Latest News on India Legal News

'India Legal News' - 407 Total Results

Stringent liquor laws often turn away local and foreign tourists. Representative Photo: route66hotels.org

Prohibition in Kerala: Let the Good Times Roll

The Left government’s new liquor policy relaxes harsh restrictions imposed to curb the consumption of alcohol. While many are celebrating, others are calling it...
Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu. Photo: Anil Shakya

CIC asks PMO, ministries to bring BCCI under RTI in a month’s time

Indian cricket, barely recovering from Sunday’s (June 18) shameful and shocking defeat to arch rivals Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017,...
Chief Justice JS Khehar. Photo: JS Studio

CJI JS Khehar: A Judge in a Hurry

During his eight-month tenure, the chief justice adopted novel and clever ways to bring down the pendency of cases and constituted vacation benches to...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Creating the Master Race

  ~By Dilip Bobb   It’s a Hitlerian concept with some additions. Adolf sought to create a Master Race of tall, blonde, blue-eyed Aryans by eliminating those...
Kerala High Court

Kerala High Court orders detention of Panama ship

The Kerala High Court has passed a directive for detention of the Panama cargo ship ‘Amber L’ which collided with an Indian fishing boat,...
President has already rejected 30 mercy petitions

President has already rejected 30 mercy petitions

As President, Pranab Mukherjee recently rejected the mercy petitions of rapists and murderers of a four-year-old, as well as the rapists and murderers of...
Picture: UNI

WHO moves India to category 2 on Zika risk list

US advise to pregnant women to not travel to India stays On May 24, under its new Zika virus classification, the WHO moved India to...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Editorial Advice It took an editor like Harish Khare of The Tribune to tick off one of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s media advisors. It...
RBI issues new Rs 500 notes, old tender to stay valid

RBI issues new Rs 500 notes, old tender to stay valid

In a move that will confuse many, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced a new set of Rs 500 currency notes. The...
Vijay Mallya. Photo Force India

Mallya extradition hearing starts later in the day

First hearing to provide indication on the way case will move According to General VK Singh, India’s junior minister in the external affairs ministry, the...
Donald Trump Photo: UNI

US Appeals court refuses to remove stay on travel ban

US President Donald Trump just cannot get past the legal hurdle in trying to get his pet executive order on a controversial travel ban...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Defeat by a Thousand Cuts

  ~By Dilip Bobb   Ever since the late lamented Zulfikar Ali Bhutto pledged that he would defeat India by inflicting a thousand cuts, Pakistan and India...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Witch-hunting: Diabolic Persecution

Single women and widows are often branded as witches to humiliate and ostracise them and seize their property. Why does this reprehensible practice continue...
RBI governor Dr. Urjit R Patel. Photo: UNI

Farm loan waivers carry the risk of inflationary spillovers: RBI Governor

RBI Governor Urjit Patel, answering a media query, said on June 9 that loan waivers for farmers, if implemented by states, present “the risk...
The media will not “crawl” ever again, cry voices against media oppression

The media will not “crawl” ever again, cry voices against media oppression

The protest meeting on Press Freedom at the National Press Club on June 9 turned out to be a huge affair, with some of...
People standing in a queue in front of a liquor shop in Kerala. Photo: C Shankar

Financial woes force Kerala to water down liquor ban

Why did the LDF (Left Front) government in Kerala relax the previous UDF (Congress) government’s liquor ban policy by allowing bars in hotels rated...
Comey’s testimony punches huge holes in Trump tower

Comey’s testimony punches huge holes in Trump tower

Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence June 7 has revealed details that by any standard anywhere would...
Smile Foundation

50 percent PG seats for Haryana docs with 3 yrs of service in remote...

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta on June 8 ordered that there should be a 50 percent reservation of...
Lead Picture: YouTube

The Rapid Descent

With the fortunes of this once-glorious airline plunging rapidly and the centre in no mood to aid it further, the blame has to be...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Ministries of Utmost Happiness

  ~By Dilip Bobb   The peacocks may be shedding tears at their sudden enforced celibacy, joining the ranks of “others” who have become like Anjum, the...
Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli

Kumble-Kohli Spat Darkens Indo-Pak Cricket Showdown

There are reports of a fallout between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble Title-ace India’s men in blue are trying to smoothen an off-field controversy when...
Lead visual: Anthony Lawrence

What to do when unemployed progeny abuse old parents?

~By Sujit Bhar The special and unique bond between parents and their children has been abused in several ways throughout civil society and throughout history....
Gurugram could soon become a “living hell”, says CSE Report

Gurugram could soon become a “living hell”, says CSE Report

Gurugram is fast moving towards a complete degeneration and the media has already sounded alarm bells. Reports of bad road conditions, severe water shortage,...
Advani with UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. Photo: UNI

Advani’s Lonely Lament

~By Zafar Agha “Kasam Ram ki khatey hain, Mandir wahin banayenge (We pledge by Lord Ram that we’ll build the temple there)!” This used to be one...
Big corporations often eye natural resources, leaving tribals to fend for themselves

Chhattisgarh: Tribal Rights in Peril

In an apparent defiance of the Forest Rights Act, the state government has bypassed the will of residents of 20 villages in Hasdeo-Arand region...
UP CM Yogi Adityanath with Advani in Lucknow. Photo: UNI

Even in visiting the Ram temple, Yogi keeps to a legal political agenda

~By Sujit Bhar The image of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath as a brash Hindutva propagandist and activist, with his dreaded Hindu Yuva Vahini unleashed...
Kulbhushan Jadav

Jadhav’s life will be spared only if army chief or President pardons him, says...

Pakistan, it seems, is treading with caution vis-à-vis the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. While it has beefed up its legal team— Pakistan’s Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf...
Polling officers with EVMs at a training camp ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Photo: UNI

Writ against Election Commission’s EVM Challenge

A writ petition has been filed in the High Court of Uttarakhand claiming that the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM Challenge, to be held on June...
Kerala Highcourt

Protests mount over Kerala HC’s decision to annul marriage of adults

When the girl converted to Islam and married her chosen one (a Muslim), her father ran to the court, branding the man an ISIS...
Bech de: Cows on the net

Bech de: Cows on the net

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court may have stayed for four weeks the Union environment ministry’s notification regarding restrictions on the sale...
Bureaucrats live a privileged life

Indian Opaque Service

At a time when there is emphasis on transparency, over 1,800 IAS officers have failed to file their immovable property returns despite a standing...
Juvenile home

Draft manual on juvenile homes: A cut and paste job

The Women and Child Development Ministry has recently framed draft guidelines for juvenile shelters.  However, these do little justice to key issues and merely...
From emerging victorious in the 2015 assembly polls, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is getting increasingly isolated. Photos: UNI

Kejriwal’s Free Fall

Delhi’s beleaguered chief minister has frittered away the goodwill he won in the 2015 assembly elections. Will he make a course correction before it...

Human or Inhuman Shield

Military history is replete with examples of the use of human shields but Major Gogoi’s actions do not violate international law   ~By Wing Commander Praful...
Lead illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The Wonders of India

  ~By Dilip Bobb   All those posters and films on Incredible India are not so far off the mark. It is truly incredible just how innovative...
Lead visual: Anthony Lawrence

Artificial intelligence: The Bots Come Marching In…

Law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas brings in a new era of Artificial Intelligence which could rewrite the role of lawyers. Will this be a...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Finally, a saathi for teenagers

The taboo of sex education is, at last, being addressed through apps and other help-aids ~By Chandan Goswami Over 53 percent of children in India who...
Lead visual: Anthony Lawrence

Cyber crime: The Global Threat

It took a 22-year-old UK researcher to stop rampaging virus WannaCry which hit 150 countries in five continents. But will the world be prepared...
Judges at the International Court of Justice during Jadhav’s hearing. Photo: CIJ_ICJ/twitter

A Foot in the Door

Though the Kulbhushan Jadhav case has been propelled to the international stage and India has won the first round, there is uncertainty over whether...
Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India staging a demonstration in Chennai to condemn the killing of a Dalit youth who had married a caste Hindu girl. Photo: UNI

Caste, an Unsavoury Reality

This is an issue which often hits the headlines in India as seen in the Justice Karnan episode. Is there a better way to...
(L-R) Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife covered 600 villages of 16 districts during the 3,000 km yatra; Amarkantak is of great religious importance. Photo: indiatourism4u

River conservation in MP: Disaster Averted

The NGT intervened to halt the state government’s ambitious plan to mobilise five lakh people for the closing ceremony of the Narmada Sewa Yatra ~By...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Cyber crime: How safe is India?

Though the country has not been seriously impacted by WannaCry, there is no guarantee it won’t be attacked in future considering how unprepared it...
More than 1,000 doctors turned up for work at AIIMS in March to protest against attacks on them by patients, their relatives and friends. Photo: UNI

Are Doctors the Fall Guys?

Jharkhand has proposed a bill to protect these professionals and also make them and hospitals more accountable. But how about enforcing already existing laws...

The Driving Force

  By Dilip Bobb   The Narendra Modi government completes three years in office and, according to surveys conducted by a little-known organisation called Local Circle, a...
Kawas Nanavati (second from right) and his wife Sylvia (extreme left) in London in 1952

L’Affaire Nanavati

At lunchtime on 27 April 1959, the handsome naval commander Kawas Nanavati was told by his English wife Sylvia that she was having an...
A still from the path-breaking Marathi film Sairat that shows how deeply rooted the caste system is

Inter-Caste Marriage Act: Cast Away Prejudices

In a heartening move, the Maharashtra government proposes to come out with a new law to encourage such marriages. Cash rewards and jobs will...

Smriti Irani’s husband engulfed in a legal tangle

Did Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani’s husband, Zubin, and the hospitality company he is associated with, encroach upon land owned by a school in...
Soldiers are meant for national duties rather than as Sahayaks. Photo: UNI

Jawan’s Death: Suicide or Foul Play?

A petition filed in the apex court pleads for re-investigating the mysterious death of a jawan following a sting expose by a website of...
Eyebrows have been raised at the manner in which GVK bagged the Navi Mumbai Airport contract. Picture: An artist’s impression

Navi Mumbai Airport: Sweetheart Affair

GVK-MIAL landed a Rs 16,000-crore contract from which other bidders mysteriously backed off, giving the infrastructure conglomerate a windfall deal at the expense of...
Justice CS Karnan

We decided not to surrender: Karnan’s lawyer

Political colour being added to issue; TN police seemingly not cooperating with WB counterpart Calcutta High Court’s Justice CS Karnan, who has been sentenced to...
Hotels and housing projects are killing the beauty of the lush green hills of Munnar

Munnar’s Wake-up Call

The National Green Tribunal has flayed the state government for its inability to crack down on the construction mafia blatantly grabbing land in eco-sensitive...
Madras High Court. Photo: wikimedia.org

A Verdict Coloured by Prejudice

An order passed by a sessions court in Tamil Nadu has invited an indictment from the Madras High Court which called it the “worst...
Under the new law, stiff penalty will be imposed on developers for delays or poor construction quality. Photo: Anil Shakya

RERA: Relief at Last

This Act is an effort to tighten the real estate sector and make unscrupulous developers pay for their false promises as well as give...
All India Muslim Personal Law Board organised a signature campaign in Lucknow to protest against the centre's petition on triple talaq. Photo: UNI

Arguments on triple talaq commence at SC

SC makes it clear that polygamy is not part of the discussions, religious references will form crucial inputsA six-day historic period stated at the...

