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Manual scavenging: Lies, Damned Lies And Numbers

Manual scavenging: Lies, Damned Lies And Numbers

Over 25 years after it was banned by an Act, the practice continues and many states have taken the easy way out by outrightly...

National Clean Air Programme: No Goal in Sight

Above: Smoggy skies over Delhi The lack of a legal mandate and clear fiscal strategy coupled with a meagre Rs 300 crore allocation means...

DNA: Gold Standard in Probes

Above: Forensic officials inspect  restaurant premises in Bengaluru after a fire killed five people/Photo: UNI The passing of DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill...

India’s ‘walking god’ passes away aged 111

Above: PM Modi with the 111-year-old Lingayat pontiff Dr Shivakumara Swami in Karnataka (file picture) By Stephen David India’s oldest pontiff Dr Shivakumara Swami, who...

Astrologer KN Rao: Future Perfect

Astrology as a science is growing in India and one of its foremost proponents is the former director-general of the Indian Audit and Accounts...
Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah

Media Watch

Selective Tears? On January 16, online portal The Wire ran a story claiming that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had left for New York to receive...

Model Code Should be Extended to New Media

Above: The EC had sent Rahul Gandhi a notice after he gave an interview a day prior to the final phase of voting in...
Le Meridien-NDMC Tussle

Le Meridien-NDMC Tussle: Murky Matters

A longstanding financial dispute between Le Meridian and NDMC threatens to change the fate of Le Meridian hotel known for its impeccable service  By...

The Litigant Strikes Again

The lawyer and spokesperson for the Delhi BJP, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, has taken up numerous issues affecting the public at large, and his fight...
Modi’s Last Chance: 2019-20 Interim-Budget

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

By Sanjiv Bhatia In a few weeks, the Finance Minister will present the country’s budget for the fiscal year 2019-20. It will be the last...
Kerala Admits Plea Over Misuse Of Flood Relief Funds

Kerala Admits Plea Over Misuse Of Flood Relief Funds

The Kerala Lokayukta has sent notice to the chief minister and other ministers in response to a complaint that the government has been misusing...
Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

Woman Who Entered Sabarimala Returns Home, Is Beaten Up By Mother In Law

Kanakadurga, among the first women to enter the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala earlier this month was attacked by her mother-in-law as she returned home...
A representative pic depicting sexual harassment at workplace/Photo: Anil Shakya

Time Limit For Filing Sexual Harassment Complaints May Be Waived

Above: A representative pic depicting sexual harassment at workplace/Photo: Anil Shakya A government committee headed by a special secretary in the Union Home ministry is...
Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri

Alok Verma’s sacking: After political uproar, Justice Sikri withdraws consent for post-retirement job

Justice Sikri had given his consent in December to be nominated by the Centre as member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal Amid a...

Lankesh Killing: Linking Four “Murders”

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Journalist Gauri Lankesh, writer MM Kalburgi and activists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar The apex court has asked the CBI...

GST Revenues: Where’s the Money, Honey?

Above: Akhil Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal activists protesting against GST in Lucknow/Photo: UNI In a seemingly worrying development, there has been a drop in...
Delhi Durbar

DELHI DURBAR

THE RUMBLINGS WITHIN BJP President Amit Shah recently overhauled the party organisation and constituted several committees for different tasks related to the Lok Sabha polls...

Reservation Ruckus

Above: Demonstrators at a Jat Aarakshan Adhikar rally demanding reservation for the community The centre’s move to have 10 percent quota for the econo­mically poor...
Attorney General KK Venugopal/Photo: Anil Shakya

Constitutional Morality: Eight Burning Questions

Above: Attorney General KK Venugopal/Photo: Anil Shakya One of India’s top legal scholars sparks off a new debate by pondering the issue of the basic...
Rahul Gandhi

NCW Notice To Rahul Gandhi for “Misogynistic” and “Unethical” Remarks Against Defence Minister

The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his “misogynistic and unethical” remarks against Defence Minister Nirmala...

A quiz on Constitution Law to mark Nani Palkhivala Birth Centenary Celebrations

A quiz on Constitution Law will be held in New Delhi on February 3 to commemorate Nani Palkhivala Birth Centenary Celebrations. The quiz will see...

Right Wing Women Activists Arrested While Trying To Enter Vavar Mosque In Sabarimala

In what is clearly a tit for tat move, right wing activists who tried to send a team of women to the Vavar mosque...

“The Use of Religion is a Potent Threat to Secular Democracy”

Above: Photo Credit UNI In the book “Politics, Religion and Judiciary in India”, which has been published by Har-Anand Publications Pvt Ltd, DR HANS RAJ...

Handle with Kid Gloves

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya In today’s wired world, children are most vulnerable to online exploitation and sexual predators. Sadly, India has the highest rates...

Concurrent List: The Nation Comes First

Above: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairing the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council in New Delhi/Photo: UNI  The Telangana CM has...

MEDIA WATCH

Prime Time ANI Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent interview with ANI editor Smita Prakash drew immediate flak from opposition parties, particularly the Congress. Spokesman Randeep...
In Defence of Animal Rights

In Defence of Animal Rights

Above: Youth trying to tame a bull during a Jallikattu event at Alanganallur village near Madura/Photo: UNI Few would disagree that former Chief Justice of...
Shashi Tharoor

Bill that seeks to remove outdated provisions in anti-blasphemy, obscenity laws introduced in Parliament

By Naved Ahmed Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor has brought forward a private bill named “Freedom of Literature Bill” in the Lok Sabha. The private...

Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016: New amendments proposed keeping in mind illegal influx of Rohingyas...

~By Sankalan Pal Recent amendments have been suggested in The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 to amend The Citizenship Act, 1955 keeping in mind the recent...

Legislation regulating use of DNA Technology beckons speedy delivery of justice

~By Sankalan Pal The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, which is pending before the Government, if passed, shall be introduced as a new...
Madras High Court

Tamil Nadu To Ban Non-reusable Plastic From New Year’s Day

Tamil Nadu  will implement a state-wide plastic ban in the coming year after the Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition challenging the order. The...

Justice P S Teji To Head Police Complaints Authority

Justice P S Teji is being appointed the Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority of Delhi. Justice Teji retired as Delhi High Court judge in August this...

Do Diagnostics Qualify as Drugs?

Above: A diagnostic centre in Mohali, Punjab/Photo: justdial.com The ICMR floating a National List of Essential Diagnostics could pave the way for more Indians to...

Kartarpur Sahib: Give and Take Policy

Above: Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan/Courtesy: YouTube After the Kartarpur shrine in Pakistan was opened to Indian pilgrims, the Punjab government has proposed a land...

Reservation in Gujarat: A State on the Edge

Above: Patidar and OBC groups clash in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI Even as Maharashtra handed out reservation sops to Marathas, Gujarat came out with a list of...

Online Pharmacies: Caught in a Dangerous Web

The sale of medicines through e-pharmacies violates the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and the Pharmacy Act puts the health and life of people at...

The Seat of Arbitration

Few would disagree that former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra left his stamp on the judiciary. This can be viewed through the prism...

“Judiciary Cannot be a Law unto Itself”

In a post-script to the Introduction of the reprint of the book, “The Judiciary and Governance in India”, which is being brought out by...

Media Watch

Spinmaster Anchor India Today TV consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai tries to find a cricket connection every time he opens his mouth or sets out to...

Mass Killings: How About a Law for Genocide?

Above: Vehicles burnt during the Gujarat riots/Photo: Pramod Pushkarna Sajjan Kumar’s conviction shows the need for this law in India which has often been rocked...
Rafale Deal

Rafale Deal: Government bought Only 36 Planes For Quick Delivery

R Madhavan, chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) waded into the Rafale controversy saying that the public sector owned plane maker was capable of...

ED Grills Chidambaram in INX Media Case

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate at the probe agency's office in the capital after he was summoned...

Sajjan Kumar Quits Congress, Sends Resignation Letter To Rahul

Former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar was on Monday sentenced to life-time imprisonment for his role in the 1984-anti Sikh riots has resigned from the...
Sabarimala Temple

No Woman Yet, But Four Transgenders Make It To Sabarimala

No woman may have been able to visit Sabarimala and pray at the Lord Ayyappa temple despite the Supreme Court decreeing that they be...

DELHI DURBAR

Fall of a Yogi Narendra Modi and Amit Shah will officially share the blame for last week’s embarrassing loss in the Hindi heartland to the...
Yechury Punctures Stalin

Yechury Punctures Stalin’s Proposal to Name Rahul as Oppn PM Candidate

CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury on MK Stalin proposing Rahul Gandhi's name for prime ministerial candidate: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, we learn from our...
Rahul Gandhi

Gehlot, Kamal Nath, Baghel take oath as CM in Presence of Rahul

Congress Rahul Gandhi took to the air on Monday crisscrossing vast swathes of north India to be personally present at Jaipur, Bhopal and Raipur...

MEDIA WATCH

Scoop-master’s Voice His Master’s Voice, which is now the commonly used nickname to describe Arnab Goswami’s  Republic TV which out-foxes America’s  Fox TV in its ...
Triple-talaq

AIMPLB: Will Ensure Talaq Bill Is Not Passed In Rajya Sabha

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that it will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Triple Talaq bill...

America in Wonderland?

Above: Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit/Photo: UNI As US special prosecutor Robert Mueller probes deeper into...

Acting as a Saviour

Few would disagree that former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra left his stamp on the judiciary. This can be viewed through the prism...

Death Row Inmates: Scaling Down Sentences

Above: Justice Kurien Joseph revived the death penalty debate in one of his last judgments/Photo: Anil Shakya Recent court judgments have tended to take a...
Rahul Gandhi

Rahul To Pick Chhattisgarh CM Today, All three CMs to Be Sworn in Monday

The Congress is all set to name its Chief Minister for Chattisgarh on Saturday. Congress had won 68 seats in the assembly elections and...
Politics across the Himalayas

Politics across the Himalayas

~By Pushp Saraf With Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepting the resignation of Thupstan Chhewang, a formidable leader of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, from...

Armed With Rafale Clean Chit from SC, BJP Goes on Offensive, Seeks Rahul’s Apology

No sooner had the three member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi given a cleat chit to the Modi government, its...

Demolition Work of Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Begins

Photo Source: Twitter/ANI Preliminary work to demolish the shelter home in Muzaffarpur began on Thursday under the magistrate’s supervision.This was after the local municipal corporation...

A Giant Sardar On The Narmada, Small Replicas In Gujarat Schools And Colleges

After splurging nearly Rs 3000 Crores on the gigantic statue of unity of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Gujarat government is seemingly in a hurry...
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University

Delhi Govt Seeks Report On Univ Law Faculty Question On Muslim Man Killing...

Above: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi campus. The Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in Delhi has constituted a committee  and sought a report within 10...
PNB Scam accused Nirav Modi (file picture)

Debt Recovery Tribunal Slaps Notice On Nirav Modi, Gives Time Till Jan 15, 2019...

The Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) on Monday issued notice to jeweller on the run Nirav Modi, his family members and his companies to recover...

Electric Vehicles: All Charged Up

Above: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the handing over ceremony of e-rickshaws to the Senegalese ambassador/Photo: UNI The Delhi government’s plan to introduce e-vehicles...

Exam Scam: Nothing Vibrant Here

Above: Two BJP workers among four arrested in the  paper leak case in Gandhinagar/Photo: UNI Gujarat state’s popular slogan got a beating when an exam...

Sabarimala: The Economic Cost

A three-member panel appointed by the High Court visited the temple and examined facilities, and questioned the police on the restrictions imposed there which...

The Killing Fields

Above: Vehicles on fire at Bulandshahr The dastardly act shows that non-state actors are taking the law into their own hands in the name of...

Erosion of Power

Above: Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal’s interference with police administration contributed to the Akalis’ defeat in the state polls/Photo: UNI The apex court’s order...

A SLICE OF HISTORY

Courts are visited by all and sundry, but rarely does a visitor pause to admire the architecture of these stately buildings. A first-of-its-kind book...

Need for amendment to Section 378 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1973

By Aabad Ponda Chapter XXIX Of The Criminal Procedure Code 1973 deals with appeals. An appeal is a creature of the statute and no...

Why Aires Rodrigues v. Vishwajeet P. Rane (2017 SCC OnLine SC 219) may need...

By Aabad Ponda "Justice is not a cloistered virtue; she must be allowed to suffer the scrutiny and respectful, though outspoken, comments of ordinary men."...
Agusta, an Indian Affair Now

UK High Commission Seeks Consular Access To Chopper Scam Accused Michel

The British High Commission has sought consular access to Christian Michel, the Briton who was sent to a five-day custody of the CBI on...
Sabarimala Temple

Kerala HC Appointed Observer Panel To Visit Sabarimala Today

The Kerala High Court appointed three member committee of observers  for Sabarimala have made it clear that they will not interfere in matters relating...

Auditing Firms: Scandal Hits Big Four

Above: Department store chain BHS (top) shut down in 2016/Photo: commons.wikimedia.org The collapse of some leading British companies has forced the Competition and Markets Authority...

Saving Trees: Let’s Go Green

Above: The apex court has stepped in to protect Karnataka's green cover/Photo: Stephan David  The apex court has appointed an amicus curiae to look into...

Board Examinations: Blatant Bias

Above: Students in Gujarat appearing for the state Boards are being asked to specify online if they are Muslim/photo: UNI A PIL has been filed...

Organ Donation: Rewarding a Noble Act

Above: Union Minister JP Nadda (left) handing an organ donation card to a donor in New Delhi/Photo: UNI The government has proposed social support of...

Crackdown on Erring Officials: Heavy Price for Pollution

Above: Fire-fighters dousing flames at a dumping ground in Ghaziabad/Photo: Anil Shakya In a novel and stern order, the Supreme Court has said that government...

Importance of Ethics: A Question of Integrity

Above: Lawyers of Patna High Court protest against the proposed Advocates (Amendment) Bill/Photo: UNI  The legal profession is governed by a moral code that...

