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Arguing for the appellant, advocate Sabahat Ullah submitted that the statement of the mother was on hearsay because she had not witnessed the incident and also raised doubts about the minor’s account.

Groping without skin contact not sexual assault, rules Bombay High Court

By K A Y Dodhiya
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:07 AM IST
It couldn’t be deemed an offence under the Pocso Act because there had been no skin-to-skin contact with sexual intent, the bench observed in its ruling on January 19. The man allegedly pressed a breast of the minor.
File photo of the Bombay high court. The court, in its verdict, held that this "physical contact" mentioned in the definition of sexual assault must be "skin to skin" or direct physical contact.
File photo of the Bombay high court. The court, in its verdict, held that this "physical contact" mentioned in the definition of sexual assault must be "skin to skin" or direct physical contact.

Not sexual assault if minor is groped without 'skin to skin contact, intent': HC

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 07:33 PM IST
Justice Pushpa Ganediwala of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, in a judgement passed on January 19, the detailed copy of which was made available now, held that there must be "skin to skin contact with sexual intent" for an act to be considered sexual assault.
Bombay high court.
Bombay high court.

Judiciary, agencies like CBI, ED should act independently: Bombay HC

PTI | , Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:59 PM IST
Khadse's counsel Aabad Ponda sought the court to grant the former state revenue minister interim protection from any coercive action.
The Bombay high court also said until there is a mechanism to regulate electronic media, TV channels should follow PCI guidelines on reporting on suicides, and sensitive cases.
The Bombay high court also said until there is a mechanism to regulate electronic media, TV channels should follow PCI guidelines on reporting on suicides, and sensitive cases.

Malicious reporting on SSR case: HC directs digital media to follow PCI rules

By K A Y Dodhiya, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:18 AM IST
The court accepted the contentions that certain news channels violated the programme code while reporting the death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, and their acts were punishable under the Contempt of Court Act. HC, however, refrained from taking suo motu action and left it to the authorities.
Actor Kangana Ranaut. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Actor Kangana Ranaut. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Bombay HC restrains police from issuing fresh summons to Kangana Ranaut, sister

PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 01:07 PM IST
The actor and her sister have moved the high court challenging the October 16, 2020 order of a magistrate court at Bandra.
The court posted the plea for further hearing next week and asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to file its affidavit in response to the petition.(File Photo)
The court posted the plea for further hearing next week and asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to file its affidavit in response to the petition.(File Photo)

HC seeks BMC reply on PIL alleging rigging of tenders for medicines

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:51 PM IST
MLA Ashish Shelar also alleged in the public interest litigation that conditions in the tender for supply of medicines and disinfectants was changed for the benefit of certain manufacturers. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni, however, noted that judicial review of a tender process was not advisable.
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut arrives at a police station summoned in connection with a sedition case, in Mumbai on January 8, 2021.(AFP)
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut arrives at a police station summoned in connection with a sedition case, in Mumbai on January 8, 2021.(AFP)

Kangana Ranaut reaches Bandra police station to record statement in sedition case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:30 PM IST
An FIR was lodged against Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly promoting enmity between communities through their remarks in October.
Kangana Ranaut recorded her statement at the Bandra police station.
Kangana Ranaut recorded her statement at the Bandra police station.

Kangana Ranaut shares new video, complains to SC about not being allowed to speak of the harassment she is facing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:24 PM IST
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new video, this time ruing how she has to mark attendance at the police station and is not being allowed to speak about the sedition case that has been filed against her.
Kangana Ranaut.(File photo)
Kangana Ranaut.(File photo)

Sedition case: Kangana Ranaut, sister reach Bandra police station to record statement

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Manish K Pathak
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:47 PM IST
The Bombay high court had asked Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel to be present at Bandra police station on January 8 between 12 and 2pm
Representational image.
Representational image.

Bombay HC raps customs authorities for acting contrary to court orders

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Kanchan Chaudhari
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:39 PM IST
The bench had on October 15, 2020 held that withholding of the imported consignments by customs was not justified and had ordered the customs authorities to forthwith release the goods
Batra had initially approached Bombay High Court but IIT-Bombay refused to admit Batra’s action to be a mistake.(File Photo)
Batra had initially approached Bombay High Court but IIT-Bombay refused to admit Batra’s action to be a mistake.(File Photo)

SC relief for student who lost IIT-B seat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 06:31 AM IST
Disposing the petition filed by Batra, the bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy asked IIT, Bombay to regularise Batra’s admission despite the fact that the institute had admitted students to its capacity and had even begun classes.
Bombay high court.(HT Archive)
Bombay high court.(HT Archive)

Cannot set aside convictions based on compromise between parties: Bombay HC

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Kanchan Chaudhari
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:05 PM IST
The three-judge bench was hearing a reference on whether the power under Section 482 ought to be exercised for setting aside a conviction altogether upon a settlement between the convict and the victim
File photo: Bombay High Court .
File photo: Bombay High Court .

