NATIONAL NEWS SUMMARIES
1. Total Ban of Cow slaughter in Lakshadweep
• The Central Government has proposed to introduce a law that would ban cow, calf, bull and bullock slaughter in Lakshadweep Union Territory.
• It has also been proposed that the violation of such law would lead to the maximum of life imprisonment.
• For the same, the Government is inviting public opinion and comments of the draft of Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulation, 2021 after putting it in public domain.
2. Labor Activist Nodeep Kaur Granted Bail
• The labor activist Nodeep Kaur has been granted bail by the Punjab & Haryana High Court.
• On 12th February, 2021, the Punjab & Haryana HC had taken suo moto cognizance of the alleged illegal confinement of Nodeep Kaur by the Haryana Police.
• The petitioner had contended that she had been targeted by the Administration for protesting for unpaid laborers.
3. Damage to the reputation and career of husband by educated wife is mental cruelty: SC
• In the case of Joydeep Majumdar v. Bharti Jaiswal Majumdar, the Supreme Court has held that allegations by educated spouse to damage the career and reputation of the husband would be covered under mental cruelty.
• In this case, the wife had written letters to the seniors of her husband in the army which had led to an investigation against him and had affected his career growth. Therefore, he filed a case of divorce.
• “When the appellant has suffered adverse consequences in his life and career on account of the allegations made by the respondent, the legal consequences must follow and those cannot be prevented only because no Court has determined that the allegations were false”, opined the Court.
4. No adverse orders shall be passed against absence of lawyers in physical hearing: Delhi HC
• In the case of Anil Kumar v. Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, the Delhi High Court has held that no adverse orders shall be passed against the lawyers in case of their absence in physical hearings in the District Court.
• It had been requested by a plea in this case that in the view of the pandemic that hybrid hearings be held on the days of physical hearings for the counsels with co-morbities.
5. Punjab & Haryana HC on allegations of casteist remarks made by Cricketer Yuvraj Singh
• A case had been registered against the cricketer Yuvraj Singh alleging him for making casteist remarks.
• The case was filed under sections 153A & 153B IPC and under the SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act.
• However, the petitioner had contended that he had oplogized for the comment this case was instituted 8 months after that.
• “Every person and celebrities I particular, should be careful in the usage of any term which can be misinterpreted”, the Court opined.
6. 2 Co-accused in Munawar Faruqui case granted bail
• The 2 co-accused, Nalin Yadav & Sadakat Khan in the Munawar Faruqui case have been granted bail.
• They had been alleged for insulting and hurting religious sentiments along with Munawar Faruqui.
• The Madhya Pradesh High Court has granted them bail.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUMMARIES
1. Passing of Equality Act in the US
• The US House of Representatives has passed the Equality Act for providing legal protection to the LGBTQIA+ community of America.
• The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ as protected classes along with race, religion, sex and national origin.
• “Without the Equality Act, this nation would never live up to its principles of freedom & equality,” said the Democratic Representative Marie Newman.