This article is written by Janhvi Shirsat, a student of NLU, Nagpur.

In COVID-19 virtual communication with child will be considered as visitation

In Calcutta HC it was currently observed that lockdown is infringing the Right to Visitation between children and parents. While hearing it was noted that a filed PIL sought the framing of guidelines with regard to children who are separate from the parents. 

Petitioner Advocates Sakya Sen and Rohit Banerjee presented the fault of government departments as faced by them and asked for urgent permission of certain instrumentalities. The HC mentioned in their decision the importance of interaction with children and highlighted that “Welfare of the child is paramount and visitation is one of the integral parts of restoring the broken thread between the litigating parents”. 

Therefore, a remedy for the same as concerned in lockdown for these parents is virtual interaction.

“The Wire” Editor, Siddharth Varadarajan alleged in defamatory case got Anticipatory Bail

The editor of online news portal The Wire Allahabad High Court granted anticipatory bail in a case registered against him for defamatory news report against Chief Minister of UP, Yogi Adityanath.

As mentioned in FIR an article in “The Wire ” concerned with Yogi Adiyanath’s engagement in a religious ceremony in Ayodhya on Ram Navmi during COVID-19 lockdown. 

The FIR cited Sections 66 D and 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000, Sections 188 and 505(2) of the IPC, Section 54 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

The Varadarajan refused all the imposed allegations on him and the court directed for anticipatory bail for no further interference in the court trial. 

Rajasthan HC refused to interfere in waiving off  State school fees 

On Thursday Rajasthan High Court prone PIL seeking for waiving of the fees by the private school authorities citing incapacity to pay because of lockdown. HC clearly refused additional interference in the matter and stated that the State Government has already released the decision on the matter.

The Bench of Justices Sabina and Chandra Kumar Songara passed the order as a plea filed by an Advocate Rajeev Bansal. 

Bansal presented problems faced by parents due to locked’[-own unable to pay fees in private school and prayed for direction. In response, Advocate General Ganesh Meena, on behalf of the State Government, addressed the court about the policy decision and the Court announced the decision in favour of the State. 

CJI Bobde proposed online demo for e-filing 

Supreme Court on Friday conducted an online demo of e-filing module through video conferencing addressed by CJI Bobde and the Chairman of e-committee, Justice DY Chandrachud. 


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