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INDIA – What Is CAATSA Law And Its Implications After India-Russia Missile Deal?

Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar is on an official trip to the United States, where he has vigorously defended India’s right to purchase the S-400 missile weapon system from Russia despite the risk of sanctions from the United States. Experts from the US region said that the S-400 missile deal could attract sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries through the Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that restricts defense purchases from Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Implications on the purchase of India’s weapons- If CAATSA goes into effect, it will directly influence the acquisition of weapons from Russia by India. India has already signed an agreement on the S-400 air defense system. Some other projects, such as the 1135.6 frigates and the Ka226 T helicopters, will also come under the US scanner. CAATSA may have an effect on joint defense projects between India and Russia. Three India-Russia Joint Projects are Brahmos Aerospace, Indo Russian Aviation Ltd, and Multi-Role Transport Aircraft. Indian manufacturers typically import spare parts from different Russian companies for defense equipment. Raw materials, components, spare parts, and research products will also affect CAATSA.

INDIA – Delhi High Court has Directed The Delhi Government to Appoint  a Law Officer In Every Jail Within 12 Weeks

The Delhi High Court has passed an order to the Delhi Government to appoint a law officer in every prison in the capital within 12 weeks to ensure that each prisoner receives timely and free legal assistance. As Advocate Amit Sahni plea, there are 16 jails in Delhi — nine in the Tihar prison complex, one in the Rohini prison complex, and six in the Mandol prison complex. Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar have issued a ruling after Standing Counsel (Criminal) Rahul Mehra and Additional Standing Counsel Gautam Narayan, appearing for the Delhi Government, have argued that measures for the formation of law officers for each prison are underway. The plea argued that Delhi’s prisons are overcrowded and that a law officer for each prison would result in better administration.

INDIA – SC Upholds The SC / ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, Stated That Can’t Presume Dalits, Tribals May Misuse The Law

The Supreme Court is likely to uphold the Government’s amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The top court argued, “We will not dilute the provisions to the Act, and the law should be as it was.” These comments were made by Justice Arun Mishra as the Supreme Court reserved its order on petitions challenging amendments. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court held that the directions in the earlier verdict could prolong the investigation of cases under the Act. The Supreme court also expressed displeasure with another direction that called for the approval of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) before the arrest of a private individual under the Act.

USA – The U.S. Federal Judge Temporarily Prohibits Abortion In Georgia Law

On Tuesday (October 1, 2019), a U.S. federal judge temporarily blocked Georgia’s restrictive new abortion law from coming into force, under the direction of other judges who blocked similar measures in other states. The law signed in May by Republican Governor Brian Kemp forbids abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, which can start as early as six weeks into conception before many women realize they are expecting it. It enables for limited exceptions. It was set to become enforceable on 1 January. Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and the Coalition for Reproductive Rights filed a constitutional challenge in June on behalf of Georgia abortion providers and the advocacy group.

INDIA – Karnataka Government Says No To Lifting Night Traffic Ban At Tiger reserve in Bandipur

The Karnataka Government will not allow the lifting of the night traffic ban in Bandipur National Park’s primary tiger habitat. On Wednesday (October 3, 2019), Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said, “I cannot go against the order of the court. The court ordered that no vehicles be permitted in the forest area of Bandipur at night. Even Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi joined the protests of groups seeking a relaxation of the ban. Rahul Gandhi also met with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss the matter with him. The existing night traffic ban has been in place since 2009, and, in March 2018, the National Tiger Conservation Authority also cautioned the Center against the High Corridor Project as this could have a detrimental effect on the forest ecology of a significant tiger population.

CANADA – About 50% Of Canadian Businesses Will Switch To Alternative Legal Service Providers Within 5 Years

Approximately 52% of corporate Canada either already uses alternative legal service providers to support litigation or they’ll do that in the next five years. This is according to an international survey by Thomson Reuters, which assessed the acceptance of legal services offered by accounting firms, outsourcing and recruitment firms, and technology companies. The report which looked at the U.S., U.K., And Canada has found that revenue for ALSPs is that, and growth has already exceeded 2021 estimates for litigation aid, legal research, document review, and e-discovery.

