SUPREME COURT REFERS PLEA CHALLENGING AADHAAR ACT TO CONSTITUTION BENCH

News Date: 10 May 2017

Supreme Court has sent a fresh plea challenging Aadhaar Act and mandatory use of Unique Identification Number in at least 17 government schemes to a larger Constitution bench.

DELHI HIGH COURT: SUCCESSION CAN ONLY BE GRANTED TO LEGAL HEIRS OF A PERSON WHO DIES INTESTATE

News Date: 11 May 2017

Delhi High Court has held that in cases where someone dies without a will, succession can only be granted to the legal heirs of that person, not the nominee.

 

SUPREME COURT: EXPENDITURE INCURRED TO EARN DIVIDEND INCOME ON SHARES NOT DEDUCTIBLE

News Date: 11 May 2017

Supreme Court has held that Section 14A of Income Tax Act would apply to dividend income on which tax is payable under Section 115-O of Act.

 

SUPREME COURT: DGHS TO CONDUCT COMMON COUNSELLING TO ALL INDIA & STATE QUOTA FOR MEDICAL ADMISSIONS

News Date: 11 May 2017

Supreme Court, while considering a plea by Dar-Us-Slam Educational Trust, has issued certain important interim directions with regard to admissions in medical colleges across the country, thereby authorizing DGHS to conduct counselling of all-India quota, state quota and deemed university.

 

Supreme Court: “It’s Time to Deal with Loan Defaulters Sternly”

News Date: 09 May 2017

Supreme Court, while concerned over increasing number of corporate houses and private institutions not paying back loans taken from banks and public bodies, has said that defaulters must be sternly dealt with and strict action taken against them.

 

Delhi High Court: ‘Should Ola, Uber Drivers be Considered Employees?’

News Date: 09 May 2017

Delhi High Court has sought a response from Ola, Uber cab aggregators and also Centre and Delhi Governments on a petition moved by drivers’ union demanding ‘freedom from exploitation’ and benefits under Labour laws.

 

Supreme Court Cuts Competition Commission’s Penal Powers

News Date: 09 May 2017

Supreme Court has upheld an order by Competition Appellate Tribunal (Compat) that penalties imposed by Competition Commission of India (CCI) on companies should be only on turnover relevant to a case in dispute, not their overall turnover.

 

Calcutta HC Judge, J. Karnan Convicts CJI, Seven Judges Under SC/ST Act for Harassing Dalit Judge

News Date: 09 May 2017

Calcutta High Court’s Justice C S Karnan has “sentenced” Chief Justice of India J S Khehar and seven Supreme Court Judges to five years’ imprisonment after he “found them guilty” under Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act, 1989, and amended Act of 2015.

 

SUPREME COURT TO CENTRE, STATES: COMPLETE REGISTRATION OF CHILD CARE INSTITUTIONS BEFORE YEAR END

News Date: 08 May 2017

Supreme Court has asked Central, State Governments to ensure that process of registration of all child care institutions is completed before the end of this year.

 

 

CIC: INITIATE STEPS TO INTRODUCE RTI STAMPS FOR PAYMENT OF RTI FEES

News Date: 08 May 2017

Central Information Commission has reiterated its recommendation for issue of RTI-stamps or numbered RTI-coupons as mode for payment of RTI-fees.

 

SUPREME COURT: INCOME FROM COMPASSIONATE EMPLOYMENT NOT TO BE DEDUCTED FROM MACT COMPENSATION AMOUNT

News Date: 08 May 2017

Supreme Court has held that income from compassionate employment granted to claimant is not liable to be deducted from compensation amount which is liable to be paid either by owner/ driver of offending vehicle or insurer.

 

SUPREME COURT REVIVES CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY CHARGES AGAINST LALU PRASAD IN FODDER SCAM CASE

News Date: 08 May 2017

Supreme Court has revived criminal conspiracy charges against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav along with others, including former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and ex-top bureaucrat Sajal Chakraborty, in the Rs 900 crore fodder scam case.

 

SC RULES ‘TAKING FINGERPRINT OF ACCUSED DOESN’T BREACH HIS RIGHT AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION’

News Date: 05 May 2017

Supreme Court, while settling a doubt which has troubled crime investigators for long, has ruled that asking an accused to give finger or foot prints for investigation purposes did not violate his fundamental right to protect himself from becoming a witness against himself.

