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THE NEW MUCKRAKERS

THE NEW MUCKRAKERS

Above: (Clockwise from top left) A TMC supporter circulated  pictures of a man dressed as Hanuman, saying he was “Jagannath Sarkar, BJP MP candidate...
Tihar jail is amongst the largest prisons in the world, but it has poor amenities/Photo: UNI

Criminal Justice System: Crime and Punishment

Above: Tihar jail is amongst the largest prisons in the world, but it has poor amenities/Photo: UNI A PIL before the Supreme Court asks for...
Former SC judge Justice Kurian Joseph (blue suit) with FM Arun Jaitley at a book launch ceremony where he spoke about the NJAC/ twitter.com/cambridgeindia

Justice Kurian Joseph on the NJAC: Disturbing Portents?

Above: Former SC judge Justice Kurian Joseph (blue suit) with FM Arun Jaitley at a book launch ceremony where he spoke about the NJAC/...

DISCIPLINING JUDGES

By Inderjit Badhwar Even as the 2019 general election hurtles towards a conclusion and public attention is rivetted to the nation’s political arena, controversies surrounding...
Professor NR Madhava Menon

Prof Upendra Baxi pays tribute to NR Madhava Menon

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The demise of Professor NR Madhava Menon on May 8 has deeply saddened all who knew him personally or through...
Need For Ethical Conduct In Banks

Need For Ethical Conduct In Banks

Above: Customers at a Bank counter/Photo: UNI As increasing cases of corruption hit the banking sector, it is obvious that many Indians don’t look at...
N R Madhava Menon

N R Madhava Menon, father of Modern Legal Education in India Is No More

The doyen of modern legal education in India Prof N R Madhav Menon passed away in the wee hours of Wednesday at a private...
Rajshri Rai, managing director, ENC Group, with former CJI Justice MN Venkatachaliah

Welcoming Justice Venkatachaliah

Above: Rajshri Rai, managing director, ENC Group, with former CJI Justice MN Venkatachaliah By Inderjit Badhwar The multi-media ENC Group has been at the forefront of...
The SC bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and MR Shah criticised the RBI’s new disclosure policy and said it must reveal information sought under the RTI/Photo: Anil Shakya

RBI: Under the Hammer

Above: The SC bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and MR Shah criticised the RBI’s new disclosure policy and said it must reveal information...
Riyas Aboobacker, a Palakkad resident arrested by the NIA team (file pic)/Representative Image/Photo Courtesy: nia.gov.in

ISIS Modules: The Indian Connection

Above: Riyas Aboobacker, a Palakkad resident arrested by the NIA team (file pic)/Representative Image/Photo Courtesy: nia.gov.in The arrest of a man with links to the...
Jet-lagged

Jet-lagged

The collapse of India’s largest and most successful private airline Jet Airways brings into focus the centre’s policies where full service carriers are left...
Justice N V Ramana

Recusal meant to tell nation that there need be no fears about probity in...

Justice NV Ramana on Thursday recused himself from the inquiry committee constituted on April 23 to probe into sexual harassment charges against CJI Ranjan...
Supreme Court

SC constitutes a committee headed by Retd SC judge to probe into advocate claims...

The Supreme Court on Thursday constituted a committee headed by Retired Supreme Court judge Justice A K Patnaik to probe into the details contained...
Unemployed youth at a job fair in Assam. Unemployment has increased to an all-time high of 6.1 percent in 2018/Photo: UNI

GDP Figures: The Politics of Economics

Above: Unemployed youth at a job fair in Assam. Unemployment has increased to an all-time high of 6.1 percent in 2018/Photo: UNI An exclusive research...
As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg

Egregious Transgression

Above: As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP  admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg By Inderjit Badhwar A constant criticism...
The BJP’s manifesto of 2019 pledging to abrogate the special status of J&K by promising to junk Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution will only push further away any solution to the Kashmir problem/Photo: UNI

BJP’S KASHMIR DOUBLETAKE

Above: The BJP’s manifesto of 2019 pledging to abrogate the special status of J&K by promising to junk Articles 370 and 35A of the...
photo: UNI

Election Commission: Crisis of Credibility

Even though the Election Commission in a positive move banned Modi’s biopic, it’s been hit by a slew of criticism for turning a blind...
Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI

Election Commission: Losing Track

Above: Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI Seizure of unaccounted for cash and other...
Supreme court

SC tells political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit donation...

In an interim order, the Supreme Court on Friday asked all the political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit in...
Rafale Deal

Rafale Deal: Poll Eve Blow For Modi Govt As SC Says Ok To “Leaked”...

In a major setback to the government just a day before the first phase of voting in the lok sabha elections, the Supreme Court...
Lalu Prasad Yadav

No Bail, Stay In Jail: Supreme Court To Lalu Yadav

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied bail to RJD chief Lalu Yadav, who is in jail  in connection with the fodder scam Yadav had challenged...
Congress Manifesto Promises Radical Overhaul of Legal System

Analysis: Congress Manifesto Decoded

By Inderjit Badhwar I rarely read party election manifestos. Not because I don’t want to, but because after the first two paras they put you...
The Udupi Power Corporation Ltd plant in KarnatakaPhoto adanipower.com

National Green Tribunal: A Paper Tiger?

Above:The Udupi Power Corporation Ltd plant in Karnataka/Photo: adanipower.com Though the National Green Tribunal has shown the way in environmental jurisprudence, it has lost its...

Constitutional Morality: “No Entry” in Adjudication?

Prof NR Madhava Menon’s article gave currency to the idea that constitutional morality as a ground of invalidation is almost new. But that is...
The 2011 Census estimated the population of Delhi in slums at 17,85,390, more than half of whom live in unidentified slums/Photo: Anil Shakya

Prof Upendra Baxi hails verdict supporting fundamental rights of slum dwellers

Above: The 2011 Census estimated the population of Delhi in slums at 17,85,390, more than half of whom live in unidentified slums/Photo: Anil Shakya In...

IT’S NOT YET OVER…

By Inderjit Badhwar “Look, it’s VERY simple: -If it exonerated @realDonaldTrump, he’d have tweeted a link to it & insisted the Times publish it in...
Zakir & Masood

Zakir Naik: Malaysia’s Thorn, Masood Azhar: China’s Game

To keep both the Malays and non-Malays happy, PM Mahathir bin Mohamad has allowed the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to stay in the...
Supreme Court

AAP Approaches Supreme Court Seeks Larger Bench To Decide Control of Delhi

  Delhi's AAP government on Monday knocked on the Supreme Court doors again seeking constitution of a larger bench to decide the long standing issue...
Firecrackers

Why Only Firecrackers? Why Not Automobiles? SC On Pollution

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to undertake a comparative study on pollution caused by firecrackers and automobiles and wondered why everyone...
Supreme Court

SC Does Not Want to Refer 10 Percent Quota To Constitution Bench “At This...

The Supreme Court on Monday said it is not in favour of referring the issue of 10 percent quota for economically weaker sections across...
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

Election Commission announces polling schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha elections; to be held in...

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday announced polling dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The poll panel said that the elections...
The ICADR was set up in 1995 under the Societies Registration Act and had gained credibility in the field of alternative dispute resolution/Photo: ICADR

International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution Ordinance: Naked Aggression

Above: The ICADR was set up in 1995 under the Societies Registration Act and had gained credibility in the field of alternative dispute resolution/Photo:...
AG KK Venugopal

Centre may field SG Tushar Mehta to “help” AG Venugopal argue against Rafale review...

Rethink comes after Venugopal’s bumbling volte face on the “stolen” Rafale files claim even as defence minister endorses his U-Turn Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman may...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

SC appoints 3 member panel for mediating Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, gives 8 weeks...

Panel chairman former SC judge Justice FMI Kalifulla, members Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu to begin mediation next week The Supreme...
Supreme Court

Apprise within 10 days, meeting dates for the Selection Committee which will appoint Lokpal...

The Supreme Court on Thursday (Mar 7) granted Centre to apprise it within 10 days, the meeting dates for the Selection Committee which will...
AG KK Venugopal

AG Venugopal argues investigating Rafale deal not in national interest; SC asks should Bofors...

Attorney General’s dramatic submissions invoking national security and threat of war fail to impress bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Strident, albeit repetitive, arguments...
Dassault Rafale

Rafale review: Center tells SC, Pleas rely on stolen files covered by Official Secrets...

Petitioners seeking review of December 14 verdict say government mislead the Supreme Court, should be hauled up for perjury The Supreme Court has begun its...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

Can Ayodhya dispute be sent for court-monitored mediation: SC reserves verdict

Justices SA Bobde and DY Chandrachud differ in open court on whether mediation outcome will be binding on the community at large The Supreme Court,...
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (right) at the Wagah border during a handover ceremony on March 1, 2019/Photo: UNI

Indo-Pak Tension: Now What?

Above: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (right) at the Wagah border during a handover ceremony on March 1, 2019/Photo: UNI Pakistan releasing the downed IAF pilot...
Supreme Court Photo by anil shakya

SC upholds PLPA, tells Haryana govt No construction on Aravallis

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Haryana government not to implement a new law which amended the century old Punjab Land Preservation Act...
Tribal women carrying firewood from the forest in Patratu area in Ranchi/Photo: UNI

Forest Rights: A Burning Issue

Above: Tribal women carrying firewood from the forest in Patratu area in Ranchi/Photo: UNI In a welcome move, the Supreme Court stayed an earlier order...
Supreme Court

Supreme Court Stays Its Own Order On Eviction of 11.8 Lakh Forest Dwellers

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed its  own order that directed 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers whose claims over the...
Photo by Anil Shakya

SC Nod Makes Arrest of Amrapali Group Chairman, Two Directors Imminent

The Chairman of the Amrapali group Anil Sharma and two directors face imminent arrest after the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Delhi Police to...
PLPA Amendment: Aravallis in Haryana Stare at Uncertain Future

PLPA Amendment: Aravallis in Haryana Stare at Uncertain Future

Within 7 days of publishing the proposed amendments in the Official Gazette, the Haryana Assembly passed the resolution to amend the Punjab Land Preservation...
Supreme Court

Centre moves SC seeking stay on its Feb 13 order for eviction of over...

Order of SC bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra to evict nearly 12 lakh forest dwellers across 16 States had been described by activists...
Hindu litigant Mahant Dharamdas speaking to mediapersons after the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit hearing/Photo: Anil Shakya

Ayodhya matter adjourned for 6 weeks, SC favours one last meditation effort

Above: Hindu litigant Mahant Dharamdas speaking to mediapersons after the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit hearing/Photo: Anil Shakya Warring claimants to the disputed site fail to...
Journalist Priya Ramani

#MeToo: Sued for defamation by MJ Akbar, Journalist Priya Ramani gets bail

Akbar had been forced to resign as Minister of State for External Affairs after Ramani alleged he had sexually harassed her over two decades...
A scene after the Pulwama attack/UNI

Kashmir: India’s Achilles’ Heel

Above: A scene after the Pulwama attack/UNI The horrendous Pulwama killing has caught India napping and shows the need to evolve a holistic strategy to...
Advocates at the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya

Breaking the Yardstick

Above: Advocates at the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya In a move that could transform the judiciary, the Collegium has tweaked a...
Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk

While the government has been crying hoarse about retribution for Pakistan, it has ignored the fact that NSA Ajit Doval’s son, Shaurya, is doing...
Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar

Nitish Kumar: Murder FIR Still Haunts Him

Above: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar/Photo: UNI A 28-year-old murder case comes back to haunt Bihar CM Nitish Kumar even as he entertains hopes of playing...
THE ABC’s OF L’AFFAIRE RAFALE

Whom Does Rafale Deal Really Sting?

By Inderjit Badhwar In October 2018, I wrote an editorial for India Legal in which I observed that what started off as political sparring between...
Harish-Salve

Jadhav’s Trial In Pakistan Does Not Follow Even Minimum Standards: Harish Salve

The International Court of Justice at The Hague in the Netherlands began hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav that will decide the fate of the...
Supreme court

SC won’t interfere to quash Modi Govt’s media advisory for not using the word...

In August last year, the Union I&B Ministry had issued an advisory to media houses asking them to refrain from using the term ‘Dalit’...
No Stay from SC on NGT’s Order To Reopen Tuticorn Sterlite Plant

Protest-hit Sterlite plant to remain shut, SC tells Vedanta to approach Madras HC

In December, the National Green Tribunal had set aside the Tamil Nadu government’s order for shutting down the controversial smelter in Tuticorin The Supreme Court,...
Kulbhushan Jadhav

Four Day Hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav Case To Begin In ICJ On Monday

The International Court of Justice in the Dutch city of The Hague will resume hearings in the high-profile Kulbhushan Jadhav case  for four days...
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (left) and L-G Anil Baijal have been engaged in a turf war due to the apex court’s delay in deciding the case/Photos: UNI

Delhi Govt—L-G Tussle: Capital Confusion

Above: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (left) and L-G Anil Baijal have been engaged in a turf war due to the apex court’s delay in...
Central Information Commission

Appoint information commissioners within 6 months and appointment process of CIC should be same...

The Supreme Court on Friday (Feb 15) directed Centre to fill up all the vacancies of information commissioners within six months. The apex court...
Delhi Govt vs. LG

Delhi Govt vs. LG: SC split on who controls Delhi Babus but tilts scales...

Justice AK Sikri says transfers of officers higher than Joint Secretary under domain of Lieutenant Governor, Justice Ashok Bhushan disagrees The Supreme Court, on Thursday...
Custodial death in the Kotkhai rape-murder case: SC refuses bail to accused as CBI is yet to frame charges against the accused

SC reserves verdict on plea seeking law to prohibit custodial torture

The Supreme Court on Thursday (Feb 14) reserved its verdict on a PIL by former Union Law Minister and Senior Advocate Ashwini Kumar seeking...
Ericsson-Reliance Communications Tussle: Caught in a Tangle

SC Reserves Verdict on Ericsson‘s Contempt Plea Against Anil Ambani

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved judgement on a plea by Ericsson India seeking contempt action against Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) chairman Anil Ambani...
Ashwani Kumar

Need for law against custodial torture: CJI bench hears 4-hour long submission by ex-law...