Notice to Aaj Tak: The Jury Is Still Out

Above: The Aaj Tak promos show a lawyer, a doctor and a real estate agent in poor light, causing protests from the Bar Council...

ACB Says Major Lapses On Ajit Pawar’s Part In Rs 70,000 Cr Irrigation Scam

The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has informed the Bombay High Court that the probe into the alleged multi-crore irrigation scam has revealed major lapses...
The Allahabad High Court

The Case For A High Court Bench At Meerut

  ~By Rajendra Singh Jani It is surprising that in spite of Uttar Pradesh being the “rape and crime capital of India” as rightly said by...
Bangalore Lawyers Accused of Harassing Intern Who Later Died Get Anticipatory Bail

Bangalore Lawyers Accused of Harassing Intern Who Later Died Get Anticipatory Bail

Two Bangalore based lawyers who were accused of sexually harassing an intern in their law firm have managed to get anticipatory bail. The law graduate...

For Want Of Written Order from SC, Kerala MLA Loses Assembly Seat

The 140 member Kerala assembly is one member less with the legislative secretariat announcing that KM Shaji, a Muslim League MLA from the Azhikode...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Prohibitory orders that are in force in and around the Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala are due to come to an end tonight but with...

Brexit: Knives Out for May

Above: Photo by UNI As the divorce nears, the prime minister is under attack from all quarters for the draft deal that has left Britain...

Chandrababu Naidu-CBI Tussle: Machiavellian Moves

Above: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee/Photo: UNI Though the AP CM has withdrawn the jurisdiction of the CBI...

Sabarimala: Left Is Not Right

Above: Trupti Desai at Kochi airport from where she returned without darshan/Photo: Trupti Desai/Facebook Infrastructure is hardly in place but the government’s hurry to implement...

Volkswagen: Deflated by a Chip

Above: A Volkswagen car being tested for emissions at California in 2015 VW’s ruse of introducing a secret code in its diesel vehicle for cheating...

RBI-Government Ties: Temporary Truce

Above: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses the Central Board of Directors of the RBI. In a meeting on Nov 19, the board acceded to...

CBI Case: Chief Justice Loses His Cool

Above: CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya Ranjan Gogoi’s outburst over a “leak” of confidential details in CBI director Alok Verma’s case runs counter to his...

Religion and the Courts

Above: Women were not allowed to enter the Haji Ali shrine until the SC intervened in 2016/Photo: UNI By PDT Achary The preamble of the...

Rule of Law

Above: After the Emergency, the SC introduced the “just, fair and reasonable” test in Article 21/Photo: IndiaHistorypic/Twitter By Prof Ranbir Singh The constitution of a...

Pet Lovers Take To Protest Two Days Before SC Takes Up Plea

Above: File picture of a Pet Lover  Hundreds of pet lovers from all over the capital took to a two day sit in at Jantar...

Delhi Bar Council Send Legal Notice To Aaj Tak For Painting Bad Picture Of...

Above - Representative Picture of Lawyers The Bar Council Of Delhi  has sent a legal notice to India’s premier newsTV channel Aaj Tak for painting...
Politics across the Himalayas

Buddhist unity despite politics

By Pushp Saraf Can Thupstan Chhewang, twice member of the Lok Sabha from the trans-Himalayan territory of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, become a rallying...

Cheaper, More Polluting Fuel From Satellite Cities Destroying Delhi Air

Petroleum dealers in the capital have said that the very purpose of introducing new emission standards by shifting to cleaner fuels from next year...
CBI special court grants bail to Kapil Khandelwal, one of the 33 accused in the PNB scam

PNB’s Unpaid Loans: Scorched Yet Again

In another case of lack of due diligence, India’s second-largest lender has gone to the British High Court against five Indians and an American...

Sarkar: Making Sense of Censorship

Above: A poster of the film Sarkar The Tamil film, Sarkar, rakes in the big bucks, but not before its producers bow to pressure from...

Ayushman Bharat Scheme: Live and Let Live

Above: Home Minister Rajnath Singh distributes Ayushman Bharat certificates to beneficiaries/Photo: UNI Though Delhi is yet to participate in this scheme, the centre plans to...

Gujarat “Rape” Case: Catching a Lie

Above: The Gujarat High Court had virtually conducted a mini-trial during a bail hearing in a POCSO matter The apex court pulled up the Gujarat...

Delhi Durbar

The Other Ananth The death of BJP leader Ananth Kumar elicited a flood of tributes to his personality and contribution to public life, except for...

Bihar Ex-Minister-On-The-Run Manju Verma Proclaimed “Absconder”

Former Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma who has been on the run for the last few weeks was on late Friday proclaimed an...

Sabarimala: Under Siege Kochi Airport Management Wants Women Activists Out

Above: Photo courtesy ANI The management of the Kochi airport, which was virtually under siege today after women’s activist Trupti Desai landed there early...

Naidu Govt Tells CBI: Stay Out Of AP

The Andhra Pradesh government has effectively barred the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) from interfering in any case that falls within the state’s borders. The...

Women Activists Stuck At Airport, None Ready To Ferry Them To Sabarimala

Activist Trupti Desai who fought for women’s right to enter temples in Maharashtra and other places and who has vowed to pray at the...

Enemy Property: Gone with the Wind

Above: Mehboobabad fort/ Picture Credit: Narendra Bisht In an attempt to shore up its revenue, the government plans to sell 6,50,75,877 enemy shares in care...

Woman Activists Plan to Visit Sabarimala On Nov 17, Write To Kerala CM, DGP...

Activist Trupti Desai  who has fought for womens rights  to pray in temples in Maharashtra and other places has written to the Kerala Chief Minister...

CBI invokes UAPA sections in the Dabholkar murder case

In the Narendra Dabolkar murder case, CBI has invoked Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) sections concerning to acts of terror against the accused who...
“Baba Ram Rahim Who?” Says Akshay Kumar After Getting SIT Summons

“Baba Ram Rahim Who?” Says Akshay Kumar After Getting SIT Summons

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar said on Monday he has “never, ever” met jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim even as he was...

Retd Civil Servants Urge CAG Not To Delay Reports On Rafale, Demonetization

Above: People showing demonetised notes outside RBI in New Delhi (file picture)/Photo: Anil Shakya Some of most respected retired civil servants have urged the Comptroller...

As Apex Court Gets Set For Sabarimala Review, Kerala Govt Calls All Party Meet

Even as the Supreme Court is all set to take up the clutch of review petitions challenging the Sep 28 order that permitted women...

Ram Statue: Stalling Tactics

Above: CM Yogi Adityanath and South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook (far left) with Ramlila artistes in Ayodhya /Photo: UNI Adityanath’s announcement of a Ram...

Bar Bribery Case: Bar Brawl Without End

Above: VS Achuthanandan has taken on the corrupt, both inside and outside his party/Photo: Praveenp/wikimedia.org The Kerala High Court order in the matter is a...

India’s Doing Business Index: No Rocket Science

Above: PM Narendra Modi with US business leaders in Washington, DC/Photo: UNI While there is a modest improvement, it is still hard to do business...

MEDIA WATCH

News is Good Muted celebrations are taking place at Archana complex in south Delhi, where NDTV operates from. After a prolonged period of financial turmoil...

Kerala Police Book State BJP Chief For Trying To Instigate Contempt of Court

The Kerala Police have registered a case on Thursday against BJP State president PS Sreedharan Pillai for his controversial speech on Sabarimala. He was...

Karnataka Lokayukta: Watchdog Loses Bite

Above: The Karnataka High Court will now decide on the restoration of the Lokayukta’s powers/Photo: Stephan David Though the JD(S) government in Karnataka had promised...

Protests Erupt in Sabarimala as Woman Seeks to enter Temple, is stopped by Devotees

After a relative peaceful opening day of the Sabarimala temple yesterday, tension prevailed at the hilltop shrine on Tuesday as a woman managed to...

Day One At Sabarimala Passes off Peacefully Amidst High Security

The Sabarimala temple that opened on Monday under a thick security blanket witnessed no untoward incidents. After a five hour long puja, the temple...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the then Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat visiting an exhibition during the launch of the Char Dham Rajmarg Vikas Pariyojna, in Dehradun (file picture)/Photo: UNI

Char Dham Project: No Highway to Heaven

Above: Prime Minister  Narendra Modi with the then Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat visiting an exhibition during the launch of the Char Dham Rajmarg...
NALSA: Waiting for the Midas Touch

NALSA: Waiting for the Midas Touch

Above: Photo Courtesy UNI Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s tenure as patron-in-chief of NALSA could herald some long-due reforms in this promising scheme for needy persons By...

Pollution in NCR: Capital Punishment

Above: The November smog takes away the shine of Delhi’s iconic India Gate area/Photo: UNI It is that time of the year when Delhi and...

DELHI DURBAR

Uncaged Parrot The chaos that the government has sunk the CBI into is likely to aggravate in the coming months. The Supreme Court, on November...

Medical College Admissions: Crackdown on Quack Factories

Above: The PK Das Medical College, Palakkad, one of the medical colleges whose admission process was annulled by the SC For the second time in...
Sabarimala Purification Is Contempt Of Supreme Court Verdict, Haul Up Head Priest: Kerala Minister

Tight Security In Sabarimala On Eve of Temple Opening

In a bid to ensure that the Supreme Court verdict on allowing women into the Sabarimala temple is implemented, the Kerala government has put...

MJ Akbar denies rape allegations by Pallavi Gogoi, says it was consensual relationship

MJ Akbar’s wife, Mallika, also issues statement saying Gogoi caused unhappiness and discord in her home 20 years ago Former Union minister MJ Akbar has...

#MeToo: US-based Indian-origin scribe alleges MJ Akbar raped her 23 years ago

Pallavi Gogoi is presently the chief business editor of America’s National Public Radio; she worked with Akbar at the Asian Age newspaper in Delhi...

Pati, Patni Aur WWW.

By Vrinda Agarwal Marriage breakups, divorce or separation are by nature acrimonious. One side, or sometimes both dig deep into the dirty tricks reservoir to...
Old Vehicles Plying on NCR Roads To Be Impounded

Old Vehicles Plying on NCR Roads To Be Impounded

Two days after the Supreme Court ordered a crackdown on old polluting vehicles from plying in the National Capital Region, the capital’s transport department...
Women Go To Sabarimala for 10 Secs Of TV Time: Minister Alphons

Women Go To Sabarimala for 10 Secs Of TV Time: Minister Alphons

Union Minister KJ Alphons has waded into familiar controversy territory when he said late Monday that the Muslim and Christian women who tried  but...
Amrapali

Supreme Court crackdown exposes massive frauds by Amrapali

Shocking details emerge as forensic auditors dig in to find details of how money paid by homebuyers were diverted to shell companies by Amrapali ~By...
Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

Above: President of Tamil Nadu BJP Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan ~By R Ramasubramanian  It seems that few BJP leaders skirmish with the judiciary in Tamil Nadu...
Have uniform marriageable age for men and women: NHRC urges Centre

Have uniform marriageable age for men and women: NHRC urges Centre

Rights panel also recommends that all marriages of minors be made void, marriage registrations be made compulsory Days after the Supreme Court declined to hear...
Lingayats: A Hot Potato

Lingayats: A Hot Potato

Above: Prime Minister Modi with prominent Lingayat leaders at a function in Belagavi, Karnataka The demand for a religious minority tag by Lingayats caste is...
UP RERA: A Path Less Trodden

UP RERA: A Path Less Trodden

UP RERA’s novel approach to a festering property crisis can take off only if there is a collective effort on the part of buyers,...
Sabarimala: A Lull in the Tempest

Sabarimala: A Lull in the Tempest

Above: Women protesting against the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Sabarimala Temple/Photo: UNI A clutch of review petitions on the Sabarimala temple issue will be...
Cracker Ban: Ready for a Green Diwali?

Cracker Ban: Ready for a Green Diwali?

Above: Shops will find it tough to procure green crackers at short notice/Photo: UNI The apex court has taken the middle path by avoiding a...
Election Commission: Be Free, Be Fair

Election Commission: Be Free, Be Fair

Above: The Election Commission’s role in ensuring free and fair polls has been challenged in recent times/Photo: Anil Shakya A recent petition in the Court...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

SHAH EN SHAH In the official hierarchy, the Chief Justice of India ranks just below the President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Governors, certainly way...
Centre Asks Internet Providers to Block 827 Porn Websites

Centre Asks Internet Providers to Block 827 Porn Websites

The Central government has directed Internet Service Providers to block 827 websites that host pornographic content. This follows an order of Uttarakhand High Court,...

