Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech hinted at the reduction in the number of tribunals, and it has emerged that the Centre has done just that with the recent passing of the The Finance Amendment Bill, 2017. The Amendment Bill, which is longer than the original Finance Bill itself, has revealed, among other things, the list of tribunals that are sought to be eliminated and the absorption of their responsibilities. The ninth schedule of the amendment bill provides a list of the tribunals due to be replaced. Here is a list collated by PRS Legislative: What is the problem with the merging? There appear […]

The Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice issued a notification yesterday confirming the appointment of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, one of the senior-most judges of the Delhi High Court, as the new Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The notification signed off by the Joint Secretary, Government of India states, “In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 95 of the Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, judge of the Delhi High Court, to be the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court with […]

The Law Commission has submitted its 267th report titled ‘Hate Speech’ to the Law Ministry. The major highlight of the Report is the recommendation for two amendments to the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The report recommends that efforts to create hatred and fear should also be brought under the scope of hate speech. Even a speech that does not incite violence has the potential of marginalising a section of the society. The report quotes the Supreme Court of India case of Pravasi Bhalai Sangathan Vs Union of India, which directed the Law Commission of India to look into issue of hate […]

The Law Commission of India has proposed widespread amendments in the Advocates Act, 1961 with a view to facilitate initiation of taking forward reforms in the legal profession. The Law Commission has also placed before the Government The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017. Some of the features of the Bill include: Definition of Advocate The definition has been expanded to include a lawyer working in a law firm and a foreign lawyer. “advocate” means an advocate entered in any roll under the provisions of this Act and includes an advocate carrying on practice in law with a law firm, by whatever name called, […]

The Delhi High Court’s Justice S Muralidhar has upheld the decision of an arbitrator in a domain name infringement complaint made by Google. The petitioner Gulshan Khatri appealed against the decision of the arbitrator, who held that googlee.in, the domain name registered by Khatri, was deceptively similar to the one registered by Google. Muralidhar J begins his judgment on a rather witty note, stating, “Is a “Googlee” a “wrong one”? A cricket enthusiast will say, “Yes of course.” In the virtual world too, the answer is well, yes, as the Petitioner, Mr. Gulshan Khatri found to his consternation, when he […]

The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Election Commission in a public interest litigation filed by advocate ML Sharma alleging tampering of Electronic Voting Machines. A Bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul heard the matter today. Sharma is his petition alleged that EVMs in many elections held after 2010 have been tampered. He has contended that despite a 2013 judgment of the Supreme Court to implement paper trail in EVMs, the Election Commission has not done the same. Sharma has prayed in his petition that EVMs should be tested by technical experts […]

The Supreme Court today heard NDTV’s appeal against the one-day ban imposed on it by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. A Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan adjourned the matter for Friday, after a cursory hearing. When the matter was called today, signs of an impasse were clearly visible. Senior Advocate Harish Salve, who appeared for NDTV, read before the Court a letter containing a general statement of regret for what they dubbed as “the unfortunate incident”. Salve noted, “NDTV is a very responsible media organization. We regret the unfortunate incident which occurred.” Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, […]

The central government has cleared the appointment of the Delhi High Court’s Justice Pradeep Nandrajog as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court. The Prime Minister’s Office approved his appointment and has sent the summary to the President of India. The PMO’s letter states, “The Prime Minister has approved the proposal of the Department of Justice for appointment of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, Senior pusine Judge from Delhi High Court, as the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of office. The Prime Minister has also signed the summary for submission to the President.” Justice […]

Just when we thought the Executive and the Judiciary had reached a ceasefire in the war over the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), the Supreme Court collegium, it seems, has fired another salvo. Indian Express reports that in its final meeting on March 10, the collegium headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar unanimously rejected the recommendation of the Centre that they should have the power to reject any name for appointment as a judge of the high court for reasons of “national security”. The same report states that the final views of the collegium were conveyed to the Centre through a […]

A summary of important cases from the causelists of the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court. TABLE OF CASES Supreme Court of India Uber India Systems Pvt. Ltd. v. Union of India Board of Control for Cricket in India v. Union of India Manohar Lal Sharma v. The Principle Secretary & Ors. Delhi High Court Antrix Corporation Ltd v. Devas Multimedia Private Limited Anil Kumar and Anr v. Election Commission of India and Anr. SUMMARY OF CASES  Supreme Court of India 1. Uber India Systems Pvt Ltd v. Competition Commission of India [Item 55 in court 2 – CA 641/2017] […]