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Allegation of Harassment Not Sufficient to Attract Section 306, IPC: Andhra Pradesh HC

The Andhra Pradesh High Court (‘AHC’), stating “that there should be instigation or abetment on the part of the petitioners which compelled the deceased to commit suicide”, granted anticipatory bails to the spouses of two men who committed suicide and held that allegation of pressure or harassment will not be sufficient to attract of Section … Continue reading Allegation of Harassment Not Sufficient to Attract Section 306, IPC: Andhra Pradesh HC

FTC Lawsuit Compels Meta to Suspend its Acquisition of ‘Within’

Meta Platforms, Inc. (‘Meta’) has suspended the acquisition of Within Inc. (‘Within’), a Virtual Reality (‘VR’) experience & product developing company, due to a Federal Trade Commission (‘FTC’) lawsuit to block the $400 Million acquisition by Meta to expand Meta’s VR empire. In the past 10 years, Meta (previously Facebook Inc.) has acquired over 100 … Continue reading FTC Lawsuit Compels Meta to Suspend its Acquisition of ‘Within’

EC Initiates In-Depth Investigation in VOO’s Acquisition by Orange

European Commission (‘EC’), concerned of reduced competition in southern regions of Belgium, initiated an in-depth investigation into the planned acquisition of 75% of VOO S.A. (‘VOO’), for 1.8 Billion Euros, by Orange S.A. (‘Orange’). Both companies, VOO & Orange, offer broadband and mobile services. The acquisition will reduce the number of operators from 3 to … Continue reading EC Initiates In-Depth Investigation in VOO’s Acquisition by Orange

Best Interest of the Child should be the Basis of Custody: SC

The Supreme Court (‘SC’), allowing the plea of a husband, directed the wife to handover the custody of their son, a naturalised American citizen, to her NRI husband. The SC said, in matters involving the custody of a child it has to be borne in mind that ‘what is the wish of a child’ is … Continue reading Best Interest of the Child should be the Basis of Custody: SC

Quality of Education is Compromised if 100% Reservation is Given to Teachers: SC

The Supreme Court (‘SC’) upheld the judgement of Jharkhand High Court which struck down a State Government notification giving 100% reservation to local teachers of 13 Scheduled Areas of the State. The SC stated “The quality of education of the school-­going children cannot be compromised by giving 100% reservation in favour of the teachers of … Continue reading Quality of Education is Compromised if 100% Reservation is Given to Teachers: SC

Too Many Amendments Lead to Withdrawal of Data Protection Bill

The Central Government, on receiving 81 amendments and 12 major recommendations in a 99 Section bill, from Joint Committee of Parliament, has withdrawn the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 from the Parliament. However, a new legislation has been promised by the Government, very soon “without any dilution to broader privacy aspects of the original bill … Continue reading Too Many Amendments Lead to Withdrawal of Data Protection Bill

CCI Approves Rs. 4500 Crores Acquisition

The Competition Commission of India (‘CCI’) has approved the Rs. 4500 Crores acquisition of IDFC Asset Management Company Ltd. (‘IDFC AMC’) & IDFC AMC Trustee Company Ltd. by Bandhan Financial Holding Ltd., a subsidiary of Bandhan Financial Services Ltd., led consortium. After the acquisition, the consortium will hold 99.96% stakes in IDFC AMC and 100% … Continue reading CCI Approves Rs. 4500 Crores Acquisition

SC Reprimands Maharashtra Waqf Board for Last Minute Replacement of AG

The Supreme Court (‘SC’), hearing an important question of whether a charitable trust created by a Muslim automatically becomes a Waqf property to come under the purview of the board, reprimanded the Maharashtra Waqf board for disrespecting the Attorney General (‘AG’) by replacing him at the 11th hour. SC remarked “this is not the way … Continue reading SC Reprimands Maharashtra Waqf Board for Last Minute Replacement of AG

Rejection of Maintenance Application in Divorce Proceeding No Bar for Maintenance under Section 125 Cr.P.C.: Delhi HC

A petition for quashing maintenance petition under Section 125 Cr.P.C., 1973 on the ground that divorce petition was still pending and application for maintenance in the divorce petition was rejected was dismissed by the Delhi High Court (‘DHC’). The DHC further held “Pendency of a petition for divorce and rejection of an application for maintenance … Continue reading Rejection of Maintenance Application in Divorce Proceeding No Bar for Maintenance under Section 125 Cr.P.C.: Delhi HC