Metro construction: Appeal against NGT ruling
The government is challenging an NGT ruling that struck down a metro construction project under Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), Phase II for lack of environmental clearances.
The Metro Projects are not required to seek environmental clearance under the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, according to the government.
DFC alignment will pass through well-developed industrialized areas like the Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and moderately industrial areas in Rajasthan.
16 December gang rape case
A special bench of the apex court will hear appeals of four convicts on death row for the 16 December 2012 Delhi gangrape-cum-murder case.
In an earlier hearing, the court appointed two senior advocates, Sanjay Hegde and Raju Ramachandran, to assist the court in defending the convicts.
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ITC’s copyright and trademark infringement case against Britannia
The Delhi high court will hear a case where ITC Ltd has alleged copyright infringement by Britannia, by adopting similar packaging of ITC’s Sunfeast Farmlite Digestive All Good Biscuit.
ITC alleges that Britannia’s product, NutriChoice Digestive Zero, had used similar colours yellow and blue and used a similar descriptor for the product.
On 6 September, the court restrained Britannia from selling its digestive biscuits NutriChoice Zero. It was directed to stop manufacturing and phase out its stocks of digestive biscuits within four weeks. Read more
An appeal against the single judges’ order was brought by Britannia before a division bench, which has not yet set aside the stay order against the judgment. Read more
Biocon, Mylan’s challenge to Roche on sale of breast cancer drug
The Delhi high court will hear an appeal brought by Biocon Ltd and its partner Mylan Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd to market their breast cancer drug, Trastuzumab. The two pharma companies had appealed against an order passed by justice Manmohan Singh which imposed certain restrictions on packaging and use of Roche’s data in their product insert for the drug.
Biocon and Mylan were allowed to continue marketing their drug till further orders of the court. Read more
Minimum import price on steel products
The high court will hear a plea by lobby group Steel Wires Association of India against the government’s minimum import price or MIP on 173 steel products aimed at providing relief to local steel producers hurt by cheap imports. On 17 March, the court had sought responses within two weeks from the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), the ministry of commerce and the ministry of finance in the matter.
The association in its plea has questioned the jurisdiction of DGFT, which issued a notification on 5 February imposing MIP on 173 steel products ranging between $341 and $752 per tonne. Read more
Uniform syllabus for children
The Delhi high court will hear a plea seeking a uniform syllabus and curriculum for all students in the age group of 6-14 years across the country. On 31 May, the court had asked the Centre to inform about the steps it had taken in this regard. Read more