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SC asks two senior Gujarat cops to step down

Two senior police officers from Gujarat, who were re-appointed by the Gujarat government after they had retired, were asked to put in their papers...
SC awards Rs 10 lakh compensation to Bihar rape victim

SC awards Rs 10 lakh compensation to Bihar rape victim

The HIV positive destitute woman who was raped on the streets of Patna and had become pregnant was awarded a compensation of Rs 10...
Supreme Court orders Delhi Bar Council to hold elections after December 31

SC wants a team of experts to take a call on mines in Karnataka

Above: Supreme Court The issue with regard to modalities that would govern the auction of the Category C mines in Karnataka, which were ordered to...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Rape Case: Compromise, the Name of the Game

Gender stereotypes affect judgments in rape cases as was evident in two recent cases in the Delhi High Court which had different verdicts given...
SC asks Karti Chidambaram to appear before CBI and stays his foreign travel

SC asks Karti Chidambaram to appear before CBI and stays his foreign travel

Above: Karti Chidambaram. Photo: YouTube Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, will have to cooperate with the CBI by appearing in...

SC applauds demolition drive around Haji Ali dargah

Above: Haji Ali Dargah The Supreme Court on Monday (Aug 14) praised the efforts by the Maharashtra government and the Haji Ali Dargah Trust...
Article 35A should be taken up by a five-judge bench, says SC

Article 35A should be taken up by a five-judge bench, says SC

Above: Supreme Court The matter concerning Article 35A, which empowers the J&K legislature to take a call on permanent residents of the state came up...
RJD leader and former MP Shahabuddin (file picture). Photo: UNI

SC asks CBI to file probe report in Rajdeo Ranjan murder case

Above: RJD leader and former MP Shahabuddin (file picture). Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Monday (August 14) asked the CBI to file the...
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath inspecting children ward at BRD medical college in Gorakhpur. Photo: UNI

SC refuses to take suo motu cognizance of children deaths in Gorakhpur medical college

Above: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath inspecting children ward at BRD medical college in Gorakhpur. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Monday (Aug 14)...
Livestock rule stayed in its entirety by SC

Livestock rule stayed in its entirety by SC

Following the partial stay by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the whole of the cattle trade rule...
Ayodhya land dispute: SC to start hearings on December 5

Ayodhya land dispute: SC to start hearings on December 5

The Supreme Court on Friday (August 11) set December 5 as the day when it will start its hearings on the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid land dispute. On Friday,...
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Pakistan’s judiciary: A Handmaiden of the Army?

Above: Pakistan’s Supreme Court While Pakistanis are celebrating the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, questions are being raised whether the powerful army is using...
SC: J&K affidavit on minority cell makes fun of us

SC: J&K affidavit on minority cell makes fun of us

Above: Kashmiri Pandits participating at a candle march to mark the Kashmiri Hindu Martyrs Day and demanding separate state for them, in New Delhi...
With SC order putting 1.78 lakh Siksha Mitras on the streets, huge unrest brews

With SC order putting 1.78 lakh Shiksha Mitras on the streets, huge unrest brews

 Above: A “topless” demonstration by Shiksha Mitras in Mathura. Photo: UNI Shiksha Mitras, or para-teachers, filled the basic educational infrastructure gap for children. In Uttar...
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Over Rs 2k crore sanctioned, but hardly any shelters built for homeless

 SC asks for status reports from all states and centre Over Rs 2,100 crore had been sanctioned by the central government to build shelters for...
NOTA: The Right to Reject

NOTA: The Right to Reject

Above: Women show evidence of exercising their right to vote. Photo: UNI The apex court has refused to stay the use of this option in...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Diluting A Woman’s Weapon?

The apex court’s direction in a dowry/violence case calling for civil society’s intervention before using a stringent statute of the IPC on the basis...
RTI reveals mysterious thefts of EVMs; no effort at investigation by EC

RTI reveals mysterious thefts of EVMs; no effort at investigation by EC

Above: Officials inspecting the EVMs before elections. Photo: UNI Why would anybody steal an EVM if not to tamper with it? EC’s claim of EVMs...
Nainital district now exempt from SC’s liquor ban

Nainital district now exempt from SC’s liquor ban

Above: The SC-imposed liquor ban was lifted from most areas of the Nainital district. Photo: YouTube More areas in India are now exempt from...

Akhila case reaches the Supreme Court

Above: Shafin Jahan (left) and wife Hadia. Image sourced from Jahan’s Facebook page A special leave petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging...
SC grants Bengaluru blast accused interim bail to attend son’s wedding

SC grants Bengaluru blast accused interim bail to attend son’s wedding

Above: Abdul Nasser Madani Abdul Nasser Madani, the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts accused, has been granted a second interim bail, this time for 14 days...
EC files reply to SC on safety of EVMs

EC files reply to SC on safety of EVMs

A petition had been filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma in connection with the issue of tampering of EVMs. As per the petitioner, since...
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Cattle sale will be as per new rules, SC says

With Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar on Friday (August 4) submitting before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and DY Chandrachud that...
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SC refuses to grant interim stay on use of NOTA in Gujarat RS polls

Above: An EVM machine The Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar on Thursday (August 3) refused to grant interim stay...
Too late in the day to say privacy is not constitutionally protected

Too late in the day to say privacy is not constitutionally protected

Above: A gay pride parade. An affirmative answer on privacy as a fundamental right will reopen other fundamental issues, such as the right to...
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Transgender Bill: A Rainbow in the Sky

A report by a Standing Committee has made far-reaching recommendations on the controversial Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and has taken a...
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Hearings on privacy conclude, SC reserves verdict

sAs hearings on the privacy as a fundamental right case concluded in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (August 2), the nine-judge constitution bench, headed by...

SC imposes 100 percent penalty on illegal mining in Odisha

Above: A representational picture of sand mining. Photo: facebook The Supreme Court on Wednesday (August 2) came down heavily on illegal mining in Odisha...
Delhi High Court

Delhi HC framing guidelines for journalists on reporting court proceedings

The plan is to also set up a training module for court reporters; court says it does not intend to regulate or control media While...
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Rape test changes: Centre fails to present report before Supreme Court

The prescribed tests to prove rape are so insensitive and intrusive, they add to the insult and pain that a rape victim has already...
Rajasthan HC asks sports bodies to follow Lodha proposals

Rajasthan HC judge orders all sports bodies in country to abide by Lodha recommendations

While it is still being debated between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA)...

Five banned substances will rob fireworks of sparkle and fizz

Fears of air and noise pollution, as well as severe health fears will rob firecrackers of a great deal of sparkle and verve this...
The BAE Systems’ 57MM Mk110 (internationally known as the Bofors’ 57Mk3) gun. India had bought a version of this gun. Picture: courtesy BAE Systems

Supreme Court may agree to reopen Bofors payoffs case, says BJP leader

Above: The BAE Systems’ 57MM Mk110 (internationally known as the Bofors’ 57Mk3) gun. India had bought a version of this gun. Picture: courtesy BAE...
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GM mustard: No plantation before govt clarification, says SC

In the hearing against the use of genetically modified mustard seeds in India, Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha on Monday (July 31) told the Supreme Court...
Nawaz sharif

A memorable day for Pakistani jurisprudence

Above: Nawaz Sharif has been barred from holding public office for life. Photo: UNI Five judges of the Supreme Court disqualify Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif...
POCSO: A GAP IN THE LAW

POCSO: A GAP IN THE LAW

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Inderjit Badhwar A long overdue piece of legislation aimed at safeguarding the rights, safety and privacy of kids was finally...
Narottam Mishra

MP Minister Mishra’s disqualification stayed by SC

Above: Narottam Mishra Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra received a relief from the Supreme Court on Friday (July 28) when the apex court stayed...
Medical board says too dangerous; SC denies MTP for 10-yr-old pregnant girl

Medical board says too dangerous; SC denies MTP for 10-yr-old pregnant girl

The Supreme Court on Friday (July 28) denied permission for Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) to a 10-year-old girl who is now nearly 30 weeks...
BCCI tells SC not to interfere in broadcast right bidding

BCCI tells SC not to interfere in broadcast right bidding

Above: The cricket board told the court that the bidding process was already on. Photo: YouTube BJP MP Subramanian Swamy is also into the Board...
Nawaz Sharif

Panama Papers case: Pakistani SC orders Nawaz Sharif out of office

Above: The Supreme Court of Pakistan said that Nawaz Sharif was unfit to hold office, as he had been dishonest to Parliament. Photo: UNI Wonder...
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Dowry complaints will have to be verified before arrests: SC

The top court directs setting up of Family Welfare Committees in each district to verify complaints; court against pulling in all in-law family members in...

SC directs Centre to up the ante against tea companies for recovery of wages

Above: Workers plucking tea leaves at a tea garden at Mongaldai on the outskirts of Guwahati (file picture). Photo: UNI The plight of several...
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Illegal mining: SC orders CBI director to file report in 7 days

Above: Photo Courtesy facebook CBI had finally filed cases against two mining companies, but all are out on bail While, after long deliberations and persuasion,...
No stay on Indu Sarkar, SC upholds Bombay HC order

No stay on Indu Sarkar, SC upholds Bombay HC order

Indu Sarkar, a film by Madhur Bhandarkar, will be released at theatres on Friday (July 28). Priya Singh Paul, who claims to be the biological daughter...
SC bars Srini, Shah from attending BCCI SGM on July 26

SC bars Srini, Shah from attending BCCI SGM on July 26

Above: Niranjan Shah (left) and N Srinivasan (Photo: UNI) As expected, the overarching presence of expelled BCCI president N Srinivasan was removed from the Board...
SC allows 10-yr-old rape victim to undergo MTP

SC allows 10-yr-old rape victim to undergo MTP

The Supreme Court has, expectedly, overturned the shocking Chandigarh court order banning abortion in a case where a ten-year-old girl got pregnant through repeated...
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SC says no to reopening Kashmiri Pandits’ cases

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud on Monday (July 24) cited the near impossibility of getting evidence from 1989-90...
GM mustard: SC asks govt to have scientists file report on possible impact

GM mustard: SC asks govt to have scientists file report on possible impact

Above: A farmer spraying pesticide in his mustard field at Mayang village near Guwahati. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar...
10-year-old rape survivor moves SC for MTP

10-year-old rape survivor moves SC for MTP

In a recent shocking judgment, a Chandigarh court had refused to let a 10-year-old child rape victim to undergo MTP, citing that she was...
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POCSO case: In dealing with age, only defined physical age will be considered, says...

While formulating and enacting the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act of 2012, which defines a ‘child’ as a person under 18 years...
Not a Burning Issue

Not a Burning Issue

Above: The tradition of burning Ravan’s effigy has been in practice in many parts of northern India for centuries. Photo: UNI The apex court recently...
SC sets reasonable guidelines in realizing value of land for acquisition

SC sets reasonable guidelines in realizing value of land for acquisition

Singur agitation (above): The value of land remains indeterminable   Apex court says courts can always apply reasonable guesswork In the Vithal Rao and Ors. Vs...
Kashmir stone pelters throw cracker, Army opens fire, kill 1; FIR lodged

Kashmir stone pelters throw cracker, Army opens fire, kill 1; FIR lodged

Above: A security personnel keeps vigil at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. Photo: UNI The mounting tension within the security forces posted in the Kashmir valley came to...
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Govt says it will look into WhatsApp privacy issue

WhatsApp counsel says litigation initiated by telecom companies Along with the bigger issue of privacy as a fundamental right, an issue now being heard by...
NRI voting format: SC adjourns matter, but Centre okay in principle

NRI voting format: SC adjourns matter, but Centre okay in principle

Above: The centre had accepted the EC recommendations on voting options for NRIs. Photo: PIB The petition for exploring feasibility of alternative options for voting...
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar gets MHA’s name deleted from cow vigilantism PIL list

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar gets MHA’s name deleted from cow vigilantism PIL list

Above: BJP president Amit Shah feeding a cow at Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. Photo: UNI The petition for action against cow protection...
SC privacy hearing Day 2: If India has agreed to privacy on international fora, why not in India?

SC privacy hearing Day 2: If India has agreed to privacy on international fora,...

