In a very interesting development, Justice Madan Lokur has been reinstated as judge-in-charge of E-committee of the Supreme Court. The same was confirmed by highly placed sources and also reflects on the website of the Supreme Court of India. This major development comes after Justice JS Khehar took over as Chief Justice of India from Justice TS Thakur. Justice Madan Lokur had been the judge-in charge of the e-Committee since July 2012, when Justice SH Kapadia was the Chief Justice of India. On November 9 last year, he was controversially dropped from the E-committee by then Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur. […]

It had seemed during the last hearing that the Court had let it pass, but today, it was not to be. Senior Advocate Vikas Singh’s use of the word ‘bloody’ during the hearing in BCCI case had irked the Court during the last hearing. When Singh referred to that ‘slip of tongue’ in today’s hearing, Justice Chandrachud reacted in very strong words. The Senior Counsel said, “During the last hearing, I was not able to make submissions. I had apologised profusely. It was a slip of the tongue.” Justice Chandrachud, however, vehemently disagreed. He said, “It marks one of the lowest points […]

A summary of cases from the causelist of the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court. TABLE OF CASES Supreme Court of India Dheeraj Mor v. High Court of Judicature at Delhi Board of Control For Cricket v. Cricket Association Of Bihar & Ors. Delhi High Court Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited v. Saregama India Limited Action Committee Unaided Recognized Private Schools v. Delhi Development Authority and Ors. SUMMARY OF CASES  Supreme Court of India 1. Dheeraj Mor v. High Court of Judicature at Delhi [Item 11 in court 3 – SLP (CRL) 14156/2015] Bench: J Chelameswar, Abhay Manohar Sapre JJ. This case is considering […]

The Delhi High Court today stayed the Central Information Commission’s order directing the inspection of records of all students who had cleared the Bachelor of Arts course from Delhi University in 1978, the year in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have graduated. Self-professed Aam Aadmi Party supporter, Neeraj Sharma had filed an RTI with Delhi University seeking details of PM Modi’s degree. Modi had sworn in his election affidavit that he graduated from DU in the B.A. Political Science course in the year 1978. The University had denied disclosure of the information stating that it was “private” and had “nothing to do […]

The Supreme Court today issued notice in a petition, filed by one Akshay Pundir, challenging the inaction of the Central Government in filling up vacancies in the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (the ITAT). This comes at a time when judicial appointments seems to be a major sore spot for the Government. A bench of the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and Justices NV Ramana and DY Chandrachud heard the matter briefly before issuing notice to the Ministry of Law and Justice, and the Prime Minister’s Office, which have been arraigned as respondents in the case. Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi appeared […]

As the Tata-Mistry battle keeps intensifying, it may be good idea to update the scorecard every time a favourable order is passed for either one. Mistry's contempt petition dismissed by NCLT #TataMistry — Bar & Bench (@barandbench) January 18, 2017 When last week Judicial Member B.S.V Prakash Kumar of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) passed an order ‘dismissing’ Mistry’s contempt petition, it was a very brief and ambiguous pronouncement, until the final order came out. The contempt petition filed by Mistry on 11 January of this year, was against Tata Sons for issuance of a requisition notice under Section […]

The Supreme Court today asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to explore the possibility of using Article 224A to solve the Tripura High Court’s peculiar problem. As was reported earlier, the High Court of Tripura is facing a unique problem. Owing to the shortage of judges (the Court only has a judge strength of three as against the sanctioned strength of four), recusals have been made difficult for the sitting judges. When the matter was taken up today, Rohatgi suggested solutions including transferring judges from other states and ensuring that the High Court functions at full strength. The Bench comprising Chief […]

The Supreme Court today ordered a probe into the allegations that former CBI director Ranjit Sinha was trying to scuttle the Coalgate investigation. A Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and AM Sikri ordered that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) be constituted to investigate the allegations brought to the fore by NGO Common Cause. The current CBI Director will head the SIT, which will be assisted in its task by Special Prosecutor RS Cheema. The Court also made it clear that it was not making any observations on the merit of the allegations. The order was passed by the court after […]

The Gujarat High Court last week dismissed a plea seeking a direction to restrain websites from publishing a non-reportable judgment. The petitioner, one Dharamraj Bhanushankar Dave, had approached the High Court against judgment search website Indiankanoon.org, and Google, for publishing a non-reportable judgment in a criminal case against him. Dave was charged in 2001 of offences under Sections 34, 120B, 201, 302, 364, 404 of the Indian Penal Code. In 2004, he was acquitted by the trial court, leading to an appeal by the state. A Division Bench of the Gujarat High Court subsequently upheld the district court’s acquittal in […]

The Supreme Court today granted leave in the petitions relating to imposition of service tax on lawyers. A Bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and AM Khanwilkar today said that it will grant leave in the matter. Senior Advocate KK Venugopal appeared for the appellant. The appeal challenges the Bombay High Court order which had dismissed the challenge on imposition of service tax on lawyers. The case is a challenge to sub-clause (zzzzm) of clause (105) to Section 65 of the Finance Act, 1994, which was inserted by the Finance Act, 2011. The said section seeks to levy service tax on fees […]