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(L-R) A metro train zooms past smog in New Delhi; A couple wearing mask to avoid dangers of smog. Photo: Anil Shakya

Scourge of the Smog

The Big, Bad Pollution Haze in Delhi and NCR left millions with a choked feeling, watery eyes or seriously sick. When will the laws...
Tarek Fatah. Photo: Anil Shakya

Cut All Water Ties with Pakistan: Tarek Fatah

Pakistan-born Canadian writer and broadcaster TAREK FATAH is widely acclaimed as well as criticized for his strong anti-Pakistan views. He has openly opposed the...
(L-R) British Prime Minister Theresa May; Leave EU supporters celebrate the result in Sunderland after polling stations closed in the Referendum on the European Union in London. Photos: UNI

Brexiteers Face Bumpy Road in UK

Leaving the EU seems easier said than done for Britain as the High Court of Justice has now demanded that the June 23 referendum...

The Curse of OROP

The faujis are unflinching in their commitment to protect our border. Why then do political parties deny them their due? By Inderjit Badhwar The LoC...
(L-R) Bombay High Court; A meditation session taking place in Osho ashram in Koregaon

Racket over Osho’s Wealth

The Bombay High Court has pulled up Pune Police for tardy progress into complaints of fraud, mismanagement and embezzlement of funds belonging to Osho...
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APN’s special show deconstructs demonetization

The jury is still out on whether it was a wise decision. Will the surgical strike on black money yield the desired result or...
The dilapidated SYL Canal at Ropar, Punjab. Photo: The Indian Express

SYL’s Choppy Waters

While the apex court has ruled in favor of Haryana and not Punjab in the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal dispute, it is sure to...

Cyber Mayhem!

It’s estimated that cybercrime will result in global business losses to the tune of $2 trillion in the next two years. It has already...

Madras HC’s verdict jolts net activists in Tamil Nadu

  A recent Madras High Court’s directive to YouTube and Google to provide the IP address and details of a user uploading defamatory content has...

Trump: The viral president

By Kenneth Tiven Explaining how American voters went from the first black American president with high approval ratings, a Dow Jones Market Index above 18,0000...

Brand of Shame

Twenty-four years after four women from Punjab were branded on their foreheads as pickpockets, the guilty policemen have got away with a mild punishment...

Triggering Water Wars

Karnataka’s water-sharing policy raises questions of impropriety. And Cauvery is not the only river under dispute. The Mahadayi is also a point of contention,...

Green Erosion

Various policies of the government show that in the pursuit of economic growth, environmental concerns and democratic decision-making are given the go-by By Kanchi...
(L-R) The Taj Hotel up in flames after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks; Soldiers guard near the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in January this year, after an attack on it. Photo: UNI

Isolating the “Mother Ship” of Terrorism

In a move to tighten the screws on Pakistan, a private member’s bill wants our neighbor to be declared a terrorist state in the...

Police Cornered in Madhya Pradesh

As a RSS pracharak is arrested by MP police personnel, they find themselves caught in a bind as the government cracks down against them....
(L-R) UK PM Theresa May; a group of Indian women in the UK presenting a crochet blanket to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photos: UNI

Theresa’s immigration initiative may hit Indians

UK PM Theresa May intends to bring down net immigration into her country down to 1,00,000 per year. This could hit Indians who form...
Muslim women hold placards in support of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board during a signature campaign in Ahmedabad.

UCC: Code of Controversy

As the center pushes for a Uniform Civil Code, it triggers a storm of protests and conflicting opinions on the timing and intent. It...
(L-R) Once feted for his achievements, Michael Ferreira has been arrested for fraud. A TV grab shows him being taken into custody

It’s not Billiards!

Sporting legend Michael Ferreira’s recent arrest links him to a ponzi scheme that swindled the public. While he says he was an unsuspecting partner...
WOMEN CARRY BUNDLES OF WHEAT

No Women’s Land

Succession laws discriminate against women when it comes to inheriting agricultural land while it has brought them on par with men when it comes...

NDTV: Shooting the Messenger

NDTV India ban evokes some bad memories   By Dilip Bobb   There is some awkward irony in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the Indian Express...
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America’s Dangerous jester

  Inderjit Badhwar     Please send help immediately, These tyrants keep talking about hope, If you don’t hear from me in four years, Send Democracy. When was America ever great? These...
Muslims attend a rally against a proposed Uniform Civil Code and demand a reservation quota in colleges and in government jobs in Mumbai. Photo: UNI; Muslim women participating in a protest against Uniform Civil Code in Surat

Firoz Bakht Ahmed: Down with the Personal Law Board

Most Muslims agree that they do not require bodies such as All India Muslim Personal Law Board but would want ones that address and...
The laws that have been evolved under the Portuguese rule provide for a host of rights to women. Photo: saviocolaco.com

Uniform Civil Code: Goa Shows the Way

Many of the provisions in the Portuguese Civil Code of 1867 have been retained since it came closest to fulfilling the objectives of Article...
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Today, Society Only Respects Money and Power: Justice Santosh Hegde

JUSTICE SANTOSH HEGDE is a respected former judge of the Supreme Court. He has also served as Solicitor General of India and Lokayukta for...

Apex court vouches for ‘equal pay for equal work’

Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Supreme Court judge Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, delivering the judgment on the behalf of the division bench, the other judge being...
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Patriot Games

  By Dilip Bobb   Patriotism, to paraphrase a famous quote, is the last refuge of the politician. In India post-Uri, it has led to a series...
(L-R) The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley briefing the media after the conclusion of the 3rd meeting of the GST Council on October 19, 2016. Photo: PIB; A shopper browses sale items during the Boxing Day sales at a Selfridges store in London. Photo: UNI

GST: Hasten Slowly

While this tax has been introduced, much needs to be done before it can be completely implemented on April 1, 2017– passing laws, making...
Naela Quadri Baloch. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Modi is a hero of all oppressed nations: Naela Quadri Baloch

Despite escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following the militant attack on the Uri army base and the surgical strike on terrorist hideouts across...
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (left) and Lt-Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung (right). Photo: UNI

Kejriwal’s Dented Image: Will It Affect Forthcoming Polls? 

The Delhi CM’s ding-dong battle with Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung and others have often seen him vanquished. Will this have an impact on the forthcoming...
(L-R) Uzma Naheed, Member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board addressing at a seminar on uniform civil code in Kozhikode. Photo: UNI; Justice V Gopala Gowda.

Uniform Civil Code Must be Debated: Justice V Gopala Gowda

JUSTICE V GOPALA GOWDA who retired last week from the Supreme Court, was popularly known as the “People’s Judge” because of his concern for...
(L-R) A screenshot of the website of e-courts; Litigants at the National Lok Adalat organized by the district legal services authority in Mirzapur, UP. Photo: UNI

Unique ID for Judicial Officers

In an effort to speed up justice and monitor performances, the center will allocate a unique identification number to these officers in district and...
(Right) Members of an NGO take part in a rally to mark “World No Tobacco Day” in Kolkata. Photo: UNI

Tobacco consumption: Stubbing it out

The roadmap for India’s tobacco control program lies in more stringent laws and higher taxes to wean the public from the pernicious habit  ...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The foreign hand in political funding

Only 20 percent of the income of political parties can be traced. What about the rest? By Usha Rani Das In 2014, the Delhi High Court...
(L-R)It is time all political parties came clean on the sources funding the colossal amounts spent on election campaigns. Photo: UNI; EAS Sarma, former secretary, ministry of finance, government of India

“Foreign donations taint elections”: EAS Sarma

The former secretary, ministry of finance, government of India, has been fighting against the deficiencies of the Indian democratic system. He spoke to USHA...
Lawyers, rights activists, Muslims, Dalits, Innocence Network, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Official Secret Act (OSA), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Justice AP Shah, Supreme Court.

Wrongly-Framed Persons: Scars of Innocence

A new network of lawyers, rights activists and those exonerated in terrorism-related cases dedicates itself to fight for compensation and rehabilitation of those wrongly...
(L-R) Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the Innovation Summit in COP 21, in Paris on November 30, 2015. At the COP 21, India had talked about the ratification the Paris Climate Agreement. Photo: PIB; A man carries schoolchildren through a flooded street during monsoon rains in Mumbai. Photo: UNI

Paris Climate Agreement: Can India Deliver?

If India is serious about implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, it has to draw up stringent laws and policies that will make it an...
Protests by students of JNU have been dubbed as seditious and anti-national. Photo: UNI

Section 124A—Scrap it or Tame it

The NGO Common Cause had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking amendments in Section 124A of IPC. The apex court dismissed the...

Basket of Woes

Despite laws banning manual scavenging, it continues with impunity. It is time society gave these workers a leg-up so that they live a life...
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Of Footnotes in Judgments

All over the world, the extensive use of this tool is seen as an attempt to make judgments more readable and crisp. In India,...
A uniform death certificate which includes circulatory and brain stem deaths will make it easier for families and hospitals as well as those in need of organs.

When Death Comes Calling…

Death in India is defined by two Acts—one which deals with circulatory death and the other with brain stem death. But experts are now...
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The mind of a judge

Should punishment be seen as a deterrent, a retributive measure or as a reformative step? This question, much debated today, also bothered Jawaharlal Nehru,...
Supreme Court (Photo: Anil Shakya); An Amritdhari Sikh (Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi)

Who is a True Sikh?

This is a question that may be exercising many Sikhs as an apex court’s oral order seems to favor Akali Dals who want to...
(L-R) Bombay High Court; a silhouette portraying pregnant woman in jail. Illustration: Rajender Kumar

Abortion For Prisoners: Judiciary Eases Procedure

In a progressive judgment, the Bombay High Court has removed red-tapism for prisoners wanting to abort their fetus and has facilitated faster examination for...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) meeting the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, at Lahore, Pakistan

Indo-Pak ties: Handling a Hot Potato

Despite strident calls for action against our belligerent neighbour, Modi has realized that this is easier said than done. Deft handling and tightening security...
(L-R) Delhi High Court; Rameshwari Photocopy Shop in the Delhi School of Economics which was at the center of the publishing storm (Photo: Anil Shakya) - 1

Photocopying isn’t copyright violation: Delhi High Court

While dismissing a plea by international publishers, a recent judgment from the Delhi High Court holds that photocopying portions of text books is a...
(L-R) Soldiers of the Indian Army take their positions near the site of a gun battle between the Indian security forces and militants on the outskirts of Srinagar (Photo: UNI); Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi

Governments have deliberately downgraded the military: Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi

 At a time when the clouds of war are hovering over India and Pakistan, the armed forces, no doubt, stands united in countering any...
Silent protests in Maharashtra over the killing of a 14-year-old girl in Kopardi village in Ahmednagar

Maharashtra: Uprising of the Marathas

The brutal gang rape and murder of a girl has led to protests across Maharashtra and a demand for reservations and abolishing of the...
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Madras High Court hit by fund crunch

In a sign of growing tension, the Tamil Nadu government has not given enough funds for the judiciary, forcing the Madras High Court to...
(L-R) The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the President of USA, Barack Obama, the President of France, Francois Hollande, the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, Bill Gates and other dignitaries, at the Innovation Summit in COP 21, in Paris on November 30, 2015. Photo: PIB; a typhoon in Manila, Philippines. Photo: UNI

Paris Climate Pact: India’s Bargaining Chip

The climate agreement of December 2015 needs to be ratified by at least 55 of 174 countries. India still has to do it but...
Block info on gender selection: SC

Block info on gender selection: SC

In a recent order in a public interest litigation filed by Dr Sabu Mathew George, seeking that internet search engines Google, Yahoo and Microsoft...
Chhattisgarh journalists protest atrocities on their brethren

Safety of reporters: Death on the Beat

  Journalists who report from conflict zones and cover politics and corruption often pay with their lives, as underpinned in a recent report by an...
(L-R) Mohammad Shahabuddin along with his supporters after his release from Bhagalpur jail; RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. Photos: UNI

Lalu Yadav and the Shahabuddin game

There is much more to the recent controversy related to Siwan leader Mohammad Shahabuddin than meets the eye. He is merely a player in...
MUMBAI, MAR 10 (UNI)-Police detaining Congress members during their protest against Maharashtra Education and Cultural Affairs Minister, Vinod Tawde in Mumbai on Thursday. UNI PHOTO-111U

MPISA, 2016: Boon or bane?

The Maharashtra government once again seems to be courting controversy.  In 2015, it had to withdraw a circular on sedition laws – which had...
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High Court of Jharkhand rescues a poor student

A poor, differently-abled girl who cracks NEET finds a savior in the court so that she can become a doctor By Prabhat Singh in Ranchi The...
The Madras High Court’s stand on the case is a blessing for journalists in Tamil Nadu.