Above: The Supreme Court will again hear the Aadhaar matter on July 25. Photo: UNI While hearing the case related to Aadhaar and the right to...
Ganga and Yamuna: Relief Floods In

Ganga and Yamuna: Relief Floods In

Above: Heavy encroachment spills onto the banks of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi in Devprayag. Photo: Anil Shakya In two reassuring moves, both the NGT and the...
Aadhaar case: SC refers privacy as a fundamental right issue to 9-judge bench

Aadhaar case: SC refers privacy as a fundamental right issue to 9-judge bench

Rest of the cases related to Aadhaar will be back with the same 5-judge bench The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and...
5 eminent doctors selected for MCI oversight committee

5 eminent doctors selected for MCI oversight committee

Solicitor General (SG) Ranjit Kumar on Tuesday (July 18) handed over to the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justices J...
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SC to allow 4 weeks for objections after govt decides on GM mustard

The case against genetically-modified (GM) mustard seeds came up for hearing on Monday (July 17) before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and...
Bombay HC awards lifer compensation for 3 yrs 9 months more spent in jail

Bombay HC awards lifer compensation for 3 yrs 9 months more spent in jail

The fact that even a life-term prisoner has rights in a democracy was amply demonstrated by the Bombay High Court on Friday (July 15) when it...
NHRC

NHRC must be endowed with more powers, says SC

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had complained to the Supreme Court that its “communications and guidelines (for protection and enforcement of human rights)...
Srini, Shah issued notice by SC for attending BCCI SGM

Srini, Shah issued notice by SC for attending BCCI SGM

Above: (L-R) Ramachandra Guha, N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah Guha, Limaye relieved from CoA; contempt proceedings against Thakur dropped The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA)...
Child Pronography

SC gives govt 2 days to file reply on banning child porn on the...

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and Mohan M Shantanagoudar is hearing a PIL by Kamlesh Vaswani, seeking for a...
SC orders CBI to probe fake encounter killings in Manipur

SC orders CBI to probe fake encounter killings in Manipur

Above: There have been several protests against AFSPA in Manipur. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Friday (July 14) enforced the law of the land on Manipur...
SC to appoint new committee to look into progress of Indo-Bangla fencing work

SC to appoint new committee to look into progress of Indo-Bangla fencing work

Above: BSF patrolling along the India-Bangladesh international border. Photo: UNI The fencing along the Indo-Bangladesh border has been going on at a slow pace. Assam...
Digitisation: Web of Troubles

Digitisation: Web of Troubles

Above: Advocates and lawyers struggle as the Supreme Court experiments with its digital transformation. Photo: Bhawna Gaur As the Supreme Court opens after the summer...
Arunachal, Andaman off liquor ban

Arunachal, Andaman off liquor ban

Above: The SC felt that Arunachal Pradesh’s plea against the liquor ban on highways was logical and justified. Photo: wise.com Two more states of the...
ECI slammed on wavering regarding crooks fighting elections

SC rebukes ECI on indecision regarding criminals fighting elections

Above: Photo Courtesy Anil Shakya In the PIL seeking lifetime bans on convicted lawmakers and setting up of special courts for trying lawmakers accused of...
Anil Baijal

SC constitution bench to hear Delhi LG’s power issue

Above: Delhi LG Anil Baijal. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, agreed to look into the Delhi government’s contention that the Lieutenant Governor (LG)...

Liquor ban on highways: SC to hear all state appeals on July 12

The Supreme Court’s ban on sale of liquor within 500m of state and national highways has resulted in a flurry of petitions, many from...
Kasauli hotel gets a breather from SC

Kasauli hotel gets a breather from SC

Above: A representative picture of a hotel in Kasauli The Narayani Guest House of Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh, which had been built illegally, got a small breather...
SC rebukes Punjab govt for prolonging SYL canal issue

SC rebukes Punjab govt for prolonging SYL canal issue

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (July 11) ordered that the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal must be built by both Punjab and Haryana together and while the case...
SC fines states for not setting up Juvenile Justice Boards

SC fines states for not setting up Juvenile Justice Boards

The Juvenile Justice Board and Child Welfare Committee offices do not have computers, peripherals or internet connection, because of administrative lapses and the Supreme...
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SC okays Madras HC order of stay on cattle rule, now extended across country

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (July 11) handed victory to all who had been horribly affected by the Centre’s sneaking in a cattle trade ban through...
Ashish khetan

SC denies police protection to AAP’s Khetan

AAP’s Ashish Khetan, vice-chairman of Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi with a cabinet rank, has been receiving death threats from extreme right wing...
SEZs: Be Fair and Square

SEZs: Be Fair and Square

Above: Unfair and unequitable land acquisition often results in displacement and reallocation of the population. Photo: mangaloresez.com A PIL seeking the return of unutilised land to...
Now colour blindness no bar in studying medicine in India

Now colour blindness no bar in studying medicine in India

Above: Two students were denied admission to Tripura Medical College as they were colour blind It has been finally decided that colour blindness isn’t a...
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Justice Kurian wants 8 LTCs a year for judges

As the Supreme Court comes off its long vacation period and gets ready to tackle the ever-mounting pendency as well as the lack of...
Teesta Setalvad

Setalvad to face trial in scam case, orders SC

Above: Teesta Setalvad. Photo: YouTube The Supreme Court on Monday (July 10) ordered that social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband will have to face trial in...
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CJI imposes Rs 1 lakh cost on frivolous petition

Chief Justice (CJI) JS Khehar has walked the talk he has been associated with. He had warned that frivolous PILs would face strict censure,...
Ravan

PIL to stop Ravana effigy burning dismissed by SC

Above: A PIL in SC said that burning of Ravana’s effigy is illegal. Photo: UNI Anand Prakash Sharma had filed a PIL with the Supreme...
Punjab Liquor Vends: What an Act!

Punjab Liquor Vends: What an Act!

Above :Punjab has become the first state to take the legislative route to dodge the Supreme Court verdict allowing hotels, restaurants and clubs situated...
Justice Chelameswar: "Set up constitution bench at the earliest to hear Aadhaar matter"

Justice Chelameswar: “Set up constitution bench at the earliest to hear Aadhaar matter”

The Supreme Court on Friday, July 7 heard applications for interim relief to stay notifications which make Unique Identification Number or Aadhaar, a biometrics-linked...
EC selection: Need a collegium or a new law, says SC

EC selection: Need a collegium or a new law, says SC

Above: The Election Commission of India building in New Delhi The apex court has warned the government to enact a law as required by the...
Supreme Court adjourns Swamy’s plea on national security

Supreme Court adjourns Swamy’s plea on national security

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has filed a petition seeking uniform and consistent policy on national security. Swamy has contented in the petition that national...
The Ganga. Photo: UNI

Ganga, Yamuna are not living entities, clarifies SC

The Supreme Court on Friday (July 7) set aside the Uttarakhand High Court judgment of March which termed the rivers Ganga and Yamuna as...
RTI

CJI should be included in RTI, observes Supreme Court

In a significant turnaround, the Supreme Court on July 6 observed that the Chief Justice of India should come under Right to Information Act...
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Punish people using forged caste certificates, says SC

In a significant verdict, the Supreme Court said on July 6 that people caught for using fake caste certificates to get quota facilities must...
Justice CS Karnan

Karnan judgment talks about revisiting judge selection process

The Union government seems to have come out with the upper hand in its tussle with the judiciary over appointment of judges, and the...
Income tax office

SC takes cue of excess IT collection; suggests disability fund

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud is handling an interesting case of extra money collected by...
PIL to SC: In the absence of a law, set up procedures to select election commissioners

PIL to SC: In the absence of a law, set up procedures to select...

Above: The outgoing Chief Election Commissioner, Dr Nasim Zaidi along with the Election Commissioners, AK Joti and OP Rawat addressing the press conference to...
MTP Act: Pregnant Pause

MTP Act: Pregnant Pause

Above:There is an increasing demand to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. Photo: abortionuae.com The inordinate delay by parliament in amending this Act to...

Applicants with genuine reasons should be allowed to deposit old notes, observes SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (July 4) observed that the RBI should allow any person with a good enough reason to deposit his or her old...
A group of journalists demanding that the long-standing recommendations of the Majithia Wage Board be implemented. Photo: Blog/terasyadav

Journalists’ Wages: Conditional Victory?

Above: A group of journalists demanding that the long-standing recommendations of the Majithia Wage Board be implemented. Photo: Blog/terasyadav While the apex court says it...
SC stays criminal contempt proceedings against Arundhati Roy

SC stays criminal contempt proceedings against Arundhati Roy

The Supreme Court on Monday provided Booker Prize winning author and activist Arundhati Roy a breather when it stayed the criminal contempt proceedings against her, initiated...
Appointment of special officers proposed to look into temple finances

Appointment of special officers proposed to look into temple finances

As the matter of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala came up for hearing before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS...
Justice CS Karnan. Photo: Twitter

Supreme Court rejects Karnan’s urgent plea for hearing

Former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan’s attempts to get himself released from jail have failed. His oral appeal, through his lawyer Mathews J...
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Supreme Court: Judgments Awaited

As the Supreme Court gets back to work after its summer recess, five cases which impact Indian society and politics will be decided. India...
Haji Ali Dargah

SC gives final two-week time for removal of encroachers from Haji Ali Dargah

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud on Monday (July 3) gave the Maharashtra government a final two-week extension of time...
KKV IN THE HOT SEAT

KKV IN THE HOT SEAT

Above: KK Venugopal, who takes over from Mukul Rohatgi, will also have to resolve several questions regarding a code of ethics for the AG’s...
NALSA to up the ante to provide legal assistance to undertrials

NALSA to up the ante to provide legal assistance to undertrials

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya More than the crowding of jails in the country with convicts, there are many more inside who are just...
Kasauli regained: Setback for hotel lobby

Kasauli regained: Setback for hotel lobby

Above Photo: Inderjit Badhwar The apex court’s dismissal of the petition filed by a resort against a demolition order by NGT is a boost to...
Aborting deformed foetus: Decision moved to regular bench on July 3

Aborting deformed foetus: Decision moved to regular bench on July 3

Above: A pregnant woman undergoing check-up under the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan(Representational picture) Sarmishtha Chakraborty of West Bengal had appealed to the Supreme Court...
Seats empty in Electricity Tribunal, SC pulls up govt

Seats empty in Electricity Tribunal, SC pulls up govt

Above: Picture by Anil Shakya Another government organization, the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) shows a lot of vacancies. On June 28 the Supreme...
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Another lawyer’s name for judgeship put on hold by SC Collegium

Above: Supreme Court of India (Photo: Anil Shakya) Another name sent up to the government by the Supreme Court Collegium for consideration for judgeship has...
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SC says Aadhaar order will be given by a constitution bench

The Supreme Court on June 27 refused to pass any order on the government notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing government benefits. A bench...
Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya

Uttarakhand takes HC’s living river judgment to SC

To protect the Ganga and Yamuna rivers from pollution, the Uttarakhand High Court had, three months back, declared that the rivers were living entities,...
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India Legal show: Judicial selection procedure needs upgrading, say panellists

The recent edition of India Legal show debated the contentious issue of ‘corruption in Judiciary’. Taking the cue from the recent episode of the...
Highway liquor ban: Punjab amends excise bill to sidestep SC order

Highway liquor ban: Punjab amends excise bill to sidestep SC order

Punjab has found a way around the Supreme Court’s directive that liquor cannot be sold within 500 metres of a state or national highway....
CBI raids home and office of former Odisha Olympic Association secretary

CBI raids home and office of former Odisha Olympic Association secretary

Above: Ashirbad Behera, former secretary, Odisha Olympic Association The residence and office of Ashirbad Behera was raided by the CBI on Friday, June 23....
Death row convicts too have the legal right to hear a detailed judgement on why they will be hanged. That will allow them to appeal, rules Supreme Court

‘Courts need to clearly spell out the reason for capital punishment’

Supreme Court agrees to re-hear sentenced convicts, even after President’s refusal on mercy plea Death row convicts too have the legal right to hear a...
Late termination of pregnancy: Medical team formed

Late termination of pregnancy: Medical team formed

Sarmishtha Chakraborty of West Bengal wants to terminate her pregnancy in the 23rd week because of deformities in the foetus that doctors have found,...
MP Sanjay Raut. Photo: facebook

Babri case: MP Sanjay Raut to depose before CBI court on Friday

MP Sanjay Raut of Maharashtra, representing the Shiv Sena, will face the CBI’s special court in Lucknow on June 23 (Friday) in the 1992 Ayodhya...
An outside view of a church in Kasauli. Photo: YouTube

SC upholds NGT’s demolition order on 2 illegal Kasauli hotels

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (June 21) refused to stay or amend the May 30 demolition order of the National Green Tribunal on two...
Justice CS Karnan. Photo: Twitter

SC vacation bench refuses bail to Justice Karnan

Justice CS Karnan, who was arrested in Coimbatore on Tuesday and brought back to Chennai, applied for bail at the Supreme Court on Wednesday...
SC flays Govt’s claim of India’s arbitration potential

SC flays Govt’s claim of India’s arbitration potential

While arbitration seems to be the new mantra of a new India, with the government claiming that India is set to become the next...
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SC says newspaper companies must pay minimum wages

The Supreme Court on Monday (June 19) ordered that no contractual employee of any newspaper organization can be denied the benefits of the Majithia...
Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind. Photo: UNI

BJP names rank outsider Kovind as its Presidential candidate

The NDA has selected a rank outsider, so to say, to be its Presidential candidate. BJP president Amit Shah named Bihar governor Ram Nath...
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Contempt Powers Not Requisite for Institutions, Assert Panellists on India Legal Show

The recent edition of India Legal show talked about the latest criticism heaped on the army and the Election Commission of India (ECI). The...
NGT

States move SC against NGT order on PCBs

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had, in an earlier order, banned the chairmen of 10 State Pollution Control Boards (SPCB) on the grounds that...
Chief Justice JS Khehar. Photo: JS Studio

CJI JS Khehar: A Judge in a Hurry

During his eight-month tenure, the chief justice adopted novel and clever ways to bring down the pendency of cases and constituted vacation benches to...
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Fodder scam: Lalu appears before CBI court

This is not new to him, he has been there, done that. And he is not worried. Former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav, whose...
Supreme Court

Errant Kasauli hoteliers move SC

Two hotels in Kasauli, in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, had been ordered by the National Green Tribunal to demolish all illegal floors...
PIL Pioneer Justice PN Bhagwati Passes Away

PIL Pioneer Justice PN Bhagwati Passes Away

June 15 is a sad day for Public Interest Litigation (PIL) activists. They lost one of the pioneers of the PIL in India. Justice...
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Religious attire in Kerala: A Matter of Faith

The Kerala High Court’s direction to AIIMS to respect religious rights guaranteed under the constitution and allow Muslim women to wear a hijab while...
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Madras HC Gets 6 More Judges

With the addition of six judges on Tuesday (June 13) the strength of the Madras High Court bench goes up to 53, still short...
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Liquor shops within 500m of highways: Bombay HC wants govt to treat each case...

