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Indian Supreme Court Updates: May 24th-30th

Bal Kishan Giri Found to Be in Contempt

Advocate Bal Kishan Giri had challenged a judge in one of his trials for being biased against his client. The council found that the claims were not justified, and so he was to be held in contempt of court. His lawyer attempted to appeal the decision on the grounds that he has submitted an apology, but the court ruled that if the high court didn’t see the apology as genuine and only a tool for defense, they were justified in not accepting it, and thus Giri must serve his sentence.

Mukesh Ambani Told to He Can Go to English Courts

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd was told that English courts could decide in the case between the company and the oil ministry over reimbursement of royalties and taxes in the Panna-Mukta and Tapti gas fields. They asserted that the decision would have to factor in Indian public policy, but the courts in London should be able to decide.

SC Stays Trial Against Jayalalithaa

The SC stayed a case involving Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. It was a disproportionate assets case, but there is also a civil case going on where several companies are claiming that assets owned by Jayalalithaa are actually theres. The court has stayed the criminal trial until the lower court decides on the civil trial.

PIL on Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act

The Act led to the new state of Telangana, but a PIL was filed saying that the act was passed by illegal political maneuvering in the court, and that the actual people of Andhra Pradesh were ignored in making the decision. The SC has refused to hear a expedient case. The PIL further explained:

The Bill was introduced at the behest of a political party called Telangana Rashtra Samiti whose representation in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly was only 10 Members (MLA’s) in an Assembly having a strength of 294 Members, thereby having only 3.99% of the vote share in the total votes polled in the 2009 Assembly elections.

SC Tells Delhi Police to Provide Protection to Female Lawyer

Ambika Das was allegedly harassed inside the Lajpat Nagar police station when she went to serve a judicial order. Earlier, they were also afraid that policemen were bothering witnesses:

Ms. Ambika Das has reasonable apprehension that her witnesses are being forced by the DCP/ACP/SHO of the Lajpat Nagar police station to make statement against her. She also apprehends that she is being fixed in some false cases as she got missed calls from unknown Pakistan numbers on her mobile.

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