Judge Bats for Media Freedom

Even as conspiracy theories swirled regarding this sensational case, a judge upheld the rights of the media and stood up for democratic norms  ...
AHMEDABAD, JAN 22 (UNI)- A mass marriage ceremony being organised by Hussaini Vaqf Committee in Ahemdabad on Friday. 111 Muslim couples tied nupial knot during the ceremony. UNI PHOTO-144u

Triple Talaq: Where AIMPLB has gone wrong

It is time the All India Muslim Personal Law Board takes a cue from the reforms of other Muslim countries where triple talaq is...
(L-R) Supreme Court. photo (black & white): Prashant Panjiar

Judicial Nightmare

The Chief Justice of India has once again highlighted the paucity of judges and the delay in filling the vacancies as over 22 lakh...
(L-R) The precincts of the Golu Devta Temple; Bells tied by devotees whose wishes were fulfilled

The God of Justice

In a temple near Almora, in Uttarakhand, believers present their prayers on stamped paper to golu devta By Ramesh Menon Which is the highest court of...
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Jharkhand High Court: Positive Activism

The higher judiciary in Jharkhand ensures that the government becomes pro-active in setting up an old-age home By Prabhat Singh in Ranchi While there are several...
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Salve by the Judiciary

The legal fraternity has often put balm on the wounds of couples hounded by their relatives for marrying against their wishes. This sorry state...
Litigants at the Tis Hazari court in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

“Judges Should Take Breaks”: Justice K Chandru

In a surprisingly frank article, this former judge says the backlog of cases can be tackled not just by increasing the number of judges...
ABVP activists staging a protest rally against Amnesty International India, in Bengaluru. Photo: UNI

India Legal show decodes sedition laws

Eminent panelists debate issues related to the draconian provisions of Section 124-A The Ramya controversy and the Amnesty International incident have once again  triggered volatile...
NEW DELHI, AUG 15 (UNI):- Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Nation from the rampart of the Red Fort on the occasion of 70th Independence Day celebration in New Delhi on Monday. UNI PHOTO-9u

Balochistan: Taking the Bull by the Horns

Was the PM’s decision to bring up this contentious issue a tactical move to counter Pakistan which has been stoking the flames in Kashmir?...
Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore (photo: UNI); The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh showcases the architecture designed by Le Corbusier

Chandigarh: Back to Governor’s Rule

The center’s decision to appoint an independent administrator for Chandigarh saw political parties up in arms as they demanded control be restored with Raj...
Burkinis beached in France

Burkinis beached in France

This outfit of Muslim women and the saree have been banned on the country’s beaches. Is this an Islamophobic piece of legislation or a...
(L-R) Bombay High Court; Chief Justice Manjulla Chellur

Bombay HC gets a woman chief justice

Justice Manjulla Chellur took over as the new chief justice of the Bombay High Court on August 22. She is the second woman after...
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UK Supreme court refers gender issue to ECJ

Recently in MB vs Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2016), the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court had to decide on a plea challenging...
Apprehensions about the new trafficking bill

Apprehensions about the new trafficking bill

The minister of women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, will be presenting the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill in parliament during...
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Can Judges Get Blanket Protection? 

While the Judges Protection Act of 1985 gives protection to judges for acts done during the discharge of their duties, they are also made...
This tony civil lines property in Civil Lines area of Allahabad was bought by Shanti Bhushan, Prashant’s father, for a paltry amount

Prashant Bhushan: Courting Controversy

There are questions and issues that cast a shadow on the integrity of the loquacious PIL lawyer By India Legal Bureau It is rightly said that...
Illustration: Amitava Sen

Love has Borders

A Mumbai man’s effort to rescue his Pakistani beloved from a forced marriage lands him in jail. For his hapless parents, it has become...
Milk being poured at a tea stall. Photo: Bhawna Gaur

Milk—Toxic Cocktail Of Urea, Shampoo, Paint…

The Supreme Court ruling last fortnight directing the Center and states to amend laws to ensure stringent punishment for those guilty of adulterating milk...
Reaching out, Reaching all

First-ever ILRF Conclave at Ranchi goes viral!

The media, both print and online, went to town talking about the first-ever conclave of the India Legal Research Foundation held in Ranchi, Jharkhand,...
Customers shop at a Best Price Modern Wholesale store, a joint venture of Wal-Mart Stores and Bharti Enterprises, in Zirakpur

GST: A Dream for Indian Consumers?

Indirect taxes have been the bane of the common man. With a common tax regime now in place, will corporate pass on the benefits...
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Delhi High Court pulls up police over Kanhaiya

The Delhi Police got a rap on its knuckles from the Delhi High Court recently for its foggy stand on cancellation of interim bail...
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Indian American Pramila Jayapal Wins Primary in Washington State

Indian American Democrat Pramila Jayapal swept the open primary for Washington’s 7th Congressional District and will now advance to the general elections in November....
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No ceasefire in Delhi’s Battle Royale

The Delhi High Court while adjudicating between the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) and the Union of India has clarified that...
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Losing The West

The Mamata Banerjee government recently decided to change the name of West Bengal to only “Bengal” in English and calling it only “Bangla” or...
Happier times for FM Arun Jaitley. But the road ahead on GST could be tricky. Photo: UNI

GST Bill: Pluses & Minuses

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014, paving the way for Goods and Services Tax, was finally passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 3, 2016
(L-R) The Election Commission of India office in Delhi and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah (Photo: UNI)

Petition in EC for Omar’s disqualification

In 2010, the Supreme Court had come down heavily on persons filing frivolous PILs and set out guidelines for filing them in State of...
Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a speech at a meeting with Vietnamese and Chinese Communist youths in Hanoi

Beijing’s show of strength

The intemperate and aggressive Chinese reaction to the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration’s verdict that it has no territorial claims in the seas off...
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Criminal tribes behind increased violence

The recent rape of a mother and daughter in UP has brought focus on these communities and their proclivity to crime By Murad Ali Baig People...
Illustration: Rajender Kumar

Abortion Needs an Amendment

An apex court order allowing a rape victim to terminate her 24-week pregnancy brings into focus the need to change an outdated legislation which...
Sanjit, a former insurgent, was one of the many who were killed in fake encounters by Hirojit. Sanjit had come overground and started living a normal life. Photo credit: Tehelka

A case against AFSPA

The imposition of this draconian Act way back in 1958 has seen mindless killings of innocent people, rapes of women and all-pervasive fear. However,...
Social media star Qandeel Baloch

No “Honor” Killing This!

Social media star Qandeel Baloch’s death at the hands of her brother for leading a lifestyle which challenged conservative societal norms in Pakistan reflects...
Britain's outgoing Prime Minister, David Cameron,waves in front of number 10 Downing Street, in central London

Britain: A fortnight of turmoil

In three weeks, Britain witnessed a shocking churning, leading to the appointment of a PM whom no one had elected or expected  By Sajeda Momin...
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FORE in legal trouble over admission rules

A management institute is at least expected to manage its admission process well. But it seems FORE School of Management—best known as FORE and...
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SC’s verdict on BCCI is game-changing

With the apex court endorsing the findings of the Lodha panel, lawmakers will find it easier to frame effective legislation to debar politicians from...
Arunachal Pradesh governor JP Rajkhowa; Photo credit: Lovely Professional University

Do We Need Governors?

Should this gubernatorial post be abolished considering how Article 356 was misused in Arunachal and Uttarakhandc, so much so that the Supreme Court had...
Mentally-ill mom battles for custody

Mentally-ill mom battles for custody

In August 2009, Mindi, a 25-year-old struggling new parent, experienced what doctors later concluded was a psychotic episode. She had been staying in a...
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Of Gowns, Chapkans, Achkans and Dhotis

The origins of lawyers wearing black gowns lie in medieval England, In India, depending on the weather and the relevant high court, rules regarding...
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SC sanctions consecutive jail terms

The five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment recently clarified that a trial court could make a man held guilty...
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SC can transfer cases out of J&K

The Supreme Court, today, gave a ruling that highlights yet another aspect of Article 21—the Right to Life includes Right to Justice. The court...
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda (C) administering the first dose of Rotavirus vaccine to a girl child at the launch of the Pilot Rotavirus Universal Immunization program, at Bhubaneswar, in Odisha on Saturday. Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (I/C) Dharmendra Pradhan is also seen

The secret behind Rotavac vaccine trials

Even before the full data on these trials has been made public, the vaccine is out in four states. A petition in the Supreme...
Narasimha Rao with Manmohan Singh PIB pic

Time to take stock of reforms

It was way back in 1991 that liberalization was initiated by the Narasimha Rao government. Twenty five years after, the benefits are still to...
Alang, Gujarat World's biggest ship breaking yard turns killer from Youtube

Salvaging Alang, Graveyard of Ships

A move by the EU Commission and the Supreme Court to get ship-breaking yards to create environment-friendly facilities may save Alang as it gasps...
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SC lays down do’s and don’ts for governor in Arunachal

The recent Supreme Court verdict restoring the Nabam Tuki government in Arunachal Pradesh has once again restored the sanctity of the federal structure of...
People hold banners during a demonstration against Britain's decision to leave the European Union, in central London

Brexit is not the only referendum

Brexit has rekindled the demand for referendum in other EU member countries too. What is the genesis of this demand for breaking away? A Report...
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Was Narasimha Rao responsible for Babri masjid?

Vinay Sitapati recounts the events leading up December 6, 1992, and tries to absolve Prime Minister Narasimha Rao of complicity with right-wing parties in...
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Uniform Civil Code: several shades of grey

Distinguished guests confabulated on the uniform Civil Code and how the government should approach it at the weekly India Legal show The issue of Uniform Civil Code...
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Can Zakir Naik be prosecuted?

Bombay-based Islamic preacher and televangelist Zakir Naik is under the scanner for his speeches allegedly spewing communal hatred on his Peace TV channel. It...
Members of Asian Solidarity stage a dharna against “Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Imphal

Supreme Court’s AFSPA observations are critical

The Supreme Court’s recent observations on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA are significant for the people of Manipur in particular and...
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Delhi: a centre for commercial arbitration

Delhi is soon to become a centre for international commercial arbitration along with the ones in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Geneva. According...
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Do women matter in judiciary?

Distinguished guests from the legal fraternity shared their concerns about scant representation of women in the profession at the weekly India Legal show At a...
MHA Disowns Tibetan Citizens

MHA Disowns Tibetan Citizens

  Even though the law and courts say that all persons, including children born between 1950 and 1987 to Tibetan refugees, are citizens of India...
AFTER VOTING

Law Commission grappling with Uniform Civil Code     

Although the NDA government has assigned the Law Commission to find out whether the uniform civil code could be implemented in the country, the...
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Why e-courts project is sputtering

The government’s e-courts project is still to realize its full potential. Conceived as a way out for ensuring speedy delivery of justice and reducing...
Lawers protest in Telengana

Round one goes to higher judiciary in Telangana

Judges and lawyers in Telangana were up in arms over the appointment of Andhra Pradesh judges in their state. However, the judges returned to...
Do we need a Common Civil Code?

Do we need a Common Civil Code?

Will such a code in a multi-religious, multi-cultural society like India infringe on freedom of religion?  No, it will not interfere in the way...
Minors can file petitions, says Pakistan SC

Minors can file petitions, says Pakistan SC

The seven-year-old daughter of an environment lawyer has sued the Pakistan government for violating the right to a healthy life. According to Dawn, Rabab...
Two high courts to get new identity

Two high courts to get new identity

The Union cabinet today cleared the decks for renaming of the Madras and Bombay high courts. A bill in this regard will be placed...
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SC to examine conflict of interest issue with lawmakers

In a significant observation, the Supreme Court recently said that it would like to examine the issue of lawmakers having shares in a company...
Why Canon Law can’t grant divorce legally

Why Canon Law can’t grant divorce legally

While hearing Clarence Pais vs Union of India and Ors, the Supreme Court on Monday held that divorce decrees pronounced by ecclesiastical tribunals established...
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Pune District Court adopts SMS service

In a move that will help bring litigants closer to a shorter judicial process, the Pune District Court has implemented a SMS message service...
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Reservations valid for disabled in all promotions: SC

In an important ruling in Rajiv Kumar Gupta and Ors vs Union of India and Ors, the Supreme Court struck down the central government’s...
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CULLING ANIMALS: A MYOPIC MOVE

The government’s move to allow “vermin” to be killed is a flawed and unreasonable decision when these animals have co-existed with local people for...
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Rustom brings Nanavati case alive

First year law students are all too familiar with the well-known 1959 criminal law case of KM Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra—the last “memorable”...
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Insulted judge approaches Patna High Court 

In a shocking incident, the Gopalganj Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) was allegedly manhandled by policemen on way to court. According to The Indian...
Uber Asia Business Head, Eric Alexander (R), Telangana IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan (2nd R), Madhu Kannan, Member-Group Executive Council and Head for business development and public affairs, Tata Sons (c) handing over key’s to drivers during the announcement of Tata and Uber's new partnership to make it easier for driver to become Micro-Entrepreneurs in Hyderabad

A Boost for E-commerce?