The Supreme Court’s order of December 15, 2016 (which came into force from April 1, 2017) banning sale of liquor within 500m of state...
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US Appeals court refuses to remove stay on travel ban

US President Donald Trump just cannot get past the legal hurdle in trying to get his pet executive order on a controversial travel ban...
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Standing Counsels: Clout and Lineage

The appointment of government lawyers and advocate generals has often been questioned because they are mostly connected to ministers and judges. This leaves ethical...
Supreme Court

Bail petition of fraud accused rejected by SC

The bail petition of Sai Prasad Media Pvt. Ltd’s managing director Shashank Bhapkar, who was arrested by the economic offences wing of Mumbai Police last year,...
Supreme Court clamps interim stay: No need to attach Aadhaar to PAN

Supreme Court clamps interim stay: No need to attach Aadhaar to PAN

Big defeat for the centre; apex court requests legislature to tone down notification The Supreme Court bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on June...
SC to take up NEET issue on June 12

SC to take up NEET issue on June 12

The NEET issue is hanging fire. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh on June 9 made a mention in the Supreme Court regarding a Gujarat...
Supreme Court

SC extends Bihar medical admission date to June 15

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta on June 9 extended the last date of counselling and admission for medical...
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50 percent PG seats for Haryana docs with 3 yrs of service in remote...

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta on June 8 ordered that there should be a 50 percent reservation of...
SC extends medical admission deadline to June 12

SC extends medical admission deadline to June 12

The Supreme Court on June 7 extended the deadline for admissions to medical courses at Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University and to government...
SC sets June 15 for hearing plea on anti-cattle slaughter notification

SC sets June 15 for hearing plea on anti-cattle slaughter notification

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules, 2017 issued by the environment ministry is being challenged in the Supreme Court...
Bihar liquor stock issue: State counsel absent; SC adjouns matter

Bihar liquor stock issue: State counsel absent; SC adjourns matter

On June 6, senior advocate Salman Khursheed, appeared for the Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies and said that he needed a clarification in...
Justice CS Karnan

Plea for stay on Karnan order declined

The Supreme Court on June 7 again came face to face with the Justice CS Karnan issue. The Calcutta High Court judge – sentenced...
BHU

Medical admissions case: Judgment on June 7

Against a petition by Ashish Ranjan, which seeks the Supreme Court’s intervention and monitoring of the timeframe for conducting student counselling as well as...
Supreme Court

Apex court to clarify on export of liquor stock in Bihar on June 7

On May 29, the Supreme Court bench of Justices AK Sikri and Deepak Gupta had heard the appeal of senior advocate Kapil Sibal for...
Supreme Court

Justice Gupta handles 33 cases alone in a day

The vacation and the absence of one judge in a two-judge bench forced Justice Deepak Gupta to handle a huge number of cases in...
AAP sought court protection, now wants adjournment

AAP leader sought court protection, now wants adjournment

The case of senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashish Khetan, who had moved the Supreme Court, alleging that he had received death threats...
Supreme Court

Manipur CM’s son case: ASG says no threat, SC says no order needed

The Supreme Court bench of Justice Deepak Gupta on June 5 decided not to pass an interim order regarding the alleged threat perception to...
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Anti-Cattle Slaughter Notification is Untenable, Say Panellists on India Legal show

The recent edition of India Legal show deliberated on the recent gazette notification, draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules,...
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Minor’s Testimony: No Child’s Play Here

The testimony of a 12-year-old boy who saw his father being murdered by killers hired by his mother was accepted as “reliable” by a...
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Kumble’s quit threat follows Guha’s resignation: SC sure to look into issues

With tensions within the Indian cricket team mounting, coach Anil Kumble might be thinking of quitting says a report, quoting sources. That will be...
Ram Guha suddenly quits from BCCI’s CoA

Ram Guha suddenly quits from BCCI’s CoA

The Supreme Court had created a flutter when it incorporated within its Committee of Administrators (CoA) on January 30 the name of noted historian and an ardent...
In holding an ‘EVM Challenge’ EC may be overstepping its constitutional authority

In holding an ‘EVM Challenge’ EC may be overstepping its constitutional authority

  ~By Devadatt Kamat   While there is a raging debate in political circles on the parameters being set by the Election Commission for its forthcoming ‘EVM...
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IPS officer in Bilkis Bano case stays in jail, says SC

The Supreme Court on May 30 refused to grant a stay on the conviction of IPS officer RS Bhagora, jailed in the Bilkis Bano...
NGT cuts AoL counsel’s arguments

NGT cuts AoL counsel’s arguments

The case about the Yamuna floodplains’ destruction came up for hearing again before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar on...
Supreme Court

SC grants time to ASG to find Manipur death details

Parents of youth killed in road rage by Manipur CM’s son ask for central security The Supreme Court on May 29 gave Additional Solicitor General...
Bihar liquor merchants get two more months to move stock

Bihar liquor merchants get two more months to move stock

Liquor manufacturers in Bihar have got an extension of two months to remove all their stock from the state, which has imposed prohibition. The Supreme...
Cell towers near Rajasthan jails will not be moved

Cell towers near Rajasthan jails will not be moved

Supreme Court stays Rajasthan HC order The Supreme Court on May 29 stayed a Rajasthan High Court order of moving all cell phone towers from...
Supreme Court

SC acquits rape accused, says circumstantial evidence not enough

The Supreme Court on May 26 acquitted the late Jit Kakati in a rape case because the maximum evidence against him that the state...
Triple talaq: Time for change and empowerment of women

Triple talaq: Time for change and empowerment of women

There is need for a re-look into the validity and reform of outdated personal laws in the context of secular polity ~By Pallav Shishodia Triple talaq, spoken with dramatic...
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Is Karnan the Karna of our times?

The use of contempt power by superior judges over a high court judge has left many in shock and awe as a precedent for...
SC Refuses Urgent Hearing on NEET

SC Refuses Urgent Hearing on NEET

The NGO Sankalp had asked for an urgent hearing from the Supreme Court in a petition in which it had sought re-examination for NEET...
SC Rejects Early Listing of Plea on Eviction of Haji Ali Encroachers

SC Rejects Early Listing of Plea on Eviction of Haji Ali Encroachers

The Supreme Court on May 25 refused an early listing as requested by a petitioner regarding eviction of encroachers from the Haji Ali Dargah...
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Bihar Liquor Manufacturers Want More Time to Move Stock Out of State

Imposition of prohibition of liquor in Bihar has posed serious logistical problems for erstwhile liquor manufacturers in the state who have to now move...
Manipur CM’s son under SC scanner in a road-rage case

Manipur CM under SC scanner in a road-rage case

~By Vinay Vats The Supreme Court on Monday (May 22) issued notice to the Centre and Manipur government on a petition filed by the parents...
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Vyapam scam: Turning the Tables

In a surprising twist, the CBI told the Supreme Court that it would take action against Congress leader Digvijaya Singh for making false allegations...
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Jawan’s Death: Suicide or Foul Play?

A petition filed in the apex court pleads for re-investigating the mysterious death of a jawan following a sting expose by a website of...
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SC Refers Grievance on Tree Felling to HC-Appointed Committee

The Supreme Court on May 18 asked a petitioner to approach the committee appointed by the Bombay High Court with regard to the allegation...
Amicus curiae Salman Khurshid briefing media persons on the last day of Triple Talaq hearing. Photo: Anil Shakya

Supreme Court reserves judgment on Triple Talaq

After hearing the Triple Talaq matter for six days, the Supreme Court on May 18 reserved its verdict on the contentious issue. The five-judge...
Bail plea of APSC chief to be decided in July, says SC

Bail plea of APSC chief to be decided in July, says SC

The Supreme Court will take up the bail application matter of Rakesh Kumar Paul—who was arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act for his...
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Triple talaq Day 5: A modern nikahnama is on the anvil, says Kapil Sibal

The arguments on triple talaq entered the fifth day on Wednesday (May 17). Kapil Sabil who had argued vociferously in favour of Triple Talaq...
Supreme Court

Justice Nageswara Rao recuses himself from Aadhaar matter

The petition questioning the centre’s notification to make Aadhaar mandatory for mid-day meals came up in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (May 17). Justice...
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Kapil Sibal argues vehemently for Muslim personal law in Supreme Court

Targeting personal laws would have horrendous consequences, says the senior counsel The counsel for the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Kapil Sibal stuck...
Supreme Court

Plea of WhatsApp petitioners valid, says SC

WhatsApp performing a public function,  hence accountable, argues petitioners’ counsel The issue of maintainability of the petition itself dominated the proceedings in the Supreme Court,...
Why no undertaking on data sharing for India, SC asks WhatsApp-Facebook

Why no undertaking on data sharing for India, SC asks WhatsApp-Facebook

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 16) took the counsel for WhatsApp and Facebook to task for giving an undertaking before the European Union...
Supreme Court

Triple Talaq arguments enter fourth day in SC

The counsel for AIMPLB Kapil Sibal raised the critical issue whether Parliament could frame laws on religious matters Parliament may enact the Uniform Civil Code,...
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Digitalization ‘Augurs’ Well for Courts, Say Panelists on India Legal Show

The latest edition of India Legal show on APN discussed the important issue of the digitalization of courts in India and whether it will...
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Triple Talaq Day 3: SC indicates it will also take up polygamy issue later

With Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi back, he began his arguments for the government on the issue of Triple Talaq that the special five-member...
WHEN DEAN COLL SPOKE OUT

WHEN DEAN COLL SPOKE OUT

~By Inderjit Badhwar I am a strong believer in the theory of reporters without borders. This is by no means a judicially enforceable concept. But...
Justice CS Karnan

We decided not to surrender: Karnan’s lawyer

Political colour being added to issue; TN police seemingly not cooperating with WB counterpart Calcutta High Court’s Justice CS Karnan, who has been sentenced to...
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Day 2: Triple talaq exists only in India, banned elsewhere; it is “abhorrent” and...

