“The animals should not be made to walk more than 2 hours at a stretch.” The Uttrakhand High Court today declared the fauna in Uttrakhand to be a distinct legal entity. In addition, the citizens in Uttrakhand are “declared persons in loco parentis”, i.e.  the human face for the welfare/protection of animals. This understanding of animals having same rights as humans, accompanied with loco parentis would enable Uttarakhand residents to file cases on behalf of animals, and against each...

A three-judge Bench of the Apex Court gave its judgment on a petition filed by NGO Shakti Vahini on the general issue of hindrances caused in marriages of two consenting adults by a group of people, also called as Khap Panchayats. Passing a slew of directions, the Supreme Court rightly held that no person can cause any obstruction in the valid marriage of two consenting adults. However, there was no need for this judgment. The law in this regard has been laid down by Apex Court earlier, and it...

The much sought after minutes of Collegium meeting on 10th January have been made public. The Collegium in the meeting had recommended appointment of Chief Justice of Uttrakhand High Court Mr. KM Joseph to the Supreme Court. It had also sought to elevate Senior Advocate Ms. Indu Malhotra from the Bar. Remarkably, Justice Joseph is 45th in the line of seniority of the High Court judges. The Collegium, very categorically said, "The Collegium considers that at present Mr. Justice K.M.Joseph, who...

The Supreme Court today gave its judgment in the case of entry of foreign law firms in India. The court hearing the appeals from decisions of Madras High Court and Bombay High Court held that foreign law firms could have a limited practice of fly in and fly out in India. However it were not the foreign law firms but also the legal process outsourcing companies in India that were waiting for the judgment with bated breath. 

In para 39 of the judgment, the Apex Court held, “Thus, we uphold...

A lawyer can challenge everything. Many a times, even universal truths. So how could the black gown be an exception? In June 2016, the Madras High Court dealt with a PIL by a lawyer who was demanding that it be ensured across all courts that the lawyers are wearing the proper dress. The High Court said that most of the lawyers do abide by the dress code and hence there was no need to issue fresh directions. Anyway, if someone was found to be in violation, then that specific case could be...

 

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