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A wall in RK Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil NaduPhoto UNI

Deface at Your Own Peril

Above: A wall in RK Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu/Photo: UNI In Tamil Nadu where elections are a riot of colours and noise, it...
Activists in Chennai protesting against the Transgenders Protection of Rights Bill/Photo: UNI

A Change of Heart?

Above: Activists in Chennai protesting against the Transgenders Protection of Rights Bill/Photo: UNI Despite all that Tamil Nadu has done for Transgenders, the Madras High...
Madras High Court

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

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

Cauvery: Rumble in the Reservoir

Above: Karnataka's water resources minister DK Shivakumar (right) indicates the site of the Mekedatu project on the Cauvery river/Photo: CM’s Office, Karnataka Tamil Nadu has...
Jayalalitha

Defamation Suits: A Lesson for All

Above: The practice of filing defamation cases by the Jayalalithaa government started in January 2012/Photo: UNI The Madras High Court has quashed a case filed...

Managing Disasters: Cyclonic Chaos

Above: Devastated coconut plantations in Tamil Nadu will take years to revive/Photo: Twitter/Gurumathavan The disaster struck by Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu is an apt...

Encroachments: A River Runs Through It

Above: Cooum river/Photo: Peter Fristedt/wikimedia.org The NGT has asked the state government to pay a fine of Rs 2 crore for delay in removing encroachments...

Madras Stays Online Sale Of Medicines On Plea From Drug Dealers

The Madras High Court stayed the sale of medicines online on an appeal from the Chennai based Tamil Nadu Chemists & Druggists Association. The...
Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

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

Above: President of Tamil Nadu BJP Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan ~By R Ramasubramanian  It seems that few BJP leaders skirmish with the judiciary in Tamil Nadu...
Tamil Nadu Moves SC Seeking Relaxation of Firecrackers Timings

Tamil Nadu Moves SC Seeking Relaxation of Firecrackers Timings

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday approached the Supreme Court seeking relaxation of the two hour time limit for fireworks celebrations during Diwali. It...
18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

The eighteen Tamil Nadu MLAs who were disqualified yesterday by the Madras High Court have said they will challenge the verdict in the Supreme...
To Ban Or Not To Ban Firecrackers: SC Will Decide On Tuesday

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

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday give verdict on multiple petitions that have sought a ban on the sale of firecrackers. The verdict is significant...
Manual Scavenging: Life Is The Pits

Manual Scavenging: Life Is The Pits

Above: A protest in Delhi against the non-implementation of the manual scavenging ban Though legislation outlawing Manual Scavenging is in place, rampant violations across the...
No Stay from SC on NGT’s Order To Reopen Tuticorn Sterlite Plant

NGT gives permission to remove hazardous substance from Sterlite Copper plant

A NGT bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel on Tuesday granted permission to Vedanta Ltd to remove hazardous substance containing Sulphur from its...
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI

Rajiv Gandhi Assassins: Clemency Dilemma

Above: Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to recommend the release of...
Tamil Nadu cabinet recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins to Governor

Tamil Nadu cabinet recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins to Governor

Seven convicted for the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi have been in prison for the past 27 years; death sentences of three had...
Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

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

A girl student who shouted anti-BJP slogans on board a flight in which one of her co-passengers was the state party president was arrested...
SC to take up Tamil Nadu plea on Sterlite Copper next week

SC to take up Tamil Nadu plea on Sterlite Copper next week

The Supreme Court will take up next week a plea by the Tamil Nadu government challenging the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order allowing mining...
P Pramod Kumar was cleared by the apex court of all charges but the Tamil Nadu government is yet to give him a fresh assignment

Suspension of Government Officers: Getting Away Lightly

Above: P Pramod Kumar was cleared by the apex court of all charges but the Tamil Nadu government is yet to give him a...
CBI to file fresh charges against Maran brothers

CBI to file fresh charges against Maran brothers

Above: Dayanidhi Maran (left) and Kalanithi Maran/photo:twitter.com The filing of fresh charges against Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanithi Maran in the infamous BSNL telephone exchange scandal...
The 100-year-old Mullaperiyar dam is located near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border

Mullaperiyar Dam: Fight Over Three Feet

Above: The 100-year-old Mullaperiyar dam is located near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border In the wake of the devastating deluge, Kerala and Tamil Nadu once again...
Supreme Court

Kerala floods: SC wants to know of possibility of reducing TN dam water level...

The Supreme Court became pro-active in trying to ameliorate the pains of the flood affected people of Kerala when, on Friday (August 17), it talked about...
Kerala Admits Plea Over Misuse Of Flood Relief Funds

Kerala floods: SC asks TN to keep water level in Mullaperiyar Dam at 142...

