India: Law Firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Withdraws Its 2016 Report On Ex-ICICI Bank Chief Executive
Law Firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas on Tuesday withdrew the report its released in December 2016 giving a clean bill of health to the former CEO of ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar. Kochhar was investigated for alleged nepotism. She was accused of granting loans to Videocon group. The bank had appointed the law firm to investigate her to determine whether she was guilty of the allegation or not. The law firm’s report had exonerated her as of when the report was submitted to the bank’s management. However, in a twist on Tuesday, the law firm made a U-turn to recall the report, citing loopholes in the report.
India: Activists Protest Attempt By The BJP Government To Amend Citizenship Laws in Assam
Activists in the northeastern state of Assam on Tuesday protested the state government moves to amend the state’s citizenship law. The BJP government had planned to amend the Citizenship Law in order to allow Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists from neighboring countries to gain citizenship status. However, the move was resisted by a massive protest on Tuesday. According to the activists, the bill is in variance with India’s constitution and it is a discrimination against Muslims.
France: UN Rights Committee Lambasts French Authorities For Banning Full-Face Veil
A committee established by the United Nations Human Rights on Tuesday lambasted the French government over the latter’s ban on the full-face veil. The committee described the action of the French government as an Infringement on the rights of two women who were fined. The committee enjoyed the French authorities to consider as a matter of urgency an amendment on its 2010 law which prohibits the wearing of full-faced veils and urged the government to compensate the two women.
India: Congress Demands Finance Minister Resignation
The Congress on Tuesday called on the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley to resign from office due to an alleged linkage with a law firm owned by his daughter, Geetanjali Gems Ltd. The Congress’ demand is on the ground that Jaitley’s daughter and son-in-law received over Rs 24 lakh payment from Mehul Choksi, a determined fugitive. Few hours after the Congress’ demand, a youth wing of the party, Indian Youth Congress vowed to mobilize youth in Delhi to protest so that the Finance Minister would resign from office.
India: Bloomsbury Professional India Launches The First Edition Of ‘The Principles Of Law Of Contract’
A pioneer and leader in the book publishing industry, Bloomsbury Professional India on Tuesday launched the first edition of a book titled ‘the principles of the law of contract’. The book is authored by the duo of Prof Ashutosh Pathak and R C Srivastava (Retd). They are renowned in writing books in the field of Indian indirect tax, international tax, as well as corporate law. Both of them have over 30 years’ experience writing Academic books. The book launch was graced by the Minister of State For Finance, Shiv Pratap Shukla. Other notable personalities also graced the occasion.
Ireland: ‘Deportation Laws Should Be Respected,’ Says Presidential Candidate, Peter Casey
A presidential candidate in the upcoming election, Peter Casey on Tuesday said that the country’s deportation laws should be respected. He made this remark in his reaction to a deportation case involving a 9-year old boy named, Eric Zhi Ying Xue whose mother is originally from China. Xue’s mother had been appealing to the Irish authorities to allow her and her son remain in the country. But her appeal was rejected. Ireland recently passed a law that would make it difficult for Xue to become a citizen.
India: Protest In ULC Over Admission Process
Some groups of students on Tuesday stormed the administrative building of the University Law College to protest the management’s decision to hold the law school admission process during the Puja holidays. According to the protesting students, they were not able to arrange the necessary documents due to the holidays. They called on the school authority to hold the admission process after the holidays.
India: Harry Potter Course To Be Offered At NUJS
If you are a Potterhead, this news piece is for you. The National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata on Tuesday announced that it had started a course on Harry Potter with a view to encouraging law students to explore J.K. Rowling’s fictional world. According to the school management, the course title is “An interface between Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law”. The course will be offered by 4th and 5th-year students of the school as an elective.
US: Senate, House Pass Bill On Water Infrastructure
The US Senate and the House of Representative in a recent move to update American’s water infrastructure, create jobs and improve drinking water going to communities passed a bill on Water Infrastructure. The bill is awaiting the assent of President Donald Trump for it to become a law. A safe Drinking water is very important to ensure the safety and security of Americans.
