In a major development, a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justice Ravindra Bhat and Justice Yogesh Khanna has granted a stay on the restoration of the license contracts between Monsanto and seed companies as ordered by a Single Judge (Justice R.K. Gauba) on March 28, 2017. Justice Gauba had found Monsanto’s termination of its license contracts with Nuziveedu and other seed companies to be prima facie illegal and temporarily allowed these companies to continue using Monsanto’s patented Bt technology in their cotton seeds. The stay granted by the Division Bench, in an appeal filed by Monsanto, renders the contracts inoperable, bringing the parties back to status quo. The Bench is yet to decide on other issues such as whether or not the termination is legal and valid.
We’ll bring to you a detailed post on this once we get hold of a copy of the Division Bench’s order.