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VOICE OF THE CITY

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first_img Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Share whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tuesday 19 April 2011 8:32 pm THE latest City A.M. Voice of the City panel is now online. To participate go to www.cityam.com/panel and answer the questions below. Results will be published in next Tuesday’s paper. All data provided is confidential and will not be shared with any other party. Do you think that Gordon Brown is a suitable candidate to be the next head of the International Monetary Fund?Completely suitableSomewhat suitableNot suitable or unsuitableFairly unsuitableCompletely unsuitableDon’t know How will the government’s plans to limit immigration affect the prospects for UK economic recovery?Very damagingFairly damagingNo effectFairly helpfulVery helpfulDon’t knowHow concerned are you that disagreements within the coalition government will destabilise the UK economy?Very concernedFairly concernedNot at all concernedDon’t knowParticipants could be in with the chance of winning a free luxury weekend to Paris. In September, we’ll put panellists who have responded to at least 80 per cent of surveys into a prize draw. Full T&Cs available on request. VOICE OF THE CITY last_img read more

Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) 2017 Annual Report

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first_imgRainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileRainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG) is a well-established tourism and hospitality management company in Zimbabwe, with an extensive portfolio of owner-managed or leased hotels and conference facilities in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, aswell as a tour operator company. RTG operators in two sectors; Zimbabwe and Outside Zimbabwe. Its marketing and channel management division operates out of South Africa. Well-known hotels in its portfolio include Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Centre, A’Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel, Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre, New Ambassador Hotel, Rainbow Beitbridge Hotel and Rainbow Hotel Mozambique. Rainbow Tourism Group Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

2018 Six Nations: an injured XV

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first_img Front Row – WP Nel, Ross Ford, Zander FagersonAs you’d expect, Scottish players dominate in this area because there are simply so many of them out. Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has lost at least six of his finest front-rowers. WP Nel has a broken arm, Ford has a pectoral injury, and Fagerson is out with a foot problem.Experienced Absences: Ross Ford (right) will miss the entire tournament whereas Richie Gray (left) may or may not be out with a calf complaintSecond Row – Jake Ball, Richie GrayWelshman Ball is definitely out for the entire tournament after dislocating his shoulder during the autumn Internationals last year. He required surgery and will likely be out for the rest of the season. Scotland and Toulouse lock Gray is more questionable. A long standing back problem has been rearing its ugly head sporadically of late, and a calf issue has also meant he is ruled out of the opener against Wales.Back Row – Sam Warburton, Sean O’Brien, Billy VunipolaWounded Beast: Vunipola fractured his arm against the Ospreys, only a couple of games after returning from four months outThese three players, if playing together, would create nightmares at the break down and generate good front foot ball with their powerful marauding runs. Warburton and Vunipola in particular, have had terrible luck regarding injuries recently. It feels as if Warburton has long-standing knee problems and Vunipola had only just recovered from a four month lay-off due to a knee issue, when he fractured his arm playing for Saracens in the Champions Cup. Both will miss the whole tournament.However, we could be seeing Sean O’Brien at some point, depending on his recovery from a hip injury.(A brief mention should also go towards Jamie Heaslip and Taulupe Faletau who are both set to miss time during the six Nations but narrowly miss out on our XV)FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREScrum-Half – Rhys Webb Free running: Rhys Webb may have played his last game in a Welsh jersey after his injuryWebb, the most recent Welsh Lion to be ruled out of the tournament, has injured his knee and will not play any part in the tournament. To top off the bad news the WRU introduced a 60-cap selection rule for foreign-based players, coinciding with his lucrative move to Toulon. In terms of our XV, the British and Irish Lion would give quick ball to the backs whilst also taking control of the all-star forwards above. Injuries have been the main story leading into the 2018 tournament, so Sam Tremlett has put together an Injured XV that include some of the best players in the world. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fly-Half – Dan BiggarA Big Loss: Biggar showed his match winning capabilities against South Africa in 2017. He will be missed.You could possibly have Camille Lopez at ten, but we have gone for Biggar. The feisty fly-half showed his mettle on the recent Lions tour and can put a stranglehold on games. He guided Wales to victory against South Africa in the autumn with two clever dink kicks, as well as a charge down, which all lead to tries. He is set to miss at least three weeks due to a shoulder injury.Centres – Henry Slade, Jonathan DaviesAnkle Trouble: Jonathan Davies with a look of resignation as he knows his injury is serious (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)Hurt during his Exeter side’s loss to Glasgow during the Champions Cup, Henry Slade withdrew from the England squad due to a shoulder injury. After starting two of the three autumn Tests, Slade was in the mix for England’s midfield but his absence created yet more problems for Eddie Jones.Alongside Slade we have Lions Man of the Series, Jonathan Davies. A foot injury picked up against Australia has ruled the 13 out of the tournament. An intelligent kicking game combined with an outside break makes him more than dangerous when going forward. And on the defensive end, he relishes hunting for tackles. Beaded Barrett said Davies was the player he most admired outside the All Blacks. Praise indeed.Back Three – Elliot Daly, Liam Williams, Semesa Rokoduguni Ecstatic England: Daly slides over to score the match winning try against the Welsh. He will not repeat this moment in 2018.Daly, who scored the winning try against Wales last year, will not be reproducing any heroics in 2018 after he suffered a serious ankle injury whilst playing for Wasps. His speed is electric, and he has a howitzer of a boot. You’re likely to remember Daly’s absence whenever England have any penalties around the 50 metre mark.On the other side of the field we have Semesa Rokoduguni. A powerful runner, the Fijian is recovering from surgery on his shoulder so he is poised to miss a big chunk of the tournament – if he is to be used by Eddie Jones at all. Liam Williams is another terrible loss to a Welsh side down on its luck at the moment. An abdominal injury has been limiting his training and game time and it doesn’t appear to be responding to treatment. His injury could even require an operation. One of the most unpredictable back-three players in the world, his devastating attacking ability, particularly from full-back, has caused problems to some of the finest players in the world. For many years to come we’ll be talking about ho Williams sparked Sean O’Brien’s wonder try against the All Blacks in the first Lions Test.Elusive Lion: Liam Williams caused the All Blacks constant problems during the Lions Tour, and is a big loss for the Welshlast_img read more

