A report was also published by ET on May 10, 2013 on the Supreme Court’s refusal to Nirma’s request of withdrawing an open offer for an Ahmedabad Firm, Shri Rama Multi Tech.
“Another issue that arises from such an operation is the fact that the means deployed to establish the commission of the crime itself involves a culpable act,” it added.
The division bench comprising Justices Anil Menon and V M Kanade made the observation while hearing a petition filed by KPMG India Pvt. Ltd. for quashing the proceedings. It stated that the terms of reference, which instructed the company to give monetary compensation alongside a bonus and written apology, were “way outside its purview”.
Appearing on the behalf of the government, Solicitor General (SG)Mohan Parasaran had earlier argued that the SIT which had been set up by the Apex Court to investigate the matter, to be headed by Justice BP Jeevan Reddy; had not been set up after Justice Reddy had declined. He stated without SIT appraisal of the information received from Germany about Indian black money stashed in the Liechtenstein bank, the names of the suspected account holders could not be divulged.
This marked the first instance when the Apex court has issued such an order, in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations which surfaced in 2013 against two former retired judges, who have both denied the allegations. Since then, a internal committee, Supreme Court’s Gender Sensitisation and Internal Complaints Committee (GSICC) headed by Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai has been formed under the Gender Sensitisation and Sexual Harassment of Women at the Supreme Court of India Regulations , 2013.
The bench, consisting of Justices R M Lodha and Kurian Joseph, was deliberating upon a PIL submitted by an NGO, the Swasthya Adhikar Manch, which claimed that “Indians were used as guinea pigs” by big multinational pharmaceutical companies. According to figures presented by the NGO from government sources, out of 57,303 participants to various trials, only 39,022 completed them.
Justice Lodha became judge of the Rajasthan High Court on January 31, 1994. He was then on February 16, 1994 transferred to the Bombay High Court, where he served for 13 years. In February 2007, he was re-transferred to the Rajasthan High Court. He became Chief Justice of the Patna High Court in May 2008 and was elevated to the Supreme Court in December 2008.
“Sanctity is attached to a dying declaration because it comes from the mouth of a dying person,” said a division bench comprising Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice R M Lodha.
Justices KS Radhakrishnan and NV Ramana favoured the petition filed by NRI doctor Shamsheer who said that staff at Indian missions abroad can cast their vote at the embassy or High Commission premises, without being physically present in the country. The Election Commission should permit them to exercise their right through facility available at the Indian missions abroad. The bench also asked the Election Commission to respond to their petition by Friday.
The change has been made changes in rule 12 of the Income Tax Rules 2014.