“Abhorrent” triple talaq banned worldwide except India Voices rise against the practice at SC, saying the Quran does not even mention it With the constitutional and...
Triple talaq Day 2: Khurshid explains triple talaq is an India-specific practice, banned elsewhere

Triple talaq Day 2: Khurshid explains triple talaq is an India-specific practice, banned elsewhere

On the second day (May 12) of deliberations over the legal validity of triple talaq at the Supreme Court, being heard by a special...
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A Legal Sunrise

India is poised to enter the international alternative dispute resolution arena in a big way. But to seize the opportunity, Indian law firms must...
All India Muslim Personal Law Board organised a signature campaign in Lucknow to protest against the centre's petition on triple talaq. Photo: UNI

Arguments on triple talaq commence at SC

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

Following SC orders, evictee pays up rent

The Supreme Court on Thursday (May 10), the first day of its vacation, disposed of an eviction case quickly. The bench of Justices Arun Mishra and...
Police Travels to Chennai to Arrest Justice Karnan

Police Travels to Chennai to Arrest Justice Karnan

A police team from Kolkata reached Chennai on May 10 to arrest Justice CS Karnan on contempt charges, as ordered by the Supreme Court...
Digital Push for Supreme Court

Digital Push for Supreme Court

PM Modi says this is another step towards modernisation of courts ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao JrCome July and the apex court will mark a...
States plead their case on highway liquor ban before SC

States plead their case on highway liquor ban before SC

The matter related to the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on the sale of alcoholic beverages on national and state highways again came...
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Custody of Setalvads essential to unearth truth, says ASG Tushar Mehta in SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 9) heard arguments in the matter related to a plea challenging the stand of Gujarat police that social...
Supreme Court

SC rules out MTP for a pregnant HIV+ woman from Bihar

After being convinced that giving sanction to terminate the pregnancy could be fatal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 9) ruled that a woman...
Kerala’s former Director General of Police TP Senkumar. Photo: UNI

Kerala chief secretary files apology over DGP’s reinstatement  

Kerala chief secretary Nalini Netto rendered an unconditional apology in the Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 9) for the delay in reinstating DGP TP...
SC happy with Haji Ali Dargah’s anti-encroachment drive

SC happy with Haji Ali Dargah’s anti-encroachment drive

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 9) appreciated the prompt action taken by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust in removing encroachments on way to...
Justice CS Karnan

Justice Karnan sent to jail for six months

Order to be executed with immediate effect, says Supreme Court The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 9) awarded six months’ imprisonment to Justice CS Karnan...
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No need for separate state level disaster management units, says Supreme Court

The apex court on May 8 disposed of a PIL asking for every state to establish state disaster management authorities under the Disaster Management...
Supreme Court

SC to finalise norms for mental hospitals in case of cured patients

In the case about rehabilitating mentally-ill patients in government homes who have been cured, the Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar on May 8 presented a...
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Teesta Setalvad petition adjourned by SC

The petition filed by social activist Teesta Setalvad, challenging the Gujarat government for initiating a probe against her for alleged role in a case...
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Unitech case: Flat owners’ interest calculation at end of case, says SC

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra and AM Khanwilkar, while hearing the petition by Unitech Residential Resorts Ltd. against the order passed...
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EVM case to be listed after court vacation

The matter of malfunctioning EVMs, along with the demand for VVPATs is being heard by the Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and...
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Rs 20k crore given to states for labour welfare untraceable, ASG tells SC

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh on May 8 revealed some shocking data in front of the Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B...
Supreme Court

SC to study if judicial officers can also be judges

An appeal by Arvind Kumar to look into the possibility of whether experience as a judicial officer can be counted on par with the...
Leander, Rhea told to exchange draft terms of settlement

Leander, Rhea told to exchange draft terms of settlement

Tennis legend Leander Paes’ estranged live-in partner Rhea Pillai was present before the Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy with...
SC asks CBI to conclude fodder scam trial within 9 months

SC asks CBI to conclude fodder scam trial within 9 months

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday, May 8, that the CBI conclude the trial in the fodder scam case within nine months. Former Bihar...
WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY?

WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY?

~By Inderjit Badhwar “Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and...
The critical parts of the Nirbhaya judgment delivered by the Supreme Court

The critical parts of the Nirbhaya judgment delivered by the Supreme Court

Here are some of the relevant portions of the Nirbhaya case judgment that was passed by the Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra,...
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Nirbhaya case: “Inconceivable brutality,” says SC as it upholds death sentence on all four

Victims’ parents break down in tears, as all hail path-breaking verdict Describing the Nirbhaya gang rape-murder case as an act of “inconceivable brutality” and commenting...
Mark HIV+ children as disadvantaged group, says SC to states

All states to issue notice, marking HIV+ children as disadvantaged group, says SC

The apex court order will allow such children the right to free education under lawThe Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI)...
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Senkumar Files Contempt Petition; SC Imposes Cost on Kerala Govt

Kerala DGP TP Senkumar, who had won a Supreme Court verdict reinstating him as the DGP of the state after the Left Democratic Front...
If initials on Aadhaar don’t match PAN you lose both, argues counsel in SC

If initials on Aadhaar don’t match PAN you lose both, argues counsel in SC

The top court reserves judgment on the controversial petitionThe case against Aadhaar being used as an all-purpose, cure-all medicine was again argued at the...
PIL says CISF camp destroyed adjacent forest

PIL says CISF camp destroyed adjacent forest

The central armed police force presents the 1995 order sheet of the Supreme Court which permitted it to come up with such campsAn interesting...
Details on controversial NEET verdict leak to be revealed

Details on controversial NEET verdict leak to be revealed

The CIC asks CPIO of the Supreme Court to disclose the action taken against former CJI Late Altamas KabirThe 2013 NEET judgement leak, as...
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PIL to make Hindi compulsory for students withdrawn

A PIL seeking directions from the Supreme Court to make Hindi compulsory for all students between classes I and VIII throughout the country was...
Sexual harassment case sent back to magistrate by SC

Sexual harassment case sent back to magistrate by SC

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justices DY Chandrachud and SK Kaul on May 4 sent back the case filed...
Supreme Court

Justice Chelameswar recuses himself from Kanhaiya Kumar case

The petition filed on the JNU-Kanhaiya Kumar fiasco came up for hearing in front of the Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul...
Farmers

Farmer suicides: Court focuses on mandis, procurement centres

In the case regarding suicide of farmers, the Supreme Court cut out the fluff and concentrated on some basics. In its order after hearing on...
Cow vigilante issue: SC gives govt six weeks to answer

Cow vigilante issue: SC gives govt 6 weeks to answer

In the petition praying for action against violent cow protection groups, the Supreme Court, in its last hearing, had issued a notice returnable in three weeks,...
SC orders govt to look into miserable state of aged people

SC orders govt to look into miserable state of aged people

The Supreme Court on May 2 directed the central government to consider several suggestions made by petitioner Dr Ashwani Kumar regarding the setting up of...
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Govt says Aadhaar must to stop fake PANs

Two petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging Section 139AA, which was inserted in the Income Tax Act by the Finance Act,...
Brief

Filling up police vacancies: WB roadmap is till 2021

The West Bengal police on May 2 submitted to the Supreme Court its roadmap for filling up vacant posts. Following the roadmap, the state...
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SC orders CPCB to look into compliance in Gujarat quarries

Silicosis among workers grow even as closed units in state reopen following “casual” inspection by state pollution control body ~By Rajesh Kumar In 2006, an NGO,...
Reinstated DGP TP Senkumar believes this judgment will discourage state governments from arbitrarily removing officers. Photo: UNI

TP Senkumar: A Hard-fought Victory

The reinstatement of TP Senkumar by the apex court has come as a major embarrassment to the Left Front government and Chief Minister Pinarayi...
Anna Hazare went on an indefinite fast to exert pressure on the Indian government to enact the Lokpal. Photo: Anil Shakya

Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act: Out of the Deep Freeze

In a move to make this Act workable, the apex court has told the government that the Lokpal can be appointed even if there...
Brief

SC sends PIL on right to reject ventilator to ministry

Person, while in good health, should be able to decide whether he/she wants a ventilator when sick The Supreme Court on May 1 took...
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Was the Supreme Court justified in entertaining a PIL by J&K Bar Association?

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

Medical board to examine the Calcutta HC judge on May 4, report by May 8The Supreme Court has finally decided to act against Justice...
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Red Beacons: Just a Symbolic Gesture?

Though the ban on these lights from May 1 will not bring an end to the culture of privilege among VIPs in India, it...
Deadlocked Yet Again

Deadlocked Yet Again

The turf war between the judiciary and the executive over appointment of judges reaches another cul-de-sac. There are no signs of a modified Memorandum...
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J&K lawyers’ association allowed to meet some jailed agitators

The J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, earned a small victory at the Supreme Court on April 28, when the apex court allowed it...
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SC’s final rejection of AFSPA immunity for forces

FIRs must for every killing in disturbed areas, says apex courtThere has to be a mandatory FIR filed for every “encounter” death, even in...
Aadhaar arguments continue in Supreme Court

Aadhaar arguments continue in Supreme Court

Thumb impression and Iris are mine. Why should I make it public?, asks one of the petitioners Two petitions challenging Section 139AA inserted in...
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Tata project: Caught in a Logjam

A housing project started by this conglomerate in Chandigarh on cheap farm land bought by a society of MLAs and MPs has run into...
Alcohol ban will not only cause a loss of revenue, but also hit Kerala’s tourism industry. Photo: sanoobsidiq.com

Kerala liquor ban: In a Tight Squeeze

The SC order banning booze outlets along highways has hit the state hard as it has a high population density and little land, igniting...
Social activist Anna Hazare has always batted for a robust Lokpal

Lokpal Act stands, no reason not to appoint a chief, says Supreme Court

Apex court, however, provides caveat, saying “amendments need to be carried out” The Supreme Court on April 27 rejected the government’s argument that the Lokpal...
Brief

Make a law to control funds to NGOs, says SC

Make a law to control funds to NGOs, says SC Hearing advocate Manohar Lal Sharma’s PIL that funds allocated to various NGOs, including Shri Kishan...
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Formula One in India will be taxed, says SC

Apex court order based on decision that FOWC has Permanent Establishment in the country, which makes it taxable Formula One races quit India in 2013...
Brief

Chhota Rajan gets 7 years for passport forgery

Chhota Rajan gets 7 years for passport forgery Chhota Rajan, the mafia don captured by Indian police, was produced before Judge Virender Kumar Goyal at...
NHRC

India needs to act quickly for enacting a human rights law, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on April 24 took a pro-active stand on India’s urgent need to ratify its signature of 1997 to the convention on...
Former Kerala DGP TP Senkumar (photo: UNI) has been reinstated by the Supreme Court (photo: Anil Shakya)

SC reinstates Kerala DGP, sets a huge precedence

The apex court rules that the transfer of the state’s top cop was “arbitrary” In what can be called a path-breaking judgement, providing a legal...
Closed liquor shops along a highway in Punjab

Article 142: Cudgel or Balm?

While this Article confers powers bordering on the absolute to the apex court, it has been used in the past with reason and restraint ~By...
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Dhoni’s depiction as Vishnu not intentional, hence no crime, rules SC

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was portrayed as Lord Vishnu on the cover of a business magazine in 2013. It was an innocent...
Sidelights of the week

English too complicated; judgement set aside by SC

Several judgements are set aside by the Supreme Court for varied reasons. Rarely, if ever, has any been set aside because the English used...
Arbitration

SC decides Mumbai as the sole seat of arbitration in India

When an arbitration deal exists between two parties, the jurisdiction of local courts will be overlooked ~By Rajesh Kumar The Supreme Court has clarified certain jurisdictional...
A member of Parliament registering for his Aadhaar card at an Aadhaar registration counter. Photo: PIB

Aadhaar requirement for PAN challenged

Binoy Visman has challenged Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, which makes Aadhaar mandatory for filing Income Tax returns. This has come up...
Kerala witnessed massive protests seeking the arrest of those involved in the murder of Dalit law student Jisha in 2016. Photo: UNI

Transfer Raj in Kerala?

The apex court has reserved its judgement in a case where Kerala’s DGP has challenged his ouster from the top job as political vendetta   ...
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SC serves notice to Arunachal govt on police firing deaths in Tawang

~By Rajesh Kumar A Buddhist Lama of Tawang Monastery in Arunachal Pradesh, Lobsang Gyatso, and another person were killed and several others seriously injured in...
(L-R) Justice Indira Banerjee, chief justice of the Madras High Court; Justice NN Mhatre, acting chief justice of the Calcutta High Court; Justice Manjula Chellur, chief justice of the Bombay High Court

Women judges: Cracking the Glass Ceiling?

Can the elevation of women as chief justices of High Courts be a sign of gender equality in the judiciary or is this a...
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Babri demolition: Advani, Joshi, Bharati ordered back in the dock by SC

Kalyan Singh will be tried as soon as he loses immunity as governor ~By Sujit BharThe Supreme Court on Wednesday (April 19) struck a major...
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SC to be “compassionate” in contempt order vs lawyer

The contempt case of an advocate, Mohit Chaudhary, who had made comments about a judgement came up for hearing before the Supreme Court again...
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Special courts case: SC to decide on July 12

Appellant wants special courts to try criminal cases against peoples’ representatives, public servants and members of the judiciary  A PIL by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking...
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SC to urgently deal with huge police vacancies in 6 states

24 percent of the sanctioned strength of forces vacant across the country Police forces across the country, especially in six states, are grossly understaffed. A...
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NGT: Ganga case hearing every day, starting Wednesday

Green bench wields hammer on absenteeism, says cost to be imposed for delays The Ganga Action Plans 1 and 2 implementation case is being deliberated...
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A Great Enemy of a Judge is Ego: Gopal Subramanium

Former Solicitor General GOPAL SUBRAMANIUM has had an illustrious career. Starting as a counsel with the Justice AN Verma Commission probing into Rajiv Gandhi’s...
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Can SC issue directions based on parliamentary committee reports?

