Delhi HC to hear FDC drugs ban case, Vodafone Mobile Services audit case
New Delhi: This week’s legal developments stand diverted from the Supreme Court of India as the court is on Holi vacation. It is customary for the court to take a short break before summer begins.
Here are the big legal developments to watch today.
Delhi High Court to hear pharma companies on ban on 344 FDC drugs
On Monday Delhi high court will hear at least 54 different cases filed by various pharmaceutical companies against a ban imposed by the government on fixed dose combination (FDC) drugs.
Over the last week, the Delhi high court stayed a ban imposed on several FDC drugs. The government banned 344 FDC drugs after a panel of experts found that they posed a health risk. The first of these orders came on Tuesday, when Pfizer’s cough syrup Corex was allowed back in the market after a stay on the ban . Wockhardt Ltd, GlaxoSmithKline Asia Pvt. Ltd and Griffon Pvt. Ltd, Abbott India and Macleods Pharma, Procter and Gamble Hygiene and Health Care (P&G), Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Reckitt Benckiser, Piramal Enterprises Ltd and Alembic Pharma Ltd are others who have been allowed relief by the Delhi high court.
Vodafone Mobile Services’s case against special audit
On Monday, the Delhi high court will hear the case filed by Vodafone Mobile Services Ltd (VMSL) against the tax department’s move to have a special audit of its accounts. The telco moved the high court last week. On 11 March, the tax department sought to have VMSL’s books audited again, significantly, since four Vodafone entities merged into one.
Reliance Power’s plea to increase mining capacity in Sasan plant
The Delhi high court will hear on Monday a plea by Reliance Power Ltd to increase the mining capacity in its Sasan ultra mega power project from 16 million metric tonnes (mmt) to 19 mmt.
Reliance Power approached the high court first against the government decision to cancel allocation of Chhatrasal coal block, which was meant for Sasan UMPP.
Centre-state dispute on jurisdiction over Delhi police, appointments
The Delhi high court will also hear the case on the dispute between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government and the Centre with the lieutenant governor as its representative regarding the power over the police in the state and other service matters.
The Delhi government moved the high court last year against a home ministry notification which restricted the state’s powers over the police.
The tussle arose because of a 21 May 2015 notification from the Union home ministry which said that the lieutenant governor could take decisions regarding matters of public order, police and services independently, without consulting the state government. This notification replaced the one from 1998 which in fact prescribed a consultative process for such decisions.