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Privatisation of collection of Aadhaar data still persists even after the legislation, says Shyam...

The hearing on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar resumed on Tuesday (January 23). Shyam Divan appearing for one of the appellants stated several judgments...
SC tells Centre to constitute Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute

SC tells Centre to constitute Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 23) dealing with the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh directed the Centre to constitute a tribunal...
SC junks pleas of Rajasthan, MP seeking ban on Padmaavat

SC junks pleas of Rajasthan, MP seeking ban on Padmaavat

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 23) refused to ban screening of the film Padmaavat in two states Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Both the...
Supreme Court; (inset) Judge Loya

SC Bench headed by CJI begins hearing Judge Loya case

Above: Supreme Court; (inset) Judge Loya Heated arguments between Chief Justice Dipak Misra and lawyers Dushyant Dave, Indira Jaising on Day 1 of hearing in...
SC issues notice to Delhi Police, NDMC on the banning of protest demonstrations at Jantar Mantar

SC issues notice to Delhi Police, NDMC on the banning of protest demonstrations at...

Above: A protest at Jantar Mantar. Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court on Monday (January 22) issued notice to Delhi Police and New Delhi Municipal...
SC to hear the plea seeking modification of its previous order on Padmavati

Padmavat: SC to hear the plea seeking modification of its previous order on January...

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 22) deferred the plea of the states Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh seeking the modification of apex court previous...
Opinion and Exit Polls: Manipulating Indecisive Voters

Manipulating Indecisive Voters

Above: Exit polls of the 2013 Chhattisgarh elections being telecast on NDTV Can a plea to regulate such polls which impact voter behaviour and which...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi Durbar

Lessons from Shin Bet Delhi, accustomed to dealing with oppressive security measures thanks to its resident and visiting VIPs, could take a few lessons from...
Role of CBFC: Challenging the Censors

Role of CBFC: Challenging the Censors

While Padmaavat is set for release after a baptism of fire, filmmaker Amol Palekar’s petition in the Supreme Court, to be heard this month,...
Khap Panchayats: Honour at what cost?

Honour At What Cost?

Above: The Supreme Court has slammed khap panchayats for objecting to inter-caste marriages In a landmark order, the Supreme Court has said that any adult...

THE COURT SAYS NO TO BULLIES

Despite several days of the yet unending controversy that has rocked India’s Supreme Court following mutinous accusations from brother judges against the captain of...
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SC rejects petition challenging Peepli Live co-director’s acquittal in a rape case

Above: Mahmood Farooqui/Photo courtesy: hollywoodreporter.com The Supreme Court on Friday (January 19) gave a major relief to Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui in a...
CJI Dipak Misra

CJI refuses to comment on judges’ controversy

The Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is striving hard to put an end to all the further uproar that could possibly arise out...
Divan points out technical faults, lack of legal framework and the sheer unconstitutionality of Aadhaar

Divan points out technical faults, lack of legal framework and the sheer unconstitutionality of...

Photo: Anil Shakya The Aadhaar hearings continued for the second day before the Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A...
Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit

Malegaon blast: Lt Colonel Purohit files plea challenging UAPA against him

Above: Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit, accused in the Malegaon blast case on Thursday (January 18) filed a petition in the Supreme...
​Technical challenge on time-bound chargesheet and bail dismissed by SC

​Technical challenge on time-bound chargesheet and bail dismissed by SC

A technical issue of due date of filing a chargesheet and bail in a serious crime was dismissed by the Supreme Court bench of...
Padmaavat

SC lift states’ ban on Padmavat in interim order; final order in 2 weeks

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Thursday (January 18) ordered that...
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CJI refuses mention of petition for media gag order on 4 judges’ issue

The Supreme Court Registry has refused to number a plea seeking restriction on the media from publishing and airing news related to the four...
Aadhaar a “giant electronic mess”, Divan tells SC

Aadhaar a “giant electronic mess”, Divan tells SC

Photo: Anil Shakya Senior Advocate Shyam Divan on Wednesday (January 17) made a dispassionate plea to a Supreme Court constitution bench on why he thinks...
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SC bench order on Judge Loya hearing says “Put up before appropriate bench”

The entire issue of dealings and the case involving CBI Judge B H Loya has become engulfed in a mist. On Tuesday the Supreme Court bench of Justices...
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SC amicus agrees with petitioner’s view on S 4 of UP ministers act

On Wednesday (January 17) amicus Gopal Subramaniyam agreed with petitioner NGO Lok Prahari’s view that section 4 of the Uttar Pradesh Ministers (Salaries, Allowances...
(L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI; (inset) CJI Dipak Misra

CJI meets the four rebel judges

Above: (L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI;...
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Petition to bring Lokayukta under RTI: UP govt seeks more time

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday (January 16), while hearing an SLP to bring Lokayukta in the purview of the Right to Information Act, 2005,...
SC says deal with doctor’s search for registration quickly, says relevant HC to deal with it

SC says deal with doctor’s search for registration quickly, says relevant HC to deal...

Ayurvedic doctor Dr Ved Prakash Tyagi has been asking for justice for his registration cancelled by the Registrar of the Board of Indian Medicine,...

Judge Loya death case: Maharashtra Govt submits report to SC, but says not to...

Above: Supreme Court; (inset) Judge Loya The Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan M Shantanagoudar was on Tuesday (January 16) given...
SC asks BCCI why e-auction of IPL TV rights cannot be carried out

SC asks BCCI why e-auction of IPL TV rights cannot be carried out

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 16) asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reply why e-auction cannot be done...
Panellists at India Legal show think judges’ press conference as unfortunate and unprecedented

Panellists at India Legal show think judges’ press conference as unfortunate and unprecedented

The recently-held press conference by four seniormost judges of the Supreme Court, questioning the functioning of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) formed the...
Bofors: Petitioner mentions in SC, says CBI lied in high court

Bofors: Petitioner mentions in SC, says CBI lied in high court

Supreme Court lawyer Ajay K Agrawal, who is the petitioner in the Bofors case, on Monday (January 15) submitted an affidavit to the Apex...
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WB defalcation complaint sent back to magistrate by SC

Off a PIL by Ramjan Mirdha, saying that huge sums of money sanctioned for various schemes to be implemented in remote parts of Purulia,...
Four judges attend court; Supreme Court functions normally

4 judges attend court; SC functions normally

Above: (L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi (file picture)/Photo:...
SC schedules all petitions seeking removal of GST on sanitary napkins for January 22

SC schedules all petitions seeking removal of GST on sanitary napkins for January 22

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 15) has said that it will hear a batch of petitions pending in the Supreme Court as well...
Supreme Court issues notice on 2013 election to MP assembly seat

SC issues notice on 2013 election to MP assembly seat

The Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Monday (January 15) issued notice in a petition by Sharadendu Tiwari...
Supreme Court issues notice on 2013 election to MP assembly seat

ADJ Kamini Lau’s challenge of criminal contempt order comes up before SC

Above: Delhi High Court/Photo: Anil Shakya On December 22, the bench of Justice Valmiki Mehta and Indermeet Kaur of Delhi High Court had issued...
People waiting at Gurgaon District Court/Photo: Anil Shakya

The Long, Tortuous Wait

Above: People waiting at Gurgaon District Court/Photo: Anil Shakya As the apex court seeks effective solutions to mounting pendency in high courts, it has felt...
Black Coated Oratory

Black Coated Oratory

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb There is nothing more archaic and convoluted than the language in which courtroom proceedings are conducted in India,...
(L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Mutiny on the Bench

Above: (L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI In...
DIVIDED THEY FALL

DIVIDED THEY FALL

~By Inderjit Badhwar If you think that last week’s press conference by four of the senior-most judges of the Supreme Court—the very Collegium itself–on the...
Principal Secretary Nripendra Mishra; (inset) CJI’s bungalow

PM’s Principal Secretary Mishra denied entry to CJI’s residence

Above: Principal Secretary Nripendra Mishra; (inset) CJI’s bungalow The executive’s eagerness to enter into the chaos and fish in troubled waters that has been created...
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CBI Probe on foreign funds to ex-Punjab MLA reaches SC

A probe against funds to a former Punjab MLA came up before the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar...
Four Judges Criticise Chief Justice Dipak Misra: Things Not In Order, Less Than Desirable Things Happened

Four Judges Criticise Chief Justice Dipak Misra: Things Not In Order, Less Than Desirable...

Simmering differences and discontent in the top judiciary exploded on Friday, January 12, when the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra came under attack...

Another company’s deals linked to Karti Chidambaram

​A case related to Karti Chidambaram’s foreign deals, involving another company was being heard by the Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and...
With draft bill on Aadhaar-mobile link in next Parliament session SC puts off PIL

With draft bill on Aadhaar-mobile link in next Parliament session SC puts off PIL

A writ petition had been filed before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y...
Indu Malhotra to be first woman to be promoted from Bar to SC judgeship

Indu Malhotra to be first woman to be promoted from Bar to SC judgeship

Supreme Court Collegium also recommends elevation of Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph as judge of the apex court In a first, the Supreme Court Collegium...

SNC Lavalin case: Supreme Court issues notice to Kerala CM Vijayan

SC stays trial in the Rs 86 crore scam till further orders, admits the CBI’s appeal against discharge of Pinarayi Vijayan and others in...
Nine years after 7000 Cr Satyam Scam, Sebi bans PwC for 2 years

Nine years after 7000 Cr Satyam Scam, Sebi bans PwC for 2 years

Securities and Exchange Board of India found Pricewaterhouse Coopers guilty of complicity in the fraud that led to the decline of Ramalinga Raju’s Satyam...
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On Friday SC will hear case of the death of CBI judge Brijgopal Loya

The Supreme Court on Thursday (January 11) has decided to hear the case pertaining to the death of CBI judge Brijgopal Loya. The bench...
‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

The issue of foreign law firms and foreign lawyers practising in India came up for hearing before the Supreme Court bench of Justices A...
34 years on, SC forms new SIT to probe 186 cases linked to ’84 anti-Sikh riots

34 years on, SC forms new SIT to probe 186 cases linked to ’84...

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has decided to set up a SC-monitored three-member SIT to investigate cases not probed by Centre’s...
ASG presents shockingly low number for homeless in UP; when probed by SC, says drop the report

ASG presents shockingly low number for homeless in UP; when probed by SC, says...

Govt comes up short in explaining if homeless are getting Aadhaar cards, ASG on backfoot A shocking difference in numbers was presented to the Supreme...
SC wants to know if Pilot Baba has any criminal antecedent

SC wants to know if Pilot Baba has any criminal antecedent

Kapil Adwetya aka Pilot Baba, has appealed to the Supreme Court for quashing of criminal proceedings, for allegedly cheating one Dr Harish Pal of...
SC issues restricting orders against Jaypee directors

SC issues restricting orders against Jaypee directors

Above: Flat buyers under the banner of Jaypee Aman Owners Welfare Association shouting slogans during a demonstration demanding for a judicial probe for delay...
​Technical challenge on time-bound chargesheet and bail dismissed by SC

SC orders speedy appointment of Lokayukta in Uttarakhand

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (January 10) ordered that Lokayukta in Uttarakhand should be appointed within 8 months once the law on the Lokayukta...
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Bilkis Bano case: ASG seeks 6 more weeks to study issue

In the petition of Bilkis Yakub Rasool regarding the compensation amount arising out of the Godhra riots of 2002 and of gang rape and...
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SC asks advocate to explain his position in contempt suit

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy on Wednesday (January 10) asked petitioner Gulshan Bajwa to file an affidavit stating...
Revert on Nirbhaya fund usage: SC to states

Revert on Nirbhaya fund usage: SC to states

Photo by Bhavana Gaur In the case of Nipun Saxena vs Union of India, the Supreme Court has asked state governments to revert within six...
Cab drivers in New Delhi

Delhi HC grants more time to finalise rules for taxi drivers in Delhi

Above: Cab drivers in New Delhi The case wherein the Delhi High Court took suo motu cognizance of crimes being committed by taxi drivers...
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Cauvery water dispute: SC disposes of an intervening plea

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 9) disposed of a plea seeking intervention in respect of legal battle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over...
Delhi HC slams DSACS for the underutilization of funds pertaining to AIDS patients

Delhi HC slams DSACS for the underutilization of funds pertaining to AIDS patients

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (January 9) dealing with the financial assistance being given to persons suffering with AIDS slammed the Delhi State...
Call Me Now

Rehabilitation of prostitutes: SC allows the petitioner to file UN report

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 9) dealing with the rehabilitation of prostitutes and ensuring them the right to be free citizens, right not...
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Supreme Court reserves its order on pictorial warnings depicted on Tobacco products

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The Supreme Court on Monday (January 8) reserved its interim order related to pictorial warnings on packets of cigarettes and...