The centre says the reports are not meant to be used in courts as they do not countenance any contest legally Question referred to a...
Many localities have cell phone towers but are they safe? Photo: Anil Shakya

Cell phone radiation: Tower of Discontent

A plea by a cancer-stricken man led the apex court to direct BSNL to deactivate one of its mobile towers. But it raises complex...
An appeal to the SC: A boxed-in media and development

HUDA saves liquor barons while strangling a working journalists’ colony

~By Sanjay Ahirwal Summer has come much earlier this year for the bureaucrats in Haryana. So many of them are out on the roads under...
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SC takes tough stance on unnecessary censorship

Two cases in which the apex court leant towards freedom of expression Film (and television ) censorship in India has become a contentious issue, especially...
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SC issues notice to centre and EC in EVM case

Former finance minister and senior advocate P Chidambaram, appearing for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Congress, appealed...
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NGT will refer only to expert committee’s report on Yamuna destruction by the Art...

The National Green Tribunal on April 13 decided that the expert committee report on the destruction caused by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living...
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SC satisfied with SIT progress in Gujarat massacre case

The Supreme Court on April 13 expressed satisfaction over the progress made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) vis-à-vis the Godhra riots’ Naroda massacre...
Protesting farmers at Jantar Mantar pleading for loan waivers

Ploughing a National Furrow

The apex court enlarges the scope of a PIL filed on farmer suicides in Gujarat to encompass problems faced by the agrarian community across...
Supreme Court

Centre calls a meeting on April 20 to settle Sutlej-Yamuna link issue

Supreme Court refuses to add politics, will hear the matter again on April 27 The Sutlej-Yamuna water link canal case drags on at the Supreme...
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SC asks centre why Rs 5k crore has not been spent

Apex court seeks clarification on labour welfare fund’s use A contempt petition to the Supreme Court states that while a mammoth fund of nearly Rs...
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SC orders cell tower shut after man claims radiation caused cancer

In a clear admission of the harmful side effects of telecom towers, the Supreme Court has ordered to shut a BSNL tower because an...
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts (right) administers the constitutional oath to judge Neil Gorsuch during a private ceremony at the Supreme Court in Washington, US. Photo: UNI

Judges’ Appointment Issue: Trump’s Gorsuch Appointment Sets a Precedent

~By Sujit Bhar The executive and the judiciary have remained so interlinked – even in countries where the separation of the ‘church’ and the state...
Former Kerala Director General of Police TP Senkumar. Photo: UNI

SC reserves order in ex-Kerala DGP case

Former Kerala Director General of Police TP Senkumar’s case against the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government of Kerala, for “victimising him for carrying out...
Microsoft has two weeks to reply on sex test ads ban

Microsoft has two weeks to reply on sex test ads ban

The horrible practice of pre-natal sex determination is so ingrained in the Indian psyche that such advertisements now appear on the Internet after strict...
People gather outside RBI New Delhi on March 31, 2017, in anticipation that their demonetized currency would be exchanged. Photo: Anil Shakya

Demonetisation issue: AG provides petitioners with affidavit

Petitioners seek a new window for changing notes; case to be posted after vacation A demonetization U-turn by the government on exchanging invalid currency...
SC asks centre to implement maternity benefit within 8 weeks

SC asks centre to implement maternity benefit within 8 weeks

Following the victory for pregnant women in getting maternity leave extended from 12 weeks to 26 weeks, the Supreme Court on April 11 also...
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Liquor ban: One for the Road

The move to prohibit the sale of booze near highways is an ineffective one as it will be sold illicitly and people will drink...
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Liquor Ban: On the Rocks

The loss of livelihood and revenue to states due to the ban on highway liquor vends is huge. But with data showing that drunkenness...
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Leander-Rhea custody battle in SC again

Tennis star Leander Paes and his estranged live-in partner Rhea PIllai, fighting for custody of their 10-year-old daughter submitted to the Supreme Court their...
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SC hears plea to ban pellet guns in J&K

The Supreme Court on April 10 heard a crucial petition calling for a ban on pellet guns in Jammu & Kashmir. In front of the...
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PIL against Indus water treaty rejected

The Supreme Court on April 10 dismissed a plea by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma asking for declaring the Indus Water Treaty as legally invalid. Advocate...
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Was the SC justified on liquor ban near highways?

The Supreme Court recently did not relent on its December 2016 order banning sale of liquor within 500 metres of national and state highways,...
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Babri Masjid case: An Open-ended Issue

The case takes an unexpected turn as the BJP’s old guard comes under pressure. What are the consequences for the ruling party? ~By Parsa...
VHP International’s working president Pravin Togadia performing Gau puja. Photo: UNI

Cow slaughter: Legal Labyrinth

Most states have legislation in place to tackle cow slaughter and they were all made before the BJP came to power in 2014   ~By Parsa...
“The Collegium is Here to Stay”

“The Collegium is Here to Stay”

Senior advocate RUPINDER SINGH SURI was elected as the Supreme Court Bar Association president in December 2016. This alumnus of St Stephen’s College, Delhi,...
Members of the Mahila Uthan Mandal shouting slogans against cow slaughter in Lucknow. Photo: UNI

SC wants govt to ban Gau Rakshaks

The Supreme Court, on April 7 ordered for a ban on self-styled gau rakshak dals and served notice upon the Union government and the...
A Member of Parliament registering for his Aadhaar card at an Aadhaar registration counter. Photo: PIB

Much Misused ID

In the border districts of West Bengal, Aadhaar cards are being freely issued with the connivance of politicians to Bangladeshi migrants. This poses a...
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Andhra HC bifurcation issue yet to be settled

While the state of Telangana was sliced out of the state of Andhra Pradesh on June 2, 2014, the high court’s bifurcation issue is...
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SC insists on new courts, public prosecutors for POCSO Act cases

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justices DY Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul on April 7 heard a petition filed...
Babri case: SC indicates Advani, Joshi may be back in the dock

Babri case: SC indicates Advani, Joshi may be back in the dock

~By Sujit Bhar As the CBI ended its submission on the high profile December 6, 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case on March 6, the Supreme...
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Will not move from our original order on liquor vends, says SC

The Supreme Court has, in its last directive, refused to change anything in its judgement of December 15, 2016, on the alcohol ban beside...
Jayalalithaa not to be named convict again, says SC

Jayalalithaa not to be named convict again, says SC

The late chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, will not have her name blemished in the disproportionate assets corruption case after all. When the...
Facebook-WhatsApp issue sent to constitutional bench

Facebook-WhatsApp issue sent to constitutional bench

When Facebook acquired WhatsApp, it was said that social media giant Facebook would be using data from the hugely popular WhatsApp to personalize content...
SC takes up HIV-infected children’s right to education

SC takes up HIV-infected children’s right to education

The apex court recently admitted a PIL from NGO Naz Foundation and asked states to bring a notification for giving compulsory education to children...
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BS-III vehicles: End of the Road

A ruling has asked auto manufacturers to stop selling BS-III vehicles from April. They have only themselves to blame as enough time was given...
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Gujarat DGP quits after Supreme Court’s order

The Gujarat government accepted state director general of police PP Pandey’s offer to quit on Monday after the Supreme Court gave its sanction during...
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Banking system responsible for NPAs

The recent India Legal show telecast on APN News took up the issue of Non-performing Assets which have eaten into the vitals of India’s...
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Down in the Dumps!

Can the government make it mandatory for hotels and restaurants to give access to the general public to their toilets based on Article 15(2)...
Lawyers in Delhi struck work recently over the Law Commission’s recommendations

Advocates’ Act: Tussle over Rights

The Law Commission’s Bill to amend this Act has led to protests and a sense of grievance among sections of the judiciary    ~By Venkatasubramanian In...
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You are not a party to the Babri case: SC tells Swamy

The Supreme Court questioned his locus standi in the matter when BJP leader Subramanian Swamy pleaded that the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute case be...
Sr advocate Indira Jaising. Photo: Anil Shakya

SC issues notice on senior advocates’ matter

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India, JS Khehar, on Friday (March 31) issued notices to Secy General of the Apex Court, Advocate...
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NEET age bar removed by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday (March 31) that candidates above 25 years could sit for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examination 2017. The...
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“I am fighting against corruption not judiciary,” says Justice Karnan in SC

After much theatrics and open defiance of SC orders to honour its summons, the Calcutta High Court judge, Justice CS Karnan, finally presented himself...
A liquor shop on NH-58 in Ghaziabad. Photo: Anil Shakya

Highway liquor ban: Amid counter views, SC reserves judgement

The issue of the ban on sale of alcoholic beverages within 500m of a national or a state highway drew many more arguments at...
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SC wants to hear triple talaq issue during vacation

The triple talaq issue has been taken very seriously by the Supreme Court. On March 30, the court said the court would not delay...
Kerala’s former Director General of Police TP Senkumar. Photo: UNI

Kerala DG takes state govt to Supreme Court

Bringing into the open yet another instance of political interference in the functioning of the police force, Kerala’s former Director General of Police TP...
(L-R) Supreme Court (Anil Shakya) and Azam Khan (UNI)

Speaking Freely, Legally

The Supreme Court seeks a constitutional perspective on Azam Khan’s comment On the night of July 29, 2016, a woman and her teenage daughter were...
Supreme Court seals the fate of BS-III vehicles

Supreme Court seals the fate of BS-III vehicles

No sale or registration from April 1 About 8.2 lakh automobiles, including 96,000 commercial vehicles, over six lakh two-wheelers and around 40,000 three-wheelers manufactured...
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States argue against ban on liquor shops within 500m of highways

The issue of the banning of liquor vends in the proximity of highways (500m) came up for hearing again on March 29, before the...
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SC asks officers to enquire and report on Vrindavan widows’ plight

The NGO, Environment and Consumer Protection Foundation, had submitted a PIL in the Supreme Court, pertaining to the plight of widows in Vrindavan, Uttar...
Anna Hazare started a Satyagraha movement by commencing a fast unto death in New Delhi to demand the passing of the Lokpal Bill

Lokpal still in limbo

Arguments in SC bring out the vicious cycle in which the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2014 is stuck By Sujit Bhar The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act,...
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The Right Person for the Right Job

The MoP between the judiciary and the government should keep in mind various issues before there is speedy disposal of the huge backlog of...
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SC for promotion of disabled IAF sergeant

An Air Force rule on promotions came up for hearing at the court of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar on March 28,...
Nirbhaya case: Arguments tread thin line of defence

Nirbhaya case: Arguments tread thin line of defence

The horrifying 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case is still in courts, with the appeals filed by the convicts being heard. The Supreme Court...
A woman gets her photo clicked to complete the formalities required to get the Aadhaar card. Photo: csc.gov.in; CJI JS Khehar. Photo: JS Studio

Cannot link Aadhaar with Govt welfare schemes, opines CJI

The Supreme Court is of the opinion that the government cannot make Aadhaar cards, with their Unique Identification (UID) scheme numbers, mandatory for extending...
India Legal Show discusses Babri Masjid dispute

India Legal Show discusses Babri Masjid dispute

Religious leaders from the Hindu and Muslim community, politicians and former judges express their viewpoints on the programme telecast on APN News  The Supreme...
The Election Commission of India building in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

PREGNANT PROBLEM OF POWER

~By Inderjit Badhwar Following the BJP’s stunning electoral victory in Uttar Pradesh, several politicians and public figures have raised the issue of rigged electronic voting...
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Probe against Ex-CBI director to continue, says SC

Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha, under investigation by his own former agency in the coal and 2G scams, had appealed to the Supreme Court...
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SC Collegium-Govt tussle: India Legal exclusive gets huge traction

This is a story that refuses to go away. It is the long-standing story of the fight between the Executive and the Indian judiciary....
Justice RM Lodha had suggested sweeping reforms to clean up BCCI

Ground realities hit Lodha panel recommendations

The implementation of the Justice RM Lodha panel recommendations in the functioning of the BCCI has run into several minor hurdles and confusions as...
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Govt intent on reinstating ban on combo drugs

The government counsel, representing the All India Drug Action Network, was arguing at the court of Supreme Court Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Rohinton...
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Cricket match broadcast row resurfaces in Supreme Court

The issue of broadcast of live cricket matches has resurfaced. While Prasar Bharati (especially Doordarshan) has always maintained that they will need free feed...
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Crucial Babri case postponed again by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on March 23 further postponed the contentious Babri Masjid demolition case which was to be heard on that day. The next...
Senior Advocate Supreme Court Vikas Singh

Every lawyer dreams to become a constitutional expert: Vikas Singh

Parliament was recently rocked by arguments among legislators over judicial overreach. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had a tough time answering pointed queries from...
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SC bench with CJI to decide on method in naming Sr Advocates

Senior Supreme Court advocate Indira Jaising has challenged the procedure for designating senior advocates. The apex court had heard the matter on October 21,...
TMC supremo and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Photo: UNI

CBI probe justified in Narada sting, says Supreme Court

No infirmity in Calcutta HC order, top court rules, extends the probe timeline to one month The Supreme Court on March 21 delivered a heavy...
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Settle Ram Mandir matter through mediation, says SC

The Ram Mandir issue has remained one of the most contentious in recent times, involving the sentiments of two major religions of the country,...
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Condom ads: Reviving a Controversy

Last year, the government had submitted to the Supreme Court that no legislation would be introduced to ban explicit pictures on condom packets and...
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No relief for Gopal Ansal in Uphaar case

The Uphaar Tragedy case again came up for hearing in front of the Supreme Court on March 20, and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani’s plea...
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Judiciary-executive tussle resurfaces over judges’ appointments

The once fiercely burning embers of the judiciary-executive tussle seem to be glowing, still. The Supreme Court collegium has handed over the finalised Memorandum...
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Legal luminary Anil B Divan passes away

Anil B. Divan, senior advocate, constitutional expert, and one of the most respected members of the Supreme Court bar passed away on March 20....
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PIL to increase number of judges dismissed by Supreme Court

The CJI-headed bench says that let the existing vacancies be filled first A PIL filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay to double the number of judges...
Supreme Court. Photo: Anil Shakya

SC Collegium: Smoking the Peace Pipe

The apex court has overcome differences with the government over the appointment of judges. But it is hoped that the national security clause to...
Manohar Parrikar with Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari at his oath-taking as Goa’s CM. Photo: www.BJP.org

Farcical Play

The Supreme Court refuses to accept the Congress’ plea that the governor of a state is bound to invite the single largest party in...
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Justice Karnan demands Rs 14 crore “compensation”

~By Sujit Bhar This is possibly getting a bit out of hand. Justice CS Karnan is at it again, in his own bizarre way. And...
CJI JS Khehar (photo: JS Studio), Supreme Court (Bhavana Gaur)

Executive, judiciary bury the hatchet

With the induction of Justice JS Khehar as the chief justice of India (CJI), the judiciary-executive deadlock that existed and exacerbated during the tenure...
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BCI suggests stringent rules for Advocates Act

The increasing lawlessness and other aberrations shown by advocates had prompted the Supreme Court to ask the Law Commission to review the Advocates Act....
A woman gets her photo clicked to complete the formalities required to get the Aadhaar card. Photo: csc.gov.