Justice Leila Seth passes away

Justice Leila Seth, who died at her residence on May 5 night at age 86, was hailed by all for not just being the...
The mother of Nirbhaya, Asha Devi, coming out of the Supreme Court after it upheld the death sentence of four convicts. Photo: UNI

Nirbhaya case: “Inconceivable brutality,” says SC as it upholds death sentence on all four

Victims’ parents break down in tears, as all hail path-breaking verdict Describing the Nirbhaya gang rape-murder case as an act of “inconceivable brutality” and commenting...
Police forcibly removing Prannoy’s mother, demanding a fair probe, in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: UNI

Dissent at Your Own Peril

The LDF government has drawn flak for slapping charges against dissenters. Are democratic protests under threat now with the use of the Unlawful Activities...
Her Honour Anuja Dhir QC (centre) with the winners of a moot court competition

Judge Who Could Have Been a Hairdresser

At 49, Anuja Ravindra Dhir became the first non-white judge to sit at the Central Criminal Court of London. But it wasn’t easy as...
A liquor shop doing brisk business in MP

Prohibition: Message in the Bottle

With elections in MP and Chhattisgarh next year, their CMs are gearing up to impose prohibition despite a lackadaisical response from the electorate and...
Lead picture Credit: Anil Shakya

SC orders CPCB to look into compliance in Gujarat quarries

Silicosis among workers grow even as closed units in state reopen following “casual” inspection by state pollution control body ~By Rajesh Kumar In 2006, an NGO,...
The courtroom drama between Amul and HUL is just one of the many that India’s corporate world has seen. Photos: Baby girl (UNI)

Kwality Wall’s vs Amul: The Cold War

The recent clash between these two major companies has more to do with market domination than about how ice creams and frozen desserts are...
Reinstated DGP TP Senkumar believes this judgment will discourage state governments from arbitrarily removing officers. Photo: UNI

TP Senkumar: A Hard-fought Victory

The reinstatement of TP Senkumar by the apex court has come as a major embarrassment to the Left Front government and Chief Minister Pinarayi...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The Herd Mentality

  ~By Dilip Bobb   Sacred Cow used to be an idiom, now it’s a uidai, following the centre’s report to the Supreme Court suggesting that each...
Lead Image Credit Anil Shakya

Was the Supreme Court justified in entertaining a PIL by J&K Bar Association?

Violence continues on the streets of Kashmir unabated and protestors are pelting stones at security forces, who have been forced to use pellet guns...
Justice CS Karnan

SC finally orders medical examination of Justice Karnan

Medical board to examine the Calcutta HC judge on May 4, report by May 8The Supreme Court has finally decided to act against Justice...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi favours India shifting to a January to December fiscal year from the current April to March cycle. Photo: UNI

A Double Disruption?

While shifting the financial year cycle may require legislation for smooth transition, experts say the change shouldn’t be hasty and must not clash with...
A protest against AFSPA in Srinagar. Photo: UNI

SC’s final rejection of AFSPA immunity for forces

FIRs must for every killing in disturbed areas, says apex courtThere has to be a mandatory FIR filed for every “encounter” death, even in...
Alcohol ban will not only cause a loss of revenue, but also hit Kerala’s tourism industry. Photo: sanoobsidiq.com

Kerala liquor ban: In a Tight Squeeze

The SC order banning booze outlets along highways has hit the state hard as it has a high population density and little land, igniting...
The new population policy in Assam wants to ensure a two-child norm across the state. Photo: UNI

Assam: Two is the New Norm

The state government’s attempt to curb the number of children its citizens can have is being seen as a move to reduce Bangladeshi settlers...
Tearful meeting with mother and wife for Kulbhushan Jadhav

Saving Kulbhushan Jadhav

A joint Indo-Pak peoples’ initiative spearheaded by lawyers has been launched to save the officer from the gallows of our neighbour. Is it possible...
Brief

Make a law to control funds to NGOs, says SC

Make a law to control funds to NGOs, says SC Hearing advocate Manohar Lal Sharma’s PIL that funds allocated to various NGOs, including Shri Kishan...
India cannot afford to have a single rate for different classes of goods meant for the common man. Photo: UNI

GST: Taxing Times?

Though the “one market, one rate” tax regime is likely to be implemented from July 1, some concerns remain, making it advisable to delay...

BABRI MASJID DEMOLITION CASE: INDIA LEGAL LEADS AGAIN

~By Inderjit Badhwar India Legal was a step ahead of the curve in the denouement of the Babri Masjid demolition case in the Supreme Court...
Gopal Subramanium

A Great Enemy of a Judge is Ego: Gopal Subramanium

Former Solicitor General GOPAL SUBRAMANIUM has had an illustrious career. Starting as a counsel with the Justice AN Verma Commission probing into Rajiv Gandhi’s...
India Legal show; Photo Credit: Anil Shakya

Can India save Kulbhushan Jadhav?

Panellists on the recent India legal show discussed the options available at hand The death sentence awarded to former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a...
Protesting farmers at Jantar Mantar pleading for loan waivers

Ploughing a National Furrow

The apex court enlarges the scope of a PIL filed on farmer suicides in Gujarat to encompass problems faced by the agrarian community across...
(L-R) Ajith Kumar, Mangalam TV CEO with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Trouble in store for Mangalam TV

It’s a tough legal battle for Mangalam TV with its top brass booked for airing a sexually explicit audio clip involving a state minister...
US president Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photos: UNI

A West Divided Against Itself (With A Little “Help” from Russia)

The Western world’s—especially of the US’— international outlook has become a bit of an enigma of late to the eastern hemisphere. This has amplified...
Lead Picture Credit: Bhavana Gaur

Was the SC justified on liquor ban near highways?

The Supreme Court recently did not relent on its December 2016 order banning sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways,...
India’s Poor Little Rich Men

India’s Poor Little Rich Men

Those responsible for bad debts and NPAs are mainly India’s top business houses. It is the country’s super rich who have caused much of...
Youth Congress activists staging a demonstration at Vyapam headquarters in Bhopal. Photo: UNI

Vyapam: Treading on Thin Ice

Despite the state government refusing to handover the account books of Vyapam for scrutiny, the CAG report has added fuel to the admission and...
Picture Credit: Anil Shakya

BS-III vehicles: End of the Road

A ruling has asked auto manufacturers to stop selling BS-III vehicles from April. They have only themselves to blame as enough time was given...
Picture Credit: Anil Shakya

Banking system responsible for NPAs

The recent India Legal show telecast on APN News took up the issue of Non-performing Assets which have eaten into the vitals of India’s...
The Yamuna in Delhi is a sorry sight. Photo: Anil Shakya

Is this Life?

Though the Uttarakhand High Court has given an order granting “living entity” status to rivers Ganga and Yamuna, this will help save them only...
Anthony Lawrence

Down in the Dumps!

Can the government make it mandatory for hotels and restaurants to give access to the general public to their toilets based on Article 15(2)...
Ayodhya dispute: Temple Tensions Rise Again

Ayodhya dispute: Temple Tensions Rise Again

The overwhelming victory of the BJP in the UP assembly elections fuels expectations that the party would use its electoral majority to build the...
India Legal Show discusses Babri Masjid dispute

India Legal Show discusses Babri Masjid dispute

Religious leaders from the Hindu and Muslim community, politicians and former judges express their viewpoints on the programme telecast on APN News  The Supreme...
The Supreme Court’s refusal to bow to government pressure was first reported by India legal

SC Collegium-Govt tussle: India Legal exclusive gets huge traction

This is a story that refuses to go away. It is the long-standing story of the fight between the Executive and the Indian judiciary....
Explicit ads for condoms are meant to attract consumers. Photo: UNI

Condom ads: Reviving a Controversy

Last year, the government had submitted to the Supreme Court that no legislation would be introduced to ban explicit pictures on condom packets and...
The drug price regulator has asked stent-makers and hospitals to display the new prices of stents on their websites. Photo: UNI

Stent prices: Stop the Loot

A PIL has led the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority to fix the price of stents, thereby providing a huge relief to heart patients. Stent-makers...
Arun Jaitley (photo: Rajeev Tyagi); Ram Jethmalani (photo: Anil Shakya

Battle of the Legal Eagles

The Delhi High Court was recently transfixed by the fierce barbs thrown by two veteran lawyers, Ram Jethmalani and Arun Jaitley, at each other...
The Okhla Timarpur Waste to Energy plant, managed by Jindal Urban Infrastructure Limited. Photo: Anil Shakya

Poison in the Air

NGT’s judgment allowing the operation of the Okhla Waste to Energy plant has brought environmental jurisprudence into question and jeopardised the lives of those...
Police nab the accused in the case relating to the molestation of a Malyalam actress in Kochi

Sex offenders: Branded for Life?

Kerala will be the first state to start such a registry in an attempt to reform these criminals and keep better track of them....
Picture: Anil Shakya

Does the EC have enough teeth to punish errant candidates?

The recent India Legal show tried to analyse the effect of powers vested with the poll watchdog As election fever rises during assembly polls in...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Finally, the government has stepped in to arrest the spread of antibiotic resistance that is now threatening our lives. It will soon have to...
India Legal show discusses CBI’s credibility. Photo: Anil Shakya

India Legal show discusses CBI’s credibility

India's premier investigative agency CBI is once again in the headlines but for a wrong reason. While former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha is already...
Kalikho Pul’s (right) widow Dangwimsai interacting with media after withdrawing her petition before the Supreme Court. Photo Kalikho Pul: UNI. Photo Dangwimsai: Anil Shakya

Kalikho Pul’s suicide: More than Meets the Eye

The 60-page note of the former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister has created a sensation in legal and political circles. But does it offer enough...
grab: Anil Shakya

India Legal show discusses Sasikala and Shahabuddin verdicts

The panel agreed that both the judgments delivered by the Supreme Court have sent a strong message to the corrupt as well as criminal-turned...
This majestic property bequeathed by Raja Mohammed Amir Mohammad Khan of Mahumudabad in UP is under a cloud

Enemy Property Act: Controversial Ordinance

Thousands of Muslims could lose the property inherited from their ancestors who moved to Pakistan under a new ordinance issued by the government ~By Ramesh...
People spending hours waiting to access their own bank accounts, post-demonetisation. Digitalizing the nation seems like a cruel joke

Demons of Digitalisation

Post-demonetisation, many online frauds are coming to light and police stations are getting complaints of people losing their life’s savings to tricksters. Is India...
Violence against women has been on the rise in Meghalaya for the last few years. Photo: UNI

Shillong’s Shame

The involvement of a powerful politician in the repeated rape of a minor has exposed the thriving sex racket in Meghalaya and embarrassed the...
AugustaWestland helicopter

PIL against journalists in AgustaWestland

The petition wants Supreme Court to examine if they were allegedly paid in the deal to influence the government. Will more skeletons tumble out...
Anil Shakya

Should freedom of expression be allowed in films?

The recent India Legal Show on APN News discussed the issue at lengthFilm buffs have had much to ponder about recently. Two films, yet...
Editor-in-Chief, India Legal, Inderjit Badhwar explains the rationale behind the fortnightly going weekly from February, starting this issue

THE WEEK THAT IS

~By Inderjit Badhwar Starting with this issue of India Legal our fortnightly takes on a new avatar—we go weekly. The transition, long in the making, is...
India Legal Show

India Legal show debates poll promises

As political parties talk about freebies during election speeches, India Legal show takes a call on whether such practices are legal With assembly elections in...
Jallikattu protestors in Bengaluru; Supreme Court

Will jallikattu set a social precedent?

Many larger issues emerge from the bull-taming bill in Tamil Nadu ~By Meha Mathur While the state of Tamil Nadu has circumvented the Supreme Court ordered...
India Legal show debates Jallikattu

India Legal show debates Jallikattu

Violence continued to rock Tamil Nadu over jallikattu, even after the state government had promulgated a new ordinance to continue the bull-taming sport in...
Parents of children suffering from the after-effects of Endosulfan poisoning stage a dharna in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: UNI

SC asks Kerala to pay Rs 500-cr for poisoning

The Supreme Court has asked Kerala to pay this compensation to victims of Endosulfan poisoning, giving a ray of hope for their slow rehabilitation...
India Legal show debates on IT exemptions for parties. Photo; Bhavna Gaur

India Legal show debates on IT exemption for parties

The issue of jawans’ right to complain about poor service conditions in the army and paramilitary forces also came up for discussionThe recent India...
Interview of Chintan Chandrachud 2

“We emphasise too much on getting it right and not enough on getting it...

Dr Chintan Chandrachud, at an early age, has carved a niche for himself in the field of law. Coming from a renowned lawyer family,...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Digital Gambit

Even as Indians are being exhorted to go cashless, there are few security systems in place, no infrastructure to deal with IT offences and...
Inderjit Badhwar 16/01/2017

Lessons For Mr Urjit Patel

Arun Shourie is not only a journalist, as most Indians see him, but also a towering man of letters, a former BJP Union minister,...
People standing in long queues to exchange their old notes at a bank in Agartala. Photo: UNI

The Great Bank Bail-in

The proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill 2016 may seem a laudable measure to save sick banks. But it leaves innocent depositors by...
CAN EC INTERFERE IN BUDGET?

CAN EC INTERFERE IN BUDGET?

