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The B&B Causelist #51:September 7, 2015 (Evening Updates)

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Supreme Court

1. Janshruti (People’s Voice) v. Union of India and Ors.

[Item 71 in court 1 – Writ Petition (Civil) 626/2015]

Bench: Chief Justice HL Dattu, Amitava Roy J.

A fresh PIL filed by NGO Janshruti on the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Rules pertaining to disruptions of Parliament. The petitioner has contended that these rules are violative of Article 14. It has also contended that an irregular invocation of the privilege afforded to parliamentarians is violative of Right to Life under Article 21 since it results in wastage of tax payer’s money.

Today in court: This petition was dismissed by the court.

2. Vineet Dhanda v. Union of India and Ors.

[Item 72 in court 1 – Writ Petition (Civil) 632/2015]

Bench: Chief Justice HL Dattu, Amitava Roy J.

A fresh PIL seeking intervention to end the crisis at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune following the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as Chairman.

Today in court: This petition was dismissed by the court.

3. Indira Jaising v. Supreme Court of India through Secretary General and Ors.

[Item 38 in court 2 – Writ Petition (Civil) 454/2015]

Bench: TS Thakur J., Gopala Gowda J.

This is a petition filed by Senior Advocate Indira Jaising assailing the non-transparent process followed by the Supreme Court in designating lawyers as Senior Advocates. The Court had issued notice in the case on July 24. When the matter was last heard on August 25, the court posted the matter “for directions” in the first week of September.

Today in court: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has been appointed amicus curiae in the case. He will elicit views from Bar bodies and submit a “considered opinion” to court. Read a detailed report here.

4. Harsh Mander v. Union of India & Ors.

[Item 16 in court 7 – Writ Petiton (Crl) 158/2015]

Bench: FMI Kalifulla J., UU Lalit J.

A petition seeking a court-monitored investigation into the allegations made by Special Public Prosecutor for National Investigating Agency, that she was asked to go “soft” on certain accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case. When the matter was listed for hearing last week, Justice Lalit had recused from the case citing conflict of interest. It is unclear why the matter is listed before a Bench comprising Justice Lalit once again.

Today in court: This matter was deleted from the list.

5. Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India, Min. of Law& Ors.

[Item 64 in court 5 – CRLMP 15103/2015 in Writ Petition (Crl.) 184/2014]

Bench: Dipak Misra J., PC Pant J. 

Petition filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking quashing of six criminal defamation complaints lodged against him for allegedly making some comments against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on twitter.

Today in court: The Supreme Court stayed the proceedings pending against Swamy in the court of Principal Sessions Judge, Chennai. The outcome in these complaints will now be dependent on the judgment in the main writ petition in which Swamy had challenged the Constitutionality of criminal defamation provisions.

6. Common Cause & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors.

[Item 301 in court 9 – IA 13 & 35 Writ Petition (Civil) 463/2012]

Bench: Madan B Lokur J., Kurian Joseph J., AK Sikri J. 

An interim application pertaining to investigation into ex-CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s conduct. Former Special Director of CBI, ML Sharma had agreed to head the investigation in the matter. Sharma had sought time to suggest names of persons to assist him in the matter. When the matter was last heard, the Centre had sought time to consult the CVC in the matter, especially with regard to the legal status of the investigating team that is proposed to be formed.

Today in court: The Supreme Court today directed the ML Sharma led team to complete the investigation into the conduct of ex-Director of CBI, Ranjit Sinha within 8 to 12 weeks.

Regarding Hindalco’s role in the coal block allocation scam, advocate Prashant Bhushan submitted that  the CBI has not probed any offence. The Court then asked the CBI to update it about the steps taken in this regard. The matter will now be heard on September 21.

7. Manohar Lal Sharma, Advocate v. Reserve Bank of India & Others

[Item 73 in court 1 – Writ Petition (Criminal) 153/2015]

Bench: Chief Justice HL Dattu, Amitava Roy J. 

A fresh PIL filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma seeking a declaration that “constitution does not recognize any minister/ministers having any authority to issue any direction/policy other than prescribed under Art. 74, 77 & 78, etc.

According to One Law Street, the petitioner has arraigned Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as a Respondent.

Today in court: The Court declined to entertain this matter.

8. K Anbazhagan and Etc. v. The Registrar General High Court of Madras & Anr.

[Item 55 in court 1 – SLP(Civi) 24328-24329/2015]

Bench: Chief Justice HL Dattu, Amitava Roy J. 

Check evening updates to know more about this case.

Today in court: This matter was adjourned to Friday this week.

9. Hanamanth Vasanth Sinde and Ors. v. Union of India and Ors.

[Item 70 in court 1 – Writ Petition (Civil) 625/2015]

Bench: Chief Justice HL Dattu, Amitava Roy J.

A fresh PIL.

Today in court: This case could not be tracked. Any lead/ information would be appreciated.

Delhi High Court

Ambika Soni v. Union of India & Ors and Kumari Shelja v. Union of India & Ors.

[For judgment]

Special Division Bench- Rajiv Shakhder J., Pradeep Nandrajog J.

An appeal filed by Congress MPs Ambika Shukla and Kumari Selja challenging the Single Bench order that dismissed their plea against eviction.

On the last hearing, the Court had directed the Union to provide them with appropriate accommodation and the politicians had informed the Court about the suitability of the same.

Today in Court: After allotting Type VII Bungalows to both Soni and and Selja respectively, the Court disposed of the appeal.