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1802 was a landmark year in the Judicial history of North Malabar in which year the first zilla court was established at Thalassery (formerly known as Tellicherry). To begin with, it was three bench Court of which, Two Judges were on circuit. H.Clephen was the First Judge of the Zilla Court, Thalassery. In 1816 a District Munsiff Court was established at Thalassery. In 1845 all Courts were abolished and in their place a Civil and Sessions Court and a Principal Sudir Amin’s Courts were established. In 1873 the Civil and Sessions Court was changed into District and Sessions Court. It is worth remembering that the Thalassery Bench and Bar celebrated the Bi-Centenary of the establishment of Zilla Court at Thalassery in 2002-2003 in a befitting manner.

Thalassery Courts has its Glorious past and that name and fame, by erudits Bar and eminent Judges due to their performance well. The contribution of Thalassery Courts to the higher Judiciary is worth mentioning viz; Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer, Justice V.Khalid, Justice K.Bhaskaran, Justice K.Bhaskaran Nambiar, Justice P.A.Muhammed, late Justice P.V.Narayanan Nambiar and Justice A.K.Basheer. Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed was also a former member of the Bar Association.The present Director General of Prosecution Mr.T.Asaf Ali is also a member of the glorious Bar.


Thalassery is the Judicial head quarter of Kannur Revenue District. 13 regular Courts are functioning here and camp Courts like Labour Court, Human Right Commission etc. are also conducting sittings at Thalassery Court Complex. There are 700 members on the role of the District Court Bar Association and has a well stocked and up-dated Library. As part of the Bi –Centenary celebration, a well equipped Library has also started functioning in the Court premises for the use of members and Judicial officers (Remembering the contributions of senior lawyer Mr. K K Venugopal to the library in memory of Barrister M K  Nambiar). The district court bar association library is known as ‘Reid Libraray’ named after Justice J W Reed.

Noted Malayalam writer Chandu Menon who wrote Malayalam's first novel 'Indulekha' was a Judge at Thalassery. William Logan, who served as district judge at Thalassery in 1873, is still remembered for his Malabar Manual.

Star Sports India Pvt Ltd vs Prasar Bharti & Ors on 27 May, 2016
Leave granted. The instant appeal is filed against the impugned judgment dated October 3, 2013 passed by the Division Bench of the High Court of Delhi in W.P.(C) No. 3611 of 2013 which was filed by the appellant herein. The appeal raises the issue regarding the scope of obligations of a Television Broadcasting Organisation under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007 (hereinafter referred to as “Sports Act”). We may mention at the outset that under Section 3 of the Sports Act, a Television Broadcasting Organisation is prohibited from carrying the live television broadcast of a sporting event of national importance on cable or Direct-to- Home (DTH) networks in India, unless it simultaneously shares the live broadcasting signals, without its advertisements, with the Prasar Bharati (respondent No.1) to enable it to retransmit the same on its terrestrial and DTH network.
Pragna Paramita Praharaj vs State Of Orissa on 20 May, 2016
Leave granted. This appeal has been filed against the order dated 11.05.2015 passed by the Division Bench of the High Court of Orissa at Cuttack in Misc. Case No. 528 of 2015 in Criminal Appeal No. 202 of 2015 whereby the High Court has, pending appeal against the judgment of the District & Sessions Judge, Jajpur, dismissed the bail application filed by the appellant herein. 3) The appellant(daughter) along with two other accused, i.e., her father and mother were prosecuted and eventually convicted for commission of murder of one boy-Sanjay Rana and were directed to undergo life sentence by the learned Sessions Judge, Jajpur in CT No. 76/2010. 4) The appellant and two accused filed appeal being Crl. A. No. 202 of 2015 in the High Court of Orissa at Cuttack. In the appeal, the appellant, i.e., daughter filed an application seeking suspension of her jail sentence. By impugned order, the application was rejected and suspension was declined. Felt aggrieved, the appellant (daughter) has filed this appeal by way special leave petition before this Court.
Land Acquisition Officer, A.P vs Ravi Santosh Reddy (D) By Lrs on 18 May, 2016
1) This appeal is filed against the final order dated 13.04.2001 of the High Court of Judicature, Andhra Pradesh at Hyderabad in C.R.P. No. 928 of 1998 wherein the High Court dismissed the revision filed by the appellant herein against the order dated 22.10.1997 passed by the Subordinate Judge at Bhongir, Nalgonda Dist. In E.A. No. 41 of 1997 in E.P. No. 34 of 1993 in O.P. No.7 of 1987. 2) Few facts need mention for the disposal of the appeal, which involves short point. 3) The appellant-State acquired 53 acres of land pursuant to the notification issued under Section 4(1) of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) on 11.05.1978. This notification included the land belonging to the respondents’ predecessors measuring around 13 acres 18 guntas situated in Nagireddy village Palli in District Nalgonda in AP. It was acquired for the purpose of laying down New Broad Gauge line.