SC to hear Karti plea to fly abroad tomorrow

The Supreme Court will hear the Enforcement Directorate’s case against Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, for money laundering on January...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

SC seeks reply from Centre on implementation of citizens’ charter in every dept

Above: Supreme Court   The Centre on Monday (January 8) sought time from the Supreme Court to file its reply to a PIL that seeks...
No need to re-investigate Gandhi assassination, Godse killed him: Amicus to SC

No need to re-investigate Gandhi assassination, Godse killed him: Amicus to SC

Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, who had been appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in a petition that sought re-investigation of the assassination of...
Why can’t construction be done without sand, SC asks Rajasthan government

Why can’t construction be done without sand, SC asks Rajasthan government

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 8) directed the Rajasthan government to come up with a technology that enables building of houses without sand. The bench...
Constitutional bench to hear Sec 377 challenge

Constitution bench to hear Sec 377 challenge

Photo by Anil Shakya A constitution bench will hear the matter pertaining to decriminalisation of homosexuality later this month (January). A petition has been filed by...
President is the Head of State, don’t drag him into a PIL: SC

President is the Head of State, don’t drag him into a PIL: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 8) dismissed a public interest litigation that had sought to challenge the recruitment procedure followed for hiring personnel...
Ryan International School

Plea challenging Ryan officials’ anticipatory bail to be heard on Jan 23

The Supreme Court Bench of Justices RK Agrawal and Abhay Manohar Sapre, on Monday (January 8) has asked the Centre to submit all relevant...
Beef ban in Maharashtra: SC defers matter to the third week of February

Beef ban in Maharashtra: SC defers matter to the third week of February

The Supreme Court is dealing with a petition challenging the Bombay High Court order striking down beef ban in the state. On Monday (January 8), the...
Muslim men in Mumbai protest against the Bill while women/Photo: UNI

Triple Whammy

Above: Muslim men in Mumbai protest against the Bill while women/Photo: UNI The irony is hard to miss when a law designed to provide security...
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2018: Vital Cases to be Heard

Above: Supreme Court 2018 will see some important cases coming up in the Supreme Court, be it the contentious Aadhaar issue, the Babri Masjid dispute...

Deaths by Aadhaar in Jharkhand

Lead: Koyli Devi, mother of Santoshi Kumari, who died of starvation in Simdega district Jharkhand has seen four deaths in recent months due to the...
Decoding the politics of social cohesiveness in India

AMPLE INDIA

Above: Muslims and Hindus offering prayers to Lord Ganesha in Ahmedabad ~By Inderjit Badhwar This year seems not to have begun too propitiously either for the...
SC won’tstay bidding for NH-75 widening work. Photo by Anil Shakya

SC won’t stay bidding for NH-75 widening

The Supreme Court has refused to stay the process of invitation of tenders to execute a widening project on National Highway 75. The National Highways...

SC orders unfreezing of Adarsh accounts

The Supreme Court has ordered de-freezing of three bank accounts belonging to the controversial Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society based in Mumbai. A bench comprising Justice...
SC refers matter seeking validity of Section 497, 198(2) to constitution bench

SC refers matter seeking validity of Sections 497, 198(2) to constitution bench

The Supreme Court on Friday (January 5) referred the matter related to the validity of Section 497 of IPC and Section 198(2) of CrPC...
SC disposes of plea on CCTV during investigation

SC disposes of plea on CCTV during investigation

The Supreme Court on Friday (January 5) disposed of a plea on the inability to produce CCTV footage before it, saying this was not the...
SC directs Unitech to deposit money on time

SC directs Unitech to deposit money on time

The Supreme Court on January 5 directed Unitech to deposit Rs 40 lakh by the next date of hearing to the account of the...
SC wants centre’s response to Haj queries

SC wants centre’s response to Haj queries

In the case titled Kerala State Haj Committee vs Union of India, the petitioner had raised five major concerns with respect to the new...
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Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal: SC defers hearing as the parties demand more time

The Supreme Court on Friday (January 5) was informed by both the parties (State of Punjab and State of Haryana) that they needed more...
Firecrackers being burned during Diwali/Photo: Anil Shakya

Complete ban on firecrackers: SC seeks report from CPCB

Above: Firecrackers being burned during Diwali/Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court on Friday (January 5) dealing with the plea seeking complete ban on firecrackers...
SC permits Bihar to take part in national cricket championships

SC permits Bihar to take part in national cricket championships

Above: A batsman plays a shot during a Ranji Trophy match (file picture)/Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Thursday (January 4) permitted Bihar Cricket Association...
SC dismisses plea asking for the construction of hostel near Gwalior Fort. Gwalior Fort/Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia

SC dismisses plea asking for the construction of hostel near Gwalior Fort

Above: Gwalior Fort/Photo Courtesy:Wikimedia The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta on Thursday (January 4) dismissed a petition...

SC rues the bad conditions in orphanages across India; issues notices to states

Above: Children in an orphanage/Photo courtesy: www.internationalstorytelling.org There was a news article published in a newspaper in which it was mentioned that there is...
CJI Dipak Misra (file photo)/Photo courtesy: symlaw.ac

CJI allows junior lawyers to mention matters apart from AoRs

Above: CJI Dipak Misra (file photo)/Photo courtesy: symlaw.ac The Supreme Court on Thursday (January 4) relaxed the rule on listing the cases. Chief Justice of...
Important Judgments of 2017

Important Judgments of 2017

CONSTITUTION OF INDIA SEEKING VOTES IN THE NAME OF RELIGION IS A CORRUPT PRACTICE Date of Judgment: January 2, 2017 Describing religion as a private relationship between...
Bill banning instant triple talaq passed by Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha hurdle ahead

Bill banning instant triple talaq passed by Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha hurdle ahead

The Bill, which seeks to make talaq-e-biddat a cognisable offence punishable with a three year jail term for the husband was passed by a...
(Left) Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Rajeev Dhavan 

“A Lawyer Should Not Try to Browbeat a Judge”

Above: (Left) Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Rajeev Dhavan  Recently, while a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court was hearing the contentious...
Members of Parliament engaged in a heated debate in the Lok Sabha. Photo: UNI

Fast-Track Courts: Unequal Before the Law

The government’s decision to set up 12 such courts for legislators comes at a time when there are over 2.8 crore pending cases. Should...
Supreme Court on Trademark Rights: Toyota Hits a Roadblock

Trademark Cases: Toyota Hits a Roadblock

A case filed by this reputed carmaker against a local company saw it losing the suit in the apex court, which said that trademark...
“Personal Ego Must Take a Backseat in Court”

“Personal Ego Must Take a Backseat in Court”

Recently, while a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court was hearing the contentious Delhi versus centre power-sharing case, a heated debate broke out...
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Pictorial warning on tobacco packages: SC refuses to stay Karnataka HC order

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya There is, as of now, no change in the original health warning instruction on packaging of cigarettes, because the...
Judges-salaries

Govt tables Bill to hike salaries of judges by nearly 200 per cent in...

High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service Amendment) Bill 2017 proposes huge hikes in salaries of judges Union minister for law...
Justice C S Karnan released from Kolkata’s Presidency Jai

Justice Karnan released from jail

The former Calcutta High Court judge spent six months behind bars at Kolkata’s Presidency Jail, sent there by the Supreme Court for contempt Calcutta High...
​Technical challenge on time-bound chargesheet and bail dismissed by SC

Delhi BJP spokesperson digs up old issue, wants MPs, MLAs barred from legal practice

Above: Supreme Court This appeal is despite the Supreme Court’s earlier ruling that advocates who become MPs or MLAs could continue practising Delhi BJP spokesperson and...
Justice Swatanter Kumar during 4th Foundation Day function of the National Green Tribunal (file picture).Photo: UNI

NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar retires

Above: Justice Swatanter Kumar during 4th Foundation Day function of the National Green Tribunal (file picture).Photo: UNI On Tuesday (December 19) Justice Swatanter Kumar,...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Sexual Discrimination

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, which seeks to punish only the man for adultery, comes under review by...
Alive Even After Death?

Alive Even After Death?

A plea regarding the late CM J Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression on a document opens many questions about the relevance of Aadhaar data after a...
DEATH SENTENCES—WHAT THE JUDGES FEEL

DEATH SENTENCES—WHAT THE JUDGES FEEL

~By Inderjit Badhwar In 2014, I made a courtesy call on then Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam who was due to retire in a...
Lawyers at Supreme Court (Representative Image)/Photo: Anil Shakya

High price of arguments: Why are top lawyers paid so much?

The Supreme Court has asked the centre to bring in a law to cap lawyers’ fees. While that is pending, a look into why...
MP High Court judge accused in sexual harassment case cleared by Rajya Sabha panel

MP High Court judge accused in sexual harassment case cleared by Rajya Sabha panel

Photo caption: M.P (Jabalpur) High Court (File pic) Justice SK Gangele of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has been cleared of the charge of sexual...
Triple-talaq

Narendra Modi Cabinet clears Bill banning instant triple talaq

The Bill makes instant triple talaq a cognisable offence and proposes a 3 year jail term for Muslim husband who gives wife talaq-ul-biddat; to...
wheelchair

SC orders sensitisation bodies for the disabled at workplaces on lines of sexual harassment...

A Supreme Court bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on Friday (December 15) suggested stringent reforms at workplaces that would benefit...
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SC extends all Aadhaar linkage deadlines to March 31, 2018

The Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan...
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SC interim verdict on Aadhaar-bank account linkage on Friday (December 15)

The Supreme Court will give an interim verdict on Aadhaar and bank account linking on Friday (December 15) morning When the Aadhaar case – officially,...
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SC hearing: Counsels ask, how can a starving child be asked to provide Aadhaar...

When the Aadhaar case – officially, the Justice K S Puttaswamy (Retd) and Anr. vs. Union of India and Ors – came up for...
SC increases the cap on production of iron ore for categories A and B mines

SC increases the cap on production of iron ore for categories A and B...

Above: A TV grab of a coal mine in Lalmatia, Godda. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Thursday (December 14) increased the cap on production...
Aadhaar

Deadline for linking bank accounts with Aadhaar extended till Mar 31

Decision by the finance ministry comes a day before a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court begins hearing pleas against mandatory Aadhaar-linking In a...
Dipak Misra

CJI interacts with reporters

Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra formally met with a section of reporters on Monday (December 11), and enquired what problems court reporters face...
A liquor shop at National Highway 58, Ghaziabad

Highway liquor ban removed in municipal areas

Above: A liquor shop at National Highway 58, Ghaziabad In another dilution from its initial stand of no liquor shops within 500 m from highways,...
Nirbhaya case: Reject death penalty review petition of accused, demands Delhi police

Nirbhaya case: Reject death penalty review petition of accused, demands Delhi police

Supreme Court Bench pulled up advocate ML Sharma for alleging that Mukesh, one of the four accused in the case, was framed in the...
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Sex determination ads on Net: SC asks all agencies to cooperate in search-and-delete work

While dealing with the issue of illegal sex determination test advertisements on the web, the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and...
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Custodial death: SC takes stock of operational details of open jails

Above: Representative image of a prisoner/Photo: Anil Shakya   In the matter relating to custodial death, the Supreme Court has taken up the case with...
SCBA

SCBA elections to be held on Dec 13; Six in the fray for the...

