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Landmark Judgments

Bar council of Maharashtra and Goa v. Manubhai Paraji vashi & others (2011) 1 SCC 314

Date: 11/08/2011

Held: BCI and not any State Bar Council are empowered to make rules with regard to electoral rolls and qualification & disqualification of voters.

Nandani Sundar and others V. State of Chhattisgarh (2011) 7 SCC 547.

Date: 05/07/2011

Held: Sections 9 and 23 of Chhattisgarh Police Act, 2007 (13 of 2007) is violative of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

Sunil Kumar Ghosh and others V. K.Ram Chandran and others (2011) 14 SCC 320.

Date: 03/01/2011

Held: workmen cannot be forced to work under different management. High Court was justified in issuing directions for retirement/ retrenchment compensation to outgoing workmen as per normal rules and… Read More

Committee for Legal Aid to poor V. Union of India and others (2011) 2 SCC 797

Date: 01/01/2011

Held: State/ Union Territories directed to simplify procedure, bring uniformity in format with national emblem and diversify birth certificates issuance to minimize problems faced on the ground in… Read More

Delhi International Airport Private Limited V. Union of India and Others (2011) 12 SCC 449.

Date: 01/01/2011

Held: The Central Government is the appropriate Government for both AAI and DIAL both under ID Act and 1970 Act.

Ram Deo Chauhan V. Bani Kanta Das and others (2010) 14 SCC 209.

Date: 19/11/2010

Held: commutation of sentence by Governor does not call for any interference. While exercising power under Art.161, governor is to act on aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.

‘Preventable maternal deaths are a human rights violation’: Delhi high court

Date: 04/06/2010

In a historic decision the Delhi High Court ordered compensation for violation of constitutional and reproductive rights of two impoverished women. The judgment will have immense health policy… Read More

Empire Industries Limited V. State of Maharashtra and others (2010) 4 SCC 272.

Date: 17/05/2010

Held: Employer cannot make a demand for retrenchment and get the ensuing industrial dispute referred for adjudication in terms of S.10 (1) without first exhausting procedures for retrenchment under… Read More

SC takes state govts to task, says they are bound to give dignified treatment to urban homeless

Date: 05/05/2010

The Supreme Court of India has passed an order-dated 05.05.10 in the historic PUCL V. Union of India, directing various State Governments for making massive scale arrangements for… Read More

Supreme Court upholds right to employment of persons with cerebral palsy

Date: 10/03/2010

Syed Bashir-Ud-Din Qadri vs Nazir Ahmed Shah

(Arising out of SLP(C)Nos.10669-70 of… Read More

In historic judgment, Delhi HC orders relocation of slum dwellers with guarantee to quality of life

Date: 11/02/2010

Mukandi Lal & Others V. Municipal Corporation of Delhi & Others

Writ Petition (Civil) 9246 of 2009

HRLN was approached by the head of a community called “Gadia Lohar” which is a nomadic… Read More

Sarva Shramik Sangh V. Indian Oil Corporation Limited and others (2009) 11 SCC 609

Date: 13/04/2009

Held: If a particular relief is sought in a writ petition, and when it is found that such a relief was inappropriate, then there is no bar in seeking appropriate relief in a different proceeding.

Krantikari Suraksha Rakshak V. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and others (2008) 10 SCC 166

Date: 11/11/2008

Held: The guard upon his allotment to principal employer does not become a direct and regular employee of that employer, board has the power to recall, re-allot or transfer the guard so allotted.

Gangadhar Pillai V. Siemens Ltd. (2007) 1 SCC 533

Date: 03/01/2007

Held: only because an employee has been engaged as a casual or temporary employee intermittently for a number of years, the same by itself would not imply that unfair trade practices have been… Read More

Hindustan Fasteners (P) LTD. V. Nasik Workers’ Union (2007) 11 SCC 660.

Date: 03/01/2007

Held: a settlement although is required to be read for upholding its validity like any other agreement, it should be read in its entirety so as to ascertain the intention of the parties behind the… Read More

Ekta Shakti Foundation V. Government of NCT of Delhi (2006) 10 SCC 337

Date: 17/07/2006

Held: In matter of policy decisions or exercise of discretion by Government, so long as infringement of fundamental rights is not shown, the courts will not and should not substitute own judgment.

Registrar, High Court of Gujrat and Another V. C.G. Sharma (2005) 1 SCC 132

Date: 11/11/2005

Held: Automatic confirmation after the period of probation cannot be claimed as a right when relevant rules require work being found to be satisfactory and there is existence of vacancy.

St. Theresa’s Tender Loving Care Home and others V. State of A.P. (2005) 8 SCC 525

Date: 24/10/2005

Held: adoption by foreign parents is permissible so long as guidelines laid down in Lakshmi Kant Pandey case (1984) 2 SCC 244, are followed.

State of U.P V. Jai Bir Singh (2005) 5 SCC 1

Date: 05/05/2005

Held: The main aim of Industrial Dispute Act, 1947, is to regulate and harmonize relationship between employers and employees for maintaining industrial peace and social harmony.

Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Co. LTD V. Bombay Environmental Action Group and others (2005) 5 SCC 61.

Date: 03/01/2005

Held: the court must consider the question as regards a prima facie, balance of convenience and the likelihood, if any, of an irreparable loss to the writ petitioner in case of refusal of the… Read More

Textile Labour Association and another V. Official Liquidator and Another (2004) 9 SCC 741

Date: 12/04/2004

Held: effect of Ss.529 and 529-A is that workmen become secured creditors by operation of law to extent of their dues, provided there exists a secured creditor by contract.

Otis Elevator Employees Union S. REG. and others V. Union of India and others (2003) 12 SCC 68

Date: 11/11/2003

Held: upheld the constitutionality of the Employees’ Pension Scheme, 1995. Further held, the scheme did not provide for exorbitant contribution with negligent return.

Landmark judgement against child labour in India: MC Mehta vs State of Tamil Nadu

Date: 10/12/1996

(MC Mehta vs State of Tamil Nadu & Ors)

Writ Petition (C) No. 465/1986, which was filed and decided in 1996

The judgement is a historic judgement on child… Read More

Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Co. LTD V. Bombay Environmental Action Group and others (2005) 5 SCC 61


Held: the court must consider the question as regards a prima facie, balance of convenience and the likelihood, if any, of an irreparable loss to the writ petitioner in case of refusal of the… Read More

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