SUPREME COURT WEEKLY UPDATE 8-14 APRIL 2019

 

SUPREME COURT WEEKLY UPDATE 8-14 APRIL 2019

 

1. Yashwant Sinha V. Central Bureau Investigation

 

The Supreme Court dismissed Centre’s preliminary objection against using privileged documents for considering the review petitions in the Rafale case. While dismissing the Centre’s preliminary objections, the CJI observed that there is no provision in the Official Secrets Act by which Parliament has vested any power in the executive arm of the government either to restrain publication of documents marked as secret or from placing such documents before a Court of Law which may have been called upon to adjudicate a legal issue concerning the parties. No such provision in any other statute has been brought to our notice, the CJI said.

 

2. Chairman & MD, Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd. Vs. Gen. Secretary, FACT Employees Association

 

 

The Supreme Court reiterated that principle of Res Judicata defined in Section 11 of the Code of Civil Procedure also applies to the labour/industrial proceedings.

 

3. Atma Ram Vs. State of Rajasthan

 

Absence of the accused while taking evidence of prosecution witnesses, by itself, would not vitiate the trial, unless great prejudice has caused to the accused, the Supreme Court held, while upholding a High Court judgment which ordered fresh trial in a murder case.

 

4. Rupali Devi V. State of Uttar Pradesh

 

498A Case Can Be Filed At A Place Where A Woman Driven Out Of Matrimonial Home Takes Shelter

 

5. Sampat Babso Kale V. State of Maharashtra

 

The Supreme Court observed that, though conviction can solely be based on dying declaration, corroborative evidence may be required when there is doubt as to whether the victim was in a fit state of mind to make the statement.

 

6. Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance Company Ltd vs. Mandala Yadagari Goud

 

Deceased Bachelor’s Age To Be Considered For Calculating ‘Multiplier’ In Motor Accident Claim Cases
The bench comprising Justice SA Bobde, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar

 

7. Basalingappa vs. Mudibasappa

 

Section 138 NI Act: Complainant Bound To Explain His Financial Capacity When It Is Questioned By The Accused

 

8. Caretel InfoTech Ltd. Vs. HPCL

 

In a judgment, the Supreme Court expressed its concern about the trend of challenging almost every tender in writ proceedings ‘almost as a matter of routine’, The bench comprising Justice SA Bobde and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul observed that it affects the efficacy of commercial activities of the public sectors, which may be in competition with the private sector.

 

9. Narender Kumar V. Union of India

 

The Supreme Court dismissed a man’s plea challenging detention order passed against his father under COFEPOSA in the year 1974. The bench observed that the Competent Authority and the Appellate Tribunal constituted under the provisions of SAFEMA

 

10. The Secretary, Lucy Sequeira Trust V. Kailash Ramesh Tandel

 

Domestic Inquiry During Pending Criminal Trial Not Contempt: SC Upholds Termination Of Teacher Accused Of Sexually Harassing Girl Students. The bench comprising Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice Indira Banerjee observed that the initiation of the process in a departmental proceeding, in matters like these, cannot be said to be amounting to contempt of court even if the criminal proceedings were pending.

 

11. Anurag Soni vs. State of Chhattisgarh
The Supreme Court reiterated that the consent for sexual intercourse obtained by a person by giving false promise of marriage would not excuse him from rape charges. The bench comprising Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice MR Shah, in a criminal appeal referred to many judgments on the subject and restated the legal position.

 

12. Center for Indian Trade Unions Vs. State of Maharashtra

 

Observing “no useful purpose will be served” after long delay, the Supreme Court closed a Special Leave Petition filed by Centre of Indian Trade Union(CITU) in 1997 seeking probe into the alleged Enron-Dabhol corruption case.

 

13. State of Tamil Nadu Vs. Elephant G. Rajendran
SC Upholds Madras HC’s Direction Appointing Retired Police Officer To Head SIT Probing Idol Theft Cases