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Cryptocurrencies: Fraught with Risk

The recent theft of Bitcoins worth Rs 20 crore has revealed how unregulated this market is and why investors should be cautious in investing...
Judge Loya’s Death: No Foul Play, Says Supreme Court

Judge Loya’s Death: No Foul Play, Says Supreme Court

A three-judge bench of the apex court, while unanimously dismissing  plea seeking investigation into the mysterious death of Judge Loya, said there would be...

Opposition Move Against CJI: Impeachment Drama

Above: Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, CPI’s D Raja and lawyer KTS Tulsi at a press meet on CJI’s impeachment move/Photo:...
Opposition parties submit notice for CJI’s impeachment to Rajya Sabha chairman

Opposition parties submit notice for CJI’s impeachment to Rajya Sabha chairman

Above: CJI Dipak Misra (file picture) The Congress along with six other opposition parties — CPI(M), NCP, SP, CPI, BSP and IUML — submitted...
SC tells Centre to confiscate Dawood’s properties

SC tells Centre to confiscate Dawood’s properties

The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice R K Agrawal on Friday (April 20) directed the Centre to confiscate fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s...
Aadhaar linkages case: Aadhaar not required for NEET, rules Supreme Court

Aadhaar linkages case: Govt counsel explains that no human rights issues will arise from...

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan resumed hearing on...
Supreme Court site allegedly hacked into

Supreme Court site allegedly hacked into

The Supreme Court website http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/ has been down for over an hour and-a-half now, almost immediately after the Judge Loya verdict was delivered this morning by...
NO PROBE SAYS TOP COURT SC dismisses Judge Loya death case; says no merit, death was natural

NO PROBE SAYS TOP COURT: SC dismisses Judge Loya death case; says no merit,...

Petition scandalous, says bench, stops short of issuing contempt notice The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and...
Kathua bar association case “You have the right to practice, doesn’t mean you will stop the course of justice,” says CJI

Kathua bar association case: “You have the right to practice, doesn’t mean you...

Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Thursday (April 19) asked the petitioner from the Bar Council of Kathua a pointed question. He said: “You have the right...
Supreme Court; (inset) Judge Loya

SC dismisses Judge Loya death case; says no merit, death was natural

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Thursday (April 19), hearing the plea seeking...
Aadhaar linkages case: Dwivedi admits ‘Maybe the method is wrong, but it's ultimately the matter of pride pertaining to the condition of recognition”

Aadhaar linkages case: Dwivedi admits ‘Maybe the method is wrong, but it’s ultimately the...

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan resumed hearing on...
Interesting options come out in arguments regarding reservations in medical PG

Interesting options come out in arguments regarding reservations in medical PG

Counsels from two sides on Wednesday (April 18) presented interesting options in the Tamil Nadu Medical Officers’ Association vs Union of India case before the Supreme...
AADHAAR

Aadhaar linkages issue: We’re numbering human beings. This is exactly what Hitler did, says...

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan resumed hearing on...
Unnao and Kathua Rapes: The Rape of India, the Death of Humanity

Unnao and Kathua atrocities: The Rape of India

Priyanka Gandhi at a protest march in Delhi. Photo: UNI    ~By Dilip Bobb   This week has been one of the darkest in India’s contemporary history. The...
SC agrees to hear if Kathua case will be transferred out of J&K

SC agrees to hear if Kathua case will be transferred out of J&K

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud on Monday (April 16) heard the appeal...
Ryan International School in Gurugram

Pradyuman case: SC directs UoI to frame guidelines within six months on the safety/security...

Above: Ryan International School in Gurugram The Supreme Court on Tuesday (April 17) directed Union of India (UoI) to frame guidelines within six months...
Taj Mahal/ Photo Courtesy: Yann Forget/Wikimedia Commons

Who owns the Taj? Wakf fails to provide proof of ownership at SC

Above: Taj Mahal/ Photo Courtesy: Yann Forget/Wikimedia Commons An interesting case about the ownership of the Taj Mahal has come up before the Supreme Court...
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

Jaypee Infratech case: Rs 100 crore paid in, SC informed

Above: Flat buyers under the banner of Jaypee Aman Owners Welfare Association shouting slogans during a demonstration demanding for a judicial probe for delay...
Building violation case: Amicus in SC suggests take money, pay home loan and surrender documents

Building violation case: Amicus in SC suggests take money, pay home loan and surrender...

In a case of builders Supertech Ltd planning and building extra residential towers in a plot by which, as per current residents of other...
SC judge Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel will be appointed as NGT chairperson

SC judge Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel will be appointed as NGT chairperson

Above: Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel/Photo: Anil Shakya According to the India Legal sources, Supreme Court judge Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel will be appointed as the...
Kathua gangrape case: SC to hear trial transfer plea at 2pm

Kathua gangrape case: SC to hear trial transfer plea at 2pm

The Supreme Court will hear a plea seeking transfer of trial outside Jammu & Kashmir in at 2 pm today. The plea has been...
Missing daughter case in Haryana: Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Above:  The SC took up the missing girl’s matter on humanitarian grounds. The case was heard by a bench of (L-R) CJI Dipak Misra...
Making Justice Accessible: No Constitutional Bar on More Benches

No Constitutional Bar on More Benches

UP lawyers demanding a western bench of the Allahabad High Court, in New Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya Though the demand for more High Court benches...
SC/ST Act verdict: 3 review petitions filed with Supreme Court

SC/ST Act verdict: 3 review petitions filed with Supreme Court

So far three review petitions have been filed with the Supreme court over its SC / ST Act verdict. The petitions have been filed by...
Kathua Rape Case, Supreme Court

Kathua rape-murder: SC sends notice to all bar associations in area, asking for reports

Reacting to a petition submitted by a group of lawyers of the court, the Supreme Court on Friday (May 14) decided to take suo...
Pak Supreme Court imposes life ban on Nawaz Sharif from elections, public office

Pak Supreme Court imposes life ban on Nawaz Sharif from elections, public office

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, under investigation in the Panama Papers case, has suffered another major setback from the Pakistani Supreme Court. News...

Aadhaar linkages case: ASG Mehta says Aadhaar could prove helpful in PMLA cases

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan resumed hearing on...
Take back order on SC/ST Act, Union Govt appeals at SC

Take back order on SC/ST Act, Union Govt appeals at SC

The Union government has presented an appeal to the Supreme Court, demanding the immediate withdrawal of order on the stay on arrests in the...
Justice Chelameswar refuses to hear PIL on allocation of cases in SC, says “reasons are too obvious”

Justice Chelameswar refuses to hear PIL on allocation of cases in SC, says “reasons...

Justice Chelameswar’s decision comes a day after bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra ruled that allocation of cases is exclusive prerogative of the...
Jay Shah’s defamation case against The Wire listed at SC for April 18

Jay Shah’s defamation case against The Wire listed at SC for April 18

Above: (Left) Jay Shah with father BJP President Amit Shah The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and...
Justice Kurian Joseph shoots off letter to CJI urging him to act upon the non-appointment of judges

Justice Kurian Joseph shoots off letter to CJI urging him to act upon the...

Days after Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, sent a letter to CJI Dipak Misra, asking for a full...
Aadhaar

Aadhaar linkages: ASG Mehta says enrolment is optional as per act but compulsory as...

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
Interesting options come out in arguments regarding reservations in medical PG

26-yr-old Karnataka girl, forcefully married, moves SC for annulment, clarity in Hindu marriage Act...