Six candidates, including former president Dushyant Dave, are contesting for the post of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president in the elections to the...
No ban on Muzaffarnagar – The Burning Love, says UP govt

No ban on Muzaffarnagar – The Burning Love, says UP govt

The Supreme Court on Monday (December 11) disposed off a petition challenging the unofficial ban on screening of the movie “Muzaffarnagar – The Burning...
(Left) Rajeev Dhawan and CJI Dipak Misra

Rajeev Dhavan quits court, says “humiliating end to Delhi case” was the reason

Above: (Left) Rajeev Dhavan and CJI Dipak Misra   The issue of lawyers acting in a disrespectful manner with the judges of the Supreme Court...
A TV grab of Barun Thakur, father of Pradyuman Thakur

Pradyuman murder: SC dismisses plea challenging Pintos’ anticipatory bail

Above: A TV grab of Barun Thakur, father of Pradyuman Thakur The Supreme Court bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre...
Aamby-vaaley

Takeover of Sahara’s Aamby Valley properties to begin tomorrow

The Bombay High Court receiver, appointed by the Supreme Court to take over the management of Sahara Group’s Aamby Valley luxury township near Pune,...
Judges of the Supreme Court and 24 high courts are all set to get a well-earned raise. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Salary Hike for Judges: Money Matters

Above: Judges of the Supreme Court and 24 high courts are all set to get a well-earned raise. Photo: Bhavana Gaur The government is all...
The bill has been welcomed by Muslim women, especially those who have fought a long battle against talaq-ul-biddat, as well as Muslim men advocating reform. Photo: Anil Shakya

Triple Talaq Draft Bill Shrouded in Secrecy

Above: The bill has been welcomed by Muslim women, especially those who have fought a long battle against talaq-ul-biddat, as well as Muslim men...
Smartphones have taken the internet within the reach of more Indians/ Photo: Anil Shakya

A breath of fresh air

Above: Smartphones have taken the internet within the reach of more Indians/ Photo: Anil Shakya Considering that India has no laws on net neutrality, TRAI...
Death Penalty in Madhya Pradesh: Zero Tolerance for Child Rape

Death Penalty: Zero Tolerance for Child Rape

Illustration: Anthony Lawrence In an attempt to stem this horrendous crime, the state government has tabled a bill to award capital punishment to those convicted...
SC dismisses petition seeking one nation one course

SC dismisses petition seeking one nation one course

Above: Students appearing for CBSE Higher Secondary School examinations on the first day at a centre, in Mirzapur (file picture). Photo: UNI The Supreme...
Promotion of generic drugs: ASG expresses surprise over the non-rendering of recommendations by the petitioner

Generic drugs: No commission set up yet

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud on Friday (December 8) was informed by...
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Photo: UNI

SC judge opts out of Himachal CM assets case

Above: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Photo: UNI Justice A M Khanwilkar on Friday (December 8) recused from hearing the plea alleging that...
A Parsi marriage being consummated (representative image)/Photo Courtesy: www.formyshaadi.com

SC finally hears plea by Parsi woman questioning her conversion after inter-religion marriage

Above: A Parsi marriage being consummated (representative image)/Photo Courtesy: www.formyshaadi.com The Supreme Court on Thursday (December 7) finally heard the case involving a Parsi woman...
Tarun-Tejpal

SC asks Goa court to initiate hearing in Tarun Tejpal sexual assault case

Above: Tarun Tejpal The Supreme Court bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao on Wednesday (December 6) asked a Goa court...
SC slaps a fine of Rs two lakhs on Centre for unresponsive to the plight of widows in Vrindavan

SC slaps a fine of Rs two lakhs on Centre for unresponsive to the...

Above: Widows playing holi in Vrindavan/Photo Courtesy: qzprod.files.wordpress.com The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta dealing with the case pertaining...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Wednesday (December 6) dealing with large-scale flagrant violations related to immoveable properties...
Pradyuman Murder: SC reserves judgement on the grant of anticipatory bail to Pintos

Pradyuman Murder: SC reserves judgement on the grant of anticipatory bail to Pintos

Above: The Ryan International School in Bhondsi, Gurugram Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi appearing for the trustees of the Ryan International group contented how can people...
Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute: SC adjourns the hearing to February 8

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute: SC adjourns the hearing to February 8

Kapil Sibal, appearing for Sunni Wakf Board on Tuesday (December 5) urged the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok...
CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana

Rejected Petitions: The Asthana Mystery

Above: CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana Notations in a photocopy and the original diary which mentions Asthana's name differ, adding to the controversy over the...
Former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal. Photo: UNI

Prevention of Money Laundering Act: Relief in Sight

Above: Jignesh Kishorebhai Bhajiawala, son of Surat-based financier Kishore Bhajiawala In a judgment that has brought hope to many undertrials facing prosecution for money laundering,...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

SC asks Centre why laws which incite discrimination against leprosy patients shouldn’t be scrapped

The Supreme Court on Monday (December 4) issued a notice to the Centre seeking reply on the discrimination faced by leprosy patients. The Centre...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Litigation Expenses: High Cost of Justice

With lawyers charging exorbitant fees and frivolous appeals delaying cases routinely, a majority of litigants find that their quest for justice can be a...
Photo courtesy www.periyartigerreserve.org

SC cancels “mega car parking” project around the Periyar Tiger Reserve

Above: Photo courtesy www.periyartigerreserve.org The Supreme Court on Monday (December 4) cancelled the “mega car parking” project in the area around the Periyar Tiger...
AN INDIGNANT WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE

AN INDIGNANT WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE

~By Inderjit Badhwar In a recent post, I ladled praise on the Supreme Court for what I believed was a bold decision in today’s prejudice-charged...
Centre proposes fine and three-year jail term in draft law for instant triple talaq

Centre proposes fine and three-year jail term in draft law for instant triple talaq

Above: Photo Courtesy GettyImages   After over three months of the apex court verdict terming instant triple talaq illegal and unconstitutional, the Centre has drawn...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

CJAR petition dismissed, SC imposes Rs 25 lakh fine

Above: The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court on Friday (December 1) dismissed the plea filed by Campaign for Judicial Accountability...
(Right to Left) Prateek Hajela, NRC Coordinator in Assam, Registrar General of India, Sailesh and police officials of Assam meeting with leaders of the political parties of Assam, in Guwahati. Photo: UNI

NRC list: SC refuses to extend deadline, AG records disagreement

Above: (Right to Left) Prateek Hajela, NRC Coordinator in Assam, Registrar General of India, Sailesh and police officials of Assam meeting  with leaders of...
“I am not free yet, college another prison” says Hadiya

“I am not free yet, college another prison” says Hadiya

Hadiya, the woman in the eye of the Kerala love jihad controversy says that she is not free yet. Two days after the Supreme...
Photo Courtesy Bhavana Gaur

India Legal show: Panellists weigh pros and cons of the installation of CCTVs in...

The India Legal show deliberated on the recent decision taken by the apex court necessitating CCTVs in courtrooms all over the country. The show...

Registration of FIRs under Sec 498A: SC refuses to frame guidelines, saying there is...

Above: A procession taking place for the safety of women. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Wednesday (November 29) observed that when there are some...
Workers carry a poster advertising upcoming Bollywood film Padmavati. Photo: UNI

Bansali counsel Salve’s statement in SC may stop Padmavati release in UK before CBFC...

Above: Workers carry a poster advertising upcoming Bollywood film Padmavati. Photo: UNI Top court refuses to stay release of film The Supreme Court bench of Chief...
Photo: Anil Shakya

Transgender Bill: A Marginal Approach

The recommendations of a parliamentary panel looking into the rights of this community may be put on the back-burner, setting back any progress made...
Dense forests in Meghalaya (representative image). Photo Courtesy Wikimedia

Forest land allotment: Company agrees to transfer of land

Above: Dense forests in Meghalaya (representative image). Photo Courtesy Wikimedia The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta is hearing a...
Hadiya’s lawyer speaking to media on November 27. Photo: Anil Shakya

I want freedom, Hadiya tells Supreme Court

Above: Hadiya’s lawyer speaking to media on November 27. Photo: Anil Shakya SC agrees to appoint dean of college as local guardian when Hadiya says...
SC tells woman claiming to be Jayalalithaa’s daughter to approach Karnataka HC

SC tells woman claiming to be Jayalalithaa’s daughter to approach Karnataka HC

The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur on Monday (November 27) told 37-year-old Amrutha Sarathy claiming to be the biological daughter...
Supreme Court issues notice on 2013 election to MP assembly seat

Kalkaji temple: SC tells DJB to complete the work; directs authority to monitor the...

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud on Monday (November 27) dealing...
A Parsi wedding showcases the unique culture and tradition of the community. Photo: formyshaadi.com/blog

Parsi Divorce Case: I Want to Break Free…

Above: A Parsi wedding showcases the unique culture and tradition of the community. Photo: formyshaadi.com/blog A petition has challenged the constitutionality of the Parsi Marriage...
A girl getting her retina scanned as she enrolls for Aadhaar, at a camp in Mirzapur (file picture). Photo: UNI

Aadhaar linkages issue to be dealt with by constitution bench, possibly next week

Above: A girl getting her retina scanned as she enrolls for Aadhaar, at a camp in Mirzapur (file picture). Photo: UNI The Supreme Court has...
Photo: Anil Shakya

An Aadhaar of Dangerous Liaisons

This initiative of the government is fraught with problems as biometric data can get mismatched and cards deactivated, bringing life to a complete standstill ~By...
Banning of Films: Dousing the Flames

Banning of Films: Dousing the Flames

As protests rage over the release of Padmavati, the Supreme Court has declined to intervene, leaving it to the Censor Board to take a...
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius attends sentencing for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court, South Africa on June 13, 2016. Photo: UNI

Oscar Pistorius jail term increased to 13 years and 5 months

Above: Paralympian Oscar Pistorius attends sentencing for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court, South Africa on June 13, 2016. Photo:...
Winter session of Parliament will be convened from Dec 15 to Jan 5

Winter session of Parliament will be convened from Dec 15 to Jan 5

The upcoming winter session of Parliament will be convened from December 15 to January 5 thereby ending the political storm raging over it. This was...
Supreme-Court

Bar council elections: SC sets March 31 as deadline for advocate certificate verification

Above: Lawyers at the Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court on Friday (November 24) set March 31, 2018 as the deadline for...
Medical colleges admission scam: SC strikes down Allahabad HC order allowing illegal admissions

Medical colleges admission scam: SC strikes down Allahabad HC order allowing illegal admissions

Above: Medical college students taking classroom lessons (representative image) Another eye-opening case of scam in medical colleges admission came into the light on Thursday...
Bikis Bano case: No clarity yet on status of convicted police officers

Bilkis Bano case: No clarity yet on status of convicted police officers

Above: Bilkis Bano addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad (file picture).Photo: UNI The police and the Gujarat government’s position regarding the convicted police officials...
SC praises Centre for emulating the Punjab and Haryana HC model for the installation of CCTVs

SC praises Centre for emulating the Punjab and Haryana HC model for the installation...

The Supreme Court bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit on Thursday (November 23) was informed by the Additional Solicitor General...
Photo: Anil Shakya

Obsolete Legislations: Outlawing Laws

The Winter Session of Parliament will see some long-delayed action, as states respond to the centre’s appeal to move fast on repealing or amending...
Homeless people in Rain Basera in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Complete mismanagement stalls shelters for the homeless, SC slams govt agencies

Above: Homeless people in Rain Basera in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: Bhavana Gaur West Bengal needs 1050 shelters, have built only 6; say...
Flat buyers under the banner of Jaypee Aman Owners Welfare Association shouting slogans during a demonstration demanding for a judicial probe for delay in allotment of their pre-booked flats in New (file picture).Photo: UNI

Sell, mortgage, do whatever, but pay the homebuyers, SC tells Jaypee directors

Above: Flat buyers under the banner of Jaypee Aman Owners Welfare Association shouting slogans during a demonstration demanding for a judicial probe for delay...

GM Mustard case: Issue to be again heard at SC after 12 weeks

Above: A woman works inside her mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar (file picture). Photo: UNI The application field by activist Aruna Rodrigues,...
CCTVs (representative image)

CCTVs in courtrooms: Don’t need privacy as nothing private happens there, says SC

Above: CCTVs (representative image) Maintaining that courtrooms do not need privacy as nothing private happens there, the Supreme Court bench of Justices A K...
Photo Courtesy Anil Shakya

India Legal show: The credibility of Judiciary has been dented in the UP Medical...

The latest edition of the India Legal show discussed the UP Medical College case filed by Advocate on Record Kamini Jaiswal which was dismissed...
Hardik Patel (in red turban) at a Patidar rally in Gujarat. Photo: UNI

Patidars: The Reservation Riddle

Above: Hardik Patel (in red turban) at a Patidar rally in Gujarat. Photo: UNI With the Patidar community constituting 14 percent of the population of...
Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor arrested in the Ryan International School murder case

Pradhyumn murder case: Gurugram court grants bail to bus conductor

Above: Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor arrested in the Ryan International School murder case A Gurugram court on Tuesday (November 21) granted bail...
Bill on Triple Talaq likely to be introduced in upcoming winter session

Bill on Triple Talaq likely to be introduced in upcoming winter session

The Centre is planning to introduce legislation to end the instant triple talaq in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament. A Union minister was quoted...
Prime Minister Modi bows down in respect at the steps of the Parliament house. Photo: UNI

Winter Session of Parliament: Bleak House?

With no news of whether this session will be called, the Opposition is up in arms. But the ruling BJP does not want to...
Justice Bhandari remains in his post on ICJ as Britain withdraws candidate

Justice Bhandari remains in his post at ICJ as Britain withdraws candidate

Above: Justice Dalveer Bhandari. Photo Courtesy: ICJ It was a tooth-and-nail fight between the UK and India. India needed its nominee, Justice Dalveer Bhandari,...
Sports Administration: The Legal Dribble

Sports Administration: The Legal Dribble

Above: FIFA president Gianni Infantino (extreme left) with AIFF president Praful Patel (in blue shirt) and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the FIFA...
CJI critical of another petition to stop release of Padmavati

CJI critical of another petition to stop release of Padmavati

Above: Karni Sena activists protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming movie Padmavati, in Jaipur on Saturday. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Monday (November...
Karti-Chidambaram

Karti Chidambaram allowed to travel abroad by SC

Above: Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram talks to his supporters during the CBI raids at his residence, in Chennai...
Supreme Court

Unwanted Shadow

The storm in the Supreme Court following a series of extraordinary proceedings has abated but it has raised some important questions ~By Neeraj Mishra “Though it...
Blue whale game

SC: It is govt’s responsibility to ensure eradication of Blue Whale game

When the issue of the deadly Blue Whale game came up again at the Supreme Court, its bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and...
A representative picture of airbags in a car

Faulty airbags case: SC asks Mercedes to deposit NCDRC-imposed cost with registry

Above: A representative picture of airbags in a car  India has not been known to be too much bothered about safety features in cars or...