The recent India Legal show deliberated on whether the Union Budget should be postponed in the light of assembly elections in five states, starting...
A grab of the video on the discussion conducted by APN News in Rudhani, IP

Ballot Box

A discussion for APN News, hosted by India Legal Editor-in-Chief Inderjit Badhwar, reveals that the people of Ujhani in UP are extremely angry over demonetisation...
Inderjit Badhwar

What Really Counts

When the re-launch architects of India Legal began framing the editorial parameters of this magazine three years ago—in January 2014—we struggled to come up...
ILRF opens e-library in Varanasi district court

ILRF opens e-library in Varanasi district court

It is a gift from India Legal Research Foundation. Senior advocate and president of India Legal Research Foundation, Pradeep Rai, on Friday inaugurated an...
Hardik Patel being welcomed by supporters on arrival at his hometown Viramgam, after his release from Lajpore Central Jail in Surat, this year

Gujarat: BJP Blunders On

A new political axis has emerged in this state as OBCs, Dalits, Muslims and Patidars join hands to take on a government that seems...
India Legal Show

India Legal show discusses recent order on note ban

In the latest edition of India Legal show, news anchor Abhilasha talked to constitutional experts who discussed at length, the recent order of the...
Freelance journalist Namgay Zam has been slapped with a defamation notice by Sonam Phuntsho, a well-heeled businessman. Photo Ramesh Menon

Defamation case rocks Bhutan

In a first of its kind, this country has been rocked by a case that will determine free speech on social media. At the...

Fire safety: Zero Compliance

Fire safety has never been a priority in India. Though fire causes an average of 62 deaths per day, safety norms are flouted with...

Cherished Home of Democracy

History of parliament must-read for scholars By Bhartruhari Mahtab After a long night of darkness, India has emerged, in over seven decades, as the largest and...
A security guard trying to close the door against people queuing outside a bank in Kolkata. Photo: UNI

Demonetization: Wheels within the wheels

The past month has shown the travails caused by demonetization and the collateral damage it has left behind in all spheres of the economy....
Imaging: Anthony Lawrence

Scary Online Webcare

Demonetization has led to many patients opting for online consultations. But, the medical practitioner diagnosing you online may not even be a doctor… and...
The argument that Jallikattu was a cultural event and hence could not be curtailed was not accepted by the apex court

Jallikattu: Hitting the Bull’s Eye

The Supreme Court has once again shown its humane side by dismissing a petition of the Tamil Nadu government asking it to lift the...
Inderjit Badhwar (The Demonetization Reality Show)

THE DEMONETIZATION REALITY SHOW

My colleague Dilip Bobb, now senior managing editor of India Legal, and I had just wound up a popular talk show on APN news...
Grab of APN Channel Show 'Afat' Kaal

APN’s special show deconstructs demonetization

The jury is still out on whether it was a wise decision. Will the surgical strike on black money yield the desired result or...

Cyber Mayhem!

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

MP’s Jailhouse Rock

The killing of eight SIMI undertrials by the Bhopal police has raised many uncomfortable questions and could lead to a protracted legal battle By...
A patient undergoing dialysis

Transplant Trauma

While transplantation of human organs has given a new lease of life to many, those between unmatched donors is risky and expensive and patients...
(L-R) The Taj Hotel up in flames after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks; Soldiers guard near the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in January this year, after an attack on it. Photo: UNI

Isolating the “Mother Ship” of Terrorism

In a move to tighten the screws on Pakistan, a private member’s bill wants our neighbor to be declared a terrorist state in the...
Muslim women hold placards in support of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board during a signature campaign in Ahmedabad.

UCC: Code of Controversy

As the center pushes for a Uniform Civil Code, it triggers a storm of protests and conflicting opinions on the timing and intent. It...
Muslims attend a rally against a proposed Uniform Civil Code and demand a reservation quota in colleges and in government jobs in Mumbai. Photo: UNI; Muslim women participating in a protest against Uniform Civil Code in Surat

Firoz Bakht Ahmed: Down with the Personal Law Board

Most Muslims agree that they do not require bodies such as All India Muslim Personal Law Board but would want ones that address and...
Transgender

Sexual minorities: the long and lonely road

A report on human rights violations on the basis of sexuality and gender identity in South Asia has shown how deep-rooted attitudes continue to...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The foreign hand in political funding

Only 20 percent of the income of political parties can be traced. What about the rest? By Usha Rani Das In 2014, the Delhi High Court...
Journey of Bill 330; Photo: UNI

Legislating a law

When a bill journeys through parliament, it goes through an elaborate process. What finally emerges from the parliamentary crucible is unassailable. By Devender Singh Come every...
Grab of APN News

Why was Shahabuddin granted bail?

India Legal show debates whether Nitish Kumar’s government is to be blamed for the RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin getting bail By India Legal Bureau On October...
Girls married early are denied the right to proper education, health and other privileges. Photo: UNI

Dangerous Liaisons

Retaining the minimum age of marriage for a girl at 15 under the amended law has made many child brides vulnerable to abuse. The...
Protests by students of JNU have been dubbed as seditious and anti-national. Photo: UNI

Section 124A—Scrap it or Tame it

The NGO Common Cause had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking amendments in Section 124A of IPC. The apex court dismissed the...
Surrogacy Bill 2016: Womb worries

Surrogacy Bill 2016: Womb worries

A bill to ban commercial surrogacy is fraught with complications that will invariably drive it underground, endangering the health and interests of the surrogate...
Silent protests in Maharashtra over the killing of a 14-year-old girl in Kopardi village in Ahmednagar

Maharashtra: Uprising of the Marathas

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

Madras High Court hit by fund crunch

In a sign of growing tension, the Tamil Nadu government has not given enough funds for the judiciary, forcing the Madras High Court to...
Inderjit Badhwar, editor-in-chief, India Legal, Magazine,

Returning Empty-handed

By Inderjit Badhwar What often makes startling headlines in the daily press does not necessarily reflect the nuance of the matter being reported, especially when...
Legal luminary and legal educator Prof. NR Madhava Menon

Continuing Education for Lawyers Crucial: Prof. NR Madhava Menon

  At a felicitation ceremony for this “Father of Modern Legal Education in India”, many issues were discussed including the need for more law schools...
Anthony Lawrence

NCRB Report 2015: The Many Faces of Crime

The latest National Crime Records Bureau report titled, “Crime in India – 2015”, confirms some assumptions, but reveals some startling facts For Delhi to be...
(L-R) Supreme Court. photo (black & white): Prashant Panjiar

Judicial Nightmare

The Chief Justice of India has once again highlighted the paucity of judges and the delay in filling the vacancies as over 22 lakh...
Musilims on the occasion of first day on ramjan Near Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India. Photo by -- anil Kumar Shakya 30 june 2014

When Fat Gets Taxing

Kerala has introduced a fat tax, while the Delhi High Court asked Delhi to issue directions to schools on junk food. But can this...
(L-R) The precincts of the Golu Devta Temple; Bells tied by devotees whose wishes were fulfilled

The God of Justice

In a temple near Almora, in Uttarakhand, believers present their prayers on stamped paper to golu devta By Ramesh Menon Which is the highest court of...
Supreme Court_AS (2)

Salve by the Judiciary

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

“Judges Should Take Breaks”: Justice K Chandru

In a surprisingly frank article, this former judge says the backlog of cases can be tackled not just by increasing the number of judges...
(L-R) Bombay High Court and SEBI headquarters in Mumbai

Taming Algo Trading

Thanks to a Bombay High Court ruling, SEBI has been pushed into regulating high frequency trading. But will its intent rein in unethical brokers...
(L-R) Haji Ali Dargah; Bombay High Court

The Haji Ali verdict is significant    

In an important judgment, the Bombay High Court recently overturned a four-year ban on the entry of women to the Haji Ali Dargah, off...
(L-R) actor-turned politician Ramya; BJP workers protesting against Ramya’s remark on Pakistan and Amnesty International. Photo: manglorean.com

Pak love of Ramya: Seditious?

The actor-politician is being tainted as unpatriotic because she stated the obvious—Indians and Pakistanis have much in common By Usha Rani Das Just days after Karnataka...
Maternity Bill

A case for Maternity Benefit Bill

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which provides for amendments to the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961, has recently been introduced in parliament and passed...
U K supreme-court

UK Supreme court refers gender issue to ECJ

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

Apprehensions about the new trafficking bill

The minister of women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, will be presenting the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill in parliament during...
Computer Graveyard

Computer Graveyard

August 19 is World Photography Day. The importance of pictures in saying a story can’t be understated. More often than not, the message is...
Supreme Court_AS (1)

SC to examine RTI’s ambit in judicial appointments

On August 17, the Supreme Court passed an order referring to a five-judge constitution bench the issues of whether disclosures of information about appointments...
Eunuchs dance to the Bollywood numbers on city roads during ‘Maha Rally’ as part of their ‘Akhil Bhartiya Manglamukhi Maha Sammelan’ in Jammu on Friday. Photo: UNI

Victory for Third Gender?

Though the Transgender Persons (Protection of rights) Bill 2016 is a welcome move, unless society changes its perception and abuse of transgenders, little progress will...
Reaching out, Reaching all

First-ever ILRF Conclave at Ranchi goes viral!

The media, both print and online, went to town talking about the first-ever conclave of the India Legal Research Foundation held in Ranchi, Jharkhand,...
CJI-Thakur-2-Anil-Shakya

Judges’ appointment: CJI expresses worry

At a time when pendency of cases has become a cause of concern, media reports recently quoted the Chief Justice of India as having...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Committing suicide can’t be an offense

The Rajya Sabha recently passed the Mental Health Care Bill 2013 which says that a person who attempts to commit suicide will not be...
Supreme Court_AS (16)

India Legal Show focuses on judicial reforms

The panelists on the weekly India Legal show telecast on APN TV discussed at length the need for judicial reforms There is no gainsaying the fact that...
Reaching out, Reaching all

Reaching out, Reaching all

The first-ever conclave of the India Legal Research Foundation held in Ranchi took a long hard look at the reasons why access to justice...
Inderjit Badhwar on Access to Justice

Taking Law To The People

July 23, 2016 was a proud day for the India Legal family. The magazine was part of the launch of a unique public service initiative...
Fore school management

FORE in legal trouble over admission rules

A management institute is at least expected to manage its admission process well. But it seems FORE School of Management—best known as FORE and...
Woman lawyers

Do women matter in judiciary?

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

Competition Commission rules in favor of DCI

An Indian company and digital-cinema provider K Sera Sera recently accused Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) of indulging in anti-competitive activities under Section 3 of...

Absence of injury does not negate rape

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

Husband gets divorce as wife inflicts mental cruelty

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

Repair potholes at the earliest, says Bombay High Court

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

No Gain from this Pain

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

RSS-affiliation rule likely to be scrapped by govt

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

Taming of the Drone

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

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

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

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

In a confidential letter obtained by India Legal, it is clear that Indian Govt. is concerned and mightily worried about low tax collection; and...

Crime Branch starts investigating SSC paper leak case

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

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

SSC cancels CPO examination By Siraj Khan After  India Legal broke the story of SSC paper leak on March 21, the Staff Selection Commission(SSC) has cancelled...

Will There Be Another Cover -Up? Hounded By His Past…

TERI’s chief faces a fresh barrage of sexual harassment charges even as he digs in his heels and refuses to quit despite mounting evidence...

#BusinessStandard Hails India Legal Annual Issue As “Intellectual Treat”

Business Standard, one of the leading business dailies from India, read our year end annual issue: 'The Best of India Legal-2015' and described it as an...

Safety Net for Farmers?

The new insurance scheme for farmers comes as a ray of hope, but it has to be implemented properly if its full potential has...

Letter From The Editor

The unfolding events in Arunachal Pradesh—elaborated in detail in our cover story—point to systemic imbalances which, if not addressed by all those who care...

Supreme Voices

The apex court verdict favoring the collegium system over the National Judicial Appointments Commission has pitted the judiciary against the executive. Can the crisis...

Dangerous Dump

Biomedical waste is often not safely disposed off by hospitals and institutions despite there being Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules By Papia Samajdar In mid-2013,...

Much Nautch About Nothing

Are Mumbai’s dance bars dens of vice as made out by the moral brigade and the political establishment? With the ban on them stayed...

A Flight of Fancy?

There was skepticism over the govt’s move to develop 100 airports in small cities. But if a new hub-and-spoke concept takes off, it could...

No Child’s Play

Even as the government wants to increase adoptions in India and has laid out new guidelines, the Missionaries of Charity has pulled out of...

Money down the Drain

In a startling revelation, the Supreme Court has found that states are spending huge amounts on law officers without proper systems being put in...

Making Air Travel Safer

After the Germanwings crash, the European Aviation Safety Agency laid down guidelines not just for pilots but also for aero-medical examiners. This could be...

