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SC to hear states’ plea against NEET, case on e-auction of iron ore mines in Karnataka

Here's a look at the top cases that will be heard today

New Delhi: As uncertainty continues over conducting a single national entrance examination for medical and dental college admissions, the Supreme Court is likely to take a fresh stand on Friday. Here’s a look at the top cases that will be heard on Friday.

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 (national eligibility-cum-entrance test), a nationalised common entrance examination for admission into courses like MBBS and BDS for the academic year 2016-17.

The Supreme Court had on 29 April 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, respectively. Read more

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

At the last hearing, the Centre told the court that they were seriously considering the suggestion of holding a floor test in the state assembly and would inform the court of its final decision on Friday. Read more

Niyamgiri mining

A challenge by Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) to the decision of 12 gram sabhas which rejected a bauxite mining proposal in the region of Niyamgiri in Orissa will be taken up by the apex court on Friday.

The reason for disallowing mining in the region was because it was sacred for the tribals.

Under the Supreme Court’s ruling in April 2013, the Vedanta Group’s bauxite mining project in the Niyamgiri hills had to get clearance from the gram sabhas, which it failed to obtain as all 12 gram sabhas unanimously voted against it.

The mining corporation is seeking conduct of fresh gram sabhas for the Niyamgiri deposits claiming that earlier the mining was proposed to be done through a joint venture between OMC and Vedanta and since the mining would only be done by OMC now, it should be treated as a new proposal. Read more

Ban on entry of women into Sabarimala temple

The Supreme Court will hear the case regarding ban on entry of women in Sabarimala temple. The court has questioned the rationale for keeping women from entering the temple in the light of constitutional principles. The case came to court through a petition from not-for-profit outfit Indian Young Lawyer’s Association, seeking entry of women. Read more

During earlier hearings, the court had questioned the rationale for keeping women out of the temple and addressed it in the light of customs and dimensions of constitutionality. The court also discussed the effect of menstruation on the issue.

E-auction of iron ore mines in Karnataka

The case regarding e-auction of 15 iron ore mines in Karnataka in which the court has given a stipulated time period to the state government for its compliance will be heard on Friday.

In April 2013, the court had ordered that sale of iron and manganese ores in Karnataka should be done only through e-auctions that will be monitored and overseen by the central empowered company.

The court’s ruling came in a 2003 case filed by non-profit Samaj Parivartana Samudaya against large-scale depletion of forests in Karnataka due to illegal mining on an unprecedented scale. Read more