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Not sexual assault if there is no ‘skin to skin’ contact: Bombay High Court

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Groping a minor’s breast without “skin to skin contact” cannot be termed as sexual assault as defined under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the Bombay High Court has said. Justice Pushpa Ganediwala of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, in a judgement passed on January 19, the detailed copy of […]

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Foreign attendees of Tablighi event made scapegoat, says HC

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 The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court has said that the foreign nationals, who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event held in Delhi in March this year, were made “scapegoats” and allegations were levelled that they were responsible for spreading COVID-19 in the country. A division bench of Justices T V Nalawade and M G […]

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Bombay High Court orders SIT probe in fatal “assault” on man by cops

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 The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Mumbai police commissioner to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to conduct a probe against four policemen who allegedly fatally assaulted a 22-year-old man here while imposing the COVID-19 lockdown in March. The SIT should comprise two senior police officials and carry out the probe expeditiously, said […]

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Police brutality just one side of coin :Bombay High Court on COVID-19 lockdown

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The Bombay High Court on Monday said “police brutality” during the lockdown is only one side of the coin, and noted that many citizens are not complying with restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. “There are black sheep everywhere,” a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai observed while hearing […]

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Can’t allow Jain temples to open amid pandemic : Maharashtra government to Bombay High Court

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The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Thursday that it could not permit Jain temples in the city to open for devotees to mark the festival of Paryushan in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state said that opening the temples from August 15 to 23 this year, as requested by the Jain community, […]

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Bombay High Court adjourns hearing on PILs seeking CBI probe in Sushant case.

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The Bombay High Court has deferred till Friday the hearing on two Public Interest Litigations seeking a CBI probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice A S Gadkari adjourned the hearing on Wednesday after the Maharashtra government submitted that it had not been served […]

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What purpose served by disclosing names of virus patients? HC

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The Bombay High Court on Tuesday said if a person takes all necessary precautions, then he or she need not worry about contracting COVID-19, and asked what purpose would be served by disclosing the names of persons who tested positive for the disease. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Sarang Kotwal was […]

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Bombay High Court asks govt about compensation for kin of deceased frontline staff Ketan Tirodkar

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The Bombay High Court on Friday asked the Maharashtra government to state its position on a petition seeking compensation for families of frontline workers who died after contracting COVID-19 infection on duty. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai was hearing a petition filed by social worker Ketan Tirodkar. The petitioner […]

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Why reveal names of COVID-19 patients as it involves privacy rights of such patients : Bombay High Court

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The Bombay High Court on Friday sought to know why should the names of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 be disclosed and said the issue involves privacy rights of such patients. A division bench of Justices A A Sayed and M S Karnik made the observation while hearing a petition filed by two persons […]

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Bombay High Court permits minor rape victim to terminate 25-week pregnancy

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The Bombay High Court has permitted a 17-year-old rape victim to terminate her 25-week pregnancy despite a report submitted by the civic-run KEM Hospital here advising against the abortion. A division bench of Justices K K Tated and Milind Jadhav gave the order on Tuesday while hearing the girl’s petition filed through her father, seeking permission […]

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Bombay High Court allows BMC to use private building as quarantine facility.

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The Bombay High Court has permitted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to use a private residential building it requisitioned as a quarantine facility, after the civic body gave an undertaking to pay a monthly rent of over Rs 28 lakh for such use. In an order passed last week, a bench of Justices S J Kathawalla […]

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Pandemic showed equal opportunity remains distant dream: Bombay High Court

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Concerned over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in India and the recent migrant crisis, the Bombay High Court has said that the pandemic has revealed that despite our constitutional guarantees, a society that provides equal opportunities to all remains a “distant dream”. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice A A Sayed also […]

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Reply to PIL on housing essential staff in Mumbai: Bombay High Court

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 The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to respond to a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking temporary accommodation in Mumbai for essential service providers, who commute between Mumbai and Palghar district each day for their work. The plea, filed by Charan Ravindra Bhatt, a resident of adjoining Palghar district, claims that such commute to […]

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Bombay High Court asks NMMC for list of protective gear distributed to staff.

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The Bombay High Court has directed the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation to file an affidavit listing details of all the protective gear procured and distributed to its staff in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Justice S J Kathawalla passed the order on Tuesday on a petition filed by sanitation and health workers of the Navi […]

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Deploy revenue staff where cops not needed: Bombay High Court tells Maha govt

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The Bombay High Court has said the Maharashtra Police machinery is under “great stress and strain” during the lockdown, and directed the state government and local civic authorities to deploy off-duty revenue officials for duties where police personnel are not required. Justice R V Ghuge of the high court’s Aurangabad bench gave the directive on Tuesday […]

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Bombay High Court : Will Maharashtra government procure food grains for migrants and poor?

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The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to take a decision on whether it would procure additional food grains from the Food Corporation of India for supplying to migrant workers and other needy persons who do not have ration cards. Justice S C Gupte gave the directive last Friday while hearing a petition filed […]

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Hear liquor shop owners’ plea on reopening :  Bombay High Court asks Maharashtra government.

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Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Nagpur district collector and the Maharashtra government to hear and decide expeditiously representations made by liquor shop owners seeking permission to open their establishments in the city amid the lockdown for the novel coronavirus outbreak. Justice R B Deo of HC’s Nagpur bench was hearing a petition filed […]

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Bombay High Court : Man held for hindering COVID-19 data collection gets bail.

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The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to a city resident arrested for obstructing a team collecting data on COVID-19 from his residential society. The court also directed him to deposit Rs 10,000 in the chief ministers relief fund for coronavirus. Justice Bharati Dangre was hearing a bail plea filed by one Zafar Jamal Khan, […]

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Marriage certificate issued without rituals null and void: Bombay High Court

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On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court turned down a four-year-old certificate of registration of marriage obtained by a Thane resident and his girlfriend on grounds that it lacked the sanctity, as no rites for solemnising a marriage was performed, and also observed that the Thane Family Court was not justified in rejecting his plea. The […]

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Food and essential goods being supplied to tribal region: Bombay High Court

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The Maharashtra government on Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that food and other essential commodities are being supplied to the people living in the tribal belt of the state. Justice G S Patel was hearing a petition filed by Vivek Pandit, in which the latter raised concerns over the condition of impoverished tribal people in […]

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Applicants are safer in jail than out on bail: Bombay High Court.

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The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to grant temporary bail to an accused, saying it can not allow him to be released and put him at the risk of contracting coronavirus. The situation in jail was much better than that in the city of Mumbai, Justice G S Patel observed while hearing a bail […]

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Bombay High Court seeks to know junkyard expansion impact on flamingo haven.

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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed two expert bodies to assess any adverse effect of expansion of a dumping ground in suburban Kanjurmarg on a flamingo sanctuary located in the vicinity. A division bench asked the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to carry out an evaluation whether […]

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Not right to deprive child’s access to grandparents : Bombay High Court

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Observing that it is not right to deprive access of a child to his/her grandparents, the Bombay High Court directed a Mumbai-based woman to let her 10-year- old son meet her former in-laws once a week. A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and B P Colabawalla earlier this week rejected a petition filed by […]

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Bombay High Court relief to suspended DIG Nishikant More accused of molestation.

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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted interim protection from arrest to suspended Maharashtra deputy inspector general of police Nishikant More, who is accused of molesting a 17-year-old girl. Justice P D Naik directed More to appear before Taloja police in Navi Mumbai on January 29, 30 and 31 to cooperate with the probe in […]

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