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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/252663/amir-villa-nextoffice-alireza-taghaboni Clipboard Projects 2011 Amir Villa / Next Office–Alireza TaghaboniSave this projectSaveAmir Villa / Next Office–Alireza Taghaboni Photographs CopyAbout this officeNextOffice–Alireza TaghaboniOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHousesKaraj3D ModelingIranPublished on July 10, 2012Cite: “Amir Villa / Next Office–Alireza Taghaboni” 10 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Manufacturers: BI&L Collections, Classic Aluminium Industry, Nyee Phoe Flower GardenSave this picture!© Marc TeyRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedKitchen Furniture / CountertopsApavisaSlabs – LinetopWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. The Secret Garden House, designed by Singapore based Wallflower Architecture + Design, is situated in the good class bungalow area of Bukit Timah. The owner’s brief was to have a luxurious, tropical, contemporary family home. Being the owners of a construction company and by building it themselves, it would also showcase their professional capabilities. Save this picture!© Marc TeySave this picture!DiagramSave this picture!© Marc TeyThe house sits on an L-shaped site with a narrow and unassuming frontage; On all sides it is surrounded by neighbouring homes. Further in and on a slight rise, the bulk of the land is not visible from the entrance. Most local home buyers would regard the uneven terrain, narrow frontage and lack of prominence as a disadvantage. The architect saw an opportunity in using the terrain to camouflage the bulk of a large house, and the lushness of a secret garden to screen it from prying eyes.Save this picture!© Marc TeySave this picture!1st Floor PlanSave this picture!© Marc TeyAs the spatial and functional requirements were substantial, the architect positioned over a third of the house into the rising land profile, effectively hiding this mass by leveraging on the unique site. The perceived ground floor was set one level above. It allowed for greater privacy from the entrance road and a ‘plateau’-like terrace to compose the rest of the living spaces and gardens.Save this picture!© Marc TeyVisitors are welcomed into the house via a granite cave entrance leading to an ‘underground’ lobby. The prominence of a steel and glass spiral staircase leads visitors up to the living room. The owners had liked the idea of detaching the living and dining spaces and surrounding these by pools and gardens. This ‘plateau’ ground level was planned to be a space that blended indoor and outdoor, soft-scape and hard-scape. It was to be one-space, with several programs, rather than many spaces with determined boundaries and fixed functions. Trees planted heavily around the perimeter form a very private enclosure. Visually secure from outside, the ground plain architecture could then be open and transparent without the owner’s privacy being compromised. Save this picture!© Marc TeyConceptually, the above ground architectural composition is of two rectangular travertine blocks sitting on slender pilotis. The blocks are connected at the second floor by an enclosed bridge floated above the ground plane. A ribbon window cuts around the travertine stone façade. Adjustable vertical timber louvers lined strategically along this band of windows shield the glazing and regulate how much sunlight reaches the interior, as well as ensuring privacy when required.Save this picture!© Marc TeyAn outdoor living deck and roof garden tops-off the composition, and is usefully spacious enough for social gatherings and parties. The deck’s facing is angled to enjoy views to scenic Bukit Timah Hill, the highest point in Singapore.Save this picture!© Marc TeySave this picture!Attic Floor PlanSave this picture!© Marc TeyBasic architectural principles of orientation, thermal mass, sun-screening and natural ventilation are fundamental to the design. It is a house designed for the tropics, expressed by modern materials and contemporary aesthetics. Every floor is designed to be cross-ventilated. Primary to the design ethos are that breezes are to be encouraged and unhindered. In the basement, air flows through the large cave-like garage opening, through the timber slatted lobby and exits via a sizable sunken garden courtyard at the rear that is open to the sky. Above ground, the lifted bedroom blocks are kept passively cool by layers of masonry, air cavities, travertine stone cladding, roof gardens and pergolas. Windows cut heat entry via low-emission glass and timber sunscreens filter the strong tropical sunlight, and transform it into a pattern of light and shadows that play into the interior spaces. Skylights further animate the experience in the course of the day through ever-shifting shafts of light. When the situation necessitates, the entire home can be closed off to tropical rain storms or the haze from pollutive burning. Save this picture!© Marc TeyThe environment engifts you when there is respect and collaboration with both its strengths and weaknesses. In spite of being on an intensely urbanized island with one of the highest population densities in the world, the house recaptures what it is to privately enjoy living in the tropics, with its lushness, vibrancy and beauty ensconced in a secret garden.Save this picture!© Marc TeyProject gallerySee allShow lessSND Cultural & Sports Centre / Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering Ltd.Selected ProjectsParihoa / PattersonsSelected Projects Share Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Secret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + DesignSave this projectSaveSecret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + Design ArchDaily Photographs Save this picture!© Marc Tey+ 41 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/797754/secret-garden-house-wallflower-architecture-plus-design Clipboard CopyHouses•Singapore Projects “COPY” Year: Photographs: Marc Tey Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Singapore ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/797754/secret-garden-house-wallflower-architecture-plus-design Clipboard “COPY” 2015 Secret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + Design CopyAbout this officeWallflower Architecture + DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSingaporePublished on October 24, 2016Cite: “Secret Garden House / Wallflower Architecture + Design” 24 Oct 2016. 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Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 7, 2019 SHARE Previous articleAg Tech Being Targeted by International EspionageNext articleHang On, The Wild Ride Has Just Begun for U.S. Crop Prices Gary Truitt Commentary: Who Can We Count on For Help? Home Commentary Commentary: Who Can We Count on For Help? By Gary TruittThis will be the year that is remembered as the 2019 crop disaster. It is the worst crop year that most reading this column have ever experienced, and it is only July. Even the few that have good crops have had difficulty planting and have suffered extreme weather conditions. While this is not the first such crop disaster in U.S. history, it is the first one in the modern era. It comes at a time of low farm income and of serious financial stress for many farm families. The trade disputes, that the U.S is involved in that have an impact on agriculture, have exacerbated things. So as farmers look for help to make it through these hard times, to whom can they turn?The parade of politicos has already begun. Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and others have taken off their suits, have put on their denim shirts, and have come trooping out to farms across the Midwest to survey the damage. Accompanied by big city media and a gaggle of their staffers anxious for a day out of the office, these vote seekers have come loaded with promises of help and aid. They then pose for photos with the farm family and make statements about how important agriculture is and how much they support it.Forgotten at these times is fact that many of these same officials were, just a few months ago, calling for the elimination of crop insurance, the only thing that is going to keep most farmers on the land in 2019. The low interest loans that typically come along with a disaster designation will be of some help, but passage of USMCA, currently being stalled by Democrats, would help even more. If Republicans really wanted to help the soybean farms they visit this summer, then they need to get after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. He announced that countervailing duties on unfairly subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina would be reduced significantly, while antidumping rates would remain the same. This will limit the amount of U.S. soybeans that can be used for biodiesel.Then there is the media, who finally woke up to the fact that there is a disaster —long after it occurred. Local TV will send out their youngest female reporter who will stand in the field in her heels and gush sympathy and concern. Some place in each of these stories will be the question, “What will this mean for food prices?” That is really what her viewers want to know: will a drop in corn production mean the price of corn flakes will go up?If I sound a bit jaded, well I guess I am. Every time we have a crisis, a crop failure, flood, drought, or whatever, the air is filled with well-meaning sympathetic bunkum. When the crisis is past, so is their concern or support for agriculture.So, who can we turn to for some real support? I think it is us, ourselves. Farmers, ag companies, ag media, farm organizations, we all are tied together and all benefit from each other’s success. A disaster like this should bring us all together in a way that nothing else can. Together we can help each other survive, and that is about all we can do right now — just hang on. The weather will improve, the markets will improve, and agriculture will go on. So let us lift each other up, support each other’s efforts, reach out when you see someone really hurting. Most of us in agriculture have a rather independent streak, but during times like these let’s try to come together so we can all make it through. Facebook Twitter
Zaed Yousufhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/zaed-yousuf/ Senior center Kelton Hollins, who was present at the meeting with Patterson, said in a tweet the team’s leadership told Patterson the slur is unacceptable in any context. ReddIt Gov. Abbott announces new limits to ballot drop-off sites Zaed Yousufhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/zaed-yousuf/ Linkedin Twitter Zaed Yousufhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/zaed-yousuf/ Live results: Super Tuesday Zaed Yousuf + posts printHead coach Gary Patterson issued an apology Tuesday on Twitter after several players walked out of practice the day before.Patterson met with seniors and the leadership council Monday night about how to move forward as a team.In his tweet, Patterson said, “I apologize for the use of a word that, in any context, is unacceptable. I have always encouraged our players to do better and be better and I must live by the same standards.” ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Facebook Previous articleTCU asks court to strike almost 29 pages from plaintiffs’ complaintNext articleClass of 2020 invited to graduate in May 2021 Zaed Yousuf RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Texas voting registration deadline approaching Football players skip practice to protest Gary Patterson’s use of racial slurHead coach Gary Patterson is expected to apologize tonight at a meeting with team leadership for his use of the N-word during Sunday’s practice, Chancellor Victor Boschini said in an email to TCU 360.The matter became public Monday after multiple players took to social media to complain about his actions. Boschini said Patterson, “did not use the word against any individual, or group for that matter, on the team.” TCU head coach Gary Patterson observes practice. (Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.)“He said it trying to ask the players not to use it anymore,” Boschini said. “He has since apologized for doing so in this manner and said it was a teachable moment for him and many others.”Redshirt freshman linebacker Dylan Jordan tweeted Monday that Patterson used the slur while chastising Jordan during practice. His tweet prompted a series of back and forth tweets from players criticizing or defending Patterson. According to Jordan’s tweet, Patterson confronted Jordan at practice regarding a social media post about his girlfriend on National Girlfriend Day.Jordan tweeted that Patterson said Jordan should have asked for permission before making the post. Patterson then complained about Jordan’s use of a racial slur in the locker room, but in doing so, Patterson repeated the slur. On Monday, Jordan also tweeted that several players refused to go to practice in protest of Patterson’s language. Patterson then came into the locker room to speak to the players and again said the word while explaining he was not using it to directly refer to Jordan. Zaed is a senior Business Information Systems and Journalism double major from Madison, Mississippi and is currently the executive editor of Politifrog. Outside the classroom he enjoys spending time with friends, arguing about college football, and attending every TCU sporting event possible. Other players came to Patterson’s defense, saying while he used the racial slur, it was not aimed at anyone directly. Bruh the man said “stop saying n- word in the meetings” Dylan said “what” Coach p said “you’ve been saying “niggas” in meetings not “you nigger” NOW…..the word shouldn’t be used in any form or fashion but Dylan WRONG for making it seem that way…shit is soft of you son !!!!! https://t.co/dzpdciKDot— ThaGreat (@Taymike88) August 3, 2020Senior tight end Artayvious Lynn tweeted that Patterson was attempting to tell players to stop using the word and used it in the process. Sophomore Tre’vius Hodges-Tomlinson also said no one was called the word directly. Lynn added that players met with Patterson and discussed the use of the word and skipped practice to think of ways to move forward. Over the weekend former TCU safety Niko Small tweeted that a racial slur was used by a TCU coach in front of players this weekend. Small’s tweet, which was later deleted, called for Patterson to apologize publicly and to accept the consequences of his actions, while also also saying TCU “needs a huge change.”Small later said while his initial tweet was deleted, he stands behind his statement. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Gary Patterson addresses the media. (Cristian ArguetaSoto/Staff Photographer) Linkedin Zaed Yousufhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/zaed-yousuf/ What we’re reading: Backyard shooting, Hong Kong protests, Trump considers testifying Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution
RSF_en to go further News June 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Politically-motivated boycott of media group by government November 17, 2018 Find out more October 31, 2011 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts May 6, 2011 Find out more RSF condemns harsh penalties for online content in Mauritius News Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam launches blistering attack on independent media MauritiusAfrica MauritiusAfrica Follow the news on Mauritius News Newspaper editor freed pending outcome of appeal Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the Mauritian government’s discriminatory behaviour towards La Sentinelle, the country’s leading media group. The latest example was the exclusion of La Sentinelle’s journalists from a news conference by the finance minister on 27 May, in a violation of the right of access to information. There have been various kinds of discriminatory measures since 2006.“The crisis in relations between the government and La Sentinelle, which has reached unprecedented proportions, is all the more surprising in a country with a long tradition of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It bears all the hallmarks of an attempt by the government to asphyxiate the media group in an act of political revenge.”The press freedom organisation added: “We condemn this behaviour by Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, who often boasts of his country’s modernity but in this case is reacting in a retrograde fashion.”La Sentinelle chairman Jean-Claude de l’Estrac told Reporters Without Borders: “The measures discriminating against us are not new. We have been subject to a systematic boycott by the authorities for the past four years. The harm that this is causing us is now assuming alarming proportions.”In the 27 May incident, police stationed outside the capital’s main government building were given orders to deny entry to journalists from L’Express and 5-Plus Dimanche, two of La Sentinelle’s publications. A Radio One journalist was told: “These journalists are not invited to the finance minister’s news conference and will be turned away if they come.”The political pressure was stepped up during the campaign for last May’s general elections, which returned the government to power. The prime minister, who accuses La Sentinelle of supporting the opposition, warned the editors of L’Express that they would pay the price.The threat began to be carried out as soon as the new government took office in May. A directive was issued to all the ministries, parastatal agencies and libraries to cancel subscriptions to L’Express, depriving La Sentinelle of a not insignificant part of its income.The political boycott of La Sentinelle began four years ago, after a series of critical articles and editorials in L’Express. Air Mauritius, in which the state has a majority stake, ceased in 2006 to make any of the group’s publications available on its flights. The same year, the prime minister told state information services to stop placing any advertising in La Sentinelle’s newspapers.La Sentinelle asked the supreme court on 31 May to issue an injunction preventing state officials from denying its journalists access to public events. The court refused to issue the injunction but has set a hearing for 7 June at which the government will be asked to explain its behaviour.
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Facebook Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – January 6, 2015 Google+ Donegal accounts for over 10% of workplace deaths in 2014 WhatsApp Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Facebook Previous articleMan appears in court in connection to weekend shooting in ChurchillNext articleStandoff between residents and Irish Water contractors in Letterkenny’s Thorndale estate News Highland Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE Twitter More than 10% of those killed in work related accidents during 2014 died in County Donegal.According to the Health and Safety Authority 55 people died in work place accidents last year, 6 of those in Donegal.Figures released by the Health and Safety Authority today show fatalities in the Agriculture sector increased by a massive 87 per cent last year, with 30 people killed compared to 16 in 2013.It’s the fifth year in a row the Agriculture sector recorded the highest number of fatalities.54 per cent of all fatalities involved vehicles in the workplace.Aside from Agriculture, there were increases in fatalities in Manufacturing and the Administrative and Support Services sectors.Of the 6 deaths in Donegal – in January a 21 year old man died in a factory accident. In April a 78 year old make died in the farming/animal breeding environment as did an 84 year-old man in May.In July a 56 year old male died at sea while in November, two 51 year old men died in a farming accident.
News UpdatesHigh Courts Weekly Roundup Akshita Saxena30 Aug 2020 7:38 AMShare This – xWeek Commencing From August 24, 2020 To August 30, 2020 Allahabad High Court 1) [Increasing Number Of COVID Cases In UP] ‘Any Step Lesser Than A LockDown Would Be Of No Help’: Observes Allahabad HC [In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive Respondent] The High Court reiterated its concerns over the spike in Covid cases in…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 August 24, 2020 To August 30, 2020 Allahabad High Court 1) [Increasing Number Of COVID Cases In UP] ‘Any Step Lesser Than A LockDown Would Be Of No Help’: Observes Allahabad HC [In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive Respondent] The High Court reiterated its concerns over the spike in Covid cases in the State and remarked that re-imposing a Lockdown may be the only plausible measure to curb the spread of Covid-19. “For the last several dates, we are being repeatedly assured of concrete steps being taken by the administration of various districts of the State to contain the spread of COVID-19 but the manner and the rise this pandemic has shown in several parts of the State, it is evident that any step lesser than a lockdown, would be of no help,” remarked the Bench of Justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar. Also Read: ‘People Have Got A Wrong Impression That They Can Now Freely Mix With Each Other’: Allahabad HC Suggests Incarceration Of Persons Flouting Physical Distancing Norms Also Read: Social Distancing Seems To Be An ‘Empty Shibboleth’; Treatment System At Government Hospitals Has ‘Collapsed’: Allahabad HC Raps UP Govt 2) BHU Missing Student Case: Allahabad HC Raps UP Police For Filing ‘Vague Affidavit’ [Saurabh Tiwari v. State of UP] The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh slammed the Police authorities for filing a ‘vague affidavit’ instead of giving a complete statement of facts that led to disappearance of a BHU student from Varanasi from Police custody. The Court has now directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Varanasi to remain personally present in the Court on the next date of hearing, i.e. September 3, 2020. 3) Allahabad HC Grants Protection From Arrest To ‘The Scroll’ Journalist Supriya Sharma In FIR Alleging Misrepresentation Of Facts & Statements [Supriya Sharma & Anr. v. State of UP & Ors.] The Division Bench comprising Justices Manoj Misra and Anil Kumar-IX granted protection from arrest to Supriya Sharma, Executive Editor of Scroll.in and also the Editor in Chief of Scroll.in, in connection to an FIR lodged against them by a Varanasi resident for misrepresentation of her statements. The Court observed that Ms. Supriya claimed to be in possession of an audio recording of the interview, the contents of which were reflected in the publication. However, the Court refused to quash the FIR against them, stating that the allegations contained in the FIR disclose commission of cognizable offence. 4) Allahabad HC Grants Bail To 16 Foreign Members Of Tablighi Jamaat [Idrus Umar & Ors. v. State of UP] The bench of Justice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery allowed the bail applications of 16 foreign members of the Tablighi Jamaat, accused of violating of the pandemic protocol and hiding in Prayagraj without any information to the administration. Also Read: ‘They Are Also Entitled To Equal Protection Of Law ‘, Allahabad HC Grants Bail to 6 Foreign Members of Tablighi Jamaat 5) [Covid 19] Stipulate Stricter Time Schedules For Shops; Minimize Conglomeration: Allahabad HC Seeks Road Map From UP Govt To Restrict Public Movement [In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres] The Division Bench comprising Justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar granted two days time to the UP Government to come up with a “complete road map” to minimize public movement and prevent the spread of Covid infection in the state. “We expect stricter time schedules for shops would be there and also every effort would be made to minimize conglomeration of people in public places and in public vehicles. Here it may be mentioned that even though timings of various commercial activities may be substantially reduced but medical shops and dispensaries might be an exception,” the Court suggested. 