Nirmal Dass vs State Of Punjab on 18 May, 2016
Delay condoned. Leave granted. 2) This appeal is filed against the final judgment and order dated 06.05.2015 passed by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh in C.R.R. No. 2027 of 2003 whereby the High Court dismissed the revision petition filed by the appellant herein. 3) Facts of the case lie in a narrow compass. They, however, need mention in brief infra. 4) The appellant and his brother Sukhdev were prosecuted and tried for commission of the offences punishable under Sections 465, 468, 471 read with Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (hereinafter referred to as “IPC”) pursuant to FIR No. 74 dated 04.10.1994 filed at Police Station Banga, District Nawanshahr, Punjab in Criminal Case no. 166/2002 in the Court of Judicial Magistrate First Class Nawanshahr.
Subhan Tours And Travel Services vs Union Of India on 18 May, 2016
1) This decision shall dispose of all the writ petitions because as stated by the learned counsel appearing for the parties, all these writ petitions essentially involve common issues. 2) These writ petitions are filed by the writ petitioners under Article 32 of the Constitution of India for claiming following reliefs. “(a) Issue a Writ, order or direction in the nature of Mandamus commanding and directing the respondents to accept application for registration and issue Registration Certificate as PTO under Category II for conducting Haj Tour, 2016; Issue a Writ, order or direction in the nature of Mandamus commanding and directing the respondents to consider the right of first registration to the Petitioner for conducting Haj Tour, 2016-2017;
State Of Rajasthan vs Firoz Khan @ Arif Khan on 17 May, 2016
1) This appeal is filed by the State of Rajasthan against the final judgment and order dated 28.10.2005 passed by the High Court of Judicature for Rajasthan at Jodhpur in D.B. Criminal Leave to Appeal No. 227 of 2005 whereby the Division Bench of the High Court dismissed the application filed by the appellant herein seeking leave to file appeal under Section 378(3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 (hereinafter referred to as “the Code”) against the judgment dated 13.08.2004 passed by the Sessions Judge, Jaisalmer in Sessions Trial Case No. 48 of 2002. 2) Keeping in view the short point involved in the appeal, it is not necessary to state the facts in detail except few to appreciate the grievance of the appellant.
Chamoli Dist.Coop.Bank ... vs Raghunath Singh Rana & Ors on 17 May, 2016
1. This appeal has been filed against the order dated 01.12.2010 of the Division Bench of the High Court of Uttrakhand by which judgment, the writ petition filed by the respondent – Raghunath Singh Rana has been disposed of after quashing the dismissal order dated 01.02.2002. Aggrieved by the judgment, the Chamoli District Co-operative Ltd., is in appeal before this Court. The short facts necessary for deciding this appeal are: the Chamoli District Co-operative Bank Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as ‘the appellant/Bank’) is a District Co-operative Bank registered under the U.P. Co-operative Societies Act, 1965 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Act’). The Raghunath Singh Rana, respondent No.1 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the employee/Respondent No.1’) at the relevant time, was working as a Branch Manager at Ghat Branch of the Chamoli District. A charge sheet dated 03.07.1992 was issued to the employee leveling 19 charges against him. The employee/respondent No.1 was asked to reply upto 3rd August, 1992. There was allegation against the employee/respondent No.1 that he made payments to the bearers of cheques without its prior collection and made payment to the bearer of the cheque, causing loss to the appellant/Bank. Further charges were that he had not taken any action against the persons concerned and had thus committed serious irregularities. Another set of charges were imputation that the respondent–employee has issued overdrafts/loans against the provision of the Act.
