Analysis | Desk Brief

The final decree

The government’s messaging on India being arbitration-friendly has been somewhat muddied by recent developments—in court and outside it

Court Data

Pendency increases by over 1,600 cases as the SC commences summer break

The month of May 2024 ended with 82,308 pending cases—the highest pendency figure for this year

Court Data

SC records lowest disposal rate of the year so far

Yet, May was the month when the Court recorded the highest daily average of disposal this year—278 cases a day



Monthly Review: May 2024

In May, the top court reserved judgement in one of the oldest nine-judge bench case and granted interim bail to Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal

Nature of private property


Property Owners Association v State of Maharashtra

The Supreme Court will decide if private property can be considered “material resources of the community” under Article 39(b) of the Constitution

Freebies in Electoral Democracy and Welfare State


Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay v Union of India

The Supreme Court is hearing challenges against the practice of offering and distributing freebies during election campaigns. The Court's decision will determine how political parties contest elections in India.

Appointment of Arbitrators by Ineligible Persons


Central Organisation For Railway Electrification v ECL-SPIC-SMO-MCML (JV), JSW Steel Limited v South Western Railway

The Supreme Court will decide if a person who is ineligible to be an arbitrator can nominate another person to be an arbitrator.

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