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ARBITRATION AND CLIMATE: STEPS TAKEN BY ARBITRATION ASSOCIATIONS TO CURB GLOBAL WARMING

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Taking care of the climate and the environment is the most important issue in today’s world. The flexibility that the process of Arbitration provides is an ideal platform to accomplish disputes in relation to climate change when supported by the correct legislation. The changing weather conditions all around the world has made it obvious that global warming has been increasing rapidly.

Environmental change is a worldwide, mind-boggling and non-individualistic marvel, concern and issue, which affects everyone worldwide. Steps are being made globally to receive substantial strategies that will change the direction of the effects of an Earth-wide temperature boost on rising ocean levels and environmental limits. Environmental change has arisen as an important factor in various prominent dispute questions lately. Those questions range from the business to the individual, to the public interest: from debates emerging out of alternative arrangements for the exchange of the old arrangement of “discharge decrease units”, to cases managing individual property harm brought about by environmental change-related occasions; to claims asking governments to accomplish more to forestall environmental change. Most (if not the entirety) of these cases are being managed through the process of litigation and not arbitration as such.

While policymaking on environmental change should be improved by lawmakers, courts and arbitral councils likewise have a task to carry out. Environmental change debates are a developing pattern and will probably multiply later on, while questions may likewise emerge with respect to the right translation and use of environmental change-related enactment.

Settling environmental change-related disputes through assertion has been a significant mark of conversation in the field of arbitration for as long as a couple of years. Although the Report doesn’t prescribe any corrections to the current ICC arbitrational structure, it gives direction and recommends test phrasing for a few situations. These suggestions also cover some of the guidelines that will benefit the environment too. Curiously, a portion of these suggestions are adjusted and covered with those contained in, for instance, The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration, December 2019.

Since the establishment as well as the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2016, organizations have attempted to conform to the expanding guideline of emanations. Worldwide discretion and elective question goal. ADR is progressively turning into the decision for organizations in successfully settling environmental change-related debates. The Paris Agreement has been promoting the investment Arbitration through it. While the Paris Agreement has implemented the guidelines, the same are to be obligated to others. As the importance of Arbitration is increasing worldwide, the rules attached to it will also be followed thoroughly. However, are these implementations successfully motivating the other sectors too? Will it lead to widespread obligations on the parties to follow those rules?

Settling environmental change-related disputes through arbitration has been on a rise and has acted as a significant mark of conversation in the field of arbitration for as long as a couple of years. Even though the Report doesn’t prescribe any corrections to the current ICC arbitrational structure, it gives direction, suggestions and recommends test phrasing for a few situations. However, the arbitration institutions have been taking steps for regulating climatic changes in a positive manner. It comes as a duty to protect and prevent the environment and the same is being tried to be fulfilled through the imposition of various new rules and policies. What is the connection and how can international arbitration contribute to climate change efforts? How far will these help in curbing the issue and will it lead to the sustainable development of Arbitration Institutions vis-a-vis climatic changes?

According to the report of Grantham Research Institute on Climate change and Environment, in the year 2018, there were already more than 1500 policies worldwide that deal with climate change and global warming. However, at present the situation is not better. Global warming is increasing at a higher pace. The processes and the ideas adapted by the arbitral tribunals have made it clear that the environment is equally important to be saved as compared to interest of parties. For reference, in the case David Aven v Costa Rica, an arbitral tribunal has grounded it’s reasoning in an award by stating the environment as “of fundamental importance”. Such awards are setting a benchmark for the other tribunals as well as the courts, to consider the environment as an important factor while dealing with sensitive matters.

The matters in relation to environment and climate are being given much importance to curb the issue. An example of this is the American Arbitration association which has stated “environmental issues’’ including pollution, climate change, global warming etc.and other related issues as a matter of “expertise”. By doing this, the association has initiated a step towards specialising the environment sector and looking after those disputes from the eye of an expert. This has increased the importance of such issues and has created a different sector to look after them. Similarly, ICC has created a “task force” for resolving “Climate change Related Arbitration Disputes”. ICC has shown interest in taking up such matters to help the world curb the issue of facing drastic and unexpected climatic changes. This task force will be involved in special administration of climate change issues and make them priority. This step was a necessity to create awareness about giving extra attention to the issue of climatic changes and global warming.