French Barbarians score late to secure win over Wallaby XV in Bordeaux

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first_imgFriday Nov 25, 2016 French Barbarians score late to secure win over Wallaby XV in Bordeaux The French Barbarians scored a lovely try to upset a Wallaby XV team 19-11 in front of over 30 000 fans in Bordeaux on Thursday night. With three minutes left in the match it could have gone either way, but the French team scored through number eight Camille Gerondeau.The Wallaby team comprised of a mix of former, current and future Test players, some plying their trade in Europe and others already squad members of the national team.NRL convert Marika Koroibete provided the scoring pass for Ben Mowen to score within three minutes, before Nick Frisby kicked a penalty to give them a 8-3 lead at half time.“It was pretty intense. It’s not a good way to start my rugby career [the loss], but hopefully more to come,” said Koroibete, who was playing his first rugby union game since high school. “At the start I was a bit nervous, but then I got a first touch and got a bit comfortable.. still more to learn.”Julien Dumora and Romain Lonca kicked four penalties to put the home side in front 12-11, before their vocal home support helped them come up with the late winner that ensured victory on a historic occasion.The Wallabies face Ireland this weekend in Dublin, as they continue their charge for a Grand Slam.French Barbarians 19 (Camille Gerondeau try; Julien Dumora con; Romain Lonca, Julien Diamora 3 pens)  Wallaby XV 11 (Ben Mowen try; Nick Frisby, Kyle Godwin pens)credit: l’equipeADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Wallabies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO New compilation shows how 132kg former teenage… 43 WEEKS AGO Rugby League’s State of Origin could help… 49 WEEKS AGO Rennie confident that Wallabies youth can… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

House Paes / Marcos Franchini

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first_imgArchDaily Photographs:  Gabriel Castro / Reverbo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Brazil “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMarcos FranchiniOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNova LimaBrazilPublished on June 18, 2017Cite: “House Paes / Marcos Franchini” 18 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalShelvingZeitraumWardrobe – Hide & ParkSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Stone SeriesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – FerroFinestra W20Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – TentChairsInterstuhlConference Chair – Low With CastorsWoodreSAWN TIMBER co.Pre-Weathered Wood CladdingMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Manufacturers: Alutec (Alcoa), Esmad, Madepal, Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand SA, Othon de Carvalho, PreallCollaboration:Gabriel NardelliLandscape Design:Elcy Luna CelaniLight Design:Poliane Jacob (technical team from Othon de Carvalho)Structural Design:N EngenhairaElectric Project:Faver Automação e Projetos / Irineu Castanheira Jr.Hydraulic Project:Cleocy ZilleWoodwork:Esmad and Ponto MóveisContractor:Silvia MagalhãesCity:Nova LimaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboText description provided by the architects. After the development of some alternative occupation to the terrain started in mid-2013, the architectural program is reviewed and discussed in order to effectively meet the wishes of the couple who today make this house their home.Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboAt the bottom of the lot, from the early dialogues, it was planned an area destined to the hen house and asked not if using walls on the front line.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe premises for the development of the proposal seek to segment the transition between social and intimate environments in a gradual way, thus, the “L plan” plays a fundamental role in the implementation of the work besides allowing integration with the landscape and external area.Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboAll proposed spaces are arranged to the predominant view wich has South insolation that enables translucent surfaces in conjunction with wooden shutters to close the rooms according to the will of the dweller.Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboThe living room and kitchen are integrated with an external patio that holds convergence point and meeting of the house. A support room, service area, storage and garage are arranged to the West side.Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboThe used materials and elements as well as the finishing of the slab and basement in its natural/raw state seek to emphasize the simplicity with which the work seeks to relate to the terrain.Project gallerySee allShow lessArchitects and Structural Engineers: Can’t We All Just Get Along?ArticlesThe Construction Details of ELEMENTAL’s Incremental HousingMisc Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/872705/house-paes-marcos-franchini Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/872705/house-paes-marcos-franchini Clipboard CopyHouses•Nova Lima, Brazil 2016center_img Projects “COPY” Photographs Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / Reverbo+ 16 Share House Paes / Marcos FranchiniSave this projectSaveHouse Paes / Marcos Franchini Architects: Marcos Franchini Area Area of this architecture project Area:  260 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  House Paes / Marcos Franchinilast_img read more

Concern that imprisoned journalist, José Luis García Paneque, could die soon

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first_img to go further New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Receive email alerts May 6, 2020 Find out more RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago RSF_en On the second anniversary of his arrest, Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today at the dramatic decline in the health of José Luis García Paneque, 39, the editor of the independent news agency Libertad, who has lost 40 kg over the past two years in the prisons where he has been serving a 24-year sentence.”García Paneque was unjustly imprisoned simply for being an independent journalist and keeping him in detention any longer could be fatal, so we urgently call on the Cuban authorities to release him to allow him to receive the medical care he needs,” the press freedom organization said.His wife, Yamilé Llanes Labrada, told Reporters Without Borders: “My husband weighed 86 kg when he was arrested and weighs 40 kg less now. He has a case of intestinal malabsorption that is life-threatening. He is weak and emaciated. He has had untreated diarrhea for the past 15 months. He needs food rich in animal protein but is not getting any access to it. He is extremely malnourished and won’t survive if he stays in prison.”García Paneque has been hospitalized twice because of his condition. He was taken from Santa Clara prison in the centre of the country, where he began to serve his sentence, to the Vladimir Lenin hospital in the eastern city of Holguín. The following November, he was admitted to the infirmary of Havana’s Combinado del Este prison, where he is still held.”The diagnosis has been confirmed but my husband is still not getting the food and care he needs,” said Llanes Labrada, who previously contacted Reporters Without Borders about her husband in mid-January. “The authorities know his condition is incompatible with detention but they neither say nor do anything. She said she was also worried about the psychological impact on their four children, who are “traumatized by the fact that their father is being treated so badly.” March 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern that imprisoned journalist, José Luis García Paneque, could die soon Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Follow the news on Cuba News CubaAmericas CubaAmericas News October 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders issues an urgent appeal for the release of José Luis García Paneque, the editor of the independent news agency Libertad. Two years after his arrest, he is in a state of advanced malnutrition and keeping him in prison could prove fatal. News News Help by sharing this information Organisation October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Sentenced for chain attack on store assistant

