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‘Every Journalist Is Entitled To Protection’: SC Quashes Sedition Case Against Vinod Dua

The Hon’ble Bench of Justices U. U. Lalit and Vineet Saran last year on October 6, 2020, reserved a verdict on the petition against Journalist Vinod Dua filed by a local BJP leader in Himachal Pradesh. The Hon’ble Bench of the Supreme Court quashed the sedition case registered against the Journalist. The Apex Court held that every Journalist is entitled to protection under the famous Kedar Nath Singh Judgment of 1962, which held that sedition charges under Art 124A couldn’t be brought against a citizen for criticism of the Government. 

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“Who is preventing you from live reporting?” Allahabad High Court in a plea for live reporting of court proceedings. 

The Court in the case of Areeb Uddin and Ors. v. High Court of Allahabad held that no one is preventing the media persons from reporting proceedings. 4 Journalists had filed a suit claiming that they have a right to attend, observe, transcribe and report the proceedings of the Court. They had claimed that they were being excluded from Virtual Court proceedings because they weren’t ‘required persons’ and had the fear of adverse action being taken against them if they attended a proceeding usinga pseudonym. 

As per the counsel for Allahabad High Court, guidelines for live streaming have been received Chief Justice of the Court from the chairman of the E-Committee of the Supreme Court.  

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[Tribunal Ordinance challenge] Supreme Court can pass any number of orders but Parliament can enact laws overturning it: Centre to Supreme Court 

The Central Government through Attorney General K. K. Venugopal told the Apex Court on Thursday that the parliament is empowered to enact laws overturning the Supreme Court’s Judgment. The Attorney General submitted on behalf of the Central Government that the Top Court can pass any number of orders but the Parliament can say it isn’t in the interest of the public and enact a law. However, Justice RavindraBhat held that the Parliament cannot choose which order should be implemented and which shouldn’t.

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Contempt Action Can Be Taken Only In Respect Of Established Wilful Disobedience Of Court Order, Reiterates Supreme Court 

In the Contempt Petition of Abhishek Kumar Singh vs. G. Pattanaik, the Bench of Hon’ble Justices A. M. Khanwilkar and B. R. Gavai reiterated that contempt action can only be taken in respect of established wilful disobedience of Court order. The Hon’ble Bench held that while exercising contempt jurisdiction, the main concern is that whether the acts of commission or omission can be said to be contumacious conduct of the party which has allegedly committed them. 

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Kerala High Court ExtendsInterim OrdersTill June 15, Interim Bails, Orders U/S 138 Of The Negotiable Instruments Act 

The Bench comprising of Hon’ble Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justices C. T. Ravikumar and Shaji Chaly issued an order extending the interim orders granted on May 19, 2021, to June 15, 2021. The Court also passed Orders relating to Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act and Interim Bail in the light of Covid lockdown in the State. The interim order passed on May 19th dealt with all the proceedings before the Court, the lower court, tribunals and issued directions for no coercive action to be taken till May 31st. 

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WhatsApp Obtaining 'Trick Consent' On 2021 Privacy Policy': Centre To Delhi High Court

The Central Government in its additional affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court stated that WhatsApp is obtaining ‘Trick Consent’ from its users to accept the new contested privacy policy of 2021. WhatsApp is doing this by pushing notifications to the users. The Government added that the users who haven’t accepted this privacy policy are being bombarded by such notifications. In light of this, the Centre has sought a restraining order directing WhatsApp to stop sending such push notifications to its users. 

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Petition Filed in Bihar Court, Wants Baba Ramdev Booked For Sedition 

A resident of North Bihar filed a petition against Baba Ramdev praying that he should be booked for sedition on account of his reproachful remarks against modern medicine and its practitioners. The petition was filed in the Court of CJM by Mr. Gyan Prakash through Counsel Sudhir Ojha who is a serial litigant & remains in the news for petitions against top politicians, Bollywood stars, and foreign heads of state. 

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IMA Writes To Amit Shah Demanding Effective Law Against Violence On Healthcare Workers

The Indian Medical Association has written to Amit Shah demanding effective law against the increasing violence on healthcare workers. The IMA wrote that the occurrences of healthcare workers being beaten up have increased over the years and have become widespread. This possesses a threat to the medical practice. The letter to the Home Minister is from a doctor who was beaten up by a group of people in Assam’s Hojai district on June 1 due to the death of a covid patient. 

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