Supreme Court Monthly Roundup – March 2020



Here’s the list of directions issued by CJI Bobde in the light of Coronavirus lockdown

SC restricts it’s functioning to avoid mass gatherings in Courts; Only urgent matters to be heard

SC extends limitation period for filing petitions/applications/suits/appeals, etc.

No in-person hearings in SC till further notice; Extremely urgent matters to be heard via video conference

SC asks Centre to submit report on steps taken to prevent migration of workers during lockdown

Don’t create panic by fake/misleading news: SC to Media on the plight of migrant workers

Notice issued to Centee on plea seeking immediate evacuation of Indian pilgrims stranded in Iran’s Qom

SC takes suo motu cognisance of overcrowding and infrastructure of prisons in the wake of Coronavirus

Overcrowding of prisons is serious concern; Consider releasing prisoners on parole/bail: SC to States/UTs

SC takes suo motu cognisance of nonavailability of mid-day meals for children due to Coronavirus shutdown


7 years later, finally, a closure for Nirbhaya’s family; All 4 convicts hanged to death

The final order that sealed the fate for the Nirbhaya convicts

Akshay Kumar’s plea challenging rejection of mercy petition dismissed

Pawan Gupta’s curative petition dismissed


Self-assessment of AGR payments is a sheer contempt

SC dismisses Vodafone’s petition against the levy of one-time spectrum charges

Citizenship (Amendment) Act Row

3-judge bench to hear matter relating to UP Govt’s ‘name and shame’ hoardings of protestors


SC fumes over the growing trend of Seed companies engaging in frivolous litigations with farmers

“This tendency to resist even the smallest of claims on any ground possible, by exploiting the relatively greater capacity of seed companies to litigate for long periods of time, amounts to little more than harassment of agriculturists.”

NGOs with no connection to political parties can’t be denied access to foreign contributions for supporting public causes

“Such of those voluntary organisations which have absolutely no connection with either party politics or active politics cannot be denied access to foreign contributions.”

Postponement of IPL is not an urgent matter; Vacation bench asks petitioner to mention the matter before a regular bench

Notice issued to Centre, RBI and the likes over need for expeditious disposal of trials under Section 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act

“This measure of prelitigation ADR process can go a long way in settling the cases before they come to Court, thereby reducing docket burden.”

Notice issued to MP CM Kamal Nath, Speaker & others on BJP’s plea seeking Floor Test in MP Assembly

After Army, SC asks Centre to grant Permanent Commission to women Navy officers as well

“Performance at work and dedication to the cause of the nation are the surest answers to prevailing gender stereotypes. To deprive serving women officers of the opportunity to work as equals with men on PCs in the Indian Navy is plainly discriminatory.”

Petition challenging implementation of Karnataka Reservation Act 2018 held not maintainable

High Court can pass an order interdicting the legal fiction as contemplated under State Act

“The Courts are guardians of the rights and liberties of the citizen and they shall fail in their responsibility if they abdicate their solemn duty towards the citizens.”

Celebratory firing of guns licensed for self-protection needs to stop

“Incidents of celebratory firing are regretfully rising, for they are seen as a status symbol. A gun licensed for self­-protection or safety and security of crops and cattle cannot be fired in celebratory events, it being a potential cause of fatal accidents.”

Unregistered individuals can practice architecture but can’t designate themselves as “architects”

“Mere nomenclature of the particular post will not in any way be said to violate the provisions of the Architects Act 1971.”

Service rendered at no matter how less consideration would still be a ‘service’ under Consumer Protection Act

“The true test is not whether the amount which has been contributed by the beneficiary is adequate to defray the entire cost of the expenditure envisaged under the scheme. So long as the service which has been rendered is not rendered free of charge, any deficiency of service is amenable to the fora for redressal constituted under the Consumer Protection Act 1986.”

Pharmacy Act, 1948 shall prevail over AICTE in the field of Pharmacy education

“The fight of supremacy between both the regulators is unhealthy for the education sector as well as the institutions to permit two regulators to function in the same field. Therefore also and more particularly when the PCI is consisting of the experts in the field of pharmacy and other related subjects, it is in the larger interest in the field of pharmacy that the PCI must be given the power to regulate in the field of pharmacy.”

District Forum can’t extend limitation period of 45 days for filing response under Section 13 of Consumer Protection Act


Former Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi takes oath as Member of Parliament — Rajya Sabha

A4 size paper shall be used in pleadings, petitions, affidavits or other documents to be filed in Supreme Court

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