Legal news update- 1st July 2020

By – Neha Goenka

1. Delhi HC to issue a notice in a plea seeking direction to be issued to all e-commerce websites to mandatorily publish the “country of origin” along with the products sold by them

Delhi HC Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel & Justice Hari Shankar issued notice to ministry of commerce & Industry and all e-commerce websites (Amazon ,Flipkart ,Snapdeal and others)to mandatorily publish the “country of origin” along with the products sold by them in order to sync with the intent of the government to promote the selling of goods manufactured in India.

In 2017 the said rules it was made mandatory for these sites to publish country of origin, however, it has not been enforced and due to border tensions and adverse effect on economy due to COVID-19 it was argued to comply with the rules mandatorily failing to which the entire economy will suffer, further recent notification of the ministry of commerce date June 23the was also highlighted.

Therefore, with the above arguments, it was also stated that direction to be issued to ensure that e-commerce sites first display the products manufactured in India, and hence, notice was issued.

2. Advocate &Activist files PIL against police brutality in Mumbai during lockdown: Bombay HC seeks reply from State.

The Bombay high court Division bench of Chief Justice DipankarDatta and Justice MS Karnik directed the State government to reply for the allegations made in PIL filed by an advocate & activist FirdausIrani against police brutality in Mumbai during the lockdown.

Following allegations were made:-

· Group of men in plain clothes along with policemen & MCGM officials assaulted the petitioner, his wife, and his two sons on 16th April 2020.

· When tried to file a police complaint instead of hearing a complaint notice was issued under section 41A(1) of CrPC for offenses committed under section 188,269, 34 IPC,

· Police officials took hefty bribes (between 5000 and 25000) from shopkeepers and had terrorized local residents of people in the Goregaon area.

· It was also pointed out to a report by human rights organization stating a total of 15 people died of police brutality across the country out of which 2 are from Mumbai.

Thus, the State ought to time to file a reply in the matter, and Bench allowed time till Friday, the next date of hearing.

3. Plea in the Supreme Court to prohibit the consumption of Alcohol.

A petition filed by Advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey in SC seeking direction to the Centre to frame effective policy in order to prohibit the consumption of alcohol, except for medical purposes, in the spirit of article 47, 21, 38, 46, 47 & 51A.

He further stated “consumption of alcohol had bad effects on health, it has adverse effects on the immune system especially it increases the risk for COVID, it is the root cause behind the rise in road accidents, domestic violence cases and a crime against women.

Plea seeks the following directions:-

· Introduction of an “ effective health warning” that covers at least 50% of liquor bottles on both sides and print intoxicating drinks related health hazards on it in Hindi and English Languages.

· Insertion of the chapter on health hazards of intoxicating drinks in the syllabus of primary schools.

· Frame a “liquor prohibition policy”


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