New Delhi: With only a week left for
him to demit office as Chief Justice of India, Justice K G
Balakrishnan is giving finishing touches to judgements of
constitutional importance, including the one on the high-stake
Ambani gas dispute, to be delivered by him.
The judgements on the Constitutional validity of narco
analysis, brain mapping and polygraph test, the MPLAD Scheme
under which members of Parliament are allocated Rs two crore
annually for development of their constituencies and
the controversial issue of removal of Governors with the
change of government at the Centre are eagerly awaited.
The CJI, whose last day in office will be on May 11,
headed the five-judge Constitution Bench in three matters.
While the verdict on the legality of the narco test
was reserved in January 2008, the arguments on the
constitutional validity of the MPLADS (Member of Parliament
Local Area Development Scheme) fund and removal of Governors
had concluded in January and September 2009 respectively.
The corporate world is waiting for the verdict on
dispute between the Ambani brothers on the supply and price of
gas from KG Basin in which Justice Balakrishnan headed a
three-judge Bench and reserved the verdict on December 18
Hearing in the case was spread over 26 days since it
commenced on October 20. It also witnessed the recusal of
Justice R V Raveendran from the Bench after hearing the matter
for six days on the ground that he held shares of both RIL and
While Anil Ambani Group RNRL is seeking gas at a
committed price of USD 2.34 per unit, Mukesh Ambani Group RIL
says it cannot honour the commitment made in the family
agreement reached four years back due to government`s pricing
and gas policy.
On the issue of narco analysis, brain mapping and
polygraph test, the apex court will decide whether such
methods of investigation violates the fundamental rights of
citizens or not.
The MPLAD Scheme was examined by the apex court on
a bunch of petitions which alleged that in the absence of any
guidelines, the funds allocated under the scheme were misused
The controversial issue of removal of Governors with
the change of Government at the Centre was raised in 2004 by
the then BJP MP B P Singhal. He had challenged the removal of
Governors of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and Orissa by the
previous UPA government.