Aadhaar: Exploiting the Delay

The apex court’s inability to expeditiously decide on the Aadhaar scheme’s constitutionality has allowed the government to violate with impunity the promise not to...
The Middle Income Group Legal Aid Scheme aims to make justice accessible to the middle class. They will have to pay a nominal fee to get their cases contested. Photo: UNI

Affordable Justice

In a move to help the middle class, the apex court has started a mechanism whereby it can use the services of experienced lawyers...
Goa CM-designate Manohar Parrikar (Twitter); Supreme Court (Bhavana Gaur)

How the Congress in Goa snatched defeat from the jaws of victory

The Supreme Court asked the Goa governor to conduct a floor test on March 16 after the Congress raised objections to the BJP being...
The just-concluded UP assembly elections saw political parties spending huge sums on campaigns. Photo: UNI

ELECTORAL REFORM: A STERN REMINDER

By Inderjit Badhwar Newspaper editorials, public interest bodies, educational institutions and good governance advocates periodically issue calls for electoral reforms, but most of them fade...
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Aadhaar: The Great Divide

A petition in the Supreme Court has reopened the debate over Money and Financial Bills. It has serious implications for parliamentary procedure ~By Devender...
Raktima Rai Yadav was promoted as additional district magistrate, 13 years after she cleared her Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission (CPSC) exams. She joined her post at Gariyaband district in Chhattisgarh. But on August 26, 2016, the Chhattisgarh High Court, Bilaspur, passed an order that has put her career in jeopardy. She was found ineligible to hold her government job because of a faulty process of selection and alleged corruption at the level of the Constitutional body that had selected her. She was not alone; an entire batch of 147 officers selected by the CPSC in 2003 had been found ineligible by the Court owing to scaling mistakes committed by the CPSC, which it even readily admitted to in the Court. Of these, 17 did not join their respective postings, leaving a total of 130 joinees. The “mistake” in 52 cases was actually found to be a deliberate case of fraud when the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigated the case on orders of the then governor in 2007. The ACB submitted that those 52 officers had been selected fraudulently when they did not even qualify for the interview. One Rajeev Singh Chouhan had been selected in the SC quota while being a General candidate. The High Court ordered a re-totalling of the papers, removal of Chouhan from service, rescaling of marks for all candidates and awarded exemplary damages to the petitioners Varsha Dongre and two others, who approached the High Court in 2006. But this came after a decade of court battles during which not only did the selected candidates enjoy the full perks and functions of government service but also took decisions which involved hundreds of crores of rupees. The police officers on duty rightly or wrongly affected the lives of lakhs of people, while the revenue officials decided on cases of land and property ownership and the excise and women and child development officials took crucial financial decisions. When the High Court decided the case against these officials, they should have logically been removed from their posting pending their appeal in SC. But Chhattisgarh Government General Administration Department (GAD) secretary Nidhi Chibber defended: “There is no guideline in GAD rules related to this and we will have to wait for the PSC to do the rescaling.” Even the chief secretary Vivek Dhand hid behind the statement: “The court has not specifically identified the 52 people ineligible. It is for the PSC to decide and then we will take action”. Now, a two-judge bench of Justices J Chelameswar and AM Sapre of the Supreme Court has granted a stay on the High Court order, which effectively means the whole process of justice is in waiting. This is till the PSC revises its opinion about fraudulent selection. The SC has issued notices to Varsha Dongre and other petitioners to explain their stand as it granted stay on the basis of facts presented before it. Forty-six out of affected 130 joinees had approached the Court against the HC order. Among other things, the three key factors on the basis of which the SC granted stay are debatable. The appellants claimed the ACB was not competent to investigate a constitutional body like the UPSC. Secondly, the ACB was not made party by the petitioners and third, the officers have a spotless service record. The moot points are that the ACB had been directed by the governor and also that the “spotless’’ record of officers will not hold ground if their selection itself was faulty. What the Supreme Court would possibly consider are the following: Since 2007, the PSC has consistently admitted that it has been erring in scaling the results—a computerised process through which each category of applicants’ marks is adjusted. The HC judgment is based on that and not the report of the ACB alone which also happened to find corruption and irregularities like in the Chouhan case. Midway through the case, the state government had presented a unique proposition, unheard of in court proceedings in India. It said it was willing to award the petitioner Varsha Dongre the position of DSP, the highest rank under the PSC, if she was willing to withdraw the case. Chief Justice Deepak Gupta, who wrote the judgment, was indignant at such an offer and came down heavily on the state government. Also, in 2007, the governor had officially suggested to the state that the PSC should itself approach the court and seek permission to rescale, in view of its continued acceptance of its error. The state and the PSC did not, and instead, kept fighting the case. This brings us to the key issue: who suffers? While the rights of a few officers are being protected by the legal system, it’s the citizens who suffer when there is a delay in decisions on account of the tedious court processes. Often, they don’t even know the background of an officer who is taking crucial decisions for them. Many of those officers are so nervous that they think it best not to take any decision. They do not want to be held accountable, lest their own case gets affected. RK Dewangan, an IGP-level officer of the Chhattisgarh cadre, had allegedly been part of a robbery when posted as SP of Janjgir 18 years ago. In January, he was given compulsory retirement by the Department of Personnel & Training in view of his record. But for 18 years, he ruled the lives of lakhs who came under his official jurisdiction. There are literally hundreds of cases against officials pending in courts and there is no clear guideline as to what should the state do if at least one court has found these officials guilty. With the stay order, the Supreme Court could also stay their postings or make clear which posts they are eligible for. Justice for them should not become injustice for others. Lead picture: The Chhattisgarh High Court found an entire batch of officers selected by the PSC in 2003 ineligible.

Faulty appointments in Chhattisgarh

The cost of procrastination by courts in matters of appointment frauds in public service can cost hundreds of crores in material loss while affecting...
Bailable warrant against Justice Karnan

Bailable warrant against Justice Karnan

Another first in India’s judicial historyThe dam of patience that kept the Supreme Court’s seven-judge bench from taking action strong against Justice CS Karnan,...
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No sign of any money from Mallya

Supreme Court Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit were on March 9 hearing a petition filed by a consortium of banks against Kingfisher Airlines...
Poorly treated waste water being released into the river. Photo: Rakesh Jaiswal

And Polluted Flows the Ganga…

Cleaning up the river has been a complete failure because of the total disregard of Supreme Court and NGT orders. The polluting tanneries in...
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SC may re-include Advani and others as accused in Babri case

The case will come up on March 22 The mandate of the people from five states of India—and where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stands...
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Supreme court widens scope on farmer loan repayment issue

 Agrees to look into other ramificationsWhile hearing a petition for waiving of agricultural loan repayments in case of natural calamities, the Supreme Court bench...
Apex court keeps a matter involving POSCO Act on hold

Apex court keeps a matter involving POSCO Act on hold

In what can emerge as a history-making and precedent-setting case, the Supreme Court is trying to solve a unique incident in which it reserved...
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Jethmalani files review petition in Uphaar case

An appeal for a review of the Uphaar Cinema tragedy judgement came up in front of a Supreme Court bench on February 28. It...
The recent interim order of the Supreme Court on installation of CCTV cameras in court halls of Gurugram is laudable. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Let the Light in

The idea of open courts, where access to proceedings is in the public domain, is inclusive to true and fair trials   ~Justice K Sreedhar Rao   Transparency...
Dangwimsai Pul, the widow of the late chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Kalikho Pul. Photo: Anil Shakya

Judge Wanted to Dismiss the Case in the Courtroom: Dangwimsai Pul

Dangwimsai Pul, the widow of the late chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Kalikho Pul, has been pressing for a probe into those mentioned in...
Kalikho Pul’s (right) widow Dangwimsai interacting with media after withdrawing her petition before the Supreme Court. Photo Kalikho Pul: UNI. Photo Dangwimsai: Anil Shakya

Kalikho Pul’s suicide: More than Meets the Eye

The 60-page note of the former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister has created a sensation in legal and political circles. But does it offer enough...
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OPEN AND SHUT

~By Inderjit Badhwar Our current issue yields a bountiful harvest of breaking stories, investigations and penetrating legal analyses of top-of-the mind issues. The cover piece—the...
President Dr Rajendra Prasad, Chief Justice of India SR Das, Vice-President Dr S Radhakrishnan, Lok Sabha Speaker S Ayyangar and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at the inauguration of Supreme Court building on August 4, 1958. Photo: Courts of India—Past to Present

Courting the Past

Courts of India—Past to Present with its evocative photographs and illustrations, historical and philosophical background and structure of our justice delivery system, is a...
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The Shahabuddin verdict assumes immense importance

The SC order to transfer Shahabuddin from Siwan jail to Tihar prison in Delhi not only provides the relief sought by petitioners but also...
Kasauli Fights Back

Kasauli Fights Back

NGT has summoned owners of 11 hotels in the hill town that have been flouting environmental laws with impunity. The hearing is on March...
Youth Congress activists staging a demonstration in Bhopal. Photo: UNI

Vyapam scam: Insufficient Closure

The Supreme Court has cancelled the degrees of 634 doctors connected to the Vyapam scam but the real culprits remain unidentified despite the loss...
(L-R) Activist Medha Patkar (Photo: Anil Shakya); NBA activists staging a dharna in New Delhi (photo: UNI)

Justice for Narmada Oustees

After 38 years, the Supreme Court directed a compensation of Rs 60 lakh each to be paid to 681 families hit by the Sardar...
Sutlej-Yamuna link canal must be built, says SC

Sutlej-Yamuna link canal must be built, says SC

The Supreme Court bench of Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy on February 22 directed that the court’s order on the Sutlej-Yamuna water link...
Non-compliant polluting plants will have electricity cut off, orders SC

Non-compliant polluting plants will have electricity cut off, orders SC

The apex court has laid out oversight guidelines as well as penal provisions for polluting industries The Supreme Court on February 22 set out strict...
Not possible to identify one amid lakhs of videos uploaded, says Google in SC

Not possible to identify one amid lakhs of videos uploaded, says Google in SC

SC investigation into banning of sex crime videos hits a roadblock In its hearing on the case regarding rape videos on the net, in which...
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India Legal show discusses Sasikala and Shahabuddin verdicts

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

Enemy Property Act: Controversial Ordinance

Thousands of Muslims could lose the property inherited from their ancestors who moved to Pakistan under a new ordinance issued by the government ~By Ramesh...
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The Curious Case of Justice Karnan

Already embroiled in a series of controversies, Justice Karnan’s open defiance of the Supreme Court raises serious questions   ~Justice Sreedhar Rao   The judiciary in India occupies...
In 2015, Justice Karnan (left) accused the then Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Justice SK Kaul of harassing him because he was a Dalit

Justice CS Karnan: A Judge too far

The seven-judge Supreme Court bench hearing against him will be long and difficult, punctuated by caste issues ~By Rakesh BhatnagarSeventeen-odd years ago, the then Chief...
At the Supreme Court, Justice Kabir delivered strong judgements in many important cases