6) ‘Complete Prohibition Of Essential Religious Practices Is In Proportion To The Unprecedented Pandemic’: Allahabad HC Refuses To Permit Muharram Processions [Japhar Abbas v. Union of India & Ors.] The Division Bench comprising Justices SK Gupta and Shamim Ahmed dismissed a batch of petitions seeking permission to take out Tazia procession during Muharram, on August 29. “It is with a heavy heart that we hold that in these testing times, it is not possible to lift the prohibition by providing any guidelines for regulating the mourning rituals/practice connected with the 10th day of Moharram,” it said. The Court also said that complete prohibition of practices which are essential to our religions is very much in proportion to the unprecedented situation we are faced with. Also Read: “Community May Be Targeted For Spreading Virus” SC Refuses Permission To Hold Muharram Procession Also Read: Only One Tazia To Be Carried In The Entire State; Bombay HC Allows Muharram Procession Of Only 5 Persons With One Videographer Bombay High Court 1) Pension A ‘Property’ U/Article 300 & A Fundamental Right To Livelihood U/Article 21; Bombay HC Imposes 50K Cost On Bank For Deducting Pension Retrospectively [Naini Gopal v. Union of India & Ors.] Division bench of Justice RK Deshpande and Justice NB Suryawanshi imposed a cost of Rs.50,000 on State Bank Of India for deducting more than Rs.3 lakh from 85-year-old pensioner Naini Gopal’s account after the bank concluded that an amount of Rs.872 per month was ‘erroneously paid’ in excess to the petitioner from the October 2007 due to technical error in the system. Court imposed cost towards mental agony and harassment caused by the bank and also for expenses of the said litigation. “We need to remind the Bank that the pension payable to the employees upon superannuation is a ‘property’ under Article 300-A of the Constitution of India and it constitutes a fundamental right to livelihood under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The deprivation, even a part of this amount, cannot be accepted, except in accordance with and authority of law,” the Court said. 2) Low Death Rate & High Recovery Rate Of Covid Patients Not A Mere Coincidence; Bombay HC Lauds Aurangabad Admin & Civic Body, Issues Guidelines [Registrar, Judicial v. Union of India & Ors.] Division bench of Justice RV Ghuge and Justice SD Kulkarni complimented the Aurangabad administration and the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation for their ‘relentless efforts’ in combating Coronavirus and issued several guidelines for “ensuring that the residents of the State do not feel neglected or ignored or deprived of medical assistance.” Further, the Court directed the district collectors in all districts to establish a task force if not already established. The bench also warned action against private hospitals levelling excessive charges on both Covid and non-Covid patients. 3) Contributions Made To The Fund Are Voluntary, No Compulsion For Anyone To Donate; Bombay HC Dismisses Advocate’s PIL Seeking Public Declaration Of PM Cares Fund [Arvind K. Waghmare v. PM Cares Fund & Ors.] Division bench of Justice SB Shukre and Justice AS Kilor dismissed a PIL seeking public declaration of money received for PM Care’s Fund, observing that the contributions made to the said Fund are voluntary in nature and there is no compulsion on anyone to donate. The Court noted that if any person has any doubt about the application of the money, he/she intends to donate to the said fund, they may be reminded of the words of Falstaff, a cowardly character in William Shakespeare’s play Henry IV, “The better part of Valour is Discretion; in the which better part, I have saved my life”. 4) Bombay HC Rejects Sudha Bharadwaj’s Petition Seeking Bail On Medical Grounds Division bench of Justice RD Dhanuka and Justice VG Bisht rejected Sudha Bharadwaj’s writ petition seeking bail on medical grounds and challenging an order passed by a Special NIA Court rejecting her bail on medical grounds. Court noted that prison authorities will continue providing her medical aid for her chronic ailments and rejected her plea. 5) Only One Tazia To Be Carried In The Entire State; Bombay HC Allows Muharram Procession Of Only 5 Persons With One Videographer [All India Idaara-E-Tahafuz-E-Hussainiyat v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] Division bench of Justice SJ Kathawalla and Justice Madhav Jamdar allowed only five persons along with a videographer to carry Tazia, replica of the tomb of Husain, the martyred grandson of Muhammad that is carried in processions during Muharram, on August 30 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm from Zanabia, Bhendi Bazar to the Shia Cemetry at Mazgaon. Court clarified that it will be the only Tazia carried in the entire State of Maharashtra. Also Read: “Community May Be Targeted For Spreading Virus” SC Refuses Permission To Hold Muharram Procession 6) Husband & Wife Equal Partners In A Marriage, Wife Best Suited To Be The Guardian Of A Husband In A Comatose Or Vegetative State: Bombay HC [Rajni Hariom Sharma v. Union of India & Anr.] Division bench of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice Milind Jadhav held that in a marriage, husband and wife are equal partners and the wife is best suited to be the guardian of her husband who is lying in a vegetative state. Court directed all concerned authorities to accept her status as a guardian after she cited mounting medical expenses to gain access to her husband’s finances but the bank refused. 7) Bombay HC Directs State Not To Take Coercive Steps Against Nagpur Resident Tweets Against Maha Govt In Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death Case [Sameet v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.] Division bench of Justice Sunil B Shukre and Justice Avinash Gharote directed the State not to take coercive steps against a Nagpur resident named Sameer Thakkar who was booked for offences punishable under Sections 295B, 500, 504 & 505(2) of Indian Penal Code read with Section 67 of Information Technology Act for tweeting against the state government and its functioning regarding the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. Calcutta High Court 1) Taking Screenshot Of Virtual Hearing Equivalent To Clicking Photo Of Actual Courtroom Proceeding: Calcutta HC Initiates Contempt Against Advocate [Read UPDATE- Contempt Proceedings Dropped] The Bench of Justice Rajasekhar Mantha dropped the contempt proceedings against a lawyer for taking a screenshot of the virtual court proceedings. “The contempt proceedings are dropped with a warning, however, to Mr. Shiv Ratan Kakrania not to repeat such conduct in future,” the Court said. Earlier, it had instituted suo moto contempt proceedings for posting on ‘LinkedIn’ a screenshot of the virtual court hearing of the day when a favourable interim order was passed by the Single Judge while calling for affidavits. Delhi High Court 1) Clear The Pending Bills Of Govt Counsel Within 4 Weeks: Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt, Centre The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan directed the Delhi Government, Union of India, as well as the various municipal corporations of Delhi, to clear the bills of various government counsel within 4 weeks. The order has come in a plea moved by Advocate Piyush Gupta seeking clearing of bills of various government counsel engaged with the Delhi Government, Union of India, and various municipal bodies, that have been kept pending for long. 2) Delhi HC Issues Notice On Plea Against Media Coverage Of Sensitive Information About Riots Accused A bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru issued notice to the Delhi Government, Delhi Police etc., in a writ petition filed by an accused in a case related to Delhi riots challenging the publication of sensitive information about his case by few media houses. The Court posted the matter next on September 11. The petitioner contended that he was coerced by the police officials to sign certain papers and make statements when he was under custody. He alleged that the police officials, with the mala fide intention of prejudicing his case, leaked the statements to certain media houses, which published sensational reports about him. 3) Delhi HC Issues Guidelines To Streamline Medical Post Graduate Entrance/Admission Process [Dr. Machat Balakrishnan Menon v. Medical Council Committee & Ors.] Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh issued directions/ guidelines to the Medical Counselling Committee to streamline the Post Graduate Entrance/Admission Process. Access the full report to read the same. 4) Delhi HC Stays Insolvency Proceedings Initiated Against Anil Ambani For Rs 1200 Crores Personal Guarantee To SBI In a plea moved by Anil Ambani challenging the appointment of a Resolution Professional for a personal guarantee given by him for loans taken by Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) and Reliance Infratel Ltd (RITL) from the State Bank of India, the Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajneesh Bhatnagar issued notice and stayed the proceedings initiated against him under Part III of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code. The Court however restricted Anil Ambani from alienating his assets till the next date of hearing. The court will next take up the matter on October 06. 5) Gunjan Saxena Movie: Delhi HC Asks Ministry Of I&B To Decide On Representation To Delete Alleged Defamatory Scenes Against Air Force The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan directed the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to consider as representation the plea seeking deletion or modification of certain scenes from the movie ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’, for allegedly defamatory portrayal of the Indian Air Force. 6) Delhi HC Stays Broadcast Of Sudarshan TV’s Show Communalising UPSC Recruitment Of Muslims A single-Bench of Justice Navin Chavla stayed the broadcast of a show of Sudarshan News channel allegedly based on “infiltration of Muslims” in the Civil Services, on a plea filed by students of Jamia Millia Islamia. Advocate Shadan Farasat for the petitioners had sought prohibition of the proposed broadcast of a program titled “Bindas Bol” on Sudarshan News that the success of Jamia Milia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 represents a “conspiracy to infiltrate the civil service by Muslims”. Also Read: SC Refuses Pre-Broadcast Order To Stop Sudarshan TV’s Alleged Communal Program On Muslims Clearing UPSC 7) Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Moved By Mehul Choksi Against Netflix Show Big Boy Billionaire The Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla dismissed the plea moved by fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi seeking access to the preview of the Netflix show Big Boy Billionaire prior to its release on September 02. The Court noted that the remedy sought by the Petitioner is private in nature which cannot be entertained in a writ filed under Article 226 of the Constitution. 8) Delhi HC Directs Center To Provide ‘Firm Timeline’ For Appointments To PMLA Appellate Tribunal [Phoenix Arc Pvt Ltd v. Union of India & Anr.] The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh has asked the Central Government to file an affidavit indicating the status of appointments at the Appellate Tribunal, PMLA. The Court asked Union of India, represented by Standing Counsel Amit Mahajan, to provide a “firm timeline” for the appointments to be finalized. 9) Insurance Scheme For Advocates Will Be Defeated By The Steep Rise In Premium Amount: Delhi HC Directs Companies To Come Up With Better Solutions [Bar Council of Delhi v. GNCTD & Ors.] The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh directed the Life Insurance Corporation and New India Insurance Company to hold meetings with the Technical Evaluation Committee and the Bar Council of Delhi to address the issue of steep increase in the premium rate for the Chief Minister Advocates Welfare Scheme. The order has come in a plea moved by the Bar Council of Delhi seeking a direction to be issued to the Delhi Government to complete the process and operationalise the CM Advocates Welfare Scheme. After perusing the status report filed by the Delhi Government, the court observed that after opening of the financial bids, the insurance companies have substantially increased the amount of premium and reneged on their earlier quotations given in November/December, 2019. Gauhati High Court 1) Unlike Other Govt. Employees, Judicial Officers Work Hard Throughout Year: Gauhati HC Pulls Up State’s PAG Over Late Release Of Salaries [XXX v. Assam’s Principal Accountant General] Observing that if the Judicial Officers of the State have to “run from pillar to post” for their pay-slips, leave credit statement, etc., there is “likelihood that it may affect efficient dispensation of justice”, the High Court pulled up Assam’s Principal Accountant General over the late release of salaries. The bench of Justice Kalyan Rai Surana suo motu invoked the court’s writ jurisdiction on the basis of representation dated 10.08.2020 submitted by the Assam Judicial Service Association regarding non-issuance of pay slips, leave credit statements, etc. in a time bound manner. Gujarat High Court 1) Husband & Wife Settle Dispute, Gujarat HC Quashes FIR Against The Wife Who Allegedly Poisoned Daughters And Attempted Suicide [Lataben Jiteshbhai Lathiya v. State Of Gujarat] The bench of Justice AP Thaker allowed a Criminal application for quashing and setting aside the FIR registered against a woman accused under Section 307 of IPC, for attempting to murder her own two daughters. The order was passed after the husband and the wife reached an amicable settlement. “It emerges that at the time of the alleged incident, the applicant, along with her two minor daughters was residing separately from the complainant and due to severe frustration on the part of the applicant, she has tried to commit suicide and administer the poisonous substance to her two children. It also appears that there was a family dispute between the applicant and respondent No.2 as husband and wife. Thus, in this peculiar fact, the FIR came to be lodged by the husband against his wife…In view of the settlement between the parties, there is no chance of any conviction and, therefore, the present application is required to be allowed,” the order states. 2) School Of Thought Of “Give Slap, Say Sorry And Forget” Not Endorsed: Gujarat HC Rejects Advocate Yatin Oza’s Unconditional Apology [Suo Moto v. Yatin Narendra Oza] A Division Bench of Justices Sonia Gokani and NV Anjaria rejected the unconditional apology tendered by Advocate Yatin Oza over his remarks on functioning of the High Court as well as its Registry, stating that the same “lacks sincerity”. “We are neither satisfied with the genuineness of apology tendered before this court nor convinced of its bona fide nature of such apology and therefore, choose not to accept the same, and to discharge the respondent at this stage of proceedings,” the Court said. Also Read: ‘Remorse Expressed Is A Tool To Escape The Consequences Of His Misconduct’: Gujarat HC Full Court Rejects Yatin Oza’s Unconditional Apology 3) [Section 15A(3) SC/ST Act] Not Mandatory To Hear Victim While Granting Bail Where Accused Charged With Bailable Offence: Gujarat HC [Hemal Ashwin Jain v. Union of India & Ors.] Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala held that courts need not hear the complainant/victim during bail hearings for bailable offences under the SC/ST Act. However, it clarified that before the court decides to decline such opportunity to the victim or the dependent, the court shall thoroughly verify and ascertain that the allegations against the accused disclose commission of only bailable offence or offences under the Act, by him. “When a person is accused of committing only bailable offence or offences under the Act, it is not mandatory to grant opportunity of hearing to the victim or the dependent as provided under Section 15A(5) of the Act in a proceeding relating to granting bail to such accused”, ruled the bench. Himachal Pradesh High Court 1) ‘Unreasonable’ To Make Payment Of Tuition Fee Optional: HP HC Directs State Govt To Revisit Policy on Payment Of Fees To Private Schools [Independent Schools Association v. State of HP & Anr.] The Division Bench comprising Justices Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Jyotsna Rewal Dua set aside a Government Order inasmuch as it made payment of tuition fee by the parents “optional”. “In case, the privately managed schools cannot authoritatively charge even the ‘tuition fee’ then it is beyond comprehension as to how they will pay the monthly salary/emoluments to not only their teaching but non-teaching staff as well. It cannot be assumed that private schools have unending supply of reserve funds with them,” the bench observed. 2) Influential Employees Manage Postings In And Around Urban Areas, Leaving No Room For Others: HP HC Asks State To Break The Cartel [Sheela Suryavanshi v. State of H.P. & Ors.] A division bench comprising Justices Tarlok Singh Chauhan & Jyotsna Rewal Dua observed that if the employee has been transferred in order to adjust particular persons with no reasonable basis, then such type of transfers can be termed as “mala fide one” and would normally be liable to be quashed. The Bench remarked: “Because of the cartel created by a few of the employees serving in the urban and semi-urban areas of Himachal Pradesh, the influential employees manage to secure their postings in and around urban areas, leaving practically no room for the other employees.” Also Read: ‘Politicians Cannot Don The Role Of Administration’: HP HC Recommends Independent Mechanism For Transfer Of Govt Employees Karnataka High Court 1) ‘It Will Only Help Students Of Elite Schools’: Karnataka HC Asks State To Clarify Who Will Benefit From NLSIU Domicile Reservation A division bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice Ravi V Hosmani asked the State government to clarify on who would be the real beneficiaries of the 25 percent domicile reservation introduced for students of Karnataka at the National Law School of India University. The bench orally observed that “it will only help the students of elite schools. You (NLSIU) will only get students from Bengaluru city. Students from schools like Bishops Cotton, Frank Anthony will be benefited, you are making their life easy. Reservation must be to uplift, not to give somebody on a platter.” 2) Karnataka HC Asks Petitioner If He Sent Legal Notice To Discovery Channel To Stop Telecast Of Program On Cauvery Calling Project A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi directed the Petitioner, Amarnathan to clarify whether he sent legal notices to Discovery Channel to stop the telecast of a program on the Cauvery Calling project, while claiming that if the program was aired it would amount to contempt of court as the matter is pending before the High Court. Senior advocate Uday Holla appearing for Isha Foundation said three notices were sent to the channel by the petitioner whereas no interim order has been passed by the Court to stay the project. 3) Karnataka HC Dismisses PIL Seeking Names Of Accused Arrested In Bengaluru Riots Case Be Put Up On Website Observing that “If we direct the city police to put up names of accused on its website people will come here (High Court) and say you are violating our Right to Privacy,” the Bench of A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi dismissed a PIL seeking to give wide publicity to names of accused arrested in the Bengaluru riots case. Also Read: ‘No Court Can Shut Its Eyes If A Public Unjust Is Happening Just Before It’ : Allahabad HC On Suo Moto Action Against ‘Name & Shame’ Banners 4) Karnataka HC Appoints Retd Justice H S Kempanna As Claims Commissioner To Estimate/Investigate Damages Caused To Property In Bengaluru Riots Case A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi appointed Retired Justice H S Kempanna as the claims commissioner, to estimate and investigate the damages caused on account of the destruction of property, which occurred within the limits of D.J. Halli and K.G. Halli Police Station limits, on August 11. Kerala High Court 1) Ensure Strict Confidentiality Of CDR Details Of COVID Patients: Kerala HC Closes Ramesh Chennithala’s Plea [Ramesh Chennithala v. State Of Kerala] While closing the writ petition filed by Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala, the bench comprising the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Shaji P. Chaly directed the Government to ensure strict confidentiality of the Call Detail Records collected by it and also to ensure that no third party has access to it. The Court closed the writ petition recording the submission of the state that the CDR details are collected for the limited purpose of finding the tower location. 2) Kerala HC Directs CBI To ‘Further Investigate’ Periya Twin Murder Case; Partly Allows State’s Appeal By Reviving Final Report Filed By SIT [State of Kerala v. Krishnan] The Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice CT Ravikumar upheld the Single Bench order directing CBI Investigation in Periya twin murder case. The bench partly allowed the state’s appeal by setting aside the Single Bench order to the extent it quashed the charge sheet filed by the Special Investigation Team, which had investigated the crime initially. The bench, therefore directed the CBI to conduct ‘further investigation’ based on the re-registration of the case and file supplementary report in terms of the provisions under Section 173(8), Cr.P.C. 3) Aided Education Institutions Including Minority Institutions Bound To Provide Reservation In Employment For Physically Challenged Persons: Kerala HC [Renjith JV v. State Of Kerala] Bench of Justice PV Asha held that the provisions relating to reservation in employment for physically challenged persons would apply to aided Schools and Colleges including minority institutions. 4) AYUSH Doctors Shall Not Prescribe Any Medicine As Cure For Covid-19: Kerala HC Directs Medical/Police Departments To Monitor [MSVineeth v. State Of Kerala] AYUSH Doctors shall not prescribe tablets or mixtures as cure for COVID-19, but only as an immunity booster, observed the bench comprising the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly while disposing of a PIL seeking a direction to the State Government to implement a notification issued by Ministry of AYUSH to adopt Homeopathic system among other systems of medicines, in the fight against the menace of Coronavirus. The Court directed the medical/Police Departments to monitor the action of AYUSH medical practitioners. 5) [Attempt To Rape] Accused U/s Section 511 R/w 376 IPC Entitled To Statutory Bail If Final Report Is Not Filed Within Sixty Days After Remand: Kerala HC [Vinesh v. State of Kerala] Bench of Justice PV Kunhikrishnan held that an accused charged for attempt to rape under Section 511 read with Section 376, is entitled to statutory bail if no Final Report is filed within sixty days. As per Section 167(2)(a) of the Code of Criminal Procedure, a Magistrate cannot authorise detention of the accused beyond a period of 60 days if the investigation relates to an offence in which the maximum imprisonment is ten years. “When there is a specific provision in the Indian Penal Code which says that in calculating fractions of terms of punishment, imprisonment for life shall be reckoned as equivalent to imprisonment for twenty years we cannot ignore that provision and interpret that imprisonment for life means imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life even while computing the detention period under Section 167(2) Cr.P.C.,” the Court said. Madhya Pradesh High Court 1) [Missing Minor] ‘Taking Advantage Of COVID, Police Didn’t Try To Trace Out The Minor; A Clear Case Of Negligence’: MP HC Seeks Response From DGP [Narayan Dhakad v. State of M.P. & Ors.] The bench of Justice GS Ahluwalia rapped the Superintendent of Police, Bhind stating that “he has already lost the confidence of this Court.” The court also reprimanded the Police team/officers as they failed in their duty to trace out the missing corpus/minor girl and secure her presence. “It is really unfortunate that when the police was on the road to save the lives of persons from COVID-19 pandemic, but at the same time, the police is trying to take advantage of COVID-19 pandemic by saying that they were unable to move because of the lock-down, this clearly shows the negligence on the part of the police team,” the Court remarked. 