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Aadhaar, SYL and govt ads top legal developments of the week

Here's a look at the significant developments in law over the last week

New Delhi: The last week saw some very important developments, including the Aadhaar bill being passed by Parliament, the Supreme Court allowing photographs of chief ministers in a win for a more federal structure of the government, SC intervention on the Punjab-Haryana water dispute and staying bans on several fixed dose drugs.

Here’s a look at the significant developments in law over the last week.

Parliament passes Aadhaar Bill

Wednesday saw a day-long debate in the Rajya Sabha over aspects of the Aadhaar Bill that the lower house had passed the week before. Several amendments were proposed, including one to alter the clause allowing disclosure of information for national security. It returned to the Lok Sabha the same day. However, as it was a money bill, the Lok Sabha rejected the said amendments and passed the Bill in its original form. It now is a presidential signature away from becoming law. Read More

Supreme Court allows photographs of chief ministers, governors in govt ads

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed photographs of chief ministers, governors, Union and state cabinet ministers, modifying a May 2015 ruling. The May 2015 verdict restricted it to publishing photographs of the president, prime minister and the chief justice of India. Read More

Supreme Court intervenes on Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal issue

On Thursday, the Supreme Court directed Punjab to maintain status quo on the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal land. The court was hearing a 2004 presidential reference regarding the legality of the Punjab Termination Agreement Act, 2004 that scrapped all water sharing agreements with neighbouring states. On Friday, the Punjab government passed a resolution to not construct the SYL Canal, saying it does not have water to share.

Delhi high court stays ban on fixed dose combination drugs

Through the week, the Delhi high court stayed a ban imposed on several fixed dose combination drugs. The government banned 344 FDC drugs after a panel of experts found that they posed a health risk. The first of these orders came on Tuesday, when Pfizer’s cough syrup Corex was allowed back in the market after a stay on the ban. Wockhardt Ltd, GlaxoSmithKline Asia Pvt. Ltd and Griffon Pvt. Ltd, Abbott India and Macleods Pharma, Procter and Gamble Hygiene and Health Care (P&G), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Reckitt Benckiser, Piramal Enterprises Ltd and Alembic Pharma Ltd are others who have been allowed the same relief by the Delhi high court.

Supreme Court asks Trai to reconsider call drop penalty

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to reconsider its call drop penalty . Telecom service providers have challenged a call drop penalty of 1 per call that ends abruptly due to poor network, up to three a day, payable from 1 January. Trai imposed this penalty in October last year. The Delhi high court upheld the Trai regulations in January, soon after which the telcos moved the apex court.

Vodafone Mobile Services moves Delhi high court against special audit

On Thursday, Vodafone Mobile Services Ltd (VMSL) moved the Delhi high court against the tax department’s move to have a special audit of its accounts. On 11 March, the tax department sought to have VMSL’s books audited again, significantly since four Vodafone entities merged into one. Read More

Supreme Court allows challenge to India-UAE seat sharing agreement

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy to challenge the bilateral agreement between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to increase the number of flights between the two countries. The court also asked which other airline could stand to benefit from this agreement and asked them to be made parties in the case. Read More

Miners’ body moves Supreme Court against e-auction in Karnataka

The Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) on Friday to stop e-auction of iron and manganese ores in Karnataka. The miners body also sought a clarification on whether iron ore lease owners should continue to pay 10% of their sale proceeds to a special fund established by the court in 2013 after the government has set up a district mineral fund for the same purpose.

Delhi high court reserves verdict on challenge to Article 370

The Delhi high court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a plea challenging the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The plea was that this provision was temporary and had lapsed. Read More

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