 

DELHI HIGH COURT FOLLOWS SUIT, ORDERS SERVICE OF SUMMON VIA WHATSAPP, TEXT MESSAGE, EMAIL

News Date: 05 May 2017
Delhi High Court has allowed plaintiff in a case to serve summons on one of the defendants through Whatsapp, text message and email.

 

HARYANA ASSEMBLY CLEARS HARYANA GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) BILL

News Date: 05 May 2017

Haryana Assembly has passed Haryana Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, 2017 paving way for roll out of GST from July 1.

 

SUPREME COURT REVOKES SUSPENSION ORDERS AGAINST 8 BHU STUDENTS, ORDERS SPECIAL EXAM FOR SEMESTER

News Date: 05 May 2017
Supreme Court has revoked suspension orders against eight students by Banaras Hindu University (BHU), who sat for a dharna in University campus demanding 24X7 library & canteen facility and fully functional hostels during summer breaks.

 

BANKING REGULATION ORDINANCE, 2017: RBI GETS POWER TO INITIATE INSOLVENCY PROCESS AGAINST DEFAULTERS

News Date: 05 May 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee has approved Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 which gives power to Reserve Bank of India to initiate insolvency resolution process in respect of a default, under Insolvency Code of 2016.

 

#BREAKING ON NIRBHAYA CASE: SC UPHOLDS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR CONVICTS IN 2012 DELHI GANG RAPE CASE

 

News Date: 05 May 2017
Supreme Court of India has upheld Death penalty of all four convicts in December 16, 2012 gang rape and murder.

 

SUPREME COURT ACCEPTS SALMAN KHURSHID’S IMPLEADMENT APPLICATION IN TRIPLE TALAQ CASE

News Date: 04 May 2017
Supreme Court has allowed Senior Advocate & Former Union Minister Salman Khurshid’s impleadment application as respondent in triple talaq matter.

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY FOR RAPING, KILLING FOUR-YEAR OLD GIRL

News Date: 04 May 2017
Supreme Court has dismissed a review petition of a 55-year-old man and sent him to gallows for raping and stoning to death a four-year-old girl in 2008.

 

SC: WORD ‘PAYABLE’ IN SECTION 40(A) (IA) OF INCOME TAX ACT ALSO COVERS AMOUNT ALREADY ‘PAID’

News Date: 04 May 2017
Supreme Court has held that though the word used in Section 40(a)(ia) of Income Tax Act, is ‘payable’, it would also cover situations where amount is already paid, but no advance tax was deducted thereupon.

 

ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT SAYS ‘NO’ TO UNSEALING OF MORE THAN 1,000 FLATS IN GREATER NOIDA PROJECT

News Date: 04 May 2017

Allahabad High Court has declined to order unsealing of more than 1,000 illegally- constructed flats in a housing project in Greater Noida that were sealed following a court order passed a fortnight ago.

 

DELHI HC TO DMRC: WHY CAN’T DMRC PROVIDE FREE DRINKING WATER, SANITATION?

News Date: 02 May 2017
Delhi High Court has asked DMRC that “Why can’t Delhi Metro provided basic services like drinking water and sanitation for free to commuters at its stations?”.

ITAT, MUMBAI: INDIVIDUALS PAYING FOR RESIDENTIAL HOUSES WILL GET COMPLETE TAX BENEFITS

News Date: 02 May 2017
Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (Mumbai bench) has held that if entire investment for purchase of a new residential house, along with stamp duty and registration charges, has been made by an individual, he should get full benefit of relevant income tax (I-T) exemptions.

 

SCDRC DIRECTS BANK TO PAY 1L COMPENSATION FOR FAILURE TO INFORM LOAN APPLICANT OF REJECTION

News Date: 02 May 2017

State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Maharashtra has held that failure to inform an applicant about rejection of his loan application constitutes deficiency of service on part of Bank.

SUPREME COURT ORDERS ‘MEDICAL EXAMINATION’ OF CALCUTTA HC JUDGE C S KARNAN

News Date: 01 May 2017

Supreme Court has constituted a medical board in Kolkata to examine mental health of Calcutta HC Judge C S Karnan, who is facing contempt proceedings after the Bench observed that he is not in a position to defend himself.