In view of the disastrous floods in Kerala, the Supreme Court on Thursday (August 16) directed the state of Tamil Nadu to maintain the water level...
Tamil Nadu: Big Shoes To Fill

Tamil Nadu: Big Shoes To Fill

With MK Stalin taking over as DMK chief from Muthuvel Karunanidhi who died last week, an early test of his leadership qualities awaits as...
NGT declines Vedanta’s request seeking to reopen and maintain Sterlite plant

NGT declines Vedanta’s request seeking to reopen and maintain Sterlite plant

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday (July 30) declined Vedanta’s request to grant interim stay on the Tamil Nadu government’s order to shut...
Jantar Mantar Protests: A Fine Balance

Jantar Mantar Protests: A Fine Balance

Above: A Supreme Court bench of Justices AK Sikri (top) and Ashok Bhushan insisted on guidelines to regulate protests instead of banning them altogether The...
SC to take up the plea challenging 69 per cent reservation in Tamil Nadu on July 23

SC to take up the plea challenging 69 per cent reservation in Tamil Nadu...

The apex court on Friday (July 20) said that it would take up the plea challenging 69 per cent reservation in all higher education...
Rampant Lynchings in India: The Macabre, Murderous Mobs

The Macabre, Murderous Mobs

Sheikh Naim was beaten to death on suspicion of being a child-lifter, in Seraikela-Kharsawa district of Jharkhand, in May 2017. Photo: Mid-day.com Social media acting...
Disqualified AIADMK legislators: SC appoints a third judge to break deadlock

Disqualified AIADMK legislators: SC appoints a third judge to break deadlock

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Wednesday (June 27) added a a third judge, Justice Satyanarayana, to hear and...
A representative image of a gutka shop. The illicit business of gutka in Tamil Nadu is worth several hundred crores

Gutka Scam: Chew on This!

Above: A representative image of a gutka shop. The illicit business of gutka in Tamil Nadu is worth several hundred crores With the apex court...
Supreme Court

Top court agrees to hear plea by families of dead in Thoothukkudi firing

Families of those who died in in police firing want a doctor of their choice on the board of doctors which is to conduct...
An artist’s impression of the proposed Jayalalithaa memorial on Marina Beach/Photo: UNI

Jayalalithaa Memorial: Crowning Corruption

Above: An artist’s impression of the proposed Jayalalithaa memorial on Marina Beach/Photo: UNI Environmentalists, political parties and anti-graft crusaders oppose the AIADMK government’s decision to...
Cops lathicharge protesters in Tuticorin on May 22

Sterlite Industry in Tuticorin: Exploding Discontent

Above: Cops lathicharge protesters in Tuticorin on May 22/Photo: UNI Massive protests in Tuticorin are the culmination of environmental damage by a polluting company...
AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

While the Madras High Court has reserved its order on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, it has dismissed a similar petition from the...
Draft scheme on Cauvery Management Board submitted to SC, Centre suggests two heads

Draft scheme on Cauvery Management Board submitted to SC, Centre suggests two heads

The Centre on Monday (May 14) after much delay finally submitted the draft scheme on Cauvery Management Board (CMB) to the Supreme Court. It...
Attorney General to Supreme Court: Cauvery scheme ready

Attorney General to Supreme Court: Cauvery scheme ready

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 8) directed Secretary, Water Resources Ministry, to be personally present in the court on May 14 after Attorney...
Supreme Court

SC rebukes Centre for not filing Cauvery Management Board draft

Above: Supreme Court The Supreme Court on Monday (April 9) rebuked the Central government for not following its order to constitute the Cauvery Management Board...
SC to hear TN contempt plea on April 9 against the Centre for its failure to set up CMB

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

The Supreme Court will hear contempt petition by Tamil Nadu Government on April 9 against the Centre for its failure to set up the...
Cauvery water dispute case: Centre files affidavit seeking clarification on the Cauvery scheme

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

In the Cauvery water dispute case, the Centre has filed an affidavit in the apex court demanding a clarification on the on the Cauvery...
Satire: An emergency meeting of the Famous Statues of India

Statue of Lamentations

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb Last week witnessed a historic event; an emergency meeting of the Famous Statues of India (FSI), a grouping...
Delhi HC directs EC to allot “pressure cooker” symbol to TTV Dhinakaran

Delhi HC directs EC to allot “pressure cooker” symbol to TTV Dhinakaran

Above: TTV Dhinakaran (file pic) The Delhi High Court on Friday (March 9) directed Election Commission of India (ECI) to allot pressure cooker symbol...
Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi

Revered Hindu seer Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi passes away at 82

Above: Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi One of the most revered Hindu seers, Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi, passed away on Wednesday (February 28) morning...
Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan to launch his political party from Madurai tomorrow

After months of preparing the ground for his debut in politics, Tamil film icon Kamal Haasan will finally launch his political outfit at a...
Political crisis in AIADMK Government: Courting Controversy

