On January 19, 2017, the Apex Court in India has ruled that divorce granted by ecclesiastical tribunal under Christian personal law are not valid as it cannot override the law as it rejected a PIL seeking legal sanction to such separations granted by the Church Court.
A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud dismissed the PIL filed by a former president of a Karnataka Catholic association namely Clarence Pais, saying that personal law of Christians can have theological or ecclesiastical implications to the parties. But after the Divorce Act came into force, a dissolution or annulment decided under such personal law cannot have any legal force as statute has provided a special procedure and a special code for divorce or annulment,"
The Union government of India was asked by the Supreme Court on 23rd January, 2017 to ensure 100 % verification of mobile phone subscribers with regard to their identity, their addresses and make certain that no fake or unverified identities should be accepted while granting SIM cards.
A bench lead by Chief Justice J S Khehar granted four weeks time to investigate and report back to the court stating that the government should initiate process to ensure 100 % identification. The Court further directed the Center to inform the Court how to start it since it has the best of experts at their disposal and to put in place a method by which mobile subscribers are subjected to scrutiny as to ascertain appropriate identification.
Tamil Nadu Assembly on 23rd January, 2017 unanimously passed the Jallikattu bill for performing the bull taming sport. In Jallikattu, a bull vaulter is supposed to hang on to the animal's hump for a fixed distance or hold on to the hump for at least three jumps made by the bull. The sport is traditionally held as part of the four-day Pongal festival in the state.
After the Supreme Court imposed ban on the bull sport in Tamil Nadu in the light of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, the state has been affected by protests and agitations in last one week.