The ink on the Hadiya case judgment of the Supreme Court has barely dried and another similar case has come up to the apex...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

Panchayat elections: BJP’s appeal to be heard by Calcutta HC tomorrow

The West Bengal chapter of the BJP – a miniscule, though raucous force in the state – had gone scrambling to the Supreme Court,...
Petition challenging CJI’s master of roster role dismissed by SC

Petition challenging CJI’s master of roster role dismissed by SC

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Wednesday (April 11) threw out a petition by...
Aadhaar linkages case: AG says safeguards have built into the act

Aadhaar linkages case: AG says safeguards have built into the act

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
PIL in SC for CBI enquiry into Unnao rape case

PIL in SC for CBI enquiry into Unnao rape case

Above: BJP MLA from Unnao, Kuldip Singh Sengar, facing rape charges, at the Chief Ministers office, in Lucknow on Monday/Photo: UNI The now infamous...

Rohingya issue: Govt gets 4 weeks time to file status report

Above: Rohingyas (file picture) The Rohingya issue has not moved any further, with the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A...

Delhi sealings: SC stays firm, says no second chance will be given

Regarding the Supreme Court monitored sealing of unauthorized structures/buildings now on in Delhi, the counsel for the Central government on Monday (April 9) told...
SC allows plea on Guru Nanak film

SC allows plea on Guru Nanak film

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Monday (April 9) allowed a petition related to the proposed film on Guru...
Nirav Modi

SC to take up another case related to PNB scam on April 27

The Supreme Court has admitted and agreed to hear another case related to the huge PNB scam. This writ has been filed by advocate...
Ban on Lawmakers to practice law: Triggering serious debate

Lawmakers and Lawyers

Above: Bar Council of India/Photo: Anil Shakya A petition filed before the Supreme Court seeking a ban on MPs and MLAs practising in courts has...
Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014: Tardy Progress

Tardy Progress

Above: The board on the Andhra-Telangana border signals entry into Telangana/Photo: highwayonlyway.com Despite the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 being enacted four years ago, there...
Centre Vs SC on Delhi Sealing Drive: Thousands Trapped in the Muddle

Delhi’s Sealing Drive: Trapped in the Muddle

While the centre and the Supreme Court spar over the spread of illegal constructions, thousands of traders and workers have become jobless and homeless....
Dalit Protests: Why Blame the Judiciary?

Dalit Protests: Why Blame the Judiciary?

Dalit protests on Delhi-Agra highway. Photo: UNI Amid widespread agitation against the Supreme Court’s decision to allegedly dilute the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and...
Ayodhya land dispute case: Hearings marred by sparring counsels

Ayodhya land dispute case: Hearings marred by sparring counsels

The Ayodhya land dispute cases are being heard by the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S...
SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

Additional Sessions Judge Jitender Walia, under the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had appealed to the Supreme Court against a directive of high court...
SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

Bengal panchayat elections: SC to hear BJP complaint on nominees not allowed to file...

The matter of panchayat elections in West Bengal, the BJP has reached the Supreme Court with allegations that their candidates are not being allowed...
Aadhaar linkages case: Venugopal says “we entirely deny data leakage”

Aadhaar linkages case: Venugopal says “we entirely deny data leakage”

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

Delhi sealing drive against violations: Govt counsel Rohatgi fails to answer SC query on...

Regarding the Supreme Court monitored sealing of unauthorized constructions in Delhi, including shops and other business establishments within colonies, the bench of Justices Madan...
SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

CBSE’s discretion to order re-test cannot be challenged in court, says SC

The Supreme Court bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao on Wednesday (April 4) dismissed a petition filed by Master Rohan Mathew against...
Aadhaar linkages case: Justice Sikri asks if there are any surprise tests to see if Aadhaar was secure

Aadhaar linkages case: Justice Sikri asks if there are any surprise tests to see...

Above: Justice A K Sikri/Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud...
Members of Dalit organisations raising slogans during Bharat Bandh over SC/ST Act, in Lucknow on April 2/Photo: UNI

SC refuses to stay its order on SC/ST Act

Above: Members of Dalit organisations raising slogans during Bharat Bandh over SC/ST Act, in Lucknow on April 2/Photo: UNI   The Supreme Court on Tuesday...
Apex court will hear review petition on SC/ST Act at 2pm today

Apex court will hear review petition on SC/ST Act at 2pm today

Above: Members of Dalit organisations raising slogans during  Bharat Bandh over SC/ST issue, in Lucknow on April 2/Photo: UNI The Supreme Court will take...
SC to hear TN contempt plea on April 9 against the Centre for its failure to set up CMB

SC to hear TN contempt plea on April 9 against the Centre for its...

The Supreme Court will hear contempt petition by Tamil Nadu Government on April 9 against the Centre for its failure to set up the...
SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

SC seeks Centre’s reply on the non-implementation of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act

Above: Supreme Court The apex court on Monday (April 2) sought Centre’s response on the implementation of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014. The bench...
Impacting Elections: Private goes public

Private Goes Public

Above: Photo by Bhavana Gaur Despite the Supreme Court upholding the right to privacy as a fundamental right, the ground reality is that the data...
MNCs Should Do CSR Activities: CJI

MNCs Should Do CSR Activities: CJI

Above: Justice AK Sikri of the Supreme Court speaking at the seminar Legal luminaries said at a meet that profits maximisation should not be the...
Trial in Corruption Cases: Speeding up Justice

Speeding up Justice

Above: Supreme Court The apex court has said that the stay granted in civil or criminal cases will not extend beyond six months, except in...
A khap panchayat in progress. The apex court has disapproved of their conduct/Photo Courtesy: ddnews.gov.in

Honour and Dishonour

Above: A khap panchayat in progress. The apex court has disapproved of their conduct/Photo Courtesy: ddnews.gov.in The Supreme Court’s latest ruling on honour killings and...
Curtailing Recruitment in Universities: An Unfair World

An Unfair World

Above: The SC/ST students of Banaras Hindu University on a protest agitation/Photo: UNI A new University Grants Commission order will reduce representation of Scheduled Castes,...
Supreme Court’s New Guidelines: Blackmail Won’t Work!

Blackmail Won’t Work!

Above: File photo of the quota stir/Photo: UNI The apex court has taken a dim view of arbitrary arrests under this Act and has laid...
Satire: In a flux up state, the latest terms to get endeared to

Terms of Endearment

~By Dilip Bobb Like politics and the global economy, cricket is also experiencing the Great Churn as the ball tampering issue scrapes the gloss off...
Cauvery water dispute case: Centre files affidavit seeking clarification on the Cauvery scheme

Cauvery water dispute case: Centre files affidavit seeking clarification on the Cauvery scheme

In the Cauvery water dispute case, the Centre has filed an affidavit in the apex court demanding a clarification on the on the Cauvery...
Justice Jasti Chelameswar (file picture)

Justice Chelameswar’s letter that opened a can of worms

Above: Justice Jasti Chelameswar (file picture) When Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, sent a letter (dated March 21) to...
SC dismisses SLP seeking re-opening of Mahatma Gandhi assassination case on “no-merit” ground

SC dismisses SLP seeking re-opening of Mahatma Gandhi assassination case on “no-merit” ground

~By Apoorva Gaur   Finding no merit in the special leave petition seeking re-opening of Mahatma Gandhi assassination case, the Supreme Court bench of Justices...
Activists shouting slogans during pratirodh march against atrocities on dalit people in Patna (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Government to file review petition challenging SC order on SC/ST Act next week, say...