In recent times climate change is turning out to be perpetually significant in States’ strategies and corporate choices, arbitration is probably going to assume a significant part in settling future questions. What we need is a modern and useful examination on how these kinds of debates can be successfully settled through ICC arbitration and will give important direction to all intervention clients or the parties to dispute and courts.

Most recent step taken for preserving nature is through the Campaign for Greener Arbitration (CGA). It also won the GAR Award for best development contribution in 2020. The CGA mainly focuses on decreasing the usage of carbon footprint which will lead to carbon reduction. More than 100 arbitration practitioners have signed the CGA, which shows that the campaign will gain more force in this year. As the carbon footprints will decrease, it will also lead to better air quality. Not only the arbitration sector but, various other sectors will also get motivated to promote such campaigns. Apart from giving importance to the climate change matters or cases, these are some of the recent steps taken by the arbitration community to prevent the increment of global warming.

Further, investment Arbitration has also been investing for the good cause. One such example is the “Brexit Deal” signed by European Union and the United Kingdom. This has obligated the parties to follow the paris convention and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Investment Arbitration is moving towards a greener future by obligating the investors too for following the regulations that would not harm the environment. The investors as well as the Institutions have to be aware before taking any step so that they do not cause harm to the environment in any way. Also, the reduction in emission of greenhouse gases will automatically decrease the threat of global warming.

The investor- state Arbitrations are also being examined as the “green” Arbitration so that issue of the environment can be resolved along with them for a better future. This is being done to warn the investor as well as the states about their futures towards saving the environment apart from fulfilling their needs. Crucial strategies are being implemented to deal with complicated problems. This is how people will get to understand that not only environmentalists but, even the protectors of law are well aware about the process of saving humanity.

There are a plethora of ways for dispute boards in resolving the disputes related to climate-change-related issues. The process of Arbitration can provide early and efficient resolution of disputes not only this but the dispute boards can also provide a direct line of communication between the owner of a Green Climate Fund funded project and affected individuals or groups for easy and fast settlement. Early disposal of cases are themselves a pathway for curbing global warming. It will reduce the paperwork, travel, meetings that are accompanied with resources that emit harmful gases. Arbitration has been giving a pathway to a greener and healthier environment indirectly since years. However, the steps that are now being taken are like the cherry on the cake.

The strictness in the investor- state Arbitration is majorly promoting the domestic environment protection too. While going through the process of dealing with arbitration, it will be well known to the investors that they need to follow some of the rules for the protection of the environment. As stated by the President of International Bar Association at an international conference that arbitration will play a major role in curbing the issue of global warming by implementing rules and regulations on corporations for environmental protection, the same is being done through various steps, as mentioned above. “The ways that are being used to resolve climate disputes through international arbitration by implementing treaties on parties, is a pathway to protection of the environment”, as stated by the President of IBA. This is how arbitration is making it possible to achieve sustainable goals.

Dealing with the issue of global warming today through the treaties and obligations will not only make the environment greener but will also promote sustainable development goals. It will be interesting to see the rise and adaptation of CGA by more and more arbitrators. Also, it would be a great benefit if it gets adapted by the Arbitration Institutions themselves. The set of rules and regulations being implemented will definitely help for curbing the issue of global warming. As, International Arbitration has its branches in almost every country, the steps taken by it will also be widespread.

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AN ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE BODIES CAN ESTABLISH A CAPTIVE POWER PLANT PRIMARILY FOR THEIR OWN USE UNDER THE ELECTRICITY ACT: SUPREME COURT

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The Supreme Court in the case Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd. vs Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission observed that a captive power plant primarily for their own use can be established by an association of corporate bodies.

The requirement would be that the consumption of SBIPL and SBMPL together should not be less than 51% of the power generated. Admittedly, the joint consumption by SBIPL and SBMPL is more than 51% and under the provisions of the said Act, the use of electricity by it would be for captive use only even an association of corporate bodies can establish a power plant. Since SBMPL holds 27.6% of the ownership, the requirement of not less than 26% of shares is fulfilled by SBMPL as SBMPL holds 27.6% equity shares in SBPIL.