Krishna Devi vs Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. & Anr on 16 May, 2016
Leave granted. 2. Having regard to the nature of short controversy involved in this appeal, notice to Respondent No. 1 is not considered necessary. It is more so when the contesting respondent No. 2 is present on caveat. 3. The High court while admitting the appeal of Respondent No. 1 against the final order dated 28.01.2016 passed by the Single Judge in W.P. No. 19906/2013 filed by Respondent No. 2 against the appellant herein and Respondent No. 1 passed the following interim order:- “The controversy in these Letter Patent Appeals pertains to appointment of Retail Outlet Dealership. The selection committee placed first respondent- writ petitioner at No. 1 and the appellant in the accompanying appeal at No. 2 without even inspecting the land offered by them. After the merit list was circulated on 06.03.2013, the land offered by respondent No. 1 was inspected on 07.05.2013 and found ‘suitable’ on 08.05.2013. Soon thereafter, on 27.05.2013, the inspection committee asked for the ‘demarcation of the land’ in question. The record further reveals that first respondent claims to have taken on lease the land measuring 2 Kanals, 9 Marlas out of total land measuring 22 Kanals 13 Marlas. The land is owned by several co-sharers and one of them has in fact, filed even partition proceedings. The said co-sharer had raised objection against installation of retail outlet on the piece of land offered by respondent No. 1 as without partition, she cannot claim that the prime front portion of the land abutting the main highway, has fallen to the share of her lessors.
Swaraj Abhiyan vs Union Of India And Ors on 13 May, 2016
1. In our judgment dated 11th May, 2016 we had adverted to the drought or the drought-like conditions prevailing in several parts of our country and had issued certain directions for compliance. In this judgment, we will deal with the prayer made by the petitioner Swaraj Abhiyan relating to the implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013 (for short ‘the NFS Act’). Implementation of the National Food Security Act, 2013 2. It is submitted by the petitioner that it is necessary to ensure food security to the persons affected by the drought. In this regard, the petitioner made four suggestions and they are: All households should be provided with 5 kg food grains per person per month irrespective of whether or not they fall in the category of priority households as defined in Section 2(14) of the NFS Act read with Section 10 thereof. The provision for food grains should be in addition to and not in derogation of any other entitlement in any other government scheme. Households that do not have a ration card or family members left out of existing ration cards should be issued special and temporary coupons on production of an appropriate identity card or any other proof of residence.
Eitzen Bulk A/S vs Ashapura Minechem Limited & Anr on 13 May, 2016
Leave granted in SLP (C) Nos.2210-2212/2011, SLP (C) Nos.3959/2012 and SLP (C) No.7562-7563/2016. 2. The dispute in these appeals, arises out of the Contract of Affreightment dated 18.1.2008 (hereinafter referred as `the Contract’). Eitzen Bulk A/S of Denmark (hereinafter referred to as `Eitzen’) entered into the contract with Ashapura Minechem Limited of Mumbai (hereinafter referred to as `Ashapura’) as charterers for shipment of bauxite from India to China. The Charter party contains an Arbitration Clause as follows:- “Clause No. 28 Any dispute arising under this C.O.A. is to be settled and referred to Arbitration in London. One Arbitrator to be employed by the Charterers and one by the Owners and in case they shall not agree then shall appoint an Umpire whose decision shall be final and binding, the Arbitrators and Umpire to be Commercial Shipping Men. English Law to apply. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary agreed in the C.O.A., all disputes where the amount involved is less then USD 50,000/- (fifty thousand) the Arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the Small Claims Procedure of the L.M.A.A.” (emphasis supplied)
Uddar Gagan Properties Ltd vs Sant Singh & Ors on 13 May, 2016
1. Leave granted. Principal question which has fallen for consideration is whether the power of the State to acquire land for a public purpose has been used in the present case to facilitate transfer of title of the land of original owners to a private builder to advance the business interest of the said builder which is not legally permissible. Further question is whether on admitted facts, the acquisition of land is entirely or partly for a private company without following the statutory procedure for the said purpose. Further question is how in the facts and circumstances relief could be moulded. 2. Vide notification dated 11th April, 2002, 850.88 acres of land was proposed to be acquired for residential/commercial Sector 27-28, Rohtak, Haryana by the Haryana Urban Development Authority under the Haryana Urban Development Authority Act, 1977 (‘the 1977 Act’). However, the final notification dated 8th April, 2003 under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (‘the 1894 Act’), according to the impugned order of the High Court, was in respect of 441.11 acres. Award dated 6th April, 2005 was for 422.44 acres. Appellant –Uddar Gagan Properties Limited (‘the Builder’) who is a Builder-cum-Developer entered into collaboration agreements with some of the farmers – owners whose land was under acquisition on 02nd March, 2005 for development of a Colony in accordance with the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975(‘the 1975 Act’). The Builder made applications on and around 21st March, 2005 to the Director, Town and Country Planning, Chandigarh, Haryana for grant of licence to develop a colony on land covering about 280 acres. The licences were granted on and around 12th June, 2006 and corresponding land was released from acquisition. The licences were addressed to the owners but remitted to the builder. This was followed by execution of sale deeds in favour of the builder through power of attorney holder of the land owners.
