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INDIA – RTI Amendment Bill Passed; Dilutes The Law On Transparency, Opposition Says

On Monday (July 22, 2019), the Lok Sabha enacted the contentious proposal to amend the landmark transparency law, the Right to Information Act, amid accusations of opposition that it was being diluted. The opposition — who dubbed the RTI Elimination Bill and intended to send it to a select committee for further scrutiny — hopes to gain assistance in the Rajya Sabha, where the government still lacks the figures. The recommended modifications require the salaries and tenures of state and centre information officers: information commissioners — presently holding five-year tenures — will have “conditions as the central government may prescribe.” The central government will decide their wages instead of being on par with that of representatives of the Election Commission.

 

INDIA – Kulbhushan Jadhav Case:  The ICJ Ruling Is Also A Diplomatic Victory For India

In the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in Kulbhushan Jadhav case on 17 July, diplomacy, as well as law, carried the day for India. India placed forward powerful legal arguments against Pakistan’s actions toward Jadhav, but ultimately It was ICJ diplomats who weighed in on the judgment, mostly in favour of New Delhi. It makes a big difference when a law-based ambassador deals with the registry of the ICJ or sits with his judges across the table. Rajamony’s interaction with the ICJ as a lawyer undoubtedly contributed to the atmospherics in favour of India in the case of Jadhav.

 

USA – Judge In Prison Alleging  Pedophile Ring On The Brink Of Extradition

A lawyer for an ex-Lithuanian judge says a new court ruling could be a fatal blow in her struggle against extradition to Lithuania, where she faces charges stemming from claims that well-connected pedophiles are abused he niece. The lawyer of Neringa Venckiene (vehn-KEE’-ehn-nayz), Michael Monico, said extradition of the Associated Press Monday is imminent after the 7th U.S. The decision of the Circuit Court of Appeals. It found it was lawful to approve the extradition of Venckiene by the U.S. it said she would have “her day” to contest the charges in a Lithuanian court, including hitting an officer prying her daughter out of her arms.

 

INDIA – India’s Top Court Puts On Hold Sale Of Essar Steel to Arcelor

India’s top court momentarily placed on hold the $6.1 billion acquisition of Essar Steel India Ltd. by ArcelorMittal after the mill’s lenders attempted to annul a lower court decision that divided sales would proceed in proportion to all creditors. On Monday (July 22, 2019), the Supreme Court admitted the appeal of financial lenders against a bankruptcy court ruling that placed secured creditors such as banks on par with operational creditors or plant suppliers. It also said that it would quickly resolve problems resulting from the Essar judgment and set an early date for hearing the case. Arcelor’s appeal against the bankruptcy court ruling was also admitted by the Supreme Court on Monday.

 

INDIA – Free Legal Assistance Is Fundamental Right Granted By The Constitution; SCs, STs, Women In The Categories Of Persons Eligible For Provision

Article 39A of the Indian Constitution provides for free legal assistance to the poorer and weaker sections of society in order to promote justice on equal opportunities. Pursuant to this in 1987, Parliament enacted the ‘Legal Services Authorities Act,’ which entered into force on 9 November 1995 to create a nationwide uniform network to provide free and competent legal services to the weaker part of society. The action made on a request received would differ from offering counselling/ advisory services to the parties, offering counsel to represent them in court, etc. Legal assistance is provided to entitled persons through national to taluka legal services authorities, including NALSA, State Legal Services Authorities, District Legal Services Authorities, Taluk Legal Services Committees, Supreme Court Legal Services Committee and High Court Legal Services Committees.

 

USA – Polygamists Confess A Fuel-Tax Credit Fraud Of $512 Million

Four members of a Utah polygamous group admitted defrauding the U.S. $512 million in renewable-fuel tax credits, with the leader claiming that the mastermind was an Armenian immigrant who owned a tiny oil and gas empire in Southern California. That entrepreneur faces trial alone now. Kingston and his family will relinquish their Washakie Renewable Energy plant on the Utah-Idaho frontier, dozens of properties in Utah and Turkey, a number of luxury vehicles and different bank accounts by agreeing to pay back the $512 million. Kingston is a member of the Cooperative Society of Davis County, known as the Order and one of the biggest polygamous Mormon clans in the United States.

 

INDIA – SC To Hear Ahmed Patel’s Plea On August 6th Against Gujarat HC Order On His Election To Rajya Sabha

On Monday (July 22, 2019), the Supreme Court (SC) set August 6 for hearing Senior Congress Leader Ahmed Patel’s plea for his 2017 election to the Rajya Sabha challenged by rival BJP candidate Balwantsinh Rajput in the high court of Gujarat. Patel challenged the Gujarat High Court’s order by which he had rejected his plea questioning Rajput’s election petition’s maintainability. The apex court denied interfering with the high court’s order of October 26, 2018, which stated that the claims of Rajput needed a trial. A Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that the ongoing trial would continue and that the parties could proceed with recording evidence.

