INDIA – Ex-Union Minister Seeks Document in a Bombay HC Suit by 63 Moons Technologies
Former Union Finance Minister, P Chidambaram, faced with a summons from the High Court of Bombay in a suit demanding Rs 10,000 crore in damages filed by 63 moons Technologies, requested a copy of the complaint and other relevant documents from the company. It claimed that the firm faced ongoing “targeted and malafide measures” following the “engineered default payment crisis” in one of its subsidiaries, National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL). It also claimed that no cash trail reached NSEL, 63 moons, and its founder, Jignesh Shah, had been found by various organizations.
INDIA – Human Embryo Smuggling: Bombay HC Rejects the Request for the Return of the Malaysian National Passport
On 9 August, Bombay High Court dismissed Malaysian national Partheban Duraia’s plea seeking the return of his passport. The Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) detained Durai on 15 March 2019 and took his passport with Rs 30,000 while releasing him on bail in connection with an alleged human embryo smuggling racket. Justice SS Shinde said that his presence in India is essential in terms of the seriousness of the alleged offence. The DRI also stated that it was to bring human embryos to a clinic in Bandra (West) and that the policemen investigating the case discovered “four documents related to the investigation” at the clinic.
INDIA – Ayodhya Dispute: Sanskrit Inscription Points To The Temple Of Vishnu, Believed To Have Been Built By King Govinda Chandra; Ram Lalla’s Lawyer
Connecting the dots in the Ayodhya title case, the lawyers representing Lord Ram presented to the Supreme Court on Tuesday (August 21, 2019) the evidence that a temple existed at the site before the building of the Babri Masjid in the 16th century. The proof was a stone slab with an inscription in Sanskrit dating back to the 12th century. The inscription spoke of a Vishnu temple on the site, believed to be built by King Govinda Chandra, ruler of Saket Mandala. Ayodhya was the capital of Mandala Saket. Vaidyanathan claimed that the Muslim parties had not questioned the meaning or authenticity of the inscription before the High Courts. The only issue was whether it had been recovered from the disputed site. ASI is currently in custody with the necessary evidence to authenticate this.
USA – Marshall Police Department Cracking Down On Leash Law in The Run-Up To The New School Year
Marshall Police Department is cracking down on dog leash enforcement in the city before the new school year begins. “Our biggest concern is that school is about to begin; we don’t want any child to be bitten,” said Cliff Carruth, Marshall Police Chief. “Last year, we had a couple of complaints about dogs chasing kids as they were dogs chasing children as attempting to get to the bus or back, so we’re doing to get to the bus or back, so we’re doing everything we can to prevent that.” Animal control officials said that there would be an increase in citations to deal with the issue.
INDIA- SC Issues Notification to DLF, SEBI not Disclosing Key Information in QIP
India’s largest real-estate developer, DLF, has once again been put on the dock to suppress material information from shareholders. The Supreme Court issued a notice to the company based on of a petition underlining how DLF had contained vital information concerning judicial proceedings against its biggest chunk of the land bank in Haryana. BusinessLine saw a copy of the petition and the SC order to issue a notice. SEBI was also given notice, which is also party to the case. DLF and SEBI did not respond to the query via email sent to them twice on the matter.
INDIA – Pre-registration of H-1B Applications Is Probable To Take Place From Next April
The new electronic pre-registration requirement for H-IB applications is likely to begin in April 2020. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OBM) for a new rule that will allow the Agency to add electronic registration fees for H-1B applications. In the first few days of April of each year, the USCIS opens a window for filing requests for H-1B caps. Due to the enormous amount of applications, the annual quota of 85,000 (including the Masters’cap quota of 20,000) is encountered within a few days.
USA – Inadequate Water and Feed Prompted the Search for the Winchester Zoo
Inadequate water was the primary reason why nearly 120 exotic and agricultural animals were seized from Wilson’s Wild Animal Park last week. A search warrant affidavit filed by Spotsylvania County Animal Control Officer Richard Samuels details the reasons Winchester Park was searched by multiple law enforcement agencies to investigate claims of potential animal cruelty. Samuels went to Wilson’s Wild Animal Park at 985 West Parkins Mill Road at 2:30 p.m. While there, Samuels saw a white Bengal tiger in an enclosure with no water and minimal shade. According to the affidavit, the tiger was panting, and the current temperature was 83 degrees but felt like 88 degrees.
