The Supreme Court on December 6 came down upon the Central government for delaying the appointment of high court judges recommended by the CJI-led collegium.
A bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice K.M. Joseph said that once the recommended names were reiterated, it was a “fait accompli” for the government to make the appointments. The bench said three Supreme Court judgments make it clear that the Centre has no option but to appoint the judges if the collegium reiterates them.
The government had earlier returned around 100-odd suggested names with objections. The collegium, however, reiterated those names.
Observing that a live-in relationship between two adults is not deemed to be an offence, the Madras High Court has said that the occupation of a hotel room by such unmarried couples will not attract a criminal offence.
Justice M S Ramesh made the observations on December 6 while directing authorities to de-seal a hire service apartment in Coimbatore, which was closed after a police and revenue team conducted a search following complaints of alleged “immoral activities” and found an unmarried couple and some liquor bottles in a room there in June this year.
The government has moved the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) against an order passed by NCLT to make the Ministry of Corporate Affairs a party in all applications filed under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) as well as the Companies Act.
In a petition moved through the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the government said the order passed by the Delhi-based Principal Bench of the National Companies Law tribunal (NCLT) was beyond the power and jurisdiction conferred to it.