India: India, China Pledges Cooperation On Security And Law Enforcement
India and China on Tuesday pledged to work together on the issues of security and Law enforcement. The two countries made the pledge on Tuesday in a meeting between the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and the visiting Chinese Minister of Public Security, Zhao Kezhi. Modi in a statement said India is ready to work with the Chinese government in order to maintain strategic communications and strengthen corporation in security and Law enforcement.
India: BCI And NTA Stake Claims To Conduct CLAT Examinations
The National Testing Agency and the Bar Council of India on Tuesday filed separate affidavits in the Supreme Court in order to conduct the Common Law Admission Test. The duo based their affidavits in response to a petition by Prof. Shamnad Basheer, who is seeking the court’s intervention for a permanent body that would be conducting the CLAT examination. Recall that early this month, a Consortium of National Law Universities recommended the citing of the CLAT Secretariat at NLSIU.
UK: A Bill To Decriminalise Abortion Presented Before The Commons
Abortion activists may not find this news interesting. On Tuesday, a bill to decriminalize the practice of abortion was placed before the Commons by Diana Johnson, a Labour MP. The bill passed its first reading and was massively supported by 208 MPs against 123 MPs. If the bill scales through the Commons, it would scrap the existing Offences Against the Persons Act, 1861. The bill would also extend to Nothern Ireland.
India: Registration Of LSAT-India Begins
If you are interested in writing The Law School Admission Test—India, then this news piece is for you. The registration of the test started on the 22nd of October 2018. Interested applicants should visit www.pearsonvueindia.com/lsatindia in order to apply. The test is scheduled to hold on the 19th of May, 2019. The last date of registration is on the 6th of May, 2019.
India: Only Green firecrackers Are Permitted To Be Sold, Supreme Court Rules
In a bid to check the menace of air pollution occasioned by firecrackers, the Supreme Court bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and A K Sikri ordered that the sale of firecrackers should be limited to green firecrackers since it is less polluting. The court also restrains Amazon and Flipkart from selling firecrackers online. Recall that several lawyers had filed petitions seeking the Supreme Court’s intervention to impose a blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers.
Australia: Amendment To The Children And Young Persons Act Will Further Protect The Children, Minister Of Family Affairs Says
The Australian Minister of Family Affairs, Pru Goward on Tuesday said an amendment to the existing Adoption Act and the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act would provide more protection to the children. Goward made this known in a town hall meeting to brainstorm on how to further protect children that are out of a home in NSW. According to recent statistics, the number of such children stood at 18,000.
India: How Much Will You Pay For Causing Pollution, SC Asks GIL
The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Tuesday asked the lawyers representing Graphite India Ltd how much they were ready to pay for polluting their operating area. The court made the remark leveraging the ‘Polluter Pays Principle’. The court also chided the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board for its lukewarm attitude towards the control of pollution in Bengaluru.
India: Shortage Of Manpower At The Lower Judiciary Worries Supreme Court
The bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising of Justice S K Kaul on Tuesday expressed worry concerning a large number of vacancies at the lower judiciary. According to the court’s registry, the number of vacancies at the lower judiciary stood at 5,133. The court also sought information from both the state government and various High Courts regarding the issue. The court took Suo Motu cognizance to meddle in the issue.
Canada: Despite Legal Tussles, Recreational Marijuana Booms In Canada
Since the 17th of October, the date cannabis became legal in Canada; Canadians are having a field day enjoying recreational marijuana in public places. However, there have been criticisms over the new law. Several lawyers have moved the court to reverse the law, citing cases of drug abuse. The government through its spokesperson on Tuesday assured that everybody would be carried along
India: Rakesh Asthana Cannot Be Arrested Until Monday, Delhi HC Says
The Delhi High Court bench on Tuesday asserted that the Deputy Chief of CBI, Rakesh Asthana cannot be arrested until on Monday, which is the next hearing date. The court made the assertion after hearing a petition by CBI against Asthana and his team for allegedly taking bribes. The court clarified that there was no stay on the case.
US: Oregonians To Vote On The State’s Sanctuary Law In November
In a bid to repeal the state’s sanctuary laws which protect immigrants from federal immigration law and discrimination, Oregonians will in November vote on Measure 105. It is not clear as of the time of filing this report whether the repealed law will be in consonance with President Donald Trump administration’s policy on immigration.