This proposed scheme has outsourced tax collection to companies. But it is a moot question whether its benefits will be passed on to the...

Legal Reforms, Without the Tears

By Kirti Bhatt. A report submitted to the government by the Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, suggests ways to clear the logjam of cases...

Busy days ahead for the Supreme Court

Supreme Court re-opened after the summer vacation and on re-opening day, 28 judgments of cases which were heard were pronounced. But much awaited verdicts...

Third Gender ‘Defined’

The Supreme Court today, reiterated its previous stand that the term “third gender” categorically refers to transgender and not to gays, lesbians or bisexuals. The...

Taxmen cast net over dodgers under PM’s amnesty scheme

By Vinayak Misra. In his latest Mann ki Baat radio address to the people on June 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned India’s infamous legions...

Area of Darkness

After putting out a draft forest policy, the government suddenly backtracked in panic. If it had got through, it would have seen more areas...

Troubled Times

While UK’s referendum to leave the EU has shocked many, what remains is a load of legal tangles before fresh legislations are brought in...

Gujarat HC rules out retirement age for minority institutes

In a judgement that could become a legal benchmark for minority-run educational institutes in India, the Gujarat High Court recently said that such institutes...

Himachal HC refuses to interfere with government order

The Himachal Pradesh High Court refused to step into the territory of the executive while responding to a petition related to an officer’s posting...

Bigger Pictures, Better Warnings

The SC’s order last month directing tobacco companies to display bigger health warnings on their products is a shot in the arm for those...

Supreme Court to hear plea against Section 377

The Supreme Court is likely to take up a petition on decriminalizing Section 377 of the IPC on Wednesday, June 29. According to The...

Is TRAI’s demand for additional power baseless?

By Chirag Juneja and Shubhankar Gupta. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has sought powers to extend its ambit for penalizing service providers who...

A Legal Prescription

Only if the Clinical Establishment Act (2010) becomes operational and brings into its ambit patients’ rights, will the unregulated private medical sector become accountable...

US Supreme Court strikes down Texas anti-abortion law

In a significant verdict, the US Supreme Court has struck down a Texas law that made it more difficult for women to have abortions....

Madras HC Advocates Association goes on strike

The Madras High Court Advocates Association decided on Monday (June 27) to go on strike from Tuesday (June 28) in protest against the recent...

More than 30 lakh cases yet to get another hearing date

Pendency of cases is a major issue that has affected the justice delivery system in India. It has stuck out like a sore thumb...

In Muddy Waters

The National Water Framework Bill and a Model Bill for Conservation, Protection and Regulation of Groundwater are meant to regulate the use of water....

Flight of Despair

The apex court recently asked SpiceJet to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to a disabled passenger it had de-boarded. Will this pave...

SOS: Save Our Schools

  The LDF is trying to salvage many government-aided schools on the verge of closure despite a Supreme Court ruling allowing it. What ails the...

Guarding the Coastline

Ten years after the 26/11 attacks, one would have expected the Maharashtra government to beef up coastal vigilance. But state officials recently informed the...

Telangana government restrains unruly lawyers

The Telangana government has issued a circular directing district collectors, superintendents of police and police commissioners of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Warangal to ensure that...

Supreme Court to decide WhatsApp’s fate

Doing WhatsApp may soon be history if the apex court agrees with a PIL filed by a petitioner. The PIL claims that it is...

Identity Crisis!

Despite the Supreme Court of Bangladesh confirming that Biharis there were its citizens, they live in deplorable conditions due to their legal status not...

US Supreme Court upholds affirmative action program at Texas varsity

In a landmark ruling, that will go a long way in establishing racial inclusion and ethnic diversity in university admissions in the US, the...

Will the Floodgates Open?

While Bollywood celebrated the Bombay High Court verdict okaying Udta Punjab, it could be seen as a license to show films full of sleaze,...

Madras High Court strikes down I&B ministry’s order on e-auctions

India Legal Bureau The Madras High Court recently asked the central government to announce the names of successful bidders of FM Station Phase III e-auction,...

No, No, No!

Instantaneous triple talaq in one go, is against the Quran, the Indian constitution and a woman’s human rights. Spurred by a lone Muslim woman’s...

Mumbai civic body still in line of fire

Neeta Kolhatkar in Mumbai Taking a suo motu cognizance of potholes in Mumbai, the Bombay High Court today asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to...

Companies can’t file an RTI

For all legal purposes, a company is considered a “personality”, distinct from the people who are part of it. However, unlike any other individual,...

Free ride on highways for people with disabilities

India legal Bureau In a move to empower differently-abled persons, the National Highways Authority of India in a recent circular has added mechanical vehicles, especially...

High on Pain

While amendment to this act was meant to make access to morphine and other such opioids easier for those suffering from pain, stringent jail...

Kerala church held guilty for denying burial

By Mary Mitzy Earlier this year, a Munsiff Court of Erattupetta, Kerala, slapped a fine on the East Kerala Diocese Bishop, KG Daniel, and Vicar...

TRAI releases pre-consultation paper; seeks stakeholders’ views

India Legal Bureau The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has put out a pre-consultation paper on “Infrastructure Sharing in the Broadcasting TV Distribution Sector”....

National Commission penalizes Emaar Builders

India Legal Bureau The National Commission recently passed an order that’s good news for flat buyers who are kept waiting on the tenterhooks for their...

Competition Commission acquits TOI

India Legal Bureau Early this month, the Competition Commission of India ruled in favour of The Times of India in a case filed against the...

Summons still delivered by hand in lower courts

Despite all the hype about setting up e-courts in India and using the latest technology to make the justice delivery system fast and efficient,...

Soldiering On

In February, defense minister Manohar Parrikar expressed concern over Army Headquarters filing appeals against disability benefits and pensions to service personnel. When will these...

Diplomacy widens the scope of extradition

India Legal Bureau With criminals jumping ship to escape the long arm of the law at home, the 1969 Supreme Court ruling in State of West...

Absence of injury does not negate rape

India Legal Bureau A recent judgment of the Himachal Pradesh High Court (Gurmukh Singh and ors. vs State of Himachal Pradesh and Ors.) held that...

Saving the Great Indian Bustard

The population of this majestic bird has declined alarmingly, especially in Rajasthan, but conservation efforts could once again see it flying high  By Prakash...

Husband gets divorce as wife inflicts mental cruelty

India Legal Bureau The Delhi High Court recently granted a decree of divorce to a man on the ground that he suffered mental cruelty from his wife. The...

Keeping the Woods Lovely, Dark and Deep…

India was the first country to develop a legislation for biodiversity. Yet, conserving this resource needs to be part of the national policy instead...

Jiah Khan committed suicide, says CBI to Bombay High Court

In a significant development in the Jiah Khan suicide case, the CBI has come to the conclusion that she killed herself. The central agency...

Bombay High Court refuses bail to Chhagan Bhujbal

By Neeta Kolhatkar in Mumbai  The Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected the bailsought by NCP leaderChhagan Bhujbalon medical grounds. Bhujbal is in jail after he was...

Donor Deficiency

The shortage of organs for transplant is growing by the day. It is now clear that tweaking laws alone will not do and the...

Consensus is a Delightfully Vague Concept

There is no case for blocking India’s membership to the NSG. China’s objections should not be binding The Nuclear Suppliers Gro-up (NSG) was set up...

Take a Chill-Pill!

With the huge backlog of cases, it has often been asked why the legal fraternity needs to take long holidays. India Legal speaks to...

Repair potholes at the earliest, says Bombay High Court

India Legal Bureau The Bombay High Court recently lambasted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The court pulled it up for not filling potholes before the...

A Thunderbolt from the Supreme Court

Chief Justice Thakur should rightly be proud of his brothers who, despite attacks on “judicial activism”, are safeguarding this republic from the dangers of becoming...

Madras High Court tightens its noose on tobacco sellers

India Legal Bureau  The Madras High Court judge, Justice N Kirubakaran, in a significant ruling, has banned the sale of tobacco products within 100...

No special privileges for pregnant students, says Kerala High Court

India Legal Bureau The Kerala High Court has ruled that there can be no ground for offering concession to pregnant students, as far as allowing...

Mallya termed Proclaimed Offender by PMLA court

India Legal Bureau In a significant and moral victory for the Enforcement Directorate (ED), a special PMLA court in Mumbai declared Vijay Mallya a "proclaimed...

Bitter to Better Medicine

A parliamentary panel has recommended that these be regulated and untested and unlicensed formulations crowding the market, pushed by misleading advertisements, must be checked  By...

Has National Litigation policy helped in bringing down pendency? 

The huge pendency of cases in Indian courts has denied fast track justice to litigants. There are around 60,000 cases pending in the Supreme...

Picking through the Haze

On June 23, the UK will vote whether to remain in the EU or exit it. Campaigns from both sides have been split by...

No Gain from this Pain

A draft bill on passive euthanasia shows that the government is willing to finally deal with this highly emotive issue that will relieve suffering...

Haryana Learns its Lesson

The second phase of agitation by this community sees Manohar Khattar’s government better prepared to deal with any contingency even as it banks on...

Conservative London Is Shocked As Pro-Brexit Protesters Go Nude

The long on-going legal issue between Britain and European Union on the subject of Brexit reached an unusual flashpoint in London on Saturday. As Britain’s...

Nuclear Buzz Ahead?

As India inches closer to becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, it’ll end the isolation that set in after Pokhran-I. And Modi’s...

UP moots a proposal on case pendency, Takes up “witness” issues

The courts in Uttar Pradesh are bogged down by pending cases. The figures are distressing and alarming, to say the least. By Khurram Nizami and...

Cracking Down on Errant Lawyers

Recently, the High Court amended Section 34 (1) of the Advocates Act to debar those advocates guilty of professional misconduct from practicing By R Ramasubramanian...

RSS-affiliation rule likely to be scrapped by govt

By India Legal Bureau It will perhaps be no longer mandatory for those taking up government jobs to give it in writing that they are...

TRIPLE TALAQ: AN UNNECESSARY EVIL

By Chirag Juneja “As with all human rights violations, breaking the silence is the first step.” -Jessica Neuwirth Talaq al bidah or talaq al badai means the...

No bail plea of Namdhari in Ponty Chadha case

The Supreme Court today dismissed the interim bail plea of the Uttarakhand Minority Commission ex-chairman Sukhdev Singh Namdhari in the murder case of liquor...

Gauhati HC asks for report on BTAD camps in Assam

The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the alleged pitiable living conditions in the four relief camps in the Bodoland Territorial...

PIL against Election Commission on Bru refugees

A regional political organization in Mizoram has filed a PIL in the Gauhati High Court opposing the Election Commission's directive to include the names...

Government should do its job properly, says CJI Thakur

The Chief Justice of India TS Thakur has said that the judiciary only intervenes when the executive doesn’t work efficiently and sincerely and the...

SC reserves its judgment in Jaya case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its judgement in the disproportionate assets case related to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and others. The Karnataka...

PIL seeking CBI probe in Mathura violence unjustified: SC

The Supreme Court has quashed a petition seeking CBI investigation into the Jawahar Bagh violence in Mathura on June 2 in which 29 people,...

Manorama gets relief from Patna High Court

The mother of the prime accused in the Aditya Sachdeva murder case, Manorama Devi, was granted bail on 6th June by the Patna High...

Stay continues on Jat quota

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has refused to vacate its May 26 stay order on quotas granted by the Haryana government in jobs...

No Olympics for Sushil Kumar

It is the end of the road for wrestler Sushil Kumar as far as his donning the India cap in the Rio Olympics this...

Battle lines for the three contentious bills passed by the Manipur state assembly has...

New Delhi/ Imphal: Battle lines for the three contentious bills passed by the Manipur state assembly has now shifted from Imphal to the national...

Bangladesh: HARD TIMES

If this bill becomes an act, Bangladeshis who took part in the 1971 liberation war, foreign nationals and those with dual citizenship will find...

Highway no Runway

Despite the Directorate General of Civil Aviation laying down rules, flying in India has its comic but risky moments. Why has increased automation not led to greater safety or probity?

Yamuna Floodplains: A Damp Squib?

The Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules 2016 seeks to shift the burden of protecting them from the center to the states and can lead...

UK’s Supreme Court Restrains Press

A complex sex tangle involving a celebrity and an injunction restraining publication of the details of it has sparked off a debate in the...

