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SC to hear Centre’s appeal challenging quashing of President’s rule in Uttarakhand

The Supreme Court will also address interests of students against holding of National Eligibility Entrance Test

New Delhi: A variety of interesting cases are lined up on Tuesday, affecting business, consumer and political interests alike.

The Supreme Court is going to address the question of validity of the President’s rule in Uttarakhand, call drop compensation, and will also address interests of students against holding of National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).

The Delhi high court will hear the share dispute between KAL Airways and SpiceJet, service tax evasion by MakeMyTrip and the ban on sale of chewable tobacco.

Pleas by various states against NEET

The apex court has agreed to hear pleas by various states, including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir, against NEET, a nationalised common entrance examination for admission into courses like MBBS, BDS for the academic year 2016-17.

The Supreme Court had on Friday said that the entrance test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17 will be held as per schedule through the two-phased common entrance test NEET on 1 May and 24 July. Read more

On an earlier occasion, the court had rejected a similar plea by states, including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh, and Association of Karnataka Medical Colleges, besides minority institutions like Christian Medical College, Vellore.

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

Bank of Baroda forex scam

The high court will also hear pleas from at least three traders and one former HDFC Bank employee—Gurucharan Singh Dhawan, Sanjay Aggarwal, Chandan Bhatia and Kamal Kalra—who were accused in relation to an alleged Rs6,000 foreign exchange misappropriation. They have challenged the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) jurisdiction in the case. The ED arrested Kalra, Dhawan, Aggarwal and Bhatia under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Read here

Kalanithi Maran drags SpiceJet to court over a share transfer dispute

The high court will hear the petition brought by Kalanithi Maran and KAL Airways Pvt. Ltd over a share transfer dispute with SpiceJet, demanding that 180 million warrants redeemable as equity shares be transferred to them. Read more

The matter was brought on 11 March before Justice Manmohan Singh, who asked SpiceJet to submit to the court a draft of the proposed board resolution to be passed in favour of Maran before it passed an order directing for the board resolution to be passed within three days. After the submission of the draft resolution, the parties approached the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) for approving the board resolution. At the last hearing, the court had asked BSE to apprise it of the decision taken on the issue of warrants to Kalanithi Maran and KAL Airways. Read more

Call drop compensation

The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear telcos on the call drop issue. On Wednesday, telcos asked the court to defer the hearing for a day. Earlier, the court had asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to reconsider its call drop penalty. Telecom service providers have challenged a call drop penalty of Re1 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. 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

Ban on chewable tobacco

The high court will also hear a case brought by tobacco manufacturer Sugandhi Snuff King against a notification passed by the Delhi government last year, which had banned the sale, purchase, storage and manufacturing of all forms of chewable tobacco, including gutkha and pan masala containing tobacco. Read more

Although it had been stayed by the court, its effect was set to expire on 25 March. In this regard, Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain told PTI that the Delhi government had decided to reissue the notification banning chewable tobacco and its other forms. Read more

Tax evasion by MakeMyTrip

The Delhi high court will hear a case by online travel forum MakeMyTrip against the arrest of one of its senior officials for alleged service tax evasion of 67.44 crore. A senior official at MakeMyTrip was arrested on 8 January and produced before the magistrate the next day. He was granted bail on 11 January. The company has already made a total payment of 40 crore towards service tax from the date of arrest. Read more