A Matter of Faith

Even as the Supreme Court stays the Rajasthan High Court verdict making Santhara illegal, all eyes are on what the final verdict will be. Is...

The New Legal Eagles

A project in AP and Karnataka has empowered sex workers by making them paralegal volunteers. As they are made aware of their rights, a...

Cow in the Communal Cauldron

Rumors of beef consumption and cow slaughter are being used to polarize society. If any govt is serious about a total ban, will it...

One Man’s Meat Is Another Man’s Poison

There is much ado about meat nowadays. And the reason for this issue’s resurgence is political, religious and commercial. But is its ban wise?...

Different Rules for Different States

Part of the confusion regarding cow slaughter and beef consumption are vague laws. It serves political interests to keep it that way By Rakesh...

“AAI has the capacity to mobilize funds to set up airports”

RK SRIVASTAVA took over as chairman of the Airports Authority of India early this year. The 1984 IAS batch officer from the Jharkhand cadre...

I beg your Pardon…

Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is again in the news. After the Sikh clergy ex-communicated him in 2007, it has suddenly...

The Rome Complication

The killing of two Kerala fisherman off the Indian coast by Italian marines has become an international issue. All cases are on hold and...

Abolish three-year law degrees: Judge

In an order, Justice N Kirubakaran of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court roots for five-year law courses and asks for scrapping...

Mayhem Behind the Bars

Indian jails are hell holes of corruption, drug dealing, gang wars and sexual predators. Far from being institutions to reform criminals, they are sliding...

“No Govt Interested in Codifying Muslim Personal Law”

A 1939 Act enacted by the British said that Muslims would be governed by their personal Law (ie, the Shariat). The Shariat allows Muslims...

Legacy of the Nawabs

The great, great granddaughter of Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Awadh, is all set to bring the family cuisine to the world....

Slapped by a Suit

As the resident editor of a major daily, this writer has had his share of defamation suits. Here is a personal account of the...

THE COW CRISIS

By Inderjit Badhwar     The more we read about the politics of beef and meat, the more confused we get. The greater the confusion, the greater...

To Quota or Not to Quota…

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent call for a review of the national reservation policy has brought the focus back on what has long been...

DELAYED JUSTICE ~ IS JUST ~ TEASE.

Since a couple of decades the appointment of Judges to the High Courts hasbecome a problematic and procrastinating exercise. Before the judgment of theSupreme...

Never Say Never

In a stunning case, an Indian-origin officer of the Met was hounded for challenging racism in his force and even slapped with a sexual...

“Carmic” Emissions

The “notice of violation” to Volkswagen’s diesel cars in the US should serve as a wake-up call for India. It will have to address...

No Clarity on Charity

Despite court rulings, free health care for poor patients in private hospitals remains contentious. Only a law enacted by parliament can make free treatment...

It’s More than the Mosquito

The outbreak shows that when civic management goes awry and garbage clearance takes the back seat, diseases will fester. It is time our politicians...

It’s More than the Mosquito

The outbreak shows that when civic management goes awry and garbage clearance takes the back seat, diseases will fester. It is time our politicians...

Private Cannot be Public

Health care at well-equipped, corporatized hospitals is strictly the prerogative of those who can afford it. The poor are not encouraged to seek treatment...

Undermining the Law

A Madras High Court judge initiating contempt proceedings against his own chief justice and members of the bar indulging in acts of hooliganism does...

Eligibility Crisis

The apex court has stayed the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015, which laid down minimum qualifications for contesting panchayat polls. Does the new...

Playing Big Brother

Not everyone is happy with Nepal’s new constitution, particularly the Madhesis of Indian origin settled in the plains. But rather than voice its displeasure,...

The Imbroglio Continues

The apex court reserved its verdict on petitions challenging NJAC’s validity. Justice JS Khehar has circulated his draft verdict among judges of the constitution...

NO MORE TEARS

By Inderjit Badhwar One of the saddest hours befell Indian democracy in May 1990. During a stormy and unruly session of the Rajya Sabha when...

As You Sow, So Shall You Reap

By Inderjit Badhwar In the way to work every morning, I drive along the India Gate parikrama. To my right, just before approaching the stately...

Rapped on the Knuckles

The government was pulled up by the Supreme Court over delay in implementing OROP and had a contempt petition coming up against it on...

Served with Little Gravy and No Grace

Though the “One Rank, One Pension” scheme for the armed forces has been announced, protests by ex-servicemen continue. Why are the government’s assurances like...

Defamation Deluge

This year has already seen 11 defamation suits against the media. In one case, the Bombay High Court stepped in and asked NSE to...

The Quest for Questions

The importance of Question Hour in parliamentary democracy cannot be overemphasized. This book documents the questions asked from pre-independent India to now, making it...

Shot of trouble

US-based PATH and ICMR are under the lens for alleged unethical vaccine trials against cervical cancer on thousands of Indian girls. The case is now...

Tied up in Painful Knots

Contrary to the notion that hanging a person can bring unconsciousness and painless death, errors can cause some to die with intense pain. Is...

To Deal or Not To Deal

Many experts advocate legalizing betting in India so that it can be regulated and earns the government revenue. With Goa and Sikkim having...

New Dawn in Emerald Isle

The defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in both the presidential and prime ministerial polls has sown the seeds of a new political order, which will...

Travesty of Justice?

Yusuf Mohsin Nulwalla, who was convicted along with actor Sanjay Dutt in a Bombay blasts case, seeks commutation of his sentence on a technical...

Supreme but not infallible

Despite being the highest court of the land, there have been instances where the Supreme Court has erred in the finding of facts and...

Rahul “Rebooted”

After his sabbatical earlier this year, Rahul seems to be revitalized and visible. But that’s not enough as internal party democracy shows no signs...

India’s Icarus

By Shantanu Guha Ray Jignesh Shah blazed like a meteor and burnt out like one. This entrepreneur, who could have been a sterling exponent of...

Pawns in the porn game

Despite the mounting concerns about child pornography, the govt has forgotten amateur sex videos, which prey on young women. Why aren’t ISPs being criminally...

Surprising Revelations

A survey among Muslim women in 10 states threw up startling results. Almost 92 percent wanted talaq to be banned. With an NGO publishing...

A TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE

By Inderjit Badhwar Perhaps one of the most powerful news developments of the year—lost in the din of Indo-Pak relations and cloak-and-dagger spy stories—is how...

The Price of Change

As China becomes increasingly globalized, is it also becoming moreopen and transparent in managing the internal turmoil, dissent and the uncertainties the currency is...

Andhra vs Telangana

The battle of egos between the chief ministers of the two states has reached the Supreme Court and is a long festering one. How...

A Mockery of Parliament

The Monsoon Session has been a washout, with Treasury and Opposition benches having a head-on collision. The net result is that taxpayers’ money has...

A Laudable Step

In a first by any state, Delhi’s AAP govt has notified the Delhi Witness Protection Scheme 2015. But how will it be implemented when...

Coerced to Vote?

On July 17, Gujarat notified the Local Authorities (Amendment) Act, 2009, making voting a must in local bodies. But can this be implemented in...

The Muted Roar

Despite judicial activism to shift Gujarat’s lions to other states, there is no relenting. As the situation turns grim, incidents of man-animal conflict are...

What a Father Figure!

In India, there are no specific laws for HIV-affected children. And that’s why the supreme selflessness of a Meerut teacher and the hurdles he...

Turning the tide

Good intentions of some NGOs can change lives. This is what happened in a poor village in Gujarat, where a charitable trust brought new light...

Mobile menace

A parliamentary panel has recommended stricter norms for checking electromagnetic radiation from cell towers as Indians are more prone to risk due to their...

Follow the Tel Aviv Model

A frequent target of terror attacks, Israel realized the futility of capital punishment more than five decades ago. Why is India still clinging to...

Scam in Housing for Judges?

While the judiciary is meant to uphold values and integrity, a row has erupted in the Gujarat High Court over allotment of plots to...

Winning Move

With the Lok Sabha passing the Delhi High Court Amendment Bill (2015), the pecuniary jurisdiction of district courts has gone up from Rs20 lakh...

Rapped Twice

Within a week, the CBI has been pulled up twice, once by Bombay High Court and then, by Supreme Court. This has put a...

Humane option

A recent judgment which allowed a raped girl to abort her 24-week fetus is being lauded for its sensitivity. What are the medical and...

Watch your words!

Politicians and journos have often been at the receiving end of defamation laws. A case in the Supreme Court hopes to limit the potential...

A breach of trust?

Yakub’s death sentence has raised questions about the way probe agencies have made fugitives surrender after giving promises. With agencies having  washed their hands...

Eliminating Witnesses

Those who testify against the powerful need to be protected. But can this be done in the absence of a formal protection program backed...

WITNESS TO TERROR

By Inderjit Badhwar This editorial is not about the pros and cons of the death penalty. There are legal luminaries, some of the best in...

Who Calls the Shots?

Though PM Modi is seen courting global capital, he’s handicapped by the economic philosophy of the RSS, which wants government policies to be in...

Where the Gods Rained Gold

With the Modi government pushing its gold monetization scheme for temples, and with the Supreme Court ordering an audit of the richest temple in...

Climate Changes in TERI

As a new D-G takes over, RK Pachauri seems to have been delivered a new set of troubles. All eyes are now on how...

A Million Dollar Headache

Boston-educated Yaduveer Gopalraj Urs, the new Maharaja of Mysore, has not only inherited massive properties but also a barrage of litigation. By Imran Qureshi It has...

Rest in Peace

An online will is a new way to secure your assets and leave your loved ones  trouble-free. Besides being an authentic document, it is cheaper...

Where are the Cherry Blossoms?

The September floods have left Kashmiris grappling with soggy soil, damp buildings and an economy so wrecked that it will be years before the...

The Waste Land

India’s construction boom generates huge amounts of waste, which in 2013 was pegged at 50 million tons. New draft rules have now been introduced...

Jailhouse Rock

In a new initiative, danseuse Alokananda Roy has introduced dance-drama to prisoners in Alipore Women’s Correctional Home, infusing the inmates with hope, self-esteem and...

“I will fight, I am a fighter”

It is rare to find someone as gutsy and irrepressible as Rohini Salian, Maharashtra special public prosecutor, who claims the NIA asked her to...

Farmers Breathe Easy

Farmers of Devbhoomi Dwarka district get interim relief after moving a writ of mandamus against Essar Power and the state government By Kaushik Joshi Fearing arm-twisting...

No teeing off here

A Rs500 crore  golf course resort in Goa has sparked a storm of protests. Serious charges of fraud, malafides and illegal transfer of tenanted...

Minority Malaise

The story of traditional Muslims facing housing problems is an old one. But now, even educated and well-travelled Muslims are finding the door shut...

Justice Vikramjit Sen heads enquiry panel in impeachment case

Justice Vikramjit Sen of the Supreme Court is heading an enquiry panel to impeach Justice SK Gangele of the MP High Court, who is accused...

Greek Vote and the EU Miscalculation

Where European leaders went wrong in gauging the popular sentiment of this debt-ridden country By George Friedman In a result that should surprise no one, the...

A Madras High Court order directing mediation between a rape victim and the accused has been rectified by the Supreme Court, which criticized it...

Is ISIS closing in?

The insidious spread of ISIL globally seems to have brought it right up to India’s doors. With a hostile Pakistan and a shift in Afghanistan’s...

LAW OF THE JUNGLE

Increasing incidences of mob fury have shown India as an intolerant nation, where acts of impropriety invite immediate retribution and death in some cases....

Degrees of Discontent

The HRD ministry’s attempt to wrest control of the IIMs comes in for much criticism. Will the government relent or go ahead with its...

kashmir: not an official secret

By Inderjit Badhwar No self-respecting journalist should want to become a part of the me-too-brigade: the herd instinct that propels so many of us to...

What is governor’s discretion?

The scope and ambit of the power of a governor has often been open to debate. A recent high court obiter has created a...

Yudhishthir’s stubbornness

Gajendra Chauhan’s controversial appointment as FTII chairman has been roundly criticized by reputed film personalities. Did he get the job because of his RSS-BJP...

“Money has been there in the Kashmiri DNA”

AMARJIT SINGH DULAT has provoked a hornet’s nest both within the ruling BJP and the Opposition with his book, Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years. He...

Skating on Thin Ice

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister faces imminent threat to his seat as Vyapam toll count grows and discomfort in the BJP grows By Rakesh Dixit Becoming...

The times are a changin’

The SC judgment on single mothers reflects how society has evolved By Roshni Seth THE Guardians and Wards Act, 1890, requires that a notice be given...