The fourth proviso to sub­section (2) of Section 42 of the said Act would also reveal that surcharge would not be leviable in case open access is provided to a person who has established a captive generating plant for carrying the electricity to the destination of his own use and under Section 9 of the said Act, could be an individual or a body corporate or association or body of individuals, whether incorporated or not, it is clear that the person will get benefit even an association of corporate bodies can establish a captive power plant it has been seen. The definition of “person” is wide enough to include any company or body corporate or association or body of individuals, whether incorporated or not, or artificial juridical person it should be primarily for the use of the members of such co­operative society or association is the requirement, the Bench observed while referring to the provisions of the Electricity Act.

The BPIL, the respondent contended and supported the impugned judgment that no permission is required from the Commission for supply of electricity for its own use. Thereafter the appellant Company contended that unless SBPIL consumes 51% of the aggregate electricity generated by it, it will not be entitled to get the benefit under Section 9 of the said Act, in an appeal filled before the Apex Court.

An appeal was dismissed by the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity filed by the Company further The Commission held that SBPIL was entitled to supply electricity to its sister concern SBMPL and the same would qualify to be treating as own consumption and within the ambit of Section 9 read with Section 2(8) of the Electricity Act, 2003 and Rule 3 of the Electricity Rules, 2005 SBPIL submitted a petition for providing open access and wheeling of power through the transmission system of the Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd (Company) for captive use by SBMPL to the Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission, the commission. A Captive Generation Plant is established by SBPIL, and is a sister concern of SBPIL Shri Bajrang Power and I spat Ltd and Shri Bajrang Metallics and Power Ltd, SBMPL.

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Where the crime was committed the remission or premature release policy of the state has to be considered: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court in the case Radheshyam Bhagwandas Shah, Lala Vakil vs State of Gujarat observed that where the crime was committed has to be considered in the remission or pre­mature release in terms of the policy which is applicable in the State.

While allowing the writ petition the court observed and contended that Once the crime was committed in the State of Gujarat, after the trial been concluded and judgment of conviction came to be passed, all further proceedings have to be 6 considered including remission or pre­mature release in terms of the policy which is applicable in the State of Gujarat where the crime was committed and not the State where the trial stands transferred and concluded for exceptional reasons under the orders of this Court, as the case may be. The court further stated that under Section 432(7) CrPC the appropriate Government can be either the Central or the State Government but there cannot be a concurrent jurisdiction of two State Governments.

the appropriate Government in the ordinary course would be the State of Gujarat. But the case was transferred in exceptional circumstances by this Court for limited purpose for trial and disposal to the neighboring State i.e., the State of Maharashtra by an order dated 06.08.2004. ordinarily, the trial was to be concluded in the same State and in terms of Section 432(7) CrPC as the crime in the instant case was admittedly committed in the State of Gujarat, observed by the Apex Court.

he application for pre­mature release has to be filed in the State of Maharashtra and not in the State of Gujarat, as prayed by the petitioner by judgment impugned dated 17.07.2009 As His petition filed in the High Court of Gujarat was dismissed taking note of Section 432(7) CrPC on the premise that since the trial has been concluded in the State of Maharashtra. Thereafter He had filed his petition for pre­mature release under Sections 433 and 433A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 stating that he had undergone more than 15 years 4 months of custody.

The bench comprising of Justice Ajay Rastogi and the justice Vikram Nath observed and noted that under Section 432(7) CrPC can be either the Central or the State Government but there cannot be a concurrent jurisdiction of two State Governments of the appropriate Government.