Above: Activists shouting slogans during pratirodh march against atrocities on dalit people in Patna (file pic)/Photo: UNI The government in all likelihood will file a...

Centre extends deadline of linking of Aadhaar to June 30

The Centre on Wednesday (March 28) extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar to avail of various services, subsidies and benefits under section 7 of...
Justice Jasti Chelameswar (file pic)

Justice Chelameswar writes letter to CJI seeking a full court to introspect govt interference...

Above: Justice Jasti Chelameswar (file pic) Supreme Court’s judge Justice Jasti Chelameswar has written a five-page letter to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra...
Take back order on SC/ST Act, Union Govt appeals at SC

Stay orders will have a six-month use-by date to them, orders Supreme Court

Above: Supreme Court Court stay orders have become the new denial of justice for those who can ill afford long delays and repeated journeys...
No ‘pressure cooker’ symbol for Dhinakaran faction till main issue is solved: SC

No ‘pressure cooker’ symbol for Dhinakaran faction till main issue is solved: SC

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar on Wednesday (March 28) heard the contentious Edappadi K Palaniswami...
Another IA against demonetisation allowed by SC in main case before constitution bench

Another IA against demonetisation allowed by SC in main case before constitution bench

Another Interlocutory Application has been allowed by the Supreme Court to be included into the main application in the Vivek Narayan Sharma versus Union...
Supreme Court

Nirbhaya fund utilisation: SC bench lambasts AOR who filed wrong affidavit for West Bengal

 “Are you a peon who just files the case and forgets about it?” Court tells AOR, threatens contempt The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan...
SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

Khap Panchayat’s view of honour killing is unconstitutional, says SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (March 27) declared Khap Panchayat’s view of honour killing for the marriage between two adults unconstitutional. The apex court...
SC agrees to hear PIL seeking investigation into deaths resulting from non-linking of PDS with Aadhaar

SC agrees to hear PIL seeking investigation into deaths resulting from non-linking of PDS...

The Supreme Court on Monday (March 26) accepted a PIL filed in connection with deaths resulting from non-linking of public distribution system (PDS) with...
SC refers polygamy, nikah halala matter to constitution bench

SC refers polygamy, nikah halala matter to constitution bench

The Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of polygamy and nikah halala, prevalent among Indian Muslims. On Monday...
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Building a Case

Above: Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (file pic)/Photo: UNI With the apex court coming down hard on the acquisition process by the previous...
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Aadhaar Bridge: The Aadhaar Conundrum

The UIDAI-promoted Aadhaar is getting more complicated by the day. The on-going hearing in the Supreme Court is focused on potential security breaches. Adding...
Take back order on SC/ST Act, Union Govt appeals at SC

Explain why Lokayuktas have not been appointed, SC tells Chief Secretaries of states

Above: Supreme Court (file picture)   The Supreme Court is hearing a plea seeking a Lokpal as per Lokayukta Act, 2013 and also urging necessary...
Aadhaar

UIDAI chief gives presentation, says Aadhaar data is safe

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, hearing Aadhaar and...
Supreme Court

Cauvery water sharing verdict: Kerala govt files review petition

The Kerala Government has filed a review petition with the Supreme Court, challenging the court’s earlier verdict on the Cauvery water sharing formula. The Kerala government...
Take back order on SC/ST Act, Union Govt appeals at SC

Plea on retirement benefits for judges comes up for hearing in SC on April...

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Mohan M Shantanagoudar decided on Thursday (March 22) that it will take up the issue of retirement...
An under construction project by Jaypee Associates/Photo Courtesy: Jaypee website

SC directs Jaypee to deposit Rs 200 crore in registry in two installments

Above: An under construction project by Jaypee Associates/Photo Courtesy: Jaypee website The Supreme Court on Wednesday (March 21) asked Jaypee Associates to deposit a sum...
President Ram Nath Kovind with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra; (inset) Justice SN Shukla of the Allahabad High Court/Photo courtesy: PIB and Allahabad High Court

Allahabad HC’s Justice Shukla digs in his heels, ball now in President Kovind’s court

Above: President Ram Nath Kovind with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra; (inset) Justice SN Shukla of the Allahabad High Court/Photo courtesy: PIB and...
A Raja (file picture)

2G spectrum case: Delhi HC issues notices to Raja, Kanimozhi and others

Above: A Raja (file picture) With the Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation challenging the acquittal of former Union telecom minister A Raja,...
Former telecom minister A Raja (file picture)

2G Spectrum Allocation Scam Case: Delhi HC to take up the plea challenging acquittal...

Above: Former telecom minister A Raja (file picture)   The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (March 20) listed the plea of the Enforcement Directorate (ED),...
Take back order on SC/ST Act, Union Govt appeals at SC

Judicial pension: SC says there can be no disparity, refers case to larger bench

The Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Tuesday (March 20) observed that there can be no disparity in...
Activists shouting slogans during pratirodh march against atrocities on dalit people in Patna (file pic)/Photo: UNI

SC rules out immediate arrest of public servants in cases under SC/ST Act

Above: Activists shouting slogans during pratirodh march against atrocities on dalit people in Patna (file pic)/Photo: UNI In order to prevent the misuse of...
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar coming out of asna jail after being acquitted by the Allahabad high Court

Aarushi murder case: SC admits pleas challenging acquittal of the Talwars

Above: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar coming out of asna jail after being acquitted by the Allahabad high Court The Supreme Court on Monday (March 19)...
Rohingya Muslims (file picture)

SC seeks comprehensive status report on the conditions of Rohingya Muslim refugees in India

Above: Rohingya Muslims (file picture) The Supreme Court on Monday (March 19) sought a comprehensive status report from the Centre on the conditions of Rohingya...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Out Of Bounds!

The Supreme Court has upheld a Madras High Court judgment which denied permission to foreign lawyers to practice in the country but allowed them...
DELHI DURBAR

Delhi Durbar

The French Connection Among all the wide ranging agreements signed during French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India last week, the strategic embrace is the...
ARBITRATION: GOVERNMENT’S FORWARD MARCH

ARBITRATION: GOVERNMENT’S FORWARD MARCH

Above: PM Modi at the conference on National Initiative towards Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement held in New Delhi in October 2016/Photo: UNI ~By Inderjit Badhwar Because...
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi

Judge Loya death case: Hearings conclude, SC reserves judgment

Above: Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud on Friday...
A Google map showing Adam Bridge also known as Ram Setu

Centre will explore alternative route for Setusamudram project, SC told

Above: A Google map showing Adam Bridge also known as Ram Setu In an affidavit, Centre informs Supreme Court that the 50-km-long Ram Setu between...
Jay Shah case: SC stays defamation proceedings in Guj trial court against The Wire till April 12

Jay Shah case: SC stays defamation proceedings in Guj trial court against The Wire...

Above: (Left) Jay Shah with father BJP President Amit Shah The Supreme Court, on Thursday (March 15), asked a Gujarat trial court not to...

SC transfers Karti case to top court from high court arena, extends relief to...

Above: Karti Chidambaram (file picture)/Photo: Anil Shakya   Apex court bench to study section 19 of PMLA Act regarding the ED’s power to enforce an...
Ayodhya land dispute: Case to be moved to constitution bench only if required, clarifies CJI

Ayodhya land dispute: Case to be moved to constitution bench only if required, clarifies...