Health of Citizens More Important Than Greed of Auto Industry: SC

The Supreme Court order on Wednesday to stop rolling out BS-IV automobiles by April 1, 2020 means that the Indian automakers along with components’...
City Wont Shut Down, You Will”, Furious Karnataka HC Tells Bengaluru Civic Body

City Wont Shut Down, You Will”, Furious Karnataka HC Tells Bengaluru Civic Body

The High Court of Karnataka strongly rebuked the Bengaluru City Corporation authorities  for their failure to fill all potholes in the city by the...
Three Gujarat Residents Move HC Invoking “Right To Privacy” For A Tipple

Three Gujarat Residents Move HC Invoking “Right To Privacy” For A Tipple

Three residents of Gandhinagar, the capital of “dry” Gujarfat have filed a petition before the Gujarat High Court challenging the state’s prohibition laws saying...
Supreme Court

SC Lambasts NGO saying “Judicial Time is Precious”

The Supreme Court came down heavily on an NGO that sought a SIT probe into allegations of nexus among politicians, bureaucrats, journalists and a...
Sabarimala: SC Gives Kerala Govt, Temple Board Two Weeks To File Reply

BJP, Congress Joining Hands to Subvert Sabarimala Verdict: Kerala CM Vijayan

Having failed to implement the Supreme Court order that allowed women between the ages of 10 and 50 to enter the Sabarimala temple, the...
A representative image of Punjab Police with criminals caught by them

Punjab Cops Use Aadhaar To Profile Kashmiri Students, Turn Blind Eye To SC Order

Above: A representative image of Punjab Police with criminals caught by them   By Vipin Pubby Attacks on Kashmiri students enrolled in private universities in Punjab...
“Internal Complaints Committees Often Stall the Inquiry Process

“Internal Complaints Committees Often Stall the Inquiry Process”

Above: Tahini Bhushan Amid the growing chorus of sexual harassment complaints, several professionals such as lawyers, therapists and psychologists, have come forward to offer services...
Sabarimala: Temple Board to Decide today on Stand to be taken in SC

Sabarimala: Temple Board to Decide today on Stand to be taken in SC

The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) that manages the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala will meet on Tuesday to decide on the stand it would...
#MeToo rocks India’s Advertising world

#MeToo rocks India’s Advertising world

With much of the focus of the #MeToo allegations being on the media, politics and Bollywood, comparatively little space has been given to its...
To Ban Or Not To Ban Firecrackers: SC Will Decide On Tuesday

To Ban Or Not To Ban Firecrackers: SC Will Decide On Tuesday

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday give verdict on multiple petitions that have sought a ban on the sale of firecrackers. The verdict is significant...
Nuns Who Protested Against Alleged “Rapist” Bishop Asked To Leave Convent

Priest who complained against Bishop Franco Mulakkal found dead in church premises

A priest who had filed a complaint against Bishop Franco Mulakkal was found dead in Jalandhar on Monday morning. 60-year-old father Kuriakose Kattuthara was found...
CIC to PMO: Give details of corruption complaints against union ministers and action taken

CIC to PMO: Give details of corruption complaints against union ministers and action taken

Photo credit: BJP Twitter handle The Central Information Commission has directed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to reveal details about complaints of corruption received against...
Aadhaar verdict: Summary of the majority judgment

Private telecom companies still flouting SC order on Aadhaar

Private telecom companies are still using the biometric data for Aadhaar verification despite the Supreme Court order last September asking them not to do...
Swachh Bharat: The Waste Land

Swachh Bharat: The Waste Land

India’s municipal solid waste (MSW) problems are solvable. They can be achieved by spending less than half the money currently allocated to municipal budgets...
Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan (far left) releasing the draft India Cooling Action Plan/Photo: ozonecell.in

Energy Efficiency: How Cool is This?

Above: Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan (far left) releasing the draft India Cooling Action Plan/Photo: ozonecell.in As cooling demands are set to rise, India becomes the...
Justice AD Jagadish Chandra of the Madras High Court allowed the petition against CM Palaniswami

CBI Investigation: On the Brink

Above: Justice AD Jagadish Chandra of the Madras High Court allowed the petition against CM Palaniswami After Jayalalithaa’s death, Tamil Nadu has hurtled from...
MJ Akbar Case: The Defamation Defence

MJ Akbar Case: The Defamation Defence

Above: MJ Akbar, former MoS for External Affairs, will fight out allegations levelled at him by journalist Priya Ramani The former Union minister MJ Akbar’s...
Reports of more women heading for Sabarimala keep local police on high alert

Reports of more women heading for Sabarimala keep local police on high alert

Security at all points leading to the Sabarimala temple have been intensified amidst reports that more women were planning to enter the temple premises...
NCW’s special #MeToo email ID for reporting harassment cases

NCW’s special #MeToo email ID for reporting harassment cases

The National Commission for Women on Thursday urged women to send their #MeToo stories to their dedicated email ID: ncw.metoo@gmail.com. based on  which action...
Sabarimala stand-off bring Kerala to a halt

Sabarimala stand-off brings Kerala to a halt

The former president of the Travancore Devaswom Board, which runs more than 700 temples across Kerala including the Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala which is...
High Courts are coming forward ensuring the protection & liberty of homosexual couples

High Courts are coming forward ensuring the protection & liberty of homosexual couples

~By Naved Ahmed Within weeks of the Supreme Court Judgment which decriminalized homosexuality, high courts around the country have been taking steps to ensure to...
MJ Akbar

#MeToo: Highlights of the Day

MJ Akbar’s much-touted ‘team of 97 lawyers’ was either a media error, as journalists wrote this without doing due diligence, or deliberately committed...
END OF IMPUNITY: Thanks to (from left) Sandhya Menon, Tanushree Dutta, Nasreen Khan, Priya Ramani and a few more good women

The Floccinaucinihilipilification of #MeToo

~By Sucheta Dasgupta By focussing on the legal way forward for the women complainants and worrying about the future of the #MeToo movement, are we...
NSUI chief steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

NSUI chief steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

Fairoz Khan, the national president of National Student Union of India (NSUI) has stepped down from his post following charges of sexual harassment and...
Women devotees and right wing protestors clash over Sabarimala Temple

Women devotees and right wing protestors clash over Sabarimala Temple

Above: Right wing organizations carrying a protest march against the Sabarimala verdict (file pic)/Photo: ANI   Tense situations prevailed in and around Sabarimala Temple on...
Migrant labourers have been fleeing Gujarat in hordes, using every possible conveyance/Photo: Twitter

The Exodus

Above: Migrant labourers have been fleeing Gujarat in hordes, using every possible conveyance/Photo: Twitter Politics seems to be behind the fleeing of labour from this...
Police Training: Setting New Guidelines

Police Training: Setting New Guidelines

After the killing of an Apple executive by a constable, the top police brass has started training its force on soft skills. But will...
NHRC: A Toothless Tiger?

NHRC: A Toothless Tiger?

The National Human Rights Commission commemorates its 25th anniversary, but does it have anything to celebrate? Human rights scholars Sanjoy Hazarika and Sarthak Roy...
A West Bengal school that got aid from Sachin Tendulkar under MPLADS

MPLADS: Plug the Loopholes

Above: A West Bengal school that got aid from Sachin Tendulkar under MPLADS More than two decades after its inception in 1993, this laudable scheme...
Picture by Anil Shakya

CJI Ranjan Gogoi: A Man in a Hurry

The new chief justice’s obsession with pendency, his impatience with case mentioning and his strictness with deviant behaviour are sure signs that he will...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

TAKING ON THE PM That there has been simmering tension, born out of an intoxicating cocktail of ambition and insecurity, between Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

Raid on Quint More than a dozen income tax officials raided the residence and offices of Raghav Bahl, founder of the Network 18 group and...
Social Media: Breach Of Contract

Social Media: Breach Of Contract

Above: The Facebook headquarters in the US. The latest data breach is the third in six months/Photo: 1epa.orgb The latest hack of Facebook, compromising several...
Metro: Rough Ride

Metro: Rough Ride

When travel demand is exploding in cities, why are public transport systems experiencing stagnation, with the marginal costs of system expansion far exceeding the...
In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Above: The damaged SUV belonging to slain Apple India executive Vivek Tiwari The killing of an Apple India executive by constables in Lucknow once again...
Himalayan Bugyals: The Hills Are Not So Alive…

Himalayan Bugyals: The Hills Are Not So Alive…

Above: A trekkers’ camp on a bugyal. The HC ban will hit this activity which is part of the state’s tourism economy/Photo: aquaterra.in A High...
National Anti-Profiteering Authority: Consumer is King

National Anti-Profiteering Authority: Consumer is King

Above: The order against Pyramid Infratech Pvt Ltd is significant and the first in the realty sector A landmark order by the NAA in...
Gir Lions: Dying for Pride

Gir Lions: Dying for Pride

Above: Though lions are one of the mainstays of tourism in Gujarat, yet the state government has failed to take action for their welfare/Photo:...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

Cross-border Strategy When in doubt, attack Pakistan. The BJP, faced with rising anger from farmers, the unemployed and other sections, has adoped that fail-safe strategy...
‘Two term policy have worked well in USA. We want to bring it in Sikkim as well’

“Two-term policy has worked well in USA. We want to bring it in Sikkim...

Ace footballer and politician Bhaichung Bhutia in an exclusive interview to India Legal’s sister concern APN tells about his newly formed party Hamro Sikkim...
Photo by Anil Shakya

CJI Ranjan Gogoi fake twitter handle surfaces; case registered

Barely days after he was sworn in as chief justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi is already an unsuspecting victim of social media. A twitter...
Many households left out of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

Many households left out of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

According to a circular issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the Modi government’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana is targeted...
Three scientists win Nobel in Chemistry

Three scientists win Nobel in Chemistry

American scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter have won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for harnessing the principles of evolution...
Potholes: Driven to Death

Potholes: Driven to Death

Above: Potholes in Bengaluru are among the leading cause of road mishaps The Karnataka High Court has had to step in to curb the potholes...
Maryam Sharif

Pakistan: Judiciary and Politics

Above: Nawaz Sharif (left) and Maryam Nawaz were jailed for alleged corruption/Photo: UNI With the courts ordering the release of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter,...
Manual Scavenging: Life Is The Pits

Manual Scavenging: Life Is The Pits

Above: A protest in Delhi against the non-implementation of the manual scavenging ban Though legislation outlawing Manual Scavenging is in place, rampant violations across the...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

THE RAJAN HIT LIST The BJP has made its fight against corruption the cornerstone of its poll campaign and outreach to the voting public. That...
Death Penalty For Rapists: Hanging By a Thread

Advertorials and News: Paid and Puffed

Above: The Election Commission of India/Photo: Anil Shakya In a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court, the Election Commission has said that repeated laudatory...
Church Under Attack: Not in God’s Name

Church Under Attack: Not in God’s Name

Above: Franco Mulakkal is taken into custody by the Kerala Police after nuns in the state agitated on the streets/Photo: UNI India’s first rape-accused bishop...
Iconic Taj Mansingh to be auctioned tomorrow; fate of employees uncertain

Iconic Taj Mansingh to be auctioned tomorrow; fate of employees uncertain

If the Tata Group fails to retain its flagship hospitality property, hundreds on its staff at the hotel could lose their job with the...
Mallya’s Extradition: A Jigsaw Puzzle

Mallya’s Extradition: A Jigsaw Puzzle

Above: Fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya still has plenty of options and his trial may not end in his deportation/Photo: UNI Unravelling this case will be...
Law Officers: Short Sighted

Law Officers: Short Sighted

With vacancies in the government’s legal team remaining unfilled for several months, it is not clear how the centre hopes to fulfil its litigation...
Members of women’s rights organisations protest over the Rewari gangrape in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Rewari Gang Rape: All Bark, No Bite

Above: Members of women’s rights organisations protest over the Rewari gangrape in New Delhi/Photo: UNI Barely months after the assembly passed a legislation to award...
Muslim women celebrating after the passage of the instant triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha/Photo: UNI

Triple Talaq Ordinance: Split Wide Open

Above: Muslim women celebrating after the passage of the instant triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha/Photo: UNI The centre has cited “compelling reasons” for...
RK Pachauri Case: Toxic Environment

RK Pachauri Case: Toxic Environment

More than three years after a complaint was filed by a female colleague, a Delhi court has ordered framing of sexual harassment charges against...
Trump and Modi

Delhi Durbar

Trump and Modi What do world leaders talk about when they meet one on one, apart from pressing bilateral issues? Offer advice on related issues....
Capt Amarinder Singh and Harpreet Singh Sidhu whom he had handpicked to head the STF

Punjab: Cop versus Cop

Above: Capt Amarinder Singh and Harpreet Singh Sidhu whom he had handpicked to head the STF For a border state that has been in the...
Youth Congress activists demanding the resignation of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

From Vyapam To E-Tender

Above: Youth Congress activists demanding the resignation of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan As the din over e-bid tampering threatens to engulf Shivraj Singh Chouhan,...
Prodded by the Supreme Court, the Yogi Adityanath government is restoring anticipatory bail in Uttar Pradesh/Photo: UNI

Anticipatory Bail: Bailed out!

Above: Prodded by the Supreme Court, the Yogi Adityanath government is restoring anticipatory bail in Uttar Pradesh/Photo: UNI Scrapped during the Emergency with the intention...
Drugstores will now have clarity about FDCs/Photo: 1ohww.org

Fixed-Dose Combination Drugs: A Festering Wound

Above: Drugstores will now have clarity about FDCs/Photo: 1ohww.org With the health ministry banning the manufacture, sale and distribution of 328 drugs, the endless battle...
Lack of civic sense has turned our cities into open garbage dumps/Photo: Anil Shakya

Solid Waste Management: Waste of a Building

Above: Lack of civic sense has turned our cities into open garbage dumps/Photo: Anil Shakya State governments are hurriedly formulating policies after the Supreme Court...
Photo by Anil Shakya

Section 377: Brothers in Arms

Though Section 377 has been repealed, Section 46(c) of the Army Act is still valid and makes homosexual relations in the armed forces a...
Tamil Nadu cabinet recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins to Governor

Tamil Nadu cabinet recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins to Governor

Seven convicted for the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi have been in prison for the past 27 years; death sentences of three had...
Fake Voters: Free and Fake Franchise?

Fake Voters: Free and Fake Franchise?

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The apex court snub to the Election Commission over sharing the voters’ lists with the Congress leaders is a...
A Question of Timing

A Question of Timing

Above: Robert Vadra In an effort to put the Congress on the back foot in the run-up to elections to the Lok Sabha and Haryana...
Western Ghats: No Lessons Learnt

Western Ghats: No Lessons Learnt

Above: Unchecked construction activities in the hilly areas triggered the floods/Photo: twitter The National Green Tribunal bans reduction of the ecologically sensitive areas of the...
WhatsApp: Big Brother Syndrome

WhatsApp: Big Brother Syndrome

Above: Illustration by Rajender Kumar The centre’s efforts to convince the company to enable surveillance of messages and trace the origin of a forward seem...
Medical Devices: Shooting From the Hip

Medical Devices: Shooting From the Hip

Above: Johnson & Johnson’s office in Mumbai The controversy around hip implants manufactured by Johnson & Johnson has brought into focus loopholes in the medical...
Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

A girl student who shouted anti-BJP slogans on board a flight in which one of her co-passengers was the state party president was arrested...
Army Chief Rawat: Major Gogoi Case To Be Dealt With “sternly”

Army Chief Rawat: Major Gogoi Case To Be Dealt With “sternly”

Army Chief Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday (Sep 4) that Major Leetul Gogoi will “be dealt with sternly in case moral turpitude and corruption...
GST: Taxing Times

GST: Taxing Times

Above: Post-floods, Kerala needs funds for rehabilitation and rebuilding infrastructure/Photo: UNI Is Kerala’s demand that it be allowed to impose a cess on GST in...
All healthcare clinics in Uttarakhand will have to be duly registered

Clinical Establishments Act, 2010: Cracking the Whip!

