Supreme Court to take up diesel taxi case, Aadhaar Act challenge

Matters addressing the recent ban on diesel cabs and the share dispute between KAL Airways and SpiceJet to be taken up on Tuesday, among others

New Delhi: A busy day awaits the courts. Matters addressing the recent ban imposed on diesel cabs, challenge brought against the Aadhaar Act and the share dispute between KAL Airways Pvt. Ltd and SpiceJet are some of the important matters to be taken up on Tuesday.

Ban on diesel cabs

The Supreme Court will consider lifting the ban on diesel taxis it has imposed since 1 May. The Environment Pollution of Control Authority will suggest a solution to the court. The Delhi government is likely to devise a plan for eventually phasing out these taxis. Read more

Aadhaar Act challenge

The Supreme Court will hear the Centre’s response in the case challenging the Aadhaar Act. It had earlier asked theCentral government to respond to a plea by Congress parliamentarian Jairam Ramesh, who challenged the Aadhaar Act passed earlier this year. Ramesh said that it was unconstitutional to pass the Bill by introducing it as a money bill.

Disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa

The Supreme Court will continue to hear arguments in Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s defence in the appeal filed by the Karnataka government against her acquittal in a disproportionate assets case.

Last year, the Karnataka government approached the apex court, saying that the high court ignored clinching evidence. Jayalalithaa was convicted by a special court in Bengaluru for amassing assets disproportionate to her income when she was the Tamil Nadu CM during 1991-1996.

KAL Airways-SpiceJet dispute

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday will hear a plea by Kalanithi Maran and KAL airlines over a share holding dispute with SpiceJet.

The court directed SpiceJet to pass a board resolution to transfer shares to South Indian media baron Kalanithi Maran and his KAL Airways in line with a deal under which ownership of the carrier changed hands last year. Read more

BCCI clean-up

The Supreme court is overseeing the implementation of the Lodha committee report on administrative reforms within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The court has criticised the cricketing body on arbitrary allocation of funds. Read more here and here.

Prasar Bharati feed sharing case

The Supreme Court will also hear the case regarding mandatory feed sharing by private broadcasters with state-run Prasar Bharati. Under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, broadcasters are required to compulsorily share signals of sporting events of national importance with the public broadcaster.

However, private broadcasters like Star India, who have made significant investments for the rights to broadcast, seek exemption from sharing these signals with private cable operators. Read more

Air India-Indian Airlines merger

The Supreme Court will also hear an ongoing dispute between Air India and its pilots and other staff over the issue of their service conditions after the former Indian Airlines merged into Air India.

Earlier, the government sought a three-month time frame to design compensation packages.

To ensure smooth workforce integration after the Indian Airlines-Air India merger, a four-member committee headed by former apex court judge D.M. Dharmadhikari was set up. Six months after the committee submitted its report, the government set up a panel to implement the same.

The case has come to the Supreme Court by way of an appeal from the Bombay high court, which the workers’ union had initially moved. The post-merger change in service conditions have been challenged. A January 2013 notification, which allows payment of only 75% of the arrears till November 2012, has also been challenged.