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first_imgNewsLocal NewsSentenced for chain attack on store assistantBy admin – December 17, 2011 763 Linkedin Twitter Print Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Email Facebook AN ANGOLAN national was jailed for nine months after he struck a shop worker with a bicycle chain in the head as he demanded a refund for an earlier purchase.  Rogerio Joao, aged 43, with an address at Apartment 1, Catherine Street, was charged with the section 3 assault of the female cashier, on September 21 last.  Joao, the court was told in evidence by Sergeant Donal Cronin, entered the William Street store and went to the upstairs till area, confronted the female cashier and made a demand for the refund of an earlier purchase he made. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The injured party, Sabrina Douglas, was struck by the defendant in the head with a bicycle chain.  Rogerio wanted to return the chain, valued at €4.99, but became agitated during the confrontation. Ms Douglas suffered a laceration and a soft tissue wound and was treated at the Mid Western Regional Hospital for her injuries. The accused was restrained by security staff and arrested by Garda Noel Nash, and conveyed to Henry Street Garda Station, where he was charged with the assault. John Herbert, solicitor, told the court that Joao was resident in Ireland for the last 13 years and came to Limerick after he was subject to military persecution due to his connection with an independence movement in his home province of Nivenda. The court was told the accused was on social welfare and of a nervous disposition due to his beliefs in his home country. John Herbert told the court that Joao was apologetic to the injured party and the court for his actions, and that there was no dispute with Ms Douglas. Judge Eamon O’Brien convicted and sentenced him to nine months in prison and granted leave to appeal by setting recognisance at a cash lodgement of €3,000. Joao was taken into custody. Previous articleHospital gets three red alerts from examinersNext articleAction demanded for prime city site adminlast_img read more

Online Foreclosure Services Expanded

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first_img June 30, 2020 1,148 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Hubzu, an online real estate marketing platform, today announced it now offers customers some of the broadest coverage in the country for foreclosure auction services. It recently began conducting full-service online foreclosure auction sales in Ohio, making it one of the first in the industry to do so. With that expansion, Hubzu now provides marketing for foreclosure auctions nationwide and full-service foreclosure coverage in 17 states with more on the way.The Hubzu online platform is an end-to-end asset management disposition solution for residential foreclosure, short sale, REO, deed in lieu, CWCOT, and retail property auctions. Hubzu simplifies the purchase and sales process for buyers, sellers, and brokers of foreclosure and other properties with transparent bidding and streamlined transaction support. Supported by a strong focus on customer feedback, data, and analytics, Hubzu has facilitated the sale of over 221,000 homes nationwide with over 4.5 million bids placed since 2009.The Hubzu platform helps improve third-party sales by increasing exposure of each property through extensive, multichannel marketing and optimized disposition strategies. Most properties are marketed on over 200 syndication sites, and many with premium placement and customized branding. Properties are also promoted through targeted emails to a database of 1.75 million registered users. Sellers and their listing agents who market their properties on Hubzu also have access to a display advertising network that has driven 8.6 million property views annually and industry-leading SEM strategies that have garnered approximately 53 million advertising impressions to date.Hubzu is one of the first auction companies to utilize newer foreclosure rules in Ohio that allow a private selling officer to conduct the foreclosure sale completely online. It has also incorporated all its auction marketing best practices into Hubzu’s easy-to-use online foreclosure auctions in order to help maximize participation, bids and, ultimately, third-party sales rates.“We are very excited to provide full online foreclosure auctions in additional states,” said Travis Britsch, Hubzu Vice President of Auctions. “Hubzu is dedicated to providing top auction services to our clients wherever their foreclosure properties are located. Our goal is to enhance the overall auction experience for prospective buyers and maximize live and online sales performance for our clients.”Hubzu is in the process of expanding the number of full-service auction states it serves. In late 2020, Hubzu anticipates deploying new integrated online and mobile technology solutions that connect the platform with live on-site foreclosure auctions. This will provide buyers with the ability to place proxy bids, help improve efficiency and increase third-party sale rates. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Online Foreclosure Services Expanded 2020-06-30 Mike Albanese About Author: Mike Albanese Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: COVID-19 Causing Economic Hardship in California Next: The Rise of Fintech in Housing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles Online Foreclosure Services Expandedlast_img read more

Second fisherman dies after being overcome with fumes in Killybegs

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first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Previous articleConcerns raised over broken street lights in Ballyarnet villageNext articleParis St Germain reportedly bid for Seamus Coleman News Highland Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Second fisherman dies after being overcome with fumes in Killybegs Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – August 28, 2015 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire A second fisherman has died after being overcome by fumes while working on a trawler in Killybegs on Monday.A 27-year-old man from Co Galway was pronounced dead shortly after the incident.A second fisherman, who was in his 40s and from the Philippines, was also overcome by fumes when he tried to help his colleague.He has died at Letterkenny General Hospital.Separate investigations are underway by Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority.last_img read more