Swamy moves in with a petition, sits despite protests The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul...
SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

Third petition filed with SC against polygamy and nikaah halala

A third petition has now been filed with the Supreme Court against polygamy and nikaah halala. Filing the petition, Nafisa Khan of Delhi has...
Aadhaar linkages matter: Constitution Bench won’t sit today

Poor infrastructure, errors, fraud, all make a dangerous mix in Aadhaar, says Vishwanathan

Senior Counsel K V Vishwanathan, who had started his submissions on Tuesday, carried on from where he had left off, before the Constitution bench on Wednesday (March...
Tushar Mehta

2G scam case: ASG Mehta seeks adjournment, SC lists for March 21

Above: Tushar Mehta The new, government-appointed Special Public Prosecutor, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appeared before the Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and...
(Left) ASG Tushar Mehta and Senior Advocate Anand Grover

No contempt in Centre’s appointment of ASG Mehta as SPP, despite presence of court-appointed...

Above: (Left) ASG Tushar Mehta and Senior Advocate Anand Grover ~By Vinay Vats The government’s decision to appoint Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta as Special...
SC rules: No practising, no setting up office; foreign lawyers can come to India only in an advisory capacity

SC rules: No practising, no setting up office; foreign lawyers can come to India...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (March 13) upheld the decision of the Madras and Bombay High Courts, saying that foreign lawyers and foreign law...
Complete all 2G scam related investigation within 6 months: SC to CBI, ED

Complete all 2G scam related investigation within 6 months: SC to CBI, ED

Above: A Raja (file picture)   Rapping the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate on the knuckles for inordinate delay in completing the probe into various...
There have been several protests against AFSPA in Manipur (file pic)/Photo: UNI

Extra-judicial killings in Manipur: SC tells NHRC to complete its investigations first and asks...

Above: There have been several protests against AFSPA in Manipur (file pic)/Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Monday (March 12) dealing with the alleged extra-judicial...
Right to Die is now a “fundamental right” in India

Supreme Court recognises Passive Euthanasia with advance directives or living will

By Srishty Raj and Rajesh Kumar The constitutional bench of judges comprising of CJI Dipak Misra, Justice A K Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice D...
SSC paper leaks: SC directs petitioner to hand over the copy of the petition to the govt’s counsels

SSC paper leaks: SC directs petitioner to hand over the copy of the petition...

Above: Above: Jan Adhikar Party activists during Rail Chakka Jam  demanding for CBI probe against the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) scam at Rajendra Nagar...

Art of Dividing

Above: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with UP CM Yogi Adityanath/Photo: Twitter Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was meant to be mediating in the complicated...
Timely Trials: Is Justice Hurried certainly Justice Buried?

Towards a Super-Fast Trial?

The case of Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau who took the evidence of 22 witnesses on the first day of a trial stirred a...
Modi Government’s Governance Dilemma: Filling the vacant positions

Governance: Empty Seats

Illustration: Anthony Lawrence From the Lokpal to the green tribunal, the Supreme Court and High Courts, institutes of higher learning and even investigating agencies, the...
BG Verghese Memorial Lecture: Justice A P Shah says “chief justice is merely first among equals”

BG Verghese Memorial Lecture: Justice A P Shah says “chief justice is merely first...

Above: Justice A P Shah While delivering speech at the BG Verghese Memorial Lecture on March 9, 2018, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah spoke especially...
Petition challenging CJI’s master of roster role dismissed by SC

Supreme Court unanimously allows passive euthanasia, recognises living will

Constitution bench upholds right to die with dignity as a fundamental right and issues guidelines on passive euthanasia till legislation is passed In a landmark...
INX Media money laundering case: Delhi HC will hear the plea today

INX Media money laundering case: Delhi HC will hear the plea today

Above: Karti Chidambaram (file pic)/Photo: UNI The Delhi High Court division bench of Justices S Murlidhar and I S Mehta on Friday (March 9)...
SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

SC collegium of three judges recommends names for permament judges at Allahabad HC

The three seniormost judges’ collegium of the Supreme Court has recommended Justices Ashok Kumar, Vivek Chaudhary, Saumitra Dayal Singh, and Akhilesh Chandra Sharma (See the notification...
Aadhaar linkages case: Aadhaar not required for NEET, rules Supreme Court

Aadhaar linkages case: Aadhaar not required for NEET, rules Supreme Court

The Aadhaar linkages case continued before the Supreme Court constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar,...
Hadiya and Jahan: The controversial marriage

Khap panchayat interference case: SC makes it clear it will not tolerate meddling by...

Above: Hadiya and Jahan: The controversial marriage Centre’s advice to court also includes this: “…when two individuals marry as per their wish (such as inter-faith),...
SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

Parliamentarians’ pension issue: SC reserves judgment

Having heard all submissions, the Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Wednesday (March 7) reserved its verdict on a plea...
SC reinstates subordinate judicial officer, asks Punjab and Haryana HC to remove adverse remarks

Appointment of Lokpal: Govt searching for a jurist for selection panel, SC told

Supreme Court had pulled up the Centre for delay in appointing Lokpal, asked DoPT to file an affidavit detailing steps taken to appoint the...
Judge Loya death case

Judge Loya death case: Do not dismiss article in magazine, Dushyant Dave tells Supreme...

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud on Monday (March 5) continued hearing the...
Shopian firing: No action against Major Aditya Kumar till April 24, rules SC

Shopian firing: No action against Major Aditya Kumar till April 24, rules SC

Above: Youths pelting stones towards security forces in J&K (representative image)/Photo: UNI Major Aditya Kumar has not been mentioned as accused in the police FIR,...
SC agrees to hear petition: Minister heads body, BAI again in the eye of a storm

SC agrees to hear petition: Minister heads body, BAI again in the eye of...

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has been the den of many a corrupt activity during the regime of its many previous presidents, especially...
Jan Adhikar Party activists during Rail Chakka Jam demanding for CBI probe against the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) scam at Rajendra Nagar Terminal in Patna/ Photo: UNI

SC decides to take up the plea of SSC aspirants even as Centre orders...

Above: Jan Adhikar Party activists during Rail Chakka Jam  demanding for CBI probe against the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) scam at Rajendra Nagar Terminal...
INX Media bribery case: Karti moves SLP in SC alleging harassment, Court will take up the case tomorrow

INX Media bribery case: Karti moves SLP in SC alleging harassment, Court will take...

Above: Karti Chidambaram(file picture)/Photo: UNI   Karti Chidambaram has moved a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court on Monday (March 5). The counsel...
Live-Stream Proposal: An Attempt at Transparency?

An Attempt at Transparency?

Above: Delhi’s L-G Anil Baijal has written to CM Arvind Kejriwal, saying the alleged assault has hurt bureaucracy’s morale/Photo: UNI The Kejriwal government’s tussle with...
Karti Chidambaram’s arrest: Face-Saving Measure?

Face-Saving Measure?

Above: The CBI brings Karti Chidambaram to Patiala House Court in New Delhi after arrest/Photo Courtesy: facebook The arrest of P Chidambaram’s son is being...

