates Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Fadnavis, and Vivek Tankha, appearing for the petitioner, Satish Ukey, concluded their presentations. In 1996 and 1998, the two cases of alleged cheating and falsification were filed against Fadnavis, but charges were not framed.

 

INDIA – Anti-Sikh Riots: SC Gives Bail To 34 Individuals

On Tuesday (July 23 2019), the Supreme Court granted bail to Thirty-Four (34) persons convicted by the Delhi High Court (HC) and the trial court at the same time and sentenced to five years in prison for rioting and arson during the anti-Sikh riots in Trilokpuri area in 1984. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the court that the petition of the government requesting review of a previous judgment by quashing concurrent convictions of seven people in the event of anti-Sikh riots was pending too and it would not be reasonable to give bail to these 34 convicts, as well.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – UK Lawyers With No-Deal Brexit Might Be Forced Out Of EU Courts

UK lawyers with profitable careers in EU law are struggling to save their jobs after the bloc’s top judiciary warned that a Brexit no-deal would prevent them from representing clients. In an April letter, a senior official at the European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg encouraged lawyers to discover methods to prevent the destiny of British judges in the two tribunals of the institution, who face being frozen out because of the UK’s choice to leave the EU.  Belgian professional organizations are saying that they are looking for alternatives. This year’s Brexit law provides an extension and enables lawyers to hold on to their freedoms if the UK leaves the EU until December 2020 without an agreement.

 

INDIA – Farmer Plea In The Supreme Court To Ban Unlawful Slaughtering Of Cows

The Supreme Court asked the central government and all States and territories of the Union to respond to a plea seeking a directive to stop the killing of “critically endangered cow progeny species with immediate effect.” A judges’ bench, Arun Mishra and M.R. On Monday (July 22, 2019), Shah issued notices regarding the appeal lodged by Mathala Chandrapati Rao. After recording a Center undertaking and state governments that were taking efficient and coordinated measures to avoid illegally slaughtering cows, the NGT had disposed of the issue.

 

INDIA – Patna High Court Orders The Inquiry Of BCA Malpractice

On Tuesday (July 23, 2019) Patna High Court asked the state police to investigate a sting operation in which members of the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) and selectors were caught on camera stating they could manipulate selection in return for money, advocate Jagnnath Singh said. Speaking to IANS, Secretary Aditya Verma of the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) welcomed the judgment of the court as it ensured that the matter will now be urgently investigated and those charged will be punished. Verma also ruled that, despite asking for assistance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Administrators Committee (CoA), they did not look into the Bachelor in Computer Application’s (BCA) corruption issues.

 

FRANCE – The French Court Dismisses Activists’ Appeal Against Total’s Gas Power Plant

A French court dismissed an appeal by militants against the scheduled 440 megawatts (MW) capability of Total Landivisiau gas-fired combined cycle power plant in northwestern France’s Bretagne area. The project, which Total took over after acquiring French alternative energy supplier Direct Energie in the amount of $1.7 billion, is more than two years behind schedule due to numerous court appeals by activists attempting to prevent the project. Late on Monday (July 22, 2019), judges at the Nantes Administrative Court of Appeal said the project was not a danger to the environment, nor was it located on a protected natural area.

 

INDIA – Ahmed Patel Penalized Over Plea To Make CD Of Statements By MLAs

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday (July 23, 2019) imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on Congress leader Ahmed Patel after his lawyer attempted to allow a witness to produce a CD of statements made by the party MLAs before the 2017 Rajya Sabha election. Imposing the fine, Justice Bela Trivedi said that the court had previously dismissed his lawyer’s application and that making the same request was “misuse of the law system in the case of respondent No 1 (Patel).” “The request is therefore dismissed at the cost of Rs 5,000 to be deposited by respondent No.1 on the next hearing date that the court may fix,” the judge said in the order.

 

INDIA – Chandigarh’s Furnish Document To Show That Is A Common Capital: HC To Punjab and Haryana

The High Court (HC) here asked Punjab and Haryana to furnish documents to establish that their common capital is Chandigarh. A Punjab and Haryana HC division bench was hearing a petition on Monday (July 22, 2019) from a lawyer who is a resident of Chandigarh. The petitioner, Phool Singh, requested reservations for recruitment in the Punjab and Haryana Superior Judicial Services because he was a Scheduled Caste applicant in Chandigarh, the common capital of both states. Before the high court, the petitioner had presented that he was deemed in the two states as a general category candidate and was unable to apply under the reserved category as he resides in Chandigarh.

 

DUBAI – Know The Law: Employers Cannot Refuse Annual Leave Wage In The UAE

If you are hired by an employer-based in the UAE mainland and are therefore subject to the provisions of Federal Law No. (8) of 1980 governing employment relations in the UAE (the ‘Employment Law’). You are entitled to 30 days of annual leave upon completion of one year’s jobs with your employer. This is in accordance with Article 75 of the Employment Law, which says: “An employee shall be entitled to an annual leave of no less than: two days a month in which the period of service of the employee is more than six months but less than one year or 30 days a year in which the period of service of the employee is more than one year.”

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