Natural Injustice

Bizarre notions stopped single mothers from getting their due for too long, until the Supreme Court intervened By Bhavdeep Kang FATHERHOOD is a well-regarded theory, but...

An Insider’s Telling Tale

The former R&AW chief’s book provides an insight into how governments actually function and how they deal with insurgencies By Ajith Pillai This is not the...

Will There Be a Fourth Time?

Psychological factors like autocratic behavior, supported by sycophancy are dangerous to democracy BY SESHADRI CHARI Forty years after the declaration of the infamous Emergency, the debate is...

My Lord, let the law prevail!

All you wanted to know about the Contempt of Courts Act By Dr GB Reddy­ What is Contempt of Court?  Anything that curtails or impairs the freedom...

“There Has Been Proven Corruption in the Judiciary”

Indira Jaising needs no introduction to anyone in the legal profession. In her trail-blazing career, she has made a mark as one who has...

ADVANI AND THE GOALPOST

Bharatiya Janata Party veteran Lal Krishna Advani, who has seen the ins and outs of power and governance, rule and misrule, corruption and probity,...

How Islamic State Victories Shape the Syrian Civil War

Despite a few setbacks, the IS, because of its flexibility and adeptness, is proving to be a formidable force, and the government forces and...

Cyber Sleuths on the Prowl

With the increase in internet and mobile-related crimes, a group called “Friends of Cyber Cell” is helping Gujarat’s CID track down these spooks By Kaushik...

Where’s the Money, Honey?

Do banks have enough capital to lend in case India witnesses an economic recovery later this year? The answer is a clear no as...

“Advani should openly say that he feels that the current regime is moving towards...

DR HANS RAJ BHARDWAJ, 79, who was minister of law and justice more than once and was elected to the Rajya Sabha numerous times,...

Is India Emergency-proof?

Forty years after the Emergency, questions are being raised if it can be replicated today. Will Narendra Modi get so besotted with power that...

The name-bomber

Lalit Modi’s carpet bombing through constant tweets has implicated people in high places, making the political establishment duck for cover. His swagger comes from...

Judicial Oxygen

Elevation of judges to the Supreme Court under the collegium system has been fraught with controversy, says a legal luminary who wrote this piece...

Survival of the Fittest System

Even after the second phase of hearing of challenges to the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, the collegium system is still pitted against it BY...

When justice means fairness

American philosopher John Rawls’ idea of justice can be seen in our constitution, though some Supreme Court judgements have moved away from it, says...

On firm ground

The realty sector has seen a lull. But the NDA government has already cleared legal hurdles to big-ticket investment projects to boost investment and...

What’s the fuss about?

Despite festering doubts, foreign direct investment in retailing is an enabling policy as it brings in capital and jobs which will have better training...

CBI: In Vigilance Mode

Cleaning up the CBI will be easier said than done. In the latest infraction, a senior official is under the scanner for conspiring with...

COURTS AND THE AGONY OF TRANSFORMATION

By Inderjit Badhwar Our courts are going to have a handful. Already overburdened by a mindboggling backlog of cases of every conceivable nature—civil, criminal, jurisdictional,...

Macabre mystery

Madhya Pradesh’s PEB scam is getting murkier by the day. While the STF probing has found 32 suspects dead, whistleblowers and the opposition Congress...

Safety Concerns

Mumbai’s drunk driving case exposes the need for more effective ways to curb the menace By Vijay Patil Afresh incident of drunk driving that claimed the...

TELETERROR!

With militants attacking mobile towers in the Valley in an attempt to pulverize communication facilities, half of Kashmir has been cut off from the...

Center jumps into fray

As the battle intensifies between Kejriwal and Jung, the center rakes up an old case in an attempt to get more powers in the...

In the hot seat

Modi government’s appointment of KV Chowdary as chief vigilance commissioner has raised some objections. Can he survive the onslaught? By Vishwas Kumar It seems the...

Paranoia engineering

The banning of a student group on this prestigious campus for being critical of the government has shown how precarious freedom of speech is...

Amma’s nemesis?

With the Karnataka government appealing to the Supreme Court on Jaya’s disproportionate assets case, will she be done in or still emerge victorious? By R...

Dangerous meals

Food product companies have misled consumers for too long. But it’s high time we became alert to their slew of misinformation By Bhavdeep Kang In a...

Nestle’s instant infamy

Maggi Noodles is under the spotlight for high levels of lead and MSG being found in samples. Has Nestle flouted food safety norms in...

For Shiva’s sake

A petition against the portrayal of Shiva by Amish Tripathi in his three books was rejected by the court for being frivolous By Kaushik Joshi Lord...

Right To A Dignified Final Exit

The court has upheld the right of death row inmates to be treated with dignity and exhaust all legal remedies before being executed. This...

Let us junk these laws

Is selling merchandise of this late singer a crime? Shockingly, it is and there are other outdated laws which infringe on basic human rights By...

Infertility, a bad word

The wordings in your mediclaim form is crucial for acceptance or rejection By Abhilasha Ojha Two months ago, on a Delhi winter morning, I nearly...

Nobody’s child

Though laws and regulations have been in place to protect orphans, few are implemented, leaving them vulnerable to abuse, violence and torture By Shailendra...

Policy Paralysis

Patients are often taken for a ride by ignorant and unethical Third Party Administrators, and hospitals with different rate cards. Will this harassment end?...

Quest for real justice

The state government, through its legal services arm, has ensured that the disadvantaged sections of society have access to law By India Legal Team     Despite...

On the chopping block

With parliament passing the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2015, 36 outdated laws will soon be removed, improving business environment By Vishwas Kumar Former Disinvestment Minister...

Freight fudging

A CAG audit has unearthed a scam of `29,236.77 crore in freight movement. Is the railways being derailed? By Vishwas Kumar India’s largest public sector em-ployer,...

ICC SLAMS PACHAURI

In a scathing indictment, the Internal Complaints Committee of TERI has recommended disciplinary action against the director-general. It also wants him to pay compensation...

Yechury: CPM’s man of the moment

This brilliant parliamentarian with wide acceptability has the onerous duty of reviving a moribund party which has lost touch with its cadres. Will he...

Criminal Collusion?

Is the Haryana Police deliberately weakening the case of a victim reportedly gang-raped by three students of Jindal University? By Somi Das In a shocking...

Rebel without a pause

The turf tussle between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has no winners and throws up the question: Who Rules Delhi? By...

Flip-flop on Kashmiris

After holding out a carrot to re-settle Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, Modi backed out, leading to shattering of dreams and increasing polarization By Aasha...

The Promise of Good Times

The last one year has seen flat industrial output and a gloomy property market. But at the same time, inflation has been tamed and...

A serious vacuum

The stalemate over NJAC is having a deleterious effect on the vacancies of judges and additional judges in many high courts. This shows a...

JUSTICE DERAILED

Aruna’s molester was convicted for assault and robbery and not rape, helping him walk free after a seven-year sentence. The punishment he got did...

RSS, World’s Largest NGO

Talk about having double standards. While this sector has been under intense scrutiny from the NDA government, how many know that the largest NGO...

It’s just a small amount

With the Karnataka High Court setting aside the conviction of J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case, she is all set to become CM...

Farcical Play?

Even after 13 years, victims of Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case have not been delivered justice. With the Mumbai High Court suspending a five-year jail...

Chief Justice Threatened

A judge of the Madras High Court has broken all norms by threatening to slap a case against the chief justice apart from flashing...

Relief for Aamir Khan

Reacting to a frivolous complaint against the actor’s film, Lagaan, the Gujarat HC quashes an FIR against him and others By Kaushik Joshi   In a major...

Let the law be the same for all

While the general perception is that the star was favored, the high court’s orders were within the framework of statutory law. But would it...

When Rupesh became Rudrani

Here is a personal account of the trauma and pain a boy went through as he fought for his identity as a woman. Today,...

The Battle for “Patliputra”

The formation of the Janata Parivar has brought about a churning in the state’s political waters. A lot depends on the polls this year...

Double trouble?

Will the death of this farmer lead to trouble for the AAP leadership? What are the implications if his death is confirmed as suicide?...

The sky is the limit

This could well sum up a CAG report on Robert Vadra’s land deals in Haryana. The state government is seen as flouting all norms...

The hidden intelligence breakdowns behind the Mumbai attacks

American intelligence agency NSA and British GCHQ, despite their access to a mine of data, failed to stop the terror attack on the Indian...

Maharashtra’s Lone Ranger

As BJP chief minister of this large state, he has been a disappointment. Perceived as a puppet of Modi and Amit Shah, his inertia...

Justice in sight

Anew probe panel will investigate sexual harassment charges against Justice s Gangele of the Gwalior high court By Ramesh Menon Allahabad Chief Justice Dhananjaya Chandrachud will...

Modi’s provocative message

The Prime Minister used the high-profile judicial meet to slam activists and asked the judiciary not to fear them while dispensing justice By Ramesh...

100 glorious years

2016 will be a landmark year for this high court as it will celebrate its centenary. Down the years, this stately building has seen...

“Grease” tightening

Corruption eats into the entrails of societies. while countries have anti-bribery laws, are they effective in curbing ingenious methods used by companies to do...

Let’s get personal!

Despite various political dispensations using this issue for their own benefit, a close scrutiny shows that the supreme court upholds the right of each...

The FIFO lawyers

Athis refers to “flying in and flying out” foreign lawyers who come to offer advice on foreign law to indian clients. but as the...

9,000 acres and more

This is the size of the stupendous personal wealth garnered by former satyam chairman. Though sentenced to seven years jail for embezzlement, it’s not...

PERILOUS ASSAULT

By Inderjit Badhwar During the many years I spent in America, starting in the mid-1960s, American friends, and mostly without any particular malice, would taunt...

Born free, speak free

By striking down this draconian section of the information technology act, the apex court has unshackled many online voices and given a new meaning...

Off to a flying start

A recent survey among apac countries finds that Indian flyers are practical and discerning. unlike other nationalities, they’re unwilling to forgo bathroom privileges, legroom...

Backward and forward

In striking down Jats’ inclusion from the central list of OBCs, the apex court has rejected all the present paradigms of backwardness. But then,...

The great mentor

This legendary leader strategically transformed his tiny nation into one of the most developed and wealthiest countries of the world. Can India learn lessons...

The horror haunts again

In 1987, 42 muslims were massacred by UP cops. the families of those killed waited 28 years for justice to be delivered. Sadly, it...

Secure our borders

A long and well-researched letter by an MP to the defense minister shows the lacunae in this vital sector and the reforms that are urgently...

Hits and Misses

There were great expectations from this budget, but these seem to have fallen woefully short. It didn’t set the markets on fire, didn’t spur...

Just color my world

Singer Petula Clark’s song by this name seems apt for the widows of Vrindavan, who, on Holi, saw their world suffused with sunshine yellow,...

What Is my crime?

This plaintive plea of anupama airy, a senior editor of Hindustan times, who was sacked for taking “favors” from a corporate entity could well...

Holy Cow

The Maharashtra government has stirred a hornet’s nest by banning cow slaughter. while most states have similar laws, ironically, India is the second largest...

Fanning the ban

While the government has banned this documentary on the December 16 gang-rape, a group of activists and lawyers wants its telecast to be delayed...

Courting trouble

In an unprecedented move, more than one lakh Madhya Pradesh lawyers are up in arms against their chief justice over certain decisions taken by...

India’s spy masters

The nefarious actions of clerks and middlemen have shown the deep tentacles of powerful corporate entities within the government. Can the rot ever be...

Congress’s latest bête noire

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]When the CBI arrested Matang Sinh last month in the Saradha scam, it showed the unholy nexus between politicos and bureaucrats...

She walks tall in Modi’s shoes

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]She had an unenviable task when she took over as CM of Gujarat from a colossus. But Anandiben Patel has carved...

Great expectations

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Facing religious persecution across the border, the Hindu refugees from Pakistan are seeking asylum in India. Can they get a better...

I am happy & gay

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]What’s it like to be a lesbian in a country where this orientation is criminalized? Where parents often don’t accept such...

India churning

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Aam Aadmi Kejriwal has dented what seemed impregnable, tripped the arrogant gait of the BJP and shown a new world to...

Dream Mission

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]This is the untold story of how India triumphed in its mission to Mars. It is also about its dash to...

Signed, sealed, delivered!

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Contentious issues of the nuclear deal signed in 2008 have finally been resolved. It waits to be seen what the fine...

Ask not for whom the bell tolls

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Senior citizens spend their twilight years here in warm company and a caring environment Story and photos by Fayeza Pathan  It is...