BOMBAY HC: REMARRYING SANS DIVORCE IS CRUELTY BY SPOUSE

News Date: 02 May 2017

Bombay High Court has held that marrying again while first marriage was intact and barring wife entry to a house shared with second ‘wife’ amounts to cruelty by husband.

SUPREME COURT DIRECTS CBI TO COMPLETE PROBE IN TIME-BOUND MANNER IN RAJIV GANDHI ASSASSINATION CASE

News Date: 02 May 2017

Supreme Court has directed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete probe in a time-bound manner and see if there is a larger conspiracy involved in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

SUPREME COURT SLAPS RS 25 LAKH FINE ON NGO FOR FILING FRIVOLOUS PETITION

News Date: 02 May 2017

Supreme Court, while sending a strong message to litigants that frivolous petitions cannot be filed to waste precious time of Court, has slapped exemplary costs of Rs 25 lakh on Suraj India Trust represented by Rajiv Bhaia to be paid within a month.

MADRAS HIGH COURT: PENDENCY OF DIVORCE PETITION ‘NO BAR’ TO INITIATE PROCEEDING UNDER DV ACT

News Date: 01 May 2017

Madras High Court has held that pendency of divorce petition filed by husband is not a bar to initiate proceedings under Domestic Violence Act by wife.

BOMBAY HIGH COURT SETS PRECEDENT, SERVES SUMMON VIA MESSAGING APP ‘WHATSAPP’

News Date: 28 Apr 2017

Bombay High Court has set a precedent after it served a summon via WhatsApp in a copyright infringement suit against producers of Kannada movie ‘Pushpaka Vimana’ released in 2017.

DELHI HC ALLOWS TATA SONS, NTT DOCOMO TO ENFORCE ARBITRAL AWARD BY LCIA

News Date: 01 May 2017

Delhi High Court has allowed Tata Sons and NTT Docomo to enforce an arbitral award by London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

SUPREME COURT: ‘EVE-TEASING VIOLATES WOMAN’S RIGHT TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY’

News Date: 01 May 2017

Supreme Court, sending out a stern message to law enforcement agencies to deal with eve-teasers and stalkers with a firm hand, has said that eve-teasing violates a woman’s fundamental rights to live with dignity and she could not be forced to love a person, not of her liking.

BOMBAY HC: IMPLEAD ITC, FINANCE MINISTRY, SEBI AS PARTIES IN PIL AGAINST LIC INVESTMENT IN LIC

News Date: 28 Apr 2017

Bombay High Court has directed petitioners of a PIL opposing idea of Life Insurance Corporation of India holding one-third equity stake in tobacco giant ITC, to implead Union Ministry of Finance, ITC, Ministry of Industries and Commerce and SEBI as respondents.

SUPREME COURT SAYS ‘FIRS’ SINE QUA NON FOR ENCOUNTERS EVEN IN AFSPA AREAS

News Date: 28 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has upheld its direction for mandatory registration of FIR against Armed Forces Personnel, even in disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), for every encounter death despite Centre pleading that this order could jeopardise efforts to maintain peace and security.

SUPREME COURT ON AADHAR, PAN ROW: WE CANNOT PRECLUDE PARLIAMENT FROM ENACTING STATUTORY PROVISIONS

News Date: 28 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has put a poser as to why there was no objection from lawmakers on Government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for making PAN cards, a move which was given effect by latest Budget from July 1.

SUPREME COURT RULES ‘UNWITTING, CARELESS ‘INSULTS’ TO RELIGION IS NO OFFENCE ‘

News Date: 24 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, while reiterating Constitutional protection to freedom of speech and expression has clarified that insults made on religious faith of a particular community “unwittingly or carelessly” without malice is not an offence.

SUPREME COURT DIRECTS HUSBAND TO PAY RS. 50 LAKH AMOUNT, FLAT WORTH RS. 1 CRORE TO ‘CRUEL’ WIFE

News Date: 25 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has directed a husband to provide his wife Rs. 50 lakh amount and a flat worth Rs. 1 crore, even though it held that acts of wife in filing false complaints against husband amounted to cruelty.

 

SUPREME COURT TRANSFERS TO NGT PLEA OVER YAMUNA RIVER POLLUTION

News Date: 25 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has transferred a Public Interest Litigation seeking de-polluting of river Yamuna and a complete clean up to National Green Tribunal, after hearing it for 23 years.

