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INDIA – Cornell Law School has Launched The Indian Law Center

Cornell Law School opened its Cornell India Law Center on 26 September with a lecture by Richard Verma, Vice-chairman, and Partner of the Asian Group and ex-U.S. Ambassador to India. According to Verma, he served as an ambassador from 2015-17, the new center came at a critical moment. “If there was a time when a center like this was required,” he said, “it is now.” Cornell India Law Center is aimed at promoting the study of Indian law and policy at the U.S. Legal Academy and to fostering international collaborations among legal scholars. Guided by a respected advisory board and associate professors from law schools in the U.S. and India, the center will provide programming, including a series of speakers, seminars, and a visiting scholarship program. He ended by addressing the current and prospective lawyers in the room.

INDIA – Lawyer Moves HC Against The Upper Age Limit For Post-Exam Of Civil Judges

A Trichy-based lawyer approached the High Court of Madras challenging a rule of 27 years as the upper age limit for new law graduates to apply for a civil judge post-examination by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC). T Ravichandran, who completed a law degree in November 2017 and is now 37 years old, wanted the court to order the TNPSC either to reduce the upper age limit for newcomers or to make three-year experience compulsory for other candidates. Admitting the plea, the first bench of acting Chief Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice C Saravanan directed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Bar Council and the Registrar General of the High Court to file their reply by 21 October. According to the candidate, the rules stipulate that there is only a minimum age limit for admission to law courses and that there is no upper age limit in specific categories.

The Indian Anti-Crypto Law Don’t Allow The Indian Police To Move Seized Crypto

In an article published by Times of India on October 3, Pune cyber police clarified that the value of 244 cryptocurrency units ($1.2 million) had been blocked in the bank account of the company Discidium Internet which had been hired by the police to turn the confiscated crypto units into rupees. Cyber Police Chief Inspector Jairam Paygude told  the Court that the Central Bank of India was unable to transfer the money to the State Bank of India’s Pune treasury branch as the Discidium Internet account had been frozen by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Discidium Internet challenges the validity of the RBI order, which bans trading in virtual currencies and has asked the RBI to instruct the Central Bank of India to unfreeze the account. Cointelegraph previously reported that the Indian draft “Banning of Cryptocurrency and Control of Official Digital Currency Bill 2019,” which imposes a 10-year prison sentence for anyone who “mines, produces, keeps, sells, disposes of, issues or deals in cryptocurrencies,” has already prompted local crypto-businesses to take preventive measures.

INDIA – Madras HC Ruled Private Engineering Colleges Can Have The Original Certificates Of Their Staff

A single-member bench of the High Court of Madras recently ruled that private engineering colleges are entitled to have their staff’s original education certificates in their custody. The court acknowledged the claims of private colleges that the staff can suddenly leave the job unless the managements have the original certificates. Nevertheless, labor rights experts are concerned that the court may inadvertently have provided a supporting ground for a kind of bonded labor even in the organized sector. If the same rationale is recognized, private companies in other sectors, too, can start demanding original certificates from their employees. Such a trend could be chaos for the career freedom that millions now enjoy.

USA – New York Law-Now Leaves 17-Year-Olds Out of Adult Legal System

New York takes most 17-year-olds with offenses out of the adult criminal justice system. The move is effective this month under the second part of the 2017 law that increased the criminal responsibility age to 18 in New York. New York was among the last states to automatically prosecute 16-and 17-year-olds as adults. Supporters say that incarcerating youth alongside adults is linked to higher suicide rates and increased recidivism. This year’s budget includes $200 million in funding for initiatives such as diversion services. Under the law, young people charged with misdemeanors would have their cases heard in family court hearings

INDIA -Police Station Staff Transferred Because Transparency Activist Dies In Rajasthan Police Custody

A democracy activist arrested along with two members of his extended family is said to have died in police custody in Balotra near here on Sunday after fighting between them over their ancestral property, the official said. Following the custodial death of 42-years-old activist Jagdish Goliyar, all Pachpadra Police Station officials have been transferred to District Police Station, said Barmer SP Sharad Chaudhary. The custodial death would be investigated by a judicial magistrate, the SP said. To determine the exact cause of the death of activist Jagdish Goliyar, a medical board will perform his autopsy on Monday under the supervision of a judicial magistrate, he added.

INDIA – Department Of Chandigarh Nods Sukhna As A Wetland

The UT Law Department has cleared the declaration of Sukhna as a wetland that will be the end of encroachment, industrial units, dumping, permanent structures and dumping of untreated effluent within 50 meters of the lake Confirming the establishment under the Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules of 2017, UT Chief Forest Conservator Debendra Dalai said that the Chandigarh Wetlands Authority had already agreed in July to declare Sukhna Lake a wetland. The Punjab governor and the UT administrator V P Singh Badnore led the proceedings of that meeting and referred the matter to the law department for notification. The draft notice will be released by next week to encourage complaints and feedback from the general public.

