•  •  Dark Mode

Your Interests & Preferences

I am a...

law firm lawyer
in-house company lawyer
litigation lawyer
law student
aspiring student

Website Look & Feel

 •  •  Dark Mode
Blog Layout

Save preferences
An estimated 2-minute read

Take a chill pill this week: it is too much to handle for the legal community

 Email  Facebook  Tweet  Linked-in

This week saw several knee jerkers. Two knee jerkers came straightway from the Apex Court.

While the overruling of the Bhatia judgment has led to the cooling of several simmering fair criticisms of the judgment, legal eagles have left no stone unturned to speculate on the aftermath of the judgment. But the commercial world is yet to adjust with the post judgment consequences.

Then came next, a judgment declaring the doctrine of postponement reporting for cases which has been popularly referred to as the “media law judgment” .While the judgment has stirred up the debate on the freedom of speech and expression conferred by the constitution, the worst affected is the media community, which seems to have got a caution statement from the Supreme Court. The Court has attempted to define the limits of the media, which are generally referred to as the “reasonable restrictions” on the freedom of speech and expression.

The next one in row is the Novartis case where Novartis is claiming a patent on an anti cancer drug. The decision is still pending. Never mind the wait.

What made the cartoonist see the writing on the wall, is also quite relevant this week. With a huge cry on the constitutional right of the freedom of speech and expression, the debate seems to have gained much throttle. Next time a mother could be seen frowning upon her kid who is almost done with his crayons on a cartoon.

As against the earlier smoking ban in pictures, the Court order has come to the rescue of the film makers. Now that Kareena would also give out social messages at the beginning and in the middle of the film and that she will not be paid for the public policy endorsement.

The last one in row is with respect to the increase of prices of diesel for Rs.5/- per litre. It is quite discernible to understand the impact, but this one for sure has been a knee jerker. Retailers have geared up to deal with the situation and other financial institutions have followed suit.

But what remains detached from all these events is the gradual weaning of , of the demand of the Lok pal Bill for which a huge hue and cry was made. It seems, corruption has disappeared and with the news of Anna disbanding his team, anti-Anna community has claimed that it could breathe some fresh air.

To sum up, this week claims importance in terms of the Supreme Court judgment overruling the Bhatia judgment,in the field of dispute resolution. Through the media law judgment, the debate over the constitutional discourse of freedom of speech and expression has gained importance, as the judgment has tried to draw limits for the media. It is now for the legal community to analyze, as to whether the reasonable restrictions under the freedom of speech and expression would be have to be given a fresh look.

Till then, all need to take a chill pill this week, it is too much to handle for the legal community.

Click to show 1 comment
at your own risk
By reading the comments you agree that they are the (often anonymous) personal views and opinions of readers, which may be biased and unreliable, and for which Legally India therefore has no liability. If you believe a comment is inappropriate, please click 'Report to LI' below the comment and we will review it as soon as practicable.