Although questions have been raised regarding this since 2005, and while the matter was also a matter a debate in the Vidhan Sabha, the issue was first brought to the forefront of the national consciousness only in 2011, when a report submitted by the Economic Offence Wing of Madhya Pradesh pointed out some gross violations and misconduct on the part of some pharmaceutical companies.
The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court headed by Judge AIS Chemma was deliberating upon a petition filed by Zaheda Sayyed which had sought that a legal notice filed against her in June, 2011 for improper maintenance of records as required by the PCPNDT Act, be withdrawn. The petition was then duly dismissed by the Court.
“Any person who makes a mala fide disclosure, knowing that it was incorrect or false or misleading, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to two years as well as a fine which may extend up to Rs 30,000,” explained a gazette notification of the Act issued earlier this week by the Ministry of Law and Justice.
“The service which became operational on April 22, enables the citizens to register their nuptials and get a certificate issued within 24 hours on payment of Rs 10,000 as a fee,” he added.
The hearing by the bench headed by Justice K S Radhakrishnan, could potentially leave a strong impact on how animals are treated all throughout the country. During the course of the hearing, the apex court favored uplifting the rights of animals to “constitutional rights”. If due course of action are followed, odds are high that the Parliament will bring forth new laws to protect the dignity and honor of animals.
The petition further added that most of the crime committed against girls, women and children are encouraged by viewing pornographic content. The extremity and seriousness of such images are on the rise. The fact that even prepubescent children are raped is becoming a matter of significant concern.
“Today, 51 per cent of all children in India in the primary education system are enrolled in Hindi medium. Then comes English medium, which has 11 per cent. If English cannot be protected by the courts because it did not originate in India, what about the religions of Islam and Christianity? These religions did not originate in India. Are not these two religions entitled to protection?” he added.
Earlier, the Indian Banks’ Association had approached the Supreme Court seeking strict directions to magistrates to follow proper guidelines and legislative changes for tacking cases on cheque bouncing. The banks had said that the delay in settling such cases makes the process of recovering the blocked money difficult for them.
The NCW informed the HC on Wednesday that there were still several companies where committees to probe alleged incidents of “sexual harassment at workplace” were being formed on an ad-hoc basis. This, as pointed out by the NCW, is a direct violation of the apex court’s directives whereby it asked all companies to constitute a standing committee for the purpose.
Justice Lodha also confirmed on the order of a new process according to which the request for adjournment will be accepted for referral only if it is made much in advance and will be decided by a registrar of the Supreme Court. The court will not spend its judicial time on such nuances he added.