Top Legal Headlines - 25th February, 2021


1.    Refusal of wife to make tea is not grave and sudden provocation: Bombay HC

•    In the case of Santosh Atkar v State of Maharashtra, the Bombay HC has ruled that the refusal of the wife to make tea is not grave and sudden provocation.
•    The accused if this had hit the wife on her head with a hammer when she refused to make tea.
•    The Court held that the appellant’s contention of grave and sudden provocation is ‘ludicrous and untenable’.

2.    Holding peaceful processions is not an offence: Himachal Pradesh HC

•    In the case of Anu Tuli Azta v State of Himachal Pradesh, the HC has held that holding of peaceful processions cannot be considered an offence.
•    Therefore, the Court quashed the FIR against the protesting lawyers.
•    “Holding peaceful processions, raising slogans, would not be and cannot be an offence under India’s Constitution”, said the Court.

3.    A blind person’s removal from job on the basis of disability is in violation of rights: Calcutta HC

•    In the case of Shishir Kumar Biswas v State of West Bengal & Ors, the Calcutta HC held that a blind person’s removal from a post merely on the basis of disability is in violation of his rights.
•    In the instant case, the petitioner had been removed from the post of the Head o Bengali Department on the basis of disability.

4.    Modification of Permanent Commission to Women refused by SC

•    Individual pleas had been filed requesting the SC to modify the judgment of permanent commission to women.
•    The Apex Court directed the petitioners to approach the Armed Forces Tribunal instead of the Supreme Court.
•    “See your prayer, it clearly says you seek modification or clarification and claim benefits in terms of the Delhi HC order”, the Court said.

5.    5 Crore fine to Saraswati Medical College: SC

•    In the case of Saraswati Educational Charitable Trust v UOI, the Supreme Court imposed a fine of Rs. 5 Crore on the Saraswati Medical College.
•    The Court held that it had admitted student to the MBBS Course in violation of the regulations of the medical council.
•    The Court also ordered all the students who had taken admission to do community service for 2 years after the completion of their course as they were aware at the time of the admission that it was against the regulations.

6.    SC on giving extra chance in UPSC exam

•    In the case of Rachna v UOI, the petitioners had approached the Court asking for an extra attempt for the UPSC exam.
•    They had no more attempts available due to the age limit set for the exam.
•    The Apex Court dismissed the petition stating that this would have a ‘cascading effect’ on other examinations.

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