Trigger-Happy

Above: Policemen convicted in a 25-year-old fake encounter case are taken to jail in Lucknow In a brazen display of power, Uttar Pradesh cops have...
The Male Club - India Legal

The Male Club

Above: Women advocates on the Supreme Court lawns/Photo: Anil Shakya On the eve of Women’s Day, with Indian women surging ahead in all fields, the...
Appointment of Judges: Easing the Burden

Easing the Burden

Above: Lawyers and litigants discussing cases at a Gurgaon district court/Photo: Anil Shakya In a move that could increase the number of judges in high...
Supreme Court initiative on Open Prisons: Unshackle These Fetters

Open Prisons: Unshackle These Fetters

An agricultural work camp in Bikaner for prisoners. Photo: Smita Chakraburtty Following a top court initiative, the centre will frame guidelines for setting up open...
Supreme Court Tussle: Bench versus Bench

Supreme Court Tussle: Bench versus Bench

Recent disagreements between various benches of the apex court may be a sign of discipline and propriety not being followed. Much is at stake...

Handle with Kid Gloves

Above: Children enjoying an activity at a juvenile home in Hyderabad/Photo Courtesy: YouTube In an indictment of the treatment of various governments towards juveniles, the...
Irked ‘special invitee’ Mallikarjun Kharge won’t attend Modi’s Lokpal panel meet - India Legal

Irked ‘special invitee’ Mallikarjun Kharge won’t attend Modi’s Lokpal panel meet

Mallikarjun Kharge’s decision to skip Lokpal Selection Committee meet comes at a time when the Supreme Court has asked Modi govt to expedite Lokpal...
Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat (in grey suit) along with Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa in New Delhi. Photo: PIB

Election Commission’s Powers: Give More Autonomy

Above: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat (in grey suit) along with Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa in New Delhi. Photo: PIB A petition...
Justice AK Mittal Case: Cracks in the Collegium

Justice AK Mittal Case: Cracks in the Collegium

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice AK Mittal’s elevation as chief justice of the Delhi High Court was delayed twice due to dissension within...
“Indian Constitution and Democracy Unshakeable”

“Indian Constitution and Democracy Unshakeable”

Justice VS Sirpurkar (centre) flanked by his wife Kumkum (left) and Senior Advocate, Supreme Court, Pradeep Rai (right). The panel also included Inderjit Badhwar,...
Aadhaar Issue: Belated Recognition

Aadhaar Issue: Belated Recognition

In the face of numerous instances of Aadhaar glitches, the government and the UIDAI have backtracked and said that other identification papers would do...
Chief Justice Dipak Misra speaking on the farewell ceremony of Supreme Court judge Justice Amitava Roy on Friday (February 23). All other Supreme Court judges were also present at the event/ Photo: Anil Shakya

SCBA bids farewell to SC judge Justice Amitava Roy

Above: Chief Justice Dipak Misra speaking on the farewell ceremony of Supreme Court judge Justice Amitava Roy on Friday (February 23). All other Supreme...
Supreme Court

SC grants former Jharkhand chief secretary 3 months to file reply in fodder scam...

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and A M Khanwilkar on Friday (February 23) granted three months time to former Chief Secretary...
Take back order on SC/ST Act, Union Govt appeals at SC

Collegium recommends making 37 additional judges in 5 high courts permanent

The Supreme Court Collegium of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi has unanimously recommended to the Centre to appoint...
2G scam case: With Centre also naming ASG Mehta as SPP, irked SC-appointed SPP Grover wants out

2G scam case: With Centre also naming ASG Mehta as SPP, irked SC-appointed SPP...

Above: (Clockwise from top left) Senior Advocate Anand Grover, Special Judge O P Saini, A Raja, Kanimozhi and ASG Tushar Mehta Centre for Public...
Sunanda Pushkar death case

Sunanda Pushkar death case: SC issues notice to Delhi Police on Swamy’s plea

Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar issued the notice but said question of maintainability of Subramanian Swamy’s plea still open Weeks...
Retired judicial officers can be judges of High Courts, rules SC

Retired judicial officers can be judges of High Courts, rules SC

Supreme Court bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also says Additional Judges can be appointed to high courts for tenure of less...
Supreme Court

Lokpal selection panel to meet on March 1: Centre tells SC

A panel comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and the Chief Justice of India among others, will meet on March 1 to...
Petition challenging CJI’s master of roster role dismissed by SC

Accepting apology, SC quashes criminal contempt proceedings against ADJ Kamini Lau

The Supreme Court on Friday (February 23) quashed the criminal contempt proceedings initiated by the Delhi High Court against Additional District Judge Kamini Lau. The...
Face dire consequences if you don't deliver on time, SC tells Amrapali Builders

Face dire consequences if you don’t deliver on time, SC tells Amrapali Builders

Above: An artist impression of one of the housing projects of Amrapali Builders   The Supreme Court on Thursday (February 22) told Amrapali Builders to...
SC says Kerala High Court simply assumed that Hadiya was a vulnerable adult and decided to nullify her marriage

SC says Kerala High Court simply assumed that Hadiya was a vulnerable adult and...

CJI observes that test of a vulnerable adult was very subjective and that the law is “averse to subjective notions” The Supreme Court while hearing...
Supreme Court

Set up Constitution Bench to resolve conflict in land acquisition verdicts, urges Justice Arun...

Stung by the interim order delivered on February 21 by a three-judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur which stayed the implementation of...
Supreme Court

Judicial propriety debate reignites in Supreme Court

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur stays implementation of a verdict delivered by a bench of similar strength headed by Justice...
SC turns down adjournment plea by Hadiya’s father, hearing on Thursday

SC turns down adjournment plea by Hadiya’s father, hearing on Thursday

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (February 21) rejected KM Ashokan, Hadiya’s father’s plea requesting to adjourn the scheduled hearing of the matter. The apex...
Supreme Court

Aadhaar linkages case: No penal law can be retrospective but its consequences can be,...

The onus of identification is on the State and not the individual..., insists counsel Gopal Subramanium Senior Counsel Gopal Subramanium resumed his submissions before the...
SC stays all criminal proceedings against actor Priya Prakash Varrier

SC stays all criminal proceedings against actor Priya Prakash Varrier

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (February 21) has ordered all courts where a slew of criminal cases have been filed against Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier...
Gopal Subramanium

Aadhaar linkages case: Subramanium says this infringes on fundamental rights

Above: Gopal Subramanium   The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them continued before the Supreme Court...
Priya Prakash Varrier

SC will hear Priya Prakash Varrier’s plea seeking invalidation of FIR against her

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (February 20) agreed to hear a plea of Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier seeking invalidation of a slew of...
Nirav Modi

SC admits PIL for probe against Nirav Modi; hearing on Friday

Advocate Vineet Dhanda has mentioned at the Supreme Court for hearing of his petition in which he has demanded that the court should direct...
Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi

Judge Loya death case: CJI says there will be ground for suspicion if Section...

Above: Senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud on Monday...
Rape-murder case involving a 7-year-old girl: Chennai court hands out death sentence to the convict

Rape-murder case involving a 7-year-old girl: Chennai court hands out death sentence to the...

In a rape and murder case involving a 7-year-old girl, a mahila court in Chengalpet, near Chennai on Monday (February 19) handed out death...
YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy

Defamation suit against Andhra publication dismissed by SC

Above: YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy In a verdict that will have an effect on future irrelevant defamation suits and on undue political pressure on...
Delhi Police personnel confronting a protest (file picture)/Photo: Bhavana Gaur

SC slams Centre for wanting modification of its order on police reforms through review...

