Supreme Court refuses to grant relief against arrest warrants issued to Samsung’s Chairman summoned in a criminal matter

Lee Kun Hee v. State of Uttar Pradesh & Another, Special Leave Petition (Crl.) No. 4905 of 2013

The Hon’ble Supreme Court on March 31, 2014 refused to entertain the Special Leave Petition  preferred by the Petitioner  Lee Kun Hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, against the judgment and  order dated May 30, 2013 passed by the Allahabad High Court in Crl. M.A. No. 14958 of 2013. The  Petition was filed before the Apex Court challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order dismissing  the Petitioner’s plea for setting aside the arrest warrant issued against him by the Ghaziabad  Court in a USD 1.4 million cheating case filed against him. The Apex Court however, clarified that  the warrant of arrest issued by the trial Court against the Petitioner shall not be executed for a  period of six weeks from the date of the order   and directed the Petitioner to appear before the  trail Court to seek bail and/or exemption from appearance in accordance with law. On the insistence  of the counsel for the Petitioner, the Special Leave Petition was dismissed as withdrawn.

Earlier in 2009, Petitioner had moved to the High Court of Allahabad and the Apex Court for  quashing of FIR filed against him on the ground that the Courts in Ghaziabad did not have  jurisdiction, but his plea was rejected by both by the Apex Court and the Allahabad High Court.

Personal laws not to come in the way of adoption

Shabnam Hashmi v. Union of India, Writ Petition No. 470 of 2005

A three Judges bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its judgment dated February 19, 2014  clarified that any person   can adopt a child under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of  Children) Act, 2002 irrespective of the religion he or she follows. The Apex Court categorically  held that personal beliefs and faiths, though must be honoured, but it cannot dictate the operation  of the provisions of an enabling statute. The right of adoption, which was only confined to Hindus,  Buddhists and Jains religious faiths, was allowed to all other religions including Muslims.