B.K. Pavitra and Ors. Vs. Union of India and Ors. – May 10, 2019 – The Reservation Act 2018 does not amount to a usurpation of judicial power by the state legislature. It is Nagaraj and Jarnail compliant. The Reservation Act 2018 is a valid exercise of the enabling power conferred by Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution.
The embargo in Order II Rule 2 will arise only if the claim, which is omitted or relinquished and the reliefs which are omitted and not claimed, arise from one cause of action but If there is more than one cause of action the rule shall not apply
Pramod Kumar & ANR. Vs. Zalak Singh & Ors. – MAY 10, 2019 – The principle underlying Order II Rule 2 is that no man can be vexed twice over the same cause of action. All claims and reliefs, which arise from a cause of action, must be comprehended in one single suit. Order II Rule 2 provides for the principle of repose. If this be the underlying object of Order II Rule 2, the fact that at the time when the first suit was filed even though the second alienation could be challenged and it stemmed from one single cause of action and not two different causes of action, the mere fact that a different period of limitation is provided, cannot stand in the way of the bar under Order II Rule 2.
Valuation Alerts issued by DG of Valuation provides guidance only, assessment authority is required to pass an Assessment Order in a given factual matrix.
Century Metal Recycling Pvt. Ltd. and Another Vs. Union of India and Others – MAY 17, 2019 -Valuation Alerts, as also stated by the respondents, are issued by the Director General of Valuation based on the monitoring of valuation trends of sensitive commodities with a view to take corrective measures. They provide guidance to the field formation in valuation matters. They help ensure uniform practice, smooth functioning and prevent evasion and short payment of duty. However, they should not be construed as interfering with the discretion of the assessment authority who is required to pass an Assessment Order in the given factual matrix. Declared valuation can be rejected based upon the evidence which qualifies and meets the criteria of ‘certain reasons’.
In a contempt proceeding SC cannot determine whether or not Rajeev Kumar should be arrested by the CBI for custodial interrogation: SC
Subrata Chattoraj Vs. Union of India and Others – MAY 17, 2019 – Contempt Petition- the State Police Agencies who were investigating these cases to provide fullest cooperation to the CBI, including assistance in terms of manpower and material, to enable them to conduct and complete the investigation expeditiously. The CBI alleges non-cooperation and charges WBSPF with obfuscating the investigation by causing impediments and roadblocks with a view to protect big names and members/leaders of the ruling party in the State of West Bengal.
A person aggrieved by the order of a Tribunal can challenge the findings by a writ petition before High Court: SC on Assam Citizenship Case
MAY 17, 2019.-Abdul Kuddus Vs. Union of India and Others – where the issue and question of nationality has already been determined under the 1964 Order, an appeal would not be maintainable under paragraph 8 of the Schedule to the 2003 Rules. The determination would be final and binding on the Registering Authority under the Schedule and the Local Registrar. Paragraph 8 does not envisage and provide for a second round of litigation before the same authority i.e. the Foreigners Tribunal constituted under the 1964 Order on and after preparation of the final list. Provisions of paragraph 8 of the Schedule to the 2003 Rules will apply when there has not been an earlier adjudication and decision by the Foreigners Tribunal.
A witness can be graded as reliable, unreliable, neither wholly reliable nor wholly unreliable and consequences shall be followed accordingly: SC
MAY 24, 2019 – Guman Singh Vs. State of Rajasthan