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Supreme Court

29 April 2014

RM LodhaThe Supreme Court has issued new guidelines for mentioning matters before it, according to a notice posted on the Supreme Court noticeboard.

28 April 2014

SathasivamCourt Witness does former Chief Justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam and asks, was he great? Or merely safe?

28 April 2014

Chetan GuptaThe upcoming curative petition against the reversal of Naz has equally, if not more, dismal prospects of bringing a desired result as the review of that judgment which was dismissed unsurprisingly, argues Delhi advocate Chetan Gupta.

24 April 2014

ClerkshipThe Delhi high court has agreed to wait for a three-judge Supreme Court committee’s decision on review of its policy of selection of judicial clerks.

23 April 2014

The founder director of NLSIU Bangalore, NR Madhavan Menon, ex Lok Sabha secretary general TK Vishwanathan and senior counsel Ranjit Kumar have been appointed by the Supreme Court to form a committee regulating government departments advertising with an "obvious political message".

Chief Justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam said today that existing guidelines did not cover such cases, and that the committee should submit its report to the apex court in three months. [IANS] [Read judgment (PDF)]

23 April 2014

From Facebook pageThe advocate who has been banned from the Supreme Court premises for six months by the court’s new sexual harassment committee and the CJI, said he would seek a review of the order.

22 April 2014

Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court sexual harassment committee has banned an advocate from the Supreme Court premises for six months for an incident of sexual harassment.

17 April 2014

A Supreme Court bench of Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Vikramjit Sen modified a Delhi high court order giving the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) power to do a statutory or special audit of private telecom companies accounts.

Instead, the bench decided that the CAG should have the right to scrutinise the accounts of private telecoms companies to make sure that the government was getting "legitimate share" from the Telcos' use of natural resources such as spectrum.

The case began in 2009 when the CAG looked into the books of Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. [Financial Express | Judgment]

15 April 2014

Nalsar Hyderabad student Anindita Mukherjee analyses today’s Supreme Court judgment recognising the “third gender” and points out what the apex court may have missed.

15 April 2014

The Supreme Court has ruled that all government departments must recognise a third gender, and not discriminate against transgender people in the provision of services.

08 April 2014

They used to be one of the last resorts in law students' career ambitions. But SC judicial clerkships have become fashionable.

03 April 2014

Supreme Court: Changing of the guardThe Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has attempted to simplify the process of hiring chamber juniors for senior advocates, by maintaining a register in one of the SC’s libraries.

02 April 2014

Supreme Court Justice SS Nijjar, who on Monday appointed a former Australian Supreme Court judge as the chief of three arbitrators to settle a $1.8bn dispute between Reliance Industries and the government, has withdrawn the suggestion.

The problem, said Nijjar, agreeing with objections from the government, was that James Spigelman's name was on a list of preferred arbitrators that had been prepared by Reliance, holding: "Although two lists have been duly supplied by the learned counsel for the parties, I am of the opinion, in the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case, it would be appropriate if an individual not named by any of the parties is appointed as the third arbitrator. I have discretely conducted a survey to find a suitable third arbitrator who is not a national of any of the parties involved in the dispute." [PTI] [Original appointment of 31 March]

02 April 2014

The Supreme Court has ordered septuagenarian Lee Kun-Hee, the billionaire chairman of Korean electronics giant Samsung, to surrender before a Ghaziabad court within six weeks to answer to charges in $1.4m cheating case relating to a supply of goods between Samsung Dubai and another company in 2002.

The Ghaziabad trial court had issued a non-bailable warrant in 2012, with relief for the Samsung boss rejected in an Allahabad high court and subsequent Supreme Court appeal. [NDTV] [Supreme Court appeal judgment (PDF)]

31 March 2014

An Indian Supreme Court bench headed up by Justice SS Nijjar has appointed ex-Australian SC judge James Spigelman to preside as arbitrator between Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries and the oil ministry. At stake is who whether Reliance will be able to recover $1.8bn in its costs from the government for developing the KG-D6 oil field.

Two arbitrators had already been decided on - ex Chief Justices SP Barucha and VN Khare, Reliance and the ministry's nominees respectively - but the parties and other arbitrators could not agree on a presiding arbitrator.

The oil ministry had pitched for an Indian arbitrator, because the law and subject matter of the agreement were Indian and since selection should take place under the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 and not the UN's Uncitral rules. Reliance counsel Harish Salve requested an arbitrator from a country other than India, the UK or Canada, since companies from each of those countries has a stake or role in the dispute, arguing that the procedure from the Uncitral rules should be followed. [Financial Express] [Background to dispute in Business Standard]

31 March 2014

A Supreme Court bench of CJI P Sathasivam, and Justices RM Lodha, HL Dattu and Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya, commuted the death penalty of 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar to life imprisonment, citing its earlier Shatrughan Chauhan decision.

31 March 2014

The Supreme Court summer vacation bench, sitting from 12 May until 29 June 2014 will hear regular matters during those holidays from Tuesday to Friday, the Supreme Court announced. [Circular]

28 March 2014

The Supreme Court has published its interim order in the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and Indian Premier League (IPL) case. Six senior counsel, including Harish Salve, CA Sundaram and Mukul Rohatgi, are listed as appearing for the parties amongst a raft of other advocates appearing for the BCCI [Download order (PDF)]