SC’S VIRTUAL COURTROOM HEARINGS: LAWYERS AND JUDGES TO INTERACT THROUGH VIDEOCONFERENCING FROM CHAMBERS AND COURTROOMS RESPECTIVELY.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday assembled at the premises of Supreme Court vicinity instead of Judge’s residence. A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Abdul Nazeer & Sanjeev Khannaassembled in Court No. 4 of the Supreme Court building and heard matters via Videoconferencing with Lawyers addressing the bench from their respective Chamber(s). Solicitor General Tushar Mehta added that this was indeed a good idea as this would ensure that infection is not spread.

The Supreme Court has been hearing matters via videoconferencing since March 23, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Coronavirus induced lockdown in the first instance.

As the days progressed and the lockdown continued, SC continued to hold hearings from Chambers itself, with Lawyers too, arguing from their own space. As of now, only “urgent matters” are being taken up by the Supreme Court. (image sources : Google)

GUJRAT HIGH COURT DECLARES BJP MINISTER BHUPENDRASINH CHUDASAMA’S 2017 ELECTION VOID

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday declared state BJP minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama’s election in 2017 as void on grounds of malpractice and manipulation.

Justice Paresh Upadhyay cancelled Chudasama’s election in an order passed on an petition filed by Congress candidate Ashwin Rathod, challenging the BJP leader’s victory from Dholka constituency by a margin of 327 votes in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly polls.

In his election petition, Rathod alleged that Chudasama indulged in “corrupt practice and breach of many of the mandatory instructions of the Election Commission, at various stages of the election process, more particularly at the time of counting of votes”. Chudasama currently holds charge of the education, law and justice, legislative and parliamentary affairs, and some other departments in the Vijay Rupani government. (Image sources : Google)

DELHI HC GRANTS INTERIM PROTECTION TO DELHI MINORITY COMMISSION CHIEF ZAFARUL ISLAM KHAN FROM COERCIVE ACTION.

The Delhi HC on Tuesday granted interim protection from any coercive action to Zafarul Islam Khan, the Chief of the Delhi Minorities Commission.The Single Bench of Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri has said that no coercive action can be taken against the Chief till the next date of hearing.

Moved through Advocate Vrinda Grover, the plea for anticipatory bail called for an urgent relief of protection for arrest and coercive action in a ‘frivolous’, ‘motivated’ and ‘untenable’ case.

While informing that Delhi Police has lodged an against Khan under sections 124A and 153A of the IPC, the petition stated that the allegations contained in the FIR against the Petitioner are devoid of legal merit, distort facts, and is a gross abuse of process of law.

The Petitioner stated that since March 2020, India has witnessed widespread hate speech and comments and in some cases physical attacks against members of the Muslim community, blaming them for COVID19.

The Petitioner further argued that complaints against him have been filed with obtuse motive and malafide is evidenced by the use of social media to attract publicity to the complaints and persons who filed them.

On these grounds, the Petitioner sought anticipatory bail and protection from coercive action as the FIR has been registered against him with a malafide intention of harassing and intimidating him for doing his statutory duty to protect the Rights of Muslims.