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The B&B Causelist #57:September 15, 2015 (Evening Updates)

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Supreme Court of India

1. Common Cause v. Union of India & Anr.

[Item 14 in court 5 – Writ Petition (Civil)  678/2013]

Bench: Dipak Misra J., Prafulla C Pant J.

This petition seeks inquiry into the allegations of corruption against former CJI, Justice KG Balakrishnan. The matter is being listed after more than a year rendering, one of the prayers, the one seeking his removal from the post of NHRC Chairperson, infructuous.

Today in court: Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner NGO, sought for a direction to be given to the CBI to register a preliminary complaint on the basis of the evidence establishing disproportionate assets amassed by Justice Balakrishnan’s relatives. The Court said that it will first look into the steps taken by the Income Tax Department in this regard and asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to assist the court. The matter will now be taken up on November 17.

2. Prasar Bharti v. Board of Control for Cricket in India & Ors.

[Item 4 in court 8 – SLP(C) 4572-4573/2015]

Bench: Ranjan Gogoi J., NV Ramana J.

An appeal filed against Delhi HC judgment barring Doordarshan from sharing a live feed of World Cup Cricket matches with private cable operators. The Court had issued notice in the matter and stayed the judgment of the High Court on February 10 this year. You can read more about the case here.

Today in court: This Bench did not sit today.

3. CIT Mumbai v. Amitabh Bachchan

[Item 3 in court 9 – SLP(C) NO. 861/2013]

Bench: Madan B Lokur J., SA Bobde J.

An appeal by the Tax Department against a judgment of the Bombay HC on levy of tax on Amitabh Bachchan’s earnings as the host of the popular game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati. The court had issued notice in the case in 2013.

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

4. Parivartan & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors.

[Item 101 in court 2 – Writ Petition (civil) 93/2004]

Bench: TS Thakur J., Kurian Joseph J.

Petition pertaining to protection for whistleblowers. The Centre had sought an adjournment at the last hearing. The court is now hearing arguments on the working of the Central Vigilance Commission and how it can be made more transparent.

Today in court: This case was not taken up today.

5. Dr. Manmohan Singh v. Central Bureau of Investigation

[Item 38 in court 1 – Crl.A. No. 562-563/2015]

Bench: Chief Justice HL Dattu, Arun Mishra J.

These are petitions filed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, seeking quashing of the summons issued to them by the special court trying coalgate related offences. The court had stayed the summons on  April 1, 2015. The matter will be taken up as first item today.

Today in court: The Court accepted the submissions of the petitioners that the case involves other issues and is not just a coal scam related case. The Bench then deleted the case from the Coal Bench and directed that it be posted before an “appropriate Bench”.

6. Sanjiv Rajendra Bhatt v. Union of India & Ors.

[Item 34 in court 1 – Writ Petition (Crl) 135/2011]

Bench: Chief Justice HL Dattu, Arun Mishra J.

This is an application filed by suspended Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt seeking impleadment of Amit Shah and S Gurumurthy in the 2011 case which Bhatt had filed in the Supreme Court.

Bhatt has also made allegations against current Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for his alleged role in trying to scuttle the investigation and has sought SIT probe into the same.

In 2011, Bhatt had approached the Supreme Court alleging that the Gujarat government was trying to scuttle the investigation and blunt his efforts.

Today in court: This case was not taken up today.

Delhi High Court

1. All India Motor Driving Training School Association v. GNCT of Delhi & Anr.

[Item 6 in Court 8 – Writ Petition (Civil) 8109/2015]

Bench: Manmohan J.

A petition filed by the All Delhi Motor Driving Training Schools challenging the guidelines framed by the Delhi Government for granting license to various motor driving schools in the Capital. The Association has stated that the said guidelines violate their fundamental right of trade & occupation.

Today in Court: The matter was adjourned to February.

2. Sushil Kumar Sharma Vs State (Govt of NCT of Delhi) & Anr. 

[Item 5, Court 36- WP (Crl) 1914/2015]

Bench: Siddharth Mridul J.

A petition filed by Sushil Kumar Sharma,  who was convicted of murdering his wife Naina Sahni and then burning her body in the oven of a hotel. Sharma’s plea had said that he was entitled to premature release in accordance with guidelines of the Sentence Review Board. Sharma has been in jail for the past 20 years.

The plea had also sought directions to the LG and Delhi government for considering his petition for premature release.

Today in Court: The Court granted parole to Sharma while directing that until his plea of remission and premature release was being decided by the ‘competent authority’, Sharma will remain out of jail. The Bench also did not impose any conditions while granting parole.