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Adopt roster based reservation for preferential candidates as followed by JIPMER: Supreme Court directs all AIIMS institutes

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The Supreme Court in the case Students Association AIIMS Bhopal And Or’s. v. AllMS and Or’s observed and directed all AIIMS Institutes to adopt roster-based reservation followed by Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry (JIPMER) as a plea was filled in the Court seeking direction to AIIMS to have a defined criteria for arriving at seat matrix for institutional preference candidates in INI-CET examination.

the order of the Apex Court in the case AIIMS Students’ Union v. AIIMS And Or’s, would not be applicable if It emphasized that if the roster-based system is implemented the actual roster points for AIIMS would be different from JIPMER as the same would depend on the percentage of seats decided to be allocated to the preferential candidates but It stated that the reservation would be similar to the one adopted by JIPMER AIIMS New Delhi was willing to provide a roster-point based reservation for its institutional preference candidates, by way of an affidavit 20th January 2022 the Bench was apprised that pursuant to a meeting held on 28th June 2020 as prescribed the relevancy:

It shall not be too wide with the one for the general category candidate, that the margin of difference between the qualifying marks for the Institute’s candidate.

The one who has secured marks at the common entrance PG test less than the one secured by any other candidate belonging to reserved category enjoying constitutional protection such as SC, ST etc. cannot be the AIMS graduate the last student to qualify for admission.

appearing on behalf of AIIMS, Advocate, Mr. Dushyant Parashar, New Delhi was asked to get instructions from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and Jodhpur so that the Court can pass appropriate orders on the next date of hearing. As that apart from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar and AIIMS, Jodhpur, all other AIIMS before the Apex Court has agreed to implement the roster-based reservation system followed by JIPMER Puducherry for their institutional preference candidates, the Court was informed at the last date of hearing.

the petition had been filed seeking direction to AIIMS to disclose how the seats for institutional preference candidates are to be allotted in the view of the same the petitioners claim that in the INI-CET examination conducted in July, 2021, only 4 seats (1.87%) in AIIMS, New Delhi were allotted to institutional preference candidates. Rivetingly, the petitioners note that no seats were allocated to any other AIIMS for admission of institutional preference candidates.

the Bench comprising of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and the justice A.S. Bopanna observed and noted that to record in the order that the roaster system would be applicable from this year. Mr. Parashar informed it that since new software is to be put in place for counselling, it might cause some delay. The bench further stated that the court will order it to apply this year but in case of delay AIMS can come later.

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‘The crime committed has to be considered in the remission or premature policy of the state’

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The Supreme Court in the case Radheshyam Bhagwandas Shah, Lala Vakil vs State of Gujarat observed that where the crime was committed has to be considered in the remission which is applicable in the State and the pre­mature release in terms of the policy

The Court noted while hearing the writ petition that in terms of the policy which is applicable in the State of Gujarat where the crime was committed and not the State where the trial stands transferred and concluded for exceptional reasons under the orders of this Court once the crime was committed in the State of Gujarat, after the trial been concluded and judgment of conviction came to be passed, all further proceedings have to be 6 considered including remission or pre­mature release, as the case may be, in the instance case. under Section 432(7) CrPC, there cannot be a concurrent jurisdiction of two State Governments, can be either the Central or the State Government of the appropriate government.

in terms of Section 432(7) CrPC, the trial was to be concluded in the same State and ordinarily in the State of Gujrat the crime in the instant case was admittedly committed. by an order 06.08.2004., the case was transferred in exceptional circumstances by this Court for limited purpose for trial and disposal to the neighbouring State i.e., the State of Maharashtra, observed by the bench of Apex Court.

As mentioned by the petitioner in the plea that by judgment impugned dated 17.07.2019., the application for pre­mature release has to be filed in the State of Maharashtra and not in the State of Gujarat and His petition filed in the High Court of Gujarat was dismissed taking note of Section 432(7) CrPC on the premise that since the trial has been concluded in the State of Maharashtra. under Sections 433 and 433A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the petition was filled by the petitioner for premature release further the petitioner stated that that he had undergone under the custody of more than 15 years 4 months.

Section 302, 376(2) (e) (g) and reading it with Section 149 IPC, Shah was found guilty for the offence, the offence committed by him in the State of Gujrat.

The bench comprising of Justice Ajay Rastogi and the justice Vikram Nath observed that under Section 432(7) CrPC can be either the Central or the State Government but there cannot be a concurrent jurisdiction of two State Governments of that appropriate government.

The bench comprising of Justice Ajay Rastogi and the justice Vikram Nath observed that under Section 432(7) CrPC can be either the Central or the State Government but there cannot be a concurrent jurisdiction of two State Governments of that appropriate government.

