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Top 25 Judgments of 2015

1. Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record-Association and another v. Union of India [October 16,
2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court struck down the 99th Amendment to the Constitution as unconstitutional that pertains to setting up of a National Judicial Appointments Commission for appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court and High Court

2. Shreya Singhal v. Union of India [March 24, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court struck down controversial section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 as unconstitutional as it is violative of Art. 19(1)(a) of the Constitution

3. Parivartan Kendra v. Union of India and others [December 7, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court directed all the States and Union Territories to consider the plight of acid attack victims and take appropriate steps with regard to inclusion of their names under the disability list.

4. Common Cause v. Union of India [May 13, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court held that photographs of only the Prime Minister, President and the Chief Justice of India may be used in advertisements released by Central and State Governments

5. Board of Control for Cricket in India & Ors v. Cricket Association of Bihar & Ors. [January 22, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court held that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) though not a State under Article 12, is amenable to Writ jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution since it discharges public functions

6. Reserve Bank of India v. Jayantilal N. Mistry [December 16, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court held that there is no fiduciary relationship between RBI and financial institutions and the RBI is bound to disclose information under the Right to Information Act.

7. Union of India v. V. Sriharan @ Murugan & Ors. [December 2, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court held that Rajiv Gandhi killers cannot be freed without Centre’s “concurrence” as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was the probe agency

8. Rajbala & Others v. State of Haryana & Others [December 10, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015.

9. Lal Babu Priyadarshi v. Amritpal Singh [October 27, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court held that name of holybooks cannot be claimed as trademarks

10. Riju Prasad Sarna v. State of Assam [July 7, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court held that Judiciary cannot be a ‘State’ under article 12 of the Constitution.

11. K. P. Manu v. Chairman, Scrutiny Committee for Verification of Community Certificate [February 26, 2015 Supreme Court]
A person can be given SC/ST status even after his re-conversion if there is evidence establishing the acceptance by the community.

12. Prakash & Ors. v. Phulavati & Ors. [October 16, 2015 Supreme Court]
Law giving equal rights in ancestral property under Hindu Succession Act is prospective and not retrospective.

13. Akhilesh Kumar Singh v. Ram Dawan [September 23, 2015 Supreme Court]
Reservation for single post in a cadre amounts to violation of Articles 16(1) & (4) of the Constitution.

14. Madras Bar Association v. Union of India & Anr. [May 14, 2015 Supreme Court]
Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the “National Company Law Tribunal” and the “National Company Law Appellate Tribunal”

15. Subhash Chandra Agrawal v. Office of the Attorney General of India   [March 10, 2015 Delhi High Court]
It was held that office of the Attorney General of India is a public authority under the Right to Information Act.

16. Annie Nagaraja & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors.    [September 4, 2015 Delhi High Court]
Delhi HC allowed full term service and pension benefits to women in Indian Navy

17. Milun Suryajani & Ors. v. Pune Municipal Commissioner & Ors. [December 23, 2015 Bombay High Court]
Bombay HC issues detailed guidelines to Corporations in setting up toilet facilities for `women walking on the streets’

18. Salman Salim Khan v. The State of Maharashtra [December 10, 2015 Bombay High Court]
Bombay HC acquitted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in 2002 Hit and Run Case

19. Freedom Firm v. Commissioner of Police, Pune & Ors. [October 30, 2015 Bombay High Court]
Bombay HC issued guidelines for the grant of bail in cases of human trafficking

20. State of Maharashtra vs. Shatrughna Baban Meshram [October 12, 2015 Bombay High Court]
Bombay High Court confirmed rare double death and double life sentence for rape and murder of 2 year old girl.

21. Gunamay Mahato v. The State of West Bengal & Ors. [December 18, 2015 Calcutta High Court]
Calcutta HC held that even a murder convict is entitled to retirement benefit – If the criminal proceeding in which a person has been convicted has no nexus with his service, then pensionary benefits cannot be denied on that sole ground of his conviction.

22. Youth Bar Association of India & Anr. v. State of UP & Anr. [November 19, 2015 Allahabad High Court]
Allahabad High Court directed the State Government to ensure that all FIRs be uploaded on the website of the U.P. Police and to provide copy of FIR to the accused within 24 hours.

23. Jafar Abbas Rasoolmohammad Merchant v. State of Gujarat & Anr. [November 5, 2015 Gujarat High Court]
Gujarat HC held that a Muslim cannot be prosecuted for Bigamy [s.494 IPC] in the absence of a Uniform Civil Code. Polygamy is not encouraged in Islam and is an exception and not a Rule.

24. B. A. Kasim v. State Election Commission, Kerala & Ors. [October 21, 2015 Kerala High Court]
Madrassa is a school and not a place of worship; can function as a polling booth

25. Shyam Balakrishnan v. State of Kerala & Ors. [May 22, 2015 Kerala High Court]

Kerala HC held that being a Maoist is of no crime. Police cannot detain a person merely because he is a Maoist, unless Police forms a reasonable opinion that his activities are unlawful.

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