‘Exorbitant? Go for govt facilities’: HC on petition seeking cap on Covid-19 charges in private hospitals

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:10 PM IST
The High Court accepted the Goa government’s contention that “if any persons find the rates unaffordable, it is always open to such persons to avail of the government facilities - free of charge.”
The ED is conducting a probe against the Goyals and the defunct airline under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Foreign Exchange Management Act. (Reuters File photo)
The ED is conducting a probe against the Goyals and the defunct airline under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Foreign Exchange Management Act. (Reuters File photo)

Mumbai court closes cheating case against Naresh Goyal, his wife

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Charul Shah
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 03:13 PM IST
Jet Airways, Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita were booked on charges of cheating and a criminal breach of trust in February this year by the MRA Marg police.
Bombay high court.(File photo)
Bombay high court.(File photo)

Criminal case can’t be quashed only on ground of compromise, rules Bombay high court

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Kanchan Chaudhari
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 12:37 PM IST
The court thus refused to drop criminal proceedings against a gynaecologist from Nagpur for causing the death of a woman soon after delivering twins through caesarean section
The bench directed Deshmukh to ponder whether the issue should be raised through a PIL or the criminal writ petition should continue and adjourned the matter till Monday.(HT file photo)
The bench directed Deshmukh to ponder whether the issue should be raised through a PIL or the criminal writ petition should continue and adjourned the matter till Monday.(HT file photo)

‘Are you affected personally’: HC to lawyer who wants Kangana’s Twitter handle suspended

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 10:08 PM IST
Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh, a Mumbai-based lawyer, in his criminal writ petition said that Twitter should be directed to permanently suspend or disable Ranaut’s profile to stop the spread of hate in the country. He added that the social media platform should be directed to follow laws to prevent any misuse.
The state chief secretary Parimal Rai, the Director Mines and Geology and the Director General of Police have been issued contempt notices asking why action should not be initiated against them for violating court’s order. (HT Photo)
The state chief secretary Parimal Rai, the Director Mines and Geology and the Director General of Police have been issued contempt notices asking why action should not be initiated against them for violating court’s order. (HT Photo)

‘Illegal sand mining back with vengeance’: Court raps Goa for ignoring orders

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 05:32 PM IST
In December last year the high court, in a detailed judgment, issued a series of directions to the Goa government to undertake regular patrolling through flying squads at all stretches of rivers to check against illegal sand mining.
Bhima-Koregaon case accused Gautam Navlakha is facing charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.(HT File)
Bhima-Koregaon case accused Gautam Navlakha is facing charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.(HT File)

Maharashtra orders probe after jailed activist Gautam Navlakha denied spectacles

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 10:17 PM IST
The move comes two days after the Bombay High Court criticised authorities at Navi Mumbai’s Taloja jail for refusing to hand over a pair of spectacles to the activist.
Bombay High Court(HT photo)
Bombay High Court(HT photo)

Hearing in Bombay High Court today for quashing of FIR in Anvay Naik case

New Delhi | By Agencies
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 12:20 AM IST
The Bombay High Court on Thursday will hear the pleas filed by Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and other accused seeking to quash the FIR filed against them in interior designer Anvay Naik suicide case.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday posted for January 25, 2021, the hearing of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of a Maharashtra law that grants reservation to the Maratha community in education and jobs.(Sonu Mehta/HT file)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday posted for January 25, 2021, the hearing of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of a Maharashtra law that grants reservation to the Maratha community in education and jobs.(Sonu Mehta/HT file)

Supreme Court posts for January 25 hearing on pleas against Maratha reservation

New Delhi | By ANI | Posted by Nilesh Mathur
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 06:16 PM IST
The Supreme Court on Wednesday posted for January 25, 2021, the hearing of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of a Maharashtra law that grants reservation to the Maratha community in education and jobs.
Bombay high court.(File photo)
Bombay high court.(File photo)