Indo Burma Petroleum Corp. Ltd vs Commissioner Vat Delhi & Ors on 13 May, 2016
1. Leave granted. 2. These appeals by special leave challenge correctness of the common judgment and order dated 27.02.2012 passed by the High Court of Delhi at New Delhi in Sales Tax Appeal No.20 of 2012 and other connected matters. Apart from lead matter i.e. Sales Tax Appeal No.20 of 2012 filed by Indo Burma Petroleum Corporation Ltd., the High Court also dealt with Sales Tax Appeal Nos.6, 7, 10, 14, 16, 23, 25 and 27 of 2012 filed by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Sales Tax Appeal Nos.8, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28 and 30 of 2012 filed by Indain Oil Corporation Limited and Sales Tax Appeal Nos.9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 24, 26 and 29 of 2012 filed by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited. These petroleum companies had filed Sales Tax Appeals under Section 81 of the Delhi Value Added Tax Act, 2004 (“the Act” for Short).
M.C.Mehta vs Union Of India & Ors on 13 May, 2016
2. Shorn of unnecessary details, facts leading to the present applications are as follows: Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (HSIIDC) invited bids for developing of 135.650 kms long Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway in the State of Haryana. Following the bidding process, three companies viz., M/s. Madhucon Projects Limited, M/s. D.S. Construction Limited and M/s. Appolo Enterprises set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) named ‘KMP Expressways Limited’ (“concessionaire”) and letter of acceptance was issued on 14.11.2005. The concessionaire and HSIIDC entered into a concession agreement dated 31.01.2006 and the same was for a period of twenty three years and nine months from the appointed date.
Om Prakash Sharma vs Ramesh Chand Prashar & Ors on 13 May, 2016
Leave granted. This appeal by special leave challenges correctness of the judgment and order dated 20.05.2013 passed by the High Court of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla in L.P.A. No.441 of 2012 affirming the decision dated 14.08.2012 of the Single Judge of the High Court in CWP No.1557 of 2010. On 03.11.2008, an advertisement was issued by Himachal Tourism inviting bids from interested parties for outright purchase of sites located at three places in Himachal Pradesh including Café Aabshar in District Solan situated at 3 kilometers from town named Kandaghat. The relevant conditions mentioned in the advertisement were as under:- “A Bidder is free to bid for one or more than one cafes. However all bidders need to provide the following information for consideration of their EOI.
Jatin C Jhaveri vs Union Of India on 13 May, 2016
These appeals arise out of common judgment and order dated 19.10.2010 passed by the High Court of Judicature at Bombay in FERA Appeal Nos.64-66 of 2006 & in Writ Petition No.2976 of 2004. The challenge in Civil Appeal Nos.11128-11131 of 2011 at the instance of Union of India is to the decision of the High Court dismissing FERA Appeal Nos.64-66 of 2006 while Civil Appeal No.11127 of 2011 filed by one Jatin Jhaveri challenges the dismissal of his Writ Petition No.2976 of 2004. The facts leading to these appeals are as under:- On the night intervening 27th and 28th July, 1993, one Ajit Dodia intending to board a flight to Hongkong from Mumbai, had checked in a grey suitcase and a black briefcase. On suspicion, the Custom Officers searched the baggage and found the suitcase to be containing US $ 289,250 while the brief case contained US $ 114,300. The currency was seized and Ajit Dodia was questioned. He disclosed that he was to accompany Jatin Jhaveri, a diamond trader, that his brother Jitendra Dodia was working with Jatin Jhaveri as a sorter, that his trip was finalized and arranged by Jatin Jhaveri who had driven him to the Airport. In his statement Jitendra Dodia confirmed that he was working with Jatin Jhaveri and that he and Jatin Jhaveri had packed US dollars in bundles in the evening. However Jatin Jhaveri was not available for next two months i.e. till 27.09.1993.
