Legal G.K. - Test 1

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Which is the oldest Code of Law in India?


The Law Code of Manu, also called "Manusmrti" ("manusmrti") or "Manu Dharma Shastra" ("manu-dharma-zAstra"), is the oldest Law Code from India. In order to take a new look as to when it was composed, it is useful to examine the clues given to us from the Law Code of Manu itself, from the Rig Veda, from the Indus/Harappan Civilization archaeological remains in northwest India and Pakistan and from the "Time-Dates" of the beginning and end of the Indus/Harappan Civilization.

The Code of Manu is a compilation of laws reflecting Hindu thought in the Buddhist period, preserved in a metrical recension, or survey.

It contains 2685 verses, and is evidently not the work of one man, but the production of many minds. 


Private international law is also called


Conflict of laws is a set of rules of procedural law which determine the legal system and the law of jurisdiction applying to a given legal dispute. In civil law, lawyers and legal scholars refer to conflict of laws as private international law. They typically apply when a legal dispute has a “foreign” element.


A nominal sum given as a token for striking a sale is called


Earnest money is a deposit made to a seller indicating the buyer's good faith in an arrangement. Often used in real estate transactions, earnest money allows the buyer additional time when seeking financing. Earnest money is typically held jointly by the seller and buyer in a trust or escrow account.


Joint heirs to a property are called


Joint heirs to a property are called as Coparceners. They share equal rights and liabilities over the property.


The right of a party to initiate an action and be heard before a Court of law is called


In law, locus standi means the right to bring an action, to be heard in court, or to address the Court on a matter before it. Locus standi is the ability of a party to demonstrate to the court sufficient connection to and harm from the law or action challenged to support that party’s participation in the case. For example, in the United States, a person cannot bring a suit challenging the constitutionality of a law unless the plaintiff can demonstrate that the plaintiff is (or will be) harmed by the law. Otherwise, the court will rule that the plaintiff “lacks standing” to bring the suit, and will dismiss the case without considering the merits of the claim of unconstitutionality. In order to sue to have a court declare a law unconstitutional, there must be a valid reason for whoever is suing to be there. The party suing must have something to lose in order to sue unless they have automatic standing by action of law.


Indian Parliament is based on the principle of


A bicameral legislature divides the legislators into separate assemblies, chambers, or houses. Bicameralism is distinguished from unicameralism, in which all members deliberate and vote as a single group, and from some legislatures that have three or more separate assemblies, chambers, or houses. The Parliament is composed of the President of India and the houses. It is a bicameral legislature with two houses: the Rajya Sabha (Council of States) and the Lok Sabha (House of the People).


The Supreme Court held that evidence can be recorded by video conferencing in the case


In a path breaking development, the Supreme Court held that a trial judge could record evidence of witnesses staying abroad through video conferencing.

Interpreting Section 273 of the Criminal Procedure Code in the light of technological advancements, a bench comprising Justice S N Variava and Justice B N Agrawal said recording of evidence through video conferencing would be perfectly legal.

The judgment relates to a case in which a US-based doctor had opined against operation of a cancer patient through video conferencing. Ignoring the advice, two Indian doctors operated on the lady, who later passed away.

The patient's family went to court against the doctors. However, the US-based doctor, Ernest Greenberg, refused to come to India, but expressed willingness to give evidence through video conferencing.

But the Bombay high court did not allow the trial court to go ahead citing Section 273, which lays down the procedure for recording evidence.

The husband of the deceased, P C Singhi and the Maharashtra government had appealed against the high court order in the Supreme Court.

The prosecution has alleged that the two Indian doctors -- Praful B Desai and A K Mukherjee -- did not take good care of the patient after the operation as a result of which she suffered a lot before her death.

Speaking for the bench, Justice Variava said, "In cases where the attendance of a witness cannot be procured without an amount of delay, expense or inconvenience, the court could consider issuing a commission to record evidence by way of video conferencing."


When the master is held liable for the wrongful act of his servant, the liability is called


Vicarious liability which arises due to wrongful acts of servant / agent in the normal course of employment for which master/ principal is liable.


The act of unlawfully entering into another's property constitutes


The act of unlawfully entering into another person's property, for instance their home or vehicle, is simply called "unlawful entry". Another word that covers the situation when a person enters property without permission is "trespassing".


Which Parliamentary Committee in the Indian system of democracy is chaired by a member of the Opposition Party?