High Courts Weekly Roundup

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first_imgNews UpdatesHigh Courts Weekly Roundup Akshita Saxena18 Oct 2020 6:10 AMShare This – xWeek Commencing From October 12, 2020 Till October 18, 2020 Allahabad High Court 1. Hathras Victim Was At Least Entitled To Decent Cremation; State Action Infringed Her Human Rights: Allahabad HC [Suo-Moto Inre: Right To Decent & Dignified Last Rites/Cremation] Dissatisfied with the reasons given by the UP administration for hasty cremation of the body of 19-year old Dalit…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWeek Commencing From October 12, 2020 Till October 18, 2020 Allahabad High Court 1. Hathras Victim Was At Least Entitled To Decent Cremation; State Action Infringed Her Human Rights: Allahabad HC [Suo-Moto Inre: Right To Decent & Dignified Last Rites/Cremation] Dissatisfied with the reasons given by the UP administration for hasty cremation of the body of 19-year old Dalit woman in the Hathras gangrape and murder case, the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court expressed its displeasure on the entire incident and deprecated the local authorities for violating the victim and her family’s human and fundamental rights. “India is a country which follows the religion of humanity, where each one of us are supposed to respect each other in life and in death. However, the above facts and circumstances, as of now, ex facie, reveal that the decision to cremate the victim in the night without handing over the body to the family members or their consent was taken jointly by the administration at the local level and was implemented on the orders of the District Magistrate, Hathras. This action of the State Authorities, though in the name of law and order situation, is prima facie an infringement upon the human rights of the victim and her family,” the Bench of Justices Pankaj Mithal and Rajan Roy observed. The Court directed the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) to come out with a draft policy by the next date of hearing, so that proper guidelines in that regard may be laid to avoid incidents of this kind in future. Also Read: ‘Aware Of 2013 Amendment?’ : Allahabad HC Asks UP ADGP Who Denied Rape In Hathras Case Also Read: ‘Not Allowed To See Her Face For Last Time’ : Hathras Victim’s Family Break Down Before Allahabad HC Also Read: Would You Have Burnt Body If Victim’s Family Was Well-to-Do? Allahabad HC Asks Hathras DM 2. “How It Is Possible For Fair Price Shop Dealer To Change Aadhaar Number In The Database Which Is Accessible Only To NIC , Asks Allahabad HC [Awadhesh Kumar v. State of UP] The Single Bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Gupta enquired how it is possible for a fair price shop dealer to change the Aadhaar number in the data base which is accessible only to the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The Court asked the Principal Secretary, Food & Civil Supply Department, of the UP Government to file a personal affidavit and explain how a private individual could manipulate the data maintained by a Central authority. 3. Allahabad HC Says Disqualification Of Ex-MLA Azam Khan Not A Judgment Of Public Nature; Grants Bail In Criminal Case For Filing Fake Affidavit In Assembly Elections [Mohd. Abdullah Azam Khan v. State of UP] held that its verdict disqualifying Mohd. Abdullah Azam Khan from the membership of the State Legislative Assembly for falsifying his age in the affidavit, is not a “judgment of public nature” conclusive for the purpose of consideration of bail application in the criminal case arising out of such falsification. (Section 41 of the Evidence Act contemplates Judgments in-rem (regarding status of a person are effective against everybody while judgment), whereas Section 42 contemplated Judgments in-personem (binds only parties and not relevant in any case of subsequent proceedings)) 4. Non-Function Of JJ Boards Against Mandate Of A. 15(3) & UNCRC: Allahabad HC Directs State Govt. To Fill Vacancies At least 6 Months Prior To Falling Due [Ishwari Prasad Tiwari v. State of UP & Ors.] Reiterating that non-function of the Juvenile Justice Boards is clearly against the mandate of Article 15(3) and against the solemn promise made in the form of ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children treaty, the Bench of Justices Shashi Kant Gupta and Pankaj Bhatia observed that in the future, the State Government should ensure that the vacancies are expeditiously filled up and steps for filling the vacancies be taken at least six months prior to the date of the vacancy falling due. 5. Covid-19: Allahabad HC Asks DGP To Prepare A ‘Definite Modus Operandi’ To Ensure Social Distancing, 100% People Wear Masks [In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres…] On being informed that despite constant directions people are not taking seriously the wearing of masks, the Bench comprising of Justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar asked the Director General of Police to file a personal affidavit, indicating a “definite modus operandi” by which he proposes to ensure compliance. 6. Allahabad HC Orders Govt Not To Demolish Properties Till Expiry Of Period To File An Appeal/ Disposal Of Appeal [Abbas Ansari & Anr. v. State of UP & Ors.] A Bench comprising of Justices Shashi Kant Gupta and Pankaj Bhatia directed the state authorities, not to undertake demolition activities until expiry of the period for filing an appeal against the demolition order, or in case where an appeal has been filed, until disposal of its interim application. It also directed the Appellate authority empowered the U.P. (Regulation of Building Operations) Act, 1958 and the U.P. Urban Planning and Development Act, 1973, should endeavour to decide the interim applications filed along with the appeals, if any, expeditiously preferably within a period of two weeks from the date of filing of the interim application. Andhra Pradesh High Court 1. [Andhra HC Vs Jagan Govt] HC Orders CBI Inquiry Into Cases Registered For Defamatory Remarks Against Judiciary By YSRCP Leaders The Bench of Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice J. Uma Devi ordered CBI Inquiry into cases registered for defamatory remarks against Judiciary by YSRCP leaders. The order came days after Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, wrote a complaint to the Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde, alleging that some High Court judges are attempting to protect the interests of the major opposition party, Telugu Desom Party, in politically sensitive matters. Also Read: “Confidence Of People In Judiciary At Stake”: Plea In SC Against Andhra Govt’s Press Conference Accusing Justice NV Ramana And HC Judges Also Read: “Misused Position For Making False, Political And Scandalising Remarks”: Plea In SC To Remove Andhra CM For Allegations Against Justice Ramana Bombay High Court 1. Parle Products’ Packaging Copied By Future Group, Observes Bombay HC; Passes Injunction Against Violation [Parle Products Pvt. Ltd & Anr. v. Future Consumer Ltd. & Ors.] Biscuit manufacturers Parle and Future Consumer Ltd are having a litigation in the Bombay High Court over a dispute related to the infringement of trademarks in packaging A bench of Justice KR Shriram observed that the Future Consumer Ltd has violated the trademarks of Parle products in packaging, and passed an ad-interim injunction against it. The bench was hearing an interim application in a commercial suit filed by Parle. The court made the aforesaid observation after comparing defendant’s products “CrackO”, “Kracker King” and “Peek-a-Boo” with the plaintiff’s products namely “MONACO”, “KRACKJACK” and “HIDE & SEEK”. 