TagConstitution of India

Accounting for a Brief Stint of Unconstitutionality: Equalisation Levy Fixed by GST

[Debarshi Chakraborty is a 3rd year B.A., LL.B. student at National Law University Odisha] Considering the potential of the booming digital economy and the fast expanding nature of its business operations, it is essential to address the challenges extensively, particularly in terms of taxation of digital transactions. In addressing such challenges, and in keeping abreast with the emerging global...

Delhi High Court Circumscribes SEBI’s Power to Initiate Adjudication Proceedings

Independent regulators must demonstrate their independence and fairness in their actions in order to maintain credibility. For this, the process by which they carry out their actions must be robust. This applies equally to India’s securities regulator, SEBI, which is the earliest independent regulator in the post-liberalisation era and one that heralded the advent of an array of similar...

WhatsApp Leak Case: Powers of SEBI vs Privacy of Individuals

[Nandini Garg is a 4th year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at National Law Institute University in Bhopal] In November, 2017, Reuters reported that the second quarter earnings of 12 companies, including popular blue chips such as Dr. Reddy’s, Cipla, Tata Steel etc., were being circulated on private WhatsApp groups. This prompted the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI”) to...

Testing the Constitutional Validity of the Anti-Profiteering Rules, 2017

[Yash Karunakaran is a 3rd year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.] While the aim behind the introduction of the Anti-Profiteering Rules, 2017 was to rein in possible price hikes during the introduction of the General Sales Tax (“GST”) regime, the hastily drafted parent act and the vague nature of the rules themselves have called into question the constitutional...

Legal Issues Surrounding Online Card Gaming

[Meenal Maheshwari Shah is the legal counsel for Brand Capital, the investment arm of the Times of India Group] A vast population in India likes to engage in card games, especially rummy and poker. It naturally follows that with the advent of internet, they are fixated on the websites which host such games for stakes.     Legal Framework Gaming with stakes falls within the purview of gambling...

Bombay High Court Upholds the Constitutional Validity of RERA

Bhushan Shah & Neha Laxman are with Mansukhlal Hiralal & Company. The Supreme Court of India had transferred a series of writ petitions filed by developers and builders challenging the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the Real Estate Regulation and Development Act, 2016 (RERA or Act) to the Bombay High Court. On 6 December 2017, a division bench of the Bombay High Court...

NCLAT Excludes Proceedings under the Constitution from Moratorium

[Guest post by Aayush Mitruka, a lawyer based in Delhi.] In an earlier post, I had discussed the moratorium provision (i.e., section 14) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (the “Code”), the legislative intent behind the provision and its impact on proceedings for dishonor of cheques under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. More recently, in Canara Bank v Deccan Chronicle Holdings...

Supreme Court Affirms Creditor-Friendly Nature of Insolvency Law

Background The Supreme Court yesterday delivered its first substantive ruling under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (the “Code”) in Innoventive Industries Limited v. ICICI Bank. Incidentally, this relates to the first corporate insolvency case to be admitted by the National Company Law Tribunal (“NCLT”) after the Code came into effect in December 2016. The Supreme Court rejected a...

Gujarat High Court Rules on RBI’s Powers Relating to Corporate Insolvency

[Guest post by Saurav Roy, IV B.A.LL.B, ILS Law College, Pune.]  Introduction Last week, the Gujarat High Court ruled on some interesting issues under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (“IB Code”) while adjudicating upon a writ petition filed by Essar Steel Ltd., (“Essar”) against the Reserve Bank of India’s (“RBI”) decision to initiate insolvency proceedings against Essar and 11 other...

The Supreme Court on the SAT’s jurisdiction over SEBI Circulars

[Guest post by Amitabh Robin Singh, who is a corporate lawyer practising in Mumbai] Last month, the Supreme Court of India (“SC“) in the case of National Securities Depository Limited v. Securities and Exchange Board of India ruled that the administrative and legislative orders made by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (“SEBI“) are not assailable before the...

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