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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Though Section 377 has been repealed, Section 46(c) of the Army Act is still valid and makes homosexual relations in the armed forces a...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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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...
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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

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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

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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

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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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