SUPREME COURT: ‘ACCUSED CAN’T CLAIM UNFETTERED RIGHT TO INSPECT CASE DIARY ‘

News Date: 25 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, while rejecting plea of an accused facing trial to produce certain pages of police diary obtained by him through RTI for the purpose of contradicting police officer, has reiterated that accused cannot claim unfettered right to inspect case diary.

 

SUPREME COURT: TAX MAY BE LEVIED ON ‘F1 GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP’

News Date: 25 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has held that Formula One World Championship (FOWC) in motor racing is liable to be taxed in India for the F1 Grand Prix Championship.

SC: ‘EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION CLAUSE’ IN ARBITRATION AGREEMENT WILL OUST ALL OTHER COURTS’ JURISDICTION

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has held that when there is an exclusive jurisdiction clause in an arbitration agreement stating that Courts at a particular place alone would have jurisdiction in respect of disputes arising under the agreement, it would oust all other Courts’ jurisdiction in the matter.

 

SUPREME COURT DENIES RELIEF TO BIHAR TOPPER SCAM MASTERMIND BACHCHA RAI

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has quashed Patna High Court’s order granting bail to Bachcha Rai, the mastermind of Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) topper scam.

 

SUPREME COURT REJECTS TATA’S CLAIM OVER TAJ MANSINGH HOTEL PROPERTY, ALLOWS NDMC TO CONDUCT E-AUCTION

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has approved e-auction of Taj Mansingh Hotel in Delhi, rejecting claim of Tata group-owned Indian Hotels Co. Ltd (IHCL) over the property.

 

SUPREME COURT: COURT SHOULD NOT SURRENDER ITS JUDGMENT TO ‘EXPERT’ WITNESS

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, while upholding a High Court order which has set aside conviction of accused in a murder case, has observed that Court cannot be expected to surrender its own judgment and delegate its authority to a third person.

 

SUPREME COURT: FIR CAN BE PARTLY QUASHED IF NO COGNIZABLE OFFENCE IS MADE OUT AGAINST ACCUSED

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has observed that an FIR can be quashed in part against some accused against whom no cognizable offence is made out.

 

 

SUPREME COURT REJECTS CENTRE’S SUGGESTION TO PUT OFF HEARING ON WHATSAPP PRIVACY ISSUE

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has brushed aside a government suggestion that it hold off a hearing into privacy issues involving WhatsApp as new rules on data protection issues would be in place by Diwali.

SUPREME COURT SETS ASIDE HIMACHAL PRADESH HIGH COURT JUDGMENT BECAUSE OF ‘POOR ENGLISH’

News Date: 20 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has set aside a judgment passed by Himachal Pradesh High Court because of the convoluted English used in judgment.

 

 

SUPREME COURT: SPEEDY RECOVERY PROCEEDINGS IS THE NEED OF THE DAY

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
SC, while upholding Rule 5 of MP Micro & Small Enterprises Facilitation Council Rules, 2006, which provides for recovery of amount for which award is passed under Section 18(3) of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006, has mooted for need of speedy recovery proceedings.

 

 

CIC: DISCLOSURE OF IT RETURN INFORMATION UNDER RTI INVADES PRIVACY OF ASSESSEE

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Central Information Commission (CIC) has upheld an order rejecting an RTI application seeking details of income tax returns of a person on ground that disclosure would cause unwarranted invasion to privacy of assessee.

 

SUPREME COURT DIRECTS SAMSUNG TO OBEY ITS 2014 ORDER

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has said that its 2014 order asking Samsung group chairman Lee Kun-hee to appear before a local Court in a cheating case may be wrong, but he must obey it as long as it isn’t set aside.

 

SUPREME COURT NOTICES CENTRE OVER PLEA SEEKING POLICY FOR PROMOTING NATIONAL ANTHEM, SONG & FLAG

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has issued notice to Central Government in a plea seeking framing of a policy for promoting National Anthem, National Song and the National Flag.

 

SUPREME COURT QUESTIONS ARMY’S SILENCE OVER RAPE, MURDER ALLEGATIONS DURING INSURGENCY IN MANIPUR

News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has asked Army why it chose to maintain silence despite Commissions of Inquiry set up by Manipur Government over alleged rape and murder against its personnel in Manipur during insurgency.