2. [Covid-19] Doctors Should Regard The Call For Service To Be Rendered As A Call For Joining ‘National Duty’: Bombay HC [Dr. Sanchit Mohan & Ors. v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] Refusing interim relief in a plea against alleged arbitrary placement of doctors at various Government hospitals for one-year mandatory public service, the Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni observed, “In these difficult times of the pandemic, people in the rural areas need adequate medical treatment and we are of the prima facie opinion that doctors like the petitioners and the others should regard the call for service to be rendered as a call for joining ‘national duty’, so as to reach out to the distressed and the needy.” 3. Payal Ghosh Tenders Unconditional Apology To Richa Chadha For Defamatory Remarks; Bombay HC Records Settlement [Richa Chadda v. Payal Ghosh] Bench of Justice AK Menon accepted the undertaking submitted by actor Payal Ghosh tendering unconditional apology to actor Richa Chadha in the former’s defamation suit against Ghosh, Kamal R Khan and news channel ABN Telugu for dragging her name into Ghosh’s allegations against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. As a result of the same, the suit against Ghosh – which had sought damages to the tune of Rupees 1.1 crore – has ended but it continues against the other two parties. 4. ‘Self-Regulation Of Media Has Failed’, Says Bombay HC In Plea Against ‘Media Trial’ In SSR Case While hearing a batch of Public Interest Litigation(PIL) petitions seeking to regulate “media trial” in the case relating to the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice G S Kulkarni expressed concerns at the lack of regulation on the electronic and urged the Central Government to think of appropriate measures to control the problem of “trial by media”. It wondered why there was no statutory regulatory body for the electronic media like the Press Council of India, which oversees the print media. Calcutta High Court 1. ‘It Is Obvious That Schools Have Incurred Less Expenditure Over A Prolonged Period Of Time’: Calcutta HC Orders Min 20% Reduction In Private School Fees [Vineet Ruia v. Department of School Education & Ors.] The Bench comprising of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya slashed the fees charged by private schools in the State by 20%. It further said that collection of non-essential charges for use of facilities, such as laboratory, extracurricular activities, etc., shall not be permissible during the months that the schools have not functioned in the physical mode. It has also directed, “There will no increase in fees during financial year 2020-21…Session fees traditionally charged periodically will be permissible, but again, subject to a maximum of 80 per cent of the quantum charged for the corresponding period in the financial year 2019-20.” 2. ‘Dignity Of Woman Must Be Protected; Utterance Was Defamatory’, Calcutta HC Quashes FIR By Mahua Moitra Against Babul Supriyo; Says Mahua Free To Take Action For Defamation [Babul Supriyo v. State of West Bengal & Anr.] The Bench of Justice Bibek Chaudhuri quashed the Criminal Proceedings launched against the Union Minister Babul Supriyo, based on a charge sheet filed by the State Police in an FIR lodged by Mahua Moitra (Presently Member of Parliament) alleging that objectionable remark was made against her by Babul Supriyo during a TV Debate. However, the Court opined that such deliberate utterance made by the petitioner was defamatory statement within the meaning of Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code and that Mahua Moitra was at liberty to take any action, according to law, before the appropriate forum. Also Read: ‘Prima Facie Humiliated Dignity & Honour Of A Woman’: Calcutta HC On Babul Supriyo’s Remarks Against Mahua Moitra 3. Application U/s 9 Of Arbitration & Conciliation Act Can Be Filed Where A Part Of The Cause Of Action Has Arisen: Calcutta HC [Srei Equipment Finance Ltd v. Seirra Infraventure Pvt Ltd] A Single Bench of Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya observed that an application under section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act can be filed where a part of the cause of action has arisen. The Court observed that an application under section 9 for interim relief urged in the background of an arbitration agreement between the parties is time-sensitive where the court has to decide on a prima facie assessment of the materials available before it. 4. Calcutta HC Upholds Govt. Durga Puja Grant: Puja Committees In State Directed To Utilise It For Buying COVID Protection Gear [Sourav Dutta v. State of West Bengal & Ors.] The Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee refused to invalidate the State Government’s notification which provided for disbursements of Rs. 50,000 each for Committees/Organisers of Durga Puja festivities across the State. “Since Durga Puja may be the biggest festival in the State, irrespective of such festival being connected with a religious occasion, the festivities can be the springboard for promoting socially relevant programmes and there may not be any religious flavour to such secular programmes being pursued,” the Court held. Chhattisgarh High Court 1. No FIR Can Be Registered For Offence Under Section 188 Of IPC : Chhattisgarh HC [Dr. Apurva Ghiya v. State of Chhattisgarh & Ors.] A single bench of Justice Sanjay K Agrawal held that the police cannot register an FIR for the offence under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. Holding thus, the Court quashed an FIR registered against a doctor who was alleged to have violated the directions issued by the Collector in the wake of COVID-19. Section 188 IPC deals with the offence relating to disobedience of an order promulgated by a public servant. The Court noted that as per Section 195(1)(a)(i) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, a court can take cognizance of any offence punishable under Sections 172 to 188(both inclusive) of the IPC only on the complaint in writing of the public servant concerned. Delhi High Court 1. ‘Petitioners Are Like Any Other Couple You Might Meet, Except They Belong To Same Sex’: Delhi HC Issues Notice In Plea Seeking Marriage Equality For Same-Sex Couples Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Justice Asha Menon issued notice in a couple of writ petitions seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples in India. Also Read: Marriage Equality For Same-Sex Couples: The Delhi HC Says This Is Not an Adversarial Petition 2. Delhi HC Issues Notice In Anil Ambani’s Plea Seeking Impleadment of Chinese Banks In His Case Against SBI The Division Bank of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajneesh Bhatnagar issued notice in an application moved by Anil Ambani seeking the impleadment of Chinese banks in his pending petition challenging the appointment of a Resolution Professional for personal guarantee given by him for loans taken by Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) and Reliance Infratel Ltd (RITL) from the State Bank of India. 