Supreme Court Weekly Round-Up
A Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice R.M. Lodha, dismissed a PIL challenging the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution of India. It sought a declaration that the Article lapsed with the dissolution of J & K Constituent Assembly on 26th January 1957.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice H.L. Dattu, has provided three months time to CBI to furnish balance sheet filing details regarding all registered NGOs. CBI submitted that most of the NGOs are not filing IT returns and that the Agency needs more time to compile the details.
A Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice V. Gopala Gowda, in an appeal against Star India Pvt. Ltd. and Visionaries Media Network, has held that in the event of the company/accused being let off, the same cannot continue against the Managing Director who is only vicariously liable.
A Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice C.K. Prasad and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, ruled that Shariat courts have no legal sanction and hence, accepting their fatwa or diktat isn’t obligatory. Shariat courts rule over Muslim personal laws to govern India’s 150 million Muslim population. The courts were called illegal, but not unconstitutional.The writ actually challenged the parallel judiciary run by these courts in the country. However, the apex court refused to consider them legal and disposed off the petition. Hence, they weren’t asked to be stopped permanently.