ALTERNATIVE CAREER OPTIONS FOR LAWYERS: Beyond the Courts

There are more than enough opportunities in today’s globalized world.

Bill for Jats Stayed

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has cracked down on a bill passed by the Haryana government in March which gave job quotas to this dominant community.

Gulbarg massacre verdict after 14 years… 24 convicted, 36 acquitted

A Special SIT court in Ahmedabad convicted 24 people and acquitted 36 others on Thursday in the Gulbarg Society massacre case of 2002 that...

JIAH KHAN TRIAL: Conflicting Interests?

The CBI has moved the Bombay High Court against the government for appointing a Special Public Prosecutor.

Owning disproportionate assets per se no crime, says SC in Jaya case

The disproportionate assets case related to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and others came up before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The apex court made...

Uttarakhand CM gets stay in sting case…Matter again on June 20

Chief Minister Harish Rawat won’t be arrested as of now in the case related to a purported sting operation where he has been shown...

NGT offers relief to states on pollution data

Share data on quality of air, vehicle pollution, population count, and other important pollution-related data of cities that are the most polluted by Tuesday...

NGT slams Art of Living… Questions its integrity over paying compensation

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) blamed spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living (AOL) for going back on its commitment to pay...

Karbi Anglong tense after Govt announces ST status for Bodos in the district

Karbi Anglong district of Assam has become tense following the Centre's decision to include Bodos living in the two hill districts of Assam as...

SC pulls up AICTE, Fixes another date for admission

May 31, New Delhi All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was pulled up by the Supreme Court on Tuesday for not following its orders....

Supreme Court Rejects Plea To Cancel Pratyusha Banerjee’s Boyfriend Rahul Raj’s Bail

New Delhi:  The Supreme court has declined a plea by the mother of late actress Pratyusha Banerjee seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail of Rahul...

Changing surname no bearing on caste Bombay High Court grants relief to a medical...

There is no reason to deny admission to a person belonging to ST category in a medical course just because he changed his surname,...
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UGC: Learning To U-turn

Strident protests from the teaching community resulted in the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development directing the UGC to amend a recent and controversial...

Kerala High Court stays National Green Tribunal order on diesel vehicles

The Kerala High Court has stayed the order of the National Green Tribunal Circuit Bench, banning registration of diesel vehicles above 2000 cc engine...

Modi finds his niche in Meghalaya; speaks English, talks football

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Shillong by chopper at 10.30 am and attended the second day of the NEC Plenary at the State...

No sponsor logos and on-screeen credits for Star India; Its plea turned down by...

Star India will now have to remove sponsor logos, on-screen credits and embedded advertisements from their feeds before sharing it with Prasar Bharti. The...

Valley-based militant outfits claim responsibility for attack on AR JCO, jawans

The Coordination Committee, (CorCom) of six militant outfits comprising the Kangleipak Communist Party, Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (Progressive),...

Punjab and Haryana High Court pulls up Centre and NCRB over CNG Pipeline

Punjab and Haryana High Court has slammed the centre and the National Gas Regulatory Board (NCRB) for going slow on the construction of CNG...

Italian marine to return home on SC orders, but with conditions

The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Italian marine, Salvatore Girone, one of the accused in the killing of two Kerala fishermen in 2012, to...

New Assam CM takes a call on multiple toll gates

Hardly had Sonowal taken oath of office when he convened that the first meeting of his council of ministers within 24 hours. Several important decisions...

Former MLA from Tamil Nadu, Bader Sayeed, files a fresh plea on triple-talaq in...

A former MLA from Tamil Nadu, Bader Sayeed, has filed a fresh plea in the Supreme Court asking to declare triple-talaq unconstitutional. According to...
Smart City

Shillong misses smart city bus yet again: Is politics the deciding factor?

Shillong the capital of Meghalaya did not qualify to be in the smart city bandwagon of the NDA Government.  On Tuesday a list of...

Sonowal takes oath as first BJP CM: His list of to-do’s a daunting one

Sarbananda Sonowal’s swearing in ceremony was a grand affair with BJP supporters coming in from different parts of the state. Sonowal is the first...

Supreme Court dismisses petition on 100% cut of water supply to the liquor companies...

Supreme Court quashed the petition for cutting 100% water supply to liquor companies, filed by Maharashtra based activist Sanjay Kale. The bench led by...

ULFA (I) decries land allocation to Ramdev in Bodo Territorial Council

The allocation of land to Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev in the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) area has irked the  ULFA  (I) (led by Paresh Baruah). The outfit...

President of India Approves NEET Ordinance; State Board Students Exempted From July 24th Common...

Union Health Minister, JP Nadda held a press conference to declare that President Pranab Mukherjee has given green signal for NEET ordinance. The Minister said...

16th century gold-headgear of elephants being melted by temple, just for getting gold; petitioner...

Supreme Court passed an order on a petition to save melting of gold jewelleries used to festoon the elephants on the special occasions in...

Supreme Court to hear bail plea of Italian marine

Supreme Court has accepted the hearing of bail plea filed by Italian marine Salvatore Girone, one of the accused of killing of two fishermen...

9 Judge Constitution Bench Setup to examine the validity of separate entry taxes

The Supreme Court has decided to set up a 9 Judge Constitution Bench to examine the validity of separate entry taxes on goods, mandated...

Here is the update on Jiah Khan’s mysterious death

Bombay High Court has entertained the appeal of Jiah Khan’s mother Rabiya Khan in Jiah Khan suicide case. Jiah’s mother appealed to the court...

The Central government postponed NEET @indialegalmedia broke the story first on 17th May

The Central government postponed the common medical test- National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for a year. Today, Union Cabinet approved promulgation of the ordinance in...

Legal Update On Pratyusha Banarjee’s Death Under Mysterious Circumstances

The Supreme Court will hear a petition filed by deceased actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s mother against the anticipatory bail granted to pratyusha’s boyfriend, Rahul Raj...
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Punjab Assembly Elections: SAD Poll Largesse

Though assembly elections in this state are a year away, the ruling coalition has opened its purse strings to give freebies to its people...
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Cyber Laws: Under A Cloud!

With an increase in cyber crimes, it is time India has clear-cut cyber laws so that civil liberties are not violated without any judicial...
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Malda: India’s Afghanistan

Opium smuggling from this district of West Bengal to the western state has increased five-fold over the last five years. Guns and counterfeit money...

32 year old Wrestler, 2-time Olympic medallist drags WFI into the Legal-Ring…

32 year old Sushil Kumar, two-time Olympic medallist has challenged selections of Rio Olympics 2016 by Wrestling Federation of India. After Narsingh Yadav, winner...
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Kerala: Jisha’s Murder UDF’s Shame

The brutal rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Ernakulam district has shown the callous attitude of the police and the ineffective response...
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Judges’ Appointment: Four More Stalwarts for the Supreme Court

For a start, it has been well received. The first four appointments after the Supreme Court restored the collegium have been quietly applauded by...
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Narendra Modi government completes two years on May 26

The Modi government will complete two years on May 26. Hopes have been belied, key reforms and bills are stuck, black money is elusive...

Supreme Court Stays Demolition of Bus Stand Parking at McLeod Ganj

Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran submitted a statuary appeal against NGT's order to demolish the newly constructed bus stand parking at McLeod Ganj. NGT had...

Supreme Court Notification on Schedule of Vacation Benches

Effective May 15th, 2016 till June 29th, 2016, Supreme Court has proceeded on summer vacation. For hearing of urgent matters and regular hearing matters, Supreme Court has...
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SC emerges as dogs’ savior

The Supreme Court has recommended sterilization or vaccination in accordance with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, as a solution to the...

Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Validity of Criminal Defamation Law; Quashes Petition By Rahul Gandhi,...

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a petition against the various criminal defamation laws, citing that...

SLAPP Attack!

Filing Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation has become the first choice of action for big businesses to threaten journalists and activists who expose their...

International Legal News: Jury Clears Nigerian of Rape Charges as the Victim ‘Thought she...

In Bolton Crown Court, UK, the Jury cleared a Nigerian man of rape charges within 27 minutes after it was found that the victim...

Prashant Bhushan Files Petition Against Rising Animal Cruelty; Supreme Court Demands Reply From Centre

Prashant Bhushan, on behalf of an NGO called Angel Trust, filed a petition in Supreme Court against rising animal cruelty. The petition demanded stricter...

The Slippery Ground of Quotas

On April 30, the High Court struck down the MP Public Service Promotion Rules, 2002, thereby annulling promotions based on reservations. This has struck...

Justice Dipak Misra To Senior Advocate Yatin Oza: “You don’t have a right to...

Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh heard an appeal filed by Senior Advocate & Gujarat Bar Association...

Beefed Up!

A Bombay High Court judgment said it was no longer illegal to possess or eat beef as long as it was from outside the...

Taming of the Drone

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has laid out strict guidelines for civil unmanned aircraft in an effort to regulate them     By Shobha John When India...

Harish Rawat Wins Uttarakhand Assembly Floor Test; Centre Announces Rollback of President’s Rule

At sharp 10 AM, a sealed packet with the results of yesterday’s floor test reached Supreme Court, and the Judge was presented with the...

Collegium Transfers Two Chief Justices & Three Judges

After the Supreme Court collegium transferred 12 High Court judges last month, transfers continued this month as well. Two Chief Justices and three Judges...

Vietnam Vets Push VA to Link Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange

The Department of Veterans Affairs is evaluating new research as it decides whether to extend benefits to exposed vets By Mike Hixenbaugh, Charles Ornstein and...

Petition Filed Challenging Bar Council of India Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules,...

A petition was filed challenging the Bar Council of India Certificate and Place of Practice (Verification) Rules, 2015. The Rules mandate that all advocates whose...

NGT Adjourns Uttarakhand Forest Fire Matter to May 27th, 2016

The National Green Tribunal granted two days time to Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh governments to file a reply regarding forest fires in their respective...

States Won’t Be Allowed To Conduct Entrance Exams – Supreme Court’s Final Verdict On...

Today, Supreme Court heard all arguments presented by various States and Private institutions, and then announced its final verdict. The bench had reserved their order,...

Bailable warrants against Punjab officers for not appearing before NGT

Taking strict note of repeated absence of authorities from Punjab in the case regarding groundwater pollution in the state, the National Green Tribunal has...

Diesel cab drivers threaten to block major roads in capital if ban not lifted

Threatening to block all major roads in the capital, number of diesel cab drivers gathered outside the SC parking lot against the ban on diesel...

Subrata Roy gets four-week parole to perform mother’s last rites

The Supreme Court today granted temporary parole of four weeks to Sahara chief Subrata Roy, lodged in Tihar jail since March 2014, to perform...

The Judiciary as a Political Actor

A new book edited by Christophe Jeffrelot examines the challenges our neighbor faces from within and outside. In this excerpt on the judiciary, Philip...

Imposing a blanket ban on mining in Meghalaya

Imposing a blanket ban on mining in Meghalaya, the National Green Tribunal directed the state government to ensure that all no unregulated, illegal, indiscriminate...

Supreme Court Gets 4 New Judges- Find Out Who They Are?

Supreme Court collegium, which is headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, today approved elevation of four new judges. Out of these four...

This Is How Social Media Reacted To India Legal’s Live Coverage of #NEET Hearing...

Today at 2.30 PM IST, hearing started at Supreme Court regarding the ongoing National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) matter. Different States presented their arguments...

Uttarakhand invites NGT ire for not regulating camps, rafting in Rishikesh

The principal bench of National Green Tribunal rapped the Uttarakhand government for failing to implement policy governing camping sites and rafting activity in Kaudiyala...
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Wetlands Rules 2016: A Damp Squib?

The Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules 2016 seeks to shift the burden of protecting them from the center to the states and can lead...
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A Heartache for a Home

Here is a personal, traumatic account of a buyer who was duped by a builder who shattered all her dreams of having a roof...
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Real Estate Act 2016: A Game-Changer Act

This law will make the Great Indian Middle Class Dream of owning a house more achievable and will make promoters, builders and brand ambassadors...

Obscenity in public: Saving private Indian

Should Section 294 of the IPC, which deals with obscenity in public, be used against citizens for enjoying their freedom within their homes? A...

Cost of wasting court’s time? Rs 50 lakh each for Star, BCCI

The Supreme Court on Friday slapped a fine of Rs 50 lakh each on Star India Private Limited and BCCI for wasting court’s time,...

Delhi HC seeks CBI reply on Rungtas’ plea challenging conviction

The Delhi High Court has sought response from the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) on appeals filed by directors of Jharkhand Ispat Pvt Ltd (JIPL),...