3. To Address The Issue of Data Privacy of Students Taking Online Exams, Delhi HC Directs DU To Produce Its Data Retention Policy [Anupam & Ors. v. DU] In order to address the legal issue concerning the data privacy of students who appeared for the online Open Book Exams (OBE), the Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh directed the Delhi University to produce its policy on the retention of answer scripts both in physical and electronic forms. 4. Picture Of Deceased Wife Being Circulated Depicting Her As Victim Of Hathras Case: Delhi HC Directs Centre To Act On Complaint By Husband Expeditiously [X v. MeitY] In a case, wherein the photograph of a deceased lady is being circulated on various social media platforms wrongly depicting her as the victim of the unfortunate Hath Rape & Murder case, the Bench of Justice Navin Chawla directed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technologies & Ors. (MeitY) to act on the complaint expeditiously. 5. Delhi HC Refuses To Stay FIRs Registered Under Triple Talaq Law, Says Prima Facie, Criminalisation Acts As A Deterrent Against Triple Talaq [Nadeem Khan v. Union of India & Ors.] The Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajneesh Bhatnagar noted that as per its prima facie view, merely because triple talaq has been declared to be void and illegal, it does not mean that the legislature could not have made the continuation of such practice, an offence. The Court further observed that the object of Section 4 of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, is to discourage the age old and traditional practice of pronouncement of talaq by a Muslim husband upon his wife by resort to talaq-e-biddat i.e. triple talaq. 6. Full Bench Order On Extension of Parole In Light of COVID19 Applies To Both Parole Granted By Jail And By The Court: Delhi HC [Pradeep v. State of Delhi] The Single Bench of Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani clarified that no distinction can be created between prisoners who were released on parole by the jail authorities and those who were granted parole by the court, for availing the benefits of the extension order passed by the Full Bench of the court. It noted that if such a distinction is created then the entire exercise of decongesting prisons, undertaken in compliance with the Supreme Court’s directions, would be rendered futile. 7. [Delhi Riots] Delhi HC Directs ‘Zee News’ To Disclose Source From Where The Alleged Confessional Statement Of An Accused Was Received [Asif Iqbal Tanha v. State of NCT of Delhi & Ors.] The Bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru directed ‘Zee News’ Channel to file an affidavit clearly disclosing the source from where the alleged confessional statement of the petitioner (Asif Iqbal Tanha) was received, after the DCP Special Cell, New Delhi, informed the Court that none of the police personnel involved in the investigation leaked out any details of the investigation. Gujarat High Court 1. [Online Rummy] Gujarat HC Directs State Govt To Treat PIL For Regulation Of Online Gambling As A Representation [Amit M Nair v. State of Gujarat] The Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala observed that the present legal framework in reference to gambling should be regulated to include virtual/ online/ Cyber space gambling. Thus, it directed the State Government to consider a PIL, seeking regulation of online gambling, as a representation, and do the needful in the “larger public interest”. Jammu and Kashmir High Court 1. ‘Loot To Own Policy’: J&K HC Orders CBI Inquiry Against High Ranking Govt & Police Officials For Alleged Encroachment Of Public Land [Prof. SK Bhalla v. State of J&K & Ors.] Shocked by the “loot to own policy” implemented by the high-ranking Government and police officials in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir to grab public land, the Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal ordered a CBI inquiry. The Court also directed the UT administration to upload the details of the land which are in illegal and unauthorized occupation, along with identities of all influential persons (including ministers, legislators, bureaucrats, government officials, police officers, businessmen etc.) holding benami. 2. The Manner In Which Presiding Officer Of Tribunal Is Passing Orders Doesn’t Inspire Confidence: J&K HC Calls For Copies Of All the Orders Passed By Him [Inhabitants of Gogji Bagh, Srinagar v. UT of J&K & Ors.] In an extraordinary order, the Bench of Justice Sanjay Dhar and Justice Rajesh Bindal sought copies of all the orders passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Special Tribunal (JKST) to the Registrar Vigilance of the Court, from the date he joined as Presiding Officer of the Tribunal. The Court was compelled to observe, “The manner in which the Presiding Officer-Abdul Majid Bhat of the Tribunal is passing orders does not inspire confidence. Many orders passed by the same Officer were challenged before Jammu bench of this Court as well. Compounding has been allowed of major violations ignoring the provisions of Rules and Regulations.” Jharkhand High Court 1. No Room For Any Laches Or Laxity While Investigating Heinous Crime Against Women & Children: Jharkhand HC Reprimands Police For Shoddy Investigation [Chandrika Yadav v. State of Jharkhand & Ors.] Bench of Justice Ananda Sen reprimanded the state police for its shoddy investigation in a case where a lady along with her three minor children died because of extensive burn injuries and the allegation is against in-laws, of burning her along with her minor children. “The police, who are investigating a heinous offence, like the one, which is in hand, has to act professionally with utmost sense of responsibility while investigating the offence. There is no room for any laches or laxity while investigating a heinous crime against women and children, nor any laches can be tolerated. The margin of error is zero,” the Court said. Karnataka High Court 1. Karnataka HC Refuses To Quash Corruption Case Against Former CM H D Kumarswamy [HD Kumarswamy v. State of Karnataka] The Bench of Justice John Michael Cunha refused to quash a criminal case registered against former Chief Minister, H D Kumarswamy, alleging that he denotified two different plots of land acquired by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), during his tenure as Chief Minister between June 2006 and October 2007, for pecuniary gains. The Court said “There is sufficient material to proceed against the petitioner for the alleged offences. In the absence of any material to show that the action initiated against the petitioner is an abuse of process of court and has resulted in failure of justice, there is no ground to quash the impugned proceedings as sought for in the petition.” 