 

BOMBAY HIGH COURT UPHOLDS POCSO CHARGES AGAINST DIRECTOR FOR NOT REPORTING RAPE CASE IN TO POLICE

News Date: 18 Apr 2017
Bombay High Court has upheld charges under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, against director of a trust operating an Ashramshala in Satara for not reporting a case of rape of a minor girl in school to police.

SUPREME COURT CALLS FOR COLLECTIVE EFFORT FROM AUTOMOBILE GIANTS TO CLEAN DELHI-NCR POLLUTED AIR

News Date: 17 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, in a wake-up call to automobile giants to contribute their bit to curb rising pollution levels in Delhi and NCR, has said that a collective effort is needed to clean up the air.

SUPREME COURT NOTICES CENTRE OVER PLEA AGAINST PRE-CENSORSHIP OF FILMS

News Date: 18 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has sought a response from Centre on a petition moved by actor-director Amol Palekar, who has sought to reclaim “contours of individual freedoms” by taking away Censor Board’s authority of pre-censorship of films.

SUPREME COURT: N SRINIVASAN CANNOT REPRESENT BCCI IN ICC MEET

News Date: 18 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has said that Former BCCI Chief N Srinivasan cannot represent Indian Cricketing Board at ICC meeting next week as he has been held guilty of conflict of interest.

MADRAS HC: DENYING EMPLOYMENT TO DAUGHTER OF DECEASED ON GROUND OF MARRIAGE VIOLATES ART. 14, 15, 16

News Date: 12 Apr 2017
Madras High Court has held that denying employment to daughter of deceased on ground of marriage is violation of Articles 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution.

 

DELHI HC UPHOLDS ORDER RESTRAINING DPS WORLD FOUNDATION FROM USING BRAND NAME ‘DPS’

News Date: 12 Apr 2017
Delhi High Court has upheld a Single Bench order restraining DPS World Foundation from using registered mark/name “DPS” or any other mark identical or deceptively similar to registered mark of plaintiff Delhi Public School.

 

SUPREME COURT: DEATH DUE TO ‘GRAVE & SUDDEN PROVOCATION’ DOESN’T AMOUNT TO ‘CRUEL ACT OF MURDER’

News Date: 12 Apr 2017
Supreme Court, while reducing life term of a man to 10-year-jail term in a homicidal case, has said that death due to “grave and sudden provocation” could not be termed as a “cruel act” of murder.

 

SUPREME COURT DIRECTS GUJARAT TRIAL COURT TO EXPEDITE RECORDING EVIDENCE IN ASARAM CASE

News Date: 12 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has asked Gujarat Trial Court to expedite recording of evidence of prosecution witnesses in a sexual assault case lodged by two Surat-based sisters against self-styled godman Asaram.

 

News

MADHYA PRADESH HC: RIGHT TO RUN BUSINESS CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW

News Date: 10 Apr 2017
Madhya Pradesh High Court has held that fundamental right of a firm to run a business cannot be taken away without following due process of law.

 

News

MENTAL HEALTHCARE ACT, 2016: SUICIDE ATTEMPT BY MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE NOT PUNISHABLE

News Date: 10 Apr 2017
President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to Mental Healthcare Act, 2016 that decriminalizes attempts to commit suicide by a mentally ill person.

 

Copyright Laws, Intellectual Property Laws, News

BOMBAY HC GRANTS NO RELIEF TO ZEE IN COPYRIGHT CASE ON KID’S TALENT SHOW ‘INDIA’S BEST DRAMEBAAZ’

News Date: 10 Apr 2017
Bombay High Court has refused to grant any relief to Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd and dismissed the notice of motion in a commercial suit filed against Sony Pictures, alleging copyright infringement.

Consumer Protection-Bonum Lex

SUPREME COURT: COURTS SHOULD TAKE ‘PRAGMATIC VIEW’ OF RIGHTS OF CONSUMERS

News Date: 10 Apr 2017
Supreme Court has said that it is necessary for Courts to take a “pragmatic view” of rights of consumers in disputes concerning them since customers are at a disadvantage as compared to service providers.