State Of U.P. And Ors vs Surendra Pratap And Ors on 13 May, 2016
Delay condoned. Leave granted. This appeal by special leave is directed against the judgment and order dated 12.11.2009 passed by the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad allowing Writ Petition No.46843 of 2005 preferred by respondent Nos.1 and 2 herein. After the enactment of the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976 (hereinafter referred to as the Act) imposing ceiling on vacant land in urban agglomerations, one Khairati who was Bhumidhar of Plot Nos.222 and 144 measuring area 25232.13 Sq. Meters at Village Rali Chauhan, Pargana, Tehsil & District Meerut, submitted a statement u/s 6 of the Act. On the basis of said statement, the Competent Authority after conducting necessary enquiry prepared a draft statement u/s 8(3) of the Act which was sent to the land holder inviting objections, if any. In due course, the Competent Authority proceeded to pass an order u/s 8(4) of the Act on 23.05.1983 confirming the draft statement declaring 25232.13 sq.mtrs. of land of said Khairati at Village – Rali Chauhan, Meerut as surplus land. No appeal was preferred against the order confirming the draft statement.
Zile Singh vs State Of Haryana And Ors on 13 May, 2016
1. Heard the learned counsel for the petitioner. 2. We do not think it necessary to issue notice to the respondents in view of the fact that the matter is covered by the decision of this Court in Civil Appeal Nos. 6343-6356 of 2014, titled Shanti & Ors. Etc. vs. State of Haryana & Ors. decided on 02.07.2014. If the respondents are aggrieved by this order, it would be open to them to approach this Court by filing an application so that the case can be reconsidered by hearing the concerned parties. 3. Leave granted. 4. This appeal has been preferred by the appellant against the judgment dated 03.12.2015 passed by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh.
M/S Arti Spinning Mills Etc.Etc vs State Of Haryana & Anr on 13 May, 2016
This is in continuation of our Judgment dated 26.02.2016. It appears that one part of the Judgment is left out, which was to the effect that the compensation awarded in these cases is confined to the facts of the case and the same shall not have any precedential value. The Judgment dated 26.02.2016 is clarified accordingly. .......................J. [ KURIAN JOSEPH ] .......................J. [ ROHINTON FALI NARIMAN ] New Delhi; May 13, 2016.
Kulwinder Pal Singh Etc vs State Of Punjab & Ors on 12 May, 2016
Leave granted. 2. These appeals are preferred against the common judgment dated 13.02.2012 whereby the High Court of Punjab and Haryana dismissed the writ petitions C.W.P. No.20135 of 2008, C.W.P. No.20189 of 2008 and C.W.P. No.21746 of 2008, holding that the appellants cannot claim any legal right in respect of the posts remained unfilled as the select list stood exhausted with the joining of the candidates to the extent of posts advertised. 3. Brief facts which led to filing of these appeals are as follows: Punjab Public Service Commission issued advertisement for filling up 52 posts of Punjab Civil Services (Judicial Branch) vide advertisement dated 07.03.2007. Out of 52 posts, 27 posts were for General Category; 25 posts for reserved category which included 03 posts for Ex-servicemen; 02 posts for Physically Handicapped; 10 posts for Scheduled Castes; 03 posts for Scheduled Caste Ex-servicemen; 05 posts for Backward Classes; 01 post for Backward Class Ex-servicemen and 01 post for Sports Person. Preliminary examination was conducted on 27.05.2007. The main examination was conducted from 20th to 22nd July, 2007. The viva voce was conducted from 28th to 30th November, 2007 and final result was declared on 01.12.2007. 27 candidates from general category, 10 candidates from scheduled castes and 05 candidates from backward classes were declared successful and have joined in terms of letters of appointment issued to them. Eight posts were de-reserved in respect of the remaining unfilled vacant posts. As against the said de-reserved posts, seven candidates from the general category i.e. candidates upto Sl. No.34 and 01 candidate from backward classes were offered appointments. However, three candidates belonging to general category namely Sumit Garg, Vijayant Sehgal and Yogesh Chaudhary placed at Sl. No.1, 5 and 32 respectively did not join the service. Resultantly, thirty one general category candidates accepted the appointment and joined service.
Nidhi Kaim vs State Of M P And Ors Etc on 12 May, 2016
1. The Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal Adhiniyam, 2007 [The Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board Act, 2007] (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Act’) came into force on 15th October 2007. Section 3[1] of the said Act contemplates establishment of a Board (a body corporate) by a notification of the State Government. Admittedly, as on today, the notification constituting the Board has not been issued, but a body constituted earlier under various executive orders[2] of the State of Madhya Pradesh (hereinafter referred to as “the BOARD”) continues to be in existence. It carries on various activities. 2. One of the objectives of the statutory Board specified under Section 10 is as follows:
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