 

INDIA – Amrapali Case: Supreme Court To Deliver Judgment Today

On Tuesday (July 23, 2019), the Supreme Court will pronounce a verdict on who would complete the stalled projects of Amrapali Group’s embattled real estate major to give relief to over 42,000 hassled home buyers. In the case, a court bench led by Justice Arun Mishra will deliver the judgment. The apex court reserved the verdict on May 10 after the authorities of Noida and Greater Noida said they lacked the resources and expertise to build the Amrapali Group’s stalled projects. Both authorities favoured handing over the properties under the oversight of a high-powered commission to a reputable builder.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – Brexit Warning: Britain Faces Suit By Millions Of Expatriates Living In The EU

Over one million British citizens residing in Europe could sue the government in the case of a no-deal Brexit for the loss of their freedoms, a major Tory MP advised Boris Johnson. Alberto Costa, South Leicestershire’s Conservative MP, advised of the leadership frontrunner of his party facing “an enormous quantity of unprecedented” legal action if the rights of people are not protected in his push for no deal. He urged Mr Johnson to ensure the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom by enshrining their protections before 31 October in primary legislation.

 

INDIA – No Rules On Sexual Abuse In Religious Places: Supreme Court

On Monday (July 22, 2019), the Supreme Court junked a request for the setting up of rules and grievance redress committees to protect females from sexual harassment in ashrams, madrasas, churches, and places of religious sects that are either working there for spiritual enlightenment or living there. The bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose, rejecting the request, said that the Vishaka guidelines are intended to curb sexual harassment in the workplace and those religious places are not covered by it. The petitioner argued that such verification and verification by the authorities of the background of those who manage ashrams, madrasas or other religious sites, including their heads, would reduce incidents of sexual harassment and abuse at these sites.

 

INDIA – Never Before: SC Denied To Hear The Plea Of Karnataka MLAs Seeking Floor Test

On Monday (July 22, 2019) morning, the Supreme Court (SC) declined to hear the requests of two Independent MLAs withdrawing assistance from the Karnataka Congress-JD(S) government. They seek guidance from the court to ask the government of the JDS-Congress to complete the floor test by Monday evening itself. However, the court has refused to hear the matter on an urgent basis and has also stated that they will not interfere with the Karnataka assembly’s pending floor test. A bench headed by Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice, said, “Impossible. We’ve never done this before. After missing two previous deadlines, the floor test in the Karnataka assembly was fixed for Monday.

 

DUBAI – Drunk Man Cleared Of Attacking Policeman In His Flat In Dubai

A man was cleared of the charge by a Dubai court on Monday (July 22, 2019) accused of assaulting a police officer. Court records show that on June 4, Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 44-year-old defendant reportedly pushed an officer who came after a loud music complaint at his place. The Jebel Ali police subsequently placed the resident in custody. He denied the charges of physically assaulting a police officer on duty and consuming alcohol without a permit at the Court of First Instance. Although the man was acquitted of attack, he was instructed by the tribunal to pay the liquor consumption fee for a Dh2,000 fine.

 

INDIA – Malegaon Bomb Blast: Bombay HC Grants NIA 2-Weeks To Inform About The Schedule Of The Trial

On Monday (July 22, 2019), the Bombay High Court (HC) requested the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to inform it of the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast trial schedule and how long it would take to conclude. A Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre Division Bench was hearing a petition submitted by one of the accused, Sameer Kulkarni, seeking a video recording d for trial proceedings and a direction to the reduced tribunal to finish the trial within six months. The judges asked NIA counsel Sandesh Patil to inform the court within two weeks of the trial schedule, including witnesses reviewed so far, until when and when the trial is expected to be concluded.

 

INDIA – Nusli Wadia’s Defamation Case: Bombay HC Set Aside The Proceedings Against Ratan Tata, Others

On Monday (July 22, 2019), the Bombay High Court quashed and set aside an order issued by a magistrate court, calling it non-application of mind in criminal defamation proceedings filed by Bombay Dyeing Chairman Nusli Wadia against Ratan Tata and other Tata Sons directors. Ratan Tata and the other Tata Sons directors filed a petition to quash the defamation case against them on March 27. The bench said that the judge had failed to take into account the “conspectus of the matter” before issuing the order, and although it was his responsibility to be satisfied before issuing a process, he had found that the declaration was defamatory without any material being put before him.

 

FRANCE- France Intends To fine Leclerc Retailer On ‘Abusive’ Business Practices

France’s Ministry of Economy said on Monday (July 22, 2019) that it was planning to fine Leclerc’s food retailer € 117.3 million ($131.58 million) for “abusive commercial practices” involving the use of its Belgian purchasing alliance Eurelec to put pressure on suppliers. Leclerc, the largest market share retailer in France, said it was the target of a government campaign, having been fined 108 million in another case in France. Leclerc said it was considering appealing to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Ministry of Economy alleged that through Eurelec, Leclerc had bypassed French law. In a statement, the ministry said that Leclerc used Eurelec “to circumvent French law and impose very substantial tariff cuts to some of their suppliers.”

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