Above: Delhi Police personnel confronting a protest (file picture)/Photo: Bhavana Gaur    The Supreme Court on Monday (February 19) slammed the Union of India for...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

Forest rest houses being misused, SC informed

In a writ petition taken as a PIL field by T N Godavarman Thirumulpad, the Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and...
Supreme Court

Petition in SC to promote assistant public prosecutors to full PP positions

The Kerala Assistant Public Prosecutors Association has put up a petition before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A...
Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi assassination: SC tells petitioner to file affidavit on the documents containing crucial...

The Supreme Court on Monday (February 19) dealing with the plea seeking constitution of a new commission of inquiry to uncover the larger conspiracy...
Cauvery water dispute verdict: Raising the bar

Raising The Bar

Above: The then DMK Treasurer MK Stalin extending support to a bandh called by Tamil Nadu farmers associations on the Cauvery water dispute in...
Petition challenging CJI’s master of roster role dismissed by SC

Husband watches adult films, ruining married life, wife petitions Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has rightly observed that it was not possible to ban all pornographic content, either on the net or otherwise in India,...

SC dismisses plea by Adarsh Housing Society to ban film Aiyaari

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Friday (February 16) dismissed a petition by Adarsh Cooperative...
Missing girls’ case: Police submits incomplete report to SC bench

Missing girls’ case: Police submits incomplete report to SC bench

The Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Friday (February 16) found that the report submitted by the Shahada...
Loya case not heard in SC as Justice Chandrachud is absent

Loya case not heard in SC as Justice Chandrachud is absent

The Supreme Court on Friday (February 16) could not take up the hearing of the case related to the mysterious death of special CBI...
SC reduces Cauvery water allocation to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to get more because Bengaluru needs it

SC reduces Cauvery water allocation to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to get more because Bengaluru...

Court says agreements were not “political arrangements” but were based on public interest; decision valid for 15 years The Supreme Court on Friday (February 16)...
Supreme Court

Religious identity cannot be justification for assault, murder: SC

Striking down bail granted by the Bombay High Court to three men accused of murdering a Muslim youth, the Supreme Court has said that...
SC to Punjab & Haryana HC: Dispose of matter related to gang rape in OP Jindal University within 5 months

SC to Punjab & Haryana HC: Dispose of matter related to gang rape in...

The Supreme Court on Thursday (February 15) directed Punjab & Haryana High Court to dispose of a petition related to gang rape in a...
A TV grab of a coal mine in Lalmatia, Godda. Photo: UNI

Illegal mining in Odisha: SC gives nod to resumption of mining work in which...

Above: A TV grab of a coal mine in Lalmatia, Godda. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Thursday (February 15) gave a nod to the...
Aadhaar linkages matter: Constitution Bench won’t sit today

Aadhaar linkages matter: Constitution Bench won’t sit today

The Supreme Court Constitution Bench which is hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the centre’s decision for making linking of Aadhaar with various schemes...
Gopal Subramanium

Aadhaar linkages matter: This act will make the real person useless, only the virtual...

Above: Gopal Subramanium The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them continued before the Supreme Court...
SC clarifies that installation of CCTVs in courts was meant for ensuring safety and security in courts

SC clarifies that installation of CCTVs in courts was meant for ensuring safety and...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (February 12) dealing with the installation of CCTVs in courts observed that the idea behind the installation was to...
SC gives relief to Chattisgarh govt; dismisses AgustaWestland chopper purchase case

SC gives relief to Chattisgarh govt; dismisses AgustaWestland chopper purchase case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (February 13) granted a major relief to Chattisgarh government. The bench comprising of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday...
DND promoters fail again at the top court

DND promoters fail again at the top court

The Noida Toll Bridge Company Ltd. on Tuesday (February 13) lost its appeal at the Supreme Court against the Federation of Noida Residents Welfare...
Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi

Judge Loya death case: Rohatgi’s submissions mostly on technical grounds

Above: Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud on Monday...
Harshad Mehta’s relative wants bail to attend marriage

Harshad Mehta’s relative wants bail to attend marriage

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Monday (February 12) heard a...
Aadhaar linkages case: Dwivedi admits ‘Maybe the method is wrong, but it's ultimately the matter of pride pertaining to the condition of recognition”

No one can be denied essential services for not having Aadhaar, says UIDIAI

Taking serious note of media reports on denial of essential services in the absence of Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has...
Jallikattu, buffalo racing matter comes up before SC for decision next week

Jallikattu, buffalo racing matter comes up before SC next week

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Monday (February 12) has agreed...
Supreme Court

SCBA reminds lawyers to switch off phones inside Supreme Court courtrooms

Within an atmosphere where senior counsel Indira Jaising has issued an appeal to get all cases of national importance directly telecast and in an...
Dr Upendra Baxi: A Man Who Touched Many Lives

A Man Who Touched Many Lives

Above: (L-R) Senior advocate, Supreme Court, and Chairman, ILRF, Pradeep Rai; Rajshri Rai, Editor-in-Chief, APN; Dr Upendra Baxi; Justice Shiva Kirti Singh; Justice Gyan...
Maldives crisis: Has India Missed the Bus?

Has India Missed the Bus?

Above: Soldiers guard the parliament in Male post declaration of emergency by the president/Photo: avas.mv Delhi’s refusal to intervene as this island nation plunges into...
Hooda Scam: Landing in Trouble

Landing in Trouble

Above: Manesar is the site of an industrial township project and a huge land scam The former CM’s deals, which deprived farmers of crores,...
MoP and Allocation of Cases: Issues of Propriety

Issues of Propriety

The highest seat of the judiciary has been gripped by these two contentious matters and it could take some time to sort them out...
SC Order to Maharashtra: Caught in a Bind

Caught in a Bind

Above: Members of the Dhangar community demanding reservation from the Maharashtra government in Mumbai/Photo: UNI An apex court order to sack those who forged caste...
TWO GENTLE GIANTS

TWO GENTLE GIANTS

~By Inderjit Badhwar Every day in the weekly life cycle of India Legal is special. Who knows what news will come tumbling out of the...
(Left) Allahabad High Court and (right) Supreme Court

Aarushi verdict: Ex-CBI judge moves SC against “disparaging remarks” against him by Allahabad HC...

Above: (Left) Allahabad High Court and (right) Supreme Court    Retired special CBI judge Shyam Lal has moved the Supreme Court against what he has...
ASG Tushar Mehta/Photo courtesy: Amity University

ASG Tushar Mehta appointed as special public prosecutor in the 2G spectrum case

Above: ASG Tushar Mehta/Photo courtesy: Amity University The Central government has appointed Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta as the special public prosecutor in the...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

Judge Loya death case: Reports replete with conflicting “facts”, says Jaising

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud on Friday (February 9) continued hearing of the plea...
Supreme Court

Contempt proceedings for calling bench ‘deceptive’

Criminal contempt proceedings are on against petitioner Seema Sapra who had called the action of a bench “deceptive” in a comment. The case is...
Live streaming of court proceedings: SC seeks Attorney General’s assistance

Live streaming of court proceedings: SC seeks Attorney General’s assistance

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, on Friday (February 9), sought the centre’s reply on a petition...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

SC directs all states to create child welfare boards; high courts empowered to implement

In an appeal by Sampurna Behrua, with the Union of india as respondent, the Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak...

Aadhaar Linkages case: Bench agrees authentication is heart of the issue, not mere identity

Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal argues that in areas with no electricity and no internet connectivity how can such authentication be done? The hearings on Aadhaar...
Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case: More documents needed, but it’s no more than a land dispute, clarifies CJI

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title case: More documents needed, but it’s no more than a...