SC agrees to hear WB’s redrafted plea challenging Aadhaar

The Supreme Court bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on Friday (November 17) agreed to hear a plea by the West...
Former TMC MP Mukul Roy meeting BJP leaders after joining BJP in New Delhi (file picture). Photo:UNI

BJP leader Mukul Roy alleges phone tapping, moves Delhi HC

Above: Former TMC MP Mukul Roy meeting BJP leaders after joining BJP in New Delhi (file picture). Photo:UNI Away from the power centre at...
SC clarifies: Civility is not dead

SC clarifies: Civility is not dead

Using abusive language over phone in a public place could be a crime, top court agrees with high court view In a society increasingly...
Rape accused godman Asharam Bapu being produced in Court in Jodhpur (file picture). Photo: UNI

SC shocked at non-registration of FIR against Asaram Bapu in Sai case

Above: Rape accused godman Asharam Bapu being produced in Court in Jodhpur (file picture). Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Friday (November 17) expressed...
Rizwanur murder case: SC refuses to stay trial court proceedings

Rizwanur murder case: SC refuses to stay trial court proceedings

Above: Supreme Court   The Supreme Court on Friday (November 17) said that the trial court will continue with the case of the 2007 murder...
Karni Sena has been staging violent protests against the release of Padmavati. Photo: UNI

Padmavati, Kejriwal films will open, SC will not interfere

Above: Karni Sena has been staging violent protests against the release of Padmavati. Photo: UNI Apex court insists that “freedom of speech and expression is...
SC asks Chhattisgarh govt to submit Westland papers in a week

SC asks Chhattisgarh govt to submit Westland papers in a week

AgustaWestland helicopter of the Indian Air Force A Supreme Court bench on Thursday (November 16) asked the Chhattisgarh government to produce the original files related...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

SC bench asks: How is a 5-0 verdict less than a 6-3 verdict?

A Supreme Court bench of Justices Rohinton F Nariman and Sanjay K Kaul has proposed that articulations by a certain number of judges should...
Illegal Mining

SC stays illegal sand mining on Rajasthan riverbeds

The Supreme Court on Thursday (November 16) ordered a stay on the illegal sand mining activities on the riverbeds of Rajasthan. The bench of...
The body of Mahatma Gandhi lying at Birla House in New Delhi. Photo: oldindianphotos.in

Petition brings back to life Gandhi assassination controversy

Above: The body of Mahatma Gandhi lying at Birla House in New Delhi. Photo: oldindianphotos.in Bringing back to life the controversial three-bullet theory in the...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

Promotion for SC, ST: AG submits report on how 3 states are handling creamy...

Above: Supreme Court    The Supreme Court bench of the Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on Wednesday (November...
Beneficiaries under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme receiving flats from the Governor of Punjab and Haryana, Kaptan Singh Solanki, and the then minister of housing and urban poverty alleviation, M Venkaiah Naidu, in Chandigarh. Photo: UNI

A Place to Call My Own

Above: Beneficiaries under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme receiving flats from the Governor of Punjab and Haryana, Kaptan Singh Solanki, and the then minister of...
Google Doodle honours Cornelia Sorabji

Cornelia Sorabji, India’s pioneer woman lawyer

Above: Google Doodle honours Cornelia Sorabji Wednesday’s (November 15) Google doodle pays tribute to Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman advocate of India on her 151st...
Photo courtesy wiienvis.nic.in

SC asks preservation authorities how to prevent tiger killings

Above: Photo courtesy wiienvis.nic.in The Supreme Court on Tuesday (November 14) issued notices, asking for replies on what has been done to relocate human...
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is facing a slew of corruption cases whereas AIADMK leader Sasikala was convicted in a disproportionate assets case and is in prison

Criminalisation in Politics: Life Ban is Excessive

Above: Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is facing a slew of corruption cases whereas AIADMK leader Sasikala was convicted in a disproportionate...
(L-R) Supreme Court and Advocate on Record Kamini Jaiswal

Kamini Jaiswal petition dismissed, CJAR to be heard

Above: (L-R) Supreme Court and Advocate on Record Kamini Jaiswal The Chief Justice Dipak Misra-appointed special Supreme Court bench of Justices R K Agrawal, Arun...
Rizwanur murder case: SC refuses to stay trial court proceedings

Judgment on how to deal with UP Medical College issue on Tuesday

Justice Mishra to Prashant Bhushan: Because of your act, the whole country is doubting the credibility of this institution The Chief Justice Dipak Misra-appointed special...
A stainless steel factory in New Delhi. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

SC tells Centre to apprise it of efforts to curb air pollution

Above: A stainless steel factory in New Delhi. Photo: Bhavana Gaur The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Monday...
SC dismisses plea to ban hanging as method of capital punishment

SC dismisses plea to ban hanging as method of capital punishment

Rishi Malhotra, a lawyer, had petitioned the Supreme Court asking it to issue directions banning what he called the “cruel” method of capital punishment...
Most of the Aravalli ranges are protected by the PLPA. Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi

Punjab Land Preservation Act: Landing in Controversy

Above:Most of the Aravalli ranges are protected by the PLPA. Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi The move by the Haryana government to amend the Act creates...
Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Dissemination of Justice: Evolving Judicial Practices

The Supreme Court has been continually guiding changes in India’s legal system, be it the appointment of judges, emphasis on PILs, increased evaluation of...
Photo: UNI

One Year Later: Dissecting Demonetisation

Last November, the prime minister shocked and surprised the nation with his note ban announcement. A year down the line, what is the verdict? ~By...
CBI’s clean chit to Shivraj Singh Chouhan has turned the spotlight back on Digvijaya Singh. Photo: UNI

Madhya Pradesh Vyapam Scam: A Twist in the Tale

India’s biggest jobs-cum-admissions racket takes another U-turn in what is becoming a legal and investigative jigsaw puzzle ~By Rakesh Dixit Corruption scandals in India, especially those...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

Hospital Co. got free land and threw out free treatment clause: SC takes up...

Above: The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court on Tuesday (November 7) took up the case of Indraprastha Medical Corporation Ltd....
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

Encroachment by religious sites: SC issues notice to 4 states, warning of contempt

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and L Nageswara Rao on Tuesday resumed its hearing on the case of several places of...
Media Watch

The Fourth Estate

Star Struck It’s no laughing matter. Rupert Murdoch, owner of Star TV, has taken on governments in the UK and Australia over issues concerning his...
A lecture programme on minorities organised by the National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi. Photo: minorityaffairs.gov.in

Hindus’ minority status: Majorities as Minorities

Above: A lecture programme on minorities organised by the National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi. Photo: minorityaffairs.gov.in A petition contends that the Hindus, who...
The body of Mahatma Gandhi lying at Birla House in New Delhi. Photo: www.oldindianphotos.in

Why I Oppose the Plea to Reinvestigate the Gandhi Murder Case

Above: The body of Mahatma Gandhi lying at Birla House in New Delhi. Photo: oldindianphotos.in The real reason to reopen the case could be the...
Buyers protesting against Jaypee Infratech in Noida

Jaypee has to pay Rs 2k core at next hearing, SC orders

Above: Buyers protesting against Jaypee Infratech in Noida The Supreme Court is getting ready to force Real Estate defaulters Jaypee Associates to cough up almost...
Constitution bench to hear individual pleas on old currency, says SC

Constitution bench to hear individual pleas on old currency, says SC

Above: People in queue on last day to exchange the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes at The Reserve Bank of India headquarters...
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal greets Anil Baijal after sworn in as Lt. Governor of Delhi at Raj Bhawan in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI

Supreme Court: LG prima facie enjoys supremacy under Constitution

Above: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal greets Anil Baijal after sworn in as Lt. Governor of Delhi at Raj Bhawan in New Delhi (file...
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Photo: Getty Images

SC dismisses petition challenging commission of inquiry into Jayalalithaa’s death

Above: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Photo: Getty Images The Supreme Court on Friday (November 3) dismissed the petition filed by PA Joseph...
Politicians during the election of Vice President in 2017 (file picture). Photo: UNI

Finalise processes to set up special courts, SC tells Centre

Above: Politicians during the election of Vice President in 2017 (file picture). Photo: UNI  The Supreme Court on Wednesday (November 1) asked the government...
Madras HC allows filing of I-T returns without quoting Aadhaar

Madras HC allows filing of I-T returns without quoting Aadhaar

The Madras High Court on Tuesday (October 31) permitted a petitioner not to quote the Aadhaar number to file her income tax returns manually....
Prisoners being shifted to a newly constructed jail complex. Photo: UNI

Condition of jails: SC grants 4 more weeks for all data to be presented

Above: Prisoners being shifted to a newly constructed jail complex. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on...
Criminal intimidation remains non-bailable in certain states, bailable in others

Remnants of an Old Law: Vetting a Verdict

Above: Criminal intimidation remains non-bailable in certain states, bailable in others Why the SC may want to revisit its judgment in the Aires Rodrigues vs...
Mahatma Gandhi’s great grandson Tushar Gandhi

Gandhi’s great grandson tells SC assassination case should not be reopened

While the Supreme Court is toying with the idea of the reopening of the 70-year-old Mahatma Gandhi assassination case, the Mahatma’s great grandson, Tushar Gandhi...
(Left) West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Photo: UNI; Aadhaar card. Photo: Anil Shakya

WB CM Mamata’s plea to SC on Aadhaar falls through a technicality, needs amendment

Above: (Left) West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Photo: UNI; Aadhaar card. Photo: Anil Shakya How can a state challenge the Parliament’s mandate? asks Justice...
hadya love jihad case

SC to hear Hadiya’s testimony in open court on November 27

Above: Hadiya (right) and her husband Shafin Jahan. Photo: facebook CJI says: “Is there any law by which a girl can never fall in love...
On numerous occasions, Nehru warned against allowing untramelled speech, especially hate speech. Photo: Wikimedia

Nehru and Free Speech

Above: On numerous occasions, Nehru warned against allowing untramelled speech, especially hate speech. Photo: Wikimedia In Republic of Rhetoric-Free Speech and the Constitution of India,...
The path-breaking HC verdict that states that silence cannot be taken as proof of consensual sex will help to get justice for many rape victims

Consensual Sex Vs Rape: Defending Her Honour

In a landmark case that will help rape victims, the Delhi High Court said that the silence of a woman cannot be taken as...
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee

Aadhaar Card: Link Up with Banks

The card has become a point of controversy as confusion reigns over connecting it with bank accounts and mobile numbers ~By Rajesh Kumar The confusion...
The sprawling Jai Vilas Palace that is under dispute. Photo: Mohitkjain123/Wikimedia

Scindia Family Feud: Battle Royale

The dispute over property worth more than Rs 40,000 crore may well be settled out of court. The next hearing of the case on...
Sri-Sri-Ravi-Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lands in controversy after AIMPLB refutes his claim of Babri...

Above: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Art of Living founder had claimed that All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Nirmohi Akhara approached him to...
Darjeeling

Force deployment in Darjeeling: SC takes case out of Calcutta HC’s hands

Above: Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha activists  blocking NH-55 during a demonstration in support of their demands of separate Gorkhaland state, in Darjeeling (file picture).Photo:...
Blue Whale game: SC orders Doordarshan to create educative programmes

Blue Whale game: SC orders Doordarshan to create educative programmes

Adjudging the Blue Whale game as “dangerous” and commenting that it should never be allowed to reach kids over the internet, the Supreme Court...
Taj Mahal

Parking lot near the Taj Mahal will not happen, ASG tells SC

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the government of Uttar Pradesh, informed the Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

SC wants a special cell to monitor child pornography videos on the Net

The issue of child pornography in India has taken another lead with the Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit...
SC asks Unitech to deposit Rs 3 crore more Dec. 11

SC asks Unitech to deposit Rs 3 crore more Dec. 11

Home-buyers from Unitech had approached the court for possession of flats they had paid for, or for refund of money they had already paid...
coal mining

Mining pollution hits Goa: SC hears pleas

Above: Photo courtesy www.railnews.in Sections of the state of Goa are suffering from heavy air pollution, with the spread of pulmonary diseases, because of the...
Aadhaar card linking

SC asks AG to give govt’s opinion on “coercive” action in linking Aadhaar

Above: Photo Courtesy Anil Shakya The common man of India is getting calls for linking Aadhaar with every possible service. These include services provided...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Pendency of Cases: Caught in a Logjam

The large number of cases is due to non-application of court pronouncements and the system of appealing against all judgments. Is it time to...
Toxic wastes strewn in a ship-breaking yard. Photo: YouTube

Hazardous and toxic waste import case comes up again in SC

Above: Toxic wastes strewn in a ship-breaking yard. Photo: YouTube   The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha is hearing a...
Supreme Court

SC bench to decide whether a Parliamentary committee report is a document to be...

