The new CSR rules: Confusion or Clarity?

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By: Ramesh Vaidyanathan

One of the most applauded aspects of the new Company Law regime is the mandatory social spending requirement. Faced with innumerable economic and social challenges as our country is, our lawmakers could not have ushered in a more revolutionary change through the new law.

The new Companies Act, 2013, has made it mandatory for companies to be socially responsible by introducing the ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) regime. Section 135 of the new Companies Act, read with the CSR Rules, mandates companies meeting certain criteria to set aside two per cent of their net profits for undertaking and promoting socially beneficial activities and projects in India. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) recently issued the CSR Rules, 2014, to implement this legislative mandate, which comes into effect on April 1, 2014.

Supreme Court Directs Dispute Between World Sport Group And MSM Satellite To Be Referred To Arbitration

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By: Meenakshi Iyer

In an important judgment, the Supreme Court has held that in the case of arbitrations covered by Part II of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 (“the Act”), i.e., international arbitration, the Court cannot decline to make a reference of the dispute to arbitration on the ground that allegations of fraud or misrepresentation have to be inquired into while deciding the dispute between the parties. Accordingly, the Supreme Court has directed that the dispute between World Sport Group (Mauritius) Limited (“WSG”) and MSM Satellite (Singapore) Pte Limited (“MSM”) in respect of grant of media rights is required to be decided by arbitration under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”), at Singapore. The law prior to this was that where the disputes between the parties involved allegations of fraud as well, such disputes were not arbitrable under Indian Law (N. Radhakrishnan v. Maestro Engineers & Ors)[1] . The Supreme Court by clarifying this has made it easier for foreign parties arbitrating against Indian counter parties outside India.