This article has been written by Shubhangi Zite, a student of ILS Law College, Pune.
1.Patna HC – Bail granted to a builder but asks him to render services to check COVID-19 spread.
The Patna High Court granted bail to a builder Mohammad Khalid Rashid who was in jail for two cases since November 18, 2019. He was in jail because of a complaint filed by a woman against him in the Kotwali Police Station allegedly for not handing over possession of her booked flat. High Court Judge Anil Kumar Upadhyay while granting bail asked him to hand over the possession of the flat within six months and also asked him to render his services to check the spread of COVID-19.
2.SC – ask govt. to respond over denying freedom fighters pension to divorced daughter.
The Supreme Court has asked the government for its reasons for declining the request made by a freedom fighters ailing widow to the Prime Minister to allow her divorced daughter access to her father’s Swatantra Sainik Pension.
In 2018 wife of freedom fighter wrote a letter to the government asking to give pension to her daughter after her death. However, this request was declined by the government and the same was upheld by the Himachal Pradesh High Court in 2019 saying there was no provision in the rules for grant of the Swatranta Sainik Samman pension to a divorced daughter. Daughter pointed out before the Supreme Court that family pension is allowed to unmarried daughter but not to a divorced one with no other financial means.
3. Case filed against Chennithala, 19 others.
A case has been registered against opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and 19 others for violating physical distancing norms while participating in an agitation against the mineral sand-mining at Thottappally on Sunday. They have been booked under the Kerala Epidemic Disease Ordinance 2020 and sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code. Besides him, the case has been registered against KPCC general secretary A.A Shukoor, DCC president M. Liju and other party workers.
4.Jamia Violence: Court extends interim bail of local leader Ashu Khan by 45 days.
The Delhi Court on Saturday extended interim bail of local leader Ashu Khan who was arrested for allegedly rioting and instigating mob during anti- CAA protests here on 15 December 2019. He was earlier granted bail in April, but due to Coronavirus threat, his counsel appealed for his bail to be extended as it is really difficult to maintain social distancing in jails as they are already overcrowded. The court further directed him not to tamper with evidence or leave the country without court permission.