Altamas Kabir, 39th CJI, passes away

Legal services to transgenders, rights of women among his key contributions Altamas Kabir, the 39th Chief Justice of India, who died on February 19 in...
The government has justified its decision to ban community radio stations from broadcasting news and current affairs programmes on the ground that it could endanger national security and public order. Photo: UNI

Community radio stations upset with I&B order

Community radio enthusiasts and activists feel that they might just end up being solely a mouthpiece of the government instead of raising issues pertaining...
Supreme Court increases its bench strength to 28

Supreme Court increases its bench strength to 28

Five judges took oath on Friday and immediately got into action in various courts The five new appointees to the Supreme Court bench were administered...
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Uber, Meru case adjourned

The SC bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Mrs R. Banumathi has adjourned the case of taxi aggregator Uber’s challenge of the order of the...
Supporters celebrate the Brexit result in Sunderland after polling stations closed in the Referendum on the European Union in London. Photo: UNI

Brexit Bill: Divorce after Four Decades

This Bill allows the British government to invoke Article 50 and trigger the process to leave the 28-country European Union ~By Sajeda Momin in LondonPrime...
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Shahabuddin be moved to Tihar jail, orders SC

Trial to be held via video-conferencing Gangster-turned-RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin will be moved to Tihar jail from Bihar jail where he is lodged now, the...
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Can’t grant Sasikala more time to surrender, says SC

The Supreme Court on February 15 declined the plea of VK Sasikala’s counsel KTS Tulsi for granting some time to Sasikala for surrendering in...
(L-R) Members of the LGBT community protest against Trump’s policies in New York; a vigil against the travel ban in Los Angeles. Photos: UNI

New World Order under Donald Trump

The maverick American president has outraged the world, be it on trade treaties, climate change policies, nuclear deals or moves on IT companies. Can...
The centre contended that gender equality was part of the basic structure of the constitution and could not be denied to Muslim women. Photo: UNI

SC clarifies its stand on Triple Talaq

Says it will deal with only the legal aspects of the issue In dealing with the critical issue of the personal petition by Shayara Bano,...
Supreme Court orders Delhi Bar Council to hold elections after December 31

“A few disquieting thoughts” by Justice Amitava Roy

Justice Amitava Roy, who was part of the two-judge SC bench that convicted Sasikala and others on February 14, was rather harsh in his...
While upholding Sasikala’s conviction, the SC went with the trial court’s assessment in the DA case. SC photo: Anil Shakya; Sasikala photo: Getty Images

Why Supreme Court upheld Sasikala’s conviction

Private individuals culpable if proved abettors in corruption cases       ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr The main case of disproportionate assets is directed against...
SC sends Sasikala to jail in DA case

SC sends Sasikala to jail in DA case

The Supreme Court on February 14 found VK Sasikala Natarajan guilty in the disproportionate assets case and sentenced her to four years simple imprisonment...
The rice biryani might have mercury and aluminium phosphide from tablets that are used as fumigants in rice bags and are poisonous. Photo: karimbiryani.com

Poison on your plate

The Law Commission has recommended stringent punishment for adulterators and sent these to the Supreme Court for consideration ~By Ramesh MenonHungry kya? Food often sets...
The BCI has made its intent of weeding out fake lawyers known

Bar Reforms—weeding Out the “Fakes”

The Bar Council of India’s exercise to identify unregistered advocates is riddled with several hurdles, making it a long-winded and cumbersome process ~By VenkatasubramanianWhen the...
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MP government violates SC guidelines

By transferring upright SPs of four districts, the state government has not followed the apex court guidelines which say that IPS officers should have...
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PIL against journalists in AgustaWestland

The petition wants Supreme Court to examine if they were allegedly paid in the deal to influence the government. Will more skeletons tumble out...
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SC dismisses Plea for Writ against Enemy Property Bill

~By Sujit Bhar The Supreme Court on February 6 refused to interfere in the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Fifth Ordinance, 2016 and the resultant...
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Should freedom of expression be allowed in films?

The recent India Legal Show on APN News discussed the issue at lengthFilm buffs have had much to ponder about recently. Two films, yet...
Protestors at Marina Beach, Chennai, expressing their anger at the court order on Jallikattu. Photo: UNI

Jallikattu: A lonely Battle by Judiciary

What is to be done when a court order is violated by people and a state that is bent on pleasing the electorate? The...
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Leprosy condition in India irks SC

The top court took cognisance of a PIL claiming that leprosy not only exists but thrives in India due to the apathetic attitude of...
Lead picture: The Supreme Court had said that sex crime videos shouldn't be made available on the Internet. The image uploaded is a representative one. Photo: Anil Shakya

Internet Cos Throw Hands Up in Front of SC

~By Sujit Bhar The Supreme Court, which had earlier taken suo moto action regarding a writ by anti-trafficking organisation Prajwala (who had sent a letter and...
Students from various colleges staging a demonstration at Marina Beach demanding lift a ban on Jallikattu in Chennai. Photo: UNI

Jallikattu: What a Reprieve!

In a huge relief to the Tamil Nadu government and its people, the Supreme Court refused to stay a bill permitting this sport. This...
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SC refuses to stay Tamil Nadu’s new Jallikattu law

But pulls up the state government for neglecting law and order during protests The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 31) refused to stay the new...
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India Legal show debates poll promises

As political parties talk about freebies during election speeches, India Legal show takes a call on whether such practices are legal With assembly elections in...
Differently-abled people celebrating World Disability Day at India Gate, New Delhi. Photo: UNI

SC rejects HC order on disability PIL

India Legal Bureau The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, which was passed by Parliament just the other day, could face a few hurdles...
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Will jallikattu set a social precedent?

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

India Legal show debates Jallikattu

Violence continued to rock Tamil Nadu over jallikattu, even after the state government had promulgated a new ordinance to continue the bull-taming sport in...
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Set up SIT to probe Ranjit Sinha, says SC to CBI

The court has placed its trust on the premier investigation agency to carry out the job ~By Sujit Bhar    This is the first time...
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PIL on Budget postponement dismissed by SC

India Legal Bureau The Supreme Court on Monday (January 23) dismissed a PIL requesting the postponement of the Union Budget— brought forward this year and...
Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam and PM Modi with the jallikattu ordinance in New Delhi. Photo: UNI

Jallikattu ordinance cleared

The centre, President and the Tamil Nadu governor give their assent    ~By Sujit Bhar Efforts by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to cool...
(L-R) Former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, who recommended reforms to overhaul BCCI; Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi represented the centre

Govt joins fray in BCCI issue; SC decision on Wednesday

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) case just got murkier      ~By Sujit Bhar The government on Friday jumped into issue,...
Parents of children suffering from the after-effects of Endosulfan poisoning stage a dharna in front of the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: UNI

SC asks Kerala to pay Rs 500-cr for poisoning

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

The issue of jawans’ right to complain about poor service conditions in the army and paramilitary forces also came up for discussionThe recent India...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to the mortal remains of J Jayalalithaa, in Chennai. Photo: UNI

Dogged by the Law

In life as in death, J Jayalalithaa had brushes with the judiciary. Her DA case is pending in the Supreme Court and now, numerous...
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“We emphasise too much on getting it right and not enough on getting it...

Dr Chintan Chandrachud, at an early age, has carved a niche for himself in the field of law. Coming from a renowned lawyer family,...
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Tale of an incorrigible petitioner

January 16 witnessed an interesting case in the Supreme Court and showed how the apex court could make a persistent man with a frivolous...
Justice TS Thakur (extreme left) ruled that the BCCI has to implement the reforms suggested by the panel headed by RM Lodha (2nd from left). BCCI president Anurag Thakur (above left) and secretary Ajay Shirke had to step down following the SC ruling. Imaging: Amitava Sen

Cricket’s Hit Wicket

The BCCI becomes headless as the Supreme Court cracks down on the world’s richest sports body, leaving a huge question mark over its future ~By...
The Supreme Court ruled that auctioning of spectrum by the centre in 2015 was based on public interest. Photo Supreme Court: Bhavana Gaur

SC rules out discrimination in spectrum auction

The top court ruled that tendering does not entitle a bidder to get what one has bid for ~By Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr A division bench...
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SC wants publicity of regulatory bodies for TV and radio

~By Sujit Bhar The Supreme Court today said that the government needs to educate the public about the existence of an autonomous body that acts...
Former CJI TS Thakur speaking at his farewell function. Photo: APN News

“I was an average man”: Justice TS Thakur

The retired chief justice of India spoke to a distinguished audience at a function to mark his farewell in New Delhi ~By Meha Mathur “I was an...
The “Hindutva judgment” was delivered by Justice JS Verma on December 11, 1995 in the Supreme Court

Justice Verma’s ‘Hindutva’ judgments are fair and rational

BJP and its leaders have been constantly misquoting the apex court’s stand Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr In the wake of the Supreme Court’s seven-judge Constitution...
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Apex Court Sacks BCCI President Thakur and Secretary

SC also slaps contempt of court charge on Anurag Thakur, appoints two administrators to select new president, secretary   By Sujit Bhar The first working day...
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Use of Religion a taboo in polls, says Supreme Court

A seven-judge constitutional bench by a 4-3 verdict upholds Section 123 (3A) of the Representation of the People Act Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr It is indeed...
Important Judgments of 2016

Important Judgments of 2016

From rescuing elected state governments from President’s rule, allowing women into religious shrines and permitting them to terminate pregnancy well past 20 weeks, to...
The apex court has ruled that the tax will be paid by service provider and not the owner of the land or building where the mobile tower is situated. Photo: UNI

Local Bodies Can Levy Tax on Mobile Towers

The Supreme Court has ruled that the mobile towers fall under the purview of state legislation and hence liable to pay taxes By Parsa...
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Justice at last?

Will the problems of backlog of cases and vacancies of judges be resolved in 2017? On April 25, at a meeting of chief justices of...

The dropping of sex ratio still remains a social affliction and a disease: Supreme...

Voluntary Health Association of Punjab versus Union of India decided on 8th November, 2016 By Robin David The Supreme Court (Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva...
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Why was Shahabuddin granted bail?

India Legal show debates whether Nitish Kumar’s government is to be blamed for the RJD strongman Mohammad Shahabuddin getting bail By India Legal Bureau On October...
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Wrongly-Framed Persons: Scars of Innocence

A new network of lawyers, rights activists and those exonerated in terrorism-related cases dedicates itself to fight for compensation and rehabilitation of those wrongly...
Protests by students of JNU have been dubbed as seditious and anti-national. Photo: UNI

Section 124A—Scrap it or Tame it

The NGO Common Cause had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking amendments in Section 124A of IPC. The apex court dismissed the...
Litigants at the Tis Hazari court in Delhi. Photo: Anil Shakya

“Judges Should Take Breaks”: Justice K Chandru

In a surprisingly frank article, this former judge says the backlog of cases can be tackled not just by increasing the number of judges...
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Can Judges Get Blanket Protection? 

While the Judges Protection Act of 1985 gives protection to judges for acts done during the discharge of their duties, they are also made...
Oral observations have no sanctity in law: Devadatt Kamat

Oral observations have no sanctity in law: Devadatt Kamat

The opinion of the judiciary should be reflected only through judgments and orders and not through oral observations, be it on Kashmir or any...
Lawyers and journalists engage in fisticuffs at the Kerala High Court in Kochi

Black Robes Vs the Pen

Work came to stop in courts across Kerala as a confrontation between the press and the legal fraternity took an ugly turn. Finally, the...
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Of Gowns, Chapkans, Achkans and Dhotis

The origins of lawyers wearing black gowns lie in medieval England, In India, depending on the weather and the relevant high court, rules regarding...

Telangana government restrains unruly lawyers

The Telangana government has issued a circular directing district collectors, superintendents of police and police commissioners of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Warangal to ensure that...

9 Judge Constitution Bench Setup to examine the validity of separate entry taxes

The Supreme Court has decided to set up a 9 Judge Constitution Bench to examine the validity of separate entry taxes on goods, mandated...

The Central government postponed NEET @indialegalmedia broke the story first on 17th May

The Central government postponed the common medical test- National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for a year. Today, Union Cabinet approved promulgation of the ordinance in...

Beefed Up!

A Bombay High Court judgment said it was no longer illegal to possess or eat beef as long as it was from outside the...

The Judiciary as a Political Actor

A new book edited by Christophe Jeffrelot examines the challenges our neighbor faces from within and outside. In this excerpt on the judiciary, Philip...

Supreme Court Judges’ Retreat Begins At Bhopal; Discussion on Terrorism, Economic Growth & Globalization...

Supreme Court judges have decided to take a break from their judiciary duties and indulge in a three-day retreat at Bhopal. This would be...

Will homosexuality finally be legal?

