Judiciary Current Affairs | January 2021

Judiciary Current Affairs | January 2021

Judiciary Current Affairs-2021


16th January 2021

Publication of Notice of Intended Marriage is no longer mandatory

The Allahabad High Court has issued a ruling that publication of notice of intended marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, is no longer mandatory. The court held that making such publication mandatory “would invade the fundamental rights of liberty and privacy, including within its sphere the freedom to choose for marriage without interference from state and non-state actors, of the persons concerned”. It shall be optional for the parties intending to marry to make a request in writing to the marriage officer on whether to publish or not to publish a notice under Section 6.


12th January 2021

The Supreme Court has stayed the implementation of the three farm laws.

The Honourable Supreme Court has criticized the way the farmer’s protests is being handled by the Government of India and has stayed the implementation of the three farm laws until any further orders. The court has announced the formation of a committee to resolve the deadlock between the government and the farmers. The committee thus formed will submit its report to the Supreme Court, and shall be a part of the judicial proceedings.

11th January 2021

Delhi High Court upholds the provision of arrest for the CGST Act for tax evasion.

Section 69 of the Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) Act provides the authorities with the power to arrest any person if there is “reason to believe” that the person has committed tax evasion. The court said that Parliament has the power to legislate on the regulations of the GST. The court also added that the provisions under Article 246A have a wide range of interpretation and that both Section 69 and 132 of the CGST are constitutional and fall within the legislative competence of the parliament.

9th January 2021

The Delhi High Court issues an ultimatum to the Government to give recognition to Same-Sex Marriage.

The Delhi Government has issued an ultimatum to the Central Government, and the Delhi Government to provide a response to the petitions on recognition and registration of Same-sex Marriage. Even though the honorable Supreme Court had issued a verdict recognizing same sex marriage, it is often seen that they are not recognized by the authorities. Petitioners seek to get same-sex marriage recognized under the Hindu Marriage Act, the Special Marriage Act, and the Foreign Marriage Act.

7th January 2021

Supreme Court gives a decision on horizontal, vertical quotas

In the Saurav Yadav versus State of Uttar Pradesh case, The Supreme Court clarified the position of the law on the interplay of vertical and horizontal reservations. This case was on the issues arising from the way different classes of reservation were to be applied in the selection process for the filing up of the posts of constables in the state. The horizontal quota is to be applied separately onto each vertical category, and not across the board. Vertical Reservations mean reservations for the SCs, STs, and the Other Backward Classes. Horizontal Reservations refer to reservations for women, veterans, transgenders, and differently-abled individuals.