Public Accounts Committee (PAC) refers to a committee in the legislature that must study public audits, invite ministers, permanent secretaries or other ministry officials to the committee for questioning, and issue a report of their findings subsequent to a government budget audit.


Supreme Court held that Preamble as a basic feature of Constitution cannot be amended in the case of


In KESAVANANDA BHARTI case the SC held that Preamble does form the basic structure of the Constitution and is of extreme importance. The court further held that since the Preamble is part of the Constitution it can be amended but subject to condition that the 'basic features' in the Preamble cannot be altered.


In the year 2002 the Competition Act was enacted replacing


Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices (MRTP) Act, 1969 was revoked and replaced by Competition Act, 2002. MRTP Act was enacted to deal with monopolistic, restrictive and unfair trade practices, but due to certain limitations, Competition Act was introduced, which changed the focus from curbing monopolies to promoting competition.


A right to recover time barred debt is


A perfect duty is one which is not merely recognized by law but also enforced by law.” In all fully developed legal systems, there are rights and duties which, though recognized by law, are not perfect in nature. Those rights are called imperfect rights.


The law relating to prisoners of war has been codified by


The Geneva Convention comprise four treaties, and more three additional protocols, that establish the standard of international law for humanitarian treatment in war.


Public holidays are declared under


The bank holiday in India is a public holiday which is declared specially for banks and other financial institutions. Bank holidays are declared by Central /state government under Negotiable Instrument Act.


When a person is prosecuted for committing a criminal offence, the burden of proof is on


In criminal offence the burden of proof lies on the prosecution and they have to prove the accused guilty beyond all reasonable doubts and in civil wrong the burden of proof lies upon the plaintiff.


Offence which can be compromised between the parties is known as


COMPOUNDABLE OFFENCES is the correct answer.
They are those offences where the complainant and accused can compromise among themselves and the State withdraws the criminal case. This is allowed only for the less serious crimes which entail a punishment of less than 2 years.


Husband and wife have a right to each others company. The right is called


Conjugal Rights mean Right to stay together.
Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (Section 9) says If either the husband or the wife, without reasonable excuses, withdraws from the society of the other, the aggrieved party may approach the Court for restitution of conjugal rights.

Section 9 is to save marriage.
The term Conjugal Rights could be placed against any of the spouses guilty of staying away from the other party without a proper reason. If the suit succeeds then the couple would be needed to stay together.

The decree of restitution of conjugal rights cannot be actioned by forcefully making the party who has gone away from the society from the other party to live with the one who sets petition for restitution.


If a witness makes a statement in Court, knowing it to be false, he commits the offence of


PERJURY is an offence of giving false statement before the court, which a person knows it to be false.


A child born after father's death is


A person born in these circumstances is called a posthumous child or a posthumously born person. Most instances of posthumous birth involve the birth of a child after the death of its father, but the term is also applied to infants delivered after the death of the mother, usually by caesarean section.


A formal instrument by which one person empowers another to represent him is known as


A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document giving one person (the agent) the power to act for another person (the principal). 


The temporary release of a prisoner is called


PAROLE is a process by which prisoner is allowed to be conditionally released during the term of imprisonment.


 A person who goes underground or evades the jurisdiction of the Court is known as


"ABSCONDER" is a person who runs away from legal proceedings/process, or avoids arrest.


India became the member of United Nations in the Year


Technically, India was a founding member in October 1945, despite it being a British colony.


A party to the suit is called


A plaintiff is a person who brings a case against another in a court of law.


No one can be convicted twice for the same offence. This doctrine is called


Double jeopardy, non bis in idem or ne bis in idem is a procedural defence that prevents an accused person from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges following a valid acquittal or conviction.


A participant in commission of crime is popularly known as


A person who knowingly, voluntarily or intentionally gives assistance to another in the commission of crime. An accomplice is criminally liable to the same extent as the principal.


Which of the following is not payable to Central Government?


Land is a matter on which only State Governments can govern, thus the Stamp duties on transfer of immovable properties are levied by State Governments.


Where is the National Judicial Academy located?


The institute was registered on 17 August 1993 under societies registration act of 1860. N.R madhava menon was its founding director. Its 63-acre campus is located in the outskirts of Bhopal. It also has a registered office in delhi. The president of india inaugurated the institute building on September 5, 2002.


Who has the constitutional right to audience in all Indian Courts?


Attorney General has the right of audience in all Courts in India as well as the right to participate in the proceedings of the Parliament, though not to vote.

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