A critical issue of whether the Supreme Court can consider as a reference point a report prepared by a Parliamentary standing committee on a...
India Legal show: Death by hanging is cruel and barbaric, feel most panelists

India Legal show: Death by hanging is cruel and barbaric, feel most panelists

The latest edition of India Legal show deliberated on the contentious issue of death penalty by hanging and whether death penalty should be abolished...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Pro Bono Work: Charity Begins in Court

While the government may consider such aid by advocates in order to elevate them as judges, its implementation is tough ~By Justice Narendra Chapalgaonkar The legal...
A smoke emanating from a factory. Photo: Anil Shakya

SC imposes Rs 2 lakh fine on environment ministry

Above: A smoke emanating from a factory. Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Tuesday...
national anthem

You don’t have to stand up at a cinema hall to prove patriotism, says...

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a plea to modify its order that made the playing of the national anthem in cinema...
Unitech boss’ bail plea fails to impress SC

Unitech boss’ bail plea fails to impress SC

Above: Unitech promoter Sanjay Chandra Sanjay Chandra, a promoter of real estate firm Unitech has asked for bail which, apparently, will allow him to...
Foreign Lawyers

Foreign lawyers in India: SC to hear arguments early December

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit on Monday (October 23) said that the issue of foreign lawyers’...
Bilkis Bano case: CJI asks how convicted policemen could go back to active service

Bilkis Bano case: CJI asks how convicted policemen could go back to active service

Above: Bilkis Banoo, who was gang-raped and 14 of her family members were killed during 2002 Gujarat riots, addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad...
Bofors Gun

Now CBI too wants Bofors case reopened, asks permission from Govt

Above: School children and other visitors gathered around a Bofors howitzer during 'Know Your Army' exhibition in Jaipur (file picture). Photo: UNI Following a...
“CBI shouldn’t file SLP to reopen Bofors case, they should stick to Quattrocchi instead”

“CBI shouldn’t file SLP to reopen Bofors case, they should stick to Quattrocchi instead”

Mudda examines the investigating agency’s latest move as BJP leader feels it will lead to the case continuing endlessly  The CBI should not file an SLP...
Aadhaar Card

It’s the Govt, not the RBI that wants you to link Aadhaar with bank...

Reserve Bank of India confirms it has not issued any instruction so far regarding mandatory linking of Aadhaar number with bank accounts In this age...

SG Ranjit Kumar resigns citing personal reasons

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who had once represented the Gujarat government in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and is an acknowledged expert in...
Yogi visits Ram Janmbhoomi in Ayodhya, hits out at Opposition

How can people interfere in my faith? asks Yogi on visit to Ram Janmbhoomi

Having kick-started the grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath visited the disputed Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site, on Thursday (October 19). He...
(Left) Bangladesh’s Chief Justice Surendra Sinha and PM Sheikh Hasina are at loggerheads over the balance of power between the judiciary and the legislature

Collision Course

Above: (Left) Bangladesh’s Chief Justice Surendra Sinha and PM Sheikh Hasina are at loggerheads over the balance of power between the judiciary and the...
Uttar Pradesh Mahila Congress workers holding a silent protest over Bulandshahr gangrape, in Lucknow. Photo: UNI

Constitution Bench: Fixing Responsibility

The Supreme Court tackles a contentious issue—what action to take against those in authority making irresponsible statements. With hate speech on the rise, the...
Illustration: Rajender Kumar

Death Penalty: Make It Swift and Painless

Based on a petition, the apex court wants to reconsider an earlier decision on carrying out death sentence by hanging so that the convict...
Karnataka High Court judge Justice Jayant Patel (inset); Lawyers protest against Patel’s transfer who was transferred to Allahabad

Collegium: Lifting the Veil of Secrecy

Above: Karnataka High Court judge  Justice Jayant Patel (inset); Lawyers protest against Patel’s transfer who was transferred to Allahabad In a surprising move, the apex...
Photo: UNI

AIADMK Poll Symbol: Turning Into a New Leaf?

The battle for the “Two Leaves” symbol by this party’s factions has gone right up to the apex court and could well decide future...
We welcome the move to upload collegium’s decision on website

India Legal show: We welcome the move to upload collegium’s decision on website, say...

The recent India Legal show debated the latest move of Supreme Court to upload the collegium’s decision on its website. The show asked the...
Illustrations: Anthony Lawrence

Fireworks over Diwali

  ~By Dilip Bobb Only in India can this happen. We have been witness to a display of fireworks even before the festival kicks off....
HEALTHY DIWALI!!

HEALTHY DIWALI!!

~By Inderjit Badhwar A few years ago, I wrote a cover story for India Legal which attracted widespread attention—both critical and laudatory. To use my...
Photo: Anil Shakya

Aarushi Talwar Murder Case: Monumental Bungle

The Allahabad High Court’s acquittal of Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, the parents of murdered teenager Aarushi, exposes how investigating agencies and lower courts can...
Photo: Anil Shakya

Diwali Debate: Fire over Crackers

Has the Supreme Court’s firecracker sale ban given the government a rare chance to remedy the crisis of air pollution or is it an...
A procession taking place for safety of women. Photo: UNI

Supreme Court agrees to revisit its guidelines pertaining to 498A

Above: A procession taking place for safety of women. Photo: UNI   A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices...
Photo Courtesy Anil Shakya

SC refuses to lift firecracker ban, laments that its order has been ‘accorded’ communal...

The apex court stands firm on its ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1. The Supreme Court, on Friday (October 13), while hearing...
Devotees rush to the lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala on Tuesday (file picture). Photo: UNI

Sabarimala Temple issue referred to SC constitution bench

Above: Devotees rush to the lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala on Tuesday (file picture). Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Friday (October 13) referred...
An advocate at Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya

Committee including CJI and SG will look into senior advocate applications

Above: An advocate at Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and Rohinton Fali Nariman on...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Rape victim compensation: SC asks NALSA to prepare report

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta on Thursday (October 12) directed the National Legal Services...
SC clarifies again: There is no right to die

SC clarifies again: There is no right to die

Top court directs that every district should have a medical board whose duty will also be to decide the validity of the will that...
Photo courtesy Bhavana Gaur

India Legal show: ‘There are many peculiarities in Hadiya-Shafin Jahan ‘Love Jihad’ case’

Above: Photo courtesy Bhavana Gaur The latest edition of India Legal show discussed the controversial Hadiya-Shafin Jahan ‘Love Jihad’ case. The show deliberated as...
A TV grab of a coal mine in Lalmatia, Godda. Photo: UNI

Illegal mining: Govt of India finally agrees to form inquiry committee

Above: A TV grab of a coal mine in Lalmatia, Godda. Photo: UNI The issue of rampant illegal mining in the state of Karnataka,...
A procession taking place against Rape (file picture). Photo: Anil Shakya

Sex with minor bride is a punishable act, rules SC

Above: A procession taking place against Rape (file picture). Photo: Anil Shakya  Top court clarifies that verdict not about marital rape but in reading...
SC debates on future prospect in deciding quantum of insurance compensation

SC debates on future prospect in deciding quantum of insurance compensation

In a case that has come up before a constitution bench of the Supreme Court, a rather important angle in deciding the future prospects...
Justice Ishrat Masroor Quddusi (inset) tried to help out the debarred Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow in return for money

UP Medical Colleges Scam: Judge in the Dock

Above: Justice Ishrat Masroor Quddusi (inset) tried to help out the debarred Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow in return for money A retired...
Rajasthan High Court

Judges under Notice

Above: Rajasthan High Court In a rare case, the apex court issued notices to two Rajasthan High Court judges who retired in 2016 and were...
Hadiya (right) and her husband Shafin Jahan. Photo: facebook

Hadiya case: CJI’s observations cast doubt on Kerala HC verdict

Above: Hadiya (right) and her husband Shafin Jahan. Photo: facebook While the controversial Hadiya-Shafin Jahan ‘Love Jihad’ case began at the Supreme Court on...

Inhuman conditions in prisons: SC asks for questionnaire to be sent to 4 states...

Above: Security outside Tihar Jail. Photo: UNI While the Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Tuesday (October 10) expressed shock...
A representational picture of a Hindu marriage

HC says women lose religion when marrying through Special Marriage Act; case up before...

Above: A representational picture of a Hindu marriage An extraordinary case has come up before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra...
Rizwanur murder case: SC refuses to stay trial court proceedings

SC orders MCI to pay surprise visits to NC Medical College, Panipat

Complaints of lack of facility and faculty have pushed the college to a watch-list The Supreme Court on Monday (October 9) ordered the Medical Council of India...
SC bans fireworks in Delhi-NCR region till November 1

SC bans fireworks in Delhi-NCR region till November 1

Above: People buying Diwali fire crackers in Kolkata (file picture). Photo: UNI Apex court holds earlier relaxation of the Justice Lokur-led bench in abeyance...
Gujarat High Court

Sabarmati burning of kar sevaks: Gujarat HC commutes death sentence of 11 to life

Above: Gujarat High Court While upholding the convictions handed out by the lower court, the Gujarat high Court on Monday (October 9) commuted to life the...
Citizens vote in the 2014 general election. Photo: UNI

Is violating the people’s mandate justified?

Above: Citizens vote in the 2014 general election. Photo: UNI Is it constitutionally valid for one partner of a coalition, may be the dominant partner,...
Rizwanur murder case: SC refuses to stay trial court proceedings

SC Collegium finally agrees to transparency, starts posting all moves on website

There has been too much talk about the opacity of the Supreme Court Collegium and the recent transfer and resignation of Justice Jayant Patel...
PIL for change of death sentence from hanging to less cruel ones, SC issues notice

PIL for change of death sentence from hanging to less cruel ones, SC issues...

The Supreme Court on Friday (October 6) admitted a PIL by Rishi Malhotra, asking for the death by hanging sentence to be changed to more scientific...
Mahatma Gandhi. Photo: www.biography.com

SC admits plea for reopening Gandhi assassination case

Above: Mahatma Gandhi. Photo: www.biography.com PIL claims that an organization was involved in the killing of the Mahatma A petition to reopen and reinvestigate the assassination...
Lead picture: UNI

SC dismisses petition for use of VVPAT in two by-elections

The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition seeking the use of VVPAT with EVMs in the by-elections in Gurdaspur in Punjab and Vengara in...
Rizwanur murder case: SC refuses to stay trial court proceedings

PIL at SC asking ban on candidates contesting from two constituencies

A PIL has been filed with the Supreme Court by Ashwani Upadhyay, a lawyer at the apex court, asking for a ban on candidates...
SC asks ASG Anand to prepare price chart of essential meds

SC asks ASG Anand to prepare price chart of essential meds

Reacting to a PIL filed by the All India Drug Action Network, the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A...
The Yamuna wetlands. Photo: Anil Shakya

SC view on wetlands gains teeth with new Central rule

Above: The Yamuna wetlands. Photo: Anil Shakya The scope of a PIL filed before the Supreme Court seeking protection of wetlands had already been widened...
The “golden thread” and “consent”: the question of reasonable doubt and a rape case

The “golden thread” and “consent”: the question of reasonable doubt and a rape case

~By Jayant Tripathi In the famous case of Woolmington vs DPP, decided by the House of Lords in UK , it was held that “Throughout...
Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya

Money laundering case: SC grants time to State of Gujarat to file reply

Surat-based businessman Jignesh Kishorebhai Bhajiawala is in custody, charged with money laundering during the time of demonetisation. He has asked for a 30-day bail,...
Old case of Buddhist Chakma refugees back in Supreme Court

Old case of Buddhist Chakma refugees back in Supreme Court

Above: All India Chakma Students’ Union staging a demonstration in New Delhi against oppression and racial discrimination of Chakma refugees. Photo: UNI Waiting to find...
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Rohingya issue: SC says refugees are suffering, Govt should see to their safety

Strange Govt argument for sending refugees back: “If they stay, labour rates would become so low that Indians would suffer” The deportation issue of Rohingya...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

SC asks TN government to see if Veerappan’s brother’s life sentence can be reduced

Slain sandalwood smuggler and dacoit Veerappan’s elder brother Mathaiyan might be in for some relief after all. The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice...
Former Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh. Photo: Anil Shakya