Above: Security guards on high alert near the disputed site in Ayodhya (file picture)/Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Thursday (February 8) resumed the...
Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute hearing turns out to be a closed door affair

Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute hearing turns out to be a closed door affair

The public hearing of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case which resumed on Thursday (February 8) turned out to be a closed door affair...
Taj Mahal

Taj Trapezium Zone case: No vision document submitted, petitioner uninformed about the developments

The Supreme Court on Thursday (February 8) asked the Centre and the concerned authorities as to why environmental activist M C Mehta was not...
Supreme Court

Safety of roadside dwellers: SC wants “vacant buildings to be utilized for the rehabilitation”

The Supreme Court on Thursday (February 8) dealing with the safety of roadside dwellers in the country suggested that various buildings which are lying...
Aadhaar Linkages case: Sibal points out the many ways data can be compromised

Aadhaar Linkages case: Sibal points out the many ways data can be compromised

The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them continued before the Supreme Court constitution bench of...
Petition challenging CJI’s master of roster role dismissed by SC

Blackmail with girl’s picture: SC wants culprits to give assurance that nude pictures, videos...

The Supreme Court bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao are hearing a case in which a group of boys belonging...
Widows in Vrindavan playing Holi (file picture).

SC wants machinery to check proper funds allocation for Vridanvan widows

Above: Widows in Vrindavan playing Holi (file picture). In the case of the pitiable condition of the widows of Vrindavan, as filed by the Environment...
Supreme Court cancels all mining and fishing leases in Goa; calls for fresh auction

Supreme Court annuls all mining and fishing leases in Goa

Top court says no more work after March 15; fresh auctions, leases have to be made with environment in mind Decreeing on a writ petition by...
Pendency of criminal pleas: Judges' vacancies also responsible for low disposal rate of criminal appeals, submits amicus

Pendency of criminal pleas: Judges’ vacancies also responsible for low disposal rate of criminal...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (February 6) dealing with a petitioner’s bail plea pending in the Allahabad High Court (which has not been even...

Maldives crisis: Ex-Prez Nasheed wants Indian envoy, military to intervene

Crackdown against Opposition leaders, Supreme Court continues with two more judges being arrested since President Abdulla Yameen declares Emergency Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday...
Dengue deaths: SC raps Centre, Delhi govt on going slow regarding solid waste management

Dengue deaths: SC raps Centre, Delhi govt on going slow regarding solid waste management

The Supreme Court is hearing a case related to deaths due to dengue in New Delhi and in other states. On the previous hearings,...
Judge Loya death case: Arguments reveal discrepancies; Loya’s name not on register of where he stayed

Judge Loya death case: Arguments reveal discrepancies; Loya’s name not on register of where...

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud on Monday (February 5) got back to...
No one has right to interfere in marriage of consenting adults: CJI on khap panchayats

No one has right to interfere in marriage of consenting adults: CJI on khap...

In a strident reprimand of khap panchayats (self-anointed family courts) who sanction assaults on couples who marry despite their objections, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on Monday (February 5),...
(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 (file picture)/ Photo: UNI

Corruption in Assam citizenship registration: SC refers case to constitution bench

Above: (Right to Left) Prateek Hajela, NRC Coordinator in Assam, Registrar General of India, Sailesh and police officials of Assam meeting  with leaders of...
Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya

SC sets aside HC order which had dissolved the managing committee of Shirdi Trust

The Supreme Court on Monday (February 6) set aside the high court order to dissolve the managing committee of the Shirdi Sai Baba Institute...
Thomas Chandy is accused of encroachment related to his Lake Palace Resort/Photo: t-ec.bstatic.com

A Case of Constant Recusals

Above: Thomas Chandy is accused of encroachment related to his Lake Palace Resort/Photo: t-ec.bstatic.com In a move that has raised many questions, some judges of...
The MCD sealing shops and farmhouses in Chhattarpur, Delhi, after an order from the SC monitoring committee

Political Slugfest

Above: The MCD sealing shops and farmhouses in Chhattarpur, Delhi, after an order from the SC monitoring committee Despite warnings from the apex court about...
Ban circulation of “love jihad” killing video, appeals Afrazul’s widow to SC

Ban circulation of “love jihad” killing video, appeals Afrazul’s widow to SC

Gulbahar Bibi also asks for compensation and for an independent public prosecutor not aligned to the state of Rajasthan The pain of Gulbahar Bibi, widow of...
PEOPLE POWER VERSUS SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS

PEOPLE POWER VS SIMULTANEOUS ELECTIONS

~By Inderjit Badhwar To be fair to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the proposal to hold national and state elections simultaneously preceded his recent public advocacy...
Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday (February 1) decreed that even women born before 2005 were entitled to claim her fair and equal share of...
Constitute committee to look into compensation complaints of Bhopal gas tragedy victims: SC

Constitute committee to look into compensation complaints of Bhopal gas tragedy victims: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday (February 2) requested the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court to constitute a committee headed by a senior...
Judge Loya’s death: Petitioners demand probe; SC bench asks for further investigation and documents

Judge Loya’s death: Petitioners demand probe; SC bench asks for further investigation and documents

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud on Friday (February 2) resumed hearing of...
SC does away with gender neutrality question in law

SC does away with gender neutrality question in law

The Supreme Court on Friday (February 2) encountered a strange petition questioning the “gender discrimination” in the law such as Section 354 (5) of...
SC refers jallikattu and bullock cart races matter to constitution bench

SC refers jallikattu and bullock cart races matter to constitution bench

The Supreme Court on Friday (February 2) sent the matter challenging the Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra’s laws to allow jallikattu and bullock cart races...
Aadhaar linkages hearing: Shyam Divan shows how “surveillance” raj was not what the Constitution promised Indian citizens

Aadhaar linkages hearing: Shyam Divan shows how “surveillance” raj was not what the Constitution...

The hearings on Aadhaar and its various linkages and privacy and security issued attached to them started again before the Supreme Court constitution bench...
Pehlu Khan Lynching Case: Rajasthan Police Charge Victims With Cattle Smuggling

Pehlu Khan Lynching Case: Rajasthan Police Charge Victims With Cattle Smuggling

While Rajasthan is facing a contempt notice from Supreme Court for failing to follow orders against cow vigilantes, the state police chargesheet, in the...
Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

Enrolment the biggest hurdle in foreign lawyers practicing in India and vice-versa

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit took up the foreign lawyers’ case again on Thursday (February 1)...
CJI Dipak Misra releases roster for SC judges

CJI Dipak Misra releases roster for SC judges

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra on Thursday (February 1) unveiled roster for Judges in the Supreme Court. The roster (see below)...
Rape of 8-month-old girl: SC urged to hand out capital punishment; court says it will study all aspects

Rape of 8-month-old girl: SC urged to hand out capital punishment; court says it...

The Supreme Court on Thursday (February 1) dealing with sexual assault of 8-month-old girl in New Delhi refused to accept the petitioner’s demand for...
CJI is biased, should recuse himself from hearing Bofors case: BJP’s Ajay Agrawal

CJI is biased, should recuse himself from hearing Bofors case: BJP’s Ajay Agrawal

BJP leader Ajay Agarwal, who has appealed in the SC against the Delhi HC’s acquittal of Hinduja brothers in the Bofors scam case, alleges...
Supreme Court

Rohingya refugees: SC asks Centre to respond to Rohingyas being prevented from entering the...