Naveen Jindal, Koda in the dock as CBI court gets ready to frame charges

A special CBI court in New Delhi has ordered framing of charges against industrialist Naveen Jindal, former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayana...
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The government doesn’t want to spend money on the judiciary: Ram Jethmalani

Update: Minister of Law and Justice, Sadananda Gowda, has responded to this interview via Tweet: @Prasoon1001 We don't agree. Close to Rs. 2000 cr per annum...
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Water crisis in Marathwada: Chronicle of a Drought Foretold

A visit to this parched region of Maharashtra shows the daily struggle of people for water and how advance emergency measures could have mitigated...

SC gives go ahead to hold NEET exam in two schedules

The Supreme Court on Thursday gave green signal to hold National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) exam for admission to MBBS and MD courses...

Communal frenzy will eventually even out: Chairman of National Commission for Minorities

Naseem Ahmad, chairman, National Commission for Minorities, is a bureaucrat who has handled several key portfolios. He is a master of law from Aligarh...
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Water catastrophe: Dripping with Misery

In India, 75 million are deprived of sufficient water. Over the last 50 years, per capita availability of fresh water has declined from 3,000...

Auction of Sahara properties will complete in four months: SEBI tells Supreme Court

An interlocutory application has been filed in SEBI vs. Sahara India Real Estate Corporation case, before CJI, Justice Sikri and Justice Dave, seeking clarification that...

Nariman wants Justice Katju to be citizen, not super citizen

Be a citizen, not a super citizen. Eminent Constitutional jurist Fali S Nariman advised Justice(retd) Markandey Katju while arguing against his petition seeking quashing...

SC says no to IPL matches in Maharashtra after April 30

The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea by Maharashtra and Mumbai Cricket Association to hold Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches in the state. Earlier...
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India-UK Row: The Elusive Kohinoor

Solicitor-general Ranjit Kumar stirred a hornet nest when he claimed that this gem was gifted to the British by Punjab’s erstwhile rulers. The passion...
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Punjab: Gripped by Poll Fever

Though assembly polls are months away, political parties have already started campaigning in an attempt to be first off the block By Vipin Pubby in...

India’s Top Court Extends Stay of Italian Marine Massimiliano Latorre, Accused Of Killing...

India’s top court has extended the continued stay of the Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre, who along with his colleague Salvatore Girone is accused of...

If I am to be arrested upon arrival, I am not coming: defiant Mallya...

“If I am to be arrested upon my arrival, I am not going to come,” a defiant Vijay Mallya told the Supreme Court through...
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Abetment of suicide: Use section 306 carefully

A suicide always shocks people and they look for someone to blame. But various judgments have made it clear that baseless allegations cannot...

Affidavit Filed By Mumbai Police Over Delay In Granting Dance Bar Licenses; Says Most...

In the dance bar matter, a petition was filed, challenging the Constitutional validity of certain provisions of Maharashtra Police (second amendment) Act which bans...

An Emotional CJI Says 9 Supreme Court Judges In US Decides 81 Cases, But...

Even as the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, in an emotionally choked voice, appealed to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi,...
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Madhya Pradesh’s White Tiger Politics

The state’s recent introduction of a safari showcasing this animal is a political move and is enveloped in false claims and irregularities By Rakesh Dixit What...
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Congress: Dynasty No Longer Rules

There is a leadership crisis in the Congress as it continues on its downward slide. New strategies need to be urgently drawn up which...

Sikhs and the SGPC: Baptism by Fire in Punjab?

A new bill passed in the Rajya Sabha seeks to debar half of eligible Sikhs from voting for the SGPC, which is under SAD’s...

President’s Rule To Continue In Uttarakhand Till April 27th As Supreme Court Stays High...

In a huge blow To Congress and a big relief for BJP, Supreme Court bench headed by Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh...

Uttarakhand High Court Quashes President’s Rule In The State; Orders Floor Test On April...

Uttarakhand High Court has quashed President’s rule in the state, and has ordered a floor test on April 29th, wherein Harish Rawat will be...

Vijay Mallya In Trouble Again As Non-bailable Warrant Issued Against Him In Cheque Bounce...

In yet another blow to Rajya Sabha MP and Businessman Vijay Mallya, a local court in Hyderabad has issued a non-bailable warrant against him....
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Raja Sahib Virbhadra Singh’s troubles: Disproportionate assets and IT returns

Virbhadra Singh’s disproportionate assets and IT returns could land him in hot water. While he claims this is vendetta politics, he himself has not...

Jiah Khan Death: Court Raps Public Prosecutor Over Delay In Trial; Gives Ultimatum Till...

Bombay High Court rapped public prosecutor over delay in the trial of Jiah Khan’s death case. The court said that by seeking extensions, the...

IPL Match In Pune On May 1st Has Been Allowed By Bombay High Court;...

Bombay High Court has allowed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to conduct an IPL match in Pune on May 1st. Due...
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SC recalls order scrapping NEET

-By Deepti Jain Careers of many medical aspirants are at stake, after the apex court on April 11, reverted its 2013 controversial judgment for striking...
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‘Loyalty form’ to Urdu authors and editors: No criticism, please!

A “loyalty form” by this organization to Urdu authors and editors says that adverse comments about the government in their books can invite legal...

The present Congress government in Himachal Pradesh, after coming to power lodged criminal proceedings...

The case-matter pertains to the grant of land on lease @Re 1 by the former CM of Himachal Pradesh, Prem Kumar Dhumal to a...

This matter is an “Accident in medical education”, according to Justice Mishra, Supreme Court

This matter is an "Accident in medical education", according to Justice Mishra, Supreme Court The case of Soumya Rajan Panda Vs Subhalaxmi Dash, before Justice...
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Panama Papers: Giant Leak Exposes Global Array of Crime and Corruption

Millions of documents show heads of state, criminals and celebrities using secret hideaways in tax havens A massive leak of documents exposes the offshore holdings...

Ashiana rape case: Accused Gaurav Shukla Sentenced To 10 Years of Imprisonment

11 year old ‘Ashiana rape case’ has finally been closed after accused Gaurav Shukla was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by a fast...

The Great Indian Rip-off

The art market in our country is booming and is worth crores. This has led to works of senior artists being forged and sold...

The Fight Over Koh-i-Noor Diamond Resumes; Court Asks To File Affidavit In 6 Weeks

All India Human Rights & Social Justice Front (AIHRSJ) has filed a petition in Supreme Court, regarding return of Koh-i-Noor diamond from United Kingdom...
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Panama Papers: The Powers Behind Tax Havens

While these papers have brought the focus back on black money, the harsh fact is that big countries are involved. So how successful will...

Govt’s Land Grab?

The Modi government has promulgated an ordinance that allows it to take over such property even if it has legal heirs who are Indian...

Actress Shilpa Shinde from ‘Bhabhi Ji Ghar Pe Hain’ Files Case Against Cine and...

Actress Shilpa Shinde, who shot to fame from her character Angoori Bhabhi from popular TV serial ‘Bhabhi Ji Ghar Pe Hain’ has filed a...

Kerala’s Deadly Inferno

With more than 110 dead in the Putingal fireworks explosion and scores injured, will these illegal festivities be stopped or continue to pander to...

Watch out for Big Brother!

In an unprecedented move, the High Court here has suspended a judicial magistrate for corruption. Will this send a message to the subordinate judiciary...

Case Filed Against Baba Ramdev For His Call For Beheading Those Who Refuse To...

A case has been filed against Baba Ramdev for his remark wherein he had threatened to behead all those who fail to chant ‘Bharat...

Supreme Court Judges’ Retreat Begins At Bhopal; Discussion on Terrorism, Economic Growth & Globalization...

Supreme Court judges have decided to take a break from their judiciary duties and indulge in a three-day retreat at Bhopal. This would be...

Taxing Times for Congress, Janata Party

In a surprising development, the High Court here has slammed the Congress and the Janata Party for trying to evade income tax and asked...

Mehbooba’s Crown of Thorns

This state’s first woman chief minister has her task cut out. With an uneasy alliance with the BJP and constant trouble from across the...

Kolkata’s Death Trap

This tragedy has shown the sheer apathy of the administration and the insensitivity of politicians as hundreds lay trapped under the crumbling structure By Sujit...

In Mullaperiyar Dam Issue, Court Says To Tamil Nadu: Decree Is Passed, What More...

In the ongoing Mullaperiyar Dam issue, Tamil Nadu Govt. had moved an application, wherein they had requested that Centre should provide protection to the dam. Hearing...

Court Says Judges’ Recruitment Cannot Be Advertised Publicly; Asks Petitioner To Read NJAC Judgement

A lawyer filed a petition, requesting that recruitment for judges should be advertised publicly as those who want to apply for the same can...

Aborted Without Discussion

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s private member bill decriminalizing homosexuality was voted out even before it was introduced in the Lok Sabha. This was unfortunate...

Unfortunate for airlines to ignore less profitable markets like Shimla, NE: SC

The Supreme Court today expressed its displeasure over airlines not starting operations to ‘less lucrative’ destinations like Shimla and the North East. The bench...

Unfortunate that banks give loans to bigwigs recklessly, harass poor farmers: SC

Coming down heavily on banks for preferring to give loans to bigwigs, the Supreme Court today said, “It is unfortunate that banks recklessly give...

Can tradition be above Constitution? SC asks Sabarimala Temple Trust

Making a scathing observation, the Supreme Court today asked Nair Sabha that has challenged entry of women in Sabarimala Temple whether a tradition can...

No immediate relief to taxi operators running on Rohtang pass

Refusing to grant immediate relief to taxi operators plying on Rohtang pass, the Supreme Court asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to assist the bench...

Youngsters’ security at stake while playing Dahi Handi competition: SC

The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition arguing setting of height limit for Dahi Handi ritual during Janamashtmi to 20 feet, saying that there...

How Free is Free Speech?

Section 124A of the IPC defines sedition. Yet, various cases have shown that there are grey areas in this provision By Navank Shekhar Mishra Sedition has...

SC appoints two amicus for Nirbhaya rape case, matter adjourned to July 18

The Supreme Court today appointed senior advocates Sanjay Hegde and Raju Ramchandran as amicus curiae and adjourned the Nirbhaya gang rape case to July...

BCCI does not want to reform? Supreme Court’s query to counsel

“Are you saying the BCCI is refusing to be reformed?” The Supreme Court asked senior advocate KK Venugopal while he was arguing that the...

SC junks PIL against 4G licences to Reliance Jio

The Supreme Court today dismissed a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) filed by an NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation(CPIL) against allocation of 4G spectrum to...

SC orders Mallya to declare all assets, banks don’t bite his Rs 4000 cr...

The consortium of banks led by State Bank of India Thursday rejected the proposal made by liquor baron Vijay Mallya to pay Rs 4000...

Shani Shingnapur temple row: Bombay HC asks petitioner to explain maintainability of petition

The Bombay HC today asked the petitioner who has sought to recall the High Court order of April 1, allowing women to enter Shani...

Kejriwal, 5 others get bail in defamation suit filed by FinMin

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders were granted bail by Patiala House Court in the criminal defamation case filed by...

Vijay Mallya’s Last-Ditch Stand

Though the liquor baron has given a proposal to the Supreme Court, offering to repay Rs 4,000 crore to banks by September, it remains...

Criminal to waste water for IPL pitches when there is severe crisis: Bombay HC

Making a sharp observation, the Bombay High Court today said it was “criminal waste” of water to keep pitches green during IPL, while hearing...

“Himachal High Court stay on Virbhadra Singh’s arrest hampering probe in DA case”

Claiming that the probe has hit a major roadblock after the Himachal Pradesh High Court put a stay on the arrest of Chief Minister...

MSG occurs naturally in Maggi, not added artificially: Nestle to SC

Swiss giant Nestle told the Supreme Court that Monosodium Glutamate(MSG) occurs naturally, and there is no added MSG present in Maggi. The bench of...

Discrepancy in Tyagi Committee report submitted to court: AG

After objection raised by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that one of the pages inserted by the respondent as part of Tyagi committee report on...
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Yamuna: The Neglected Tide

The devastation left in the wake of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s event on the banks of this river has shown why cities need to...

Show faith in choice of judges and bar, it shall not be questioned: CJI

"One must repose confidence in the choice of judges and the bar, and it shall not be questioned.” Chief Justice of India TS Thakur...

Why has actor Pooja Mishra dragged Sunny Leone to court?

Taking on Sunny Leone for “being jealous” of her, actor Pooja Mishra had filed a bunch of petitions which were adjourned by the Bombay...
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Use Article 356 Sparingly: SC tells government

The apex court judgment in the SR Bommai vs Union of India case clearly said that Article 356 cannot be imposed for superseding a...

In A Confidential Letter, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia Writes Strongly to CBDT Chairman About...

In a confidential letter obtained by India Legal, it is clear that Indian Govt. is concerned and mightily worried about low tax collection; and...
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Uttarakhand’s Political Crisis: BJP’s Toppling Game

The party’s attempt to wrest power in various states by wooing rebel MLAs is part of its conquering game and bolstering numbers in the...