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Seeking reduction of qualifying the percentile for admission in ayurveda course: A plea in Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court in the Case Amit Kumar v UOI & Or’s observed in Ayurveda course in view of large number of vacancies and for seeking reduction of qualifying percentile for admission, an ayurveda aspirant who appeared in NEET 2021 has approached the Court.

the court had observed that lowering the minimum marks and reducing the percentile for admission to first year BDS Course would not amount to lowing the standards of Education and further the Court directed to lower the percentile mark by 10 percentiles for admission in first year of BDS Course for academic year 2020-2021, with regards to substantive the contentions made by the petitioner by referring the judgement passed in the case in Harshit Agarwal & Or’s v Union of India.

the percentile may also be reduced for Ayurveda programme enabling the Petitioner to take admissions then If percentile is being reduced/considered for reduction for BDS course was further stated by the petitioner in the plea, while referring to an order dated 04.29.2022. Thereafter the top Court had asked Centre to consider lowering the percentile for BDS Courses.

Seeking the Centre’s response in a plea by filing a counter affidavit, noted by the Top Court specifying the above-mentioned information:

after deducting the admission granted for MBBS Courses (BDS Courses), the total number of Candidates.

in All India Quota and State Quota, the totals number of vacant seats.

in government colleges on one hand & private/deemed colleges on the other hand, the number of seats which are remaining.

the petition was filed through AOR Neeraj Shekhar and for the petitioner Advocate Shivam Singh appeared.

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Bank case rejected by Supreme Court against farmer

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The Supreme Court in the case Bank of Maharashtra & Or’s v Mohanlal Patidar observed an order given by the High Courts of directing the bank the OTS proposal given by a farmer who had availed a loan from the bank, the court further pulled up the Bank of Maharashtra for challenging the order.

The Bank shall complete remaining formalities and provide all consequential benefits flowing therefrom to the petitioners, the court further stated that it is needless to emphasize The OTS proposal given by the petitioners in both the cases shall be accepted by the Bank and ‘sanction letters’ be issued forthwith, the court allowed the petitioner plea.

The petitioner not only promptly challenged the said order, it is noteworthy that petitioner never acceded to the unilateral decision dated 25th August 2021 and even otherwise the letter dated 25th August 2021 is held to be illegal by us, clause-7 of policy cannot take away the fruits of OTS benefits, within two months from the date of issuance of order dated 22th September 2021, the petitioner filled the instant petition and further the court directed we are unable to give stamp of approval to the impugned orders and action of the Bank, observed by the bench comprising of Justice Sujoy Paul and the justice Dwarka Dhish Bansal while setting aside the impugned orders of the bank.

In an order dated 03.09.2021 it was stated and it showed that the petitioner was required to pay minimum 10% of the OTS amount within stipulated time and that he had deposited Rs.35,00,000/- out of Rs.36,50,000/- within the stipulated time, it was argued before the court by the counsel.

As full and final settlement of the dues, he will be required to deposit Rs.50.50 lakhs as he was informed by the Asset Recovery Branch of the Bank.

Whole law comes into place when a matter of farmers come as the down payment were also accepted and it was further stated by the bench in an oral remark You don’t file cases against the ones who loot 1000s of crores.

The respondent had obtained a loan and intended to pay it in terms of a One Time Settlement which was quantified as Rs 3650000/-. in furtherance thereof the respondent had deposited Rs 35,00,000 with the bank, in the above-mentioned matter.

The bank had miserably failed to accept the same and on the contrary, decided to enhance the compromise amount to Rs.50.50 lakhs unilaterally which was contrary to the OTS scheme, contended by the counsel further the counsel stated that the bank had miserably failed to accept the same and on the contrary, decided to enhance the compromise amount to Rs.50.50 lakhs unilaterally which was contrary to the OTS scheme.

The bench comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and the justice Surya Kant observed and remarked while dismissing the plea assailing Madhya Pradesh High Court’s order dated 02.21.2022 Such a litigation in Supreme Court will spoil the families of farmers financially, Go after bigger fish.

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