Top Legal Headlines - 7th April 2021:President Appoints Justice NV Ramana as the Next Chief Justice of India


Top Legal Headlines - 7th April 2021:President Appoints Justice NV Ramana as the Next Chief Justice of India

President Appoints Justice NV Ramana as the Next Chief Justice of India

President of India Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Justice NV Ramana because the 48th Chief of India, accepting the advice made by the outgoing CJI SA Bobde, who is retiring on April 23. Justice Ramana will have a term till August 26, 2022 because the judge of India.

A little backstory about Justice Ramana, he was born in an agricultural family on August 27, 1957 in Ponnavaram Village, Krishna District, and Andhra Pradesh. He enrolled as an Advocate in February 1983 and practiced within the HC of Andhra Pradesh, Central and Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunals and in addition with the Supreme Court of India in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Labour, Service and Election matters.

Supreme Court: Poverty Is Not a Mitigating Factor While Awarding Punishment under NDPS Act

In this case, merely because the accused may be a pauper and/or a carrier and/or may be a sole bread earner can't be such mitigating circumstances in favor of the accused while awarding the sentence/punishment within the case of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the Supreme Court observed.

Here, the accused was found to be in possession of 1 kg heroin which is fourfold quite the minimum of economic quantity. The Special Court convicted the accused for the offence punishable under Section 21 of the Act and sentenced him to undergo 15 years R.I. and to pay a fine of Rs.2 Lakhs and in default of payment of fine, to further undergo one year R.I. because the High Court dismissed his appeal, the accused approached the Apex court. On this the Court held that the mitigating circumstances are more in favor of the accused and thus within the facts and circumstances of the case the punishment/sentence above the minimum provided under the Act isn't warranted.

UP Government should consider door-to-door vaccination for people of all ages: Allahabad High Court

On Tuesday, Allahabad HC remarked that, “Uttar Pradesh government should consider chalking out a door-to-door vaccination programme for citizens of all ages in sight of the surge in COVID-19 cases within the State.”

The Court further expressed its concern over the spike in Covid-19 positive cases and urged the government to open vaccination for each citizen instead of restricting an equivalent to people above 45 years aged. The Court further contended that the very fact that the Government has taken necessary steps to satisfy the threat of the second wave of COVID-19, but it's noticed that the directions "have not been complied with by the general public at large which is a problem of concern."."

Parliaments GST as Aimed to be a Citizen-Friendly Tax Structure, But Its Purpose Lost by The Manner in Which It Is Enforced: Supreme Court

On the matter at hand, the SC contended that, "the country must begin of this tax culture that 'businesses are all fraudulent'! Even where 12 crore tax has been paid, simply because some taxis still due, you cannot start attaching property! If there's any alienation of assets or the assesse is completing or going into liquidation, it's understandable...but simply because you've got the account numbers, you cannot start attaching and even block the receivables!"

The Bench stated that, “in order to form the GST Act workable, the message must percolate to the particular authorities- Why the legislation has made certain provisions, what's the aim behind them?”

Disqualification of 10 MLAs Who Moved From Congress To BJP: SG Tells Supreme Court

In this case, on Tuesday, the Court viewed the petition, filed against the Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly and ten MLAs, states that the MLAs had shifted from Congress to BJP. Accordingly, a disqualification petition was filed against them for defection before the Speaker. However, despite an equivalent having been filed in 2019, the plea is yet to be heard.

A Bench headed by CJI Bobde ordered for the listing of the matter after a period of fortnight. Chodankar, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President then approached the Court in November, submitting in his plea that despite being listed within the tentative hearing list 18 times since August 2020, his plea never made it to the ultimate list.

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