Ratan Tata said he has been associated with Tata Sons from 1965. “There has never been any relationship akin to a partnership between Tata Group (an expression used by NCLAT to collectively refer to Tata Trusts, Tata companies, Ratan Tata and others) and the SP Group and the latter has always been a financial investor in Tata Sons,” he said.
Tata Sons maintain that Mistry's leadership did not take them ahead, and that they are better off now.
Maharashtra governor's decision to revoke President’s rule and administer oath to Devendra Fadnavis as CM — has raised several questions that left top constitutional experts like Soli J Sorabjee and Harish Salve taking divergent views.
Justice Joseph said dismissal of review petitions would not preclude the CBI from taking action as per law on the complaint disclosing commission of alleged cognizable offences, which was lodged with it on October 4, 2018, by former BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and advocate Prashant Bhushan.
Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992. All five judges were appointed as HC judges in or after 2000.
For those familiar with Chandrachud's style, the matter was settled almost beyond reasonable doubt. No other judge sub-divides issues involved in a case into chapters. Be it Aadhaar, right to privacy or Sabarimala, Justice Chandrachud has followed the pattern. In the Ayodhya case, the judgment had 17 chapters from 'A' to 'Q'.
There were many junior lawyers who put the demands of their profession far above their personal exigencies to help fight the Ayodhya case in the courtroom. Advocate Akriti Chaubey, advocate Ezaj Maqbool’s junior, sacrificed much on her personal front to delve deep into the case. She was to get engaged to her boyfriend but she had to postpone so that she can be resent in the court for hearings.
The Supreme Court shut the door for fresh litigation to alter status quo of sites such as those in Kashi and Mathura, which have also seen discord over worship after giving the disputed land to Hindus and a separate five acres for construction of a mosque in Ayodhya.
Apart from what they termed impracticality of the three-way division by Allahabad HC, what weighed on the minds of the five judges was the quality of evidence produced by Hindu parties, which outweighed that. However, the SC rejected Hindu parties' case that Muslims had abandoned the mosque since 1857 presented by the Muslims, but only by a whisker.
Despite comforting words from Hindu and Muslim leaders to the faithful to take the verdict with equanimity and peace, the CJI and the two other judges thought it fit to understand from the top bureaucrat and policeman about deployment of security forces in sensitive areas to prevent any untoward situation in Ayodhya or any part of the state.
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