Constable Salim Is Denied Social Justice By Court As His Fundamental Right Was Not...

Constable Salim PK, who shot into undesired limelight when a video of his went viral on social media, had asked for social justice from...

Bombay High Court: No Law Can Prevent Women From Entering Any Place of Worship

In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by activist Vidya Bal and senior advocate Nilima Varta, Bombay High Court has said that...

April 30 is last date to convert diesel taxis into CNG: SC

Diesel taxi owners got temporary relief as the Supreme Court extended the deadline to convert into CNG for another month, i.e. April 30. Meanwhile,...

Crime Branch starts investigating SSC paper leak case

Paper was leaked on FB five hours before the exam. BY Siraj Khan The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has started investigating the Staff Selection Commission...
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Kerala polls: Ungodly Turf War

As the state goes to the polls in two months, political temperatures have shot up and even embroiled the judiciary. But strong judges have...

A Rs 4000 crore olive branch from Vijay Mallya, SC tells banks “do whatever...

Offering to pay Rs 4000 crore of loan to public sector banks(PSBs) by September, Vijay Mallya, founder-owner of Kingfisher Airlines submitted a proposal to...

Good samaritans don’t need to fear police for helping accident victims now

Coming to the rescue of good Samaritans who help road accident victims, the Supreme Court today directed the Centre to ensure that such persons...
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Punjab, Haryana and the rivers: All Down the Drain?

The tiff between Punjab and Haryana over sharing of Ravi and Beas waters has taken a turn for the worse with the Badal government...

SC asks Big B to reply on appeal against Bombay HC order levying tax...

The bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Prafula Pant asked the Commissioner of Income Tax, and actor Amitabh Bachchan to file their written...

SC tells SEBI to sell Sahara properties to realise bail amount of Subrata Roy

Calling it an “exceptional case”, the Supreme Court today directed Capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to sell real assets...

SC asks Centre if elephants can be kept by people, institutions

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to file within three weeks its reply on whether people and institutions can keep elephants. It also...

Stinging the Trinamool Congress

A video of a sting operation showing some TMC leaders accepting bribes has led to three PILs being filed in Calcutta High Court and...

Supreme Court issues notice to BCI on petition urging “strict compliance” of Section 8A...

The Supreme Court today issued notice on a petition urging "strict compliance” of Section 8A of Advocates’ Act, 1961, and hence restrain members of...

Health care in India: Drastic Surgery Needed

A scathing indictment of the Medical Council of India shows why health care in India is plagued by corruption and malaise. Urgent steps need...

Centre gets three weeks to reply on suggestions to ban child porn

Directing the Centre to file counter reply on suggestions made by the petitioner to ban child pornography, the Supreme Court gave three weeks’ time. An...

Growing Trees, Saving Forests

Forest dwellers and marginal farmers in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh are benefitting from a unique program in collaboration with industry to promote...
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Jayalalithaa: Empress of the South

There is too much at stake during the 2016 assembly polls in Tamil Nadu where either Jayalalithaa could be propelled to the national stage...

Counsel opposing Kanhaiya’s bail wants to check contents of CD that has post-bail speech...

The Delhi High Court today adjourned the petition demanding cancellation of interim bail granted to Kanhaiya Kumar, April 28. During the proceedings, senior advocate R...
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Freeing Rajiv Gandhi’s Killers: Redux

With assembly polls due in May, the Jayalalithaa government has once again decided to release convicts serving sentences for their role in the assassination...

India Legal broke the story of SSC paper leak on March 21, the Staff...

SSC cancels CPO examination By Siraj Khan After  India Legal broke the story of SSC paper leak on March 21, the Staff Selection Commission(SSC) has cancelled...
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Sunil Khilnani’s Kautilya: The Ring of Power

Exploring the human dimension that played a key role in the evolution of India over the centuries is a fascinating but daunting task. Sunil...

Delhi HC reserves order on executive magistrate banning documentary on Nirbhaya

The Delhi HC today reserved its order on a bunch of petitions filed by law students, questioning the jurisdiction of an executive magistrate while...
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Delhi HC asks MCD to release February salary of sanitation workers

With the previous deadline of March 21 drawing to a close, the Delhi High Court today asked the MCD to ensure that sanitation workers...
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NYC’s Homeless Epidemic

The New York City Police Department is evicting people out of their homes, even if they haven’t committed a crime. And it’s happening almost...

Kerala Liquor Ban: Finding a New High

The state’s policy to ban liquor has not only tainted the ruling UDF with bribery charges but has also led to increasing number of...
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Kolkata rickshaw-pullers: Ignoble Legacy

The colonial legacy of hand-pulled rickshaws in Kolkata may end soon as a modern plan is under way, which will see barefoot, tired rickshaw-pullers...

Supreme Court allows photos of CM, Governors, cabinet ministers in government ads

The Supreme Court on Friday permitted publication of photographs of chief ministers, Governors as well as cabinet and state ministers in public advertisements, and...

Nothing Sunny Here

The latest ruling of this forum has put paid to India’s ambitious National Solar Mission as the US flexes its muscles in an attempt...

Jaya publication did not earn any profit as claimed by TN CM: Counsel tells...

The Supreme Court heard the appeal challenging acquittal of Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha in disproportionate assets case today. During the proceedings, the bench of...

World Culture Festival: Art of Killing a River

The NGT had slapped a fine of Rs 5 crore on the Art of Living for it to proceed with its cultural program on...
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How Weighty Are Intelligence Reports?

Our surveillance outfits are often used by those in power to serve vested interests. But their inputs are not admissible in court unless backed...

Sahai Commision’s enquiry into Muzzafarnagar communal riots: A Soft Report

The Justice Vishnu Sahai Commission inquiring into the Muzaffarnagar communal flare up has submitted its findings. But it has stopped short of indicting political...

Air Service Bilateral Agreement: Union tells Supreme Court limited scope of judicial review

The Union of India submitted to the Supreme Court that the bilateral Air Service Agreement between India and UAE is in pursuance of the...

NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal sent to two-day custody by Enforcement Directorate

  NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on Monday, was sent to two-day custody of the ED by Special PLMA...

Bite for Health

With the Delhi government requesting schools to ban junk food in its canteens, children may be the biggest beneficiaries By Ramesh Menon Hungry kya? Are you...

Child Trafficking: Supreme Court asks states to frame guidelines on inter-country adoption

Acting on a PIL filed by Advait Foundation and others (Vs. Union of India) regarding foreigners allegedly adopting children for trafficking, the Supreme Court...

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(L-R) A metro train zooms past smog in New Delhi; A couple wearing mask to avoid dangers of smog. Photo: Anil Shakya

Scourge of the Smog

The Big, Bad Pollution Haze in Delhi and NCR left millions with a choked feeling, watery eyes or seriously sick. When will the laws...
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Cut All Water Ties with Pakistan: Tarek Fatah

Pakistan-born Canadian writer and broadcaster TAREK FATAH is widely acclaimed as well as criticized for his strong anti-Pakistan views. He has openly opposed the...
(L-R) British Prime Minister Theresa May; Leave EU supporters celebrate the result in Sunderland after polling stations closed in the Referendum on the European Union in London. Photos: UNI

Brexiteers Face Bumpy Road in UK

Leaving the EU seems easier said than done for Britain as the High Court of Justice has now demanded that the June 23 referendum...

The Curse of OROP

The faujis are unflinching in their commitment to protect our border. Why then do political parties deny them their due? By Inderjit Badhwar The LoC...
(L-R) Bombay High Court; A meditation session taking place in Osho ashram in Koregaon

Racket over Osho’s Wealth

The Bombay High Court has pulled up Pune Police for tardy progress into complaints of fraud, mismanagement and embezzlement of funds belonging to Osho...
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APN’s special show deconstructs demonetization

The jury is still out on whether it was a wise decision. Will the surgical strike on black money yield the desired result or...
The dilapidated SYL Canal at Ropar, Punjab. Photo: The Indian Express

SYL’s Choppy Waters

While the apex court has ruled in favor of Haryana and not Punjab in the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal dispute, it is sure to...

Cyber Mayhem!

It’s estimated that cybercrime will result in global business losses to the tune of $2 trillion in the next two years. It has already...

Madras HC’s verdict jolts net activists in Tamil Nadu

  A recent Madras High Court’s directive to YouTube and Google to provide the IP address and details of a user uploading defamatory content has...

Trump: The viral president

By Kenneth Tiven Explaining how American voters went from the first black American president with high approval ratings, a Dow Jones Market Index above 18,0000...

Brand of Shame

Twenty-four years after four women from Punjab were branded on their foreheads as pickpockets, the guilty policemen have got away with a mild punishment...

Triggering Water Wars

Karnataka’s water-sharing policy raises questions of impropriety. And Cauvery is not the only river under dispute. The Mahadayi is also a point of contention,...

Green Erosion

Various policies of the government show that in the pursuit of economic growth, environmental concerns and democratic decision-making are given the go-by By Kanchi...
(L-R) The Taj Hotel up in flames after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks; Soldiers guard near the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in January this year, after an attack on it. Photo: UNI

Isolating the “Mother Ship” of Terrorism

In a move to tighten the screws on Pakistan, a private member’s bill wants our neighbor to be declared a terrorist state in the...

Police Cornered in Madhya Pradesh

As a RSS pracharak is arrested by MP police personnel, they find themselves caught in a bind as the government cracks down against them....
(L-R) UK PM Theresa May; a group of Indian women in the UK presenting a crochet blanket to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photos: UNI

Theresa’s immigration initiative may hit Indians

UK PM Theresa May intends to bring down net immigration into her country down to 1,00,000 per year. This could hit Indians who form...
Muslim women hold placards in support of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board during a signature campaign in Ahmedabad.

UCC: Code of Controversy

As the center pushes for a Uniform Civil Code, it triggers a storm of protests and conflicting opinions on the timing and intent. It...
(L-R) Once feted for his achievements, Michael Ferreira has been arrested for fraud. A TV grab shows him being taken into custody

It’s not Billiards!

Sporting legend Michael Ferreira’s recent arrest links him to a ponzi scheme that swindled the public. While he says he was an unsuspecting partner...
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No Women’s Land

Succession laws discriminate against women when it comes to inheriting agricultural land while it has brought them on par with men when it comes...

NDTV: Shooting the Messenger

NDTV India ban evokes some bad memories   By Dilip Bobb   There is some awkward irony in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the Indian Express...
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America’s Dangerous jester

  Inderjit Badhwar     Please send help immediately, These tyrants keep talking about hope, If you don’t hear from me in four years, Send Democracy. When was America ever great? These...
Muslims attend a rally against a proposed Uniform Civil Code and demand a reservation quota in colleges and in government jobs in Mumbai. Photo: UNI; Muslim women participating in a protest against Uniform Civil Code in Surat

Firoz Bakht Ahmed: Down with the Personal Law Board

Most Muslims agree that they do not require bodies such as All India Muslim Personal Law Board but would want ones that address and...
The laws that have been evolved under the Portuguese rule provide for a host of rights to women. Photo: saviocolaco.com

Uniform Civil Code: Goa Shows the Way

Many of the provisions in the Portuguese Civil Code of 1867 have been retained since it came closest to fulfilling the objectives of Article...
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Today, Society Only Respects Money and Power: Justice Santosh Hegde

JUSTICE SANTOSH HEGDE is a respected former judge of the Supreme Court. He has also served as Solicitor General of India and Lokayukta for...

Apex court vouches for ‘equal pay for equal work’

Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Supreme Court judge Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, delivering the judgment on the behalf of the division bench, the other judge being...
Illustration: UdayShankar

Patriot Games

  By Dilip Bobb   Patriotism, to paraphrase a famous quote, is the last refuge of the politician. In India post-Uri, it has led to a series...
(L-R) The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley briefing the media after the conclusion of the 3rd meeting of the GST Council on October 19, 2016. Photo: PIB; A shopper browses sale items during the Boxing Day sales at a Selfridges store in London. Photo: UNI

GST: Hasten Slowly

While this tax has been introduced, much needs to be done before it can be completely implemented on April 1, 2017– passing laws, making...
Naela Quadri Baloch. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Modi is a hero of all oppressed nations: Naela Quadri Baloch

Despite escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following the militant attack on the Uri army base and the surgical strike on terrorist hideouts across...
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (left) and Lt-Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung (right). Photo: UNI

Kejriwal’s Dented Image: Will It Affect Forthcoming Polls? 

The Delhi CM’s ding-dong battle with Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung and others have often seen him vanquished. Will this have an impact on the forthcoming...
(L-R) Uzma Naheed, Member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board addressing at a seminar on uniform civil code in Kozhikode. Photo: UNI; Justice V Gopala Gowda.

