Justice R Banumathi, in the news recently for dealing with P Chidambaram’s bail plea, will be the first woman judge in more than 13 years to be inducted into the Supreme Court collegium, after Ruma Pal. As part of the collegium, she will have a say in all appointments to the top court, which has only had eight woman judges since Independence.
Ranjan Gogoi, one of the four judges who went public with their grievances over former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra’s style of functioning, also said that judges must reach out to the “citizenry” through the press only in extraordinary situations.
A bench led by Justice RF Nariman said the government is not interested in implementing court orders. In his dissenting verdict, Justice Nariman had not even spared outgoing CJI Ranjan Gogoi for keeping the reviews pending instead of deciding them immediately.
A policy limiting cars per family will need the Centre and the Delhi government to take on board the SC’s observation that the capital’s pollution levels require measures much more “substantive” than odd-even, which the bench critiqued as “half-baked”.
In a major judgement that will help facilitate the biggest takeover of bad debts in Indian corporate history, the court also said that the committee of creditors will have a final say in the resolution plans under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The NCLT and NCLAT cannot interfere with the commercial decisions taken by the CoC.
“This court must lay down principles to ensure that this is never repeated,” he said. He argued that terrorism has been there for the last 20 years and therefore it cannot be a reason to deny fundamental rights to an entire state, he said. The court cannot decide fundamental rights of citizens on the touchstone of state interest alone, he said.
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed pleas seeking a review of its December order against investigating the Rafale deal, insisting it was “satisfied” with the material produced by the government to support the pricing of the fighter jets.
The Supreme Court has refused to stay its 2018 ruling allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala shrine but left it to a larger bench to decide constitutionality of religious practices that restricted women from entering temples, mosques or fire temples.
A 3-judge bench led by Justice R.F. Nariman will rule on the legality of a NCLAT decision of July 5, 2019, ordering all creditors, operational and financial, to be treated on par in sharing the proceeds from the winning bid from the sale of ailing Essar Steel.
The court said there was no reason to doubt the process, and that the Rafale review petitions lacked merit.
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