Landmark Judgments of 2020

In 2020 Supreme Court of India has already pronounced about 10 constitution bench decisions. Half of 2020 is almost over and Supreme Court has already delivered large number of judgments in covid - 19 lockdown time when court is having restricted functioning. Generally SC judges pronounces judgments after every vacations and substantial numbers of decisions just after summer vacations. This year it seems that due to sudden corona outbreak around the world and restricted functioning of Apex court many judgments have been pronounced already in first half of the 2020. Here is list of most important judgments of 2020.

Here is list of 20 Supreme Court of India decisions of 2020: 

  1. Pandurang Ganpati Chaugale v. Vishwasrao Patil Murgud Sahakari Bank Ltd- SARFAESI Act applicable to Co­operative Banks
  2. Chebrolu Leela Prasad Rao v. State of Andhra Pradesh - Andhra Pradesh’s 100% reservation for Scheduled Tribe candidates for the post of teachers without rhyme or reason
  3. New India Assurance v. Hilli Multipurpose Cold Storage Pvt. Ltd. - District Forum can’t extend limitation period of 45 days for filing response under Section 13 of Consumer Protection Act
  4. Indore Development Authority v. Manohar Lal Sharma - No lapse of acquisition proceedings if government has ‘paid’ compensation
  5. Pawan Kumar Gupta v. State of NCT of Delhi - SC dismisses the curative plea of the fourth Death Row convict
  6. Dr. Shah Faesal v. Union of India - 5-judge bench refused to refer the pleas challenging the abrogation of Article 370 to a larger bench
  7. Kantaru Rajeevaru v. Indian Young Lawyers Association - Questions of law can be referred to larger bench while hearing a review petition; Issues framed
  8. Akshay Kumar Singh v. State of NCT of Delhi - Akshay Kumar Singh’s curative petition dismissed by a 5-judge bench
  9. Sushila Aggarwal v. State of NCT of Delhi - 5-judge bench holds no time limit could be fixed while granting anticipatory bail 
  10. Christian Medical Vellore Association v. Union of India - Uniform NEET for admission to Medical & Dental courses does not violate rights of the unaided/aided minority institutions
  11. Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India - Review all orders imposing curbs in a week and put them in public domain: SC to J&K administration
  12. The Secretary, Minister of Defence v. Babita Puniya - Grant permanent commission to all women officers in Army who opt for it within 3 months: Supreme Court
  13. Rambabu Singh Thakur v. Sunil Arora - SC directs political parties to publish criminal antecedents of candidates & give reasons for their selection
  14. Prathvi Raj Chauhan v. Union of India - Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2018
  15. Dheeraj Mor v. High Court of Delhi - Members of subordinate judiciary can’t claim direct recruitment to the District judge post under quota meant for practicing advocates
  16. Mukesh Kumar v. State of Uttarakhand - State not bound to collect quantifiable data relating to adequacy of representation of SCs & STs if it decides to provide no reservation
  17. IN RE: COGNIZANCE FOR EXTENSION OF LIMITATION - SC extends limitation period for filing petitions/applications/suits/appeals, etc. in Covid 19 Lockdown
  18. Council of Architecture v. Mukesh Goyal - Unregistered individuals can practice architecture but can’t designate themselves as “architects”
  19. Pharmacy Council of India v. Dr. SK Toshniwal Educational Trusts Vidarbha Institute of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Act, 1948 shall prevail over AICTE in the field of Pharmacy education
  20. West UP Sugar Mills Association v. State of Uttar Pradesh - State Government cannot fix the “minimum price” of sugarcane once Centre has already fixed it


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