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (January 31) asked the government to respond to a plea seeking court’s direction to the government, to stop preventing...
NGT

Judge shortage: Judicial crisis at NGT comes to SC

A problem with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bench with a shortage of Judicial members has cropped up, especially with the current Acting Chairperson,...
Constitute committee to look into compensation complaints of Bhopal gas tragedy victims: SC

SC lists DYFI petition on Rohingya children with related matters, comes up for hearing...

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Wednesday (January 31) listed a Democratic Youth...
Illegal immigrants staying beyond 180 days must get ID cards, says petition in SC

Illegal immigrants staying beyond 180 days must get ID cards, says petition in SC

A petition for identifying illegal immigrants has come up before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M khanwilkar...
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra speaks at the launch of the SCBA newsletter on the Supreme Court lawn on January 30. Photo: Anil Shakya

Signs of breaking ice among SC judges at launch of SCBA newsletter

Above: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra speaks at the launch of the SCBA newsletter on the Supreme Court lawn on January 30. Photo:...
Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya

Third party wants to invest Rs 5k crore in botched-up real estate project

Another cheating case of the murky real estate world has come up before the Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy. On...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

Punishment for guilty in financial fraud reduced by SC on health grounds

Om Prakash, who had been initially awarded a seven-year sentence and a Rs 1 lakh fine by the Delhi High Court for financial irregularities...
Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

SC asks Madras HC to settle Look Out Circular issue against Karti Chidambaram in...

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachudon Wednesday (January 31) directed the Madras High...
Aadhaar linkage case: Divan cites EU court decision to argue on personal freedom and privacy

Aadhaar linkage case: Divan cites EU court decision to argue on personal freedom and...

Hearing on petitions related to Aadhaar and its linkages to several services resumed before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and...
Cow Vigilantism: SC issues notice to three chief secretaries

Cow Vigilantism: SC issues notice to three chief secretaries

The Supreme Court on Monday (January 29) issued notices to the chief secretaries of three BJP ruled states—Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana and sought...

Matter pertaining to pensions related to incumbent MPs, MLAs will be decided first, says...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 30) said that pension-related matter pertaining to incumbent MPs, MLAs will be decided first, then the matter relating...
Delhi HC division bench to start hearing AAP MLAs’ case on February 7

Delhi HC division bench to start hearing AAP MLAs’ case on February 7

The disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in the office of profit case by President Ram Nath Kovind has been “challenged” and has come to...
Petition challenging CJI’s master of roster role dismissed by SC

Foreign laws firm and lawyers’ issue carries on at SC

Above: Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya The case of foreign lawyers practicing in India and the procedural issues guiding them case up before the Supreme Court...
SC dismisses plea seeking deletion of scenes from Padmaavat

SC dismisses plea seeking deletion of scenes from Padmaavat

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on Monday (January 29), dismissed a petition that demanded deletion of certain scenes from the controversial...
Malegaon blast: SC issues notices to NIA, UP Govt

Malegaon blast: SC issues notices to NIA, UP Govt

Above: Lieutenant Colonel Shrikant Purohit On an appeal by Colonel Srikant Purohit, who is demanding a ban on the trials on the Malegaon blast, the...
Kerala chief secretary will be liable if any child is trafficked from the state: SC

Kerala chief secretary will be liable if any child is trafficked from the state:...

Supreme Court asks States to submit their reports on setting up of commissions for protection of children, make errant babus liable In a stern directive...
Sunanda Pushkar death case: SC asks Swamy to establish maintainability of his plea

Sunanda Pushkar death case: SC asks Swamy to establish maintainability of his plea

Delhi High Court had earlier rejected BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea for a SIT probe in the case and termed it a political interest...
SC dismisses sexual harassment plea by lawyer, says come under Art 226

SC dismisses sexual harassment plea by lawyer, says come under Art 226

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and Mohan M Shantanagoudar on Monday (January 29) dismissed an appeal by a lawyer Seema Sapra,...
Members of the transgender community staging a protest in Thiruvananthapuram/Photo: UNI

A Half-hearted Attempt…

Above: Members of the transgender community staging a protest in Thiruvananthapuram/Photo: UNI The Bill has many lacunae and does not completely protect various rights of...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Amul: Brand Protection

Amul’s cute little girl shows aggression as the company goes on the offensive against infringers of its popular trademark ~By Diljeet Titus and Rai...
Don’t Harm the Institution

Don’t Harm the Institution

Above: The Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra and the Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya An attempt to impeach Chief Justice Dipak Misra will affect the...
SC to states: Implement 2016 Act on the rights of persons with disabilities

SC to states: Implement 2016 Act on the rights of persons with disabilities

The Supreme Court on Thursday (January 25) granted certain states three months time to comply with a 2016 Act pertaining to rights of persons...
Exemption of Toddy: SC tells amicus to file report on Toddy licenses and shops in Kerala

Exemption of Toddy: SC tells amicus to file report on Toddy licenses and shops...

The Supreme Court on Thursday (January 25) directed amicus curiae to submit a detailed report on how many toddy licenses have been cancelled and...
Contempt petition filed against Karni Sena members and three states

Contempt petition filed against Karni Sena members and three states

Tehseen Poonawalla on Thursday (January 25) filed a contempt petition against Karni Sena founder member Lokendra Singh Kalvi, National President Suraj Pal in Supreme...
Even security system specialists reckon that Aadhaar process is not reliable, submits Shyam Divan

Even security system specialists reckon that Aadhaar process is not reliable, submits Shyam Divan

The hearings pertaining to the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act continued on the second day. Senior Advocate Shyam Divan started the arguments again reiterating...
Rajiv assassination case: SC asks CBI to respond to Perarivalan’s plea

Rajiv assassination case: SC asks CBI to respond to Perarivalan’s plea

A Supreme Court Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumati, on Wednesday (January 24), issued notice to the CBI seeking its response to...
Centre submits high-level task committee report on stubble burning

Centre submits high-level task committee report on stubble burning

The Centre on Wednesday (January 24) submitted the report of the high-level task committee constituted to examine the effects of stubble burning to the petitioners. It...
SC refuses to delete an alleged controversial scene from Padmaavat

SC refuses to delete an alleged controversial scene from Padmaavat

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (January 24) refused to delete a scene from the upcoming flick Padmaavat. The application which was moved by Advocate M...
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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

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...
Mahmood Farooqui/Photo courtesy: hollywoodreporter.com

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...
Aadhaar linkages case: Venugopal says “we entirely deny data leakage”

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...
Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

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...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

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...
Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

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;...
SC does away with gender neutrality question in law

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...
Constitute committee to look into compensation complaints of Bhopal gas tragedy victims: SC

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...
The Supreme Court of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

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...
SC/ST Act verdict: 3 review petitions filed with Supreme Court

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...
Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

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...
SC does away with gender neutrality question in law

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...
Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

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...
Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

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...
Photo by Anil Shakya

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...
Constitute committee to look into compensation complaints of Bhopal gas tragedy victims: SC

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...
Amended Succession Act (2005) is applicable also to women born before 2005, rules SC

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...
Tobacco-Warning -photo-by-anil-shakya

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...
Photo by Anil Shakya

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...
Representative image of a prisoner/Photo: Anil Shakya

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...
Interesting options come out in arguments regarding reservations in medical PG

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...
Interesting options come out in arguments regarding reservations in medical PG

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...