Above: All healthcare clinics in Uttarakhand will have to be duly registered With the Uttarakhand High Court seeking closure of establishments not registered under Clinical...
Granthis with the Shri Guru Granth Sahib in the inner sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Panthic Votes: Slugfest over Religion

Above: Granthis with the Shri Guru Granth Sahib in the inner sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar The move to make acts of...
The Punjab assembly passed the IPC (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018

Section 295AA: Holier Than Thou

Above:  The Punjab assembly passed the IPC (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018 By enacting a new law against blasphemy, the legislative assembly of Punjab has put...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

Safe Distance Visitors to the finance ministry seeking an appointment with the minister in charge, Arun Jaitley, are first cautioned with an unusual request. Even...
Law Commission echoes Modi-Shah on simultaneous polls but seeks further debate

Law Commission echoes Modi-Shah on simultaneous polls but seeks further debate

Keep amendments to the Constitution bare minimum, elections for Lok Sabha and 12 state assemblies can be held simultaneously to start with, says law...
RBI 2017-18 report admits that 93.3 percent of all demonetised notes returned to the banks

RBI 2017-18 report admits that 93.3 percent of all demonetised notes returned to the...

India’s central banker’s admission points to demonetisation as an ill-advised misadventure It took nearly two years for the Reserve Bank of India to come out...
Cambridge leadership guru authors book to help India’s marginalized youth move forward

Cambridge leadership guru authors book to help India’s marginalized youth move forward

~By Stephen David in Bengaluru NO country in the world today has more young people than India has: a staggering 600 million! And now a Cambridge,...
NGT puts Delhi tree felling on hold till July 19

The National Green Tribunal is not so green anymore

~By Rajeev Suri “Nowadays 50 percent of the cases are of blackmailers,” stated Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, the new Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal....
Fraternising with local girl in combat zone: Major Gogoi found guilty, could face court martial

Fraternising with local girl in combat zone: Major Gogoi found guilty, could face court...

Major Leetul Gogoi, an honoured soldier of the Indian Army, famous for his tying of a local man in front of a jeep to...
CBI to file fresh charges against Maran brothers

CBI to file fresh charges against Maran brothers

Above: Dayanidhi Maran (left) and Kalanithi Maran/photo:twitter.com The filing of fresh charges against Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanithi Maran in the infamous BSNL telephone exchange scandal...
IPR and Digital Piracy: A Lost Cause

IPR and Digital Piracy: A Lost Cause

Above: The American fantasy drama TV series apparently owes its popularity to digital piracy In an age when digitisation of the world has radically changed...
Tribal Movements: Jungle Warfare

Tribal Movements: Jungle Warfare

Above: Siladon villagers stand with bows and arrows near a large stone slab that enumerates their rights under Schedule 5/Photo: UNI The rape of five...
Aadhaar: Familiar Face

Aadhaar: Familiar Face

Above: UIDAI has announced taking on-the-spot live pictures as a new measure for every authentication that requires Aadhaar UIDAI rolls out an additional feature though...
Sexual Assaults: A Question of Mindset

Sexual Assaults: A Question of Mindset

Above: A protest march against the gangrape and murder of a minor in Kathua in Srinagar/Photo: UNI While the Supreme Court has voiced concern over...
NewIllegal Sex Trade: Medium is the Massage

NewIllegal Sex Trade: Medium is the Massage

The Delhi High Court takes notice of a PIL on massage parlours soliciting customers for the flesh trade   ~By Deepankar Malviya Over the past decade,...
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Ayush Gram Lease: Nailing the State’s Disinformation

Above: The Bhowali TB Sanatorium may soon be converted into a multi-specialty hospital/Photo: ratansharga.blogspot.com The Uttarakhand High Court has slammed the state government’s bid to...
Armed Forces Special Powers Act: A Suicidal Plea

Armed Forces Special Powers Act: A Suicidal Plea

Above: Activists stage a dharna against AFSPA in Imphal. There have allegedly been 1,528 extra-judicial killings by security forces in Manipur between 2000 and...
Extramarital Relationships: A Complicated Affair

Extramarital Relationships: A Complicated Affair!

In a debatable judgment, the apex court convicts a man on the grounds that his illicit relations with another woman abetted his wife’s suicide ~By...
NDPS Act: Benefit Of Doubt

NDPS Act: Benefit Of Doubt

Above: Under the NDPS Act, the onus of proving innocence lies on the accused/Photo: prlog.org The apex court’s acquittal of an accused under the NDPS...
Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

Conduct of Elections: No to NOTA

The Supreme Court has ruled that though this option may be “an elixir” in direct polls, it could undermine the purity of democracy if...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

The Axeman Cometh The Chandigarh-based newspaper, The Tribune, is currently witnessing an unprecedented bloodbath with over a dozen editorial employees sacked and some more on...
Jaitley back in charge as Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister

Jaitley back in charge as Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley resumed charge as Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister on Friday (August 23). Jaitley who was recovering from Kidney transplant for...
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Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayyar passes away at 95

Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayyar passed away on Thursday at the age of 95. A leading columnist, he also wrote several books in a career...
Father, son, the judiciary and a grey area sans law

Father, son, the judiciary and a grey area sans law

The separation of powers mandated by the Constitution has saved the day for the country on several occasions. The executive’s constant urge to meddle...
India Legal’s prediction on J&K Governor change comes true

India Legal’s prediction on J&K Governor change comes true

As predicted by India Legal’s Durbar column in its August 13 issue, J&K Governor N N Vohra, one of the most able administrators the...
Prof. Baxi’s “gentle” suggestion impresses Justice Sikri

Prof. Baxi’s “gentle” suggestion impresses Justice Sikri

A gem of a suggestion from Professor Upendra Baxi, the giant of legal erudition in India, has impressed Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri of the...
Jai Mahal Palace

Royal Inheritance: Royals Flush

Above: Jai Mahal Palace Palace intrigue ends as the National Company Law Tribunal rules that the offspring of the late Prince Jagat Singh are entitled...
Prison Reforms: Jailhouse Shock

Prison Reforms: Jailhouse Shock

Above: Police officials gather outside Arthur Road jail in Mumbai after an inmate’s death Despite far-reaching measures being suggested and the Supreme Court stipulating that...
Draft of Muslim Women Bill: Triple Whammy

Draft of Muslim Women Bill: Triple Whammy

Above: Muslim women protesting against the triple talaq Bill/Photo: UNI Despite diluting the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill that criminalises instant triple...
Delhi Durbar

Delhi Durbar

Shah’s Shadow It seems that opinion poll results for the forthcoming elections to the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh Assemblies, scheduled for November, have given...
Australian court’s green signal to Adani’s use of indigenous land spells doom for all such peoples on that continent

Australian court’s green signal to Adani’s use of indigenous land spells doom for all...

Above: Photo courtesy www.australianmining.com.au ~By Sujit Bhar Indigenous people, across the world have suffered at the hands of “development” that has taken away their traditional...
Senior Advocate K K Sharma

K K Sharma joins barristers’ Chambers in London

Senior Advocate K K Sharma has recently joined, The 36 Group, a multi-specialist set of barristers’ Chambers (offices) in London thereby joining the ranks...
Lessons for City Planners

Lessons for City Planners

The Government of India’s latest Ease of Living index survey has upturned many expectations and mindsets about urban living and policy planning on their...
CJI Dipak Misra

CJI warns against lawyers commenting in media

Above: CJI Dipak Misra On the occasion of the flag hoisting ceremony at the Supreme Court on India’s 72nd Independence Day on Wednesday, two comments...
Bright idea! Panel suggestion may end up linking Aadhaar to motor vehicle registration numbers

Bright idea! Panel suggestion may end up linking Aadhaar to motor vehicle registration numbers

~By Sujit Bhar While waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar and its myriad linkages, different government agencies seem to have gone off the...
Late Meeting with the Late Naipaul

Late Meeting with the Late Naipaul

Above: Photo courtesy www.bollywoodlife.com     ~By Dilip Bobb Well before the encounter actually took place, meeting Vidia Naipaul seemed a daunting prospect. That was mainly because...
Somnath Chatterjee, barrister and parliamentarian par excellence, dies at 89

Somnath Chatterjee, barrister and parliamentarian par excellence, dies at 89

Somnath Chatterjee: Born July 25, 1929 in Tezpur, Assam; Died August 13, 2018 (aged 89) in Kolkata, West Bengal/Photo: ANI Somnath Chatterjee, to old timers...
Amaravati: Dream Turns to Dust

Amaravati: Dream Turns to Dust

Above: Many illegalities went into the land acquisition and planning of Amaravati/Photo: amaravatiforum.com The shocking illegalities being perpetrated in the name of building this capital-city...
Tamil Nadu: Big Shoes To Fill

Tamil Nadu: Big Shoes To Fill

With MK Stalin taking over as DMK chief from Muthuvel Karunanidhi who died last week, an early test of his leadership qualities awaits as...
Dera Sacha Sauda: Crash Landing

Dera Sacha Sauda: Crash Landing

Above: The compound of the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, Haryana Investigating agencies are probing benami deals of Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the convicted former head...
Policy & Funding: Shortchanging the Forces

Policy & Funding: Shortchanging the Forces

Above: The three service chiefs, Gen Bipin Rawat, Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, with the PM; plans to appoint...
Plagiarism: Caught Copying

Plagiarism: Caught Copying

~By Meha Mathur In the otherwise vitiated atmosphere in higher education, there is almost uniform response to the new regulations on plagiarism approved by the...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Priyanka’s New Role For long, the Congress party has seen Priyanka Gandhi as the “brahmastra” it can use when faced with an insurmountable challenge. With...
Triple Talaq Bill

Triple Talaq Bill deferred to next session for lack of consensus in Rajya Sabha

Even after a year following the Supreme Court’s five-judge bench (judges from five different faiths) declared talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq unconstitutional and not...
Bhushan Steel’s former promoter Singhal is first arrest of SFIO

Bhushan Steel’s former promoter Singhal is first arrest of SFIO

There has been, finally, an arrest in the huge NPA scandal that has shaken the entire banking world of India, with the authorities getting...
Kerala Solar Scam: Sex, sleaze and a letter

Kerala Solar Scam: Sex, sleaze and a letter

Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy has testified against Pathanapuram MLA KB Ganesh Kumar in the Solar Scam case. The scam had nearly brought down...
Rajya Sabha passes bill including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years

Rajya Sabha passes bill including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below...

The Rajya Sabha on Monday (August 6) passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018 mandating a maximum penalty of death to those convicted of...
Even after clearing Justice Joseph’s name for the SC, the govt leaves its dirty imprint in proceedings

Even after clearing Justice Joseph’s name for the SC, the govt leaves its dirty...

Above: Justice K M Joseph (file pic) Even if the government agreed to the Supreme Court Collegium’s recommendation of elevating Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice...
Audit Firms: Figure This Out!

Audit Firms: Figure This Out!

Above: Satyam, the company owned by Ramalinga Raju, fudged cash and bank balances With increasing corporate misdemeanour and the government under pressure to tighten the...
Uniform Civil Code: One Nation, One Law?

Uniform Civil Code: One Nation, One Law?

Above: By taking up the issue of female genital mutilation practised by the Bohra community, the apex court has shown that it is treading...
Amendments to the SC/ST Act: What a Volte-Face!

Amendments to the SC/ST Act: What a Volte-Face!

Above: Members of Dalit organisations have staged nationwide protests against the apex court’s verdict diluting the SC/ST Act/Photo: UNI Relentless protests by Dalit groups and...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Will the Real FM Stand Up? Arun Jaitley, who has been recovering after a kidney transplant, will be back at work next week—August 8, to...
Tracking Videos of Sexual Violence: Policing Obscenity Online

Tracking Videos of Sexual Violence: Policing Obscenity Online

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya Though the Supreme Court has okayed proposals to check online sexual abuse of women and children, internet giants have been...
Mehul Choksi

Choksi given citizenship after clearances by Indian authorities: Antigua

The fugitive Indian jeweller Mehul Choksi facing charges in multi-crore PNB scam was given citizenship of Antigua after “stringent background checks” and clearance certificate...
Push for restoration of SC/ST Act to be moved in ongoing Monsoon session

Push for restoration of SC/ST Act to be moved in ongoing Monsoon session

Facing criticism from dalit groups, opposition and its allies, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday (August 1) cleared a Bill to restore a provision of...
Lok Sabha passes Bill mandating death penalty for rape of minors below the age of 12

Lok Sabha passes Bill mandating death penalty for rape of minors below the age...

The Lok Sabha on Monday (July 30) passed the Criminal Amendment Bill mandating death penalty for rape of minors below the age of 12. The...
Tensions rise as Assam draft citizen list omits 40 lakh

Tensions rise as Assam draft citizen list omits 40 lakh

As expected, the draft list of citizens released by Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) has left out all “doubtful” residents of the state,...
Jantar Mantar Protests: A Fine Balance

Jantar Mantar Protests: A Fine Balance

Above: A Supreme Court bench of Justices AK Sikri (top) and Ashok Bhushan insisted on guidelines to regulate protests instead of banning them altogether The...
Trafficking of Persons Bill, 2018: Hope for the Hapless!

Trafficking of Persons Bill, 2018: Hope for the Hapless!

—The writer is general secretary, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre Society, and a member, NITI-CSO Standing Committee, NITI Aayog The introduction of Trafficking of Persons Bill,...
Amendments to Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988: Is This Hogwash?

Amendments to Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988: Is This Hogwash?