Rape a heinous crime, there can be no leniency in conviction: Bombay HC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kanchan Chaudhari
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 01:15 PM IST
The court was disapproving the lenient approach of the Mumbai sessions court in sentencing a hotelier’s son convicted for raping and impregnating a minor who worked at his house as a maid
Arnab Goswami moved the Bombay High Court seeking a stay to further investigation by the Mumbai police in the alleged Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation scam.(Prashant Waydande / Hindustan Times)
Arnab Goswami moved the Bombay High Court seeking a stay to further investigation by the Mumbai police in the alleged Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation scam.(Prashant Waydande / Hindustan Times)

TRP scam: Arnab Goswami moves Bombay HC seeking stay to probe by Mumbai police

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:39 PM IST
The petition, filed by Goswami and ARG Outlier Media which owns Republic TV, also alleged that one of the employees of the firm was tortured by the police in custody.
Gautam Navlakha.(File photo)
Gautam Navlakha.(File photo)

Humanity most important: Bombay high court on Gautam Navlakha being denied spectacles in Taloja jail

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Kanchan Chaudhari
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 03:35 PM IST
Navlakha has been in the jail since his arrest on October 1, 2018. The NIA has alleged that till August 2018, he was a member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Gautam Navlakha’s family members on Monday claimed that his spectacles were stolen on November 27 inside the Taloja prison, where he is lodged(Waseem Andrabi/ Hindustan Times)
Gautam Navlakha’s family members on Monday claimed that his spectacles were stolen on November 27 inside the Taloja prison, where he is lodged(Waseem Andrabi/ Hindustan Times)

Gautam Navlakha denied spectacles in Taloja jail; Bombay HC calls for sensitization workshop for jail officials

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 03:22 PM IST
A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and M S Karnik said it has learnt about how spectacles of Navlakha were stolen inside jail and the prison authorities refused to accept the new spectacles sent by his family through courier.
Bombay high court.(HT archive)
Bombay high court.(HT archive)

Weight of paper can’t be counted while quantifying LSD, says Bombay high court

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Kanchan Chaudhari
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 01:59 PM IST
The accused was arrested in Thane on June 8, 2019, after he was reportedly found in possession of 10 pieces of papers laced with LSD drops. His house search purportedly yielded 13 more such pieces and 970 gm charas
The Bombay High Court on Monday said it was the Maharashtra government’s duty to ensure special online education for specially-abled students across the state and suggested using Doordarshan to telecast educational programmes.(Agencies)
The Bombay High Court on Monday said it was the Maharashtra government’s duty to ensure special online education for specially-abled students across the state and suggested using Doordarshan to telecast educational programmes.(Agencies)

Ensure online education for specially-abled students, says Bombay HC

Mumbai | By PTI | Posted by Nilesh Mathur
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 05:54 PM IST
The Bombay High Court on Monday said it was the Maharashtra government’s duty to ensure special online education for specially-abled students across the state and suggested using Doordarshan to telecast educational programmes.
The Sarpanch had moved an appeal after the Bombay high court disqualified him for having more than two children. The high court had noted that he had also partitioned his land in favour of the male child.(File Photo)
The Sarpanch had moved an appeal after the Bombay high court disqualified him for having more than two children. The high court had noted that he had also partitioned his land in favour of the male child.(File Photo)

Sarpanch from Maharashtra to undergo DNA test

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Utkarsh Anand
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 06:01 AM IST
According to the Maharashtra Village Panchayats Act, a person is disqualified from holding any position in the gram panchayat if he or she has more then two children. Such a person cannot contest any post too.
The HC said that even the use words like arbitration and arbitrator is immaterial unless the agreement has a clear and unequivocal arbitration clause.(HT Photo)
The HC said that even the use words like arbitration and arbitrator is immaterial unless the agreement has a clear and unequivocal arbitration clause.(HT Photo)

Clear and unequivocal agreement must for arbitration: Bombay HC

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Kanchan Chaudhari | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 01:40 PM IST
The petitioner argued that the absence of words like arbitration and arbitral tribunal or arbitrator are not determinative and an arbitration agreement may well be valid even without such wording, as per a SC ruling.
Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami after being released from Taloja Central Jail on interim bail in the 2018 abetment to suicide case on November 11.(PTI)
Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami after being released from Taloja Central Jail on interim bail in the 2018 abetment to suicide case on November 11.(PTI)

Arnab Goswami seeks stay on investigation in 2018 abetment to suicide case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 06:50 PM IST
Goswami has also urged the court to transfer the case to CBI or any other independent agency.
Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo)
Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar (REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo)

Supreme Court rejects Chanda Kochhar’s appeal against termination

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 12:51 PM IST
Kochhar had moved top court challenging the Bombay High Court order which had dismissed her plea against being removed as the managing director and CEO of ICICI Bank.
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