INDIA – PSA Arrests Amount To ‘ Thought Crime, ‘ Say Kashmir Lawyers As 100s Remain Under Detention

The Jammu and Kashmir Government have invoked the Public Safety Act against hundreds of people across the state to justify preventive detention. Nevertheless, the documents compiled under the PSA, also known as the grounds for detention, show that people have been arrested for suspected crimes in the past. Lawyers here note that most of the people charged under the PSA have been arrested on the grounds of “possibly disturbing public order” in compliance with Section 3 of the Act, which Amnesty International has described as “lawless law.” According to the lawyers, this can amount to “thinking” offenses. Relatives of people arrested under the law and moved to jails outside the state say they didn’t receive any details about their whereabouts.

INDIA – Justice Gita Mittal Says, Efforts On To Connect Prison With Courts Through Video Link In J&K

The High Court Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir Justice Gita Mittal said that efforts are being made to link all state prisons to the courts through videoconferencing to ensure speedy justice for prisoners. She announced that the meeting of lawyers with their clients in jails would take place on the eve of the hearing of their cases and said that the priority was on the clearing of pending lawsuits. “Prisoners should not be deprived of rights and services. Our efforts should be to reduce their problems and remove barriers to speedy justice,” Justice Mittal said while speaking at the Amphalla District Jail on 2 October. The event was arranged by the prison department to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi as part of his efforts to spread his message.

CANADA – The Faculty Of Law Of The University Of Windsor Has Opened A Class Action Clinic

The Law Faculty of the University of Windsor has opened a Class Action Clinic through the start-up of funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The clinic, which the faculty claims to be the first of its kind in North America, provides the class members with concise guidance, assistance in filing claims in mediation processes, and representation in court proceedings, according to a statement. Located in Windsor Hall in downtown Windsor, the clinic is also committed to increasing awareness of class actions through public education, outreach, and research. Due to the regional nature of class action lawsuits, the clinic also delivers its services online, through telephone and video conferencing, apart from in-person meetings in the Windsor Essex area.

INDIA – MSME Council To Help Solve The Bizmen’s Payment Disputes

The MSME (micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises) Facilitation Council — constituted to settle payments-related business disputes — is proving to be beneficial for industrialists. In the case of defaults of payment and other conflicts, instead of filing a case with the police or a court of law, businesses can now take the matter up with the board, where the matter can be settled in a time-bound manner, without employing experts such as lawyers and without paying any charges. On Tuesday (October 1, 2019), a council meeting was held in the city, and cases to the tune of Rs51 Lakh were settled. Also, 37 cases for conciliation hearings and 26 cases for mediation were included for consideration at the meeting Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Neeru Katyal Gupta, who presided over the meeting on Tuesday, said, “As of November last year, 84 cases of Rs12 crore have already been resolved by the Council.

INDIA – Delhi High Court Judicial Revised Result 2019 Declared @delhihighcourt.nic.in

Delhi High Court has informed the Delhi Judicial Service Exam 2019 Revised Result on its official website. All applicants who have taken part in the Delhi High Court Judiciary Exam may check their revised results on the Delhi High Court official website-delhihighcourt.nic.in. Qualified candidates will appear for the 2019 Delhi High Court Judicial Service Mains Exam. Delhi High Court Judicial Service Revised Result 2019 Download Process involves visiting its official website, i.e., delhihighcourt.nic.in. Go to the Home Page Notice page. Click on the link Revised list of candidates Shortlisted for Delhi Judicial Service Main Examination (Written)-2019 in the Home Page. Click on the link Revised Full Result of the Delhi Judicial Service Preliminary Examination-2019 conducted on 22-09-2019 on the home page. The New Window will open where you get the PDF of the results you need. Take Print Out of your result and save your copy for future reference.

CANADA – Through March 2020, Legal Aid Ontario to Pay Refugee, Immigration Certificates

Legal Aid Ontario announced on October 2 that it plans to make fees on refugee and immigrant certificates up to and including March 31, 2020. The announcement is an update after the federal government announced on August 12 that it would provide LAO with a one-time $25.7 million in immigration and refugee services. At that point, LAO projected that the funding would be available for the rest of the fiscal year. The organization said that the hearings of the Refugee Protection Division will no longer be subject to scheduling restrictions, and “planning permits will be available after an application has been submitted to the Immigration and Refugee Board and when lawyers need to begin work on preparation.”

