Weekly Legal News


TikTok Ban: SC Asks Madras HC to hear tomorrow’s objections to ex-party orders

The Supreme Court today directed the Madras High Court to consider tomorrow the objections against the ex-parte ban imposed on popular video app ‘Tik Tok’ The Court was considering an SLP filed by of Byte dance Technology Pvt Ltd, the Indian operators of the app, against the ex-parte ban imposed by the High Court in an interim order passed in a PIL. The SC has kept the SLP for further consideration on April 22, taking into account the nature of action taken by HC tomorrow.

SC Directs ECI to monitor PM Modi Biopic and to report if it can be screened during polling time

The Supreme Court’s Bench, led by the CJI, has ordered the India Election Committee to monitor Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic and to report back to the Court, in a sealed report this Friday, whether it can be screened during the election period. On April 22nd the matter will be heard next. The film producers approached the SC against the order that ECI passed last Thursday

to block the film’s screening during election time. Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi who appeared for the producers argued that the ECI had imposed the ban without watching the film.

Mitigating factor to commute death sentences post- conviction mental illness: SC

The Supreme Court has held that post conviction mental illness will be a mitigating factor while considering appeals of death convicts. The bench comprising Justice NV Ramana, Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar and Justice Indira Banerjee commuted death penalty of a person convicted of rape and murder of two minor girls. The accused was convicted and sentenced to death by the Trial Court in 2001. The High Court confirmed the death sentence. The Supreme Court in November, 2008, dismissed his appeal. Review petitions were also dismissed by circulation. Later, invoking the judgment in Mohd. Arif @ Ashfaq v. The Registrar, Supreme Court of India, he filed petition seeking reopening of review petitions. Later, then invoked Mohd’s judgment. He files the petition to re-open the petitions of re-examination by Arif @ Ashfq v. the Registrar, Supreme Court of India.

Campaign to hold community speeches ECI Bars Yogi Adityanath & Mayawati

Today, India’s Election Commission barred UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for three days from April 16 to make a provoking speech by the community. The ECI also found that BSP Chief Mayawati appealed for votes by the Community and barred her from campaigning on 16 April for two days. The ban is imposed on the ECI by invoking powers under Article 324 of the Indian Constitution, after it has been concluded that the leaders have violated paragraph 3 and 4 of Part 1.


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