The Emperor of Men’s Maladies

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]It is the commonest malignancy among men and yet, this cancer does not get as much prominence as breast cancer. That’s...

The favorite whipping boy?

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]The actor’s furlough was recently rejected by Yerwada jail authorities. This, despite it being for valid health reasons. is he more...

No home to call my own

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Little has changed for many victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots as their wounds continue to fester By Fayeza Pathan <span style="flat"]T he...

“People have entrusted their daughters to me”

<h2 size="16" align="left" margin="10"]Lt Gen(Retired) Zameer Uddin Shah, Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, got into a media maelstrom over not allowing access to undergraduate students...

How did she die?

<h2 size="18" align="left" margin="10"]Disturbing pictures taken immediately after her body was found in a posh hotel show severe bruises, raising enough questions and warranting...

Bengal’s drama king

The arrest of Trinamool MP, Kunal Ghosh, has further unspooled the Saradha scam and shown his close links to CM Mamata Banerjee. Will his...

Where’s my little angel?

Thousands of children go missing each year. is enough being done to trace these kids who might be working in hazardous industries, begging, rag-picking...

A judge with fire in his belly

This stalwart of the Indian judiciary, who passed away on December 4 aged 100, was a stormy petrel from the start By Fali S Nariman He...

Defiant Harmony

December 6 was the 22nd anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. Today, this holy town is a peaceful place where various religions co-exist By...

A suitable judge

Leila Seth writes with humaneness about the need for society to be more inclusive—towards women, Muslims and gays By Rashme Sehgal   A slender, gem of...

Crown of thorns

Contrary to voters’ expectations, American Presidents don’t have a magic wand to solve each problem, and Obama, like his predecessors, is only wading through...

Is the grand old party over?

Highs and lows in politics are common. But the repeated decimation of this party in various elections makes one wonder if it is on...

At the Crossroads

Pope Francis is emerging as a leader who can take the catholic church to new heights as he tries to include marginalized groups. But...

I am not being executed but murdered: Surinder Koli

Surinder Koli, the “cannibal of Nithari”, evokes disgust among people. He maintains he is innocent and has been framed By Nishant Goel  Surinder Koli came into...

Silence of the lambs

Parents of kids whose bodies were found in the “house of horrors” are devastated and angry. They insist questions about an organ trade racket...

Female Makeover

Yes, the time has come to ask for women makeup artists. With the apex court dismissing an archaic rule banning them in Bollywood, the...

Goa’s common man

This tiny state’s first-ever cabinet minister has many similarities with Modi. His performance as CM provides a salutary lesson in what to expect from...

Sonia’s Achilles’ Heel

The Congress president’s son-in-law, Robert Vadra, is facing heat over murky land deals. what made it possible for the Gandhi family to enter into...

Follow the rule book

What happens when a tainted judge resigns? Does Parliament lose control over him? Extracts from constitutional conundrums: challenges to India’s democratic process raise some...

Capturing moments in time

The Supreme court deals with a variety of issues. This book attempts to make sense of the chaos and is a good reference work By...

Death wish

An increasing number of Indian youngsters are embracing suicide. and the laws dealing with this grave problem are peculiar By Rashme Sehgal  A teacher from a...

Middling the ball

Team India must have heaved a sigh of relief seeing the batsman regain his touch against the Windies. But knowing Kohli’s pursuit of excellence,...

Students of the world revolt

Across the globe, these unrests have been agents of forward march of society and civilization in modern times By Sim Tack   As student protests in Hong...

India’s malicious melanin factor

While Indians complain about racism abroad, it is alive and kicking here too. see the way we colored people treat those who are dark-skinned,...

Minority Report

It’s been over three years since the university was declared a minority institution. while it means more seats for Muslims, they are losing out...

A matter of faith

Here’s an inspiring tale of a swap liver transplant that took place in Apollo hospital between two Muslims and two Hindus and how their...

Much ado about nothing

Various allegations against Justice Manjunath had stalled his elevation as chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High court. But a probe has found...

The Supreme court and the good samaritan

Editorial by Inderjit Badhwar  Have you lost someone—a friend, a relative—in a road accident who could have been saved through timely intervention? Have you driven...

Too little, too late

Why are US colleges going slow in dealing with campus sexual assaults? By Abbie Nehring, ProPublica During their time at college, the Department of Justice estimates...

Some are more equal than others

In the eyes of the law, everyone is equal. but a case of a senior judge shows how rules can be subverted with impunity. By...

An app for baby Einstein

As parents allow their  toddlers to play with ipads and tablets, experts question the wisdom of allowing them to do so. By Shobha John   Vivek Jain...

Ness in Mess

The Preity Zinta-Ness Wadia spat is not just about bruised egos. It’s also about millions of dollars slipping out of their IPL franchise.  By Vishwas...

Najma Muslimatics

The minister’s statement shows an abysmal misreadings not only of the constitution but also of own party’s manifesto.  By Jagdish Sagar   Najma Heptullah, the new minister...

Local is National in the Vall­­ey­­

In the interest of the state and the country, regional ­­parties should take over the reins following  the forthcoming elections. By Rakesh Khar Kashmir has been...

We beg to differ my Lord

Excerpts from the letter written by President, Supreme Court Bar Association, to Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha, on June 6, this year while rejecting Lodha’s idea that courts...

Will homosexuality finally be legal?

Article 21 of the constitution deals with the right to live with dignity. Don’t gays have the same privilege? India Legal team When Satish (name changed)...

India’s dragon woos China

Article 21 of the constitution deals with the right to live with dignity. Don’t gays have the same privilege?  Diva John If one were to observe...

Novel dose of insulin

Diabetic girls no longer find it difficult to get a partner in Gujarat. A matchmaker bureau is helping them find an ideal soulmate. By Mahesh...

Illness that separates

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

No room for free enterprise

Why ordinary entrepreneurs, giving out rooms or spare cars on rent, may face a rocky path fighting American regulators. By David E Gumpert Can the world’s...

Tale of Twin Troubles

A recent blast at the Chennai railway station brought into focus the increasing presence of terror outfits in Tamil Nadu, even as arrests in the state...

The New Face of Terror

Narendra Modi’s success in inviting the SAARC heads of states for his swearing-in ceremony was heralded as a diplomatic masterstroke. But what eluded most...

Off with his Face!

The main problem is not freedom of discussion for politicians or media bigwigs but the random and wholly unpredictable risk faced by the little...

Mission Possible

He does not want any third party “intervention, prompting or pressure” in Kashmir. He believes that Pakistan harbors a “compulsive hostility” against India. He...

Breach of Convention

A 2012 Comptroller and Auditor General report exposes how legislature’s authority was ignored by the Income Tax department while making refunds in crores. By Devendra Singh The...

How green is my valley?

The high profile election battle in Varanasi brought into focus the need for cleaning the Ganga and other rivers. But top environmental activist MC...

Terror Trail

The new government has to devise novel strategies to tackle increased militancy in Pakistan and Afghanistan. By Col R Hariharan The recent military funeral of Major Mukund Varadarajan, who...

'India Legal News' - 283 News Results

Stringent liquor laws often turn away local and foreign tourists. Representative Photo: route66hotels.org

Prohibition in Kerala: Let the Good Times Roll

The Left government’s new liquor policy relaxes harsh restrictions imposed to curb the consumption of alcohol. While many are celebrating, others are calling it...
Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu. Photo: Anil Shakya

CIC asks PMO, ministries to bring BCCI under RTI in a month’s time

Indian cricket, barely recovering from Sunday’s (June 18) shameful and shocking defeat to arch rivals Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017,...
Chief Justice JS Khehar. Photo: JS Studio

CJI JS Khehar: A Judge in a Hurry

During his eight-month tenure, the chief justice adopted novel and clever ways to bring down the pendency of cases and constituted vacation benches to...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Creating the Master Race

  ~By Dilip Bobb   It’s a Hitlerian concept with some additions. Adolf sought to create a Master Race of tall, blonde, blue-eyed Aryans by eliminating those...
Kerala High Court

Kerala High Court orders detention of Panama ship

The Kerala High Court has passed a directive for detention of the Panama cargo ship ‘Amber L’ which collided with an Indian fishing boat,...
President has already rejected 30 mercy petitions

President has already rejected 30 mercy petitions

As President, Pranab Mukherjee recently rejected the mercy petitions of rapists and murderers of a four-year-old, as well as the rapists and murderers of...
Picture: UNI

WHO moves India to category 2 on Zika risk list

US advise to pregnant women to not travel to India stays On May 24, under its new Zika virus classification, the WHO moved India to...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

Editorial Advice It took an editor like Harish Khare of The Tribune to tick off one of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s media advisors. It...
RBI issues new Rs 500 notes, old tender to stay valid

RBI issues new Rs 500 notes, old tender to stay valid

In a move that will confuse many, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced a new set of Rs 500 currency notes. The...
Vijay Mallya. Photo Force India

Mallya extradition hearing starts later in the day

First hearing to provide indication on the way case will move According to General VK Singh, India’s junior minister in the external affairs ministry, the...
Donald Trump Photo: UNI

US Appeals court refuses to remove stay on travel ban

US President Donald Trump just cannot get past the legal hurdle in trying to get his pet executive order on a controversial travel ban...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Defeat by a Thousand Cuts

  ~By Dilip Bobb   Ever since the late lamented Zulfikar Ali Bhutto pledged that he would defeat India by inflicting a thousand cuts, Pakistan and India...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Witch-hunting: Diabolic Persecution

Single women and widows are often branded as witches to humiliate and ostracise them and seize their property. Why does this reprehensible practice continue...
RBI governor Dr. Urjit R Patel. Photo: UNI

Farm loan waivers carry the risk of inflationary spillovers: RBI Governor

RBI Governor Urjit Patel, answering a media query, said on June 9 that loan waivers for farmers, if implemented by states, present “the risk...
The media will not “crawl” ever again, cry voices against media oppression

The media will not “crawl” ever again, cry voices against media oppression

The protest meeting on Press Freedom at the National Press Club on June 9 turned out to be a huge affair, with some of...
People standing in a queue in front of a liquor shop in Kerala. Photo: C Shankar

Financial woes force Kerala to water down liquor ban

Why did the LDF (Left Front) government in Kerala relax the previous UDF (Congress) government’s liquor ban policy by allowing bars in hotels rated...
Comey’s testimony punches huge holes in Trump tower

Comey’s testimony punches huge holes in Trump tower

Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence June 7 has revealed details that by any standard anywhere would...
Smile Foundation

50 percent PG seats for Haryana docs with 3 yrs of service in remote...

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta on June 8 ordered that there should be a 50 percent reservation of...
Lead Picture: YouTube

The Rapid Descent

With the fortunes of this once-glorious airline plunging rapidly and the centre in no mood to aid it further, the blame has to be...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Ministries of Utmost Happiness

  ~By Dilip Bobb   The peacocks may be shedding tears at their sudden enforced celibacy, joining the ranks of “others” who have become like Anjum, the...
Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli

Kumble-Kohli Spat Darkens Indo-Pak Cricket Showdown

There are reports of a fallout between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble Title-ace India’s men in blue are trying to smoothen an off-field controversy when...
Lead visual: Anthony Lawrence

What to do when unemployed progeny abuse old parents?

~By Sujit Bhar The special and unique bond between parents and their children has been abused in several ways throughout civil society and throughout history....
Gurugram could soon become a “living hell”, says CSE Report

Gurugram could soon become a “living hell”, says CSE Report

Gurugram is fast moving towards a complete degeneration and the media has already sounded alarm bells. Reports of bad road conditions, severe water shortage,...
Advani with UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. Photo: UNI

Advani’s Lonely Lament

~By Zafar Agha “Kasam Ram ki khatey hain, Mandir wahin banayenge (We pledge by Lord Ram that we’ll build the temple there)!” This used to be one...
Big corporations often eye natural resources, leaving tribals to fend for themselves

Chhattisgarh: Tribal Rights in Peril

In an apparent defiance of the Forest Rights Act, the state government has bypassed the will of residents of 20 villages in Hasdeo-Arand region...
UP CM Yogi Adityanath with Advani in Lucknow. Photo: UNI

Even in visiting the Ram temple, Yogi keeps to a legal political agenda

~By Sujit Bhar The image of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath as a brash Hindutva propagandist and activist, with his dreaded Hindu Yuva Vahini unleashed...
Kulbhushan Jadav

Jadhav’s life will be spared only if army chief or President pardons him, says...

