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Appointment of Acting Chief Justice

President appoints Justice Vineet Kothari, senior-most Judge of Gujarat High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court with effect from the date Justice Vikram Nath relinquishes the charge as Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court consequent upon his appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Justice Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya, senior-most Judge of Gujarat High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court with effect from 02nd September 2021 consequent upon the retirement of Shri Justice Vineet Kothari.

Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 27-08-2021]

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Sujata V Manohar, Former Judge of Supreme Court received the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medal of Honor conferred in Madrid by the King of Spain on 5-07-2021.

 About the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medal of Honor

 The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medal of Honor is a new international recognition, established by the World Jurist Association and presented for the first time this year.

The honor was bestowed on eight distinguished female jurists and leaders from around the world including Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza, Vice-President of the International Criminal Court, Maite Oronoz, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Navi Pillay, Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, Rosario Silva de Lapuerta, Vice- President of the European Court of Justice, Sujata Manohar, retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Young Hye Kim, Senior Judge, Commissioner at National Human Rights Commission.

The World Jurist Association awards the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medal of Honor in recognition of inspiring women jurists who fight to defend and strengthen the rule of law and to consolidate society’s advances in gender equity.

Background | Sujata V. Manohar, Former Supreme Court Judge

Mrs. Justice Sujata Vasant Manohar, B.Sc., B.L., Born on 28th August, 1934. Educated at Anandilal Podar High School, Bombay; Elphinstone College, Bombay, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, U.K. And Lincoln’s Inn, London. Enrolled Advocate on 14th February, 1958 at Bombay. Practised in the Bombay High Court on the Original Side. Appointed Assistant Government Pleader, City Civil Court, Bombay during 1970-71. Appointed Additional Judge of the Bombay High Court from 23rd January, 1978. Appointed permanent Judge on 28.11.1978. Appointed as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court with effect from 15.1.1994 (A.N.). Transferred as Chief Justice of Kerala High Court with effect from 21.4.1994. Appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India with effect from 8.11.1994. Retired on 27.8.1999.


Appointments & TransfersNews

Appointment of 4 Additional Judges

President of India appoints the following 4 Additional Judges of the Bombay High Court for a period of 2 years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices:

  • Shri Rajesh Narayandas Laddha
  • Shri Sanjay Ganpatrao Mehare,
  • Shri Govinda Ananda Sanap and
  • Shri Shivkumar Ganpatrao Dige

Ministry of Law and Justice

[Notification dt. 23-06-2021]

Case BriefsHigh Courts

Delhi High Court: Mukta Gupta, J., allowed the injunction application filed by the TV Today Network finding they have established prima facie case in their favour.

Present suit was preferred by a media conglomerate which transmits and broadcasts news etc. through print as well as electronic media.

By the instant suit, the plaintiff sought a decree of a permanent and mandatory injunction against defendant 1 restraining him from making the systematic attack on plaintiff’s reputation by making false and baseless tweets.

Defendant 1 levelled allegations against the plaintiff and one of its main anchors of having taken a sum of Rs 8 crores to interview a personality presently in news. It was also alleged that at the time of the birth of the said anchor itself, nurse concerned made obnoxious remarks and that the said anchor is involved in making fake news. The said anchor was also compared to a person, who is facing extradition proceedings.

High Court found that the plaintiff made out a prima facie case in its favour.

Bench stated that till the next date of hearing, defendant 1 is restrained from directly or indirectly publishing, re-publishing, sending or posting any tweet or information either in the electronic form or through the internet, email, social media or any print or communication media whatsoever, the statement or post which is derogatory/defamatory in its contents to the plaintiff or its top management or its anchors or its other office-bearers.

Defendant 2 has been directed to suspend/block the Twitter handles of defendant 1 and to file the basic subscription information of the account holder of the Twitter accounts impugned i.e. ‘@theanuragkts’ and ‘@theanuragoffice’ in the Court and supply a copy thereof to the learned counsel for the plaintiff as a password-protected document before the next date of hearing. [T.V. Today Network Ltd. v. Anurag Srivastava, 2020 SCC OnLine Del 1354, decided on 24-09-2020]

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The Press Council of India (PCI) has taken Suo Motu cognizance of the alleged attack by a mob on three journalists, including a female reporter from Caravan magazine who were reportedly beaten, and threatened in North East Delhi on 11.08.2020 while they were covering news.

A Report has been called for from the Chief Secretary, the Commissioner of Police and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi.

Press Council of India

[Press Release dt. 25-08-2020]

COVID 19Hot Off The PressNews

As reported by media reports, use of “hookah” in public places has been banned by Delhi Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The use of hookah with or without tobacco in public places including restaurants, bars, etc. has been prohibited.

“Smokers may also already have lung diseases or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase the risk of serious illness.”

According to the order, Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as smoking means the fingers are in contact with the lips which increases the possibility of transmission of the virus, the health department said in an order.

Mouthpieces and hoses used for smoking could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings, hence the use of hookah has been prohibited in Delhi.

[Source: Economic Times]