Courting Controversy

Above: DMK MLAs protesting in front of the Tamil Nadu assembly Speaker during the vote of confidence motion /Photo: UNI Tamil Nadu stares at a...
Cauvery water dispute verdict: Raising the bar

Raising The Bar

Above: The then DMK Treasurer MK Stalin extending support to a bandh called by Tamil Nadu farmers associations on the Cauvery water dispute in...
SC reduces Cauvery water allocation to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to get more because Bengaluru needs it

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

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

Conjugal Visits in Prison: The Human Touch

In a sensitive order, a Madurai bench grants a convict two weeks' leave to enjoy procreation rights and paves the way for more such...
SC refers jallikattu and bullock cart races matter to constitution bench

SC refers jallikattu and bullock cart races matter to constitution bench

The Supreme Court on Friday (February 2) sent the matter challenging the Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra’s laws to allow jallikattu and bullock cart races...
Will the huge fan following of Rajinikanth (left) and Kamal Haasan translate into votes?/Photo: Cinema.com

What Do the Stars Foretell?

Above: Will the huge fan following of Rajinikanth (left) and Kamal Haasan translate into votes?/Photo: Cinema.com Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, these political novices must compete...

Time for govt to consider allowing prisoners leave for conjugal visits: Madras HC

Observing that it was time for the government to consider whether prisoners could be allowed leave for paying conjugal visits to their spouse, the...
Rajiv assassination case: SC asks CBI to respond to Perarivalan’s plea

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

A Supreme Court Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumati, on Wednesday (January 24), issued notice to the CBI seeking its response to...
Journalists heckled, abused at Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital

Journalists heckled, abused at Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital

The reporters were interviewing a medical student who had attempted suicide alleging caste discrimination by other doctors at the hospital  A scuffle broke out at...
SC unhappy over non-appointment of Lokpal, asks Centre to file fresh affidavit in 4 weeks

Cauvery water dispute: SC disposes of an intervening plea

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 9) disposed of a plea seeking intervention in respect of legal battle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over...
Huge cutouts of Rajinikanth outside a cinema theatre in Bengaluru/Photo: mashable.com

Thalaivar’s New Avatar

Above: Huge cutouts of Rajinikanth outside a cinema theatre in Bengaluru/Photo: mashable.com Will the superstar’s foray into politics make a dent in established parties such...
Justice N Kirubakaran has been a permanent judge of the Madras High Court since 2011. Photo: Youtube

Justice N Kirubakaran: The Newsmaker Judge

Above: Justice N Kirubakaran has been a permanent judge of the Madras High Court since 2011. Photo: Youtube Known for his unconventional judgments, this Madras...
Photo courtesy www.periyartigerreserve.org

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

Above: Photo courtesy www.periyartigerreserve.org The Supreme Court on Monday (December 4) cancelled the “mega car parking” project in the area around the Periyar Tiger...
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, along with senior AIADMK leaders at a party meeting. The EC has ruled in the favour of the OPS-EPS faction. Photo: UNI

Setback for Sasikala, Dhinakaran as the two-leaves symbol goes to United AIADMK

Above: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, along with senior AIADMK leaders at a party meeting. The EC...
Cartoonist G Balakrishnan was arrested for lampooning the Tamil Nadu government for failing to prevent the suicide of a farmer and his family. Photo: Facebook

Cartoonist’s Arrest in Tamil Nadu: A Police State?

Above: Cartoonist G Balakrishnan was arrested for lampooning the Tamil Nadu government for failing to prevent the suicide of a farmer and his family....
Protests broke out in Tamil Nadu when Anita ended her life after she failed to clear the NEET. Photo: UNI

NEET: Nothing Neat Here!

The medical entrance exam has created so much turmoil in Tamil Nadu that the Supreme Court was forced to take note of it and...
Veerappan’s elder brother at SC’s door for remission of life sentence

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

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar on Friday (September 15) started hearing a petition of remission...
Palaniswami and Panneerselvam

EPS and OPS unite to keep AIADMK out of Sasikala’s clutches

Once fighting for Jayalalithaa’s legacy, AIADMK (Amma) faction led by chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma camp of O Panneerselvam unite, likely...
Photo courtesy Wikimedia

Bill makes buffalo racing legal again in Karnataka

Above: Photo courtesy Wikimedia Following jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, another animal sport has been taken out of the ambit of the Prevention of Cruelty to...
Tamil Nadu’s Higher Education Minister KP Anbazhagan inaugurates a cleanliness drive organised by the RSS in Dharmapuri. Photo: dailythanthi.com

Will the Lotus Bloom in TN?