 

News-Bonum Lex

SUPREME COURT IMPOSES PENALTY ON RAJASTHAN GOVERNMENT FOR ‘FRIVOLOUS, UNJUSTIFIED’ PETITIONS

News Date: 05 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has imposed Rs. 1 Lakh penalty on Rajasthan Government for filing “frivolous and unjustified petitions” in arbitration case and granted liberty to recover the cost from the officers who had authorised for filing of appeal against the High Court order.

Security, news-Bonum Lex

SC: SEBI CIRCULARS CANNOT BE CHALLENGED IN SAT

News Date: 04 Apr 2017

SC has ruled that any action taken by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in its administrative & legislative capacity cannot be appealed at the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) as SAT has jurisdiction only over orders & directions passed by SEBI in quasi-judicial capacity.

news

ALLAHABAD HC: FOOD AND FOOD HABITS PART OF RIGHT TO LIFE

News Date: 05 Apr 2017

Allahabad High Court while hearing a petition filed by retail meat shop owner to renew his licence has held that food, food habits and vending thereof is connected with the right to life and livelihood guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. .

Arbitration, Trademark, Intellectual Property Laws, News

DELHI HIGH COURT UPHOLDS ARBITRATOR’S AWARD DIRECTING TRANSFER OF DOMAIN NAME ‘GOOGLEE’ TO GOOGLE INC

News Date: 05 Apr 2017

Delhi HC has upheld arbitrator’s award directing a man to transfer his registered domain name ‘Googlee’ to Google Inc. on the grounds that the name of the homepage was a “slavish” imitation of the most widely used search engine.

Communication & Information Technology-Bonum Lex

SC SETS UP 5-JUDGE BENCH TO HEAR THE PLEA CHALLENGING WHATSAPP PRIVACY POLICY

News Date: 05 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has set up a 5-judge bench to hear the petition accusing WhatsApp and Facebook of privacy violation.

News-Bonum Lex

SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO RESTORE JUSTICE KARNAN’S JUDICIAL POWER, GIVES HIM ANOTHER MONTH

News Date: 03 Apr 2017

In a first in Indian judicial history, sitting High Court judge C Karnan appeared before a seven member bench of the Supreme Court to answer charges of contempt levelled against him. Justice Karnan offered to give an “unconditional” apology provided his judicial work was restored. However the Supreme Court refused this offer and gave the judge another four weeks to file a reply in the contempt notice.

News- Bonum Lex

The CBI is investigating

The CBI is investigating former Congress finance minister P Chidambaram for the clearance he gave Malaysian firm Maxis to buy 100 percent of Aircel, the investigating agency told the Supreme Court today.

Contracts and Commercial-Bonum Lex

SC ORDERS PARSVNATH TO GIVE HABITABLE HOMES WITH OC’S IN LUCKNOW PROJECT IN 3 WEEKS

News Date: 03 Apr 2017

Supreme Court has directed Parsvnath Developers to give possession of habitable flats along with occupation certificates to 12 home buyers in its Planet project in Lucknow within three weeks.

News-Bonum Lex

FINANCE BILL, 2017 RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL ASSENT, TAKES EFFECT FROM TODAY

News Date: 03 Apr 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Finance Bill, 2017 to give effect to provisions like bar on cash transactions above Rs 2 lakh and compulsory quoting of Aadhaar for filing tax returns.

News-Bonum Lex

NGT ISSUES NOTICE TO DELHI, UP ON WASTE BURNING ALONG DND FLYOVER

News Date: 31 Mar 2017
National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a notice to the governments of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on a plea alleging indiscriminate burning of municipal solid waste in Delhi and National Capital Region despite a ban being in force.

Banking-Bonum Lex

STATUS QUO ON MDR: RBI

News Date: 31 Mar 2017
RBI has said that its mid-December 2016 ‘special measures’ on rationalisation of merchant discount rate (MDR) will continue whereby MDR for transactions up to Rs. 1,000, and above Rs. 1,000 and up to Rs. 2,000 were capped at 0.25 per cent and 0.50 per cent, respectively, of the transaction value.

 

Personal Law-Bonum Lex

SC REFERS TRIPLE TALAQ CASE TO CONSTITUTIONAL BENCH; HEARING TO BEGIN FROM MAY 11

News Date: 31 Mar 2017
Supreme Court has decided that a five-judge constitution bench will rule on the constitutional validity of the practice of triple talaq, ‘nikah halala’ and polygamy among Muslims. The hearing of same will begin from May 11.

