Current law news part 1

Current law news

1. Salma Begum became Odisha’s first transgender lawyer to get registered at the State Bar Council

Mohammed Salim has scripted history. On Thursday, Salim, now known as Salma Begum, became the state’s first transgender lawyer to get registered at the Odisha Bar Council and is awaiting a chance to practice at Barbil court.

Born in Bhuyanroida, under the Joda block of Keonjhar, Salim was a woman trapped in a man’s body. It was in 2015 that Salim decided to come out in the open after meeting a transgender group. After completing graduation, Salma got a law degree from Pravas Manjari Law College, Keonjhar, in 2021.

2. Motor Vehicle Act’s new Amendments to be effective from 1st April, 2022

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified that new provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act will come into force from tomorrow, April 1, 2022.

The Central Government has notified that Sections 50 to 57 and 93 of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment Act) 2019 will come into force with effect from April 1, 2022 which concerns to third party insurance and filing of claims before Motor Accident Claims Tribunal etc.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 (32 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 1st day of April, 2022 as the date on which the following provisions of the said Act shall come into force, namely Section 50, Section 51, Section 52, Section 53, Section 54, Section 55, Section 56, Section 57, and  Section 93.

3. SC: If a policy/rule excludes a legitimate child from seeking the benefit of compassionate appointment, it would violate Article 14 of the Constitution

The Three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justices Uday Umesh Lalit, S. Ravindra Bhat and Pamidighantam Sri Narasimha opined that once Section 16 of the Hindu Marriage Act regards a child born from a marriage entered while the earlier marriage is subsisting to be legitimate, it would violate Article 14 if the policy or rule excludes such a child from seeking the benefit of compassionate appointment.


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