Above: Despite the India Against Corruption movement at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan in August 2011, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, was further diluted in...
Rafale Deal: Damage of Secrecy

Rafale Deal: Damage of Secrecy

Above: Then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar receives French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian for signing the Rafale contract in September 2016/Photo: UNI It is naïve to...
PTI leader Imran Khan’s ascent to prime ministership is perceived as a selection by the army brass

Pakistan Poll Results: Imran’s New Innings

Above: PTI leader Imran Khan’s ascent to prime ministership is perceived as a selection by the army brass As Pakistan’s new leader, his remarks on...
Bhopal Victims: Seeping Poison

Bhopal Victims: Seeping Poison

Above: Bhopal gas victims protest against the buried toxic waste that is leading to serious health problems/Photo: Rachna Dhingra A study has found that toxic...
Protests Against Novel: Public Censorship

Protests Against Novel: Public Censorship

Above: Kerala BJP Mahila Morcha protesting against S Hareesh’s novel/Photo: twitter Rightwingers force a major Malayalam magazine to withdraw the serialisation of a novel...
Women

Safety of Women: Better Late Than Never

Above: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced measures to tackle crime against women/Photo: UNI The Manohar Lal Khattar government’s time-bound action plan in...
Tussle Over Chandigarh: An Unrealistic Demand?

Tussle Over Chandigarh: An Unrealistic Demand?

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh has written to the home minister asking for Chandigarh to be restored to his state. But this is easier...
Vehicles of most VVIPs do not bear number plates/Photo: rajbhavan.gujarat.gov.in

VVIPs: No Special Status Here!

Above: Vehicles of most VVIPs do not bear number plates/Photo: rajbhavan.gujarat.gov.in The Delhi High Court has said that all vehicles, even VVIP ones, should be...
Photo by Anil Shakya

Green Panel Shows Red Flag

The National Green Tribunal sets a 15-day window for government authorities to respond to petitioners before they approach the court, but is silent on...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Odds on Ombudsman Something odd took place at the July 19 meeting of the Lokpal selection committee. The committee consists of the prime minister, Chief...
Force India F1 team put into administration by London High Court

Force India F1 team put into administration by London High Court

Force India, the only Indian standard bearer on the Formula One track so far, could lose its tricolour soon. The pet project of former...
When Positive Thinking Isn’t Positive

When Positive Thinking Isn’t Positive

A government poster on how to cure depression draws flak from the medical and scientific communities ~By India Legal Bureau It is yet another case of...
Vision Document on Taj Mahal reiterates UP govt stand to keep the iconic structure safe and secure

Vision Document on Taj Mahal reiterates UP govt stand to keep the iconic structure...

India Legal has accessed exclusive details of the Vision Document on Taj Mahal submitted by UP government in the Supreme Court on Tuesday (July ...
Heinous crimes: Not all juveniles should essentially be treated as adults, says Justice Lokur

Heinous crimes: Not all juveniles should essentially be treated as adults, says Justice Lokur

Above: Justice Lokur (file pic)/Photo: Anil Shakya Speaking at the Fourth Western Regional Consultation on Effective Implementation of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 in Indore on...
Police try to enter the premises of a Ranchi shelter run by Missionaries of Charity following an FIR lodged against child trafficking by nuns/Photo: UNI

Missionaries of Charity: Mother of a Controversy

Above: Police try to enter the premises of a Ranchi shelter run by Missionaries of Charity following an FIR lodged against child trafficking by...
US President Trump with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at their joint news conference in Helsinki/Photo: UNI

Helsinki Summit: Playing Russian Roulette

Above: US President Trump with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at their joint news conference in Helsinki/Photo: UNI US President Donald Trump was roasted back...
UK-India Trade: Brittania Rules!

UK-India Trade: Brittania Rules!

The latest blueprint for Brexit released by the British government has belied Indian hopes as there are a number of non-tariff barriers that would...
A still from the web series, Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone

Helmets and Surnames: Hard (For) Kaur

Above: A still from the web series, Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone Sikh clerics wish to deny actress Sunny Leone the right...
Illustrations by Anthony Lawrence

Bail Fraud: Catch Me If You Can…

In a shocking case, the MP police busted a gang making forged documents to facilitate the release of hundreds of criminals across the state—with...
Saleswomen at a textile showroom in Kerala. They had to stand for hours and attend to customers/Photo: keralavisiontv.com

Women’s Rights in Kerala: Showroom Slaves

Above: Saleswomen at a textile showroom in Kerala. They had to stand for hours and attend to customers/Photo: keralavisiontv.com The Kerala government cleared amendments to...
Students campaigning for elections at the Aligarh Muslim University campus/Photo: UNI

Aligarh Muslim University: Caught in a Storm

Above: Students campaigning for elections at the Aligarh Muslim University campus/Photo: UNI Aligarh Muslim University has again landed in a row as the chairman of...
The Kingfisher Bangalore Summer Derby in progress/Photo: UNI

Gambling: The Great Gamble

Above: The Kingfisher Bangalore Summer Derby in progress/Photo: UNI Though the Law Commission has denied it has made proposals to legalise gambling in sports, it...
The Delhi High Court refused to interfere with the telecast of the series which allegedly depicts late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in a derogatory manner

Sacred Games: Nothing Sacred

Above: The Delhi High Court refused to interfere with the telecast of the series which allegedly depicts late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in a...
Thousands of devotees witness the installation ceremony of the new gold-plated flag mast at the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala

Sabarimala Temple: God Willing

Above: Thousands of devotees witness the installation ceremony of the new gold-plated flag mast at the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala As the apex court declares...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Friend Or Foe? For more than four years, the ruling BJP-led alliance has thwarted attempts by the opposition to table a no-trust motion against the...
The Fourth Estate

The Fourth Estate

Pioneering Spirit The sidelining of party stalwart LK Advani by the Narendra Modi dispensation has its indirect negatives, and one surfaced last week with the...
Mamata Banerjee addressing a rally today; (inset) Chandan Mitra

Former BJP MP Chandan Mitra formally switches to TMC

Above: Mamata Banerjee addressing a rally today; (inset) Chandan Mitra As was expected, journalist and Lal Krishna Advani loyalist Chandan Mitra, also a former Rajya...
Developing countries bear disproportionate costs of climate change, says CJI Dipak Misra

Developing countries bear disproportionate costs of climate change, says CJI Dipak Misra

Above: CJI Dipak Misra giving presidential address during a lecture titled ‘Towards New Horizons of International Law: Climate Change and Human Rights’ on Tuesday...
Madurai-based lawyer-cum-documentary filmmaker K Divya Bharathi

Cracking Down on Dissent

Above: Madurai-based lawyer-cum-documentary filmmaker K Divya Bharathi Documentary filmmaker K Divya Bharathi has been at the receiving end of strong-arm tactics of the police for...
AgustaWestland case: 34 named as accused in ED chargesheet

AgustaWestland case: 34 named as accused in ED chargesheet

The Enforcement Directorate has filed a chargesheet in the AgustaWestland money laundering case before the Patiala House court. A total of 34 accused have...
The shikshakarmis’ agitation for a place on the rolls has finally borne fruit. They have been on strike in many states across the country

Shikshakarmis’ Recruitment: Populism over Prudence

Above: The shikshakarmis’ agitation for a place on the rolls has finally borne fruit. They have been on strike in many states across the...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Legal Information: Access Denied

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence IT companies have made India the back office of the world, but the country remains a laggard in building live...
Transplants are not only costly surgeries, but also carry huge risks for the recipients as well/Photo: UNI

Brain Death Cases: Killing for Cash

Above: Transplants are not only costly surgeries, but also carry huge risks for the recipients as well/Photo: UNI A doctor in Kerala has filed a...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Shotgun Marriage While former Union minister and “margdarshak” Yashwant Sinha has already quit the saffron party, the buzz is that his acolyte and Patna Sahib...
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh with his colleagues in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha

Punjab State Legislature Act: Rewarding Favourites

Above: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh with his colleagues in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha/Photo: diprpunjab.gov.in The Punjab government is proposing to bring amendments into Punjab...
CM Trivendra Rawat’s wife has been staying put in a government job in Dehradun for over 20 years

Transfer Row: Family Comes First

Above: CM Trivendra Rawat’s wife has been staying put in a government job in Dehradun for over 20 years There is widespread protest in Uttarakhand...
Plastic waste piled up near a drain in Mumbai

Use of Plastics: A Half-baked Idea

Above: Plastic waste piled up near a drain in Mumbai Though the intention of the Maharashtra government to ban plastics was good, it provided no...
Union minister Sushma Swaraj was trolled for taking measures to ensure that interfaith couples get their passports/Photo: UNI

Online Abuse: Tackling Vengeful Trolls

Above: Union minister Sushma Swaraj was trolled for taking measures to ensure that interfaith couples get their passports/Photo: UNI As social media platforms fail to...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

DELHI DURBAR

Troll and Toll As the Big One (aka Lok Sabha elections 2019) nears, political antennas are hyper sensitive, as are the signals being sent out...
Construction workers

India Moves Changes to its Statistical System

Above: Construction workers   The Union government has released the draft National Policy on Official Statistics. In the second part of its two-part series on...
Civil court lawyers protesting against the Advocates (Amendment) Bill 2017, in Ranchi (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Law Commission: The Quiet Reformer

Above: Civil court lawyers protesting against the Advocates (Amendment) Bill 2017, in Ranchi (file pic)/Photo: UNI Though the Law Commission’s voluminous reports are not binding...
Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter

Judges in Politics

Above: Retired judge Justice Abhay Thipsay (extreme right) with Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders/Photo: Twitter Former chief justices and judges have often ventured into...
KASHMIR: TRAGEDY AND FARCE

KASHMIR: TRAGEDY AND FARCE

~By Inderjit Badhwar The latest political crisis in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in which a government ruling in Delhi has pulled the rug out from...
Chief Secy “manhandling”: Police to charge Kejriwal, Sisodia with criminal conspiracy

Chief Secy “manhandling”: Police to charge Kejriwal, Sisodia with criminal conspiracy

The ever-widening gap between Delhi’s de facto administration, headed by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, and Delhi’s lawfully elected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal widened a...
National Registry on Sexual Offenders: Keeping a Track

National Registry on Sexual Offenders: Keeping a Track

(Left) Sanji Ram, one of the main accused in the Kathua rape case; BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been booked in the Unnao...

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Manual scavenging: Lies, Damned Lies And Numbers

Manual scavenging: Lies, Damned Lies And Numbers

Over 25 years after it was banned by an Act, the practice continues and many states have taken the easy way out by outrightly...

National Clean Air Programme: No Goal in Sight

Above: Smoggy skies over Delhi The lack of a legal mandate and clear fiscal strategy coupled with a meagre Rs 300 crore allocation means...

DNA: Gold Standard in Probes

Above: Forensic officials inspect  restaurant premises in Bengaluru after a fire killed five people/Photo: UNI The passing of DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill...

India’s ‘walking god’ passes away aged 111

Above: PM Modi with the 111-year-old Lingayat pontiff Dr Shivakumara Swami in Karnataka (file picture) By Stephen David India’s oldest pontiff Dr Shivakumara Swami, who...

Astrologer KN Rao: Future Perfect

Astrology as a science is growing in India and one of its foremost proponents is the former director-general of the Indian Audit and Accounts...
Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah

Media Watch

Selective Tears? On January 16, online portal The Wire ran a story claiming that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had left for New York to receive...

Model Code Should be Extended to New Media

Above: The EC had sent Rahul Gandhi a notice after he gave an interview a day prior to the final phase of voting in...
Le Meridien-NDMC Tussle

Le Meridien-NDMC Tussle: Murky Matters

A longstanding financial dispute between Le Meridian and NDMC threatens to change the fate of Le Meridian hotel known for its impeccable service  By...

The Litigant Strikes Again

The lawyer and spokesperson for the Delhi BJP, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, has taken up numerous issues affecting the public at large, and his fight...
Modi’s Last Chance: 2019-20 Interim-Budget

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

By Sanjiv Bhatia In a few weeks, the Finance Minister will present the country’s budget for the fiscal year 2019-20. It will be the last...
Kerala Admits Plea Over Misuse Of Flood Relief Funds

Kerala Admits Plea Over Misuse Of Flood Relief Funds

The Kerala Lokayukta has sent notice to the chief minister and other ministers in response to a complaint that the government has been misusing...
Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

Woman Who Entered Sabarimala Returns Home, Is Beaten Up By Mother In Law

Kanakadurga, among the first women to enter the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala earlier this month was attacked by her mother-in-law as she returned home...
A representative pic depicting sexual harassment at workplace/Photo: Anil Shakya

Time Limit For Filing Sexual Harassment Complaints May Be Waived

Above: A representative pic depicting sexual harassment at workplace/Photo: Anil Shakya A government committee headed by a special secretary in the Union Home ministry is...
Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri

Alok Verma’s sacking: After political uproar, Justice Sikri withdraws consent for post-retirement job

Justice Sikri had given his consent in December to be nominated by the Centre as member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal Amid a...

Lankesh Killing: Linking Four “Murders”

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Journalist Gauri Lankesh, writer MM Kalburgi and activists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar The apex court has asked the CBI...

GST Revenues: Where’s the Money, Honey?

Above: Akhil Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal activists protesting against GST in Lucknow/Photo: UNI In a seemingly worrying development, there has been a drop in...
Delhi Durbar

DELHI DURBAR

THE RUMBLINGS WITHIN BJP President Amit Shah recently overhauled the party organisation and constituted several committees for different tasks related to the Lok Sabha polls...

Reservation Ruckus

Above: Demonstrators at a Jat Aarakshan Adhikar rally demanding reservation for the community The centre’s move to have 10 percent quota for the econo­mically poor...
Attorney General KK Venugopal/Photo: Anil Shakya

Constitutional Morality: Eight Burning Questions

Above: Attorney General KK Venugopal/Photo: Anil Shakya One of India’s top legal scholars sparks off a new debate by pondering the issue of the basic...
Rahul Gandhi

NCW Notice To Rahul Gandhi for “Misogynistic” and “Unethical” Remarks Against Defence Minister

The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his “misogynistic and unethical” remarks against Defence Minister Nirmala...