CBI at SC door, wants ex-TMC MP Kunal Ghosh’s bail cancelled

Above: Former Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh. Photo: Anil Shakya Former Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kunal Ghosh, a suspect in the Rs 2,000-crore Saradha chit...
Labourers working at construction sites often work for long hours in unhealthy conditions and get paltry sums of money. Photo: UNI

Bonded Labour: Legal Loopholes

Above: Labourers working at construction sites often work for long hours in unhealthy conditions and get paltry sums of money. Photo: UNI The lack of...
Hadiya case

SC-ordered NIA probe into Hadiya case questioned

Above: Hadiya and her husband Shafin Jahan. Photos: shafinjahan.s/facebook The Kerala inter-faith marriage case, now famous as the Kerala love-jihad case, came to the Supreme...
Narendra Modi

Media on Trial

The reluctance of the press to indict one of its own for his mortifying tweets on Modi’s death shows its double standards and lack...
Insulting Her Memory

Insulting Her Memory

Above: The Nirbhaya rape incident led to angry demonstrations all over the country As the apex court widens the scope of a petition seeking effective...
As cases pile up in courts, litigants wait for years before their disputes get settled. Photo: UNI

Let’s Speed It Up

Above: As cases pile up in courts, litigants wait for years before their disputes get settled. Photo: UNI Constant adjournments have led to a huge...
Picture: Anil Shakya

Digital Dilemma

As the BN Srikrishna Committee begins its work on recommending a new law for data protection, crucial questions on how it would balance right...
Service Corps tableau passes through Rajpath on Republic Day. Photo: UNI

Arms and the Men

Above: Service Corps tableau passes through Rajpath on Republic Day. Photo: UNI With over 100 Lt Colonels and Majors moving the Supreme Court over alleged...
A Rohingya migrant stares at his bleak future. Photo: Javed Sultan

Rohingya refugees: Targeting the Targets

Above: A Rohingya migrant stares at his bleak future. Photo: Javed Sultan The centre has tightened its stand on these refugees with an affidavit filed...
The philosophy of India’s criminal justice system is based on reform, but in practice, it’s deterrence that gets precedence. Representative Image: Anil Shakya

Prison Reforms: A Life of Dignity Behind Bars

Above: The philosophy of India’s criminal justice system is based on reform, but in practice, it’s deterrence that gets precedence. Representative Image: Anil Shakya In...
MGNREGA workers in several states have been working at less than the minimum wages. Photo: nregapaschimmedinipur.com

MGNREGA: The War of Wages

Above: MGNREGA workers in several states have been working at less than the minimum wages. Photo: nregapaschimmedinipur.com Despite the apex court saying that minimum pay...
A farmer spraying pesticide in his mustard field at Mayang village near Guwahati (file picture). Photo: UNI

In compensating villagers for land acquired, the SC gives a path-breaking judgment

Above: A farmer spraying pesticide in his mustard field at Mayang village near Guwahati (file picture). Photo: UNI SC awards farmers a sum higher than...
Supreme Court denies bail to Bollywood producer Karim Morani in rape case

Supreme Court denies bail to Bollywood producer Karim Morani in rape case

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud on Friday (September 22) upheld the Hyderabad High...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

Lack of information leading to delay in compensation to rape victims

While hearing a PIL filed by a junior advocate requesting the Supreme Court to consider the constitutional validity of the two finger test and...
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PIL against gau rakshaks: Only 5 states have filed reports

Hearing a petition by activist Tehseen S Poonawalla against self-styled gau rakshaks and related violence, the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices...

No interim bail for Unitech promoters: Supreme Court

The managing director of realty major, Unitech Ltd, Sanjay Chandra failed to get an interim bail order from the Supreme Court on Thursday (September...

SC gives nod to abort 24-week-old foetus

The Supreme Court on Thursday (September 21) allowed a 17-year-old girl to abort a 24-week-old-foetus. According to law, abortion is only allowed within 20...
Mumbai man’s battle against Aadhaar reaches Supreme Court

Mumbai man’s battle against Aadhaar

A Mumbai man is single-handedly fighting the system against the imposition of Aadhaar. John Abrahim, a resident of Andheri, has not taken an Aadhaar...
Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya

Only AoRs can request for urgent hearing, says Supreme Court

Above: Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya Senior lawyers will no longer get the privilege over junior lawyers in Supreme Court as far as seeking...
Devotees throng the shrine in Kerala hoping for a positive verdict

The God of Justice

Above: Devotees throng the shrine in Kerala hoping for a positive verdict  The cry for justice has led people to build shrines solely devoted to...
Women labourers work at a road construction site near Vapi in Maharashtra. Photo: UNI

SC grants time to CAG to verify cess collected by states

Above: Women labourers work at a road construction site near Vapi in Maharashtra. Photo: UNI  The petitioner NGO National Campaign Committee for Central Legislation on...
Photo Courtesy Bhavana Gaur

India Legal show: Security of school children is a collective responsibility, say panellists

The latest edition of the India Legal show debated the present scenario of security of school children in the backdrop of the murder of...
Case Pendency: Taking the Lead

Case Pendency: Taking the Lead

On the urging of the chief justice of India, five high courts have constituted special benches to reduce the backlog The huge backlog of cases...
Six judges for Hyderabad High Court appointed

Six judges for Hyderabad High Court appointed

Six lawyers have been appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind as judges for the High Court of Hyderabad. The High Court functions as a...
The subordinate judiciary in several states grapples with long pendency of cases, with some dragging on for over a decade. Photo: UNI

Case Pendency: Operation Downsize

Above: The subordinate judiciary in several states grapples with long pendency of cases, with some dragging on for over a decade. Photo: UNI The huge...
Homebuyers of Jaypee Infratech protesting in Noida

Homebuyers’ interest paramount for court in Jaypee Infratech case, says SC

Above: Homebuyers of Jaypee Infratech protesting in Noida The Supreme Court assured the homebuyers affected by Jaypee Infratech’s inability to offer them possession of flats...
Ayodhya case litigant Mahant Bhaskar Das passes away

Ayodhya case litigant Mahant Bhaskar Das passes away

Nirmohi Akhara chief Mahant Bhaskar Das breathed his last during the wee hours on Saturday, September 16 due to heart attack. The 88-year-old Das...
Ryan International School

The accused has the right to be represented in Court, says Supreme Court

Above: Ryan International School The Supreme Court has said on Monday (September 18) that an accused has the right to be represented by a lawyer/advocate,...
SC says deal with doctor’s search for registration quickly, says relevant HC to deal with it

Can’t probe against Tej Pratap Yadav in journo murder case, CBI tells SC

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Supreme Court on Monday (September 18) that it has completed its probe in the journalist Rajdeo...
Protests broke out in Tamil Nadu when Anita ended her life after she failed to clear the NEET. Photo: UNI

NEET: Nothing Neat Here!

The medical entrance exam has created so much turmoil in Tamil Nadu that the Supreme Court was forced to take note of it and...
Rohingya refugees crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Photo: UNI

Rohingya affidavit to SC: Leak puts govt on backfoot, says it was an “incomplete”...

Above: Rohingya refugees crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Photo: UNI Home minister Rajnath Singh clarifies that affidavit on the Rohingya deportation issue will be filed in...
Madhu Kishwar

SC stays warrant against activist Madhu Kishwar

Above: The Delhi High Court did not grant a stay to Madhu Kishwar. Photo: YouTube Activist Madhu Kishwar on Friday (September 15) got a stay on a...
Veerappan’s elder brother at SC’s door for remission of life sentence

Veerappan’s elder brother at SC’s door for remission of life sentence

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar on Friday (September 15) started hearing a petition of remission...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

Conman’s bail application at Supreme Court

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha is hearing a case where a company, Swastik India, had duped around Rs...
A TV grab of a juvenile home in Tamil Nadu. Photo: YouTube

Unnatural deaths in juvenile homes to be compensated, SC tells govt

Above: A TV grab of a juvenile home in Tamil Nadu. Photo: YouTube   The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak...
Government employees in Kerala

Anomalies in compassionate selection: SC orders review

Above: Government employees in Kerala  The Supreme Court bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi on Thursday (September 14) ordered that in the case...
jnu

Supreme Court Bar Association’s FCRA cancelled by home ministry

Above: Jawaharlal Nehru University Ministry cancels registration of hundreds of organisations for alleged failure in filing annual returns for 5 consecutive year; list includes...
Rohingya Muslim refugees along with Indian supporters hold placards against human rights violations in Myanmar during a protest in New Delhi (file picture).

National interest warrants Rohingya deportation, home ministry tells SC

Above: Rohingya Muslim refugees along with Indian supporters hold placards against human rights violations in Myanmar during a protest in New Delhi (file picture)....
A shelter home for the homeless people in Kashmere Gate, Delhi. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

SC seeks details of how Rs 2k crore sanctioned for homeless have been used

Above: A shelter home for the homeless people in Kashmere Gate, Delhi. Photo: Bhavana Gaur The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

Divorce: SC says 6-month “cooling off” period for some cases can be waived

The objective of including a six-month “cooling off” period in a mutual consent divorce, introduced in the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, was to enable...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

SC judge asks how a candidate can enter into a business, while he is...

While hearing a PIL by Lok Prahari, the Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer had moved into the territory...
Firecrackers

No blanket ban on fireworks; SC modifies judgment with 16 guidelines

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Tuesday (September 12) clarified that there is no blanket ban on...
The third gender need to be recognised as a separate category at the workplace. Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi

Transgenders: Identity Discard

Above: The third gender need to be recognised as a separate category at the workplace. Photo: Kh Manglembi Devi The centre has moved to derecognise...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

SC directs Allahabad HC to appoint two observers for Ram Temple-Babri Masjid site

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer on Monday (September 11) directed that the Chief...
Ryan International School

Ryan school murder: SC issues notice to CBI, Centre on safety of school children

Above: Ryan International School The Supreme Court, reacting to an appeal by the father (Barun Thakur) of the murdered Class II student (Pradhyumn) of Ryan...

SC orders Jaypee to deposit Rs 2k crore; directors not to leave country without...

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices DY Chandrachud and AM Khanwilkar on Monday (September 11) passed stringent directives on the promoters...
Kalkaji temple: SC orders committee suggestion to be implemented

Kalkaji temple: SC orders committee suggestion to be implemented

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices DY Chandrachud and AM Khanwilkar on Monday (September 11) superseded all the orders passed by...
A special TADA court in Mumbai has awarded life imprisonment to gangster Abu Salem in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. Photo: UNI

Abu Salem’s Conviction: Saved by an Extradition Treaty

Above: A special TADA court in Mumbai has awarded life imprisonment to gangster Abu Salem in the 1993 Mumbai  blasts. Photo: UNI The pact signed...
(L-R) Allahabad High Court; chief justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale

Allahabad High Court: March towards Transparency

Above: (L-R) Allahabad High Court; chief justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale In a significant move, the Court has ordered the installation of cameras to record proceedings...
Rakesh Roshan

Criminal proceedings against Rakesh Roshan stayed by SC

Above: Rakesh Roshan The sensitive issue of copyright violation has come up against Bollywood producer and director Rakesh Roshan which landed the father of...
Former minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani

Gujarat riots accused Kodnani has till Tuesday to get Amit Shah to testify for...

Above: Former minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani Former minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani’s last hope is a possible deposition in her defence by...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

SC reserves judgment on CVC appointment

Above: Supreme Court The Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan M Shantanagoudar on Thursday (September 7) completed its hearing on the PIL brought by...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

Supreme Court reserves judgment on marital rape issue

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Wednesday (September 6) completed hearing of arguments in the critical case of...
People playing cards at a get-together. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

The Great Gambler

Above: People playing cards at a get-together. Photo: Bhavana Gaur The recent hullabaloo over a den of vice in a South Delhi farmhouse has shown...
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Photo: UNI

SC to set up constitution bench to hear AAP demand on LG power over...