INDIA – Revaluation Of Judicial Services Exam; Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court held options given in response keys to nine questions in the recent Delhi Judicial Services Preliminary Exam as “erroneous” and ordered its Registrar General to carry out a reassessment. Acting on the petitions of some candidates, the Courts of Justice S Muralidhar and Talwant Singh noted that each wrong answer had a negative mark of 0.25, “the prejudice to the petitioners would be substantial”. Accordingly, directed an additional list of eligible candidates was therefore drawn up for the mains exam following the re-evaluation and posted on the court’s website by 6:00 p.m. on Friday (October 4, 2019). The court also stated the results of 353 candidates who are scheduled to appear in the mains examinations on 12 and 13 October should be left undisturbed.

IRELAND – High Court Ruled Northern Ireland Abortion Law Violates Human Rights

Northern Ireland’s near-blanket abortion ban violates UK human rights obligations, ruled the High Court in Belfast. The decision was taken on Thursday following a case brought by Sarah Ewart, 29, who was refused termination in 2013 despite a scan showing that the baby she was carrying would not survive. She traveled to an abortion clinic in London and, on her return to Northern Ireland, started a six-year legal battle to change the law for other women. Ewart accepted the decision. “Our abortion law has brought too many women in Northern Ireland to unnecessary pain,” she said.

INDIA – The Bombay High Court told Civic Authorities, “Use Human Not Artificial Intelligence”

On Thursday (October 3, 2019), the Bombay High Court ordered the Maharashtra government and civic authorities to use “human intelligence instead of artificial intelligence” to keep a watch on illegal constructions. The division bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre has been told that the government has launched satellite images in major cities in the state to track illegal constructions. According to the department, the Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping has been phased-in in 170 districts or cities in the state. The bench then said that instead of spending so much money on artificial intelligence, the authorities might make use of human information.

INDIA – PMC Bank Account Holders Filed A PIL In Bombay HC Lift Restrictions On Withdrawal

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed seeking relief from the RBI withdrawal limit of Rs 10,000 in the Punjab and Maharashtra (PMC) Co-operative Bank. The PIL was filed by a Mumbai-based NGO, Consumer Action Network (CAN), together with nine PMC bank account holders bearing the brunt of the recently passed Reserve Bank of India (RBI) order. The petitioners are Thane and Mumbai account holders who serve as lawyers, chartered accountants, activists. The petition seeks to ensure that the court intervenes in the case of a violation of fundamental rights by providing appropriate relief. The petition seeks to establish an RBI committee consisting of experts from finance, audit, accounting, and technology from any other financial department, so that situations of misappropriation of public funds can be immediately identified and prompt action can be taken.

INDIA – Bombay HC Grants Bail To The Notorious Nilesh G Gangster

The High Court of Bombay granted bail to the notorious gangster Nilesh Bansilal Ghaiwal (35) in connection with a dacoity case lodged in the Koregaon Park Police Station. The court has found contradictions in the testimony of witnesses as well as in the non-cognizable (NC) report and FIR, which was filed three days after the incident. Ghaiwal was summoned to Koregoan Park Police on 11 November 2017, following a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Corporator Vivek Yadav for allegedly landing at his café with 15-20 gang members and a dangerous weapon, and unleashing terror on the premises by assaulting an employee known as Vicky Ravani.

INDIA – Madras HC Has Granted Permission To Erect Banners For The Visit Of Chinese President Xi Jinping

On Thursday (October 3, 2019), the High Court of Madras granted permission to build banners from Chennai Airport to Mahabalipuram, on behalf of the Center and the Government of Tamil Nadu, to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xi Jinping will attend an informal summit to be held in the coastal town from 11 to 13 October. The High Court said that permission is not necessary since the ban on flex boards is only applicable to political parties. Nevertheless, the court made it clear that banners should not cause any inconvenience to commuters. Justice M.Sathyanarayan and Sesashaye heard the case referred to by the Tamil Nadu Government.

INDIA – Cannot Compensate The Victim Of An Accident In Installments: The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has put a brake on the order of the High Court of Madras, which ruled that the victims of a car accident in Tamil Nadu must receive compensation in periodic installments instead of a lump sum. The new system, the first of its kind in the world, was challenged by a group of Chennai lawyers called the Law Association. It found fault with the order of August 14, 2019, in which it implemented a law extraneous to the Motor Vehicles Act and the rules set out therein.

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