A quiz on Constitution Law to mark Nani Palkhivala Birth Centenary Celebrations

A quiz on Constitution Law will be held in New Delhi on February 3 to commemorate Nani Palkhivala Birth Centenary Celebrations. The quiz will see...

Right Wing Women Activists Arrested While Trying To Enter Vavar Mosque In Sabarimala

In what is clearly a tit for tat move, right wing activists who tried to send a team of women to the Vavar mosque...

“The Use of Religion is a Potent Threat to Secular Democracy”

Above: Photo Credit UNI In the book “Politics, Religion and Judiciary in India”, which has been published by Har-Anand Publications Pvt Ltd, DR HANS RAJ...

Handle with Kid Gloves

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya In today’s wired world, children are most vulnerable to online exploitation and sexual predators. Sadly, India has the highest rates...

Concurrent List: The Nation Comes First

Above: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairing the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council in New Delhi/Photo: UNI  The Telangana CM has...

MEDIA WATCH

Prime Time ANI Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent interview with ANI editor Smita Prakash drew immediate flak from opposition parties, particularly the Congress. Spokesman Randeep...
In Defence of Animal Rights

In Defence of Animal Rights

Above: Youth trying to tame a bull during a Jallikattu event at Alanganallur village near Madura/Photo: UNI Few would disagree that former Chief Justice of...
Shashi Tharoor

Bill that seeks to remove outdated provisions in anti-blasphemy, obscenity laws introduced in Parliament

By Naved Ahmed Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor has brought forward a private bill named “Freedom of Literature Bill” in the Lok Sabha. The private...

Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016: New amendments proposed keeping in mind illegal influx of Rohingyas...

~By Sankalan Pal Recent amendments have been suggested in The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 to amend The Citizenship Act, 1955 keeping in mind the recent...

Legislation regulating use of DNA Technology beckons speedy delivery of justice

~By Sankalan Pal The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, which is pending before the Government, if passed, shall be introduced as a new...
Madras High Court

Tamil Nadu To Ban Non-reusable Plastic From New Year’s Day

Tamil Nadu  will implement a state-wide plastic ban in the coming year after the Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition challenging the order. The...

Justice P S Teji To Head Police Complaints Authority

Justice P S Teji is being appointed the Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority of Delhi. Justice Teji retired as Delhi High Court judge in August this...

Do Diagnostics Qualify as Drugs?

Above: A diagnostic centre in Mohali, Punjab/Photo: justdial.com The ICMR floating a National List of Essential Diagnostics could pave the way for more Indians to...

Kartarpur Sahib: Give and Take Policy

Above: Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan/Courtesy: YouTube After the Kartarpur shrine in Pakistan was opened to Indian pilgrims, the Punjab government has proposed a land...

Reservation in Gujarat: A State on the Edge

Above: Patidar and OBC groups clash in Ahmedabad/Photo: UNI Even as Maharashtra handed out reservation sops to Marathas, Gujarat came out with a list of...

Online Pharmacies: Caught in a Dangerous Web

The sale of medicines through e-pharmacies violates the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and the Pharmacy Act puts the health and life of people at...

The Seat of Arbitration

Few would disagree that former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra left his stamp on the judiciary. This can be viewed through the prism...

“Judiciary Cannot be a Law unto Itself”

In a post-script to the Introduction of the reprint of the book, “The Judiciary and Governance in India”, which is being brought out by...

Media Watch

Spinmaster Anchor India Today TV consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai tries to find a cricket connection every time he opens his mouth or sets out to...

Mass Killings: How About a Law for Genocide?

Above: Vehicles burnt during the Gujarat riots/Photo: Pramod Pushkarna Sajjan Kumar’s conviction shows the need for this law in India which has often been rocked...
Rafale Deal

Rafale Deal: Government bought Only 36 Planes For Quick Delivery

R Madhavan, chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) waded into the Rafale controversy saying that the public sector owned plane maker was capable of...

ED Grills Chidambaram in INX Media Case

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate at the probe agency's office in the capital after he was summoned...

Sajjan Kumar Quits Congress, Sends Resignation Letter To Rahul

Former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar was on Monday sentenced to life-time imprisonment for his role in the 1984-anti Sikh riots has resigned from the...
Sabarimala Temple

No Woman Yet, But Four Transgenders Make It To Sabarimala

No woman may have been able to visit Sabarimala and pray at the Lord Ayyappa temple despite the Supreme Court decreeing that they be...

DELHI DURBAR

Fall of a Yogi Narendra Modi and Amit Shah will officially share the blame for last week’s embarrassing loss in the Hindi heartland to the...
Yechury Punctures Stalin

Yechury Punctures Stalin’s Proposal to Name Rahul as Oppn PM Candidate

CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury on MK Stalin proposing Rahul Gandhi's name for prime ministerial candidate: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, we learn from our...
Rahul Gandhi

Gehlot, Kamal Nath, Baghel take oath as CM in Presence of Rahul

Congress Rahul Gandhi took to the air on Monday crisscrossing vast swathes of north India to be personally present at Jaipur, Bhopal and Raipur...

MEDIA WATCH

Scoop-master’s Voice His Master’s Voice, which is now the commonly used nickname to describe Arnab Goswami’s  Republic TV which out-foxes America’s  Fox TV in its ...
Triple-talaq

AIMPLB: Will Ensure Talaq Bill Is Not Passed In Rajya Sabha

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that it will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Triple Talaq bill...

America in Wonderland?

Above: Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with US President Donald Trump at the G20 summit/Photo: UNI As US special prosecutor Robert Mueller probes deeper into...

Acting as a Saviour

Few would disagree that former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra left his stamp on the judiciary. This can be viewed through the prism...

Death Row Inmates: Scaling Down Sentences

Above: Justice Kurien Joseph revived the death penalty debate in one of his last judgments/Photo: Anil Shakya Recent court judgments have tended to take a...
Rahul Gandhi

Rahul To Pick Chhattisgarh CM Today, All three CMs to Be Sworn in Monday

The Congress is all set to name its Chief Minister for Chattisgarh on Saturday. Congress had won 68 seats in the assembly elections and...
Politics across the Himalayas

Politics across the Himalayas

~By Pushp Saraf With Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepting the resignation of Thupstan Chhewang, a formidable leader of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, from...

Armed With Rafale Clean Chit from SC, BJP Goes on Offensive, Seeks Rahul’s Apology

No sooner had the three member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi given a cleat chit to the Modi government, its...

Demolition Work of Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Begins

Photo Source: Twitter/ANI Preliminary work to demolish the shelter home in Muzaffarpur began on Thursday under the magistrate’s supervision.This was after the local municipal corporation...

A Giant Sardar On The Narmada, Small Replicas In Gujarat Schools And Colleges

After splurging nearly Rs 3000 Crores on the gigantic statue of unity of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Gujarat government is seemingly in a hurry...
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University

Delhi Govt Seeks Report On Univ Law Faculty Question On Muslim Man Killing...

Above: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi campus. The Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in Delhi has constituted a committee  and sought a report within 10...
PNB Scam accused Nirav Modi (file picture)

Debt Recovery Tribunal Slaps Notice On Nirav Modi, Gives Time Till Jan 15, 2019...

The Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) on Monday issued notice to jeweller on the run Nirav Modi, his family members and his companies to recover...

Electric Vehicles: All Charged Up

Above: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the handing over ceremony of e-rickshaws to the Senegalese ambassador/Photo: UNI The Delhi government’s plan to introduce e-vehicles...

Exam Scam: Nothing Vibrant Here

Above: Two BJP workers among four arrested in the  paper leak case in Gandhinagar/Photo: UNI Gujarat state’s popular slogan got a beating when an exam...

Sabarimala: The Economic Cost

A three-member panel appointed by the High Court visited the temple and examined facilities, and questioned the police on the restrictions imposed there which...

The Killing Fields

Above: Vehicles on fire at Bulandshahr The dastardly act shows that non-state actors are taking the law into their own hands in the name of...

Erosion of Power

Above: Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal’s interference with police administration contributed to the Akalis’ defeat in the state polls/Photo: UNI The apex court’s order...

A SLICE OF HISTORY

Courts are visited by all and sundry, but rarely does a visitor pause to admire the architecture of these stately buildings. A first-of-its-kind book...

Need for amendment to Section 378 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1973

By Aabad Ponda Chapter XXIX Of The Criminal Procedure Code 1973 deals with appeals. An appeal is a creature of the statute and no...

Why Aires Rodrigues v. Vishwajeet P. Rane (2017 SCC OnLine SC 219) may need...

By Aabad Ponda "Justice is not a cloistered virtue; she must be allowed to suffer the scrutiny and respectful, though outspoken, comments of ordinary men."...
Agusta, an Indian Affair Now

UK High Commission Seeks Consular Access To Chopper Scam Accused Michel

The British High Commission has sought consular access to Christian Michel, the Briton who was sent to a five-day custody of the CBI on...
Sabarimala Temple

Kerala HC Appointed Observer Panel To Visit Sabarimala Today

The Kerala High Court appointed three member committee of observers  for Sabarimala have made it clear that they will not interfere in matters relating...

Auditing Firms: Scandal Hits Big Four

Above: Department store chain BHS (top) shut down in 2016/Photo: commons.wikimedia.org The collapse of some leading British companies has forced the Competition and Markets Authority...

Saving Trees: Let’s Go Green

Above: The apex court has stepped in to protect Karnataka's green cover/Photo: Stephan David  The apex court has appointed an amicus curiae to look into...

Board Examinations: Blatant Bias

Above: Students in Gujarat appearing for the state Boards are being asked to specify online if they are Muslim/photo: UNI A PIL has been filed...

Organ Donation: Rewarding a Noble Act

Above: Union Minister JP Nadda (left) handing an organ donation card to a donor in New Delhi/Photo: UNI The government has proposed social support of...

Crackdown on Erring Officials: Heavy Price for Pollution

Above: Fire-fighters dousing flames at a dumping ground in Ghaziabad/Photo: Anil Shakya In a novel and stern order, the Supreme Court has said that government...

Importance of Ethics: A Question of Integrity

Above: Lawyers of Patna High Court protest against the proposed Advocates (Amendment) Bill/Photo: UNI  The legal profession is governed by a moral code that...

Notice to Aaj Tak: The Jury Is Still Out

Above: The Aaj Tak promos show a lawyer, a doctor and a real estate agent in poor light, causing protests from the Bar Council...

ACB Says Major Lapses On Ajit Pawar’s Part In Rs 70,000 Cr Irrigation Scam

The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has informed the Bombay High Court that the probe into the alleged multi-crore irrigation scam has revealed major lapses...
The Allahabad High Court

The Case For A High Court Bench At Meerut

  ~By Rajendra Singh Jani It is surprising that in spite of Uttar Pradesh being the “rape and crime capital of India” as rightly said by...
Bangalore Lawyers Accused of Harassing Intern Who Later Died Get Anticipatory Bail

Bangalore Lawyers Accused of Harassing Intern Who Later Died Get Anticipatory Bail

Two Bangalore based lawyers who were accused of sexually harassing an intern in their law firm have managed to get anticipatory bail. The law graduate...

For Want Of Written Order from SC, Kerala MLA Loses Assembly Seat

The 140 member Kerala assembly is one member less with the legislative secretariat announcing that KM Shaji, a Muslim League MLA from the Azhikode...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Prohibitory orders that are in force in and around the Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala are due to come to an end tonight but with...

Brexit: Knives Out for May

Above: Photo by UNI As the divorce nears, the prime minister is under attack from all quarters for the draft deal that has left Britain...

Chandrababu Naidu-CBI Tussle: Machiavellian Moves

Above: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee/Photo: UNI Though the AP CM has withdrawn the jurisdiction of the CBI...

Sabarimala: Left Is Not Right

Above: Trupti Desai at Kochi airport from where she returned without darshan/Photo: Trupti Desai/Facebook Infrastructure is hardly in place but the government’s hurry to implement...

Volkswagen: Deflated by a Chip

Above: A Volkswagen car being tested for emissions at California in 2015 VW’s ruse of introducing a secret code in its diesel vehicle for cheating...

RBI-Government Ties: Temporary Truce

Above: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses the Central Board of Directors of the RBI. In a meeting on Nov 19, the board acceded to...

CBI Case: Chief Justice Loses His Cool

Above: CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya Ranjan Gogoi’s outburst over a “leak” of confidential details in CBI director Alok Verma’s case runs counter to his...

Religion and the Courts

Above: Women were not allowed to enter the Haji Ali shrine until the SC intervened in 2016/Photo: UNI By PDT Achary The preamble of the...

Rule of Law

Above: After the Emergency, the SC introduced the “just, fair and reasonable” test in Article 21/Photo: IndiaHistorypic/Twitter By Prof Ranbir Singh The constitution of a...

Pet Lovers Take To Protest Two Days Before SC Takes Up Plea

Above: File picture of a Pet Lover  Hundreds of pet lovers from all over the capital took to a two day sit in at Jantar...

Delhi Bar Council Send Legal Notice To Aaj Tak For Painting Bad Picture Of...

Above - Representative Picture of Lawyers The Bar Council Of Delhi  has sent a legal notice to India’s premier newsTV channel Aaj Tak for painting...
Politics across the Himalayas

Buddhist unity despite politics

By Pushp Saraf Can Thupstan Chhewang, twice member of the Lok Sabha from the trans-Himalayan territory of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, become a rallying...

Cheaper, More Polluting Fuel From Satellite Cities Destroying Delhi Air

Petroleum dealers in the capital have said that the very purpose of introducing new emission standards by shifting to cleaner fuels from next year...
CBI special court grants bail to Kapil Khandelwal, one of the 33 accused in the PNB scam

PNB’s Unpaid Loans: Scorched Yet Again

In another case of lack of due diligence, India’s second-largest lender has gone to the British High Court against five Indians and an American...

