The petition filed by West Bengal resident Israrul Haque Mondal has also challenged changes made in the passport and foreigner rules of 2015 and 2016, allowing non-Muslim refugees from Pak, Bangladesh and Afghanistan fleeing religious prosecution to stay on even though they may have entered the country illegally.
The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has moved the Supreme Court seeking an urgent stay on the Centre’s move to draw up either a National Population Register (NPR) or a National Register of Citizens (NRC) till the court takes a call on its constitutional validity.
“Government companies have a different clause than telecom companies,’’ Mehta told ET, when asked if non-telco PSUs would file review petitions against the order. The October 24 ruling had expanded the scope of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) on which telecom licence holders need to pay the fee to the government.
Legal experts said though none of the PSUs were party to the case, which was fought between the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and telecom companies, they could file review petitions since they were affected by a wider interpretation of the ruling.
Advocate Ashim Sood argued that crypto currencies were more like commodities rather than currency and that it was beyond the RBI’s jurisdiction to regulate the field.
The law was passed in 2008 and was enforced on December 31, 2008. The petition by senior advocate Vivek Tankha urged the court to strike it down as unconstitutional and ultra vires the Constitution on the grounds that it was violative of the spirit of federalism.
Nalco was unwilling to settle citing the reluctance of officials to take any decision to this effect. Today, the bench formally passed an order facilitating a settlement between the two sides on the issue.
A nine-judge bench, led by CJI SA Bobde, justified its decision to have an early hearing on the limits to which right to religion can be claimed especially when it impinges on the rights of another section to do the same – in this case, the right of a woman to pray.
Nusli Wadia accepted a statement made by the Tata Group in the top court that there had been no “intent to defame” in the letters removing him as independent director. Through senior advocate CA Sundaram, Wadia said he was “willing” and “ready” to withdraw the cases.
UBHL and Mallya had appealed against the order to a division bench of the court. They had also sought a stay on the liquidation of assets till a final adjudication on the issue. The matter has been pending before the High Court.
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