Judgment today in Ambanis’ gas war; split verdict possible
There is a possibility of a split verdict in the Ambani brothers' case as there are two judgments to be pronounced on Friday by three of the two judges who heard the case last year.
A three-judge bench headed by the CJI had reserved the verdict in the case on December 18, 2009. But the CJI is not pronouncing any verdict.
In what could be an indication of a split verdict, there are two pronouncements in the case: each by Justice B. Sudarshan Reddy and Justice P Sathasivam. In such a scenario, the CJI's decision (whether he agrees with Justice Reddy or Justice Sathasivam) will decide the fate of the Ambani brothers.
The Ambani brothers' case is the third in the list of judgments. In the first case listed for pronouncement by the CJI, the issue is whether a reserve category candidate qualifying an examination for public employment in the general category can claim quota benefit for getting better service and cadre.
The second case in the pronouncement list relates to a challenge to arbitrary removal of governors. Though the five-judge constitution bench was headed by the CJI, the pronouncement is by Justice R.V. Raveendran. As per practice, the judge who writes it pronounces a verdict.
The issues involved in the other two cases were not immediately known.