Reprimanding Kumar for suggesting that the court was impatient with hearing him, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi gave him entire day to present his case Dispelling...

Tabled in Rajya Sabha, C&AG report on Rafale Deal spells more trouble for Modi...

Exhaustive C&AG report punches holes in Modi government’s claims on Rafale deal, says enhancements made in Rafale in 2016 were not needed The much awaited...
Rajeev Kumar

Fifth Day Of CBI Interrogation for Kolkata Police Chief Rajeev Kumar

Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Wednesday appeared before the CBI here for the fifth day of interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam ....
Chief Minister vs L-G: Pyrrhic Victory

Delhiites suffer patiently as they await the long-delayed judgment of SC in the Delhi...

The Supreme Court had cited “Constitutional Morality” in its clarification on the separation of powers between the Delhi government and LG The Supreme Court is...
Mukul Roy/Photo: UNI

BJP leader Mukul Roy applies for anticipatory bail in TMC MLA’s murder case

Roy, three others, have been booked by the West Bengal police for the murder of TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas on February 9 Days after he...
Nageswar-Rao

“This is brazen”: SC fines former interim CBI chief Rao Rs 1 lakh for...

Nageswara Rao had transferred the CBI officer probing the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case in violation of Supreme Court’s orders The Supreme Court, on Tuesday (February...
Defamation

Delhi court records statement of Vivek Doval’s associates in his defamation suit against The...

Pre-summoning arguments scheduled for Feb 22 in defamation case filed by NSA Ajit Doval’s son A Delhi court, on Monday (February 11), recorded the statements...
SORDID EPISODE

SORDID EPISODE

By Inderjit Badhwar I cannot but marvel at the brilliant exposition made by Prof Upendra Baxi of the drama (or was it a farce?) that...
Mamata Banerjee

The Diverse Colours of Federalism

The thin line between “tyranny” and “liberty” is being increasingly seen today. As the federal design of the nation gets transformed, it has paradoxically...
Rafale verdict

Unease in defence accounts service cadre after MoD gets first financial advisor from IA&AS

Gargi Kaul, sister-in-law of SC judge Justice SK Kaul, who was part of SC bench that gave Rafale verdict, made financial advisor to Defence...
Law Ministry May Challenge Delhi HC order allowing NGT chairman, Justice Goel’s NRI daughter to adopt Indian child

Law Ministry May Challenge Delhi HC order allowing NGT chairman, Justice Goel’s NRI daughter...

Preeti Goel Bishop, a naturalized American citizen, had got the Delhi High Court’s nod for inter-country relative adoption despite CARA’s objection By Sumit Saxena The Law...

Modi Govt, Congress trade charges after leaked documents show PMO carried out parallel negotiations...

Ministry of Defence had objected to parallel negotiations by PMO, then Defence minister Parrikar called it an “over reaction” A new political storm erupted over...
Mayawati

SC may direct Mayawati to reimburse exchequer on crores her government spent to erect...

Between 2007 and 2012 Mayawati government had spent over Rs 2600 crores on construction of parks with statues of herself and her party symbol,...
Supreme Court

Another notice issued to Centre on 10 percent EWS quota

Petition filed by Congress worker Tehseen Poonawalla says constitutional amendment to provide quota for economically poor violates Indra Sawhney verdict The Supreme Court, on Friday...
Madras High Court

Madras HC Asks TN Police To Stop Unnecessary “Friday Arrests”

The Madras High Court has asked the Tamil Nadu police to stop making unnecessary arrests, particularly on Fridays, during criminal investigations. “The police must be...
Nageswar-Rao

“God Help You”: SC summons former interim CBI chief Rao for contempt

Nageswara Rao had transferred the officer probing the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case in violation of Supreme Court’s orders In his tearing hurry to transfer all...
TTV Dinakaran (file picture)

Setback for Dhinakaran as SC refuses to grant his party poll symbol

Delhi High Court had last year directed the Election Commission to allot a ‘pressure cooker’ poll symbol to AIADMK breakaway faction led by Dhinakaran In...
Muzzafarpur Shelter Home Case

SC slams Centre, Bihar Govt in Muzzafarpur Shelter Home Case, shifts trial to Delhi...

Supreme Court decision to transfer CBI officer probing the case is a violation of its orders; directs Saket court to complete trial within 6...
Sabarimala temple

To Review Or Not? SC Reserves Sabarimala Order

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on Sabarimala review pleas after a five-judge bench heard the matter for over four hours  on...
Adv Prashant Bhushan

SC issues contempt notice to Prashant Bhushan on Attorney General Venugopal’s plea

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta wants court to give deterrent punishment to Bhushan, Attorney General KK Venugopal disagrees The Supreme Court, on Wednesday (February 6), issued...
NRC

SC To Home Ministry: Your Excuses Are Aimed At Destroying NRC Process

The Supreme Court on Tuesday lashed out at the Union Home Ministry and charged with coming up with different excuses to make sure that...
Supreme Court Photo by anil shakya

Cooperate in Saradha Chit fund investigations: SC to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb 5) directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate in investigations related to Saradha Chit fund scam case...
New Chief, Old CBI and Another Flashpoint

New Chief, Old CBI and Another Flashpoint

The unprecedented slugfest between the CBI and the Kolkata police chief is a result of the same old problem of political interference in key...
Rishi Kumar Shukla

Rishi Kumar Shukla takes charge as new CBI chief

Former DGP of Madhya Pradesh Rishi Kumar Shukla took over the reins of the CBI on Monday even as the central probe agency continued...
Supreme Court

SC to hear tomorrow the CBI plea seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev...

The Supreme Court on Monday (Feb 4) said that it will hear tomorrow the CBI plea seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar...
ECONOMIC FOLLIES

ECONOMIC FOLLIES

By Inderjit Badhwar Budget 2019 will make headlines for a couple of weeks because of unprecedented tax sops to middle class wage earners and related...
Central Bureau of Investigation

Former Madhya Pradesh DGP RK Shukla is new CBI Director

The selection committee mandated for appointing the CBI director finally agreed on the candidature of former Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police, Rishi Kumar...
Photo by Anil Shakya

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code: Creditors’ Paradise

Though the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code is a welcome step in the development of modern bankruptcy laws, it gives more power to creditors than...
A patient after surgery at a hospital in Chhattisgarh. Lack of doctors and nurses is hampering the NRHM in the state (Representative image)/Photo: UNI

National Rural Health Mission: Not Keeping Well

Above: A patient after surgery at a hospital in Chhattisgarh. Lack of doctors and nurses is hampering the NRHM in the state (Representative image)/Photo:...
Not a vote-on-account: Highlights – Union Budget 2019

Not a vote-on-account: Highlights – Union Budget 2019

Interim finance minister Piyush Goyal presents a populist Union Budget full of sops for middle class, farmers and cows to make BJP battle ready...
CBI Head Quarters

New CBI Director soon: Centre tells SC

The Centre’s response came after the Supreme Court questioned why the agency had not got a full-time director yet after Alok Verma’s sacking on January...
Supreme Court

SC seeks CBI, Interim Director response on DSP Bassi’s plea challenging his transfer to...

The Supreme Court on Friday (Feb 1) issued notice and sought response from CBI and CBI Interim Director M Nageshwara Rao on a plea...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Sabarimala case: Constitution Bench to hear review petitions on Feb 6

As many as 49 petitions challenging the landmark verdict allowing women entry into the Sabarimala shrine have been filed in the Supreme Court The Supreme...
CBI registers FIR against its special director Asthana against Rs 3 crore bribery allegation

SC dismisses plea challenging tainted IPS officer Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as civil aviation security...

Facing probe in a corruption case, Asthana had been moved out of the CBI but appointed director general of the Bureau of Civil Aviation...
Nageswar-Rao

After CJI and Justice Sikri, Justice Ramana too refuses to hear plea against interim...

Ball back in Chief Justice Gogoi’s court for listing petition before another bench while suspense continues over appointment of next CBI Director For the third...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Fresh cases to be listed for hearing within a week of filing in the...

Soon after assuming office, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said that a new system for hearing fresh cases filed in the Supreme Court will...
Karti Chidambaram

Supreme Court Allows Karti To Travel Abroad, Gives Him Specific Dates To Appear Before...

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, to travel abroad but only after depositing ₹10 crore...
Supreme Court

Supreme Court Once Again Refuses To Stay SC/ST Amendment Act

The Supreme Court on Wednesday once again declined to stay the stay amendments to the SC/ST Act that restored the no anticipatory bail provision and...
Supreme Court Bar Association

Collegium Should Not Revisit Decisions Without Strong Reasons: SCBA

The Executive Committee of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), in its meeting last week expressed its concern over the decision of the Supreme Court...
Kerala High Court

Four In A Row: Yet Another Kerala HC Bench Recuses On Church Row

Yet another bench of the Kerala High Court—the fourth so far—has withdrawn from hearing the Piravom Church dispute case. A bench led by Justice...
Declare Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site a national heritage, says PIL before Delhi HC

Poll Vault: Centre moves SC seeking transfer of land near Ayodhya disputed site to...

Supreme Court had ordered status quo on 67.7 acres of land acquired by the central government in 1993, Modi regime says only 0.313 acres...
Supreme Court

Tamil Nadu Govt Approaches Supreme Court against Madras HC Appointed Retired IG of Police

By Sumit Saxena The Tamil Nadu government on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of retired Inspector General of Police A G Ponn...
Supreme Court

SC Judges Fume on Call-Drops Issues on the Campus

The Supreme Court judges are facing a major challenge in establishing communication over phone inside the court complex. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a...
Supreme Court constitutes Constitutional Bench on a petition against Sanskrit prayer in Kendriya Vidyalayas

Supreme Court constitutes Constitutional Bench on a petition against Sanskrit prayer in Kendriya Vidyalayas

Article 28(1) of the Indian Constitution says “No religion instruction shall be provided in any education institution wholly maintained out of State funds.”  A bench...
HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

By Inderjit Badhwar On the eve of India’s Republic Day, I chanced upon an essay I wrote on the occasion of the nation’s 68th anniversary....
Modi’s Last Chance: 2019-20 Interim-Budget

Modi’s Last Chance: 2019-20 Interim-Budget

Above Photo: UNI By Sanjiv Bhatia In a few weeks, the Finance Minister will present the country’s budget for the fiscal year 2019-20. It will be...
EX ICICI Boss Chanda Kochhar

CBI FIR Details How Ex ICICI Boss Kochar Frauded Her Own Bank

On Thursday, the Central Bureau of Investigation  had register an FIR against Chanda Kochhar and his husband Deepak Kochhar and companies, Videocon group MD Venugopal...
Sabarimala temple

Kerala Corrects Lie In Affidavit Given To SC, Says Only 17 Women Entered Temple

A red faced Kerala government, after filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court last week that 51 women had entered the Sabarimala temple after...
Supreme Court

SC issues notice to Centre on pleas challenging 10% EWS quota

Modi government given 4 weeks to reply to notice on petitions demanding that new quota for economically poor be struck down In a minor victory...

Interim CBI chief appointment: First CJI and now Justice Sikri too recuses from...

Justice AK Sikri was part of the selection committee that had decided to dismiss Alok Verma as CBI Director on January 10 Days after Chief...
Supreme Court

SC refuses to stay SC/ST Amendment Act, 2018

The apex court on Thursday (Jan 24) declined to stay SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2018 saying that petitions against the amendment and...
Madan B Lokur

More transparency in Apex Court needed: Justice Madan B Lokur

The famous “open rebellion” press conference held by the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court last year, was justified because it helped make...
Priyanka Gandhi

Congress ropes in ‘brahmastra’ Priyanka, debuts as AICC general secretary

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to be in-charge of the party’s affairs in eastern UP, will take charge from February first week For long, the Congress party...
Supreme Court

SC Grants Bail to Four Convicts In Gujarat 2002 Riots Case, Terms Conviction by...

The Supreme Court has ordered the release of four persons, convicted by the Gujarat High Court in connections with the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots...
Sabarimala Temple

First Woman To Enter Sabarimala Temple Now Locked Out Of Home

Four days after the Supreme Court ordered that a 40 year old woman,  among the first two to enter the Sabarimala temple in defiance...
Coal Scam: Govt of Maharashtra informs Patiala house court that unavailability of papers hampering investigation

Defamation suit against Jairam, Caravan: Delhi court to record statement of Vivek Doval, two...

A Delhi court on Tuesday (Jan 22) said that it will record the statement of complainant Vivek Doval, son of NSA Ajit Doval and...
Sabarimala temple

SC to hear review petitions against Sabarimala verdict after Jan 30

Justice Indu Malhotra, who dissented with the landmark verdict and is set to be on the bench hearing the review, is on medical leave The...
M J Akbar

Delhi Court to decide on summons to journalist Priya Ramani in MJ Akbar’s defamation...

Former Union minister MJ Akbar had filed a criminal defamation case against Ramani over allegations of sexual harassment The Patiala House Court in Delhi will,...
Nageswar-Rao

CJI recuses himself from case challenging appointment of interim CBI chief

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had authored the verdict that reinstated Alok Verma and is part of the selection panel that will appoint the next...
Setting the Clock Back?

Supreme Court Collegium: Setting the Clock Back?

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence The elevation of two judges to the Court by the Collegium after superseding many High Court judges raises questions of...
Encounter Killings: The Gun Toting Yogi

Encounter Killings: The Gun Toting Yogi

The Uttar Pradesh government’s encounter policy has met with widespread condemnation, forcing the Supreme Court to examine a plea for a court-monitored probe By Govind...
Kanhaiya Kumar

JNU sedition: Court refuses to accept chargesheet, tells Delhi police to get AAP govt’s...

