DAILY LAW NEWS UPDATE – 7TH MAY,2020

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This article is written by Shubhangi Zite, a student of ILS Law College, Pune

Over deaths due to gas leaks in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, notices have been issued by NHRC to Centre and A.P Government.

On Thursday National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the center and government of Andhra Pradesh regarding the death and suffering of people due to gas leak from a chemical plant in Vishakhapatnam district. NHRC further said that the “Right to Life” of the victims has been grossly violated. NHRC has taken Suo-moto cognizance of media reports about the deaths and affected victims.

The commission in the notice has asked for a detailed report regarding rescue operation, treatment of affected, and their relief and rehabilitation. NHRC has also asked the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to check if legally proper actions have been implemented to a particular industrial unit.

Admin of group “bios locker room” has been arrested.

Delhi police’s Cyber Cell has arrested the admin of the Instagram group “bios locker room” that was used to share abusive and offensive messages and morphed images of underage girls.

The admin of the group is 18 years old and has appeared for class 12 examination this year. He is a student at the school in Delhi-NCR.

Police are still verifying if the group was created for such purpose or later eventually it led to such conversation. Police are further enquiring and questioning other members as well.

In A.P court, PIL filed against liquor sale during the lockdown.

PIL is filed by Advocate A. Edukondalu under article 226 of the Constitution, seeking directions for the government to prohibit the sale of liquor during the lockdown. He further added that this action of the government to increase the revenue would affect all the efforts made by the government to control the spread of coronavirus as no precautions are taken by alcohol buyers at the shops. This will further worsen the COVID-19 cases.

In PIL he asked the government to ban the sale of liquor till the COVID-19 scenario is under control and sufficient test are being done.

NHRC asked authorities to submit responses within 4 weeks.

Poll date of Sri Lanka challenged at Supreme Court.

Recently filed four petitions challenged Sri Lanka’s parliamentary poll date of June 20 at the Supreme Court questioning its timing amid the coronavirus pandemic. It has been argued by petitioners that the environment is not conducive to hold a free and fair election.

Earlier on March 2 President Gotobaya Rajapaksa called for snap elections on April 25 but later realizing the spread of coronavirus in the region, the election commission postponed date announcing June 20 as the new date.

However, the party’s objected to the new dates as currently, the country has 711 confirmed cases with 9 deaths and 215 recoveries.

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