2) If Husband Goes To Jail, Marriage Will Surely End” MP HC Grants Anticipatory Bail To Man Over “Trivial” Charges Of Cruelty Noting that if the applicant goes to jail, the marriage would almost surely come to an end “as thereafter there would be hardly any chances of compromise”, the bench of Justice Atul Sreedharan granted anticipatory bail to a man accused of cruelty and harassment for dowry by his wife. The allegations against the husband were that he abuses the complainant, demands a gold chain of five tolas and is asking for the land which is in the name of her father to be transferred, locks the victim in the room and when she asks for medical aid, he does not provide her, besides allegations of unnatural sex and harassment for sex. Looking to the facts and circumstances of the case, the Single Bench found that the allegations are “very trivial” and “can happen in any matrimonial home”. 3) MP HC Extends PG Medical Admission Process To Fill Vacant Seats; Permits Registration Of Candidates Precluded Earlier Due To Covid [Dr. Jaya Patel v. State of MP & Anr.] Division Bench comprising Justices SC Sharma and Shailendra Shukla directed the State Government to permit all the students, who were not able to get themselves registered on account of Covid-19 Pandemic, to participate in last round of counseling for NEET PG 2020. “If a concession is made by the State Government, an opportunity should be given to the meritorious candidates who were certainly higher in merit list and cannot get themselves registered on account of Covid-19 Pandemic,” the bench observed. 4) MP HC Refuses To Quash Criminal Proceedings Against Man Accused Of ‘Induced Religious Conversion’ [George Mangalapilly v. State of MP] The Bench of Justice Rajendra Kumar Srivastava refused to quash criminal proceedings against a man accused of induced religious conversion under Section 153-B(1) and 295-A of IPC, even after the complainant stated that he has no objection for the same. “Complainant Dharmendra Dohar has no objection in quashing the proceeding but looking to the fact that the offence is relating to religion and significant to maintain public tranquility, the Adhiniyam, 1968 clearly provides for the maintenance of public order, hence, under inherent jurisdiction, I do not think fit to give it overemphasized. Therefore, considering the allegations made in the FIR as well as 161 Statements, I am not inclined to quash the proceeding in respect of offence under Section 3/4 of Adhiniyam, 1968,” the Court said. Madras High Court 1) ‘If A Policeman Is Attacked, The Society Is Not Safe’: Madras HC Bats For Enactment Of New Goonda Act; Seeks State’s Response [Velu v. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors.] The Division Bench comprising Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice VM Velumani directed the State Government to file a “proper reply” to the queries raised by the Court with regard to prevalence of Goonda Raj in the state. The Court particularly sought to know from the Government why it had not come out with a new Act to eliminate ‘rowdy gangs’, in suit with the Governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The Court insisted that rowdy gangs are active in Tamil Nadu for more than 25 years and thus the State cannot claim there is no necessity for an enactment like Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act, 1999. 2) Madras HC Dismisses Pleas Against State’s Assessment Mechanism For Passing Class X Students Amid COVID-19 [Minor T. & Ors. v. State of TN & Ors.] The Single Bench of Justice N. Anand Venkatesh dismissed a batch of writ petitions challenging the assessment mechanism adopted by the Tamil Nadu Government to assess students of 10th standard and award marks in the final SSLC Public examination. “The Government has thought it fit to adopt a particular method of awarding marks to the students in the 10th standard Public Examination. While adopting any method, the Government has to take into consideration the overall interest of the students. It may be possible that some of the students are not happy with the method suggested by the Government or it is also possible that there are some alternative or effective methods available to award marks to the students. That by itself cannot be a ground for this Court to interfere with the decision taken by the Government,” the Court held. 3) India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway: Manipur HC Dismisses Challenge To Centre’s Termination Of Contract [Niraj Cement Structurals Ltd. v. Union of India & Ors.] The Bench of Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice Lanusungkam Jamir dismissed an appeal against its Single Judge’s decision to not exercise jurisdiction in a contractual dispute pertaining to the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway Project. The Court reiterated that the disputes relating to interpretation of the terms and conditions of such a contract could not have been agitated in a petition under Article 226 and that such is a matter for adjudication by a civil court or in arbitration, if provided for in the contract. Orissa High Court 1) “Love Knows No Bound Has Expanded Its Bounds To Include Same-Sex Relationships”: Orissa HC Allows Same-Sex Live-In Couple To Stay Together [Chinmayee Jena v. State of Odisha & Ors.] The Bench of Justices SK Mishra & Savitri Ratho allowed the petition of a 24-year-old woman to get back her same-sex partner who was forcibly separated from her by the partner’s Mother and Uncle. “There is hardly any scope to take a view other than holding that the petitioner has the right of self-determination of sex/gender and also he has the right to have a live-in relationship with a person of his choice even though such person may belong to the same gender as the petitioner,” the Court observed. 2) [NDPS Act] Orissa HC Stresses Filing Of Chargesheet Within Statutory 180 Days, Crystallises Law For Further Detention U/S 36A(4) [Iswar Tiwari v. State of Odisha] The Bench of Justice SK Panigrahi stressed upon filing of charge-sheet against accused held under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act within the stipulated 180 days. “When an application under Section 167(2) Cr.P.C. r/w Section 36A(4) of the NDPS Act has been filed after expiry of the 180 days period and no decision thereupon, an indefeasible right to be released on bail accrued to the accused which cannot be defeated by keeping the said applications pending,” the Court held. Patna High Court 1) Patna HC Warns Govt. Doctors Of Contempt If “Illegal” Strike Not Called Off [Shivani Kaushik v. Union of India] The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar directed the doctors’ associations in the state and each one of the members of these associations, besides other persons discharging duty as Paramedical workers and doctors, to immediately call off their strike and discharge their respective duties, warning that any violation would “only tantamount to aggravation of contempt”. The division bench expressed the strict view that during the time of current situation and circumstances prevalent as a result of Pandemic Covid-19, none of the functionaries empowered and authorised under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 can refrain from discharging their duties and functions, “more so by resorting to the mechanism of strike which perhaps may be illegal”. 