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SC to hear case on mandatory World Cup feed sharing with Prasar Bharti today

The Supreme Court will also hear the case regarding the merger between Sesa Goa and Sterlite Industries

New Delhi: It seems to be a power packed day in the legal world with the Supreme Court hearing cases ranging from the merger case between Sesa Goa Ltd and Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd to a challenge brought to field trial of genetically modified (GM) mustard by Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC).

While the Delhi high court will hear a patent infringement case between Ericsson and YuTelventure Ltd, the apex environmental court is set to decide the fate of the controversial World Culture Festival to be hosted on the banks of the Yamuna river by the Art of Living (AOL) foundation.

Merger between Sesa Goa and Sterlite Industries

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the case regarding the merger between Sesa Goa and Sterlite Industries, which was challenged by the ministry of corporate affairs as well as the tax department. The government alleged that the merger between Sesa Goa, owned by Vedanta Resources Plc., was to evade tax. The government first approached the Supreme Court in 2014. In January 2015, the apex court had agreed to hear the government’s plea regarding Sesa Sterlite Ltd, now called Vedanta Ltd.

Trials for GM mustard by GEAC

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will also expect a response from the central government over the likely introduction of GM mustard. The court had asked the government to reply in a contempt petition filed against field trials allowed for GM mustard by GEAC despite court orders. Read here

ICC World Cup T20 matches

On the day the Twenty20 (T20) Cricket World Cup commences, the Supreme Court will also hear the case regarding mandatory feed sharing by private broadcasters with state-run Prasar Bharti. Under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, broadcasters are required to compulsorily share signals of sporting events of national importance with the public broadcaster. However, private broadcasters like Star India, who have made significant investments for the rights to broadcast, seek exemption from sharing these signals with private cable operators. Read more

Cricketing body Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) had approached the court seeking to hold the T20 World Cup matches at Ferozeshah Kotla stadium and had been permitted on the condition that they get all requisite clearances from the concerned authorities, under the supervision of retired judge Justice Mukul Mudgal. It has been made clear by the courts that this was the last instance for them to approach the court for the grant of an occupancy certificate and they cannot continue to keep coming back to the court for such permissions. Earlier, Justice Mudgal, who had been appointed to ensure that compliance are met, submitted a supplementary report followed by an additional report which revealed irregularities in the working of DDCA. For details on the supplementary report, read here.

Patent infringement of Ericsson by YuTeleventure Ltd

The Delhi high court will hear a case of infringement of Ericsson’s patents in mobile technology by Micromax subsidiary, YuTeleventures. Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson had sued Micromax in 2014 for using its patents in manufacturing Micromax phones without any payment to them. The court ruled in favour of Ericsson, and directed Micromax to pay a specific amount of royalty to Ericsson. Subsequently, Ericsson found that a Micromax subsidiary YuTeleventures continued to make and sell phones using the same patents without any payments. The argument of a separate legal entity put forward by YuTelventures was rejected with bailable warrants being issued to three common directors and principal promoters of Yu Televentures and promoters of Micromax, returnable on 15 December. Read more

What experts say on Aadhaar Bill

The Aadhaar Bill, tabled last week, has had a mixed reaction from experts. Rahul Matthan, the technology, media and telecom partner at Trilegal, said that the bill had very serious protection for privacy and core biometric information.

However, policy director at Centre for Internet and Society Pranesh Prakash said that there were still many issues that required tackling.

In a Mint interview, executive director at CIS Sunil Abraham flagged concerns with the Aadhaar Bill which still haven’t been addressed owing to technological flaws and a central point of failure for the data collection system here.

NGT order on Art of Living cultural festival today

The three day world cultural festival, organized by the Art of Living (AOL) foundation, which is scheduled to be held from 11-13 March on the banks of the Yamuna river, has found itself on shaky ground as it is claimed to be causing environment damage along the floodplains of the river. The event, to commemorate 35 years of the foundation, founded by Sri Sri Ravishankar, will be spread across 1,000 acres an more than 20,000 international guests are expected to attend it.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), while taking note of the claim of environment abuse being caused due to organizing the event, is expected to pass an order in this regard today.