Current Affairs 22 June

SC: Divorce through Video Conferencing, Article 142 of the Constitution

In an uncommon development, the Supreme Court recently allowed an application for divorce by mutual consent through video conferencing and awarded decree for dissolution of marriage in virtual hearing (Madhuri Jajoo vs Manoj Jajoo). The single Judge Bench of Justice V Ramasubramanian allowed plea for mutual dissolution of the marriage between the parties while hearing a case for transferring the proceedings from Telangana to Kolkata. Earlier in this case, the Court had referred the parties to Supreme Court’s mediation centre for arriving at a settlement. A settlement agreement was drawn up in November 2019.

Delhi HC states that counseling to deal with Psychological issues is of utmost importance in a plea seeking the creation of Counseling Centers at District Level

Delhi HC has directed the Delhi Government to consider as a representation a petition seeking the creation of counseling centers at the district level. Taking note of the psychological issues that Delhi residents may be facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to consider as a representation a petition seeking the creation of counseling centers at the district level. (Sunil Kumar vs UOI &Ors). A Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and PrateekJalan opined that the Delhi Government might consider the necessity of opening at least some counseling centers in few districts, on an emergent basis, as early and practicable as possible.

Justification cannot be created to bypass the mandate of Article 329(b) of the Constitution of India: HC

The High Court of Madhya Pradesh on 17 June 2020 comprising of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla in the case of Aman Sharma vs. The Chief Election Commissioner and another dismissed the writ petition. Though did not express an opinion on the merits of the arguments raised by the counsel for the petitioner which resulted in accepting the preliminary objection of the respondents, the writ petition filed by way of a PIL under Article 226 is dismissed with liberty. The writ petition has been filed by way of a PIL under Article 226 of the Constitution of India mandate seeking deferment of the biennial elections for three vacant seats of Rajya Sabha from the State of Madhya Pradesh by the Election Commission of India, primarily on the ground that there has been no application of mind while fixing the said date and the elections for filling of casual vacancies in Legislative Assembly of various States were postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic.

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