INDIA – Thousands of Dalits Hit the Streets of Delhi against the Destruction of Ravidas Mandir
The stretch between Jhandewalan and Ramlila Maidan in central Delhi turned into a blue sea as thousands of Dalits from different parts of the country hit the streets of the city on Wednesday (August 21, 2019) to protest the recent demolition of Ravidas Mandir in the national capital. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had destroyed the temple on 10 August on the orders of the Supreme Court. Equipped with blue caps and flags, demonstrators of all ages marched from Ambedkar Bhawan in Jhandewalan to Ramlila Maidan. Due to this, traffic has been affected in some parts of the city.
INDIA – Cop Challenges Charges Against Unnao Teen’s Father’s Death In The High Court Of Delhi
The Uttar Pradesh Police constable approached the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, challenging the framing of charges against him for the alleged murder of Unnao’s rape survivor’s father, and framing him in the case of illegal arms possession. Constable Amir Khan, in his plea, claimed that the court had “wrongly” brought the two cases together, as one was a triable session and the other was a triable magisterial case. The court on 13 August charged BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar and nine others of for murder, criminal intimidation, wrongful restraint, criminal conspiracy and false evidence under the Arms Act.
USA – National City Steps Further to Restricting Animal Sales At Pet Stores
National City has gone one step further than a state mandate to restrict the sale of animals within its city limits. The National City Council voted Tuesday (August 20, 2019) 4-1 to ban retail pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits. The goal, according to the city, is to close the loopholes in Assembly Bill 485. The only dissenting vote was Vice Mayor Ron Morrison. AB 485 became law in January 2019 and limited pet stores from selling pets unless they were acquired from a government animal control agency or shelter, human society or rescue group.
INDIA – Bombay HC Has Four New Judges, Elevated Four Extra Kerala HC Judge
Four additional judges were appointed to the Bombay High Court, while three additional judges to the Kerala High Court were appointed as judges on Wednesday. Two separate Ministry of Law notifications said justices A G G Gharote, N B Suryawanshi, A S Kilor and Milind N Jadhav were appointed as additional judges of the Bombay High Court. While the sanctioned strength of the judges in the Bombay High Court is 94, it is currently working with 66 judges — a shortfall of 28. In another notice, justices Ashok Menon, Annie John, and Narayana Pisharadi R, who were extra judges, was elevated judges of the High Court of Kerala.
INDIA – Bombay High Court Stalls BMC from the Acquisition of Gaothans
On Tuesday, Bombay High Court temporarily restrained the BMC from acquiring or demolishing Gaothan lands or homes without due process of law. Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre heard a public interest dispute between the Bombay East Indian Association and activist Nicholas Almeida that the BMC failed to identify several Gaothans in Development Plan 2034 despite representations from petitioners and others. Subsequently, when the amended DP was finalized, the petitioners noted that their submissions were not considered. The association has asked the authorities to consider representations to mark omitted Gaothans in the DP and not to treat them as slums.
USA – Trump Administration Announces Plans That Would Allow It to Detain Undocumented Children Permanently
The Trump administration said Wednesday (August 22, 2019) that they were taking steps that would allow undocumented children to be detained indefinitely with their families while their immigration cases were pending. The move, which officials of the Department of Homeland Security expect to be challenged in the federal court, would put an end to a 20-day limitation on the detaining of children and families. The deadline for the settlement of the class-action lawsuit in 1997 and the administration said that it led to a boom in adults bringing children when they entered the US illegally.