CANADA – Professor Hassan Diab, Battling In Court For Canadian Citizenship Certificate

Sociology professor Hassan Diab, who spent ten years fighting charges of terrorism, is now fighting at the court for a copy of his Canadian citizenship certificate. The 65-year-old Ottawa professor requests the Federal Court of Canada to hear his appeal for a replacement certificate after waiting 15 months for government officials to grant one. Diab, who was born in Lebanon, claims that the government has a public duty to replace it because he has been a Canadian citizen since 1993. In response to a request from France, the RCMP detained Diab in November 2008. The French authorities believed that he was involved in the 1980 bombing of the Paris Synagogue, which killed four people and injured hundreds of others, an accusation he has always denied.

INDIA – Collegium Picks Four Judges For Karnataka High Court, Snubs Government

Rejecting the request of the Center to recall the recommendation of the Supreme Court for the selection of four judges, including one allegedly for a connection with the land mafia and the underworld, the SC collegium has reiterated its preference of four lawyers to be named judges of the Karnataka High Court. The College believed that the claims against the lawyers involved were unverified and unfounded and did not comply with its recommendation It was echoed in the wake of the recent statement by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi of India that “interference in the process of administration of justice does not bode well for the institution.”

INDIA – New Pet Shop Laws: Plea Moved In Delhi High Court Challenging The Constitutionality

A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the constitutionality of the dog breeding and marketing rules, including mandatory registration, set out in the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) for operating a pet shop. The petition was first filed by the association of pet shop owners in the Supreme Court, which had ordered it to approach the High Court. In its appeal, the Pet Lovers Association sought directions from the court to declare as unconstitutional and ultra vires the clauses of the Constitution that made it compulsory for a pet shop to be licensed or registered. According to the rules, there was no need for a license or registration to operate a pet shop.

AUSTRALIA – Australia Might Be The First Nation To Legalize Ecstasy – Are They Going Too Far?

Matt Noffs said Andrew Barr, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, said he would consider changing drug laws beyond marijuana, including MDMA. Go on, admit it, you dream of controlling ecstasy, don’t you? Alex Wodak said Australia would be the first to take control of MDMA in this way, wouldn’t it? Do we know that there are obviously trials for MDMA use in a therapeutic setting in the US but in a recreation setting? Do you know any other country that has taken control of MDMA by regulating its sale? Matt Noffs is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ted Noffs Foundation and the spokeswoman for the Take Control Movement for Safer, Saner Drug Laws; Alex Wodak is the President of the Drug Law Reform Foundation.

INDIA – Madras HC Says NEET Impersonation Scam Not Limited To Tamil Nadu, Will Have All-India Ramification

The High Court of Madras said on Friday that the NEET impersonation scam could not have been limited to Tamil Nadu, and suo motu made the ministries of health and human resource development party to the case. Suspecting the case would have “all-India” ramifications, the High Court sought a response from the central government. To date, five students and their parents are said to have been involved in the admission racket for medical colleges, in which candidates hired proxies to write the entrance exam – the National Eligibility Cum Entry Test (NEET). Last month, the scam came to light after the Dean of Government Theni Medical College, A K Rajendran, received two e-mails on 11 and 13 September, alleging that MBBS student K V Udit Surya was admitted to college by impersonation.

USA – Could Violent Rap Lyrics Be Evidence Of A Crime, Or Does The Law Misinterpret The Biggest Genre Of Music?

In 2014, the most influential judge in the United States did something pretty shocking. He was quoting Eminem. The 97 lines from Bonnie and Clyde, the 1997 mega rapper album The Slim Shady LP. John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was not (unfortunately) prepared to make a career change. His court heard arguments about a man who had been jailed for threatening his ex-wife in what he claimed to be the lyrics of a rap song. The Eminem song features a guy talking euphemistically to his baby daughter about how he killed her mother because she abandoned him for another man. So, Roberts was trying to sort out a particularly thorny issue: if you’re making a threat in the lyrics of a song, is that artistic expression, or is it a crime? They did it in support of Jamal Knox, a Philadelphia rapper who was arrested in a video for threatening police officers. The rappers and Knox’s lawyers hoped that the U.S. Supreme Court will reverse that conviction by deciding that you have to read hip hop lyrics in the context of that genre and its associated culture. The Supreme Court eventually decided not to take the case, leaving ambiguous the definition of what constitutes a “true threat” in rap lyrics or elsewhere, the kind of expression not covered by the robust First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