2) Patna HC Seeks Report On Implementation Of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act [Veera Yadav v. Government of Bihar & Ors.] While hearing a plea on pitiable state of affairs of the transgender in the state, the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar sought a report from the Central as well as the State Government, delineating the steps taken by them to implement the welfare provisions contained under Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. The Court also asked the Government to show steps taken for compliance with implementation of the directions issued by the Supreme Court in National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India. Punjab & Haryana High Court 1) Victim Not Remedy-Less Against Police Inaction – Can Apply To Competent Magistrate, File Complaint U/S 166A(b) IPC Against IO, Even Move HC : P & H HC [Robin Sharma v. State of Punjab] The Bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi reassured that the complainant/victim of a crime is not remedy-less against deliberate inaction, unreasonable delay, failure to collect evidence, undue sympathy with/shielding of the offenders by the concerned Police Officers. To avoid unnecessary delay in investigation, the Court said, the complainant/ victim may apply to the Judicial Magistrate, empowered to take cognizance of the offences in question on police report, for monitoring of investigation who can issue appropriate directions for expeditious completion of investigation. The complainant/victim may also file complaint under section 166A (b) of the IPC against the Investigating Officer for knowingly disobeying any direction of the law regulating the manner in which he shall conduct such investigation. The bench further explained that the complainant/victim may alternatively file a petition in the High Court for transfer of investigation to an independent agency such as CBI etc. 2) Employee Can’t Be Removed Or Reduced In Rank Owing To Disability: P & H HC Pulls Up Punjab Govt. For “Anathematising” Welfare State, PWD Act [Rawel Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors.] “The object of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 is to provide a congenial work environment keeping in view the disability of the employee,” asserted the Bench of Justice Anupinder Singh Grewal. The Court placed reliance on section 47(1) of the Act which stipulates that no establishment can dispense with or reduce in rank an employee who acquires a disability during his service. In the event, he is found to be not suitable for the post he was holding, he has to be shifted to some other post with the same pay scale and service benefits. It is further provided that if it is not possible to adjust the employee against any post, he may be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains the age of superannuation, whichever is earlier. 3) Due To Undesirable Human Interference With Forces Of Nature The Calamities Have Turned Into Harsh Realities: P&H HC Calls For Report On Illegal Sand Mining [Balwinder Singh & Ors. v. State Of Punjab] A single bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi dismissed the anticipatory bail applications of 17 people booked under provisions of IPC and Mines and Minerals Act, for illegal sand mining. The Court also sought a report from the state within three months regarding the requisite steps taken to curb illegal sand mining in the state. “Due to undesirable human interference with forces of nature, the calamities, which were a few years back considered to be un-scientific fiction or remote possibilities have turned into harsh realities and become nightmares in many parts of the world endangering human life and even posing a threat to the very existence of mankind if remedial measures are not taken. Sustainable development with ecological balance is the only permissible way of life. There is an urgent need for creating widespread awareness and generating public commitment and support for the cause,” the bench said. 4) For Parole, Inmate Can’t Claim Parity With Co-Convicts In FIR: P & H HC Says ‘Subjective Satisfaction’ To Be Arrived At By Police, DM [Gagan v. State of Harayna & Ors.] The Bench of Justice HS Madaan ruled that for being released on parole, the convict “cannot claim parity with his co-convicts in the FIR” for the “role played by each accused in the crime cannot be exactly identical”. Noting that the nature and gravity of the offences in other cases in which such accused/convict is involved is also to be assessed independently in light of the chances of such person indulging in committing crime again, if released on parole, the Court asserted that “subjective satisfaction” is to be arrived at by the police authorities and the concerned District Collector in releasing the convict on parole. Rajasthan High Court 1) Rajasthan HC Seeks Report On Drafting Of CAA Rules; Seeks Center’s Response On Issuance Of Temporary Ration Cards To Refugee Migrants, Extension Of NORI Visa [Suo Moto v. Union Of India] The Division Bench comprising Justice Sangeet Lodha and Justice Rameshwar Vyas granted a week’s time to the Central Government to file a progress report on the drafting of rules for implementation of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The Court also sought the Government’s response on the provision for providing temporary ration cards to Pakistan Minority Migrants. Further, the Court asked the Government about its stance on extending the NORI visa of the refugees who had gone to Pakistan before the lockdown. The development comes in a suo moto case registered by the High Court in the year 2017, concerned by the plight and predicaments of persons belonging to minorities in Pakistan as well as Bangladesh, being discriminated for socio-economic and political reasons, who migrated to India seeking shelter in India. 2) Rajasthan HC Sets Aside Speaker’s Rejection Of Disqualification Petition Against 6 BSP MLAs; Asks Speaker To Decide Merits Within 3 Months [Bahujan Samaj Party & Anr. v. Speaker, Rajasthan Legislative Assembly & Ors.] A single bench of Justice Mahendar Kumar Goyal set aside the order of the Speaker which rejected the petition submitted by BJP MLA Madan Dilawar seeking the disqualification of 6 BSP MLAs who had merged with the Congress in 2019. The Court found fault with the Speaker for rejecting the petition on technical grounds under Rule 6(7) of the 6 of the Rajasthan Assembly Members (Disqualification on the Grounds of Defection) Rules of 1989. It held that any person interested is also entitled to bring to the notice of the Speaker the factum of disqualification incurred by any Member of the House and that the Speaker is constitutionally obliged to take a decision on receiving such a complaint. Sikkim High Court 1) Will “Private Function” Fall Under Definition Of ‘Workplace’ Of PoSH Act? : Sikkim HC To Examine [Silajit Guha v. Sikkim University & Ors.] A single bench of Justice Bhaskar Raj Pradhan observed that it shall examine whether an incident of sexual harassment that occurred at a “Private Marriage Function in a private hotel” will fall within the definition of “Workplace”, as stipulated under section 2(o) of the Sexual Harassment (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) At Workplace Act, 2013 (PoSH Act). “Having examined the definition of the word “workplace” in the said Act, it seems that the petitioner does have a strong arguable point on jurisdiction or the lack of it. Whether the broad interpretation of “workplace” would bring within its ambit attending a private marriage function in a private hotel, is a question which may have to be examined” the Court said. Uttarakhand High Court 1) Borrowing Money On Interest Without Informing Husband, Stealing Ornaments And Valuables,Levelling Allegations Against Him Etc. Amount To Cruelty: U’khand HC [Anita Gaur v. Rajesh Gaur] A division bench comprising Justices Narayan Singh Dhanik and Ravi Malimath dismissed an appeal filed by a wife against grant of divorce, holding that the her actions of borrowing money on interest from many persons, making purchases on credit, stealing ornaments and valuables from her own house, without informing her spouse, amount to cruelty. The Court also noted that she levelled so many allegations against her spouse which she failed to substantiate. Next Story