2. Shortage Of Attendance Is A Serious Matter: Karnataka HC Dismisses Plea By NLSIU Student [Madhav Miturka v. VC, NLSIU] Bench of Justice Krishna Dixit dismissed a petition filed by a student of National Law School of India University seeking evaluation of his project work and promotion to third year of the B.A. LLB (Hons) Course, despite low attendance. It observed, “The attendance of the petitioner in this ‘Premier Law School’ is too short to be little; this indisputable statistical data militate against his claim for the grant of equitable relief in writ jurisdiction.” 3. Allegations In Matrimonial Case Can Lead To Criminal Defamation: Karnataka HC [Sushma Rani v. H.N. Nagaraja Rao] The Bench of Justice Dr. HB Prabhakara Sastry convicted a woman under section 500 of Indian Penal Code on the finding that the statements made by her against her husband before the Family Court in a matrimonial case amounted to ‘criminal defamation’. The Court held that pleadings filed in court and depositions made in the case amount to ‘publication’ within the meaning of Section 499, and such statements, if defamatory, can lead to conviction. 4. No Bar On Step Parent To Become Adoptive Parent Of Child: Karnataka HC [Balakrishna Gottipati & Anr. v. Nil] Observing that “by the process of adoption, the child is transplanted into the family of his natural father and step-mother thereby creating a permanent parent-child relationship,” the bench of Justice John Michael Cunha declared a stepmother as the legally adoptive mother of the minor child and the couple as parents of a minor child for all legal purposes. 5. Renewal Of Passport Cannot Be Refused Because Of Criminal Case Pending Against Applicant: Karnataka HC [Krishna Chiranjeevi Rao Palukuri Venkata v. Union Of India] A bench of Justice Hemant Chandanagoudar said that section 6(2)(f) of the Passport Act, by which Passport Authority can refuse issuing a fresh passport to a person against whom criminal case is pending in India, will not apply in cases where the applicant is seeking renewal of his passport. 6. [Transgender Rules 2020] Karnataka HC Directs Educational Institution To Change The Name Of A Transgender, And Her Gender As Female [Christina Lobo v. State of Karnataka & Ors.] The Bench of Justice John Michael Cunha observed that under the recently notified ‘The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020’ (Rule 3), the transgender persons who have officially recorded their change in gender, whether as male, female or transgender, prior to the coming into the force of the Act are not required to submit an application for a certificate of identity under these rules. In view thereof it directed the State Of Karnataka (Department Of Pre-University Education), The Karnataka Secondary Education, CBSE, Rajiv Gandhi University Of Health Sciences (Bengaluru) and Father Muller Medical College (Mangalore) to change the name and gender of the petitioner (a Transgender) in their respective educational records as her chosen name and her gender as “female” and issue revised marks card. Kerala High Court 1. Strict Action Against Investigating Officers/ Media If Confessions Are Leaked/Discussed During Investigation: Kerala HC [Jollyamma Joseph v. State of Kerala] “Stringent actions will be taken by this court,” warned the Bench of Justice PV Kunhikrishnan against the general trend of divulging the materials collected during pendency of any investigation, to the public/ media. Deprecating such practice, the Bench reaffirmed, “An investigating officer cannot divulge any materials collected during the investigation to the public or media.” 2. Wife Obtaining Husband’s Consent For Marriage Without Revealing Her Cardiac Ailments Is Nothing Short Of Fraud: Kerala HC [Ajitha & Ors. v. Harshan] In a matrimonial dispute, wherein the wife, without revealing her cardiac ailments, had obtained the consent of the husband for marriage, the Bench of Justice A. M. Shaffique and Justice Mary Joseph held that this was the case of suppression of material factum and was undoubtedly a foul play and nothing short of fraud. 3. Slapping Complainant By Police Isn’t Due Discharge Of His Official Duty; Not Entitled To Protection Under S. 197 CrPC: Kerala HC [CR Raju v. State of Kerala & Anr.] The Bench of Justice N. Anil Kumar observed that in order to get the protection under Section 197 of Cr.P.C., the act constituting the offence should be so connected with the official duty or should be an act which is inseparable from such duty. In this context, the Court opined, “The conduct of summoning the complainant to the police station and torturing him at the police station had no relation to the discharge of the official duties of the police. While the case of the complainant is an assault on him by the accused at the police station, sanction for prosecution was wholly unnecessary. The act complained of was not an act connected with the discharge of official duty.” Madhya Pradesh High Court 1. ‘Purely Policy Matter’, MP HC Rules That Export Ban On N95 Masks/PPE Kits Doesn’t Amount To Violation Of Fundamental Right Of Trade/Business [Akshay N. Patel v. RBI & Anr.] The Bench of Justice S. C. Sharma and Justice Shailendra Shukla ruled that ban of export in respect of KN95 Masks, Personal Protective Equipment Kits and other products does not amount to violation of fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India. It further ruled that the same is purely a policy matter and the Government of India does have the power to frame Trade Policy in exercise of powers conferred under the Foreign Trade (Development & Regulation) Act, 1992. 2. Can’t Issue Blanket Order To Restrict Circulation Of News On Whatsapp, Facebook Etc. On Wild Allegations: MP HC [Madhav Singh Yadav v. State of MP & Ors.] The Bench of Justice S. C. Sharma and Justice Shailendra Shukla refused to put a blanket order to restrict the circulation of news on WhatsApp, Facebook etc. while holding that such a direction cannot be passed based on “wide allegations” levelled by the petitioner and grievances if any, should be raised as per statue. Madras High Court 1. Madras HC Initiates Contempt Proceedings Against Advocate For Falsely Accusing Its Registrar Of Being Ineligible To Hold Office; Imposes Cost Of Rs. 5L [B. Sathishkumar v. Secretary to Government & Ors.] Noting that the Advocate in this case had “transcended all barriers of ethical behaviour by filing a false affidavit” that too against an important functionary of the High Court (Registrar (Vigilance)), the Bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy suspended his license to practice, until further orders. The Court also imposed an exemplary cost of Rs. 5,00,000 on the Petitioner for committing perjury and directed the Registrar General to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against him. 2. Credit Rating Agencies Not Discharging ‘Public Functions’; Writ Not Maintainable Against It : Madras HC [Mahasemam Trust v. Union of India & Anr.] The Bench of Justice G. R. Swaminathan held that a Credit Rating Agency cannot be characterized as “State” within the meaning of Article 12 of the Constitution of India and cannot be considered as discharging any public function. Significantly, the Court observed, “Rating is an exercise that is carried out by financial analysts and professionals. Writ Court should not assume jurisdiction in matters which are better handled by experts.” 