Delhi police had filed its chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhhatacharya and others on January 14 In an interesting twist to the controversial...
Sabarimala Temple

Kerala Govt Affidavit In SC A Lie, List Of 51 Women Has One Man

The Kerala government’s affidavit filed in the Supreme Court listing the names and details of 51 women who its claims were between the ages...
Supreme Court Photo by anil shakya

SC Collegium resolution for elevations to Delhi High Court

The Supreme Court Collegium has arrived at a resolution wherein it has considered the candidature of four advocates, regarding their elevation to the Delhi...
Relief for Rakesh Asthana

Transferred from CBI, graft-tainted Rakesh Asthana made aviation security boss

Senior officers, AK Sharma and MK Sinha, both confidantes of sacked CBI director Alok Verma, also transferred out of the probe agency Soon after the...
Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

Provide 24X7 security to women who entered Sabarimala: SC to Kerala

Plea filed by petitioners Kanakdurga and Bindu had claimed there was a threat to their life ever since they entered the sacred shrine The Supreme...
Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Justice Sanjeev Khanna takes oath as Supreme Court judges

Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Justice Sanjeev Khanna takes oath as Supreme Court judges

Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Sanjeev Khanna sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court today. CJI Ranjan Gogoi administered the oath to the...
Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Jailhouse Is Home As CBI Court Hands out Life Imprisonment to Ram Rahim,...

By Vipin Pubby in Chandigarh A CBI court in Panchkula has sentenced controversial godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim and three other to life imprisonment for the...
Supreme Court

Finalise shortlist for Lokpal appointment by Feb-end: SC to Centre’s search panel

Search committee led by retired SC judge, Justice Ranjana Desai was constituted on September 27 to recommend names but has not held a single...

Mumbai bar girls case: SC quashes some of Maharashtra govt’s orders on licensing and...

Observing that all the conditions laid down by the Maharashtra govt on the functioning of dance bars in Mumbai can’t be allowed, the apex...
Govt Notifies Appointment Of Two SC Judges As Controversy Rages

Govt Notifies Appointment Of Two SC Judges As Controversy Rages

Even as controversy raged over the recommendations for their elevation, the government late on Wednesday notified the appointments of Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Dinesh...
Bar Council of India/Photo: Anil Shakya

Bar Council of India To Meet SC Collegium To Seek Withdrawal of Elevation of...

Protests against the elevation of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjeev Khanna to the Supreme Court continue to mount with the Bar Council of India...

Judiciary must share equal blame for lapses in 1984 riots cases: SIT head Justice...

By Puneet Nicholas Yadav An exclusive interview to India Legal Over three decades after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the legal process of bringing the arsonists to justice...
Nuns Who Protested Against Alleged “Rapist” Bishop Asked To Leave Convent

Nuns Who Protested Against Alleged “Rapist” Bishop Asked To Leave Convent

The Jallandhar based Missionaries of Jesus has served notice of transfer to four of the nuns who protested against Bishop Franco in the rape...
supreme court

SC’s Thumbs Down To Five States On Appointment of DGP’s

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the plea by five states which wanted to appoint DGPs through an internal state committee rather than by the...
M Nageswara Rao

Supreme Court To Hear Next Week Plea Chellenging Rao’s Appointment As CBI Chief

The Supreme Court will hear next week a petition challenging M Nageswara Rao's appointment as the interim chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation...

Violence Erupts In Sabarimala Again As Protestors Forcibly Send Women Back

Violence returned to Sabarimala early on Wednesday after two women who tried to enter the temple were stopped by a massive group of protestiors...

No More Historical Blunders Please, Justice Gambhir’s Plea to President Kovind

Former Delhi High Court judge Kailash Gambhir has taken strong exception to the recommendation for elevation by the Supreme Court Collegium of Justices Dinesh...
Mallikarjun Kharge

Kharge Writes to PM, Protests Appointment of Rao as CBI Interim Director

Senior Congress leader and leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has written to the prime minister Narendra Modi  raising objections...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Hearing On Sabarimala Review Petitions Postponed, No Fresh Dates Announced

The clutch of review petitions on the issue of women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple will not be taken up, as originally scheduled, on...
NCW seeks probe into professor waxing eloquent on virtues of virginity

NCW seeks probe into professor waxing eloquent on virtues of virginity

The National Commission for Women has asked the West Bengal police to probe the reported remarks of a Jadavpur University Professor in his Facebook...
Kanhaiya Kumar

Sedition charges against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Shehla Rashid in Delhi Police chargesheet

FIR was filed against the former JNU students for allegedly raising anti-national slogans at an event organized to protest hanging of Afzal Guru Nearly three...
SC notice to Centre on controversial surveillance order

SC notice to Centre on controversial surveillance order

The Ministry of Home Affairs had, on December 20, issued an order allowing 10 government agencies to monitor information generated from any computer The Supreme...
Alok Verma

CBI: Gathering Storm

Above: Alok Verma The sordid episode of CBI director Alok Verma’s reinstatement and later sacking shows the power games embroiling India’s top investigating agency. As...
All-India Judicial Service

All-India Judicial Service: A Long Overdue Reform

Above: Lawyers at Gurugram District and Sessions Courts/Photo: Anil Shakya Unlike other public services, the judiciary gets less meritorious candidates due to frustrating procedures...
(L-R) Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s brilliant scholarship on constitutional morality is significant to understand the concept (Photo credit: World Economic Forum/Photo Eric Miller emiller@iafrica.COM ) ; Andre Beteille has made a value-added distinction between “constitutional democracy” and “populist democracy” (Photo credit: Facebook)

IS THE CONSTITUTION MORAL?

Above: (L-R) Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s brilliant scholarship on constitutional morality is significant to understand the concept (Photo credit: World Economic Forum/Photo Eric Miller emiller@iafrica.COM...
After unceremonious exit as CBI director, Alok Verma moves Supreme Court

Removed As CBI Director 48 Hours After Reinstatement, Alok Verma Quits Service

A day after he was transferred out of the office of CBI Director and posted as Director general of Fire services, Alok Verma refused to...
CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana

Delhi HC Rejects CBI Spl Dir Rakesh Asthana’s Plea For Quashing FIRs

The Delhi High Court has dismissed the plea filed by CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana and suspended DSP Devender Kumar seeking quashing of FIRs...
Gurmeet Ram Rahim (file picture). Photo: UNI

Baba Ram Rahim, Three Others Convicted in Journalist Murder Case; Sentence On Jan 17

A special CBI court in Panchkula convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others on Friday in the murder case...
Alok Verma

48 hours after reinstatement by SC, selection panel shunts out Alok Verma as CBI...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Justice AK Sikri agree on transferring Verma out, Mallikarjun Kharge gives dissent note Just two days after the Supreme Court...
Supreme Court

Constitutional Amendment to enable quota for upper castes challenged in SC

Amendments to Article 15 and 16, passed by Parliament, aimed at introducing 10 per cent reservation for economically poor forward classes A day after the...
Declare Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site a national heritage, says PIL before Delhi HC

Ayodhya matter: Hearing to commence on January 29, Justice Lalit recuses from Constitution Bench

During his stint as a lawyer, Justice Lalit had appeared for former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh in a case linked to the title...
Central Bureau of Investigation

After 77 Days, Alok Verma Returns To Director’s 10th Floor Office At CBI...

Alok Verma resumed work on Wednesday as the CBI Director, 77 days after the Narendra Modi government sent him on forced leave after the...

CJI Gogoi nominates Justice Sikri to be part of panel that will decide Alok...

Chief Justice had authored the judgment that reinstated Verma as the CBI director but said his continuance is subject to clearance by the selection...

Reservation Bill For General category Poor To Be Introduced In Rajya Sabha Today

The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Bill bill that seeks to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor will...
Declare Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site a national heritage, says PIL before Delhi HC

CJI Ranjan Gogoi constitutes 5-judge bench to hear Ayodhya title suit, hearing on Jan...

Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud – all in line to be elevated as Chief Justice of India until 2024...
CBI chief designate Alok Kumar Verma. Photo: UNI

SC reinstates Alok Verma as CBI director but he isn’t out of the woods...

Supreme Court rules that Selection Committee for the CBI director must meet within a week to decide on further orders against Alok Verma The Supreme...

CBI vs CBI: SC re-instates Alok Verma

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside Oct 23 order of CVC divesting Alok Verma of his charge to act as head of the CBI. SC...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

2019 Poll bugle: Modi Govt approves Bill to grant 10% quota for economically poor...

A constitutional amendment will have to be passed to implement the decision which contravenes the Supreme Court mandated cap of 50 per cent quota With...

Will Sent To Jail Anyone Who Persists With Using Act Struck Down: SC

The Supreme Court has taken strong exception to arrests of individuals under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act even after it was struck...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Govt Will Push Triple Talaq Bill Again In Rajya Sabha Today

The government will make another attempt on Monday to get the Triple Talaq bill passed in Rajya Sabha despite the numbers being heavily stashed...
Is Big Brother Watching?

Is Big Brother Watching?

Two recent notices by the government kicked up a storm over allegations that they would compromise privacy. However, they seem to be attempts to...
Welcome: The Best and the Brightest

Welcome: The Best and the Brightest

Above: Highly-skilled migrants to the UK, who have been seeking equity, can hope for a bright future in the light of new visa proposals/Photo:...
STRIKING A BALANCE

STRIKING A BALANCE

Above: Violent protests in Kerala over Sabarimala/Photo: Kaviyoor Santhosh ~By Inderjit Badhwar It is impossible to decipher, as the agitation over expansion of rights of...
Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit

SC fixes Jan 10 for hearing of arguments in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit

The Supreme Court bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul on Friday decided that it will hear arguments in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri...
Reports of more women heading for Sabarimala keep local police on high alert

Six Kerala MPs Give Adjournment Motion Notice Against ‘Defiling’ of Sabarimala Diety

Six Lok Sabha MPs from Kerala, among them a Christian and a Muslim, have given notice for an adjournment motion to raise the issue...
Sabarimala Purification Is Contempt Of Supreme Court Verdict, Haul Up Head Priest: Kerala Minister

Sabarimala Purification Is Contempt Of Supreme Court Verdict, Haul Up Head Priest: Kerala Minister

Even as violence engulfed parts of Kerala after two women, with the full backing of the Marxist led government entered the Sabarimala temple, debate...
Ayodhya Back To The Fore In Supreme Court On Friday

Ayodhya Back To The Fore In Supreme Court On Friday

The Ayodhya issue takes centrestage once again on Friday when a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi takes up the Babri Masjid-Ram...
Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

Finally, Under The Cover Of Dark, Two Women Sneak Into Sabarimala Temple

The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, which was shut down earlier today “for purification” after two women of menstrual age sneaked in before dawn...
Former BJP Minister Sinha

Former BJP Minister Sinha and Shourie Seek Review Of Dec 14 Rafale Judgement

Former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie on Wednesday petitioned the Supreme Court, seeking review of its December 14 verdict dismissing all PILs...

Government, Opposition All Set To Lock Horns Over Triple Talaq, Rafale JPC in Parliament

The government and the opposition are all set to lock horns in Parliament on Wednesday as the Rajya Sabha meets for the first time...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

31 Lakh Women To Form 620 Km Long “Wall” Across Kerala For Gender Equality,...

Lakhs of women from across Kerala are expected to form a 620 km state sponsored 'Women's Wall on Tuesday to uphold gender equality in...

First Chief Justice of Telangana HC takes oath

Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan took oath as the first Chief Justice of Telangana High Court on Tuesday. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan...

Left Double Standards To The Fore, Once Again

Above: Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II (Centre) met Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (in white) regarding the church case (file picture)/Photo: UNI Kerala’s Marxist...

Last Day of 2018 Is Last Day Of Freedom For Sajjan Kumar Who Surrenders...

Former Congress MP and a convict in the 1984 anti-sikh riots Sajjan Kumar on Monday surrendered before Delhi’s Karkardooma Court and immediately sent to the...
Non-mentioning of Nikah Halala petition during SC vacation irks CJI

Opposition Stalls Rajya Sabha Over Triple Talaq: House Adjourned Till Jan 2

The Rajya Sabha was today adjourned until Wednesday following still resistance put up by the opposition parties  to the Triple Talaq Bill that seeks...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Triple Talaq Bill In Rajya Sabha Today, Opposition To Fight Tooth and Nail

The Triple Talaq bill that seeks to  make the practice of instant divorce among Muslims a criminal offence with a provision of three-year jail...

What Section 102 Cr.P.C envisages

Above Photo: UNI  Section 102 Cr.P.C, the powers of the police officer, the procedure, compliance, non-compliance, and remedy to the aggrieved By K Raghavacharyulu We often come...

Important Judgments of 2018

Above: 3D illustration by Quince Media via Pixabay.com CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AADHAAR IS VALID Date of Judgment: September 26, 2018 In a 4:1 verdict, a constitutional bench of the Supreme...
Baba Ramdev

Share Some Of Profits With Farmers And Agriculturists, Uttarakhand HC Tells Ramdev Owned Company

~By Shaheen Parween The Uttarakhand High Court had ordered a company associated with Baba Ramdev to share a percentage of its profits with the local...
Our Most-Read Stories of 2018

Our Most-Read Stories of 2018

~By Inderjit Badhwar India Legal maintains its advancement and evolution. There’s nothing mechanical about this. The magazine’s expansion, predominantly online, is owing to the editors...
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa Death: Probe Commission Summons UK Doctor Who Treated Late CM

The Justice Arumugasamy commission, tasked with inquiring into the death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, on Friday summoned Dr Richard Beale, the UK...