Sarkar: Making Sense of Censorship

Above: A poster of the film Sarkar The Tamil film, Sarkar, rakes in the big bucks, but not before its producers bow to pressure from...

Ayushman Bharat Scheme: Live and Let Live

Above: Home Minister Rajnath Singh distributes Ayushman Bharat certificates to beneficiaries/Photo: UNI Though Delhi is yet to participate in this scheme, the centre plans to...

Gujarat “Rape” Case: Catching a Lie

Above: The Gujarat High Court had virtually conducted a mini-trial during a bail hearing in a POCSO matter The apex court pulled up the Gujarat...

Delhi Durbar

The Other Ananth The death of BJP leader Ananth Kumar elicited a flood of tributes to his personality and contribution to public life, except for...

Bihar Ex-Minister-On-The-Run Manju Verma Proclaimed “Absconder”

Former Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma who has been on the run for the last few weeks was on late Friday proclaimed an...

Sabarimala: Under Siege Kochi Airport Management Wants Women Activists Out

Above: Photo courtesy ANI The management of the Kochi airport, which was virtually under siege today after women’s activist Trupti Desai landed there early...

Naidu Govt Tells CBI: Stay Out Of AP

The Andhra Pradesh government has effectively barred the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) from interfering in any case that falls within the state’s borders. The...

Women Activists Stuck At Airport, None Ready To Ferry Them To Sabarimala

Activist Trupti Desai who fought for women’s right to enter temples in Maharashtra and other places and who has vowed to pray at the...

Enemy Property: Gone with the Wind

Above: Mehboobabad fort/ Picture Credit: Narendra Bisht In an attempt to shore up its revenue, the government plans to sell 6,50,75,877 enemy shares in care...

Woman Activists Plan to Visit Sabarimala On Nov 17, Write To Kerala CM, DGP...

Activist Trupti Desai  who has fought for womens rights  to pray in temples in Maharashtra and other places has written to the Kerala Chief Minister...

CBI invokes UAPA sections in the Dabholkar murder case

In the Narendra Dabolkar murder case, CBI has invoked Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) sections concerning to acts of terror against the accused who...
“Baba Ram Rahim Who?” Says Akshay Kumar After Getting SIT Summons

“Baba Ram Rahim Who?” Says Akshay Kumar After Getting SIT Summons

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar said on Monday he has “never, ever” met jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim even as he was...

Retd Civil Servants Urge CAG Not To Delay Reports On Rafale, Demonetization

Above: People showing demonetised notes outside RBI in New Delhi (file picture)/Photo: Anil Shakya Some of most respected retired civil servants have urged the Comptroller...

As Apex Court Gets Set For Sabarimala Review, Kerala Govt Calls All Party Meet

Even as the Supreme Court is all set to take up the clutch of review petitions challenging the Sep 28 order that permitted women...

Ram Statue: Stalling Tactics

Above: CM Yogi Adityanath and South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook (far left) with Ramlila artistes in Ayodhya /Photo: UNI Adityanath’s announcement of a Ram...

Bar Bribery Case: Bar Brawl Without End

Above: VS Achuthanandan has taken on the corrupt, both inside and outside his party/Photo: Praveenp/wikimedia.org The Kerala High Court order in the matter is a...

India’s Doing Business Index: No Rocket Science

Above: PM Narendra Modi with US business leaders in Washington, DC/Photo: UNI While there is a modest improvement, it is still hard to do business...

MEDIA WATCH

News is Good Muted celebrations are taking place at Archana complex in south Delhi, where NDTV operates from. After a prolonged period of financial turmoil...

Kerala Police Book State BJP Chief For Trying To Instigate Contempt of Court

The Kerala Police have registered a case on Thursday against BJP State president PS Sreedharan Pillai for his controversial speech on Sabarimala. He was...

Karnataka Lokayukta: Watchdog Loses Bite

Above: The Karnataka High Court will now decide on the restoration of the Lokayukta’s powers/Photo: Stephan David Though the JD(S) government in Karnataka had promised...

Protests Erupt in Sabarimala as Woman Seeks to enter Temple, is stopped by Devotees

After a relative peaceful opening day of the Sabarimala temple yesterday, tension prevailed at the hilltop shrine on Tuesday as a woman managed to...

Day One At Sabarimala Passes off Peacefully Amidst High Security

The Sabarimala temple that opened on Monday under a thick security blanket witnessed no untoward incidents. After a five hour long puja, the temple...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the then Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat visiting an exhibition during the launch of the Char Dham Rajmarg Vikas Pariyojna, in Dehradun (file picture)/Photo: UNI

Char Dham Project: No Highway to Heaven

Above: Prime Minister  Narendra Modi with the then Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat visiting an exhibition during the launch of the Char Dham Rajmarg...
NALSA: Waiting for the Midas Touch

NALSA: Waiting for the Midas Touch

Above: Photo Courtesy UNI Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s tenure as patron-in-chief of NALSA could herald some long-due reforms in this promising scheme for needy persons By...

Pollution in NCR: Capital Punishment

Above: The November smog takes away the shine of Delhi’s iconic India Gate area/Photo: UNI It is that time of the year when Delhi and...

DELHI DURBAR

Uncaged Parrot The chaos that the government has sunk the CBI into is likely to aggravate in the coming months. The Supreme Court, on November...

Medical College Admissions: Crackdown on Quack Factories

Above: The PK Das Medical College, Palakkad, one of the medical colleges whose admission process was annulled by the SC For the second time in...
Sabarimala Purification Is Contempt Of Supreme Court Verdict, Haul Up Head Priest: Kerala Minister

Tight Security In Sabarimala On Eve of Temple Opening

In a bid to ensure that the Supreme Court verdict on allowing women into the Sabarimala temple is implemented, the Kerala government has put...

MJ Akbar denies rape allegations by Pallavi Gogoi, says it was consensual relationship

MJ Akbar’s wife, Mallika, also issues statement saying Gogoi caused unhappiness and discord in her home 20 years ago Former Union minister MJ Akbar has...

#MeToo: US-based Indian-origin scribe alleges MJ Akbar raped her 23 years ago

Pallavi Gogoi is presently the chief business editor of America’s National Public Radio; she worked with Akbar at the Asian Age newspaper in Delhi...

Pati, Patni Aur WWW.

By Vrinda Agarwal Marriage breakups, divorce or separation are by nature acrimonious. One side, or sometimes both dig deep into the dirty tricks reservoir to...
Old Vehicles Plying on NCR Roads To Be Impounded

Old Vehicles Plying on NCR Roads To Be Impounded

Two days after the Supreme Court ordered a crackdown on old polluting vehicles from plying in the National Capital Region, the capital’s transport department...
Women Go To Sabarimala for 10 Secs Of TV Time: Minister Alphons

Women Go To Sabarimala for 10 Secs Of TV Time: Minister Alphons

Union Minister KJ Alphons has waded into familiar controversy territory when he said late Monday that the Muslim and Christian women who tried  but...
Amrapali

Supreme Court crackdown exposes massive frauds by Amrapali

Shocking details emerge as forensic auditors dig in to find details of how money paid by homebuyers were diverted to shell companies by Amrapali ~By...
Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

Above: President of Tamil Nadu BJP Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan ~By R Ramasubramanian  It seems that few BJP leaders skirmish with the judiciary in Tamil Nadu...
Have uniform marriageable age for men and women: NHRC urges Centre

Have uniform marriageable age for men and women: NHRC urges Centre

Rights panel also recommends that all marriages of minors be made void, marriage registrations be made compulsory Days after the Supreme Court declined to hear...
Lingayats: A Hot Potato

Lingayats: A Hot Potato

Above: Prime Minister Modi with prominent Lingayat leaders at a function in Belagavi, Karnataka The demand for a religious minority tag by Lingayats caste is...
UP RERA: A Path Less Trodden

UP RERA: A Path Less Trodden

UP RERA’s novel approach to a festering property crisis can take off only if there is a collective effort on the part of buyers,...
Sabarimala: A Lull in the Tempest

Sabarimala: A Lull in the Tempest

Above: Women protesting against the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Sabarimala Temple/Photo: UNI A clutch of review petitions on the Sabarimala temple issue will be...
Cracker Ban: Ready for a Green Diwali?

Cracker Ban: Ready for a Green Diwali?

Above: Shops will find it tough to procure green crackers at short notice/Photo: UNI The apex court has taken the middle path by avoiding a...
Election Commission: Be Free, Be Fair

Election Commission: Be Free, Be Fair

Above: The Election Commission’s role in ensuring free and fair polls has been challenged in recent times/Photo: Anil Shakya A recent petition in the Court...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

SHAH EN SHAH In the official hierarchy, the Chief Justice of India ranks just below the President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Governors, certainly way...
Centre Asks Internet Providers to Block 827 Porn Websites

Centre Asks Internet Providers to Block 827 Porn Websites

The Central government has directed Internet Service Providers to block 827 websites that host pornographic content. This follows an order of Uttarakhand High Court,...

Health of Citizens More Important Than Greed of Auto Industry: SC

The Supreme Court order on Wednesday to stop rolling out BS-IV automobiles by April 1, 2020 means that the Indian automakers along with components’...
City Wont Shut Down, You Will”, Furious Karnataka HC Tells Bengaluru Civic Body

City Wont Shut Down, You Will”, Furious Karnataka HC Tells Bengaluru Civic Body

The High Court of Karnataka strongly rebuked the Bengaluru City Corporation authorities  for their failure to fill all potholes in the city by the...
Three Gujarat Residents Move HC Invoking “Right To Privacy” For A Tipple

Three Gujarat Residents Move HC Invoking “Right To Privacy” For A Tipple

Three residents of Gandhinagar, the capital of “dry” Gujarfat have filed a petition before the Gujarat High Court challenging the state’s prohibition laws saying...
Supreme Court

SC Lambasts NGO saying “Judicial Time is Precious”

The Supreme Court came down heavily on an NGO that sought a SIT probe into allegations of nexus among politicians, bureaucrats, journalists and a...
Sabarimala: SC Gives Kerala Govt, Temple Board Two Weeks To File Reply

BJP, Congress Joining Hands to Subvert Sabarimala Verdict: Kerala CM Vijayan

Having failed to implement the Supreme Court order that allowed women between the ages of 10 and 50 to enter the Sabarimala temple, the...
A representative image of Punjab Police with criminals caught by them

Punjab Cops Use Aadhaar To Profile Kashmiri Students, Turn Blind Eye To SC Order

Above: A representative image of Punjab Police with criminals caught by them   By Vipin Pubby Attacks on Kashmiri students enrolled in private universities in Punjab...
“Internal Complaints Committees Often Stall the Inquiry Process

“Internal Complaints Committees Often Stall the Inquiry Process”

Above: Tahini Bhushan Amid the growing chorus of sexual harassment complaints, several professionals such as lawyers, therapists and psychologists, have come forward to offer services...
Sabarimala: Temple Board to Decide today on Stand to be taken in SC

Sabarimala: Temple Board to Decide today on Stand to be taken in SC

The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) that manages the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala will meet on Tuesday to decide on the stand it would...
#MeToo rocks India’s Advertising world

#MeToo rocks India’s Advertising world

With much of the focus of the #MeToo allegations being on the media, politics and Bollywood, comparatively little space has been given to its...
To Ban Or Not To Ban Firecrackers: SC Will Decide On Tuesday

To Ban Or Not To Ban Firecrackers: SC Will Decide On Tuesday

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday give verdict on multiple petitions that have sought a ban on the sale of firecrackers. The verdict is significant...
Nuns Who Protested Against Alleged “Rapist” Bishop Asked To Leave Convent

Priest who complained against Bishop Franco Mulakkal found dead in church premises

A priest who had filed a complaint against Bishop Franco Mulakkal was found dead in Jalandhar on Monday morning. 60-year-old father Kuriakose Kattuthara was found...
CIC to PMO: Give details of corruption complaints against union ministers and action taken

CIC to PMO: Give details of corruption complaints against union ministers and action taken

Photo credit: BJP Twitter handle The Central Information Commission has directed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to reveal details about complaints of corruption received against...
Aadhaar verdict: Summary of the majority judgment

Private telecom companies still flouting SC order on Aadhaar

Private telecom companies are still using the biometric data for Aadhaar verification despite the Supreme Court order last September asking them not to do...
Swachh Bharat: The Waste Land

Swachh Bharat: The Waste Land

India’s municipal solid waste (MSW) problems are solvable. They can be achieved by spending less than half the money currently allocated to municipal budgets...
Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan (far left) releasing the draft India Cooling Action Plan/Photo: ozonecell.in

Energy Efficiency: How Cool is This?

