Delhi HC criticised DUSU presidents over defacement case.

On September 20, the presidents of Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) were rebuffed by the Delhi High Court for not being present in front of the court in the defacement of property case. While the newly-elected vice-president, Kunal Sehrawat was personally present in the court, the president, Rocky Tuseed, was represented by his counsel. Both of them belongs to NSUI.

There was scribing of names on the walls, posters were pasted around the college campuses and metro properties during the election process. The court has asked them to file an answer to the same and asked them to suggest ways to clean-up the mess created by them at the public places. According to a report of ANI, the High Court also said, ”We don’t want to take severe action but it can’t go on.”

The High Court also warned them that they can face 10 years of jail term if the FIR would be lodged. The Election Commission of India has been assigned the responsibility to send notices to all the candidates.

An advocate had filed a PIL and asked for a complete ban as the public property is defaced in the process.

Sources: India Legal

 

HC allows Pepsi and Coca-Cola to use water from TN river

The Madras High Court Division Bench of Justices A. Selvam and P. Kalaiyarasan in Madurai on Thursday dismissed two public interest litigation petitions filed against the supply of Tamirabarani river water to the industries set up by the soft drink industries Pepsi and Coca Cola on 1,991.58 acres in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.

The court has also dissolved an interim injunction granted by the court in November restraining the SIPCOT (State Industries of Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu) from supplying water to the cola giants.

As the protesters have faced a setback after this ruling, the judges have questioned why the petitioners did not file cases against other industries too that was being supplied with more water from the same river than what was being supplied to these two. According to the Hindu, Justice Selvam has asked the petitioner “Why are you not attacking other industries? Why have you adopted a pick and choose method?”

In their defence, Pepsico and Coca-Cola have denied all the allegations of exploiting the water of the TN River. The SIPCOT also filed a counter affidavit in reply while before Bench against supply of the river water to the two companies at a “throw-away price.”

Sources: The Hindu, The Quint

RBI to soon submit list of defaulters having 500 cr dues to HC

Recently the supreme court have directed Reserve bank of India (RBI) to disclose the list   of  the defaulters  who have  500 crore or more dues to the public sector banks under RTI ACT. The SC has given six weeks time to all the banks to submit the list to the apex court .

In its ruling, the court ordered, the central bank must include the all the details of the restructured assets and names of the institutions whose bad debts have been write offs for the loans in the past five years.

Earlier the SC has dismissed many petitions filed by RBI, ICICI BANK  and national agricultural and rural development regarding invoking rules and regulations of banking. In addition, the lawers and the public sector executives dealing with bank cases said, from now banks will no longer be able to refuse to provide information. They will first have to justify the reason for unable to provide information aboutdefaulters under safeguards provided in the Right to Information Act.

Furthermore, Senior advocate Prashat bhushan also said,  the decision of the court revels about the fact that how the public institutions and public authority like the RBI are trying to defeat the objective of the Right to Information by giving vapid  excuses.

As per the sources, the list will be submitted in the sealed envelope in order to preserve the privacy of the companies.

 

Sources: Moneylife, DNA