SC extends Justice Cheema’s tenure as NCLAT member

The Supreme Court has extended by three months the tenure of judicial member of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal, Justice AIS Cheema, who was scheduled to retire on September 10 after completion of his three-year term.

Justice Cheema’s appointment was made under the 2017 Rules on Qualification and Appointments for Tribunals which were quashed by the top court last year and the new rules framed for appointments to Tribunals in 2020 have also been challenged before it.

The order came from a Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao after senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi submitted Justice Cheema was entitled to continue as a judicial member for a period of five years or till he attained the age of 67, whichever was earlier, in conformity with the provisions of the Companies Act.

It also stayed breach of privilege proceedings against Jharkhand DGP M Vishnu Vardhan Rao initiated on a complaint made by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey and issued notice to the Lok Sabha Secretariat seeking its response to Rao’s plea in four weeks.

PIL on petrol price dismissed

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking reduction in petrol/diesel prices.

“Do you seriously want to argue this, if you do we might impose costs,” a Bench led by Justice Rohinton F Nariman told the petitioner’s counsel.

The petitioner – an advocate – contended the price of petrol/diesel was unreasonable in view of low crude oil price.

SC extends protection for TV anchor

The Supreme Court also extended the protection from coercive action given to TV anchor Amish Devgan who has sought quashing of multiple FIRs registered against him for his alleged comments against Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti.

A Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar said the matter would be taken up after three weeks. 

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