New Delhi: A busy day awaits the courts. The Supreme Court is going to address the question of validity of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand, hear the ongoing case regarding the implementation of the Lodha panel report to clean the cricket administration in the country and also address the issue of pictorial warnings on packets of tobacco products.
The high court is slated to hear the plea of pharmaceutical companies against the ban on combination drugs and the long-standing tussle between the Centre and the state for distribution of powers.
President’s Rule in Uttarakhand
The Supreme Court will hear the Centre’s appeal challenging the Uttarakhand high court’s 21 April ruling, quashing President’s Rule in the state. Under the court’s previous orders, a stay had been granted on a high court order quashing President’s Rule in the state till further orders. Consequently, a floor test ordered by the Uttarakhand high court in the state assembly on 29 April was not held. Read more
On Tuesday, the court asked attorney general Mukul Rohatgi about the possibility of conducting a floor test under the supervision of the court. A reply in this regard is expected on Wednesday. Read more
Drug ban case
The Delhi high court will continue hearing the government defend its ban on 344 fixed dose combination (FDC) drugs. Major pharmaceutical companies have moved the court against the ban and have also been granted temporary exemption. The court has already granted an interim stay on certain drugs and said that all cases would be heard. Read more
Lodha committee report
The arguments in the Supreme Court regarding the implementation of the Lodha committee report on administrative reforms within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will continue. The cricket regulatory body has been regularly been criticised for not implementing the recommendations. Read more
The court has also time and again criticized the cricket regulatory authority for not falling in line. Read more
Pictorial warning on tobacco products
The Supreme Court will hear a case brought by the Karnataka Beedi Association against the use of pictorial warnings covering 85% of the packets of tobacco products, as per a notification passed by the health ministry.
A notification by the health ministry on 24 September 2015 for implementation of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Amendment Rules, 2014, came into force on 1 April 2016. It prescribed larger pictorial warnings, covering 85% of the packets of tobacco products.
Devas-Antrix arbitration case
The high court will hear the dispute between Devas Multimedia Pvt. Ltd and Antrix Corp. Ltd, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro), regarding the payment of damages worth $672 million by Antrix to Devas for cancelling a contract four years ago, citing national security. The court had asked Antrix to reply on Devas’s plea earlier. Read more
Centre-Press Council tussle
The high court will also hear a plea by the Centre against orders of the statutory press regulatory body, Press Council of India (PCI), setting up an inquiry into the “continued apathy" of the ministry of information and broadcasting towards the Council’s activities. The high court had earlier stayed two orders of the PCI till the case was heard. Through these two orders, the PCI started an inquiry and issued bailable arrest warrants against I&B ministry secretary Sunil Arora for failing to comply with summons issued to him.
Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday will continue to hear arguments in Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s defence in the appeal filed by the Karnataka government against her acquittal in a disproportionate assets case. Last year, the Karnataka government approached the apex court, saying that the high court ignored clinching evidence. Jayalalithaa was convicted by a special court in Bengaluru for amassing assets disproportionate to her income when she was the Tamil Nadu CM during 1991-1996. Read more