Congratulations and Commiserations For Hyderabad Lawyers

Barely hours after President Ramnath Kovind ordered the separation of the Hyderabad High Court into two separate HCs of the states of Andhra Pradesh and...
Sabarimala

Kerala Government’s U-Turn On Sabarimala: Women Need Not Go

In a virtual admission of defeat and its inability to fulfil the assurances given to the Supreme Court and the High Court, the Kerala...
NIA Busting ISIS Module Would Not Have Been Possible Without Surveillance

NIA Busting ISIS Module Would Not Have Been Possible Without Surveillance

The Union Finance Minister lashed out at the opposition parties for criticizing the government over the recent computer surveillance order, saying the raids and...

Government, Opposition Lock Horns In Lok Sabha Over Triple Talaq Bill

After several fits and starts and adjournments, the Lok Sabha on Thursday got down to business with the Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabling...

President Issues Notification Ordering Two Separate HCs for AP and Telengana

President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday ordered the separation of the Hyderabad High Court into two separate HCs of the states of Andhra Pradesh and...

Delhi HC To Centre: Why Only Three Castes In President’s Bodyguard?

Image Source: YouTube The Delhi High Court has sought the Centre’s response on a PIL a plea alleging that only three castes were considered for...
Declare Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site a national heritage, says PIL before Delhi HC

Babri Masjid Action Commiitee To Petition SC If Temple Ordinance Is Issued

The Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC)  will file a petition in the Supreme Court in case the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre...
Aadhaar case: SC to pronounce verdict tomorrow

UIDAI Says Aadhaar not compulsory for admission in schools

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asserted that schools cannot make the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar card mandatory for student admission in schools. UIDAI...
Sabarimala

Kerala Govt’s Assurances To SC On Sabarimala Women’s Entry Amount To Nothing

 Above Photo: UNI The Kerala Government’s assurances to the Supreme Court and the state High Court   to provide security to women who want to offer...

23 ministers take oath in Rajasthan cabinet

A total of twenty-three ministers took oath as Ministers in newly-formed government in Rajasthan lead by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin...

Potholes: Split Wide Open

Above: A road filled with potholes in Mumbai, a common sight during the monsoon/Photo: newsmobile.in The Supreme Court has held authorities responsible for deaths due...
Supreme Court

Promise and Performance

Above: Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya A year-end analysis of key controversial issues the apex court will have to confront when it reconvenes after its winter...
HOOLIGANISM AND THUGGERY

“HOOLIGANISM AND THUGGERY”

~By Inderjit Badhwar The mob violence in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh on December 3, 2018, instigated and engineered with malicious intent, which led to the...
Tandoor Murder Case

After 29 Years Behind Bars, Delhi HC Orders that Tandoor Murderer Sushil Be Set...

The Delhi High Court on Friday ordered that Sushil Sharma, who has spent the last 29 years in jail for the killing of his...
CBI court restrains media from reporting on Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case trial

Special CBI Court Acquits all 22 accused in Sohrabuddin Encounter Case

A special CBI court in Mumbai has acquitted all 22 accused in the encounter deaths of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his...

1984 riots: Delhi HC dismisses Sajjan Kumar’s plea seeking more time to surrender

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s petition which sought more time to surrender. Yesterday, Kumar had filed plea seeking...
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Determined to Block BJP Yatra, WB Govt To Appeal Against HC Order

The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is determined to block the BJP”s Rath Yatra for which the Calcutta High Court yesterday granted permission....
CBI court restrains media from reporting on Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case trial

13 Years Later, Court To Give Verdict On Sohrabuddin-Prajapati Fake Encounter Case

A special CBI court in Mumbai is set to decide on Friday what has come to be known as the Sohrabuddin Sheikh-Tulsiram Prajapati fake...
West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee has been landed with a serious law and order situation. Photo: UNI

Mamata Too Punctures Stalin’s “Rahul For Joint Oppn PM Candidate” Proposal

Mamata Banerjee has joined the long list of opposition leaders to reject the proposal by the DMK Supremo MK Stalin that Rahul Gandhi be...
The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley making a statement about the provision of financial resolution and deposit Insurance bill 2017, regarding protecting the interest of depositors and removing any misgivings in this regards, in New Delhi on December 11, 2017/Photo: PIB

After Two Years Of Denial, Govt Admits Death Due To Demonetisation

The Narendra Modi government has for the first time admitted the death of people in connection with the November 2016 demonetisation drive, saying four...

Former bureaucrats write open letter condemning killing of Bulandshahr Inspector

An open letter written by former bureaucrats has condemned the recent killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Bulandshahr. Below is the text of...
Winter session of Parliament will be convened from Dec 15 to Jan 5

Both Houses of Parliament Paralysed As Govt, Oppn Lock Horns Over Rafale, Triple Talaq...

The government and the opposition locked horns in and outside Parliament over a host of issues including the Rafale deal, Ram Janambhoomi, Triple Talaq,...
1984 anti-Sikh riots

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Delhi HC hands out life imprisonment to Sajjan Kumar (Read Full...

The Delhi High Court on Monday convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Kumar was sentenced to life imprisonment. A bench...

2019 Elections: Role Reversal

Above: Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi with farmers from Tamil Nadu during a protest demonstration seeking loan waivers in New Delhi in March this...

A Dangerous Precedent?

Above: Attorney General KK Venugopal criticised the SC for giving itself enormous powers By Upendra Baxi In a surprising attack on constitutional morality, Attorney General KK...

HINDUTVA—THE HARD AND THE SOFT OF IT

By Inderjit Badhwar Self-serving, sanctimonious political punditry was at its most brazen display on the Indian airwaves last week. TV anchors and analysts and print...
Mallikarjun Kharge

Oppn Leader Kharge Accuses AG, CAG Of Lying Before Apex Court

The leader of the opposition in the Lok sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress said on Saturday that he would summon the Attorney General, and...

Rahul Brokers Peace In Rajasthan, Gehlot To Be CM, Pilot His Deputy

The tussle is finally over in Rajasthan. Two time chief minister Ashok Gehlot will once again occupy the chair while Sachin Pilot, the young...
Rafale verdict

SC Throws Out Pleas For Court Monitored Probe Into Rafale Deal

In a major boost to the government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all petitions that sought a court-monitored probe in the multi-billion dollar...
Kamal Nath

Kamal Nath is MP CM, Rahul To Take Today On Contentious Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh

Veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Kamalnath will be the new chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. His appointment was announced late on Thursday...

Interpol Issues Red Corner Notice Against PNB Scam Co-accused Mehul Choksi

Interpol has issued a a Red Corner notice against Mehul Choksi, the co-accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. The notice was...
SC seeks details of Rafale Deal decision-making process from Centre

Supreme Court To Give Verdict On Rafale Deal Probe Today

The Supreme Court will on Friday (December 14) pass judgement on a clutch of petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rafale fighter jet...

Congress CMs for Rajasthan, MP and Chattisgarh To Be Named Shortly

Chief Ministerial hopefuls from the three states that the Congress bagged in the recent assembly elections are in Delhi  for meeting with the party...
Congress Leaders Meet Guv, Stake Claim For Government in MP

Congress Leaders Meet Guv, Stake Claim For Government in MP

A Congress delegation led by the Madhya Pradesh party chief Kamal Nath met the state governor Anandiben Patel and staked claim to form the...

Congress MLAs Overwhelmingly For Sachin Pilot As CM

As the Congress party president Rahul Gandhi readies to take a final call on the next chief minister of Rajasthan after consultations with senior...

Kerala Govt Moves HC For More Time To Implement SC Order on Church

Above: St Mary's Church In Piravom. Photo by: Captain/commons.wikimedia The Kerala government has filed an affidavit  in the High Court seeking more time and “operational...

Score 3-0 as MP, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh reject BJP and opt for Congress

If the results that were out on Tuesday of the elections to the five state assemblies are taken a barometer for the 2019 Lok...
Modi’s decision to go in for a desperate remedy of pulling out 86 per cent of cash from the hands of the people was bound to set off a fierce debate. Photo: UNI

PM Modi Is Mum As BJP Takes A Battering In Assembly Polls

As early trends indicated a battering for the BJP led NDA in the elections to five state assemblies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi withheld comment...
RBI governor Dr. Urjit R Patel. Photo: UNI

RBI Governor Urjit Patel Resigns Citing Personal Reasons

Citing personal reasons, RBI Governor Urjit Patel resigned from his post with immediate effect. “On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down...
Will cases against Vijay Mallya force his American breweries to shut shop?

London Court Orders Extradition of Fugitive Bizman Mallya To India

The Westminister Court in London has ordered the extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to India. After a trial spread over nearly ten months,  in...
People queuing up at a polling booth in Moradabad, UP. Photo: UNI

Huge Setback For BJP in Curtain Raiser to 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

If the initial trends in the results of the elections to the five state assemblies are a barometer for the 2019 Lok Sabha, the...
AgustaWestland case: Delhi court will act upon recent chargesheet by ED on July 23

Chopper Scam: Christian Michel’s CBI Custody Extended By Five Days

A Special Court in Delhi on Monday extended the CBI custody of Christian Michel the alleged middleman in the Rs 3600 crore AugustaWestland Chopper...
Vijay Mallya

Mallya’s Fate To Be Decided In London Court Today

The fate of Vijay Mallya,  the once ‘king of good times’ now going through terribly bad times will be decided on Monday as the...

GDP Figures: Gaming the System

Consumption, investment, government spending and exports were all higher under the Manmohan Singh government than under Modi. Yet, somehow, revisions of past GDP numbers...

“Mobocracy in the garb of democracy can never be justified”

Above: Chief of NHRC, Justice HL Dattu On the occasion of International Human Rights Day (December 10), JUSTICE HL DATTU, chief of the National Human...
DANGEROUS ESCALATION

DANGEROUS ESCALATION

Last week, a courageous police officer with an impeccable service record was brutally murdered in UP’s Bulandshahr by those who fit the description of...
Vijay Mallya

SC seeks response from ED on Mallya’s plea to stay fugitive proceedings

Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Enforcement Directorate (ED) on a plea filed by Vijay Mallya seeking stay on the proceedings instituted by...

Nirav Modi’s Illegal Bungalow Razed To Ground: Maha Govt To Bombay HC

The Maharashtra government has informed the Bombay High Court that it had demolished fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi's illegal bungalow built along the beach at...

Alok Verma case: Arguments over, SC reserves order

Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reserves order on petition filed by CBI director with his retirement, on Jan 18, fast approaching The Supreme...
CBI chief designate Alok Kumar Verma. Photo: UNI

CBI vs. CBI: CJI Gogoi quizzes Solicitor General on decision against Alok Verma

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi poses pointed questions on why the selection panel was not consulted before removing Verma With the date of CBI director-in-exile Alok...

Congress Sacks Lawyer Who Represented Chopper Scam Middleman Michel From Party

The Congress late on Wednesday fired a Delhi  based lawyer from  the party after a controversy erupted over him representing Augusta Westland chopper deal...
Christian Michel

Augusta Westland Scam: British Middleman Michel Sent To 5 Day CBI Custody

Special CBI judge Arvind Kumar on Wednesday sent Christian Michel , the alleged middleman in the Rs 3600 crore Augusta Westland scam to CBI...
Supreme Court

Alok Verma case: Centre acted to save CBI’s reputation, AG tells SC

Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta make submissions to justify the Centre’s action against CBI director Alok Verma The Supreme Court resumed...
Coal block scam

Coal block scam: Ex coal secretary HC Gupta sentenced to 3-year jail term, gets...

Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar had convicted Gupta and others for irregularities in allotment of coal blocks to Vikash Metals & Power Limited in...

UP CM Yogi Calls Post Bulandshahar Meeting….To Discuss Cow Slaughter

Image  Source: Twitter Taking time off from his election campaign for the BJP in neighouring Rajasthan to to hold meetings with his officials in the...

British Middleman In Chopper Deal Arrested, To be Produced In Court Today

British National Christian James Michael, the  alleged middleman in the Rs 3700 crore Augusta Westland chopper scam was extradited to India from Dubai and...

SC Hearing On CBI Chief Verma’s Plea To Resume Today

The Supreme Court will resume the hearing today in the CBI Director Alok Verma’s petition challenging the Centre’s order divesting him of powers and asking him...

Former SGPC chief Jagir Kaur acquitted in daughter’s murder case

Former Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) chief Bibi Jagir Kaur was acquitted in the murder case of her daughter Harpreet Kaur by the Punjab...
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with ex-President Sonia Gandhi addressing the media. Photo: UNI

SC Allows Sonia, Rahul Tax Reassessment, Restrains IT Dept from Coercive Action

The Income Tax Department can continue with the tax reassessment that it ordered for the 2011-12 on Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother...
Sabarimala temple

Kerala Govt to SC: High Court Coming In Way Of Implementing Apex Court Orders

The Kerala government has moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of all cases pertaining to Sabarimala pending before the High Court to the apex...
Zakia Jafri. Photo: YouTube

Zakia Jafri’s Plea For Fresh Probe Into 2002 Gujarat Riots Adjourned To January

The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned to the third week of January an appeal by Zakia Jafri for investigation into larger conspiracy in 2002...

Managing Disasters: Cyclonic Chaos

Above: Devastated coconut plantations in Tamil Nadu will take years to revive/Photo: Twitter/Gurumathavan The disaster struck by Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu is an apt...

Security: Can India Handle Another 26/11?

Above: Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao (in the middle) and CM Devendra Fadnavis (in blue jacket) paying tributes to martyrs on 26/11/Photo: UNI Even 10 years...
Farmers from different states at the Kisan Mukti March in Delhi. Led by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, they were demanding loan waivers and better prices for their produce/Photo: UNI

IT IS THE FARMER, STUPID!

Above: Farmers from different states at the Kisan Mukti March in Delhi. Led by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, they were demanding...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

HC Appointed Sabarimala Observers Panel To Start Work Tomorrow

The three member observers panel appointed by the Kerala High Court to oversee and ensure that pilgrimage season passes off peacefully will have its...

SC issues notice to Ramdev on plea to lift injunction against book on his...