Pakistan, it seems, is treading with caution vis-à-vis the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. While it has beefed up its legal team— Pakistan’s Attorney-General Ashtar Ausaf...
Polling officers with EVMs at a training camp ahead of the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Photo: UNI

Writ against Election Commission’s EVM Challenge

A writ petition has been filed in the High Court of Uttarakhand claiming that the Election Commission’s (EC) EVM Challenge, to be held on June...
Kerala Highcourt

Protests mount over Kerala HC’s decision to annul marriage of adults

When the girl converted to Islam and married her chosen one (a Muslim), her father ran to the court, branding the man an ISIS...
Bech de: Cows on the net

Bech de: Cows on the net

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court may have stayed for four weeks the Union environment ministry’s notification regarding restrictions on the sale...
Bureaucrats live a privileged life

Indian Opaque Service

At a time when there is emphasis on transparency, over 1,800 IAS officers have failed to file their immovable property returns despite a standing...
Juvenile home

Draft manual on juvenile homes: A cut and paste job

The Women and Child Development Ministry has recently framed draft guidelines for juvenile shelters.  However, these do little justice to key issues and merely...
From emerging victorious in the 2015 assembly polls, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is getting increasingly isolated. Photos: UNI

Kejriwal’s Free Fall

Delhi’s beleaguered chief minister has frittered away the goodwill he won in the 2015 assembly elections. Will he make a course correction before it...

Human or Inhuman Shield

Military history is replete with examples of the use of human shields but Major Gogoi’s actions do not violate international law   ~By Wing Commander Praful...
Lead illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The Wonders of India

  ~By Dilip Bobb   All those posters and films on Incredible India are not so far off the mark. It is truly incredible just how innovative...
Lead visual: Anthony Lawrence

Artificial intelligence: The Bots Come Marching In…

Law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas brings in a new era of Artificial Intelligence which could rewrite the role of lawyers. Will this be a...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Finally, a saathi for teenagers

The taboo of sex education is, at last, being addressed through apps and other help-aids ~By Chandan Goswami Over 53 percent of children in India who...
Lead visual: Anthony Lawrence

Cyber crime: The Global Threat

It took a 22-year-old UK researcher to stop rampaging virus WannaCry which hit 150 countries in five continents. But will the world be prepared...
Judges at the International Court of Justice during Jadhav’s hearing. Photo: CIJ_ICJ/twitter

A Foot in the Door

Though the Kulbhushan Jadhav case has been propelled to the international stage and India has won the first round, there is uncertainty over whether...
Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India staging a demonstration in Chennai to condemn the killing of a Dalit youth who had married a caste Hindu girl. Photo: UNI

Caste, an Unsavoury Reality

This is an issue which often hits the headlines in India as seen in the Justice Karnan episode. Is there a better way to...
(L-R) Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife covered 600 villages of 16 districts during the 3,000 km yatra; Amarkantak is of great religious importance. Photo: indiatourism4u

River conservation in MP: Disaster Averted

The NGT intervened to halt the state government’s ambitious plan to mobilise five lakh people for the closing ceremony of the Narmada Sewa Yatra ~By...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Cyber crime: How safe is India?

Though the country has not been seriously impacted by WannaCry, there is no guarantee it won’t be attacked in future considering how unprepared it...
More than 1,000 doctors turned up for work at AIIMS in March to protest against attacks on them by patients, their relatives and friends. Photo: UNI

Are Doctors the Fall Guys?

Jharkhand has proposed a bill to protect these professionals and also make them and hospitals more accountable. But how about enforcing already existing laws...

The Driving Force

  By Dilip Bobb   The Narendra Modi government completes three years in office and, according to surveys conducted by a little-known organisation called Local Circle, a...
Kawas Nanavati (second from right) and his wife Sylvia (extreme left) in London in 1952

L’Affaire Nanavati

At lunchtime on 27 April 1959, the handsome naval commander Kawas Nanavati was told by his English wife Sylvia that she was having an...
A still from the path-breaking Marathi film Sairat that shows how deeply rooted the caste system is

Inter-Caste Marriage Act: Cast Away Prejudices

In a heartening move, the Maharashtra government proposes to come out with a new law to encourage such marriages. Cash rewards and jobs will...

Smriti Irani’s husband engulfed in a legal tangle

Did Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani’s husband, Zubin, and the hospitality company he is associated with, encroach upon land owned by a school in...
Soldiers are meant for national duties rather than as Sahayaks. Photo: UNI

Jawan’s Death: Suicide or Foul Play?

A petition filed in the apex court pleads for re-investigating the mysterious death of a jawan following a sting expose by a website of...
Eyebrows have been raised at the manner in which GVK bagged the Navi Mumbai Airport contract. Picture: An artist’s impression

Navi Mumbai Airport: Sweetheart Affair

GVK-MIAL landed a Rs 16,000-crore contract from which other bidders mysteriously backed off, giving the infrastructure conglomerate a windfall deal at the expense of...
Justice CS Karnan

We decided not to surrender: Karnan’s lawyer

Political colour being added to issue; TN police seemingly not cooperating with WB counterpart Calcutta High Court’s Justice CS Karnan, who has been sentenced to...
Hotels and housing projects are killing the beauty of the lush green hills of Munnar

Munnar’s Wake-up Call

The National Green Tribunal has flayed the state government for its inability to crack down on the construction mafia blatantly grabbing land in eco-sensitive...
Madras High Court. Photo: wikimedia.org

A Verdict Coloured by Prejudice

An order passed by a sessions court in Tamil Nadu has invited an indictment from the Madras High Court which called it the “worst...
Under the new law, stiff penalty will be imposed on developers for delays or poor construction quality. Photo: Anil Shakya

RERA: Relief at Last

This Act is an effort to tighten the real estate sector and make unscrupulous developers pay for their false promises as well as give...
All India Muslim Personal Law Board organised a signature campaign in Lucknow to protest against the centre's petition on triple talaq. Photo: UNI

Arguments on triple talaq commence at SC

SC makes it clear that polygamy is not part of the discussions, religious references will form crucial inputsA six-day historic period stated at the...

Justice Leila Seth passes away

Justice Leila Seth, who died at her residence on May 5 night at age 86, was hailed by all for not just being the...
The mother of Nirbhaya, Asha Devi, coming out of the Supreme Court after it upheld the death sentence of four convicts. Photo: UNI

Nirbhaya case: “Inconceivable brutality,” says SC as it upholds death sentence on all four

Victims’ parents break down in tears, as all hail path-breaking verdict Describing the Nirbhaya gang rape-murder case as an act of “inconceivable brutality” and commenting...
Police forcibly removing Prannoy’s mother, demanding a fair probe, in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: UNI

Dissent at Your Own Peril

The LDF government has drawn flak for slapping charges against dissenters. Are democratic protests under threat now with the use of the Unlawful Activities...
Her Honour Anuja Dhir QC (centre) with the winners of a moot court competition

Judge Who Could Have Been a Hairdresser

At 49, Anuja Ravindra Dhir became the first non-white judge to sit at the Central Criminal Court of London. But it wasn’t easy as...
A liquor shop doing brisk business in MP

Prohibition: Message in the Bottle

With elections in MP and Chhattisgarh next year, their CMs are gearing up to impose prohibition despite a lackadaisical response from the electorate and...
Lead picture Credit: Anil Shakya

SC orders CPCB to look into compliance in Gujarat quarries

Silicosis among workers grow even as closed units in state reopen following “casual” inspection by state pollution control body ~By Rajesh Kumar In 2006, an NGO,...
The courtroom drama between Amul and HUL is just one of the many that India’s corporate world has seen. Photos: Baby girl (UNI)

Kwality Wall’s vs Amul: The Cold War

The recent clash between these two major companies has more to do with market domination than about how ice creams and frozen desserts are...
Reinstated DGP TP Senkumar believes this judgment will discourage state governments from arbitrarily removing officers. Photo: UNI

TP Senkumar: A Hard-fought Victory

The reinstatement of TP Senkumar by the apex court has come as a major embarrassment to the Left Front government and Chief Minister Pinarayi...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The Herd Mentality

  ~By Dilip Bobb   Sacred Cow used to be an idiom, now it’s a uidai, following the centre’s report to the Supreme Court suggesting that each...
Lead Image Credit Anil Shakya

Was the Supreme Court justified in entertaining a PIL by J&K Bar Association?

Violence continues on the streets of Kashmir unabated and protestors are pelting stones at security forces, who have been forced to use pellet guns...
Justice CS Karnan

SC finally orders medical examination of Justice Karnan

Medical board to examine the Calcutta HC judge on May 4, report by May 8The Supreme Court has finally decided to act against Justice...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi favours India shifting to a January to December fiscal year from the current April to March cycle. Photo: UNI

A Double Disruption?

While shifting the financial year cycle may require legislation for smooth transition, experts say the change shouldn’t be hasty and must not clash with...
A protest against AFSPA in Srinagar. Photo: UNI

SC’s final rejection of AFSPA immunity for forces

FIRs must for every killing in disturbed areas, says apex courtThere has to be a mandatory FIR filed for every “encounter” death, even in...
Alcohol ban will not only cause a loss of revenue, but also hit Kerala’s tourism industry. Photo: sanoobsidiq.com

Kerala liquor ban: In a Tight Squeeze

The SC order banning booze outlets along highways has hit the state hard as it has a high population density and little land, igniting...
The new population policy in Assam wants to ensure a two-child norm across the state. Photo: UNI

Assam: Two is the New Norm

The state government’s attempt to curb the number of children its citizens can have is being seen as a move to reduce Bangladeshi settlers...
Tearful meeting with mother and wife for Kulbhushan Jadhav

Saving Kulbhushan Jadhav

A joint Indo-Pak peoples’ initiative spearheaded by lawyers has been launched to save the officer from the gallows of our neighbour. Is it possible...
Brief

Make a law to control funds to NGOs, says SC

Make a law to control funds to NGOs, says SC Hearing advocate Manohar Lal Sharma’s PIL that funds allocated to various NGOs, including Shri Kishan...
India cannot afford to have a single rate for different classes of goods meant for the common man. Photo: UNI

GST: Taxing Times?

Though the “one market, one rate” tax regime is likely to be implemented from July 1, some concerns remain, making it advisable to delay...

BABRI MASJID DEMOLITION CASE: INDIA LEGAL LEADS AGAIN

~By Inderjit Badhwar India Legal was a step ahead of the curve in the denouement of the Babri Masjid demolition case in the Supreme Court...
Gopal Subramanium

A Great Enemy of a Judge is Ego: Gopal Subramanium

Former Solicitor General GOPAL SUBRAMANIUM has had an illustrious career. Starting as a counsel with the Justice AN Verma Commission probing into Rajiv Gandhi’s...
India Legal show; Photo Credit: Anil Shakya

Can India save Kulbhushan Jadhav?

Panellists on the recent India legal show discussed the options available at hand The death sentence awarded to former naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav by a...
Protesting farmers at Jantar Mantar pleading for loan waivers

Ploughing a National Furrow

The apex court enlarges the scope of a PIL filed on farmer suicides in Gujarat to encompass problems faced by the agrarian community across...
(L-R) Ajith Kumar, Mangalam TV CEO with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Trouble in store for Mangalam TV

It’s a tough legal battle for Mangalam TV with its top brass booked for airing a sexually explicit audio clip involving a state minister...
US president Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photos: UNI

A West Divided Against Itself (With A Little “Help” from Russia)

The Western world’s—especially of the US’— international outlook has become a bit of an enigma of late to the eastern hemisphere. This has amplified...
Lead Picture Credit: Bhavana Gaur

Was the SC justified on liquor ban near highways?

The Supreme Court recently did not relent on its December 2016 order banning sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways,...
India’s Poor Little Rich Men

India’s Poor Little Rich Men

Those responsible for bad debts and NPAs are mainly India’s top business houses. It is the country’s super rich who have caused much of...
Youth Congress activists staging a demonstration at Vyapam headquarters in Bhopal. Photo: UNI

Vyapam: Treading on Thin Ice

Despite the state government refusing to handover the account books of Vyapam for scrutiny, the CAG report has added fuel to the admission and...
Picture Credit: Anil Shakya

BS-III vehicles: End of the Road

A ruling has asked auto manufacturers to stop selling BS-III vehicles from April. They have only themselves to blame as enough time was given...
Picture Credit: Anil Shakya

Banking system responsible for NPAs

The recent India Legal show telecast on APN News took up the issue of Non-performing Assets which have eaten into the vitals of India’s...
The Yamuna in Delhi is a sorry sight. Photo: Anil Shakya

Is this Life?

