Legal Current Affairs

If you’re preparing for CLAT, Current Affairs play a significant role in securing a good score. So, you need to be updated with the daily current affairs and current happenings across the globe. Here is a list of some legal current affairs that took place this week.

Karbi Anglong Peace Accord

The historic tripartite Karbi Anglong Accord was signed on September 4, 2021, between the government of India, the government of Assam, and six factions of the Karbi.

Key facts

  • As per the accord, the armed groups shall shun their path of violence, surrender their weapons and disband their organizations within one month of the date of signing of the Karbi Anglong Peace Accord.
  • Thousands of militants would return to the mainstream and will also lay down about 300 sophisticated arms they possess.
  • Under it, all camps occupied by Karbi groups shall be vacated right after.

Salient features of the agreement

  • The agreement provides that the Government of Assam will consider favorably a proposal of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) to notify Karbi as an official language of KAAC.
  • English, Hindi, and Assamese will continue to be used as official languages.
  • The government of India will allocate Rs 500 crore (Rs 100 crore a year) for the development of KAAC.
  • The government of Assam will allocate Rs 500 crore for the development projects that will be taken up as part of a special package.
  • Army, paramilitary forces, and police will organize a special drive to recruit the Karbi youth.
  • The Assam government will withdraw Non-heinous cases filed against the armed groups in accordance with the law. However, the call for heinous cases will be taken on a case-to-case basis.
  • Assam government will provide financial compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each of the next of kin of persons who lost their lives in agitations demanding autonomous State.

Institutional Mechanism

As per the agreement, an institutional mechanism will be set up to coordinate between the government of Assam and KAAC on a periodical basis to resolve issues of mutual concern such as the pending legislature, financial transactions, and flow of revenue.

What is the Noida Supertech Twin Tower case?

The Supreme Court of India recently directed the demolition of two 40-storey towers comprising 850 flats of Supertech Ltd Group in Noida.

Highlights

  • The Supreme Court issued this direction after it found that Supertech had flouted regulations regarding the distance between buildings and fire safety.
  • According to the court, these towers were constructed through collaboration between the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) and the Supertech group. Thus, the court gave the go-ahead for prosecuting them.

Ruling by Court

The Supreme Court upheld the ruling by the Allahabad High Court. In its decision, the supreme court directed the two towers, Apex and Ceyane by the Emerald Court project of Supertech, to be demolished within three months. All the expenses will be borne by the developer. Supertech was also asked to refund at an annual interest rate of 12% to all those who had purchased flats in the towers within two months. Apart from that, Supertech has to pay Rs 2 crore to the Residents’ Welfare Association for 15 other towers that were constructed as part of the original plan. It also rejected the argument by the NOIDA administration that rules dealt with the distance between two adjacent building blocks and that two towers were part of one block.

Background

Supertech made an appeal against the Allahabad High Court ruling of April 2014 in the Supreme Court. Allahabad High Court directed the company to demolish the twin towers and sanctioned the prosecution of the involved officials. These towers had been under construction when the High Court gave its ruling. The Supreme Court has also ordered a status quo.

LS Speaker inaugurates Parliamentary Outreach Programme

Lok Sabha speaker, Om Birla, inaugurated a parliamentary outreach programme to empower Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Key Points

  • Programme was inaugurated at Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar.
  • Now, arrangements will be made by the Lok Sabha secretariat to conduct capacity-building programmes for representatives of PRIs in the UT.
  • Empowered panchayats under the programme will help in making democracy more robust and increase the confidence of people.

Parliamentary Outreach Programme

Parliamentary Outreach Programme for Empowerment of PRIs is a unique initiative of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. This is a first-of-its-kind Programme that seeks to strengthen the institution of governance and planning at the grass-root level.

Editions of the programme

  • First Edition: First-ever outreach programme was organized at Dehradun in Uttarakhand on January 8, 2021. It was physically attended by 445 Panchayat representatives while 40,000 Panchayat representatives & officials were connected online via web link.
  • Second Edition: It was organized at Shillong in February 2021 for Meghalaya and the other North Eastern States. About 115 members of the local bodies of North Eastern States physically.
  • Third Edition: it was organized for the grass-root level institutions in the Union Territory of Ladakh on August 27, 2021. Representatives from 195 members of Panchayat attended the programme.
  • Fourth Edition: Organized in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir on August 31, 2021, at Srinagar, under the theme of “Parliamentary Outreach Programme for the Empowerment of the Panchayati Raj Institutions.”

Objectives of the Programme

Key objectives of the Programme include:

  1. To create mass awareness or mass participation.
  2. To create self-confidence and self-respect for the ground-level leaders.
  3. To boost the ambitions for grass root political leaders for democratic values.
  4. To create a sense of ownership of the created assets.
  5. To create awareness about several schemes and doorstep delivery.

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