Delhi High Court had reaffirmed an injunction on Godman to Tycoon, published by Juggernaut Books, which details Ramdev’s controversial commercial success A little over a...
Justice Kurian Joseph being presented memento by SCBA officer bearers and fellow judges at his retirement/Photo: Anil Shakya

Justice Kurian Joseph Given Warm Send Off

Above: Justice Kurian Joseph being presented memento by SCBA officer bearers and fellow judges at his retirement/Photo: Anil Shakya On his last working day in...
Alok Verma

Part 2: Centre, not selection panel, is the appointing authority for CBI chief, AG...

Attorney General says the job of the selection committee is limited to recommending names for post of CBI chief, government free to make its...
CBI chief designate Alok Kumar Verma. Photo: UNI

Part I: Nariman argues CBI chief can’t be transferred without consulting collegium

Chief Justice Gogoi says court will first hear arguments on whether the CBI chief can be removed or transferred without consulting the selection panel With...
supreme court

SC raps Delhi, WB and Assam for tardy pace of judicial appointments, summons CSs

The Supreme Court is hearing petitions pertaining to vacant posts in various courts across the country. On Thursday, the top court was informed on the...
Death Sentence

Death row convict’s sentence commuted to life but SC split on validity of death...

In a 2:1 majority verdict, Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta upheld validity of death sentence while Justice Kurian Joseph gave a dissenting opinion The...
Supreme Court

SC Slap For Bihar Govt, Transfers All Shelter Homes Cases To CBI

A day after it showed its anger at the Bihar Government’s tardy response to the investigations into the shelter home abuse, the Supreme Court...
Sabarimala Temple No Place For Protests, Demonstrations: Kerala HC

Sabarimala Temple No Place For Protests, Demonstrations: Kerala HC

The Kerala High Court  has held that the Sabarimala temple and its surroundings cannot be turned into a protest venue and banned all demonstrations...
Muzaffarpur Shelter Home: SC Slams Nitish Government, calls it “Inhuman and Shameless”

Muzaffarpur Shelter Home: SC Slams Nitish Government, calls it “Inhuman and Shameless”

The Supreme Court on Tuesday lashed out at the Nitish Kumar government, accusing it of being lackadaisical in its response to the recent cases...
Aircel-Maxis case

Govt gives CBI sanction to prosecute Chidambaram, court extends his interim protection till Dec...

Decision of the Patiala House Court comes after CBI says it needs two more weeks to get sanction to prosecute others in the alleged...
Supreme Court

SC could examine validity of anti-graft law amended by Modi Govt

Notice issued to Centre on petition challenging validity of Section 17A of PC Act that mandates governmental nod for inquiry against any bureaucrats The Supreme...

Modi, Naidu and CJI Gogoi greets nation on Constitution Day

On the occasion of Constitution Day today, judges and various leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted the...
Rafale verdict

French NGO Files Complaints With Prosecutor’s Office Over Rafale Deal

A Paris based NGO has filed a corruption complaint with the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office to clarify under which conditions 36 fighter aircraft produced...

We’ve Come a Long Way

Constitution Day (November 26) is an occasion to look at the performance of the State in terms of constitutional governance on the one hand,...

Constitution Day: Making of India

November 26 is celebrated as Constitution Day, in celebration of the remarkable document that represents the supreme law of India, the Constitution of India,...

THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND THE MESSENGER

By Inderjit Badhwar It is not easy to fathom as an outsider whether the recent outburst of indignation by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi at the...
Sabarimala Temple

Can Reserve Two Days Exclusively For Women, Kerala Govt Tells HC

The Kerala government has submitted to the High Court that it was willing to reserve two days during the ongoing pilgrim season exclusively for...
Kerala High Court

High Court says remove restrictions, police want them In place

Despite the Kerala High Court ordering the state government to remove all restrictions placed on devotees trekking to the Sabarimala temple, the latter is...

SC to States: File response on vacancies in forensic labs and video conferencing facility...

The apex court on Thursday directed States to file a response on the vacancies in Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSLs) and also how many...
Manoj Tiwari

Sealing case: SC declines to initiate contempt of court against BJP Delhi Chief Manoj...

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to take any action against BJP Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari for breaking the seal of a locked house...
Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar Meets Punjab SIT, Denies He Ever Met Ram Rahim

Above: File Picture of Akshay Kumar Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on Wednesday appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab Police that is probing...

After Long Legal Battle, “Illegal” Temple On Encroached Land Demolished

The Bawakhaleshwar temple in Navi Mumbai, illegally built on Government land by a close relative of a former NCP minister in the Maharashtra government...

SC raps Alok Verma for leaks as his lawyers spar in CJI Gogoi’s court

Fali Nariman says he had no knowledge of Gopal Sankarnarayanan appearing for Verma, CJI laments lack of respect for the Supreme Court After a brief...
Alok Verma

Miffed at leaked CVC inquiry report, CJI adjourns CBI chief’s plea to Nov 29

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told counsels for all parties that they did not deserve a hearing, questioned how leaks were allowed The much awaited hearing...

Bihar Ex-Minister Manju Verma Finally Surrenders

Manju Verma, the former Bihar Minister who was on the run and against whom multiple arrest warrants were issued surrendered before a Begusarai court...
CBI Head Quarters

CBI Officer Says He Has “Shocking Facts”. CJI Says “Nothing Shocks Us”

The Supreme Court on Monday declined hearing on urgent basis CBI officer Manish Kumar Sinha’s petition seeking to quash his transfer to Nagpur in...
Activist Varavara Rao Arrested At Midnight, Remanded Till Nov 26

Activist Varavara Rao Arrested At Midnight, Remanded Till Nov 26

A special court on Sunday remanded activist P Varavara Rao to police custody till November 26 for his alleged links with Maoists. He was...

PILs: Use with Caution

Above: (L-R) BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, advocate Prashant Bhushan and former navy chief Admiral L Ramdas are among those who have been chastised by...

Women in Judiciary: From Raw Deal to New Deal?

Their numbers are abysmal. While there has never been a woman chief justice, the fairer gender form just nine percent of Justices in High...

INDIFFERENCE TO REALITY

By Inderjit Badhwar The issue of nationalism versus patriotism jumped centre-stage last week when French President Emmanuel Macron, in what is widely recognised as a...

Two Big States Out Of Bounds For CBI, Stage Set For Showdown

With two major states, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal withdrawing the ‘general consent’ given to the Central Bureau of Investigations(CBI) to investigate cases falling...
Mission Unfulfilled: Trupti Desai Returns Without Visiting Sabarimala

Mission Unfulfilled: Trupti Desai Returns Without Visiting Sabarimala

Activist Trupti Desai who had arrived at Nedumbassery airport on Friday morning and vowed not return until she had darshan at Sabarimala finally returned...
CBI chief designate Alok Kumar Verma. Photo: UNI

CBI vs. CBI: Alok Verma to file response to CVC inquiry report on Nov...

Supreme Court orders copies of CVC inquiry report to be shared with CBI director, Solicitor General and Attorney General; to hear matter on Nov...
After unceremonious exit as CBI director, Alok Verma moves Supreme Court

CBI vs. CBI: Share CVC inquiry report with Alok Verma, says SC

Supreme Court also calls for details of all policy decisions taken by interim CBI chief Nageswara Rao since he assumed office on October 24 The...
Sabarimala: A Lull in the Tempest

Sabarimala: Travancore Devaswom Board To Approach SC Seeking More Time For Women’s Entry

In a sudden turnaround, the Travancore  Devaswom Board (TTD) that administers the Sabarimala temple has  decided to file a petition in the Supreme Court,...
Widespread protests notwithstanding, Kerala will not challenge Sabarimala verdict

All Party Talks Fail, Kerala On Tenterhooks On Eve Of Sabarimala Temple Opening

On the eve of the opening of the Sabarimala Temple for the two month long pilgrim season, an all party meeting convened by the...

SC reserves order on plea seeking court monitored probe into Rafale deal

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order on several pleas asking for a court monitored probe into the deal with France for the...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

Govt Need Not Respond At the moment to demands for Rafale Pricing

Supreme Court on Wednesday clarified that the Govt doesn't need to respond to the contentions made by petitioners in the Rafael deal on the...
Sabarimala temple

Both sides take rigid stance as Sabarimala Temple Set To Reopen

With only two days left for the Sabarimala temple to reopen for a two month long season, there is a palpable tension in the...
SC admits fresh PIL against Rafale Deal; to be heard on Oct 10

Supreme Court Begins Hearing On Plea for court monitored probe into Rafale deal

The Supreme Court on Wednesday   took up the hearing on a clutch of petitions pleas seeking court-monitored probe into procurement of 36 Rafale fighter...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Supreme Court To Take Sabarimala Petitions on January 22, 2019

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear review petitions challenging its September 28 verdict that allowed entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala...

Centre submits affidavit on the Rafale aircraft deal in Supreme Court

Responding to the Supreme Court’s direction during the last hearing on the controversial issue, the Centre has submitted an affidavit on the Rafale aircraft...

Parallels with Reddy arrest and CBI case

The arrest of Gali Janardhana Reddy, former BJP minister and mining baron from Bellary, on the charge of attempting to bribe an Enforcement Directorate...

Apex Court To Take Up CVC Report On CBI Director Alok Verma on Friday

The Supreme Court will take up on Friday the  report submitted by the Central Vigilance Commission that looked into the allegations against the CBI...
Women entry into Sabarimala temple: CJI says women have the right to go anywhere they like; you must justify why if you debar them

Supreme Court To Take Up Fresh Sabarimala Writ Petitions after Considering Review Petitions Today

A Supreme Court bench comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph adjourned the hearing on four fresh writ petitions challenging...
Air Pollution: Promises to Keep

Air Pollution: Promises to Keep

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The government has acknowledged the need to set targets and show the resolve to reduce particulate matter, but unless there...
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and RBI Governor Urjit Patel at an RBI meeting/Photo: UNI

RBI-Government Tussle: Under Siege

Above: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and RBI Governor Urjit Patel at an RBI meeting/Photo: UNI With the government invoking Section 7 of the RBI...
Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu lights the ceremonial lamp at the ILRF’s maiden conclave at Ranchi in 2016 in the presence of Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court Justice Virender Singh

A COMMON MISSION

Above: Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu lights the ceremonial lamp at the ILRF’s maiden conclave at Ranchi in 2016 in the presence of Chief Justice...

Avni’s killing: Environmentalists to move Supreme Court

Environmentalists are reportedly planning to move the Supreme Court seeking a probe into the killing of alleged man-eater tigress Avni (T1) in Maharashtra. According to...
Supreme Court

Flagrant Violations Of SC Fireworks Orders All Across NCR

Despite the Supreme Court imposing strict restrictions on the timings and use of firecrackers during Diwali, Delhi and surrounding areas were engulfed in a...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Hindu groups ask media outfits not to depute women reporters at Sabarimala

The Sabarimala temple was opened for two days on Monday (November 5) amid calls from several Hindu outfits urging media organizations not to send...
Maithripala Sirisena (right) appoints Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister at a function in Colombo/Picture: Twitter

Sri Lanka Constitutional Crisis: Storm Hits Island Nation

Above: Maithripala Sirisena (right) appoints Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister at a function in Colombo/Picture: Twitter In a major jolt, the president, Maithripala Sirisena, has...
Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad president Praveen Togadia leads a march/Photo: UNI

Ayodhya: The Mandir Quagmire

Above: Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad president Praveen Togadia leads a march/Photo: UNI While the apex court has deferred hearing of this dispute, the saffron brigade has...

DESPERATELY SEEKING CONGRESS

By Inderjit Badhwar Actually, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political party needs no external icon in order to give itself more credibility or acceptability. The Bharatiya...

SC declines to entertain petition challenging Centre’s triple talaq ordinance

Senior advocate Raju Ramachandran tells court the triple talaq ordinance is a fraud on the Constitution, provisions not tenable in law The Supreme Court, on...
Supreme Court

Welcome move: 4 new SC judges sworn-in within 48 hours of collegium’s recommendation

With Justices Lokur and Joseph set to retire over the next two months, top court to still remain short of its sanctioned strength of...

CBI to Delhi HC: Asthana’s plea for quashing FIR against him is not maintainable...

The CBI in its reply before the Delhi High Court said that the plea by former CBI special director Rakesh Asthana seeking quashing of...
SC to AAP govt: You have been the most laggard in filling up judicial vacancies

SC to AAP govt: You have been the most laggard in filling up...

The Supreme Court on Thursday (Nov 1) pulled up Delhi government for not filling up huge judicial vacancies. Expressing disappointment over the backlog of...

Madras Stays Online Sale Of Medicines On Plea From Drug Dealers

The Madras High Court stayed the sale of medicines online on an appeal from the Chennai based Tamil Nadu Chemists & Druggists Association. The...
MJ Akbar

#MeToo: MJ Akbar records testimony in defamation case against Priya Ramani

Former Union minister for external affairs reiterates that Ramani’s comments accusing him of being a sexual predator are baseless and defamatory Editor-turned-politician MJ Akbar recorded...
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31 years after 42 people were massacred in Hashimpura, Delhi HC convicts 16 PAC...

The 16 Provincial Armed Constabulary officers were accused of gunning down 42 people, all from a minority community, in Hashimpura in 1987 Over three decades...
Rafale-Fighter

SC asks Centre to share Rafale pricing, other necessary details with petitioners

Bunch of petitions, including those filed by former BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie have been filed in SC challenging the Rafale Deal. The...
CBI feud: Delhi HC extends status quo order in Rakesh Asthana’s plea till Nov 1

SC allows “whistleblower” Sana to seek police protection; transferred CBI officer says he has...

