HC seeks UP Govt help on child definition

Allahabad High Court has sought the assistance of Attorney General and Uttar Pradesh government on the issue relating to the discrepancy in law in the definition of child in case of kidnapping and rape.

The Lucknow Bench issued notices to the Attorney General and Advocate General, asking them to submit their respective explanations, assigning reasons as to why the age of male child in Section 361 IPC and the age of female child in Section 375 IPC has not been raised to 18 years from the existing 16 years.

Stop shrines coming up in public places: Apex Court

While agreeing that removal of illegal shrines existing in public places can create law and order problems, the Supreme Court Friday asked the government to ensure that no new temple, church, mosque comes up without permission on public land, if it does, the local official responsible be punished.

HC notice to Metro over elevated track in S Delhi

Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on a petition of residents that the elevated stretch of the upcoming Central Secretariat-Badarpur line be made underground.
The company is compromising on quality to meet the Commonwealth Games 2010 deadline, ther petition alleged.

Court revokes MCOCA in Malegaon case

In a major blow to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act court on Friday revoked the application of MCOCA in the Malegaon blast case of September 29, 2008.
He said the court’s order was in response to two bail petitions by the accused Purohit and Ajay Rahirkar.
MCOCA was applied in the case on the basis of two charge sheets against Rakesh Dattaram Dhawde, for his involvement in the Nanded and Parbhani blasts.
At the time of taking cognisance of the charges under MCOCA, Mr. Shivade held that the two charge sheets were filed after the Malegaon blast.
Secondly, cognisance on one of the charge sheets was taken after the application of MCOCA in the Malegaon case on November 20, 2008.

Health spa services by opposite sex can’t be prevented: HC

Madras High Court has held that the city police has no legal right to prevent a health spa from being run by any citizen of the country even if the services were offered by members of opposite sex.

Granting an interim injunction on a application by Influence Lifestyle Stores Private Ltd seeking to restrain police from interfering with the “peaceful conduct” of the business offering various spa therapies for both sexes by members belonging to both sexes, Justice K Chandru said “there is no law regulating the field”.

Complaints against violation of MRTP Act

Government has said that during the last three years two complaints for violation of Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices (MRTP) Act, 1969 have been lodged in the MRTP Commission. The complainants in both the cases belong to Andhra Pradesh. One complaint is against the Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad and the other is against Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi. Alleged violation of provisions of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices (MRTP) Act, 1969 is dealt with under the said Act through proceedings before the MRTP Commission.

This information was given today by Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister for Corporate Affairs, in the Lok Sabha in a written reply.


Enhanced funds for SC/OBC Students

Under the scheme of “Pre-matric scholarship for children of those engaged in unclean occupation,” the quantum of central assistance has been enhanced from 50% to 100% to all State Governments/UTs over and above their committed liability with effect from 1.4.08. Under the scheme of “Pre-matric scholarship for OBC students”, the proposals from State Governments/UTs are received and funds are released as per their notional allocation after examining the utilisation certificate and provision in the State budget.

Under the “Post-matric scholarship scheme for SC students” the annual income-limit of Rs. 1 lakh was fixed w.e.f. 1.4.2003. A need was felt to increase the income ceiling and scholarship rates as well as revise other norms applicable under this scheme. Accordingly, the revision of this scheme is under consideration.

This information was given by Shri. D. Napoleon, the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.


SC grants green signal to government on CW games construction

Supreme Court gave a green signal to the government to go ahead with its construction activities near the Yamuna river bed for the Commonwealth Games.

A three judge Bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, P.Sathasivam and B.S.Chauhan quashed the Delhi High Court order that had put various restrictions on the construction activities citing environmental hazards.

The Supreme Court said the government had observed due process of law by issuing necessary notifications as early as on September 21, 1999 and invited suggestions and objections from citizens and various organisations.