Finally, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea against the Lieutenant Governor’s powers in Delhi will be heard by the Supreme Court, that too, by...
Sex determination ads still found on net, SC told

Sex determination ads still found on net, SC told

Sex determination is banned in India, even its advertisement is punishable by law. On Tuesday, (September 5) petitioner Sabu Mathew George’s counsel, senior advocate Sanjay Parekh,...
Buyers staging a protest against the Jaypee Group in Noida

IDBI asks SC to restore insolvency proceedings against Jaypee

Above: Buyers staging a protest against the Jaypee Group in Noida Deprived buyers planning to take a more aggressive path with 4,000 civil and criminal...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

SC orders NCRB to list all missing children on its site

Vacancies in National Commission for Protection of Child Rights not filled, court not amused The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak...
57 BSF Battalion seized around 100 cows at the Assam-Bangladesh border in Dhubri district. Photo: Twitter/@peteralextodd

Cattle smuggling: Milking Security Loopholes

Above: 57 BSF Battalion seized around 100 cows at the Assam-Bangladesh border in Dhubri district. Photo: Twitter/@peteralextodd As cattle smuggling thrives along the Indo-Bangla border...
Janardhana Reddy

SC: No bail now for mining scam accused Janardhana Reddy

Above: Janardhana Reddy Former BJP leader Janardhana Reddy, who was arrested on September 5, 2011 by the CBI and taken to Hyderabad, is charged...
lead picture Anil Shakya

Law at Your Doorstep

A move for video recording of the Supreme Court will make proceedings accessible to the common man and give full expression to the fundamental...
Disabled children participating in a rally on the occasion of World Disabled (file picture).Photo: UNI

5-judge SC bench to hear issue on reservation in promotion for the disabled

Above: Disabled children participating in a rally on the occasion of World Disabled (file picture).Photo: UNI The issue of whether people with disabilities deserve...
Devotees attend mass on the eve of Christmas in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Photo: UNI

Religious Bill: Taking on the Church

Above: Devotees attend mass on the eve of Christmas in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Photo: UNI In a bid to stop the missionary juggernaut in tribal-dominated areas,...
Jubilation in Nairobi after election results were declared. These results were annulled by the Supreme Court.

Lessons for India: High-tech Kenyan voting system hacked, Supreme Court annuls elections

Above: Jubilation in Nairobi after election results were declared. These results were annulled by the Supreme Court. ~By Sujit Bhar A recent news item about the...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

10-yr-old rape victim: SC orders transfer of Rs 9 lakh to FD in 2...

In view of the rape of a 10-year-old in Chandigarh by her maternal uncle, the entire issue of the insensitivity involved in tests on...
The Rohingyas are an ethnic minority group in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, but are not recognized as citizens by the Myanmar government. Photo: UNI

SC to hear plea challenging Rohingya deportation

Above: The Rohingyas are an ethnic minority group in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, but are not recognized as citizens by the Myanmar government....
Karti Chidambaram

Cogent reasons for lookout circular against Karti Chidambaram, CBI tells SC

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud was informed on Friday (September 1) by Additional Solicitor General...
Special Leave Petition

SLP for reopening Bofors case allowed by SC, hearing on October 30

An application was moved before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud on Friday (September 1) seeking...
Rakesh Ranjan Yadav alias Rocky Yadav (centre) will be sentenced on September 6 in a road rage case. Photo: UNI

Rocky Yadav convicted in Gaya road rage case

Above: Rakesh Ranjan Yadav alias Rocky Yadav (centre) will be sentenced on September 6 in a road rage case. Photo: UNI A special court in...
Tobacco Consumption: Going Up in Smoke

Tobacco Consumption: Going Up in Smoke

In a reassuring move, the Delhi government has warned of legal action against tobacco companies if they violate laws and advertise at outlets selling...
Abortion

Govt wants special panel to deal with emergency abortion cases

A number of cases have come to the Supreme Court and to other courts in the recent past in which women whose pregnancies have...
Shafin Jahan (left) and Hadiya

SC appointed ex-judge refuses to oversee NIA probe into Hadiya case

Above: Shafin Jahan (left) and Hadiya The inter-religion marriage between Kerala’s Shafin Jahan and Hadiya (formerly a Hindu girl Akhila, who converted to Islam even...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

Three other Aadhaar matters to be listed in the first week of November, says...

Attorney General assures top court that Aadhaar-related benefits for welfare schemes will be extended to Dec. 31 With the privacy matter related to Aadhaar already settled...
Even after a year, the BCCI has not implemented the recommendations of the committee headed by Justice Lodha (in grey tie). Photo: UNI

Shape Up or Ship Out

Above: Even after a year, the BCCI has not implemented the recommendations of the committee headed by Justice Lodha (in grey tie). Photo: UNI Taking...
Even in custody, Lt Col Purohit was receiving 75 percent of his salary and allowances. Photo: ddnews.gov.in

Malegaon case: Blast from the Past

Above: Even in custody, Lt Col Purohit was receiving 75 percent of his salary and allowances. Photo: ddnews.gov.in The Supreme Court recently granted bail to...
Delhi High Court

Marital rape cannot be swept under the rug; needed a middle path

~By Sujit Bhar If the opinion of influential people in society needs to be taken into account in deciding whether marital rape is a reality...
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India Legal show: Article 35A should be struck down, feel panellists

Above: Photo Courtesy Bhavana Gaur The latest edition of India Legal show discussed the two provisions — Article 35A and Article 370 which has...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

Gujarat govt will not pay for repairs to shrines damaged in 2002 riots, says...

The Gujarat government is off the hook, as far as funding for the rebuilding of shrines and mosques destroyed in the 2002 Godhra riots...
Muslim women offering sweets to each other in Lucknow following the Supreme Court order on triple talaq. Photo: UNI

Triple Talaq: Liberating Verdict

Above: Muslim women offering sweets to each other in Lucknow following the Supreme Court order on triple talaq. Photo: UNI In a landmark judgment, the...
Rape accused godman Asaram Bapu being produced in Court in Jodhpur (file picture). Photo: UNI

SC slams Gujarat govt for dragging feet in Asaram Bapu case

Above: Rape accused godman Asaram Bapu being produced in Court in Jodhpur (file picture). Photo: UNI On a day on which the quantum of punishment...
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SC issues notice to MCI on medical admission dates

Above: Medical students in a laboratory. Photo: www.jssuni.edu.in Immediately after his swearing-in as Chief Justice of India, Justice Dipak Misra on Monday (August 28) went...
The petitioner Nisha Priya Bhatia. Illustration: Amitav Sen

RAW officer who was forced to retire wants backlog salary

Above: The petitioner Nisha Priya Bhatia. Illustration: Amitav Sen Nisha Priya Bhatia had once alleged sexual advances by a senior judge Nisha Priya Bhatia, a RAW...
Jagdish Singh Khehar

CJI Khehar thanks his parents for his success

Above: Chief Justice of India, Justice JS Khehar at the inauguration of Integrated Case Management Information System in New Delhi (file picture). Photo: UNI In his...
Right to Privacy: Saving Private Citizen

Right to Privacy: Saving Private Citizen

In a big relief to all Indians, the Supreme Court has thrown its weight behind the right of an individual to privacy and called...

10-yr-old rape victim: SC orders immediate payment of Rs 1 lakh of total

The Supreme Court on Friday (August 25) ordered the Chandigarh administration that of the Rs 10 lakh compensation awarded to the 10-year-old rape victim who gave...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

Privacy verdict will have effect on beef ban issue: SC

A single judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justice AK Sikri, on Thursday (August 24) commented that the historic verdict of privacy being a fundamental...
A busy district court in Gurgaon. Photo: Anil Shakya

Compulsory Retirement: Weeding Out Bad Apples

Above: A busy district court in Gurgaon. Photo: Anil Shakya Despite the shortage of judges in the country, many are being forcefully removed from service...
Arif Mohammad Khan

Arif Mohammad Khan: Why shouldn’t personal laws be done away with completely?

Above: Arif Mohammad Khan “With this verdict, I feel when the petition against polygamy is heard, the reaction of Muslims will be more sensible and...
(L-R) Gulzari Lal Nanda, who was the PM for two short periods; Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Jawaharlal Nehru (photo: kashmirconnected.com).

J&K’s Special Status: A Legal Minefield

Above: (L-R) Gulzari Lal Nanda, who was the PM for two short periods; Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Jawaharlal Nehru (photo: kashmirconnected.com).   The Court’s decision...
Chief Justice JS Khehar, Justice J Chelameswar and Justice SA Bobde. Photo: JS Studio

Upholding age-old philosophical beliefs, SC declares privacy is a fundamental right

Above: Chief Justice JS Khehar, Justice J Chelameswar and Justice SA Bobde. Photo: JS Studio ~By Sujit Bhar When the nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday (August 24) delivered...
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Assam migrants: SC wants all documents to be sorted by December 31

The Supreme Court on Thursday (August 23) ordered the sorting of all documents of migrants claiming citizenship in Assam. This has to be completed...
9-judge SC bench declares privacy is a fundamental right

9-judge SC bench declares privacy is a fundamental right

Dealing a huge blow to the government’s insistence over attaching Aadhaar numbers to all and sundry services, the Supreme Court’s nine-judge bench on Thursday (August 24)...
Doubts are being raised as to why Akhila converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan. Photos: shafinjahan.s/facebook

Hadiya case: Unholy Wedlock?

Above: Doubts are being raised as to why Akhila converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan. Photos: shafinjahan.s/facebook With the Supreme Court handing over the...
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India Legal show: Govt hospitals suffer from administrative negligence, not medical negligence, say panellists

The latest edition of the India Legal show discussed the present medical negligence scenario in India and who should be held responsible in cases...
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SC asks BCCI to file draft constitution by Sept. 19

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud on Wednesday (August 23) ordered the Board of Control for Cricket...
SC wants more details on harmful elements in firecrackers

SC wants more details on harmful elements in firecrackers

Above: People buying firecrackers ahead of Diwali. Photo: UNI On July 31, the Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta had...
Supreme Court orders Delhi Bar Council to hold elections after December 31

Supreme Court orders Delhi Bar Council to hold elections after December 31

The Supreme Court bench of Justices RK Agrawal and AM Sapre on Wednesday (August 23) ordered that the Bar Council of Delhi will have...
CJI JS Khehar. Photo: JS Studio

Frivolous PILs: Petitioner wants to withdraw all, CJI says no

Frivolous petitions waste the court’s time and achieve nothing but chaos. That has been the position of Chief Justice JS Khehar, who has used...
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Supreme Court sets aside triple talaq as unconstitutional and violative of fundamental rights

CJI Khehar and Justice Nazeer wanted a 6-month ban with a mandate for Parliament to enact laws, but ended within 2-3 minority The contentious and...
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SC agrees to review suggestions on validity of khap panchayats

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud on Monday (August 21) agreed to review suggestions from the amicus...
SC grants interim bail to Malegaon blast accused Col Purohit

SC grants interim bail to Malegaon blast accused Col Purohit

Apex court bench says Bombay High Court erred in refusing bail The Supreme Court bench of Justices Rajesh Kumar Agrawal and Abhay Manohar Sapre on Monday (August...
India legal show discusses Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir title dispute

India legal show discusses Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir title dispute

Panellists express their views on the possible solution and wonder if the final SC verdict will be acceptable to all parties The Supreme Court recently...
Supreme Court issues notice on 2013 election to MP assembly seat

SC seeks response on compensation for Chandigarh rape victim

Senior advocate Indira Jaising pleaded in the Supreme Court on Friday (August 18) that a compensation of Rs 10 lakh should also be paid...
Karti Chidambaram

SC asks Karti to appear before CBI on August 23

Above: Karti Chidambaram The Supreme Court on Friday (August 17) asked Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union minister P Chidambaram to appear before...
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SC asks states to upload details on mid-day meals

The issue of strict and proper implementation of mid-day meal schemes was taken up by the Supreme Court on Friday (August 18). The court...
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SC seeks rehabilitation plan for families in Karnataka forest case

Above: Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya   The Supreme Court on Friday (August 18) heard the case related to removal of encroachments and rehabilitation of families from...
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Delhi High Court to hear all pleas on service tax for lawyers

Above: Lawyers at Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya   The Supreme Court on August 18 (Friday) has transferred all pleas related to slapping of service...

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Privatisation of collection of Aadhaar data still persists even after the legislation, says Shyam...

The hearing on the constitutional validity of Aadhaar resumed on Tuesday (January 23). Shyam Divan appearing for one of the appellants stated several judgments...
SC tells Centre to constitute Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute

SC tells Centre to constitute Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 23) dealing with the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh directed the Centre to constitute a tribunal...
SC junks pleas of Rajasthan, MP seeking ban on Padmaavat

SC junks pleas of Rajasthan, MP seeking ban on Padmaavat

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 23) refused to ban screening of the film Padmaavat in two states Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Both the...
Supreme Court; (inset) Judge Loya

SC Bench headed by CJI begins hearing Judge Loya case

Above: Supreme Court; (inset) Judge Loya Heated arguments between Chief Justice Dipak Misra and lawyers Dushyant Dave, Indira Jaising on Day 1 of hearing in...
SC issues notice to Delhi Police, NDMC on the banning of protest demonstrations at Jantar Mantar

SC issues notice to Delhi Police, NDMC on the banning of protest demonstrations at...

Above: A protest at Jantar Mantar. Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court on Monday (January 22) issued notice to Delhi Police and New Delhi Municipal...
SC to hear the plea seeking modification of its previous order on Padmavati

Padmavat: SC to hear the plea seeking modification of its previous order on January...