Transferred to Port Blair by interim CBI chief, AK Bassi moves Supreme Court challenging order, also wants to testify against Asthana in graft cases Controversial...
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Madhya Pradesh CM to Sue Rahul Gandhi

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan says he will be filing a criminal defamation case against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for accusing him...
Supreme Court

SC Collegium recommends four names for elevation as apex court judges

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the names of Justices M.R. Shah, Ajay Rastogi, Hemant Gupta and R. Subhash Reddy for elevation as apex...
Above Mahant Ramdas talking to mediapersons after the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title case was deferred to January 2019Photo Anil Shakya

SC to list Ayodhya matter for arguments in January 1st week

Above: Mahant Ramdas talking to mediapersons after the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title case was deferred to January 2019/Photo: Anil Shakya   The Supreme Court bench of Chief...
SC issues notice to Gautam Navlakha on plea challenging his release from house arrest

SC issues notice to Gautam Navlakha on plea challenging his release from house arrest

Delhi High Court had, earlier this month, freed Navlakha from house arrest in a case linked to the Bhima Koregaon communal clash In a setback...
CBI feud: Delhi HC extends status quo order in Rakesh Asthana’s plea till Nov 1

CBI feud: Delhi HC extends status quo order in Rakesh Asthana’s plea till Nov...

The CBI has also been granted additional time to reply to issues raised by its special director on FIR registered against him by the...
Tata Group terminates contract with Suhel Seth amid sexual harassment allegations

Tata Group terminates contract with Suhel Seth amid sexual harassment allegations

The Tata Group has fired high profile marketing professional Suhel Seth, as a consultant for the company following allegations of sexual harassment by several...
CBI: Midnight Massacre

CBI: Midnight Massacre

Above: (L-R) The centre stripped CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana of all powers Once again, the Supreme Court has been dragged...
TIMELY INTERVENTION

TIMELY INTERVENTION

Above: CBI Headquarters in New Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya ~By Inderjit Badhwar In what amounts to an almost laughable self-fulfilling prophesy, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),...
Gun Smuggling in Munger: A Shot of Infamy

Gun Smuggling in Munger: A Shot of Infamy

Above: Bihar and MP police have raided many villages in Munger/Photo: Twitter The shocking recovery of 45 AK-47s from Munger district has revealed that smuggling...
Bhima-Koregaon: Pune police get police custody of activists; SC rejects review plea seeking SIT probe

Bhima-Koregaon: Pune police get police custody of activists; SC rejects review plea seeking SIT...

A day after the Supreme Court rejected eminent historian Romila Thapar's petition seeking a review of the top court's earlier refusal to constitute a...
Rafale Deal

Centre files Rafale deal decision-making papers in SC

Supreme Court had earlier asked the Centre to file all papers detailing the decision making process on the Rafale Deal with Dassault Aviation The Centre...
Alok Verma

SC grants CVC 2 weeks to probe CBI director Alok Verma, restrains interim chief...

CVC enquiry to be monitored by retired Supreme Court judge, Justice AK Patnaik; top court to hear further arguments in case on November 25 The...
18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

The eighteen Tamil Nadu MLAs who were disqualified yesterday by the Madras High Court have said they will challenge the verdict in the Supreme...
Malegaon Blasts Case: NIA Court defers framing of charges to Oct 30

Malegaon Blasts Case: NIA Court defers framing of charges to Oct 30

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Friday deferred framing of charges in the Malegaon Blasts case of 2008 till October 30 as...
PIL in SC Seeks Extension of Visakha Guidelines To Religious Places

PIL in SC Seeks Extension of Visakha Guidelines To Religious Places

The Supreme Court on Thursday admitted a PIL that sought the extension of the Vishakha guidelines to religious places, including ‘ashrams’, ‘madrasas’ and Catholic...
#MeToo fallout: 4-member GoM to examine framework to tackle sexual harassment

#MeToo fallout: 4-member GoM to examine framework to tackle sexual harassment

Group of Ministers headed by Rajnath Singh to recommend effective roadmap to address issues related to sexual harassment at workplace In what is a direct...
SC grants conditional nod for fire crackers, online sale banned

SC grants conditional nod for fire crackers, online sale banned

Supreme Court refuses a blanket ban on sale of fire crackers but says they can be burst only in designated areas and within the...
Sabarimala review: SC to hear pleas on November 13

Sabarimala review: SC to hear pleas on November 13

The apex court on Tuesday said that it will hear batch of petitions seeking review of the Constitution bench verdict that allowed entry of...
Relief for Rakesh Asthana

Relief for Rakesh Asthana: Delhi HC tells CBI to maintain status quo

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday was told by CBI special director Rakesh Asthana that CBI didn’t take prior sanction to carry out investigation...
CBI registers FIR against its special director Asthana against Rs 3 crore bribery allegation

CBI registers FIR against its special director Asthana against Rs 3 crore bribery allegation

Complainant is being probed by an SIT led by Rakesh Asthana for a case linked to controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi The feud between the...
Sabarimala temple closes for a month, doors still shut for women

SC to announce Sabarimala review petitions hearing dates tomorrow

The Supreme Court will decide tomorrow on the dates for hearing a clutch of review petitions against the Court’s September 28 verdict that overturned...
A protest in support of journalists who have alleged sexual harassment as part of #MeToo

#MeToo: Time is of Essence

Above: A protest in support of journalists who have alleged sexual harassment as part of #MeToo It is important for women in MeToo movement to...
Sabarimala: Temple of Discontent

Sabarimala: Temple of Discontent

Above: Police trying to manage the protests over entry of women devotees to Sabarimala/Photo: UNI As Kerala erupts in fury over the SC verdict allowing...
JUSTICE KAVANAUGH AND A LESSON FOR INDIA

JUSTICE KAVANAUGH AND A LESSON FOR INDIA

Above: Brett Kavanaugh’s display of political partisanship while repudiating Dr Christine Ford’s #MeToo testimony of rape was shocking ~By Inderjit Badhwar Perhaps the most powerful and...
Former union minister MJ Akbar has filed a criminal defamation suit against journalist Priya Ramani who has alleged that he sexually harassed her

Court takes cognizance of MJ Akbar’s criminal defamation case, to examine plea on Oct...

Former union minister MJ Akbar has filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani who has alleged that he sexually harassed her The Patiala...
#MeToo effect: After initial brazenness, MJ Akbar finally resigns as MoS, External Affairs

#MeToo effect: After initial brazenness, MJ Akbar finally resigns as MoS, External Affairs

A barrage of allegations of sexual harassment have been made by women journos against the journalist-turned-politician, he has sought legal remedy With more and more...
Police on full alert amid reports of Trupti Desai’s quiet arrival in Sabarimala

Police on full alert amid reports of Trupti Desai’s quiet arrival in Sabarimala

Even as large parts of Kerala remained on tenterhooks following the prolonged stand-off between pro and anti-women’s entry group at the Sabarimala temple, the...
Women entry into Sabarimala temple: Apex court adjourns hearing till tomorrow

Police turf out protestors as Sabarimala prepares for women devotees as per SC verdict

With the sabarimala pilgrimage season getting underway later today and women of menstrual age being allowed to enter as per a supreme court verdict, tensions...
#MeToo: Naming and Shaming

#MeToo: Naming and Shaming

The worlds of journalism, entertainment and politics are in turmoil as a list of prominent editors, actors, influencers and politicians are exposed by those...
#MeToo: Sparking a Revolution

#MeToo: Sparking a Revolution

A clutch of gutsy women break their silence over sexual abuse and harassment by their male bosses and trigger a #MeToo  movement in India...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with French president Francois Hollande in Paris in 2015 where he announced the Rafale deal/Photo: UNI

A SPOKE IN THE WHEEL

Above: Prime Minister  Narendra Modi with French president Francois Hollande in Paris in 2015 where he announced the Rafale deal/Photo: UNI ~By Inderjit Badhwar What started...
Centre elevates ASG Tushar Mehta as Solicitor General

Centre elevates ASG Tushar Mehta as Solicitor General

Post of the Solicitor General, Centre’s second seniormost law officer, has been lying vacant since October 20, 2017 following resignation of Ranjit Kumar Nearly a...
SC seeks details of Rafale Deal decision-making process from Centre

SC seeks details of Rafale Deal decision-making process from Centre

Supreme Court refused to issue notice to the Centre on PILs challenging the Rafale Deal, Attorney General says pleas are politically motivated In a setback...
Keeping Saina Nehwal’s Secret

Keeping Saina Nehwal’s Secret

~By Dilip Bobb   Here’s my #metoo moment. No, nothing to do with rape or sexual exploitation but a secret affair that I was asked...
Sabarimala temple closes for a month, doors still shut for women

Sabarimala Verdict row: National Ayyappa Devotees Association files review petition

Above: People under the banners various Hindu organisations staging a protest against the recent Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages to worship...
Lawyers on Strike: Law unto Themselves

Lawyers on Strike: Law unto Themselves

Above: Lawyers in a Ranchi court protesting against the Advocates (Amdt) Bill, 2017/Photo: UNI Despite court strictures, lawyers in several parts of the country continue...
THE MORALITY PLAY

THE MORALITY PLAY

Above: Justice Ranjan Gogoi being sworn in as the CJI by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan/Photo: UNI Immediately after donning the mantle of...
2019 Semi-finals: EC announces MP, Raj, CG, Telangana and Mizoram poll dates

2019 Semi-finals: EC announces MP, Raj, CG, Telangana and Mizoram poll dates

Elections a big test for BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, will also test whether Congress’ ambition of a grand alliance will...
No Indian should feel the Constitution is alien to him: Ex-CJI Dipak Misra

No Indian should feel the Constitution is alien to him: Ex-CJI Dipak Misra

In his first public address after his retirement, former Chief Justice Dipak Misra speaks on idea of constitutional morality at HT Leadership Summit Days after...
supreme court

SC allows deportation of 7 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, UN reacts sharply

Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directs Assam government to ensure that the refugees are handed over to Myanmar authorities The Supreme Court, on...
Supreme Court

CJI Ranjan Gogoi announces fresh roster

Shortly after assuming office, among the first things that Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi did was to notify changes in the roster. As...
Justice Ranjan Gogoi takes over as 46th Chief Justice of India; 1st from the North East

Justice Ranjan Gogoi takes over as 46th Chief Justice of India; 1st from the...

In January this year, Justice Gogoi was among four judges who held an unprecedented press conference protesting against then Chief Justice Dipak Misra Justice Ranjan...
Farewell: Chief Justice Dipak Misra demits office

Farewell: Chief Justice Dipak Misra demits office

Tumultuous 13 month tenure was dogged by controversies, the unprecedented judges’ revolt but wrapped up with a slew of progressive, reformist judgments A little over...
Supreme Court

In final verdict, CJI Dipak Misra-led bench expands guidelines to check mob violence

New set of guidelines, in addition to those laid out in the Tehseen Poonawalla case, issued by bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra...
The Minority Report

The Minority Report

Delivering the keynote address at the Indian Law Institute earlier this year, Justice DY Chandrachud of the Supreme Court took the view that India...
Judgment Days

Judgment Days

Above: A woman shows her Aadhaar card after casting her vote/Photo: UNI In his final week as chief justice, Dipak Misra presides over a flurry...
Sabarimala temple

SC’s observations in Sabarimala case

  The Sabarimala case in which apex court on Friday (Sep 28) gave the verdict allowing the women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala...
Supreme Court allows probe against activists, extends house arrest by 4 weeks

Supreme Court allows probe against activists, extends house arrest by 4 weeks

In a 2:1 majority verdict, apex court said the activists can’t choose which agency investigates them, case not result of differences in political ideologies In...
Sabarimala temple

In 4:1 majority verdict, Supreme Court allows women entry into Sabarimala temple

Justice Indu Malhotra, only woman judge in the five-judge bench, dissents against majority verdict which said devotion can’t be subjected to gender discrimination In a...
Supreme Court

SC’s observations in Adultery case

The Supreme Court while delivering verdict in the Adultery case made strong observations. The five-member constitution bench comprising CJI Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice...
1994 Ismail Faruqui verdict will not affect outcome of Ayodhya title suit: SC

1994 Ismail Faruqui verdict will not affect outcome of Ayodhya title suit: SC

The Ismail Faruqui verdict had said mosque not essential for offering namaz, Supreme Court says view won't affect Ayodhya outcome A three-judge bench of the...
Section 497 IPC, Adultery Law, manifestly arbitrary & unconstitutional: SC

Section 497 IPC, Adultery Law, manifestly arbitrary & unconstitutional: SC

Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra says adultery can be a ground for divorce but can’t be held a criminal offence In a...
SC says Aadhaar Act constitutionally valid, strikes down some provisions

SC says Aadhaar Act constitutionally valid, strikes down some provisions

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid even as it struck down some of the provisions of...
SC delivers a 4:1 verdict in favour of Aadhaar: Highlights from Justice Bhushan’s concurring judgment

SC delivers a 4:1 verdict in favour of Aadhaar: Highlights from Justice Bhushan’s concurring...

Photo: Anil Shakya Following the majority opinion delivered by Justice AK Sikri (for himself, CJI Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar), Justice DY Chandrachud gave a...
Aadhaar Verdict: Highlights from Justice Chandrachud’s dissenting judgment

Aadhaar Verdict: Highlights from Justice Chandrachud’s dissenting judgment

In the ongoing Aadhaar verdict, the initial judgment has been delivered by Justice AK Sikri for himself, CJI Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar. However,...
Supreme Court

Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of Aadhaar but with conditions

The constitution bench of the Supreme Court has started delivering its judgment on the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act. The majority judgment penned...
supreme court

No need to collect quantifiable data on SC/ST to provide reservation in promotion: SC

Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra refuses to refer Nagaraj verdict to 7-judge bench, rules verdict contravenes landmark Indra Sawhney judgment A...
Prison reforms: SC constitutes former SC judge-headed committee to suggest measures

Prison reforms: SC constitutes former SC judge-headed committee to suggest measures

In a bid to improve the conditions of jails in India, the apex court on Tuesday constituted a committee headed by former SC judge...
Supreme Court

SC gives respite to neta-lawyers, says they can practice as law doesn’t put any...