Above: Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan (far left) releasing the draft India Cooling Action Plan/Photo: ozonecell.in As cooling demands are set to rise, India becomes the...
Justice AD Jagadish Chandra of the Madras High Court allowed the petition against CM Palaniswami

CBI Investigation: On the Brink

Above: Justice AD Jagadish Chandra of the Madras High Court allowed the petition against CM Palaniswami After Jayalalithaa’s death, Tamil Nadu has hurtled from...
MJ Akbar Case: The Defamation Defence

MJ Akbar Case: The Defamation Defence

Above: MJ Akbar, former MoS for External Affairs, will fight out allegations levelled at him by journalist Priya Ramani The former Union minister MJ Akbar’s...
Reports of more women heading for Sabarimala keep local police on high alert

Reports of more women heading for Sabarimala keep local police on high alert

Security at all points leading to the Sabarimala temple have been intensified amidst reports that more women were planning to enter the temple premises...
NCW’s special #MeToo email ID for reporting harassment cases

NCW’s special #MeToo email ID for reporting harassment cases

The National Commission for Women on Thursday urged women to send their #MeToo stories to their dedicated email ID: ncw.metoo@gmail.com. based on  which action...
Sabarimala stand-off bring Kerala to a halt

Sabarimala stand-off brings Kerala to a halt

The former president of the Travancore Devaswom Board, which runs more than 700 temples across Kerala including the Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala which is...
High Courts are coming forward ensuring the protection & liberty of homosexual couples

High Courts are coming forward ensuring the protection & liberty of homosexual couples

~By Naved Ahmed Within weeks of the Supreme Court Judgment which decriminalized homosexuality, high courts around the country have been taking steps to ensure to...
MJ Akbar

#MeToo: Highlights of the Day

MJ Akbar’s much-touted ‘team of 97 lawyers’ was either a media error, as journalists wrote this without doing due diligence, or deliberately committed...
END OF IMPUNITY: Thanks to (from left) Sandhya Menon, Tanushree Dutta, Nasreen Khan, Priya Ramani and a few more good women

The Floccinaucinihilipilification of #MeToo

~By Sucheta Dasgupta By focussing on the legal way forward for the women complainants and worrying about the future of the #MeToo movement, are we...
NSUI chief steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

NSUI chief steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations

Fairoz Khan, the national president of National Student Union of India (NSUI) has stepped down from his post following charges of sexual harassment and...
Women devotees and right wing protestors clash over Sabarimala Temple

Women devotees and right wing protestors clash over Sabarimala Temple

Above: Right wing organizations carrying a protest march against the Sabarimala verdict (file pic)/Photo: ANI   Tense situations prevailed in and around Sabarimala Temple on...
Migrant labourers have been fleeing Gujarat in hordes, using every possible conveyance/Photo: Twitter

The Exodus

Above: Migrant labourers have been fleeing Gujarat in hordes, using every possible conveyance/Photo: Twitter Politics seems to be behind the fleeing of labour from this...
Police Training: Setting New Guidelines

Police Training: Setting New Guidelines

After the killing of an Apple executive by a constable, the top police brass has started training its force on soft skills. But will...
NHRC: A Toothless Tiger?

NHRC: A Toothless Tiger?

The National Human Rights Commission commemorates its 25th anniversary, but does it have anything to celebrate? Human rights scholars Sanjoy Hazarika and Sarthak Roy...
A West Bengal school that got aid from Sachin Tendulkar under MPLADS

MPLADS: Plug the Loopholes

Above: A West Bengal school that got aid from Sachin Tendulkar under MPLADS More than two decades after its inception in 1993, this laudable scheme...
Picture by Anil Shakya

CJI Ranjan Gogoi: A Man in a Hurry

The new chief justice’s obsession with pendency, his impatience with case mentioning and his strictness with deviant behaviour are sure signs that he will...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

TAKING ON THE PM That there has been simmering tension, born out of an intoxicating cocktail of ambition and insecurity, between Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
MEDIA WATCH

MEDIA WATCH

Raid on Quint More than a dozen income tax officials raided the residence and offices of Raghav Bahl, founder of the Network 18 group and...
Social Media: Breach Of Contract

Social Media: Breach Of Contract

Above: The Facebook headquarters in the US. The latest data breach is the third in six months/Photo: 1epa.orgb The latest hack of Facebook, compromising several...
Metro: Rough Ride

Metro: Rough Ride

When travel demand is exploding in cities, why are public transport systems experiencing stagnation, with the marginal costs of system expansion far exceeding the...
In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

Above: The damaged SUV belonging to slain Apple India executive Vivek Tiwari The killing of an Apple India executive by constables in Lucknow once again...
Himalayan Bugyals: The Hills Are Not So Alive…

Himalayan Bugyals: The Hills Are Not So Alive…

Above: A trekkers’ camp on a bugyal. The HC ban will hit this activity which is part of the state’s tourism economy/Photo: aquaterra.in A High...
National Anti-Profiteering Authority: Consumer is King

National Anti-Profiteering Authority: Consumer is King

Above: The order against Pyramid Infratech Pvt Ltd is significant and the first in the realty sector A landmark order by the NAA in...
Gir Lions: Dying for Pride

Gir Lions: Dying for Pride

Above: Though lions are one of the mainstays of tourism in Gujarat, yet the state government has failed to take action for their welfare/Photo:...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

Cross-border Strategy When in doubt, attack Pakistan. The BJP, faced with rising anger from farmers, the unemployed and other sections, has adoped that fail-safe strategy...
‘Two term policy have worked well in USA. We want to bring it in Sikkim as well’

“Two-term policy has worked well in USA. We want to bring it in Sikkim...

Ace footballer and politician Bhaichung Bhutia in an exclusive interview to India Legal’s sister concern APN tells about his newly formed party Hamro Sikkim...
Photo by Anil Shakya

CJI Ranjan Gogoi fake twitter handle surfaces; case registered

Barely days after he was sworn in as chief justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi is already an unsuspecting victim of social media. A twitter...
Many households left out of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

Many households left out of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

According to a circular issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the Modi government’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana is targeted...
Three scientists win Nobel in Chemistry

Three scientists win Nobel in Chemistry

American scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter have won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for harnessing the principles of evolution...
Potholes: Driven to Death

Potholes: Driven to Death

Above: Potholes in Bengaluru are among the leading cause of road mishaps The Karnataka High Court has had to step in to curb the potholes...
Maryam Sharif

Pakistan: Judiciary and Politics

Above: Nawaz Sharif (left) and Maryam Nawaz were jailed for alleged corruption/Photo: UNI With the courts ordering the release of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter,...
Manual Scavenging: Life Is The Pits

Manual Scavenging: Life Is The Pits

Above: A protest in Delhi against the non-implementation of the manual scavenging ban Though legislation outlawing Manual Scavenging is in place, rampant violations across the...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

THE RAJAN HIT LIST The BJP has made its fight against corruption the cornerstone of its poll campaign and outreach to the voting public. That...
Death Penalty For Rapists: Hanging By a Thread

Advertorials and News: Paid and Puffed

Above: The Election Commission of India/Photo: Anil Shakya In a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court, the Election Commission has said that repeated laudatory...
Church Under Attack: Not in God’s Name

Church Under Attack: Not in God’s Name

Above: Franco Mulakkal is taken into custody by the Kerala Police after nuns in the state agitated on the streets/Photo: UNI India’s first rape-accused bishop...
Iconic Taj Mansingh to be auctioned tomorrow; fate of employees uncertain

Iconic Taj Mansingh to be auctioned tomorrow; fate of employees uncertain

If the Tata Group fails to retain its flagship hospitality property, hundreds on its staff at the hotel could lose their job with the...
Mallya’s Extradition: A Jigsaw Puzzle

Mallya’s Extradition: A Jigsaw Puzzle

Above: Fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya still has plenty of options and his trial may not end in his deportation/Photo: UNI Unravelling this case will be...
Law Officers: Short Sighted

Law Officers: Short Sighted

With vacancies in the government’s legal team remaining unfilled for several months, it is not clear how the centre hopes to fulfil its litigation...
Members of women’s rights organisations protest over the Rewari gangrape in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Rewari Gang Rape: All Bark, No Bite

Above: Members of women’s rights organisations protest over the Rewari gangrape in New Delhi/Photo: UNI Barely months after the assembly passed a legislation to award...
Muslim women celebrating after the passage of the instant triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha/Photo: UNI

Triple Talaq Ordinance: Split Wide Open

Above: Muslim women celebrating after the passage of the instant triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha/Photo: UNI The centre has cited “compelling reasons” for...
RK Pachauri Case: Toxic Environment

RK Pachauri Case: Toxic Environment

More than three years after a complaint was filed by a female colleague, a Delhi court has ordered framing of sexual harassment charges against...
Trump and Modi

Delhi Durbar

Trump and Modi What do world leaders talk about when they meet one on one, apart from pressing bilateral issues? Offer advice on related issues....
Capt Amarinder Singh and Harpreet Singh Sidhu whom he had handpicked to head the STF

Punjab: Cop versus Cop

Above: Capt Amarinder Singh and Harpreet Singh Sidhu whom he had handpicked to head the STF For a border state that has been in the...
Youth Congress activists demanding the resignation of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

From Vyapam To E-Tender

Above: Youth Congress activists demanding the resignation of MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan As the din over e-bid tampering threatens to engulf Shivraj Singh Chouhan,...
Prodded by the Supreme Court, the Yogi Adityanath government is restoring anticipatory bail in Uttar Pradesh/Photo: UNI

Anticipatory Bail: Bailed out!

Above: Prodded by the Supreme Court, the Yogi Adityanath government is restoring anticipatory bail in Uttar Pradesh/Photo: UNI Scrapped during the Emergency with the intention...
Drugstores will now have clarity about FDCs/Photo: 1ohww.org

Fixed-Dose Combination Drugs: A Festering Wound

Above: Drugstores will now have clarity about FDCs/Photo: 1ohww.org With the health ministry banning the manufacture, sale and distribution of 328 drugs, the endless battle...
Lack of civic sense has turned our cities into open garbage dumps/Photo: Anil Shakya

Solid Waste Management: Waste of a Building

Above: Lack of civic sense has turned our cities into open garbage dumps/Photo: Anil Shakya State governments are hurriedly formulating policies after the Supreme Court...
Photo by Anil Shakya

Section 377: Brothers in Arms

Though Section 377 has been repealed, Section 46(c) of the Army Act is still valid and makes homosexual relations in the armed forces a...
Tamil Nadu cabinet recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins to Governor

Tamil Nadu cabinet recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins to Governor

Seven convicted for the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi have been in prison for the past 27 years; death sentences of three had...
Fake Voters: Free and Fake Franchise?

Fake Voters: Free and Fake Franchise?

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The apex court snub to the Election Commission over sharing the voters’ lists with the Congress leaders is a...
A Question of Timing

A Question of Timing

Above: Robert Vadra In an effort to put the Congress on the back foot in the run-up to elections to the Lok Sabha and Haryana...
Western Ghats: No Lessons Learnt

Western Ghats: No Lessons Learnt

Above: Unchecked construction activities in the hilly areas triggered the floods/Photo: twitter The National Green Tribunal bans reduction of the ecologically sensitive areas of the...
WhatsApp: Big Brother Syndrome

WhatsApp: Big Brother Syndrome

Above: Illustration by Rajender Kumar The centre’s efforts to convince the company to enable surveillance of messages and trace the origin of a forward seem...
Medical Devices: Shooting From the Hip

Medical Devices: Shooting From the Hip

Above: Johnson & Johnson’s office in Mumbai The controversy around hip implants manufactured by Johnson & Johnson has brought into focus loopholes in the medical...
Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

A girl student who shouted anti-BJP slogans on board a flight in which one of her co-passengers was the state party president was arrested...
Army Chief Rawat: Major Gogoi Case To Be Dealt With “sternly”

Army Chief Rawat: Major Gogoi Case To Be Dealt With “sternly”

Army Chief Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday (Sep 4) that Major Leetul Gogoi will “be dealt with sternly in case moral turpitude and corruption...
GST: Taxing Times

GST: Taxing Times

Above: Post-floods, Kerala needs funds for rehabilitation and rebuilding infrastructure/Photo: UNI Is Kerala’s demand that it be allowed to impose a cess on GST in...
All healthcare clinics in Uttarakhand will have to be duly registered

Clinical Establishments Act, 2010: Cracking the Whip!

Above: All healthcare clinics in Uttarakhand will have to be duly registered With the Uttarakhand High Court seeking closure of establishments not registered under Clinical...
Granthis with the Shri Guru Granth Sahib in the inner sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

Panthic Votes: Slugfest over Religion

Above: Granthis with the Shri Guru Granth Sahib in the inner sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar The move to make acts of...
The Punjab assembly passed the IPC (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018

Section 295AA: Holier Than Thou

Above:  The Punjab assembly passed the IPC (Punjab Amendment) Bill, 2018 By enacting a new law against blasphemy, the legislative assembly of Punjab has put...
DELHI DURBAR

DELHI DURBAR

Safe Distance Visitors to the finance ministry seeking an appointment with the minister in charge, Arun Jaitley, are first cautioned with an unusual request. Even...
Law Commission echoes Modi-Shah on simultaneous polls but seeks further debate

Law Commission echoes Modi-Shah on simultaneous polls but seeks further debate

Keep amendments to the Constitution bare minimum, elections for Lok Sabha and 12 state assemblies can be held simultaneously to start with, says law...
RBI 2017-18 report admits that 93.3 percent of all demonetised notes returned to the banks

RBI 2017-18 report admits that 93.3 percent of all demonetised notes returned to the...

India’s central banker’s admission points to demonetisation as an ill-advised misadventure It took nearly two years for the Reserve Bank of India to come out...
Cambridge leadership guru authors book to help India’s marginalized youth move forward

Cambridge leadership guru authors book to help India’s marginalized youth move forward

~By Stephen David in Bengaluru NO country in the world today has more young people than India has: a staggering 600 million! And now a Cambridge,...
NGT puts Delhi tree felling on hold till July 19

The National Green Tribunal is not so green anymore

~By Rajeev Suri “Nowadays 50 percent of the cases are of blackmailers,” stated Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, the new Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal....
Fraternising with local girl in combat zone: Major Gogoi found guilty, could face court martial

Fraternising with local girl in combat zone: Major Gogoi found guilty, could face court...

Major Leetul Gogoi, an honoured soldier of the Indian Army, famous for his tying of a local man in front of a jeep to...
CBI to file fresh charges against Maran brothers

CBI to file fresh charges against Maran brothers

Above: Dayanidhi Maran (left) and Kalanithi Maran/photo:twitter.com The filing of fresh charges against Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanithi Maran in the infamous BSNL telephone exchange scandal...
IPR and Digital Piracy: A Lost Cause

IPR and Digital Piracy: A Lost Cause

Above: The American fantasy drama TV series apparently owes its popularity to digital piracy In an age when digitisation of the world has radically changed...
Tribal Movements: Jungle Warfare

Tribal Movements: Jungle Warfare

Above: Siladon villagers stand with bows and arrows near a large stone slab that enumerates their rights under Schedule 5/Photo: UNI The rape of five...
Aadhaar: Familiar Face

Aadhaar: Familiar Face

Above: UIDAI has announced taking on-the-spot live pictures as a new measure for every authentication that requires Aadhaar UIDAI rolls out an additional feature though...