Uniform Civil Code Must be Debated: Justice V Gopala Gowda

JUSTICE V GOPALA GOWDA who retired last week from the Supreme Court, was popularly known as the “People’s Judge” because of his concern for...
(L-R) A screenshot of the website of e-courts; Litigants at the National Lok Adalat organized by the district legal services authority in Mirzapur, UP. Photo: UNI

Unique ID for Judicial Officers

In an effort to speed up justice and monitor performances, the center will allocate a unique identification number to these officers in district and...
(Right) Members of an NGO take part in a rally to mark “World No Tobacco Day” in Kolkata. Photo: UNI

Tobacco consumption: Stubbing it out

The roadmap for India’s tobacco control program lies in more stringent laws and higher taxes to wean the public from the pernicious habit  ...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The foreign hand in political funding

Only 20 percent of the income of political parties can be traced. What about the rest? By Usha Rani Das In 2014, the Delhi High Court...
(L-R)It is time all political parties came clean on the sources funding the colossal amounts spent on election campaigns. Photo: UNI; EAS Sarma, former secretary, ministry of finance, government of India

“Foreign donations taint elections”: EAS Sarma

The former secretary, ministry of finance, government of India, has been fighting against the deficiencies of the Indian democratic system. He spoke to USHA...
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Wrongly-Framed Persons: Scars of Innocence

A new network of lawyers, rights activists and those exonerated in terrorism-related cases dedicates itself to fight for compensation and rehabilitation of those wrongly...
(L-R) Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the Innovation Summit in COP 21, in Paris on November 30, 2015. At the COP 21, India had talked about the ratification the Paris Climate Agreement. Photo: PIB; A man carries schoolchildren through a flooded street during monsoon rains in Mumbai. Photo: UNI

Paris Climate Agreement: Can India Deliver?

If India is serious about implementing the Paris Climate Agreement, it has to draw up stringent laws and policies that will make it an...
Protests by students of JNU have been dubbed as seditious and anti-national. Photo: UNI

Section 124A—Scrap it or Tame it

The NGO Common Cause had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking amendments in Section 124A of IPC. The apex court dismissed the...

Basket of Woes

Despite laws banning manual scavenging, it continues with impunity. It is time society gave these workers a leg-up so that they live a life...
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Of Footnotes in Judgments

All over the world, the extensive use of this tool is seen as an attempt to make judgments more readable and crisp. In India,...
A uniform death certificate which includes circulatory and brain stem deaths will make it easier for families and hospitals as well as those in need of organs.

When Death Comes Calling…

Death in India is defined by two Acts—one which deals with circulatory death and the other with brain stem death. But experts are now...
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The mind of a judge

Should punishment be seen as a deterrent, a retributive measure or as a reformative step? This question, much debated today, also bothered Jawaharlal Nehru,...
Supreme Court (Photo: Anil Shakya); An Amritdhari Sikh (Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi)

Who is a True Sikh?

This is a question that may be exercising many Sikhs as an apex court’s oral order seems to favor Akali Dals who want to...
(L-R) Bombay High Court; a silhouette portraying pregnant woman in jail. Illustration: Rajender Kumar

Abortion For Prisoners: Judiciary Eases Procedure

In a progressive judgment, the Bombay High Court has removed red-tapism for prisoners wanting to abort their fetus and has facilitated faster examination for...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) meeting the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, at Lahore, Pakistan

Indo-Pak ties: Handling a Hot Potato

Despite strident calls for action against our belligerent neighbour, Modi has realized that this is easier said than done. Deft handling and tightening security...
(L-R) Delhi High Court; Rameshwari Photocopy Shop in the Delhi School of Economics which was at the center of the publishing storm (Photo: Anil Shakya) - 1

Photocopying isn’t copyright violation: Delhi High Court

While dismissing a plea by international publishers, a recent judgment from the Delhi High Court holds that photocopying portions of text books is a...
(L-R) Soldiers of the Indian Army take their positions near the site of a gun battle between the Indian security forces and militants on the outskirts of Srinagar (Photo: UNI); Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi

Governments have deliberately downgraded the military: Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi

 At a time when the clouds of war are hovering over India and Pakistan, the armed forces, no doubt, stands united in countering any...
Silent protests in Maharashtra over the killing of a 14-year-old girl in Kopardi village in Ahmednagar

Maharashtra: Uprising of the Marathas

The brutal gang rape and murder of a girl has led to protests across Maharashtra and a demand for reservations and abolishing of the...
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Madras High Court hit by fund crunch

In a sign of growing tension, the Tamil Nadu government has not given enough funds for the judiciary, forcing the Madras High Court to...
(L-R) The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi with the President of USA, Barack Obama, the President of France, Francois Hollande, the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, Bill Gates and other dignitaries, at the Innovation Summit in COP 21, in Paris on November 30, 2015. Photo: PIB; a typhoon in Manila, Philippines. Photo: UNI

Paris Climate Pact: India’s Bargaining Chip

The climate agreement of December 2015 needs to be ratified by at least 55 of 174 countries. India still has to do it but...
Block info on gender selection: SC

Block info on gender selection: SC

In a recent order in a public interest litigation filed by Dr Sabu Mathew George, seeking that internet search engines Google, Yahoo and Microsoft...
Chhattisgarh journalists protest atrocities on their brethren

Safety of reporters: Death on the Beat

  Journalists who report from conflict zones and cover politics and corruption often pay with their lives, as underpinned in a recent report by an...
(L-R) Mohammad Shahabuddin along with his supporters after his release from Bhagalpur jail; RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. Photos: UNI

Lalu Yadav and the Shahabuddin game

There is much more to the recent controversy related to Siwan leader Mohammad Shahabuddin than meets the eye. He is merely a player in...
MUMBAI, MAR 10 (UNI)-Police detaining Congress members during their protest against Maharashtra Education and Cultural Affairs Minister, Vinod Tawde in Mumbai on Thursday. UNI PHOTO-111U

MPISA, 2016: Boon or bane?

The Maharashtra government once again seems to be courting controversy.  In 2015, it had to withdraw a circular on sedition laws – which had...
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High Court of Jharkhand rescues a poor student

A poor, differently-abled girl who cracks NEET finds a savior in the court so that she can become a doctor By Prabhat Singh in Ranchi The...
The Madras High Court’s stand on the case is a blessing for journalists in Tamil Nadu.

Judge Bats for Media Freedom

Even as conspiracy theories swirled regarding this sensational case, a judge upheld the rights of the media and stood up for democratic norms  ...
AHMEDABAD, JAN 22 (UNI)- A mass marriage ceremony being organised by Hussaini Vaqf Committee in Ahemdabad on Friday. 111 Muslim couples tied nupial knot during the ceremony. UNI PHOTO-144u

Triple Talaq: Where AIMPLB has gone wrong

It is time the All India Muslim Personal Law Board takes a cue from the reforms of other Muslim countries where triple talaq is...
(L-R) Supreme Court. photo (black & white): Prashant Panjiar

Judicial Nightmare

The Chief Justice of India has once again highlighted the paucity of judges and the delay in filling the vacancies as over 22 lakh...
(L-R) The precincts of the Golu Devta Temple; Bells tied by devotees whose wishes were fulfilled

The God of Justice

In a temple near Almora, in Uttarakhand, believers present their prayers on stamped paper to golu devta By Ramesh Menon Which is the highest court of...
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Jharkhand High Court: Positive Activism

The higher judiciary in Jharkhand ensures that the government becomes pro-active in setting up an old-age home By Prabhat Singh in Ranchi While there are several...
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Salve by the Judiciary

The legal fraternity has often put balm on the wounds of couples hounded by their relatives for marrying against their wishes. This sorry state...
Litigants at the Tis Hazari court in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

“Judges Should Take Breaks”: Justice K Chandru

In a surprisingly frank article, this former judge says the backlog of cases can be tackled not just by increasing the number of judges...
ABVP activists staging a protest rally against Amnesty International India, in Bengaluru. Photo: UNI

India Legal show decodes sedition laws

Eminent panelists debate issues related to the draconian provisions of Section 124-A The Ramya controversy and the Amnesty International incident have once again  triggered volatile...
NEW DELHI, AUG 15 (UNI):- Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Nation from the rampart of the Red Fort on the occasion of 70th Independence Day celebration in New Delhi on Monday. UNI PHOTO-9u

Balochistan: Taking the Bull by the Horns

Was the PM’s decision to bring up this contentious issue a tactical move to counter Pakistan which has been stoking the flames in Kashmir?...
Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore (photo: UNI); The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh showcases the architecture designed by Le Corbusier

Chandigarh: Back to Governor’s Rule

The center’s decision to appoint an independent administrator for Chandigarh saw political parties up in arms as they demanded control be restored with Raj...
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Burkinis beached in France

This outfit of Muslim women and the saree have been banned on the country’s beaches. Is this an Islamophobic piece of legislation or a...
(L-R) Bombay High Court; Chief Justice Manjulla Chellur

Bombay HC gets a woman chief justice

Justice Manjulla Chellur took over as the new chief justice of the Bombay High Court on August 22. She is the second woman after...
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UK Supreme court refers gender issue to ECJ

Recently in MB vs Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2016), the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court had to decide on a plea challenging...
Apprehensions about the new trafficking bill

Apprehensions about the new trafficking bill

The minister of women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, will be presenting the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill in parliament during...
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Can Judges Get Blanket Protection? 

While the Judges Protection Act of 1985 gives protection to judges for acts done during the discharge of their duties, they are also made...
This tony civil lines property in Civil Lines area of Allahabad was bought by Shanti Bhushan, Prashant’s father, for a paltry amount

Prashant Bhushan: Courting Controversy

There are questions and issues that cast a shadow on the integrity of the loquacious PIL lawyer By India Legal Bureau It is rightly said that...
Illustration: Amitava Sen

Love has Borders

A Mumbai man’s effort to rescue his Pakistani beloved from a forced marriage lands him in jail. For his hapless parents, it has become...
Milk being poured at a tea stall. Photo: Bhawna Gaur

Milk—Toxic Cocktail Of Urea, Shampoo, Paint…

The Supreme Court ruling last fortnight directing the Center and states to amend laws to ensure stringent punishment for those guilty of adulterating milk...
Reaching out, Reaching all

First-ever ILRF Conclave at Ranchi goes viral!

The media, both print and online, went to town talking about the first-ever conclave of the India Legal Research Foundation held in Ranchi, Jharkhand,...
Customers shop at a Best Price Modern Wholesale store, a joint venture of Wal-Mart Stores and Bharti Enterprises, in Zirakpur

GST: A Dream for Indian Consumers?

Indirect taxes have been the bane of the common man. With a common tax regime now in place, will corporate pass on the benefits...
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Delhi High Court pulls up police over Kanhaiya

The Delhi Police got a rap on its knuckles from the Delhi High Court recently for its foggy stand on cancellation of interim bail...
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Indian American Pramila Jayapal Wins Primary in Washington State

Indian American Democrat Pramila Jayapal swept the open primary for Washington’s 7th Congressional District and will now advance to the general elections in November....
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No ceasefire in Delhi’s Battle Royale

The Delhi High Court while adjudicating between the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) and the Union of India has clarified that...
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Losing The West

The Mamata Banerjee government recently decided to change the name of West Bengal to only “Bengal” in English and calling it only “Bangla” or...
Happier times for FM Arun Jaitley. But the road ahead on GST could be tricky. Photo: UNI

GST Bill: Pluses & Minuses

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014, paving the way for Goods and Services Tax, was finally passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 3, 2016
(L-R) The Election Commission of India office in Delhi and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah (Photo: UNI)

Petition in EC for Omar’s disqualification

In 2010, the Supreme Court had come down heavily on persons filing frivolous PILs and set out guidelines for filing them in State of...
Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a speech at a meeting with Vietnamese and Chinese Communist youths in Hanoi

Beijing’s show of strength

The intemperate and aggressive Chinese reaction to the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration’s verdict that it has no territorial claims in the seas off...
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Criminal tribes behind increased violence

The recent rape of a mother and daughter in UP has brought focus on these communities and their proclivity to crime By Murad Ali Baig People...
Illustration: Rajender Kumar

Abortion Needs an Amendment

An apex court order allowing a rape victim to terminate her 24-week pregnancy brings into focus the need to change an outdated legislation which...
Sanjit, a former insurgent, was one of the many who were killed in fake encounters by Hirojit. Sanjit had come overground and started living a normal life. Photo credit: Tehelka

A case against AFSPA

The imposition of this draconian Act way back in 1958 has seen mindless killings of innocent people, rapes of women and all-pervasive fear. However,...
Social media star Qandeel Baloch

No “Honor” Killing This!