The apex court on Tuesday said that lawyers turned MPs/MLAs can’t be barred from practicing law as legislation does not put any restriction for...
Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in election form

Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Election Commission of India (ECI) to change the format of the form filled by candidates for contesting the...
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SC constitutes 5 judge constitution bench on Female Genital Mutilation

The Supreme Court on Monday decided to refer to a constitution bench a PIL that sought a complete ban on the practice of female...
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ISRO spy case: Long Wait For Justice

Above: Photo courtesy Wikipedia.org Some retired top officers of the Kerala police and successive state governments are likely to come under the scanner as the...
Justice Ranjan Gogoi takes over as 46th Chief Justice of India; 1st from the North East

Justice Ranjan Gogoi: Great Expectations

Above: As a judge, Justice Gogoi is quick to grasp the issue before him/Photo: Anil Shakya As a new chief justice takes over shortly, there...
Law in the Digital Era

Law in the Digital Era

Before he steps down as chief justice of India, Dipak Misra is slated to deliver one of the most crucial judgments of his eventful...
ISRO scientist Nambi Narayan

EXCLUSIVE: “External Agencies Wanted To Retard India’s Space Programme”

ISRO scientist Nambi Narayan, framed in 1994 on fake charges of being a spy, in exclusive conversation with India Legal on his victory in...
Centre approves ordinance to criminalise instant triple talaq

Centre approves ordinance to criminalise instant triple talaq

Anti-triple talaq bill had been passed by the Lok Sabha in the monsoon session but was stalled in the Rajya Sabha, ordinance expected to...
Demolition of Kant Enclave: The Hills Are Alive

Demolition of Kant Enclave: The Hills Are Alive

Above: Located close to Delhi, Kant Enclave is a prime property In a significant judgment, the apex court has ordered that Kant Enclave in the...
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI

Rajiv Gandhi Assassins: Clemency Dilemma

Above: Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to recommend the release of...
Passing the Buck

Passing the Buck

Two days after the landmark Supreme Court judgment that decriminalised homosexuality, one of the more eloquent judges on that bench, Justice DY Chandrachud, expressed...
Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed new CJI

Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed new CJI

Justice Ranjan Gogoi was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Thursday (Sep 13) by the President of India Ram Nath...
SC issues a slew of directives to Centre, states on the rehabilitation of leprosy affected persons

SC issues a slew of directives to Centre, states on the rehabilitation of leprosy...

Issuing a slew of directives on the rehabilitation of leprosy affected persons, the apex court said on Friday (Sep 14) that it was inter...
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Misuse of Section 498A: SC modifies earlier order, says scrutiny of complaints by welfare...

The apex court bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra on Friday (Sep 14) withdrew direction of two-judge bench mandating scrutiny of complaints by Family...
Mallya’s “met Jaitley” revelation triggers BJP-Congress war of words

Mallya’s “met Jaitley” revelation triggers BJP-Congress war of words

Fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya had claimed he met finance minister Arun Jaitley before fleeing to London; Congress leader PL Punia says he witnessed the...
Do Me a Favour, Your Honour

Do Me a Favour, Your Honour

Above: Justice Indira Banerjee was asked to recuse herself from a hotel property case; (left) Royal Plaza Hotel, owned by Ashok G Mittal With Justice...
Supporters of the LGBT community celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict/Photo: UNI

Section 377: Pride over prejudice

Above: Supporters of the LGBT community celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict/Photo: UNI In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court quashed its 2013 verdict and decriminalised...
Passing the Baton

Passing the Baton

In November 1951, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru faced an unusual revolt. It was not from within the Congress party but from six Supreme Court...
Section 377: Supreme Court decriminalizes consensual homosexual sex

Section 377: Supreme Court decriminalizes consensual homosexual sex (Read Full Verdict)

Landmark verdict by a Constitution Bench reverses an earlier judgment of the Supreme Court which had set aside the 2009 Delhi High Court decision...
SC continues interim house arrest of five activists till Sep 12

SC continues interim house arrest of five activists till Sep 12

The apex court on Thursday (Sep 5) continued the interim house arrest of five activists Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferriera, Sudha Bhardwaj, P Varavara Rao...
When Democracy Dies an Easy Death...

When Democracy Dies an Easy Death…

The BJP’s art of labelling has termed dissent anti-national, pro-communist, terrorist and Maoist. Patriotism is a uniform that only the BJP can don with...
P Varavara Rao upon his return to his Hyderabad residence where he is under house arrest/Photo: UNI

Arrests of Activists: Crackdown on Dissent

Above: P Varavara Rao upon his return to his Hyderabad residence where he is under house arrest/Photo: UNI The recent nationwide arrests of activists have...
What’s the Hurry?

What’s the Hurry?

~By Inderjit Badhwar The issue of holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies continues to hog the headlines as India inches closer...
Uniform Civil Code neither necessary, nor desirable: Law Commission

Uniform Civil Code neither necessary, nor desirable: Law Commission

By Puneet Nicholas Yadav Stating there are hindrances to any endeavours to institute a uniform civil code, Law Commission favours reforms within existing personal and...

For the record: Am I a Naxalite?

The harassment I have faced is meant to terrorise intellectuals, subdue dissent   ~By Anand Teltumbde I had just woken up somewhat late, tired after a...
Rethink sedition law; right to offend part of free speech: Law Commission

Rethink sedition law; right to offend part of free speech: Law Commission

Berating the country, or a particular aspect of it, cannot and should not be treated as sedition; avoid unwarranted restrictions on free speech, says...
Nationwide Outrage Over Activists Arrest

Nationwide Outrage Over Activists Arrest

There was widespread condemnation of arrests of the five activists on Thursday, with politicians, civil libertarians and ordinary citizens lashing out at the government...
Delhi HC

Delhi HC stays transit remand order, confirms house arrest as per SC order

Delhi HC irked that arrest memo of Navlakha was not translated from Marathi; how can the person know why he is being held?  At the...
The rough route to audacious arrests and the fallout

The rough route to audacious arrests and the fallout

The petition in the Bhima Koregaon case was filed by academics Romila Thapar, Prabhat Patnaik, Devaki Jain and Satish Deshpande. The petition said the...
Ranjan Gogoi to be next Chief Justice of India

Ranjan Gogoi to be next Chief Justice of India

What was only expected has now been made formal – Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be the next Chief Justice of India when current Chief...
GREED-DRIVEN SELF-DESTRUCTION

GREED-DRIVEN SELF-DESTRUCTION

Above: Kedarnath was devastated by flash floods in 2013/Photo: Rajeev Tyagi ~By Inderjit Badhwar As this week’s cover story demonstrates, India has an abysmal record of...
The 100-year-old Mullaperiyar dam is located near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border

Mullaperiyar Dam: Fight Over Three Feet

Above: The 100-year-old Mullaperiyar dam is located near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border In the wake of the devastating deluge, Kerala and Tamil Nadu once again...
Cry, the Beloved Country!

Cry, the Beloved Country!

Above: An aerial view of the flood-affected regions in Chengannur, Kerala/Photo: UNI This could well be the plaintive sentiment of the despairing people of God’s...
Jharkhand HC cancels provisional bail of Lalu

Jharkhand HC cancels provisional bail of Lalu

The Jharkhand High Court on Friday (August 24) quashed the provisional bail of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and asked him to surrender by...
Cyrus Mistry cannot be forced to sell his shares, but privatisation of Tata Sons is okay, says NCLT appeals bench

Cyrus Mistry cannot be forced to sell his shares, but privatisation of Tata Sons...

Cyrus Mistry, the discredited former chairman of Tata Sons, hailing from the family of Shapoorji Pallonji, a shareholder in the $103 billion Tata conglomerate,...
VAJPAYEE, NEHRU…AND A DASH OF WASHINGTON

VAJPAYEE, NEHRU…AND A DASH OF WASHINGTON

~By Inderjit Badhwar To run this vast and diverse land, its leaders need not have 56-inch chests, but hearts as large as the universe. In their...
Shelter Homes for Children: Scarred for Life

Shelter Homes for Children: Scarred for Life

Above: Outrage over the Muzaffarpur shelter rapes/Photo: UNI The horrific exploitation of hapless minors in shelter homes in Bihar and UP shows a lack of...
Courts’ Activism: Shell Companies

Courts’ Activism: Shell Companies

Above: The Amrapali Group’s ugly, half-built buildings are a sharp reminder of the way homebuyers have been duped/Photo: Anil Shakya In a relief for homebuyers,...
Vajpayee, the last journey

Vajpayee, the last journey

Thousands walked with the cortège carrying the mortal remains of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to his final resting place, Smriti Sthal on Friday (August...
IPL Spot-fixing case

Sreesanth case: Nothing wrong with disciplinary banning of a player by BCCI, observes CJI

The Supreme Court on Friday (August 17) observed that there was nothing wrong in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) barring former India...
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is no more

Former Indian Prime Minister and the most admired Bharatiya Janata Party leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away at the All India Institute of Medical...
E-Commerce Industry: Another Licence Raj?

E-Commerce Industry: Another Licence Raj?

New government proposals to regulate this industry seem mindless, designed to kill the goose that lays the golden egg and will allow entrenched interests...
NOTHING NEW ABOUT WHATABOUTERY

NOTHING NEW ABOUT WHATABOUTERY

Above: The Khir Bhawani Temple in Ganderbal, J&K, was completely safe even though the BJP had claimed that it was "completely burnt" ~By Inderjit Badhwar That...
CBI special court grants bail to Kapil Khandelwal, one of the 33 accused in the PNB scam

CBI special court grants bail to Kapil Khandelwal, one of the 33 accused in...

The special CBI court has granted bail to Kapil Maliram Khandelwal, Joint President, Gitanjali Gems Ltd, one of the 33 accused in the PNB...
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SC waters down major Justice Lodha panel recommendations, approves draft constitution of BCCI

The apex court on Thursday (August 9) diluted some key recommendations made by the Justice R M Lodha panel relating to reform of cricket...
Chief Justice Dipak Misra delivering his speech at the Assocham conclave in New Delhi on Tuesday. Picture Anil Shakya

In this globalised world, Indian judiciary has benefitted in borrowing from international judicial approaches:...

Above: Chief Justice Dipak Misra delivering his speech at the Assocham conclave in New Delhi on Tuesday. Picture Anil Shakya Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Tuesday (August 7)...
DMK leaders after hearing the Madras High Court verdict in Chennai on Wednesday. Picture courtesy DMK Twitter handle

Karunanidhi passes away, Madras HC directs govt to provide space for memorial near Anna...

Above: DMK leaders after hearing the Madras High Court verdict in Chennai on Wednesday. Picture courtesy DMK Twitter handle The death of long-ailing DMK patriarch...
Members of All Religious Communities of West Bengal protesting against the NRC in Kolkata. Photo: UNI

NRC, Assam: State of Panic

Above: Members of All Religious Communities of West Bengal protesting against the NRC in Kolkata. Photo: UNI Prompted by the Supreme Court, the release of...
Justice Srikrishna Report: Muddying the Waters

Justice Srikrishna Report: Muddying the Waters

Above: Justice BN Srikrishna and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad share the dais after submission of the data protection report prepared by the Committee...
INDIA ON TEST

INDIA ON TEST

~By Inderjit Badhwar Our cover story focuses this week on what could be the biggest human rights issue the nation has faced since it gained...
Centre tells SC it has withdrawn idea of social media monitoring hub

Centre tells SC it has withdrawn idea of social media monitoring hub

In the face of stiff resistance by all opposition parties, as well as from the general intelligentsia and following a cryptic comment by the...
Accidental Prime Minister’s Director Gutte arrested for GST fraud: India Legal had predicted it in a report

Accidental Prime Minister’s Director Gutte arrested for GST fraud: India Legal had predicted it...

Above: Anupam Kher with Vijay Ratnakar Gutte   The upcoming flick Accidental Prime Minister’s Director Vijay Ratnakar Gutte has been arrested for alleged Goods and...
Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in election form

Presidential warrants come through for three HC judges

The three judges, Justice KM Joseph, Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Vineet Saran, whose name were cleared by SC Collegium have been appointed as...
Govt agrees to elevation of Justice KM Joseph to SC, as Collegium-executive confrontation eases

Govt agrees to elevation of Justice KM Joseph to SC, as Collegium-executive confrontation eases

The eight-month stand-off between the Supreme Court Collegium and the executive was eased a bit on Thursday (August 2) when the government agreed to...
The Sabarimala Temple board has argued in the SC that the state is permitted to interfere in the religious matters of its people but only on limited grounds

SABARIMALA: MOVING TO A UNIFORM CIVIL CODE?

Above: The Sabarimala Temple board has argued in the SC that the state is permitted to interfere in the religious matters of its people...
Over 600 changes have now been made to tax rates of 1,300 goods and 500 services

GST: A Good Idea Gone Bad

Above: Over 600 changes have now been made to tax rates of 1,300 goods and 500 services At the launch of GST, Prime Minister Modi stated...
The Collegium returned the name of Chief Justice KM Joseph to the Centre on July 6

Delayed Decision Disrespectful

Above: The Collegium returned the name of Chief Justice KM Joseph to the Centre on July 6 It is the constitutional obligation of the Executive...
CJI Dipak Misra speaking at the M C Setalvad Memorial Lecture/Photo: ANI

In Padmavat, the Supreme Court supported the path of creativity, says Chief Justice Dipak...

Above: CJI Dipak Misra speaking at the M C Setalvad Memorial Lecture/Photo: ANI   At the annual Bar Association of India-organised M C Setalvad Memorial...
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Delhi HC orders CBDT to allow filing of ITR sans PAN linked to Aadhaar...

The Delhi High Court has allowed the filing of Income Tax Returns without the mandatory linking of PAN to Aadhaar and has asked the...
Hardik Patel

Hardik Patel sent to 2 years in jail for vandalizing MLA office during Patidar...