Though the Uttarakhand High Court has given an order granting “living entity” status to rivers Ganga and Yamuna, this will help save them only...
Anthony Lawrence

Down in the Dumps!

Can the government make it mandatory for hotels and restaurants to give access to the general public to their toilets based on Article 15(2)...
Ayodhya dispute: Temple Tensions Rise Again

Ayodhya dispute: Temple Tensions Rise Again

The overwhelming victory of the BJP in the UP assembly elections fuels expectations that the party would use its electoral majority to build the...
India Legal Show discusses Babri Masjid dispute

India Legal Show discusses Babri Masjid dispute

Religious leaders from the Hindu and Muslim community, politicians and former judges express their viewpoints on the programme telecast on APN News  The Supreme...
The Supreme Court’s refusal to bow to government pressure was first reported by India legal

SC Collegium-Govt tussle: India Legal exclusive gets huge traction

This is a story that refuses to go away. It is the long-standing story of the fight between the Executive and the Indian judiciary....
Explicit ads for condoms are meant to attract consumers. Photo: UNI

Condom ads: Reviving a Controversy

Last year, the government had submitted to the Supreme Court that no legislation would be introduced to ban explicit pictures on condom packets and...
The drug price regulator has asked stent-makers and hospitals to display the new prices of stents on their websites. Photo: UNI

Stent prices: Stop the Loot

A PIL has led the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority to fix the price of stents, thereby providing a huge relief to heart patients. Stent-makers...
Arun Jaitley (photo: Rajeev Tyagi); Ram Jethmalani (photo: Anil Shakya

Battle of the Legal Eagles

The Delhi High Court was recently transfixed by the fierce barbs thrown by two veteran lawyers, Ram Jethmalani and Arun Jaitley, at each other...
The Okhla Timarpur Waste to Energy plant, managed by Jindal Urban Infrastructure Limited. Photo: Anil Shakya

Poison in the Air

NGT’s judgment allowing the operation of the Okhla Waste to Energy plant has brought environmental jurisprudence into question and jeopardised the lives of those...
Police nab the accused in the case relating to the molestation of a Malyalam actress in Kochi

Sex offenders: Branded for Life?

Kerala will be the first state to start such a registry in an attempt to reform these criminals and keep better track of them....
Picture: Anil Shakya

Does the EC have enough teeth to punish errant candidates?

The recent India Legal show tried to analyse the effect of powers vested with the poll watchdog As election fever rises during assembly polls in...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Finally, the government has stepped in to arrest the spread of antibiotic resistance that is now threatening our lives. It will soon have to...
India Legal show discusses CBI’s credibility. Photo: Anil Shakya

India Legal show discusses CBI’s credibility

India's premier investigative agency CBI is once again in the headlines but for a wrong reason. While former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha is already...
Kalikho Pul’s (right) widow Dangwimsai interacting with media after withdrawing her petition before the Supreme Court. Photo Kalikho Pul: UNI. Photo Dangwimsai: Anil Shakya

Kalikho Pul’s suicide: More than Meets the Eye

The 60-page note of the former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister has created a sensation in legal and political circles. But does it offer enough...
grab: Anil Shakya

India Legal show discusses Sasikala and Shahabuddin verdicts

The panel agreed that both the judgments delivered by the Supreme Court have sent a strong message to the corrupt as well as criminal-turned...
This majestic property bequeathed by Raja Mohammed Amir Mohammad Khan of Mahumudabad in UP is under a cloud

Enemy Property Act: Controversial Ordinance

Thousands of Muslims could lose the property inherited from their ancestors who moved to Pakistan under a new ordinance issued by the government ~By Ramesh...
People spending hours waiting to access their own bank accounts, post-demonetisation. Digitalizing the nation seems like a cruel joke

Demons of Digitalisation

Post-demonetisation, many online frauds are coming to light and police stations are getting complaints of people losing their life’s savings to tricksters. Is India...
Violence against women has been on the rise in Meghalaya for the last few years. Photo: UNI

Shillong’s Shame

The involvement of a powerful politician in the repeated rape of a minor has exposed the thriving sex racket in Meghalaya and embarrassed the...
AugustaWestland helicopter

PIL against journalists in AgustaWestland

The petition wants Supreme Court to examine if they were allegedly paid in the deal to influence the government. Will more skeletons tumble out...
Anil Shakya

Should freedom of expression be allowed in films?

The recent India Legal Show on APN News discussed the issue at lengthFilm buffs have had much to ponder about recently. Two films, yet...
Editor-in-Chief, India Legal, Inderjit Badhwar explains the rationale behind the fortnightly going weekly from February, starting this issue

THE WEEK THAT IS

~By Inderjit Badhwar Starting with this issue of India Legal our fortnightly takes on a new avatar—we go weekly. The transition, long in the making, is...
India Legal Show

India Legal show debates poll promises

As political parties talk about freebies during election speeches, India Legal show takes a call on whether such practices are legal With assembly elections in...
Jallikattu protestors in Bengaluru; Supreme Court

Will jallikattu set a social precedent?

Many larger issues emerge from the bull-taming bill in Tamil Nadu ~By Meha Mathur While the state of Tamil Nadu has circumvented the Supreme Court ordered...
India Legal show debates Jallikattu

India Legal show debates Jallikattu

Violence continued to rock Tamil Nadu over jallikattu, even after the state government had promulgated a new ordinance to continue the bull-taming sport in...
Parents of children suffering from the after-effects of Endosulfan poisoning stage a dharna in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: UNI

SC asks Kerala to pay Rs 500-cr for poisoning

The Supreme Court has asked Kerala to pay this compensation to victims of Endosulfan poisoning, giving a ray of hope for their slow rehabilitation...
India Legal show debates on IT exemptions for parties. Photo; Bhavna Gaur

India Legal show debates on IT exemption for parties

The issue of jawans’ right to complain about poor service conditions in the army and paramilitary forces also came up for discussionThe recent India...
Interview of Chintan Chandrachud 2

“We emphasise too much on getting it right and not enough on getting it...

Dr Chintan Chandrachud, at an early age, has carved a niche for himself in the field of law. Coming from a renowned lawyer family,...
Lead Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Digital Gambit

Even as Indians are being exhorted to go cashless, there are few security systems in place, no infrastructure to deal with IT offences and...
Inderjit Badhwar 16/01/2017

Lessons For Mr Urjit Patel

Arun Shourie is not only a journalist, as most Indians see him, but also a towering man of letters, a former BJP Union minister,...
People standing in long queues to exchange their old notes at a bank in Agartala. Photo: UNI

The Great Bank Bail-in

The proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill 2016 may seem a laudable measure to save sick banks. But it leaves innocent depositors by...
CAN EC INTERFERE IN BUDGET?

CAN EC INTERFERE IN BUDGET?

The recent India Legal show deliberated on whether the Union Budget should be postponed in the light of assembly elections in five states, starting...
A grab of the video on the discussion conducted by APN News in Rudhani, IP

Ballot Box

A discussion for APN News, hosted by India Legal Editor-in-Chief Inderjit Badhwar, reveals that the people of Ujhani in UP are extremely angry over demonetisation...
Inderjit Badhwar

What Really Counts

When the re-launch architects of India Legal began framing the editorial parameters of this magazine three years ago—in January 2014—we struggled to come up...
ILRF opens e-library in Varanasi district court

ILRF opens e-library in Varanasi district court

It is a gift from India Legal Research Foundation. Senior advocate and president of India Legal Research Foundation, Pradeep Rai, on Friday inaugurated an...
Hardik Patel being welcomed by supporters on arrival at his hometown Viramgam, after his release from Lajpore Central Jail in Surat, this year

Gujarat: BJP Blunders On

A new political axis has emerged in this state as OBCs, Dalits, Muslims and Patidars join hands to take on a government that seems...
India Legal Show

India Legal show discusses recent order on note ban

In the latest edition of India Legal show, news anchor Abhilasha talked to constitutional experts who discussed at length, the recent order of the...
Freelance journalist Namgay Zam has been slapped with a defamation notice by Sonam Phuntsho, a well-heeled businessman. Photo Ramesh Menon

Defamation case rocks Bhutan

In a first of its kind, this country has been rocked by a case that will determine free speech on social media. At the...

Fire safety: Zero Compliance

Fire safety has never been a priority in India. Though fire causes an average of 62 deaths per day, safety norms are flouted with...

Cherished Home of Democracy

History of parliament must-read for scholars By Bhartruhari Mahtab After a long night of darkness, India has emerged, in over seven decades, as the largest and...
A security guard trying to close the door against people queuing outside a bank in Kolkata. Photo: UNI

Demonetization: Wheels within the wheels

The past month has shown the travails caused by demonetization and the collateral damage it has left behind in all spheres of the economy....
Imaging: Anthony Lawrence

Scary Online Webcare

Demonetization has led to many patients opting for online consultations. But, the medical practitioner diagnosing you online may not even be a doctor… and...
The argument that Jallikattu was a cultural event and hence could not be curtailed was not accepted by the apex court

Jallikattu: Hitting the Bull’s Eye

The Supreme Court has once again shown its humane side by dismissing a petition of the Tamil Nadu government asking it to lift the...
Inderjit Badhwar (The Demonetization Reality Show)

THE DEMONETIZATION REALITY SHOW

My colleague Dilip Bobb, now senior managing editor of India Legal, and I had just wound up a popular talk show on APN news...
Grab of APN Channel Show 'Afat' Kaal

APN’s special show deconstructs demonetization

The jury is still out on whether it was a wise decision. Will the surgical strike on black money yield the desired result or...

Cyber Mayhem!

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

MP’s Jailhouse Rock

The killing of eight SIMI undertrials by the Bhopal police has raised many uncomfortable questions and could lead to a protracted legal battle By...
A patient undergoing dialysis

Transplant Trauma

While transplantation of human organs has given a new lease of life to many, those between unmatched donors is risky and expensive and patients...
(L-R) The Taj Hotel up in flames after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks; Soldiers guard near the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in January this year, after an attack on it. Photo: UNI

Isolating the “Mother Ship” of Terrorism

In a move to tighten the screws on Pakistan, a private member’s bill wants our neighbor to be declared a terrorist state in the...
Muslim women hold placards in support of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board during a signature campaign in Ahmedabad.

UCC: Code of Controversy

As the center pushes for a Uniform Civil Code, it triggers a storm of protests and conflicting opinions on the timing and intent. It...
Muslims attend a rally against a proposed Uniform Civil Code and demand a reservation quota in colleges and in government jobs in Mumbai. Photo: UNI; Muslim women participating in a protest against Uniform Civil Code in Surat

Firoz Bakht Ahmed: Down with the Personal Law Board

Most Muslims agree that they do not require bodies such as All India Muslim Personal Law Board but would want ones that address and...
Transgender

Sexual minorities: the long and lonely road

A report on human rights violations on the basis of sexuality and gender identity in South Asia has shown how deep-rooted attitudes continue to...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

The foreign hand in political funding

Only 20 percent of the income of political parties can be traced. What about the rest? By Usha Rani Das In 2014, the Delhi High Court...
Journey of Bill 330; Photo: UNI

Legislating a law

When a bill journeys through parliament, it goes through an elaborate process. What finally emerges from the parliamentary crucible is unassailable. By Devender Singh Come every...
Grab of APN News

Why was Shahabuddin granted bail?

India Legal show debates whether Nitish Kumar’s government is to be blamed for the RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin getting bail By India Legal Bureau On October...
Girls married early are denied the right to proper education, health and other privileges. Photo: UNI

Dangerous Liaisons

Retaining the minimum age of marriage for a girl at 15 under the amended law has made many child brides vulnerable to abuse. The...
Protests by students of JNU have been dubbed as seditious and anti-national. Photo: UNI

Section 124A—Scrap it or Tame it

The NGO Common Cause had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking amendments in Section 124A of IPC. The apex court dismissed the...
Surrogacy Bill 2016: Womb worries

Surrogacy Bill 2016: Womb worries

A bill to ban commercial surrogacy is fraught with complications that will invariably drive it underground, endangering the health and interests of the surrogate...
Silent protests in Maharashtra over the killing of a 14-year-old girl in Kopardi village in Ahmednagar

Maharashtra: Uprising of the Marathas

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

Madras High Court hit by fund crunch

In a sign of growing tension, the Tamil Nadu government has not given enough funds for the judiciary, forcing the Madras High Court to...
Inderjit Badhwar, editor-in-chief, India Legal, Magazine,
<