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 22) deferred the plea of the states Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh seeking the modification of apex court previous...
Opinion and Exit Polls: Manipulating Indecisive Voters

Manipulating Indecisive Voters

Above: Exit polls of the 2013 Chhattisgarh elections being telecast on NDTV Can a plea to regulate such polls which impact voter behaviour and which...
Delhi Durbar: An inside track of happenings in Lutyens’ Delhi

Delhi Durbar

Lessons from Shin Bet Delhi, accustomed to dealing with oppressive security measures thanks to its resident and visiting VIPs, could take a few lessons from...
Role of CBFC: Challenging the Censors

Role of CBFC: Challenging the Censors

While Padmaavat is set for release after a baptism of fire, filmmaker Amol Palekar’s petition in the Supreme Court, to be heard this month,...
Khap Panchayats: Honour at what cost?

Honour At What Cost?

Above: The Supreme Court has slammed khap panchayats for objecting to inter-caste marriages In a landmark order, the Supreme Court has said that any adult...

THE COURT SAYS NO TO BULLIES

Despite several days of the yet unending controversy that has rocked India’s Supreme Court following mutinous accusations from brother judges against the captain of...
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SC rejects petition challenging Peepli Live co-director’s acquittal in a rape case

Above: Mahmood Farooqui/Photo courtesy: hollywoodreporter.com The Supreme Court on Friday (January 19) gave a major relief to Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui in a...
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CJI refuses to comment on judges’ controversy

The Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is striving hard to put an end to all the further uproar that could possibly arise out...
Divan points out technical faults, lack of legal framework and the sheer unconstitutionality of Aadhaar

Divan points out technical faults, lack of legal framework and the sheer unconstitutionality of...

Photo: Anil Shakya The Aadhaar hearings continued for the second day before the Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A...
Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit

Malegaon blast: Lt Colonel Purohit files plea challenging UAPA against him

Above: Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit, accused in the Malegaon blast case on Thursday (January 18) filed a petition in the Supreme...
​Technical challenge on time-bound chargesheet and bail dismissed by SC

​Technical challenge on time-bound chargesheet and bail dismissed by SC

A technical issue of due date of filing a chargesheet and bail in a serious crime was dismissed by the Supreme Court bench of...
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SC lift states’ ban on Padmavat in interim order; final order in 2 weeks

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Thursday (January 18) ordered that...
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CJI refuses mention of petition for media gag order on 4 judges’ issue

The Supreme Court Registry has refused to number a plea seeking restriction on the media from publishing and airing news related to the four...
Aadhaar a “giant electronic mess”, Divan tells SC

Aadhaar a “giant electronic mess”, Divan tells SC

Photo: Anil Shakya Senior Advocate Shyam Divan on Wednesday (January 17) made a dispassionate plea to a Supreme Court constitution bench on why he thinks...
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SC bench order on Judge Loya hearing says “Put up before appropriate bench”

The entire issue of dealings and the case involving CBI Judge B H Loya has become engulfed in a mist. On Tuesday the Supreme Court bench of Justices...
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SC amicus agrees with petitioner’s view on S 4 of UP ministers act

On Wednesday (January 17) amicus Gopal Subramaniyam agreed with petitioner NGO Lok Prahari’s view that section 4 of the Uttar Pradesh Ministers (Salaries, Allowances...
(L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI; (inset) CJI Dipak Misra

CJI meets the four rebel judges

Above: (L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI;...
Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya

Petition to bring Lokayukta under RTI: UP govt seeks more time

The Supreme Court, on Tuesday (January 16), while hearing an SLP to bring Lokayukta in the purview of the Right to Information Act, 2005,...
SC says deal with doctor’s search for registration quickly, says relevant HC to deal with it

SC says deal with doctor’s search for registration quickly, says relevant HC to deal...

Ayurvedic doctor Dr Ved Prakash Tyagi has been asking for justice for his registration cancelled by the Registrar of the Board of Indian Medicine,...

Judge Loya death case: Maharashtra Govt submits report to SC, but says not to...

Above: Supreme Court; (inset) Judge Loya The Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan M Shantanagoudar was on Tuesday (January 16) given...
SC asks BCCI why e-auction of IPL TV rights cannot be carried out

SC asks BCCI why e-auction of IPL TV rights cannot be carried out

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 16) asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reply why e-auction cannot be done...
Panellists at India Legal show think judges’ press conference as unfortunate and unprecedented

Panellists at India Legal show think judges’ press conference as unfortunate and unprecedented

The recently-held press conference by four seniormost judges of the Supreme Court, questioning the functioning of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) formed the...
Bofors: Petitioner mentions in SC, says CBI lied in high court

Bofors: Petitioner mentions in SC, says CBI lied in high court

Supreme Court lawyer Ajay K Agrawal, who is the petitioner in the Bofors case, on Monday (January 15) submitted an affidavit to the Apex...
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WB defalcation complaint sent back to magistrate by SC

Off a PIL by Ramjan Mirdha, saying that huge sums of money sanctioned for various schemes to be implemented in remote parts of Purulia,...
Four judges attend court; Supreme Court functions normally

4 judges attend court; SC functions normally

Above: (L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi (file picture)/Photo:...
SC schedules all petitions seeking removal of GST on sanitary napkins for January 22

SC schedules all petitions seeking removal of GST on sanitary napkins for January 22

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 15) has said that it will hear a batch of petitions pending in the Supreme Court as well...
Supreme Court issues notice on 2013 election to MP assembly seat

SC issues notice on 2013 election to MP assembly seat

The Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Monday (January 15) issued notice in a petition by Sharadendu Tiwari...
Supreme Court issues notice on 2013 election to MP assembly seat

ADJ Kamini Lau’s challenge of criminal contempt order comes up before SC

Above: Delhi High Court/Photo: Anil Shakya On December 22, the bench of Justice Valmiki Mehta and Indermeet Kaur of Delhi High Court had issued...
People waiting at Gurgaon District Court/Photo: Anil Shakya

The Long, Tortuous Wait

Above: People waiting at Gurgaon District Court/Photo: Anil Shakya As the apex court seeks effective solutions to mounting pendency in high courts, it has felt...
Black Coated Oratory

Black Coated Oratory

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb There is nothing more archaic and convoluted than the language in which courtroom proceedings are conducted in India,...
(L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

Mutiny on the Bench

Above: (L-R) Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Madan B Lokur addressing a press conference in New Delhi/Photo: UNI In...
DIVIDED THEY FALL

DIVIDED THEY FALL

~By Inderjit Badhwar If you think that last week’s press conference by four of the senior-most judges of the Supreme Court—the very Collegium itself–on the...
Principal Secretary Nripendra Mishra; (inset) CJI’s bungalow

PM’s Principal Secretary Mishra denied entry to CJI’s residence

Above: Principal Secretary Nripendra Mishra; (inset) CJI’s bungalow The executive’s eagerness to enter into the chaos and fish in troubled waters that has been created...
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CBI Probe on foreign funds to ex-Punjab MLA reaches SC

A probe against funds to a former Punjab MLA came up before the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar...
Four Judges Criticise Chief Justice Dipak Misra: Things Not In Order, Less Than Desirable Things Happened

Four Judges Criticise Chief Justice Dipak Misra: Things Not In Order, Less Than Desirable...

Simmering differences and discontent in the top judiciary exploded on Friday, January 12, when the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra came under attack...

Another company’s deals linked to Karti Chidambaram

​A case related to Karti Chidambaram’s foreign deals, involving another company was being heard by the Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and...
With draft bill on Aadhaar-mobile link in next Parliament session SC puts off PIL

With draft bill on Aadhaar-mobile link in next Parliament session SC puts off PIL

A writ petition had been filed before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y...
Indu Malhotra to be first woman to be promoted from Bar to SC judgeship

Indu Malhotra to be first woman to be promoted from Bar to SC judgeship

Supreme Court Collegium also recommends elevation of Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph as judge of the apex court In a first, the Supreme Court Collegium...

SNC Lavalin case: Supreme Court issues notice to Kerala CM Vijayan

SC stays trial in the Rs 86 crore scam till further orders, admits the CBI’s appeal against discharge of Pinarayi Vijayan and others in...
Nine years after 7000 Cr Satyam Scam, Sebi bans PwC for 2 years

Nine years after 7000 Cr Satyam Scam, Sebi bans PwC for 2 years

Securities and Exchange Board of India found Pricewaterhouse Coopers guilty of complicity in the fraud that led to the decline of Ramalinga Raju’s Satyam...
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On Friday SC will hear case of the death of CBI judge Brijgopal Loya

The Supreme Court on Thursday (January 11) has decided to hear the case pertaining to the death of CBI judge Brijgopal Loya. The bench...
‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

The issue of foreign law firms and foreign lawyers practising in India came up for hearing before the Supreme Court bench of Justices A...
34 years on, SC forms new SIT to probe 186 cases linked to ’84 anti-Sikh riots

34 years on, SC forms new SIT to probe 186 cases linked to ’84...

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has decided to set up a SC-monitored three-member SIT to investigate cases not probed by Centre’s...
ASG presents shockingly low number for homeless in UP; when probed by SC, says drop the report

ASG presents shockingly low number for homeless in UP; when probed by SC, says...

Govt comes up short in explaining if homeless are getting Aadhaar cards, ASG on backfoot A shocking difference in numbers was presented to the Supreme...
SC wants to know if Pilot Baba has any criminal antecedent

SC wants to know if Pilot Baba has any criminal antecedent

Kapil Adwetya aka Pilot Baba, has appealed to the Supreme Court for quashing of criminal proceedings, for allegedly cheating one Dr Harish Pal of...
SC issues restricting orders against Jaypee directors

SC issues restricting orders against Jaypee directors

Above: Flat buyers under the banner of Jaypee Aman Owners Welfare Association shouting slogans during a demonstration demanding for a judicial probe for delay...
​Technical challenge on time-bound chargesheet and bail dismissed by SC

SC orders speedy appointment of Lokayukta in Uttarakhand

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (January 10) ordered that Lokayukta in Uttarakhand should be appointed within 8 months once the law on the Lokayukta...
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Bilkis Bano case: ASG seeks 6 more weeks to study issue

In the petition of Bilkis Yakub Rasool regarding the compensation amount arising out of the Godhra riots of 2002 and of gang rape and...
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SC asks advocate to explain his position in contempt suit

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and Amitava Roy on Wednesday (January 10) asked petitioner Gulshan Bajwa to file an affidavit stating...
Revert on Nirbhaya fund usage: SC to states

Revert on Nirbhaya fund usage: SC to states

Photo by Bhavana Gaur In the case of Nipun Saxena vs Union of India, the Supreme Court has asked state governments to revert within six...
Cab drivers in New Delhi

Delhi HC grants more time to finalise rules for taxi drivers in Delhi

Above: Cab drivers in New Delhi The case wherein the Delhi High Court took suo motu cognizance of crimes being committed by taxi drivers...
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Cauvery water dispute: SC disposes of an intervening plea

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 9) disposed of a plea seeking intervention in respect of legal battle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over...
Delhi HC slams DSACS for the underutilization of funds pertaining to AIDS patients

Delhi HC slams DSACS for the underutilization of funds pertaining to AIDS patients

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (January 9) dealing with the financial assistance being given to persons suffering with AIDS slammed the Delhi State...
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Rehabilitation of prostitutes: SC allows the petitioner to file UN report

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 9) dealing with the rehabilitation of prostitutes and ensuring them the right to be free citizens, right not...
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Supreme Court reserves its order on pictorial warnings depicted on Tobacco products

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The Supreme Court on Monday (January 8) reserved its interim order related to pictorial warnings on packets of cigarettes and...

SC to hear Karti plea to fly abroad tomorrow

The Supreme Court will hear the Enforcement Directorate’s case against Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, for money laundering on January...
SC raps SDMC commissioner for allowing residential property on agricultural land

SC seeks reply from Centre on implementation of citizens’ charter in every dept

Above: Supreme Court   The Centre on Monday (January 8) sought time from the Supreme Court to file its reply to a PIL that seeks...
No need to re-investigate Gandhi assassination, Godse killed him: Amicus to SC

No need to re-investigate Gandhi assassination, Godse killed him: Amicus to SC

Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, who had been appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in a petition that sought re-investigation of the assassination of...
Why can’t construction be done without sand, SC asks Rajasthan government

Why can’t construction be done without sand, SC asks Rajasthan government

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 8) directed the Rajasthan government to come up with a technology that enables building of houses without sand. The bench...
Constitutional bench to hear Sec 377 challenge

Constitution bench to hear Sec 377 challenge

Photo by Anil Shakya A constitution bench will hear the matter pertaining to decriminalisation of homosexuality later this month (January). A petition has been filed by...
President is the Head of State, don’t drag him into a PIL: SC

President is the Head of State, don’t drag him into a PIL: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 8) dismissed a public interest litigation that had sought to challenge the recruitment procedure followed for hiring personnel...