India: Seeking And Accepting Sexual Favour To Be Considered An Offence Under The Anti-Graft Law
A Senior government official on Sunday explained the position of seeking and accepting sexual favor can be considered a bribe under the anti-corruption law with regards to the amended Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018, and amounts to a seven-year jail term. Officlas seeking and accepting sexual favors and granting to close friends and relatives in turn for sexual favors will be penalized henceforth. Recall that before the amendment of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018, there was no official law that punished bribe givers.
India: Legal Aid Spending In India is Rs. 0.75, CHRI Report Says
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative’s (CHRI) report quoted that the per capita spending on legal aid is currently Rs. 0.75 in India. The report was made public by a Delhi High Court Judge, Justice S Muralidhar, during the official launching of the report on legal aid for persons in custody. Justice S Muralidhar said that the salaries of legal aid lawyers should be at per with that of public prosecutors, describing legal aid lawyers as “defenders of human rights”.
India: CJI Calls For Law Education Among Kids
The Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, has called for legal education among kids as they grow into adulthood, saying it would make them “law literate human beings.” He made the call during a ceremony to lay a foundation for the construction of the Odisha State Legal Services Authority permanent building. The CJI added that law education among kids would make them useful to the society.
India: Social Media Messages: Government Wants To Empower Law Enforcement Agencies To Trace Origin Of Messages
The Indian government is considering empowering law enforcement agencies in the country with the powers to trace the origin of messages capable of causing a security breach on social media platforms, including WhatsApp. This was revealed by an anonymous Senior government official at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The government is proposing new guidelines to curb the spread of messages capable of causing a breakdown of law and order. The guidelines is expected within the next one month or two.
India: Moot Court Competition: National Law University, Odisha Emerges Winner
The National Law University, Odisha on Sunday emerged the winner of the Justice Dr. B P Saraf National Moot Court competition. Over 23 Universities, including, 14 national law Universities and other colleges participated in the competition jointly organized by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and the All India Federation of Tax Practitioners (Eastern Zone). The National Law University, Odisha has emerged the winner while the Symbiosis Law School, Pune was named the runners-up.
India: Lloyd Law College Bags Institutional Excellence Award 2018
The Lloyd Law College recently bagged the Institutional Excellence Award 2018 at the 10th Law Teacher’s Day ceremony held in New Delhi. The award was presented to the law college by the Vice-president of India, M Venkaiah Naidu. The President of Lloyd, Manohar Thaira, collected the award on behalf of the institution. Dignitaries that graced the ceremony include the CJI, Deepak Misra, Law Commission member Prof. S. Siva Kumar, Padma Shri Prof. (Dr.) N. R. Madhava Menon, Advocate Lalit Bhasin. Others are Dr. Salim and Prof. Akhilesh Kumar Khan, among other notable dignitaries.
India: Bar Council Of India Calls For Protest Against The Ban On Lawyers’ Strikes
The Bar Council of India on Sunday called on all its members nationwide to immediately begin a nationwide protest against the Supreme Court decision banning Bar Association in the country from abstenting or boycotting court proceedings in any event. The highest Regulatory body of lawyers described the Supreme Court ruling as an “Infringement on their democratic rights”. The Bar Council also condemned the action of the Union government to take away their powers of legal education using the Repeal of University Grants Commission Act), 2018.
India: Sohrabuddin Case: Bombay High Court Likely To Pronounce Judgement On Monday
The High Court in Bombay may pronounce judgment in the 2005-2006 case involving the murder of an alleged gangster, Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his spouse, and aide. The court may tomorrow decide whether or not to discharge and acquit some Rajasthan and Gujarat police officers that murdered the suspected gangster. The court presided over by Justice A M Badar on July 16 had reserved judgment challenging the verdict of a trial court discharging the police officers.
Ireland: Adoption Laws Need Amendment, Minister For Children Says
The Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, on Sunday sought to incorporate the Adoption Bill (Information and Tracing)
2016 into the country constitution immediately the Dáil resumes, calling for an amendment to the existing laws. In a statement by her office, she said that the Adoption Bill does not recognize adoptee rights. The statement further added that the Bill simply allowed qualified persons to apply for adoption. She, therefore, called for an amendment of the existing Adoption law.
Canada: International Law Does Not Give Citizenship To New Borns, Canadian Government Tells Supreme Court
The Canadian government has told the Nation’s Apex Court that international law does not give citizenship to a newborn on its soil. The Supreme Court was hearing a case to decide whether or not the kids born by Russian spies are Canadian citizens. Canada is one of the few countries that gives automatic citizenship to babies born on its soil. Although in recent years, other countries have stopped the practice.
Australia: Climate Target Laws: Australia PM May Not Revive Plan.
The new Australia prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Sunday said he has no plan to revive the country’s target climate laws. The target climate law one of the reasons his predecessor was ousted out of office in a coup arranged by his party. Morrison had won majority vote to defeat his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull. A recent report ranked Australia as one of the worst countries in terms of greenhouse gas polluters.
USA: Minor Code Violation: It is Illegal To Charge Defendant For Legal Cost, Lawmakers Say
Lawmakers in California have voted massively in a bill that outlaws the practice of charging defendants exorbitant legal fees in a bid to settle local code violations. Under the new law that will be passed this week, it is a criminal offense for cities within California to charge defendants for investigating and prosecuting minor code violations. Several lawmakers voted in support of the bill, including, Eduardo Garcia, a Coachella Democrat
India: Rising Fuel Prices: Opposition Leaders Lead Nationwide Protest
Opposition leaders in various political parties coordinated by Congress Monday kick-started a nationwide protest with a view to forcing the government to bring down fuel prices. It was gathered that in Mandya district, vehicular movements have commenced immediately Bandh was withdrawn.Also, the protest in Bharat Bandh earlier today caused an accident which led to the death of a 2-year-old patient.
According to a report, over 300 protesters have been arrested and detained in Pudupet and Chintadripet.
Report reaching us in some cities has it that trains and buses are being vandalized, petrol pumps are set ablaze all in the name of Bharat Bandh.