The Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations have written to the Government of India expressing serious concerns over the new IT rules notifies to regulate social media intermediaries, streaming platforms, and digital news media. The UN Special Rapporteurs urged India to withdraw, review and reconsider certain key aspects of the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.
The Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the state government to take immediate steps to protect the food grains, allegedly lying out in the open areas across various parts of the state, from the upcoming monsoon rains. A petition alleges that there has been a substantial quantity of wheat got damaged after it got submerged with water during recent rains.
The National Green Tribunal constituted an Independent Monitoring Committee for the purpose of restoration and rejuvenation of the rivers Varuna and Assi, tributaries to river Ganga in Varanasi. The committee compromises of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), State Pollution Control Board, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), and District Magistrate, Varanasi. The State PCB will be acting as the nodal agency for coordination and compliance.
The Kerala High Court dismissed a batch of petitions challenging the disqualification of around 250 Directors of Companies under Sections 164 and 167 of the Companies Act and issued a set of directions and declarations regarding the concerns raised in the petitions. The order came from the court after 250 writ petitions were filed raising common questions of law.
The Gujarat High Court is concerned about the potential 3rd wave of covid-19 has asked the State Government to adopt a “3T Model” to curb the outbreak and devise a preventive action plan. The court has asked the state to vigorously follow the ‘Testing, Tracing & Treatment’ strategy. The court was hearing a suo motu PIL on covid-19 management in the State.
The Supreme Court dismissed petitions seeking postponement of the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam 2021 as infructuous. The petitioners asked for a direction to carry forward the exam fees of students who could not attend the exams due to covid-19 restrictions. The same bench had earlier refused to postpone the exams. The petitioners argued that the National Board of Examination's decision to conduct the exam was unreasonable.
The Madhya Pradesh High Court issued notice on a plea filed alleging that social media companies, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter are displaying/hosting obscene, unregulated, uncertified, sexually explicit, and legally restricted content. The plea alleges that the social-media companies are facilitating online gambling, online hate crimes and other illegal activities.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued an advisory declaring extension of validity of documents related to the Motor Vehicles Act and the Central Motor vehicle Rules and for the relaxation of permit fees and taxes. The order and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in March 2020 to all ministries and departments in view of the lockdown executed to contain the virus.
The Central Government has appointed 6 judges to the Madhya Pradesh High Court and 1 additional judge to Gauhati High Court. In the exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 224 of the constitution of India, the president appointed Robin Phukla, to be an additional judge to the Gauhati High court for a period of 2 years.
The Tamil Nadu Government submitted before the Madras High Court that it has decided to extend the covid cash relief benefit to all transgenders irrespective of whether they possess the registration cards. The court sought a plea seeking extension of covid-19 cash relief of ₹4k to transgender persons who do not possess a Ration Card.
A vehicle owner can now put the name of the nominee at the time of registration of the vehicle. This can also be done at a later stage through an online application. The nominee will have to apply for the transfer of ownership using Form 31 within the period of three months from the death of the owner of the motor vehicle, to the registering authority.
The Madhya Pradesh High Court administration had decided that it will provide the web links on its website so that the same could be accessed and court proceedings could be viewed. Currently, the court proceedings are held via video conferencing mode. The High Court stated that it had provided weblinks and a resolution to this effect was passed on June 15.
The Allahabad High Court asked the Uttar Pradesh State Government to come up with a road map for tackling the covid-19 pandemic. The court anticipates that the virus is going to “stay for a long time”. The court also asked the state government to inform the court about actions taken by the state to date to meet the challenges of the covid-19 pandemic.
The Karnataka High Court restrained the state government from announcing II PUC examination results for fresher students. The pre-university course or pre-degree course (PUC or PDC) is an intermediate course (which is known as 10+2) of 2 years duration, conducted by state education institutions or boards in India. This pre-university course is also known as the Plus-two or Intermediate course.
Karnataka High Court directed the state government to decide on extending free treatment to persons suffering from Mucormycosis. The court stated that it is necessary for the state to ensure that in all public hospitals the requisite number of beds are kept reserved for patients with mucormycosis. The state will also have extended free treatment to people suffering from black fungus who get admitted to public hospitals.