 

 

Competition-Bonum Lex

MCA RELAXES NORMS FOR M&A DEALS CLEARANCE BY CCI

News Date: 31 Mar 2017
Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has eased the criteria for notifying Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) deals to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) requiring fewer companies to seek clearance from CCI before going for M&As.

 

Criminal Law-Bonum Lex

DELHI HC: NCW HAS NO ADJUDICATORY, ADVISORY POWERS

News Date: 29 Mar 2017
Delhi High Court has ruled that National Commission for Women (NCW) did not have any adjudicatory or advisory powers.

 

Arbitration- Bonum Lex

SC: CHIEF JUSTICE FREE TO APPOINT ARBITRATOR EVEN IF ARBITRATION AGREEMENT PROVIDES OTHERWISE

News Date: 29 Mar 2017
Supreme Court has held that even if an arbitrator is specified in agreement for arbitration, Chief Justice or designated Judge is free to appoint an independent arbitrator, having due regard to qualification, if circumstances so warrant.

 

Banking - Bonum Lex

BOMBAY HC: MERE REPAYMENT OF LOAN AMOUNT ‘NO GROUND’ FOR QUASHING CHEATING CASE

News Date: 29 Mar 2017
Bombay High Court has held that re-payment of loan amount will not have any adverse effect on a criminal prosecution and observed that offences involving banking and loan transactions were “offences of serious nature, where the FIR cannot be quashed only on the ground that the loan is repaid”.

 

Criminal Laws-Bonum Lex

SUPREME COURT PUTS ON HOLD 19 CASES AGAINST QNET, GRANTS BAIL TO FERREIRA

News Date: 29 Mar 2017
Supreme Court has stayed proceedings in all 19 FIRs filed against QNet direct selling company across country while granting bail to former world billiards champion Micheal Ferreira and another official of firm’s India franchise in a cheating case.

 

Taxation-Bonum Lex

#ONENATIONONETAX: HOUSE OF PEOPLE VOTES FOR ‘NO TAX ON TAX SYSTEM’, PASSES HISTORIC GST BILLS

News Date: 30 Mar 2017
Lok Sabha has showed a green light to Integrated GST, Central GST, Union Territory GST & Compensation Bill thereby clearing decks for the July 1 rollout of Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will subsume all Central and State taxes for a unified tax regime across the Country.

 

Contracts and Commercial-Bonum Lex

SUPREME COURT: NOIDA’S EMERALD TOWERS WILL BE DEMOLISHED IF BUILT WITHOUT PROPER SANCTION

News Date: 28 Mar 2017

Supreme Court has said that if the two 40-storey residential buildings of Supertech’s Emerald Towers in Noida were constructed without a proper sanction, these would be “demolished”.

Contract and Commercial-Bonum Lex

SUPREME COURT STAYS BOMBAY HC VERDICT ON LEVY OF STAMP DUTY ON ADVERTISEMENT CONTRACTS

News Date: 28 Mar 2017

Supreme Court has stayed Bombay High Court judgment which had dismissed the challenge against levy of stamp duty on contracts entered into by advertising agencies with their clients and with media companies.

News-Bonum Lex

SUPREME COURT: NO WRONG IN MAKING AADHAAR MANDATORY FOR BANK A/CS, MOBILE NUMBERS, PASSPORTS

News Date: 28 Mar 2017

Supreme Court has said that it would not be wrong on part of Government to make Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts, getting mobile connections or passports.

Intellectual Property Law-Bonum Lex

DELHI HC IN BT COTTON PATENT CASE: MONSANTO TERMINATION OF NUZIVEEDU SEEDS SUB-LICENCE PACT ILLEGAL

News Date: 28 Mar 2017

Delhi High Court, while ruling that Monsanto Technology LLC’s termination of its sub- licence agreement with Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd was illegal and arbitrary, has said the royalty or trait fee payable for use of Monsanto’s patented Bt cotton technology would be as per Government stipulations.

Labour and Industrial Relations, News

MADRAS HIGH COURT SAYS ‘NO TAX’ ON VRS FOR STAFFS OF SICK PSU

News Date: 27 Mar 2017

Madras High Court has said Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) package, equal to salary for 72 months, paid to willing employees of Hindustan Photo Film (HPF) Manufacturing Company Limited in Ooty is in nature of compensation and no income tax should be deducted.

