India: Supreme Court Verdict Out-Decriminalises Section 377
After weeks of deliberation, the Supreme Court of India on Thursday finally put to rest the controversial Section 377, one of the world’s oldest laws criminalizing consensual gay sex. The Court in a unanimous judgment delivered by five Judges led by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra. Human Rights Activists have hailed the Court decision, and decriminalized section 377, saying “it is a landmark victory for those into homosexuals”.
India: Supreme Court Collegium Recommends The Appointment Of Five Lawyers
The Supreme Court Collegium on Thursday appointed five senior lawyers as judges of the Delhi High Court. The High Court is currently working with 33 judges against the required 60. Those appointed to join the Delhi High Court bench are Prateek Jalan, Sanjeev Narula, Jyoti Singh, Manoj Kumar Ohri, and Anup Jairam Bhanbhani.
India: Tree Felling Order: Delhi High Court Clarifies Judgement
A High Court sitting in Delhi on Thursday clarified the tree felling order it recently passed. The order prohibits the felling of trees for any reason other than redevelopment purposes. The court on Thursday said the order does not affect other projects in the city apart from the seven housing projects. Judges on the court’s bench are Justice V K Rao and Chief Justice Rajendra Menon.
India: High Court Queries Railway Management For Non-Passengers’ Presence At The Railway Station
A High Court sitting in Bombay on Thursday asked the management of the Railway Station to explain to it the presence of non-passengers at the Mumbai railway stations. It would be recalled that the Railway Management is already facing a bench of Justice Rajesh Ketkar and Acting Chief Justice Naresh Patil. The court was hearing a petition on the infrastructural decadence of the State’s Railway network.
India: Bombay High Court Lambasts CBI, SIT For Revealing Details Of A Case
A High Court sitting in Bombay on Thursday came down hard on the Maharashtra Police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the CIT for revealing details of the Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar murder cases. The same court had earlier this week reprimanded the Pune police for revealing information regarding the arrest of Human Rights Activists.
India: Contempt Of Court: Lawyer Gets One Week Jail Term After 13 Years
A lawyer, Ramchandra Kagne, 55, on Thursday got one-week jail term and a fine of Rs. 2,000 for contempt of court after 13 years of trial. A High Court sitting in Bombay handed down the judgment wherein the lawyer assaulted a trial court judge. The judge filed a contempt of court against the lawyer.
India: Cyber Crime Offences: High Court Orders Notice To Social Media Giants
A High Court sitting in Madras on Thursday ordered notice to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp for not cooperating with cyber-crime offenses investigation. A bench of Justices Subramonium Prasad and S. Manikumar passed the order after hearing the submission from the police’s Central Crime Branch (CCB). However, replies were still being awaited from the social media giants.
India: Allege Threat To Life: I Need Your Protection, Justice Karnan Tells Madras HC
Justice C.S Karnan, retired, on Thursday wrote to the Chief Judge of the High Court in Madras alleging threat to his life and requested the Judge to provide him with security. Retired Justice Karnan while in service had served the Madras and Calcutta High Courts as a Judge. He retired successfully after putting in several years.
Germany: Germany Lambasts Romania Over The Posting Of Hitler Moustache
The Romanian governing party on Thursday was slammed by German lawmakers for engaging in defamation against a German minority group. The State media reported that a Romanian former Finance Minister, Darius Valcov, posted on his Facebook timeline that the German ethnic president has a Hitler-style mustache. This development has caused a row between the two countries.
Israel: Racist Israeli Law: Arab-Israeli Member Disappointed Over Call To Cancel Law
An Arab-Israeli Member, Ayman Odeh, on Thursday left disappointed after a parley with the European Union Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, ended in a deadlock over the cancellation of the racist Israeli law. Haaretz reported that the meet held despite pleas by Israeli officials to cancel the meeting with the Arab politician Chairman.
Canada: Illegal Downloaders Of Movies To Be Sued, Government Declares
The Canadian government is not taking it lightly with movie lovers over the Act of downloading movies illegally. The government plans to implement strict laws that will check this the excesses. This was revealed by a top-ranking government official in a press interview granted to pressmen on Thursday.
UK: Government Plans Laws To Check Entrance Into “Designated Areas” Abroad
The United Kingdom Government on Thursday rolled out new plans to check the perpetual entrance into “designated areas” abroad. The new law may imprisoned offenders for up to 10 years. This was made known by the government’s spokesman in a media chat he granted to members of the press. The government requested input into the law by members of the public.
France: Street Harassment: France Cracks Down on Catcalling
The French lawmakers on Thursday officially made the practice of street Harassment an offense against the law. Offenders could pay up to 750 euros as fines. This development was fueled by a public outcry by French residents. Recall that recently a young woman was harassed by a man on the street of Paris, of which the video went viral on social media.