INDIA – Madras HC Acquitted five-lifetime Convicts In The Murder Case

Madurai Bench of the High Court of Madras acquitted five life prisoners and amended the sentences of four others in a murder case. A bench of Justices S Vaidyanathan and N Anand Venkatesh handed the order on a batch of appeals filed by the convicts – Ganesan, Balamurugan, Deivendran, Kasivelu, Sivasubramanian, Durairaj, Selvaraj, Sivasankaran, Vijayakumar and Sathaiah – challenging  the conviction and sentence delivered to them by the lower court in Paramakudi, Ramanathapuram, on 31 August 2017, for the murder of one Murugesan in the 2009 Temple Conflict. Two additional accused in the case, including Sivasankaran, died, and the lower court acquited one. In their order, the Judges observed that the maxim “falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus” (meaning false in one thing, wrong in all things) had not been applied in India. Consequently, on the basis of the overt acts attributed to the accused and the evidence available to sustain them, the Judges held that there was no sufficient evidence of the participation of Deivendran, Kasivelu, Sivasubramanian, Durairaj, and Selvaraj in the murder of Murugesan and acquitted them.

INDIA – Gujarat High Court Ordered The State To Form Guidelines For The Eligibility Of Bidders

Inviting and accepting tenders and approving contracts at their discretion will be a thing of the past for babus. The High Court (HC) of Gujarat ordered the government to remove such bias in awarding contracts in the bud by bringing “clarity and consistency” to the process of setting the criteria for the eligibility of bidders. Fed up with a flood of petitions complaining about contradictions in the eligibility criteria for tenderers for government contracts, the High Court condemned the state government for the lack of guidelines to eradicate discrimination, nepotism, and unreasonable decisions. The HC maintained that transparency in such matters is a hallmark of good governance.

FRENCH – Thousands Of People To Protest Pro-IVF Law For Single Women In French

Thousands of people prepared to go to Paris on Sunday (October 6, 2019) to protest the government’s plan to allow single women and lesbians to become pregnant through fertility treatment, the first significant social change since France legalized gay marriage in 2013. Organizers say they are hoping that 100,000 will turn out against the law going to the Senate this month after it was passed by the lower house of parliament in September. Throughout his election campaign in 2017, President Emmanuel Macron vowed to move the law despite strong opposition from right-wing critics as well as conservative Roman Catholics and other religious groups. Under the proposed law, the French health care system will pay the cost of the operation for all women under 43 years of age.

INDIA – SC Stays Order Of Gujarat HC On Pre-Import Conditions

On Friday (October 4, 2019), the Supreme Court (SC) agreed to hear the central government’s appeal against the Gujarat High Court ruling quashing the government’s notification which allowed the Revenue Intelligence Directorate (DRI) to penalize exporters for wrongfully using the Goods and Services Tax (GST) exemption in specific cases where imports follow their exports. The apex court, though agreeing to hear the petition of the DRI, also stayed the high court order. This could mean that the Department will again be able to send notifications to importers who violate its foreign trade policy (FTP) standards, experts said. SC will hear the case on 8 November next. In February this year, the High Court of Gujarat ruled, on a condition of “pre-import,” a DRI notice that every exporter holding a pre-import license must comply with the current duty exemptions as ‘ ultra vires of the Constitution. ‘

INDIA – Justice Swamy Took Oath As Chief Justice Of The High Court Of Himachal

On Sunday (October 6, 2019), Himachal Pradesh Governor Paddy Dattatreya gave an oath of office to Justice Lingappa Narayana Swamy as Chief Justice of the High Court of Himachal. After the ceremony, Justice Swamy was presented with a guard of honor at the high court premises. Justice Swamy was born on 1 July 1959. He was appointed as Deputy Judge of the High Court of Karnataka on 4 July 2007 and subsequently as a Permanent Judge on 17 April 2009. He was acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka from 17 January to 9 May of this year.

INDIA – Punjab And Haryana HC Has Directed That No Person Is Hired To Clean Sewers, Septic Tanks

The High Court (HC) of Punjab and Haryana ordered Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh to ensure that no individual is employed to clean septic tanks, sewer lines, including manholes. Sewer pipes, septic tanks, and manholes shall be mechanically washed by the use of the new technical equipment, it said. “All contracts, agreements or other instruments entered into or performed involving or employing an individual for manual scavenging in the states of Punjab and Haryana, and UT Chandigarh are declared void…” directed by the HC division of acting Chief Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice H S Sidhu, who had obtained suo motu cognizance of reports concerning manual cleaning of septic tanks or manholes.

INDIA – Justice Jha Has Sworn In As The New CJ In The High Court Of Punjab And Haryana

On Sunday (October 6, 2019), Justice Ravi Shankar Jha was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Justice Jha, previously acting Chief Justice of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh. He was sworn in as the 35th Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab by Governor Singh Badnore. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and State Assembly Speaker Rana KP Singh and Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh were also present at an event attended, among others, by the judges of the High Court and the subordinate judiciary, an official release said. The family members of the newly appointed Chief Justice were also present for the occasion.

 

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