3. Advocates Permitted To Participate In Proceedings Before Banking Ombudsman Under 2006 RBI Scheme?: Madras HC To Consider The bench of Chief Justice A. P. Shah and Justice Senthil Kumar Ramamoorthy agreed to consider the issue of permissibility of participation of advocates in proceedings before Ombudsman under the Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006 promulgated by Reserve Bank of India. The bench had called upon counsel for the respondents to come forward explaining the nature of the functions of the Ombudsman and the powers exercised by him in order to ascertain as to whether the nature of the proceedings do require any such legal assistance and can be barred or not. 4. ‘Transition Of Unitilized Input Tax Credit Only For Taxes And Duties Subsumed By GST’ : Madras HC Disallows Credit For 3 Cesses [Assistant Commissioner of CGST and Central Excise & Ors. v. Sutherland Global Services & Ors.] In an important judgment that can have pan-India implications, the bench comprising Justices Dr.Vineet Kothari and Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy held that the cesses that have not been subsumed by the Goods and Service Tax laws cannot be carried forward to claim set off against output tax credit. “Only the seven specified duties as “Eligible Duties” in respect of inputs held in stock and inputs contained in semi finished or finished goods held in stock on the appointed date i.e. 01.07.2017 will be eligible to be carried forward and adjusted against GST Output Tax Liability with reference to Explanation 1. Apparently, Education Cess and Secondary and Higher Education Cess or Krishi Kalyan Cess are absent from the seven categories in Explanation 1. Therefore, on a plain meaning, such three Cesses in question cannot be inserted in Explanation 1 to cover them for being carried forward with reference to Explanation 1 which applies for specified four Sub-sections of Section 140 of the Act,” it held. Patna High Court 1. Foreign National Doesn’t Automatically Become Indian Citizen On Marriage; Voter ID, Aadhaar, PAN Etc. Not Proof Of Citizenship: Patna HC [Kiran Gupta v. State Election Commission] The bench comprising the Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar held that a foreign national does not automatically become an Indian citizen on marriage with a citizen. It further observed that mere possession of a Pan Card; a Voter ID Card; or an Aadhar Card cannot be said to be proof of Indian Citizenship. The court also added that relinquishment of Citizenship of Nepal does not confer any right of Indian Citizenship. 2. [Tablighi Jamaat] Patna HC Consolidates Cases From All Over Bihar; Transfers To Patna District [Emdadul Hoque v. State of Bihar] The Bench of Justice Rajeev Ranjan Prasad directed the transfer of all the Tablighi Jamaat related cases pending in different district courts in the State of Bihar to one particular trial court at Patna. It , however, left it to the discretion of the Chief Justice, Patna HC to allot the cases to a particular Trial Court at Patna. Punjab & Haryana High Court 1. ‘District Judge Has Shown Undue Favour To Plaintiffs’ : Punjab & Haryana HC Seeks Explanation From Judge; Transfers Case [SBI v. Neeraj Saluja & Ors.] In an extraordinary order, the bench of Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan sought an explanation from a District Judge, after noting that the judge has shown “undue favors” to plaintiffs in a suit. The High Court made this observation in a petition filed by the State Bank of India challenging an order of interim injunction passed by District Judge, Nawanshahar (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar), restraining the bank from taking coercive steps against the company with respect to default of around Rs 1100 crores. After the District Court passed the injunction order, the plaintiff did not appear before the trial court in the suit, resulting in the suit getting dismissed for non-prosecution. 2. P&H HC Repels Challenge Against Pre-Deposit Condition For Appeal Under Section 43(5) Of RERA [Experion Developers Pvt. Ltd v. State of Haryana & Ors.] A division bench of Justice Dr. S Muralidhar and Justice Avneesh Jhingan repelled the challenge against the constitutionality of the condition for pre-deposit prescribed under Section 43(5) of the Real Estate Regulation and Development Act, 2016 for filing of an appeal by a promoter before the Appellate Authority against any direction of the adjudicating officer. It applied the settled principle that the right to appeal was not a vested right and was a creature of the statute and that conditions can be imposed for filing appeal. It also rejected the argument that imposing the condition only on “promoters” was discriminatory. 3. Homebuyer Can Pursue Remedies Under RERA & Consumer Protection Act Simultaneously: P&H HC [Experion Developers Pvt. Ltd. v. State of Haryana & Ors.] A division bench of Justices Dr S Mularidhar and Avneesh Jhangan observed that a homebuyer can pursue the remedies under the Real Estate(Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 and the Consumer Protection Act simultaneously. It held that it is not mandatory that a person, whose complaint is pending before the Consumer Forum, should have it transferred to the Adjudicating Officer under the RERA. The Court noted that the proviso to Section 71(1) is an enabling proviso, which enables a person whose complaint is pending in the consumer fora under the CPA to opt to withdraw such complaints to go before the AO. This has to be read along with Section 88 of the RERA, which states that the provisions of the Act are “in addition to, and not in derogation of, the provisions of any other law for the time being in force.” Tripura High Court 1. [COVID-19] Duty Of Press Is To Play Positive Role In Bringing Awareness Amongst People About Their Social Responsibilities: Tripura HC [Court on own motion] In the context of Coronavirus, the Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice S. Talapatra observed that it expects the press to play a positive role and be a catalyst to spread the message of taking all necessary precautions, follow the Government guidelines in general and for holding Durga Puja ceremonies at public places in particular. The Bench further observed, “The press has undoubtedly a very important and at times onerous duty to publish news which may also be sometimes critical of the administration. The press also has a public duty to carry a correct message and play a positive role in bringing awareness amongst the people about their social responsibilities.” Next Storylast_img read more