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

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SC asks two senior Gujarat cops to step down

Two senior police officers from Gujarat, who were re-appointed by the Gujarat government after they had retired, were asked to put in their papers...
SC awards Rs 10 lakh compensation to Bihar rape victim

SC awards Rs 10 lakh compensation to Bihar rape victim

The HIV positive destitute woman who was raped on the streets of Patna and had become pregnant was awarded a compensation of Rs 10...
Supreme Court orders Delhi Bar Council to hold elections after December 31

SC wants a team of experts to take a call on mines in Karnataka

Above: Supreme Court The issue with regard to modalities that would govern the auction of the Category C mines in Karnataka, which were ordered to...
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Rape Case: Compromise, the Name of the Game

Gender stereotypes affect judgments in rape cases as was evident in two recent cases in the Delhi High Court which had different verdicts given...
SC asks Karti Chidambaram to appear before CBI and stays his foreign travel

SC asks Karti Chidambaram to appear before CBI and stays his foreign travel

Above: Karti Chidambaram. Photo: YouTube Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union minister P Chidambaram, will have to cooperate with the CBI by appearing in...

SC applauds demolition drive around Haji Ali dargah

Above: Haji Ali Dargah The Supreme Court on Monday (Aug 14) praised the efforts by the Maharashtra government and the Haji Ali Dargah Trust...
Article 35A should be taken up by a five-judge bench, says SC

Article 35A should be taken up by a five-judge bench, says SC

Above: Supreme Court The matter concerning Article 35A, which empowers the J&K legislature to take a call on permanent residents of the state came up...
RJD leader and former MP Shahabuddin (file picture). Photo: UNI

SC asks CBI to file probe report in Rajdeo Ranjan murder case

Above: RJD leader and former MP Shahabuddin (file picture). Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Monday (August 14) asked the CBI to file the...
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath inspecting children ward at BRD medical college in Gorakhpur. Photo: UNI

SC refuses to take suo motu cognizance of children deaths in Gorakhpur medical college

Above: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath inspecting children ward at BRD medical college in Gorakhpur. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court on Monday (Aug 14)...
Livestock rule stayed in its entirety by SC

Livestock rule stayed in its entirety by SC

Following the partial stay by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the whole of the cattle trade rule...
Ayodhya land dispute: SC to start hearings on December 5

Ayodhya land dispute: SC to start hearings on December 5

The Supreme Court on Friday (August 11) set December 5 as the day when it will start its hearings on the Ayodhya-Babri Masjid land dispute. On Friday,...
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Pakistan’s judiciary: A Handmaiden of the Army?

Above: Pakistan’s Supreme Court While Pakistanis are celebrating the disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, questions are being raised whether the powerful army is using...
SC: J&K affidavit on minority cell makes fun of us

SC: J&K affidavit on minority cell makes fun of us

Above: Kashmiri Pandits participating at a candle march to mark the Kashmiri Hindu Martyrs Day and demanding separate state for them, in New Delhi...
With SC order putting 1.78 lakh Siksha Mitras on the streets, huge unrest brews

With SC order putting 1.78 lakh Shiksha Mitras on the streets, huge unrest brews

 Above: A “topless” demonstration by Shiksha Mitras in Mathura. Photo: UNI Shiksha Mitras, or para-teachers, filled the basic educational infrastructure gap for children. In Uttar...
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Over Rs 2k crore sanctioned, but hardly any shelters built for homeless

 SC asks for status reports from all states and centre Over Rs 2,100 crore had been sanctioned by the central government to build shelters for...
NOTA: The Right to Reject

NOTA: The Right to Reject

Above: Women show evidence of exercising their right to vote. Photo: UNI The apex court has refused to stay the use of this option in...
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Diluting A Woman’s Weapon?

The apex court’s direction in a dowry/violence case calling for civil society’s intervention before using a stringent statute of the IPC on the basis...
RTI reveals mysterious thefts of EVMs; no effort at investigation by EC

RTI reveals mysterious thefts of EVMs; no effort at investigation by EC

Above: Officials inspecting the EVMs before elections. Photo: UNI Why would anybody steal an EVM if not to tamper with it? EC’s claim of EVMs...
Nainital district now exempt from SC’s liquor ban

Nainital district now exempt from SC’s liquor ban

Above: The SC-imposed liquor ban was lifted from most areas of the Nainital district. Photo: YouTube More areas in India are now exempt from...

Akhila case reaches the Supreme Court

Above: Shafin Jahan (left) and wife Hadia. Image sourced from Jahan’s Facebook page A special leave petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging...
SC grants Bengaluru blast accused interim bail to attend son’s wedding

SC grants Bengaluru blast accused interim bail to attend son’s wedding

Above: Abdul Nasser Madani Abdul Nasser Madani, the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts accused, has been granted a second interim bail, this time for 14 days...
EC files reply to SC on safety of EVMs

EC files reply to SC on safety of EVMs

A petition had been filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma in connection with the issue of tampering of EVMs. As per the petitioner, since...
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Cattle sale will be as per new rules, SC says

With Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar on Friday (August 4) submitting before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and DY Chandrachud that...
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SC refuses to grant interim stay on use of NOTA in Gujarat RS polls

Above: An EVM machine The Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar on Thursday (August 3) refused to grant interim stay...
Too late in the day to say privacy is not constitutionally protected

Too late in the day to say privacy is not constitutionally protected

Above: A gay pride parade. An affirmative answer on privacy as a fundamental right will reopen other fundamental issues, such as the right to...
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Transgender Bill: A Rainbow in the Sky

A report by a Standing Committee has made far-reaching recommendations on the controversial Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and has taken a...
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Hearings on privacy conclude, SC reserves verdict

sAs hearings on the privacy as a fundamental right case concluded in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (August 2), the nine-judge constitution bench, headed by...

SC imposes 100 percent penalty on illegal mining in Odisha

Above: A representational picture of sand mining. Photo: facebook The Supreme Court on Wednesday (August 2) came down heavily on illegal mining in Odisha...
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Delhi HC framing guidelines for journalists on reporting court proceedings

The plan is to also set up a training module for court reporters; court says it does not intend to regulate or control media While...
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Rape test changes: Centre fails to present report before Supreme Court

The prescribed tests to prove rape are so insensitive and intrusive, they add to the insult and pain that a rape victim has already...
Rajasthan HC asks sports bodies to follow Lodha proposals

Rajasthan HC judge orders all sports bodies in country to abide by Lodha recommendations

While it is still being debated between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA)...

Five banned substances will rob fireworks of sparkle and fizz

Fears of air and noise pollution, as well as severe health fears will rob firecrackers of a great deal of sparkle and verve this...
The BAE Systems’ 57MM Mk110 (internationally known as the Bofors’ 57Mk3) gun. India had bought a version of this gun. Picture: courtesy BAE Systems

Supreme Court may agree to reopen Bofors payoffs case, says BJP leader

Above: The BAE Systems’ 57MM Mk110 (internationally known as the Bofors’ 57Mk3) gun. India had bought a version of this gun. Picture: courtesy BAE...
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GM mustard: No plantation before govt clarification, says SC

In the hearing against the use of genetically modified mustard seeds in India, Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha on Monday (July 31) told the Supreme Court...
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A memorable day for Pakistani jurisprudence

Above: Nawaz Sharif has been barred from holding public office for life. Photo: UNI Five judges of the Supreme Court disqualify Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif...
POCSO: A GAP IN THE LAW

POCSO: A GAP IN THE LAW

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Inderjit Badhwar A long overdue piece of legislation aimed at safeguarding the rights, safety and privacy of kids was finally...
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MP Minister Mishra’s disqualification stayed by SC

Above: Narottam Mishra Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra received a relief from the Supreme Court on Friday (July 28) when the apex court stayed...
Medical board says too dangerous; SC denies MTP for 10-yr-old pregnant girl

Medical board says too dangerous; SC denies MTP for 10-yr-old pregnant girl

The Supreme Court on Friday (July 28) denied permission for Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) to a 10-year-old girl who is now nearly 30 weeks...
BCCI tells SC not to interfere in broadcast right bidding

BCCI tells SC not to interfere in broadcast right bidding

Above: The cricket board told the court that the bidding process was already on. Photo: YouTube BJP MP Subramanian Swamy is also into the Board...
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Panama Papers case: Pakistani SC orders Nawaz Sharif out of office

Above: The Supreme Court of Pakistan said that Nawaz Sharif was unfit to hold office, as he had been dishonest to Parliament. Photo: UNI Wonder...
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Dowry complaints will have to be verified before arrests: SC

The top court directs setting up of Family Welfare Committees in each district to verify complaints; court against pulling in all in-law family members in...

SC directs Centre to up the ante against tea companies for recovery of wages

Above: Workers plucking tea leaves at a tea garden at Mongaldai on the outskirts of Guwahati (file picture). Photo: UNI The plight of several...
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Illegal mining: SC orders CBI director to file report in 7 days

Above: Photo Courtesy facebook CBI had finally filed cases against two mining companies, but all are out on bail While, after long deliberations and persuasion,...
No stay on Indu Sarkar, SC upholds Bombay HC order

No stay on Indu Sarkar, SC upholds Bombay HC order

Indu Sarkar, a film by Madhur Bhandarkar, will be released at theatres on Friday (July 28). Priya Singh Paul, who claims to be the biological daughter...
SC bars Srini, Shah from attending BCCI SGM on July 26

SC bars Srini, Shah from attending BCCI SGM on July 26

Above: Niranjan Shah (left) and N Srinivasan (Photo: UNI) As expected, the overarching presence of expelled BCCI president N Srinivasan was removed from the Board...
SC allows 10-yr-old rape victim to undergo MTP

SC allows 10-yr-old rape victim to undergo MTP

The Supreme Court has, expectedly, overturned the shocking Chandigarh court order banning abortion in a case where a ten-year-old girl got pregnant through repeated...
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SC says no to reopening Kashmiri Pandits’ cases

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud on Monday (July 24) cited the near impossibility of getting evidence from 1989-90...
GM mustard: SC asks govt to have scientists file report on possible impact

GM mustard: SC asks govt to have scientists file report on possible impact

Above: A farmer spraying pesticide in his mustard field at Mayang village near Guwahati. Photo: UNI The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar...
10-year-old rape survivor moves SC for MTP

10-year-old rape survivor moves SC for MTP

In a recent shocking judgment, a Chandigarh court had refused to let a 10-year-old child rape victim to undergo MTP, citing that she was...
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POCSO case: In dealing with age, only defined physical age will be considered, says...

While formulating and enacting the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act of 2012, which defines a ‘child’ as a person under 18 years...
Not a Burning Issue

Not a Burning Issue

Above: The tradition of burning Ravan’s effigy has been in practice in many parts of northern India for centuries. Photo: UNI The apex court recently...
SC sets reasonable guidelines in realizing value of land for acquisition

SC sets reasonable guidelines in realizing value of land for acquisition

Singur agitation (above): The value of land remains indeterminable   Apex court says courts can always apply reasonable guesswork In the Vithal Rao and Ors. Vs...
Kashmir stone pelters throw cracker, Army opens fire, kill 1; FIR lodged

Kashmir stone pelters throw cracker, Army opens fire, kill 1; FIR lodged

Above: A security personnel keeps vigil at Lal Chowk, Srinagar. Photo: UNI The mounting tension within the security forces posted in the Kashmir valley came to...
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Govt says it will look into WhatsApp privacy issue

WhatsApp counsel says litigation initiated by telecom companies Along with the bigger issue of privacy as a fundamental right, an issue now being heard by...
NRI voting format: SC adjourns matter, but Centre okay in principle

NRI voting format: SC adjourns matter, but Centre okay in principle

Above: The centre had accepted the EC recommendations on voting options for NRIs. Photo: PIB The petition for exploring feasibility of alternative options for voting...
Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar gets MHA’s name deleted from cow vigilantism PIL list

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar gets MHA’s name deleted from cow vigilantism PIL list

Above: BJP president Amit Shah feeding a cow at Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. Photo: UNI The petition for action against cow protection...
SC privacy hearing Day 2: If India has agreed to privacy on international fora, why not in India?

SC privacy hearing Day 2: If India has agreed to privacy on international fora,...

Above: The Supreme Court will again hear the Aadhaar matter on July 25. Photo: UNI While hearing the case related to Aadhaar and the right to...
Ganga and Yamuna: Relief Floods In

Ganga and Yamuna: Relief Floods In

Above: Heavy encroachment spills onto the banks of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi in Devprayag. Photo: Anil Shakya In two reassuring moves, both the NGT and the...
Aadhaar case: SC refers privacy as a fundamental right issue to 9-judge bench

Aadhaar case: SC refers privacy as a fundamental right issue to 9-judge bench

Rest of the cases related to Aadhaar will be back with the same 5-judge bench The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and...
5 eminent doctors selected for MCI oversight committee

5 eminent doctors selected for MCI oversight committee

Solicitor General (SG) Ranjit Kumar on Tuesday (July 18) handed over to the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justices J...
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SC to allow 4 weeks for objections after govt decides on GM mustard

The case against genetically-modified (GM) mustard seeds came up for hearing on Monday (July 17) before the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and...