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samity founder Hardik Patel has finally had to succumb to the law. A Visnagar court in Gujarat has sentenced him to...
Appeal to hear case on marital rape goes to SC

The Power of Speech

~ By Dilip Bobb Much has been made of Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Parliament, culminating in the hug-wink combo. If politicians have one requirement, it...
Sabarimala entry ban for women case: Singhvi argues on the thin plinth on antiquity and tradition

Sabarimala entry ban for women case: Singhvi argues on the thin plinth on antiquity...

Hearing the depositions before it on the PIL on ban of entry of women aged 10 to 50 into the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple at...
Photo by Anil Shakya

Social Media Communication Hub: 1984 Redux?

George Orwell’s novel is almost prophetic about the state of India today as the government moots a proposal for a hub to monitor social...
The flogging of four Dalit men for carrying cattle carcasses in Una, Gujarat, had triggered massive protests

Lynchings: Tackling the Savages

Above: The flogging of four Dalit men for carrying cattle carcasses in Una, Gujarat, had triggered massive protests The Supreme Court has laid out detailed...
Muslims protesting against mob lynching in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI

COURT STANDS UP TO MOBOCRACY

Above: Muslims protesting against mob lynching in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI ~By Inderjit Badhwar We return, again, on this page, and in our cover story—and we shall do...
Please select an image by clicking here Mob lynchings resulting from WhatsApp forwards: Pressured by Govt, WhatsApp decides to add new sharing restrictions

Mob lynchings resulting from WhatsApp forwards: Pressured by Govt, WhatsApp decides to add...

CNN Tech has reported that Facebook-owned WhatsApp has decided to install new sharing restrictions in a bid to stamp out the vitriolic messages that...
SC Collegium sends back names of Justices Joseph, Bose for elevation

SC Collegium sends back names of Justices Joseph, Bose for elevation

Above: (Left) Justice K M Joseph and Justice Anirudha Bose The Supreme Court Collegium on Friday (July 20) took a strong stance and returned to the Centre...
Rahul hugs Modi after slamming govt during the no confidence motion

Rahul hugs Modi after slamming govt during the no confidence motion

In an unusual gesture, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday (July 20) hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi after slamming BJP-led government during the no...
P Chidambaram (file pic)

Aircel-Maxis case: P Chidambaram also listed as accused in CBI’s supplementary chargesheet

As expected, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has also now been listed as an accused in the chargesheet of the Central Bureau of Investigation...
Women entry into Sabarimala temple: CJI says women have the right to go anywhere they like; you must justify why if you debar them

Women entry into Sabarimala temple: CJI says women have the right to go anywhere...

While hearing arguments on the PIL against the ban of entry of women aged 10 to 50 into the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala,...
Rethink basic concepts of law on property, contracts to fight climate change, says Prof. Baxi

Rethink basic concepts of law on property, contracts to fight climate change, says Prof....

Prof Upendra Baxi (left) and Chief Justice Dipak Misra (centre)at a function at the Indian Society of International Law in New Delhi on Tuesday. Picture...
Criminal candidates: SC rules criminal matters pending must be mentioned in bold letter in election form

Section 377 hearings Day 4: Supreme court reserves judgment

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Rohinton F Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra on Tuesday (July 17), concluded...
Fast track mob lynching cases, punish convicts to maximum term: SC on cow vigilantes

Fast track mob lynching cases, punish convicts to maximum term: SC on cow vigilantes

Supreme Court issues slew of punitive, remedial and preventive measures; recommends special law to make lynching a separate offence with adequate punishment The Supreme Court,...
Watch this space: Lynchings and the law

Lynchings and the law

Above: Photo Courtesy www.mid-day.com In light of the Supreme Court's verdict against cow vigilante groups, we are reproducing an editorial that was carried in...
Nawaz Sharif and Maryam on an Etihad Airways flight on the way to Lahore/Photo: Twitter

Nawaz Sharif’s Dilemma: On the Edge

Above: Nawaz Sharif and Maryam on an Etihad Airways flight on the way to Lahore/Photo: Twitter Pakistan’s forthcoming elections are, in essence, a political verdict...

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THE NEW MUCKRAKERS

THE NEW MUCKRAKERS

Above: (Clockwise from top left) A TMC supporter circulated  pictures of a man dressed as Hanuman, saying he was “Jagannath Sarkar, BJP MP candidate...
Tihar jail is amongst the largest prisons in the world, but it has poor amenities/Photo: UNI

Criminal Justice System: Crime and Punishment

Above: Tihar jail is amongst the largest prisons in the world, but it has poor amenities/Photo: UNI A PIL before the Supreme Court asks for...
Former SC judge Justice Kurian Joseph (blue suit) with FM Arun Jaitley at a book launch ceremony where he spoke about the NJAC/ twitter.com/cambridgeindia

Justice Kurian Joseph on the NJAC: Disturbing Portents?

Above: Former SC judge Justice Kurian Joseph (blue suit) with FM Arun Jaitley at a book launch ceremony where he spoke about the NJAC/...

DISCIPLINING JUDGES

By Inderjit Badhwar Even as the 2019 general election hurtles towards a conclusion and public attention is rivetted to the nation’s political arena, controversies surrounding...
Professor NR Madhava Menon

Prof Upendra Baxi pays tribute to NR Madhava Menon

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The demise of Professor NR Madhava Menon on May 8 has deeply saddened all who knew him personally or through...
Need For Ethical Conduct In Banks

Need For Ethical Conduct In Banks

Above: Customers at a Bank counter/Photo: UNI As increasing cases of corruption hit the banking sector, it is obvious that many Indians don’t look at...
N R Madhava Menon

N R Madhava Menon, father of Modern Legal Education in India Is No More

The doyen of modern legal education in India Prof N R Madhav Menon passed away in the wee hours of Wednesday at a private...
Rajshri Rai, managing director, ENC Group, with former CJI Justice MN Venkatachaliah

Welcoming Justice Venkatachaliah

Above: Rajshri Rai, managing director, ENC Group, with former CJI Justice MN Venkatachaliah By Inderjit Badhwar The multi-media ENC Group has been at the forefront of...
The SC bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and MR Shah criticised the RBI’s new disclosure policy and said it must reveal information sought under the RTI/Photo: Anil Shakya

RBI: Under the Hammer

Above: The SC bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and MR Shah criticised the RBI’s new disclosure policy and said it must reveal information...
Riyas Aboobacker, a Palakkad resident arrested by the NIA team (file pic)/Representative Image/Photo Courtesy: nia.gov.in

ISIS Modules: The Indian Connection

Above: Riyas Aboobacker, a Palakkad resident arrested by the NIA team (file pic)/Representative Image/Photo Courtesy: nia.gov.in The arrest of a man with links to the...
Jet-lagged

Jet-lagged

The collapse of India’s largest and most successful private airline Jet Airways brings into focus the centre’s policies where full service carriers are left...
Justice N V Ramana

Recusal meant to tell nation that there need be no fears about probity in...

Justice NV Ramana on Thursday recused himself from the inquiry committee constituted on April 23 to probe into sexual harassment charges against CJI Ranjan...
Supreme Court

SC constitutes a committee headed by Retd SC judge to probe into advocate claims...

The Supreme Court on Thursday constituted a committee headed by Retired Supreme Court judge Justice A K Patnaik to probe into the details contained...
Unemployed youth at a job fair in Assam. Unemployment has increased to an all-time high of 6.1 percent in 2018/Photo: UNI

GDP Figures: The Politics of Economics

Above: Unemployed youth at a job fair in Assam. Unemployment has increased to an all-time high of 6.1 percent in 2018/Photo: UNI An exclusive research...
As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg

Egregious Transgression

Above: As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP  admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg By Inderjit Badhwar A constant criticism...
The BJP’s manifesto of 2019 pledging to abrogate the special status of J&K by promising to junk Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution will only push further away any solution to the Kashmir problem/Photo: UNI

BJP’S KASHMIR DOUBLETAKE

Above: The BJP’s manifesto of 2019 pledging to abrogate the special status of J&K by promising to junk Articles 370 and 35A of the...
photo: UNI

Election Commission: Crisis of Credibility

Even though the Election Commission in a positive move banned Modi’s biopic, it’s been hit by a slew of criticism for turning a blind...
Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI

Election Commission: Losing Track

Above: Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI Seizure of unaccounted for cash and other...
Supreme court

SC tells political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit donation...

In an interim order, the Supreme Court on Friday asked all the political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit in...
Rafale Deal

Rafale Deal: Poll Eve Blow For Modi Govt As SC Says Ok To “Leaked”...

In a major setback to the government just a day before the first phase of voting in the lok sabha elections, the Supreme Court...
Lalu Prasad Yadav

No Bail, Stay In Jail: Supreme Court To Lalu Yadav

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied bail to RJD chief Lalu Yadav, who is in jail  in connection with the fodder scam Yadav had challenged...
Congress Manifesto Promises Radical Overhaul of Legal System

Analysis: Congress Manifesto Decoded

By Inderjit Badhwar I rarely read party election manifestos. Not because I don’t want to, but because after the first two paras they put you...
The Udupi Power Corporation Ltd plant in KarnatakaPhoto adanipower.com

National Green Tribunal: A Paper Tiger?

Above:The Udupi Power Corporation Ltd plant in Karnataka/Photo: adanipower.com Though the National Green Tribunal has shown the way in environmental jurisprudence, it has lost its...

Constitutional Morality: “No Entry” in Adjudication?

Prof NR Madhava Menon’s article gave currency to the idea that constitutional morality as a ground of invalidation is almost new. But that is...
The 2011 Census estimated the population of Delhi in slums at 17,85,390, more than half of whom live in unidentified slums/Photo: Anil Shakya

Prof Upendra Baxi hails verdict supporting fundamental rights of slum dwellers

Above: The 2011 Census estimated the population of Delhi in slums at 17,85,390, more than half of whom live in unidentified slums/Photo: Anil Shakya In...

IT’S NOT YET OVER…

By Inderjit Badhwar “Look, it’s VERY simple: -If it exonerated @realDonaldTrump, he’d have tweeted a link to it & insisted the Times publish it in...
Zakir & Masood

Zakir Naik: Malaysia’s Thorn, Masood Azhar: China’s Game

To keep both the Malays and non-Malays happy, PM Mahathir bin Mohamad has allowed the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to stay in the...
Supreme Court

AAP Approaches Supreme Court Seeks Larger Bench To Decide Control of Delhi

  Delhi's AAP government on Monday knocked on the Supreme Court doors again seeking constitution of a larger bench to decide the long standing issue...
Firecrackers

Why Only Firecrackers? Why Not Automobiles? SC On Pollution

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to undertake a comparative study on pollution caused by firecrackers and automobiles and wondered why everyone...
Supreme Court

SC Does Not Want to Refer 10 Percent Quota To Constitution Bench “At This...

The Supreme Court on Monday said it is not in favour of referring the issue of 10 percent quota for economically weaker sections across...
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

Election Commission announces polling schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha elections; to be held in...

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday announced polling dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The poll panel said that the elections...
The ICADR was set up in 1995 under the Societies Registration Act and had gained credibility in the field of alternative dispute resolution/Photo: ICADR

International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution Ordinance: Naked Aggression

Above: The ICADR was set up in 1995 under the Societies Registration Act and had gained credibility in the field of alternative dispute resolution/Photo:...
AG KK Venugopal

Centre may field SG Tushar Mehta to “help” AG Venugopal argue against Rafale review...

Rethink comes after Venugopal’s bumbling volte face on the “stolen” Rafale files claim even as defence minister endorses his U-Turn Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman may...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

SC appoints 3 member panel for mediating Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, gives 8 weeks...

Panel chairman former SC judge Justice FMI Kalifulla, members Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu to begin mediation next week The Supreme...
Supreme Court

Apprise within 10 days, meeting dates for the Selection Committee which will appoint Lokpal...

The Supreme Court on Thursday (Mar 7) granted Centre to apprise it within 10 days, the meeting dates for the Selection Committee which will...
AG KK Venugopal

AG Venugopal argues investigating Rafale deal not in national interest; SC asks should Bofors...

Attorney General’s dramatic submissions invoking national security and threat of war fail to impress bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Strident, albeit repetitive, arguments...
Dassault Rafale

Rafale review: Center tells SC, Pleas rely on stolen files covered by Official Secrets...

Petitioners seeking review of December 14 verdict say government mislead the Supreme Court, should be hauled up for perjury The Supreme Court has begun its...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

Can Ayodhya dispute be sent for court-monitored mediation: SC reserves verdict

Justices SA Bobde and DY Chandrachud differ in open court on whether mediation outcome will be binding on the community at large The Supreme Court,...
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (right) at the Wagah border during a handover ceremony on March 1, 2019/Photo: UNI

Indo-Pak Tension: Now What?

Above: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (right) at the Wagah border during a handover ceremony on March 1, 2019/Photo: UNI Pakistan releasing the downed IAF pilot...
Supreme Court Photo by anil shakya

SC upholds PLPA, tells Haryana govt No construction on Aravallis

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Haryana government not to implement a new law which amended the century old Punjab Land Preservation Act...
Tribal women carrying firewood from the forest in Patratu area in Ranchi/Photo: UNI

Forest Rights: A Burning Issue

Above: Tribal women carrying firewood from the forest in Patratu area in Ranchi/Photo: UNI In a welcome move, the Supreme Court stayed an earlier order...
Supreme Court

Supreme Court Stays Its Own Order On Eviction of 11.8 Lakh Forest Dwellers

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed its  own order that directed 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers whose claims over the...
Photo by Anil Shakya

SC Nod Makes Arrest of Amrapali Group Chairman, Two Directors Imminent

The Chairman of the Amrapali group Anil Sharma and two directors face imminent arrest after the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Delhi Police to...
PLPA Amendment: Aravallis in Haryana Stare at Uncertain Future