The Supreme Court of India is opening after a long winter break on Monday and a large number of important cases and petitions await hearing. Following are the cases you must keep an eye on:
Implementation of National Register for Citizens in Assam
The Supreme Court will monitor the inclusion and exclusion of individuals in the updated National Register for Citizens of Assam so as to ensure that the NRC as mandated by the Assam Accord of 15 August 1985 is published.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant will hear the petitions filed by the All Assam Minority Students Union (AAMSU) and Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind.
Defamation case against Ratan Tata and others by Nusli Wadia
A magistrate court in Bombay issued notices to Ratan Tata, former Chairman of Tata Sons and his other directors in a criminal defamation case filed by industrialist Nusli Wadia after he was voted out of the boards of some Tata Group companies.
Ratan Tata and the other directors had earlier approached the high court, seeking to quash and stay the proceedings.
Constitutional validity of Maratha quota
The Supreme Court will be hearing a challenge to the constitutional validity of Maharashtra’s Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, 2018, which grants reservations to the Maratha community.
Earlier, the Bombay High Court in its order had said the 50 per cent cap on total reservations imposed by the Supreme Court could be exceeded in exceptional circumstances.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices B.R Gavai and Surya Kant will hear the petitions filed by J Laxman Rao Patil and lawyer Sanjeet Shukla.