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The Article explains 'Important Judgments of 2024: Legal Bites Year Update' and the cases related to the Electoral Bonds, Environmental Pollution Control Authority, Pension Rules, Delhi High Court's decision in the context of Reebok India Company and so on. The author's idea is to make all the readers well-versed with the case laws decided by the High Courts or Supreme Court.

Case laws are important to have clarity on any subject matter of law, so the author has tried to make a clear concept of various spheres. Various cases bring certain changes which are generally helpful to people to understand the dynamic aspect of law with the changing times.

Important Judgments of 2024: Legal Bites Year Update

1. Container Corporation of India Ltd. v. Ajay Khera & Ors.[1]

The case is based on the Environment Pollution Control Authority's (EPCA) suggestions, which stress how important it is to quickly switch heavy-duty diesel vehicles to choices that are better for the environment, especially those that meet the Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission standards. The Court agreed that alternative fuel technologies aren't perfect for long-distance travel and supported using BS-VI heavy-duty diesel vehicles as a cleaner short-term option.

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2. Vinod Kanjibhai Bhagora v. State of Gujarat & Anr.[2]

The Supreme Court after interpreting the Pension Rules stated that it is imperative to give a holistic meaning to Rule 25. The court stated that the interpretation as stated by the respondents is very restrictive and makes the said provision applicable only to such persons who have been ‘expressly’ absorbed by the State Government from the Central Government. The court enunciated that the appellant had obtained an NOC from the government before participating in the recruitment drive following which he had tendered a formal resignation upon his selection.

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3. Reebok India Company v. Union of India through Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs & Anr.[3]

The Court evaluated that the option of ‘conversion’ made statutorily available to the relevant organisation or class/classes of organisations was not a vested right conferred to any Company and the rules being made more stringent in terms of the RoC requiring to satisfy itself in context of aspects related to the net worth of the company and whether there is any ongoing investigation or inspection against the company, was made as such to better serve the interests of all related parties to such transactions/activities.

Delhi High Court has upheld the Registrar of Companies' decision to refuse Reebok India's request to change its status to a Limited Liability Company.

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4. Prabhat Kumar Mishra @ Prabhat Mishra v. State of U.P. & Anr. [4]

The Supreme Court dismissed the caste-based discrimination charges citing insufficient evidence and emphasized the necessity of clear mens rea for abetment. Ultimately, it concluded that the charges constituted an abuse of the legal process.

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5. Association for Democratic Reforms & Anr. v. Union of India & Ors.[5]

On 15th February 2024, in a unanimous verdict, the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court (SC), led by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), deemed the Electoral Bonds scheme as "unconstitutional." The SC, while scrutinizing the legality of the electoral bonds scheme, ruled that anonymous electoral bonds infringe upon the right to information and Article 19(1)(a).

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6. Vishal Tiwari v. Union of India & Ors. [6]

The primary concern of the petitions revolved around the decline in the securities market, the downfall of redressal for investors, and speculation regarding public sector banks' dealings with the Adani Group — the demand for proper investigation aimed at the protection of the investor. The petitioner highlighted the importance of transparency and accountability. The Court clarified that the Expert Committee and SEBI would work in collaboration with each other. Mr Prashant Bhushan, appearing on behalf of the petitioner broadly pressed his case for a direction to constitute an SIT to oversee the SEBI investigation into the Adani group.

This case focuses on market oversight, the requirement of proper corporate governance and investor confidence, necessitating a comprehensive examination of the allegations and regulatory responses to ensure fair and transparent market practices.

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7. Shalini Dharmani v. State of Himachal Pradesh & Ors. [7]

The Hon’ble Supreme Court directed the State of Himachal Pradesh to re-evaluate the entire aspect concerning the importance of granting Child Care Leave laws, while also making sure that the objectives of the Rights of People with Disabilities Act are also covered to ensure that even the working mothers of differently abled children are properly safeguarded under the Act.

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[1] Civil Appeal No. 3798 of 2019

[2] Arising out of Special Leave Petition (Civil) No(s). 16030 of 2018

[3] W.P.(C) 1546/2021

[4] Arising out of SLP(Crl.) No(s). 9591 of 2022

[5] Writ Petition (C) No. 880 of 2017

[6] Writ Petition (C) No. 162 of 2023

[7] Special Leave to Appeal (C) No.16864/2021

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Updated On 15 May 2024 5:22 AM GMT
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