Criminal Law, News-Bonum Lex

SUPREME COURT SEEKS EC RESPONSE OVER PLEA ALLEGING EVM TAMPERING

News Date: 27 Mar 2017

Supreme Court has sought Election Commission’s (EC) response on a petition that raised doubts over security features of electronic voting machines.

Criminal Law, News-Bonum Lex

MADRAS HC ORDERS ARREST OF MAN CLAIMING TO BE JAYALALITHAA’S SECRET SON

News Date: 27 Mar 2017

Madras High Court came down hard on a man, who claimed to be ‘secret son’ of Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and has directed arrest of Erode resident J Krishnamoorthy saying that he has not only cheated the Court but also prepared forged documents.

News- Bonum Lex

MENTAL HEALTH CARE BILL PASSED IN LOK SABHA

News Date: 28 Mar 2017

Mental Health Care Bill, 2013, aimed at decriminalizing attempted suicide and defining mental illness in a broader and more inclusive way has been passed in Lok Sabha.

Criminal Law-Bonum Lex

DELHI HC: ENSURE 100 HELPLINE NUMBER IS MORE EFFICIENT

News Date: 28 Mar 2017

Delhi High Court has ordered Centre and Delhi Police to keep constant vigil on 100 emergency helpline number.

Criminal Laws-Bonum Lex

KARNATAKA HIGH COURT SETS ASIDE HOME MINISTRY MOVE TO REFER RUDRESH’S MURDER CASE TO NIA

News Date: 22 Mar 2017
Karnataka High Court has set aside decision of Ministry of Home Affairs to refer to National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigation into Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker Rudresh’s murder case.

Arbitration-Bonum Lex

BOMBAY HC: ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL CAN’T APPOINT HC RECEIVER AS ‘RECEIVER UNDER ARBITRATION ACT’

News Date: 23 Mar 2017
Bombay High Court has held that an arbitral tribunal does not have power to appoint Court receiver of High Court as a receiver under Section 17 of Arbitration and Conciliation (Amended) Act.

Criminal Laws- Bonum Lex

SUPREME COURT SAYS ‘NO’ TO INTRA COURT APPEAL IN CRIMINAL MATTERS

News Date: 22 Mar 2017
Supreme Court has held that an appeal to Division Bench of High Court is not maintainable against an order or judgment passed by Single Judge in a criminal matter, irrespective of whether order has been passed under Article 226 of Constitution or under Section 482 of Criminal Procedure Code.

Taxation-Bonum Lex

ITAT, MUMBAI DIRECTS SHAH RUKH KHAN TO PAY TAX ON NOTIONAL RENT FROM DUBAI VILLA

News Date: 23 Mar 2017
Income-tax Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai (ITAT) has ruled that actor Shah Rukh Khan has to include notional rent from his Dubai villa in his income-tax return filed in India.

 

DELHI HC AWARDS- Bonum Lex

DELHI HC AWARDS JAIL TERM TO HUSBAND FOR DEFYING MAINTENANCE ORDER

News Date: 24 Mar 2017
Delhi High Court has held husband guilty of committing contempt of court for disobeying Supreme Court order to pay Rs 1 lakh per month as ad interim maintenance to his wife, and punished him to two-month simple imprisonment along with a fine of Rs. 2000.

DELHI HC AWARDS - Bonum Lex

BOMBAY HIGH COURT: WINDING UP PLEA BY EMPLOYEE AS CREDITOR TO RECOVER UNPAID WAGES IS MAINTAINABLE

News Date: 24 Mar 2017
Bombay High Court has held that a winding up petition filed by an employee under Section 439 r/w sections 433(e) and 434 of Companies Act, 1956, as a creditor based on claim of recovery of his unpaid salary and wages is maintainable.

SWARAJ INDIA’S-Bonum Lex

DELHI HC RESERVES ORDER ON SWARAJ INDIA’S PLEA ON DENIAL OF COMMON SYMBOL

News Date: 24 Mar 2017
Delhi High Court has reserved its order on a plea by activist-turned-politician Yogendra Yadav’s Swaraj India, challenging Delhi State Election Commission’s decision to not allot party a common symbol to contest upcoming municipal elections in Delhi.