The Supreme Court, on Friday, dismissed the special leave petition (SPL) by Roche, challenging the division bench order of the Delhi High Court. The division bench had earlier in April 2009, upheld the order refusing the injunction which issued by a single judge of the Delhi High court, and even awarded costs for suppression of facts in a poorly reasoned judgment.

Noting that it was already 4 months since the division bench order of April and the final hearing on merit of the infringement case (Roche vs Cipla) has already commenced at the Delhi High court, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition and ordered that the ongoing trial at the Delhi High Court be expedited. The SC further went on to note that nothing in the Delhi division bench order would bind the trial court judge.

Read the mint report on this matter here and the analysis by Shamnad in his blog Spicyip here. Spicyip has been covering this matter for a while now read here.