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Delhi HC to hear Roche’s case against approval of biosimilars of its drug

At the last hearing, the court had asked the pharmaceutical company to explain how it would be affected by the process of granting biosimilars being followed at present. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/MintPremium
At the last hearing, the court had asked the pharmaceutical company to explain how it would be affected by the process of granting biosimilars being followed at present. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

In other news, a case debating the constitutional validity of the two-finger test for a survivor of sexual assault will be heard by the Supreme Court on Friday

New Delhi: Mint brings you the day’s important legal issues that will be taken up by courts.

Hoffman la Roche’s case against approval for biosimilars of its drug

The Delhi high court will hear Hoffman la Roche’s plea which claims that the Centre failed to observe the due process under law while granting the status of biosimilars of its drug, Avastin (bevacizumab), which is used to treat various forms of cancer. At the last hearing, the court had asked the pharmaceutical company to explain how it would be affected by the process of granting biosimilars being followed at present. Read more

Videocon’s plea against payment for tower infrastructure

The court is likely to pass an order in a plea by Videocon Telecommunication Ltd against payment of 450 crore to tower infrastructure companies. Various orders passed by justice Manmohan Singh had directed the company to make payment to tower companies such as Tower Vision Ltd, ATC Telecom, Viom Networks and Indus Towers from the proceeds of its recent spectrum sale to Bharti Airtel.

Videocon had to discontinue its mobile services operations after incurring losses for consecutive years between 2012-13 and 2014-15. In order to meet its liabilities, it sold its spectrum for 4,428 crore to Bharti Airtel on 24 March.

At the last hearing, Kapil Sibal, counsel for Videocon, told the court that tower companies were unsecured creditors and paying them was not a priority over the consortium of banks from whom they had taken a loan.

Subramanian Swamy’s plea for suspension of AirAsia’s license

The court will hear Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea, seeking suspension of flying licence granted to AirAsia India, alleging that it had obtained the licence through fraud. Swamy contended that one of the officials made a false statement in his counter affidavit filed in the court, while the other two acted with the alleged intention of “misleading" the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), the civil aviation ministry and the DGCA into grant of approvals, permits and permissions. Read more

Validity of two-finger test

A case debating the constitutional validity of the two-finger test and if it should be a test in determination of consent for a survivor of sexual assault will be heard by the Supreme Court on Friday.

The two-finger test is used to determine if a survivor is habituated to sexual intercourse by determining if the vaginal opening is broad or narrow. Though the apex court has previously held that the test is not material in determination of consent, it continues to be used.

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