High Courts Weekly Round-Up

High Courts Weekly Round-Up

Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court observed that a Hindu, who converted to other religion, is entitled to his/her father’s property if father died intestate.

The High Court yet again granted bail to a law student for appearing in his semester examinations. It is not the first time the said student has been granted a conditional bail for this reason, as the court had granted him bail last year for attending his first and second semester examinations.

The High Court on Wednesday ordered the release of an illegally detained man and allowed the petition filed by his wife. A division bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice PD Naik was hearing the habeas corpus petition filed by the detainee’s wife.

Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court last week rapped the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) for its inability to file a status report on its earlier order requiring civic bodies to update their websites to include a grievance redressal mechanism for people complaining of unauthorized constructions and encroachments.

The High Court asked the Centre to show the action it has taken on letters written to it by the Delhi Government for making statutory amendments in the Indian Penal Code to incorporate ‘snatching’ as a specific offence with a stricter punishment to check the menace.

On Wednesday, the High Court issued a notice to former telecom minister A Raja, DMK leader Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and 17 others in the 2G spectrum allocation scam on appeals moved by the CBI and the ED against their acquittal by a special court last year.

The High Court on Thursday said it has received a letter petition containing a CD which is claimed to be a confession by an accused person in the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots cases.

The High Court, on Thursday also permitted a few disqualified directors to file manual returns under the Condonation of Delay Scheme, 2018, instead of filing them online.

The High Court, on Friday, dismissed the objections raised by the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) against amendments to its Articles of Association (AoA), as directed by the Court in January last year.

The High Court held that Family Court can entertain and try a petition for dissolution of marriage under the Special Marriage Act, if the parties married under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, even though they performed Nikah ceremony subsequently.

In a major relief for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Delhi High Court set aside the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) recommendation for disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs for holding office of profit.

The Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to Karti Chidambaram in the INX Media case registered against him by the CBI while holding that there was no possibility of him fleeing from justice as he has roots in the society, his parents are senior lawyers and he has a family to take care of while also noting that the CBI had not recovered any incriminating material from his possession during his police custody from February 28 to March 12.

The High Court directed Young Indian Pvt. Ltd., in which Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are major stakeholders, to deposit Rs. 10 crore out of the total of Rs. 249.15 crore income tax demand from it.

In a major relief for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Delhi High Court set aside the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) recommendation for disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs for holding office of profit.

Kerala High Court

The High Court of Kerala held that contract employees in government-funded establishments are entitled to maternity leave in the same manner as government servants. The judgment was given by Justice Anu Sivaraman while considering the plea of women engaged on contract service by the government.

The High Court initiated contempt proceedings against former vigilance director Jacob Thomas for levelling allegations of corruption against two high court judges – Justice P Ubaid and Justice Abraham Mathew, who were allegedly victimising him by passing adverse judgments in several corruption cases he has been probing, including the Pattor land scam.

Madras High Court

The Madras High Court restrained controversial godman Nithyananda from entering Madurai Adheenam Mutt on a plea by one of the devotee of the Mutt.

The High Court recently upheld the conviction of a man accused of killing his own son. A bench headed by Justice S Vimala termed the case as a rare case where the father has allegedly murdered the son and in respect of the same, the wife of the accused is the main witness.

Punjab & Haryana High Court

The Punjab and Haryana High Court yet again quashed an FIR alleging rape on the ground that the victim and the accused have married and are residing together happily.

The High Court, on Wednesday, permitted an HIV positive woman to terminate her 18-week-long pregnancy.

The High Court declined to grant bail to supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim who after his conviction in a rape case, rioted and created chaos in the states.

Rajasthan High Court

The Rajasthan High Court directed to appoint Akashdeep Morya to the post of Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate quashing the order disqualifying him for the post citing four criminal cases registered against him in the past, though he was acquitted in all of them.

Uttarakhand High Court

Moved by the plight of a widow who had to move court seeking reimbursement of medical bills raised against treatment of her husband’s heart ailment way back in 2012, the Uttarakhand High Court directed the state government to clear medical reimbursement bills of the employees within three months and provide life-saving drugs for cancer, heart ailments etc., free of cost.