INDIA – Bombay High Court Clears the Decks for Jio to Be an IT Giant
The decks were cleared to make Reliance Jio an IT giant, at least in Maharashtra. This follows on from the confirmation by the High Court of Bombay upheld the legality of the contract given to Jio to provide high-speed Internet facilities to the Government of Maharashtra and to all its organizations and to all its projects. In return, the government decided to grant ‘ waivers ‘ to Jio for laying down its cables without obtaining permission from local authorities. As per this prize, Jio would also be free to use any public office – houses, schools or hospitals, etc. –to enhance its connectivity. The bench of Justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel, while dismissing a plea lodged by Bharati Airtel, which opposed the transfer of the contract to Jio.
CANADA – The Government of Canada has provided very limited consular services to ‘Jihadi Jack’
Canada has provided restricted consular services to Canadians arrested in Syria, including accused ISIS fighter ‘ Jihadi Jack ‘ Letts, CTV News has learned. Letts, a former dual Canadian-British citizen who had recently revoked his British nationality, has been held in a Kurdish prison for two years after going to Syria at the age of 18 in 2014 and passing through ISIS-held territory. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that consular services cannot be provided to Canadian citizens in Syria because of “an undue risk in this dangerous part of the world.”
INDIA – Woman Falsely Accuses the Husband of Raping Daughter, Madras HC Is Taking Action against Her
On Tuesday (August 20, 2019), the High Court of Madras ordered action against a woman under the Child Protection Act (POCSO) for falsely accusing her husband of raping her daughter. Justice Anand Venkatesh quashed all charges against the accused father and warned that this decision would be a lesson to those who are attempting to misuse the Act. In 2018, the woman alleged that the father had raped and impregnated the 11-year-old girl. She also claimed that the pregnancy ended with the use of ‘ native medicine. ‘Based on a complaint from her, a case has been brought for an offence under Section 6 of the POCSO Act.
INDIA – Delhi High Court Judge that Denied the Anticipatory Bail to Chidambaram is Scheduled to Retire In 2 Days
The High Court of Delhi, which, in the INX media case, denied anticipatory bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, is set to retire on Friday. Justice Sunil Gaur dismissed Chidambaram’s request for protection from detention on Tuesday, saying that’ the facts of the situation, at first sight, reveal that the petitioner is the Kingpin, the main conspirator. ‘ The CBI is investigating Chidambaram in the INX Media case, which is registered on 15 May 2017, alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance given to the media group for obtaining Rs 305 crore foreign funds in 2007 during its tenure as finance minister.
CANADA – Deportation of a Former Child Refugee, Violation of International Law: Canadian Human Rights Lawyer
As a former child refugee from Somalia fights deportation to a nation where his followers claim that he is facing certain death, a human rights lawyer claims that Canada should consider its dedication to international law before choosing the fate of a man. Abdilahi Elmi came to Canada from Somalia in 1994 at the age of 10 and was granted refugee status before entering the foster care system at the age of 13. He had never been granted citizenship, and in June the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) decided that his criminal record warranted his deportation. CBSA could send the 34-year-old Edmonton man back to Somalia before the end of the month.
DUBAI – Dubai Schools Can’t Suspend Students over Unpaid Fees
Schools in Dubai are not permitted to suspend or prohibit students from taking final exams if their parents have paid school charges, a senior official has repeated. “Schools have the right to receive fees in exchange for the education given. However, as per the laws, colleges are not permitted to prevent students from finishing their academic year or taking part in examinations due to non-payment of charges,” said Amal Belhasa, CEO of Knowledge and Human Development Policies at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority. It’s a policy that Iram Shehzadi, an Indian expatriate, had first-hand come up against when she and her husband lost their employment and could no longer pay college charges to their seven-year-old daughter.
UNITED KINGDOM – Northampton University, KU is Likely to Create a UK Qualifying Law Degree
A two-member delegation from the University of Northampton, United Kingdom, visited Karachi University on Tuesday (August 20, 2019) to discuss possibilities for collaboration in the field of law between the two universities. VC Northampton University Professor Nick Petford stated that the British University is willing to partner with Pakistani universities for the advancement of studies and the promotion of law. Visitors shared that it would be possible for learners to go to the UK to finish the remaining portion of their degree program after completing their original studies at the university. They also argued that this degree would be acceptable in both Pakistan and England.