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SC to take up Centre-state tussle

The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government’s tussle against the Central government will now be decided by the Supreme Court. The court is set to hear the plea today. Read more

Protests seeking bifurcation of high court in Hyderabad

Meetings and deliberations in New Delhi could determine the course of agitation in Hyderabad for the bifurcation of the high court in Hyderabad. Read more

A bunch of advocates have met the Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur in this regard. The acting chief justice of the high court of judicature at Hyderabad, the common constitutional court for states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, has also apprised the chief justice of the situation. Read more

LGBT watchdog: Government abstains from UN vote as matter is ‘sub judice’

Last week, India abstained from voting at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the appointment of an independent watchdog for protecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights. The Ministry of External Affairs cited the pending apex court hearing on the legality of same sex relationships as the reason for India staying away from the vote. Read more

In February, a bench comprising Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, and justices Anil Dave and J.S. Khehar had referred a set of curative petitions that sought a review of a 2013 judgment upholding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to a constitution bench. The bench is yet to be set up by the chief justice.

The law prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal". Section 377 also criminalizes sexual intercourse that is penile and non-vaginal, deeming it “against the order of nature". The law affects the rights of the LGBT population, in particular, but its provisions can also be applied to heterosexual citizens.

The uniform civil code debate

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has asked the Law Commission to examine if a uniform civil code can be implemented in the country. Read more here on why India needs a uniform civil code.

Entry of foreign law firms in India

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has drafted rules which, if ratified, will allow foreign lawyers to practice in India.

The new rules propose allowing foreign lawyers and law firms to set up offices in India after registering with the BCI and paying registration fees of $25,000 for individual lawyers and $50,000 for law firms.

Individual lawyers will also have to pay a security deposit of $15,000 and law firms $40,000. Read more

Green tribunal seeks state’s response in Jawahar Bagh encroachment issue

The National Green Tribunal has sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s response on a plea alleging loss of green cover in Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh, where clashes between encroachers and security personnel left 29 people, including two policemen, dead recently, PTI reported. Read here

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