High Court Roundup March 2024
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A quick legal roundup to cover important stories from all High Courts in March 2024

POCSO conviction
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Supreme Court highlighted that the fact of accused being a child in conflict with law was known to the Investigating Officer, prosecution as well as the Trial Court from the very inception of proceedings.

Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi Lokpal judicial member chairperson law commission
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Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi was functioning as the Chairperson of Law Commission of India and resigned from this post on 26-03-2024 after a tenure of 17 months.

Andhra Pradesh High Court
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“In the case of lack of inducement or threat, the Court must be conscious of the fact that they are not dealing with criminals.”

Rajasthan High Court
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“The Court is mindful of the legislative intent of the POCSO Act which provides that the contact between the accused and the victim should be prevented to minimise the trauma experienced by the child.”

Delhi High Court
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It is crucial to recognize that delays in the victim’s testimony before the learned trial court, often attributed to the intricate nature of trauma recovery, should not serve as grounds for the accused to seek bail.

Justice NV Anjaria Karnataka High Court
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Hailing from a family of lawyers and Judges, Justice Nilay Vipinchandra Anjaria took charge as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court on 25-02-2024.

delhi high court
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Rahul Gandhi informed the Delhi High Court that he has taken down the tweet from 2021 that allegedly disclosed the identity and sensitive details about a minor girl.

madras high court
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“Due to accessibility of sexually explicit material on the internet, porn addiction is becoming a growing concern in teenagers. With the click of a button, they can be exposed to endless pages of adult content”

POCSO Trial Judge training Karnataka Judicial Academy
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The High Court was shocked to find that the Trial Judge have not understood properly what is meaning of the theory beyond reasonable doubt in appreciating the evidence in POCSO cases.

delhi high court
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“This case and order will serve as a reminder that general public shall not believe unscrupulous persons and give them money, even if they are assured that they will get some work done from within the judicial system by such payment.”

karnataka high court
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Taking note of the procedure and trauma involved for sexual assault victims and their families, the High Court issued these directions to ensure timely detection of pregnancies and a proper counselling regarding the victim’s physical and mental health.

himachal pradesh high court
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“Though justice has got to be administered in accordance with the law enacted by the Legislature. The concept of justice is elastic and is imperceptible. There can be no hard and fast line constricting the power of the High Courts to do substantial justice.”

madras high court
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“Merely because a crime is heinous per se may not be a sufficient reason for the imposition of the death penalty without considering the mitigating factors and other circumstance”

allahabad high court
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“POCSO was formulated to protect children under the age of 18 years from sexual exploitation. Nowadays often it has become a tool for their exploitation”

allahabad high court
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Allahabad High Court directed the State Government to undertake an exercise for admission of the children in reputed schools in the vicinity of the homes.

karnataka high court
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The High Court also issued directions for effective implementation of POCSO Act and amendments introduced in the CrPC in 2018 vis-à-vis notifying the informants or victims about filing of regular and anticipatory bail applications and other connected issues.

bombay high court
Case BriefsHigh Courts

On determination of age, Bombay High Court expressed that “When there is still margin of four years, it cannot be said that the girl was not a “child” as defined under Section 2(d) of the POCSO Act.”

Justice N. Anand Venkatesh
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Justice N. Anand Venkatesh of Madras High Court is known within the legal fraternity for his progressive, profound and to the point judgments.

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“The yardstick to be applied in cases where the appointment sought relates to a Law Enforcement Agency, ought to be much more stringent than those applied to a routine vacancy.”