Social media star Qandeel Baloch’s death at the hands of her brother for leading a lifestyle which challenged conservative societal norms in Pakistan reflects...
Britain's outgoing Prime Minister, David Cameron,waves in front of number 10 Downing Street, in central London

Britain: A fortnight of turmoil

In three weeks, Britain witnessed a shocking churning, leading to the appointment of a PM whom no one had elected or expected  By Sajeda Momin...
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FORE in legal trouble over admission rules

A management institute is at least expected to manage its admission process well. But it seems FORE School of Management—best known as FORE and...
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SC’s verdict on BCCI is game-changing

With the apex court endorsing the findings of the Lodha panel, lawmakers will find it easier to frame effective legislation to debar politicians from...
Arunachal Pradesh governor JP Rajkhowa; Photo credit: Lovely Professional University

Do We Need Governors?

Should this gubernatorial post be abolished considering how Article 356 was misused in Arunachal and Uttarakhandc, so much so that the Supreme Court had...
Mentally-ill mom battles for custody

Mentally-ill mom battles for custody

In August 2009, Mindi, a 25-year-old struggling new parent, experienced what doctors later concluded was a psychotic episode. She had been staying in a...
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Of Gowns, Chapkans, Achkans and Dhotis

The origins of lawyers wearing black gowns lie in medieval England, In India, depending on the weather and the relevant high court, rules regarding...
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SC sanctions consecutive jail terms

The five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment recently clarified that a trial court could make a man held guilty...
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SC can transfer cases out of J&K

The Supreme Court, today, gave a ruling that highlights yet another aspect of Article 21—the Right to Life includes Right to Justice. The court...
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda (C) administering the first dose of Rotavirus vaccine to a girl child at the launch of the Pilot Rotavirus Universal Immunization program, at Bhubaneswar, in Odisha on Saturday. Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (I/C) Dharmendra Pradhan is also seen

The secret behind Rotavac vaccine trials

Even before the full data on these trials has been made public, the vaccine is out in four states. A petition in the Supreme...
Narasimha Rao with Manmohan Singh PIB pic

Time to take stock of reforms

It was way back in 1991 that liberalization was initiated by the Narasimha Rao government. Twenty five years after, the benefits are still to...
Alang, Gujarat World's biggest ship breaking yard turns killer from Youtube

Salvaging Alang, Graveyard of Ships

A move by the EU Commission and the Supreme Court to get ship-breaking yards to create environment-friendly facilities may save Alang as it gasps...
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SC lays down do’s and don’ts for governor in Arunachal

The recent Supreme Court verdict restoring the Nabam Tuki government in Arunachal Pradesh has once again restored the sanctity of the federal structure of...
People hold banners during a demonstration against Britain's decision to leave the European Union, in central London

Brexit is not the only referendum

Brexit has rekindled the demand for referendum in other EU member countries too. What is the genesis of this demand for breaking away? A Report...
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Was Narasimha Rao responsible for Babri masjid?

Vinay Sitapati recounts the events leading up December 6, 1992, and tries to absolve Prime Minister Narasimha Rao of complicity with right-wing parties in...
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Uniform Civil Code: several shades of grey

Distinguished guests confabulated on the uniform Civil Code and how the government should approach it at the weekly India Legal show The issue of Uniform Civil Code...
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Can Zakir Naik be prosecuted?

Bombay-based Islamic preacher and televangelist Zakir Naik is under the scanner for his speeches allegedly spewing communal hatred on his Peace TV channel. It...
Members of Asian Solidarity stage a dharna against “Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Imphal

Supreme Court’s AFSPA observations are critical

The Supreme Court’s recent observations on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or AFSPA are significant for the people of Manipur in particular and...
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Delhi: a centre for commercial arbitration

Delhi is soon to become a centre for international commercial arbitration along with the ones in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Geneva. According...
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Do women matter in judiciary?

Distinguished guests from the legal fraternity shared their concerns about scant representation of women in the profession at the weekly India Legal show At a...
MHA Disowns Tibetan Citizens

MHA Disowns Tibetan Citizens

  Even though the law and courts say that all persons, including children born between 1950 and 1987 to Tibetan refugees, are citizens of India...
AFTER VOTING

Law Commission grappling with Uniform Civil Code     

Although the NDA government has assigned the Law Commission to find out whether the uniform civil code could be implemented in the country, the...
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Why e-courts project is sputtering

The government’s e-courts project is still to realize its full potential. Conceived as a way out for ensuring speedy delivery of justice and reducing...
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Round one goes to higher judiciary in Telangana

Judges and lawyers in Telangana were up in arms over the appointment of Andhra Pradesh judges in their state. However, the judges returned to...
Do we need a Common Civil Code?

Do we need a Common Civil Code?

Will such a code in a multi-religious, multi-cultural society like India infringe on freedom of religion?  No, it will not interfere in the way...
Minors can file petitions, says Pakistan SC

Minors can file petitions, says Pakistan SC

The seven-year-old daughter of an environment lawyer has sued the Pakistan government for violating the right to a healthy life. According to Dawn, Rabab...
Two high courts to get new identity

Two high courts to get new identity

The Union cabinet today cleared the decks for renaming of the Madras and Bombay high courts. A bill in this regard will be placed...
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SC to examine conflict of interest issue with lawmakers

In a significant observation, the Supreme Court recently said that it would like to examine the issue of lawmakers having shares in a company...
Why Canon Law can’t grant divorce legally

Why Canon Law can’t grant divorce legally

While hearing Clarence Pais vs Union of India and Ors, the Supreme Court on Monday held that divorce decrees pronounced by ecclesiastical tribunals established...
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Pune District Court adopts SMS service

In a move that will help bring litigants closer to a shorter judicial process, the Pune District Court has implemented a SMS message service...
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Reservations valid for disabled in all promotions: SC

In an important ruling in Rajiv Kumar Gupta and Ors vs Union of India and Ors, the Supreme Court struck down the central government’s...
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CULLING ANIMALS: A MYOPIC MOVE

The government’s move to allow “vermin” to be killed is a flawed and unreasonable decision when these animals have co-existed with local people for...
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Rustom brings Nanavati case alive

First year law students are all too familiar with the well-known 1959 criminal law case of KM Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra—the last “memorable”...
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Insulted judge approaches Patna High Court 

In a shocking incident, the Gopalganj Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) was allegedly manhandled by policemen on way to court. According to The Indian...
Uber Asia Business Head, Eric Alexander (R), Telangana IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan (2nd R), Madhu Kannan, Member-Group Executive Council and Head for business development and public affairs, Tata Sons (c) handing over key’s to drivers during the announcement of Tata and Uber's new partnership to make it easier for driver to become Micro-Entrepreneurs in Hyderabad

A Boost for E-commerce?

This proposed scheme has outsourced tax collection to companies. But it is a moot question whether its benefits will be passed on to the...

Legal Reforms, Without the Tears

By Kirti Bhatt. A report submitted to the government by the Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, suggests ways to clear the logjam of cases...

Busy days ahead for the Supreme Court

Supreme Court re-opened after the summer vacation and on re-opening day, 28 judgments of cases which were heard were pronounced. But much awaited verdicts...

Third Gender ‘Defined’

The Supreme Court today, reiterated its previous stand that the term “third gender” categorically refers to transgender and not to gays, lesbians or bisexuals. The...

Taxmen cast net over dodgers under PM’s amnesty scheme

By Vinayak Misra. In his latest Mann ki Baat radio address to the people on June 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned India’s infamous legions...

Area of Darkness

After putting out a draft forest policy, the government suddenly backtracked in panic. If it had got through, it would have seen more areas...

Troubled Times

While UK’s referendum to leave the EU has shocked many, what remains is a load of legal tangles before fresh legislations are brought in...

Gujarat HC rules out retirement age for minority institutes

In a judgement that could become a legal benchmark for minority-run educational institutes in India, the Gujarat High Court recently said that such institutes...

Himachal HC refuses to interfere with government order

The Himachal Pradesh High Court refused to step into the territory of the executive while responding to a petition related to an officer’s posting...

Bigger Pictures, Better Warnings

The SC’s order last month directing tobacco companies to display bigger health warnings on their products is a shot in the arm for those...

Supreme Court to hear plea against Section 377

The Supreme Court is likely to take up a petition on decriminalizing Section 377 of the IPC on Wednesday, June 29. According to The...

Is TRAI’s demand for additional power baseless?

By Chirag Juneja and Shubhankar Gupta. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has sought powers to extend its ambit for penalizing service providers who...

A Legal Prescription

Only if the Clinical Establishment Act (2010) becomes operational and brings into its ambit patients’ rights, will the unregulated private medical sector become accountable...

US Supreme Court strikes down Texas anti-abortion law

In a significant verdict, the US Supreme Court has struck down a Texas law that made it more difficult for women to have abortions....

Madras HC Advocates Association goes on strike

The Madras High Court Advocates Association decided on Monday (June 27) to go on strike from Tuesday (June 28) in protest against the recent...

More than 30 lakh cases yet to get another hearing date

Pendency of cases is a major issue that has affected the justice delivery system in India. It has stuck out like a sore thumb...

In Muddy Waters

The National Water Framework Bill and a Model Bill for Conservation, Protection and Regulation of Groundwater are meant to regulate the use of water....

Flight of Despair

The apex court recently asked SpiceJet to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to a disabled passenger it had de-boarded. Will this pave...

SOS: Save Our Schools

  The LDF is trying to salvage many government-aided schools on the verge of closure despite a Supreme Court ruling allowing it. What ails the...

Guarding the Coastline

Ten years after the 26/11 attacks, one would have expected the Maharashtra government to beef up coastal vigilance. But state officials recently informed the...

Telangana government restrains unruly lawyers

The Telangana government has issued a circular directing district collectors, superintendents of police and police commissioners of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Warangal to ensure that...

Supreme Court to decide WhatsApp’s fate

Doing WhatsApp may soon be history if the apex court agrees with a PIL filed by a petitioner. The PIL claims that it is...

Identity Crisis!

Despite the Supreme Court of Bangladesh confirming that Biharis there were its citizens, they live in deplorable conditions due to their legal status not...

US Supreme Court upholds affirmative action program at Texas varsity

In a landmark ruling, that will go a long way in establishing racial inclusion and ethnic diversity in university admissions in the US, the...

Will the Floodgates Open?

While Bollywood celebrated the Bombay High Court verdict okaying Udta Punjab, it could be seen as a license to show films full of sleaze,...

Madras High Court strikes down I&B ministry’s order on e-auctions

India Legal Bureau The Madras High Court recently asked the central government to announce the names of successful bidders of FM Station Phase III e-auction,...

No, No, No!

Instantaneous triple talaq in one go, is against the Quran, the Indian constitution and a woman’s human rights. Spurred by a lone Muslim woman’s...

Mumbai civic body still in line of fire

Neeta Kolhatkar in Mumbai Taking a suo motu cognizance of potholes in Mumbai, the Bombay High Court today asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to...

Companies can’t file an RTI

For all legal purposes, a company is considered a “personality”, distinct from the people who are part of it. However, unlike any other individual,...

Free ride on highways for people with disabilities

India legal Bureau In a move to empower differently-abled persons, the National Highways Authority of India in a recent circular has added mechanical vehicles, especially...

High on Pain

While amendment to this act was meant to make access to morphine and other such opioids easier for those suffering from pain, stringent jail...

Kerala church held guilty for denying burial

By Mary Mitzy Earlier this year, a Munsiff Court of Erattupetta, Kerala, slapped a fine on the East Kerala Diocese Bishop, KG Daniel, and Vicar...

TRAI releases pre-consultation paper; seeks stakeholders’ views

India Legal Bureau The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has put out a pre-consultation paper on “Infrastructure Sharing in the Broadcasting TV Distribution Sector”....

National Commission penalizes Emaar Builders

India Legal Bureau The National Commission recently passed an order that’s good news for flat buyers who are kept waiting on the tenterhooks for their...

Competition Commission acquits TOI

India Legal Bureau Early this month, the Competition Commission of India ruled in favour of The Times of India in a case filed against the...

Summons still delivered by hand in lower courts

Despite all the hype about setting up e-courts in India and using the latest technology to make the justice delivery system fast and efficient,...

Soldiering On

In February, defense minister Manohar Parrikar expressed concern over Army Headquarters filing appeals against disability benefits and pensions to service personnel. When will these...

Diplomacy widens the scope of extradition

India Legal Bureau With criminals jumping ship to escape the long arm of the law at home, the 1969 Supreme Court ruling in State of West...

Absence of injury does not negate rape

India Legal Bureau A recent judgment of the Himachal Pradesh High Court (Gurmukh Singh and ors. vs State of Himachal Pradesh and Ors.) held th