Current Affairs 8 June 2020

SC allows enforcement of foreign arbitral award against Hindustan Copper

In its recent judgment, the Supreme Court paved the way for the enforcement of a foreign arbitral award passed in 2001 against Hindustan Copper. The Centro Trade saga came to an end, finally, on June 2 when the Supreme Court rendered its final and third judgment in favour of the foreign investor, Centro Trade Minerals, and Metals Inc. The Supreme Court finally declared that an Award dated September 29, 2001, passed in London was enforceable against Hindustan Copper. There have been three rounds of litigation in the Centrotrade line of cases, leading to three significant judgment by the Supreme Court of India.

NO BLAME ON POLICEMEN WHO PUSHED THE ELDERLY DURING A DEMONSTRATION IN THE US

Policemen who pushed 75-year-old man not convicted: During a demonstration against racism and police brutality in the US in the past, the police did not convict the two police officers who pushed a 75-year-old man. Both were charged with an assault in the second degree and were released on their own identities without bail. The assault was identified as 39-year-old Aaron Torgalski and 32-year-old Robert McCabe, 32, by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. Arguments were made through video conference. Both the policemen were advocated by the same lawyer. According to CNN, both police officers must appear in court again on July 20.

SC TO HEAR PLEAS CHALLENGING THE AADHAR VERDICT

A five-judge constitution bench of the SC will hear a batch of review petitions challenging top court’s September 2018 verdict upholding the validity of the Aadhar, the unique identity no. assigned to the people resident in the country on June 9. The bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde will decide to review petitions in the chambers. In its judgment on 26th September 2018, the SC had by a 4-1 majority affirmed constitutionality of 12-digit unique identity scheme & Aadhar Targeted Delivery of the Financial as well as other Subsidies, Benefits & Services Act, 2016 (Aadhaar Act). The court held that the Aadhaar would be mandatory for accessing the social welfare schemes, but it cannot be forced on the people for opening the bank accounts or for the mobile & internet connection.

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