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The Supreme Court and the Law Commission on Section 309 IPC

Akanksha. On 11th September, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde made some remarks on Section 309, IPC which criminalises attempt to suicide. According to the bench, Section 115 of Mental Healthcare Act impacts Section 309 IPC. Section 115(1) reads as, "notwithstanding anything contained in section 309 of the Indian Penal Code… Continue reading The Supreme Court and the Law Commission on Section 309 IPC

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Editors Guild Terms Registration of FIR against Supriya Sharma as Unjustifiable and Reprehensible

Sushant Kumar. The UP Police registered an FIR against The Scroll Executive Editor Supriya Sharma in relation to a report titled "In Varanasi village adopted by Prime Minister Modi, people went hungry during lockdown". Mala Devi, a resident of Varanasi's Domari village, complained that Sharma misrepresented her comments and that she has made fun of her… Continue reading Editors Guild Terms Registration of FIR against Supriya Sharma as Unjustifiable and Reprehensible

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Allahabad HC grants Bail to Foreign Members of Tablighi Jamat, cites Equal Protection of Law

Akanksha. Justice Jaspreet Singh granted bail to 6 foreign members of Tablighi Jamaat who were the citizens of Kyrgyzstan. Highlighting the fact that the bail application of a foreigner and a citizen is on a same footing before the court of law, the court said, "The law does not permit any differentiation between Indian nationals… Continue reading Allahabad HC grants Bail to Foreign Members of Tablighi Jamat, cites Equal Protection of Law

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FIR Filed in Punjab, Alleging Paatal Lok Hurts the Sentiments of the Sikh Community

Akanksha. A FIR has been filed before Punjab Police against OTT platform Amazon Prime Video and the producers of the webseries 'Paatal Lok' alleging that the series hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community. It pertains to the third episode of the series, 'A History of Violence', alleging that it has been intentionally made… Continue reading FIR Filed in Punjab, Alleging Paatal Lok Hurts the Sentiments of the Sikh Community

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Allahabad HC grants Anticipatory Bail to ‘The Wire’ Editor Siddharth Varadarajan, refuses that he may flee from the country

Akanksha. Through a video conference, Siddharth Varadarajan had been granted an Anticipatory Bail by the bench of Justice Chandra Dhari Singh on the execution of a personal bond of Rs. 2,00,000/- with two sureties. The case pertains to a report published by "The Wire" on 31.03.2020 titled as "Covid-19 Cases Spike in Nizamuddin Nehru Stadium… Continue reading Allahabad HC grants Anticipatory Bail to ‘The Wire’ Editor Siddharth Varadarajan, refuses that he may flee from the country

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Madras High Court provides ‘breathing space’ to free speech: Criminal defamation and the Sullivan Rule

Sushant Kumar. A single judge bench of Madras High Court on May 5, quashed the proceeding in a criminal defamation case against Economic Times and its journalist Sandhya Ravishankar while extending the rule in New York Times v Sullivan of actual malice to criminal defamation. The judgement authored by Justice G R Swaminathan is being… Continue reading Madras High Court provides ‘breathing space’ to free speech: Criminal defamation and the Sullivan Rule