BJP is slowly and surely making its moves in Tamil Nadu, and the release of Dinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, recently will only add to the...
Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India staging a demonstration in Chennai to condemn the killing of a Dalit youth who had married a caste Hindu girl. Photo: UNI

Caste, an Unsavoury Reality

This is an issue which often hits the headlines in India as seen in the Justice Karnan episode. Is there a better way to...
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...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

The pressure to get an edge over competition compels media houses to go to some extreme lengths. Few, however, have taken it the extreme...
Picture Credit: Bhavana Gaur

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...
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...
Photo Credit: Anil Shakya

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...
Election Commission of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

EC allots names & symbols to AIADMK factions

The Tamil Nadu scenario has finally gotten as weird as it possibly could. The original J Jayalalithaa-owned AIADMK symbol of “two leaves” was frozen...
Jat protestors block a road in Jind, Haryana, to demand reservation in government jobs. Photo: UNI

Jat agitation: On the Warpath Again

Even as this community is up in arms and threatens to march to Delhi, a PIL in the High Court has challenged the Haryana...
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...
Students and youth staging a demonstration at Marina Beach, Chennai, demanding lifting of the ban on Jallikattu. Photo: UNI

Jallikattu: Tamizh Pride and Prejudice

The protests at Marina Beach were not just about the ban on this sport. It was a reassertion of Tamil rights and a platform...
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...
Supreme Court

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...
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...
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...
Jayalalithaa was the first chief minister against whom the governor granted sanction for prosecution while in office in a corruption case. Photo: UNI

Jaya’s Judicial Battles

The legal battles of Tamil Nadu’s late leader have been legendary and long. While she won and lost cases stupendously over the last 23...
The argument that Jallikattu was a cultural event and hence could not be curtailed was not accepted by the apex court

Jallikattu: Hitting the Bull’s Eye

The Supreme Court has once again shown its humane side by dismissing a petition of the Tamil Nadu government asking it to lift the...

Madras HC’s verdict jolts net activists in Tamil Nadu

  A recent Madras High Court’s directive to YouTube and Google to provide the IP address and details of a user uploading defamatory content has...

Triggering Water Wars

Karnataka’s water-sharing policy raises questions of impropriety. And Cauvery is not the only river under dispute. The Mahadayi is also a point of contention,...
Muslim women hold placards in support of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board during a signature campaign in Ahmedabad.

UCC: Code of Controversy

As the center pushes for a Uniform Civil Code, it triggers a storm of protests and conflicting opinions on the timing and intent. It...
Justice Santosh Hegde

Today, Society Only Respects Money and Power: Justice Santosh Hegde

JUSTICE SANTOSH HEGDE is a respected former judge of the Supreme Court. He has also served as Solicitor General of India and Lokayukta for...
A uniform death certificate which includes circulatory and brain stem deaths will make it easier for families and hospitals as well as those in need of organs.

When Death Comes Calling…

Death in India is defined by two Acts—one which deals with circulatory death and the other with brain stem death. But experts are now...
Madras High Court

Madras High Court hit by fund crunch

In a sign of growing tension, the Tamil Nadu government has not given enough funds for the judiciary, forcing the Madras High Court to...
Cauvery River; protest against the SC order in Karnataka (photo: UNI)

Karnataka to release 12K cusecs of water: SC

The apex court hears Cauvery issue on a holiday, modifies its earlier order  In an important development on the Cauvery water dispute, the Supreme Court...
The Madras High Court’s stand on the case is a blessing for journalists in Tamil Nadu.

Judge Bats for Media Freedom

Even as conspiracy theories swirled regarding this sensational case, a judge upheld the rights of the media and stood up for democratic norms  ...
Madras High Court 1

Madras High Court bats for classical languages

In an outstanding judgment, the Madras High Court has said that Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Odia are classical languages, just like Tamil, bringing an...
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SC sanctions consecutive jail terms

The five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment recently clarified that a trial court could make a man held guilty...

Madras HC Advocates Association goes on strike

The Madras High Court Advocates Association decided on Monday (June 27) to go on strike from Tuesday (June 28) in protest against the recent...

Donor Deficiency

The shortage of organs for transplant is growing by the day. It is now clear that tweaking laws alone will not do and the...

Former MLA from Tamil Nadu, Bader Sayeed, files a fresh plea on triple-talaq in...

A former MLA from Tamil Nadu, Bader Sayeed, has filed a fresh plea in the Supreme Court asking to declare triple-talaq unconstitutional. According to...

Watch out for Big Brother!

In an unprecedented move, the High Court here has suspended a judicial magistrate for corruption. Will this send a message to the subordinate judiciary...

Advocate Files Case Over Unpaid Fees In Jayalalitha DA Matter

Advocate Satish R Giriji files case against Tamil Nadu Govt. over unpaid professional fees; He had assisted special public prosecutor in Jayalalitha DA Case. As...

'tamil nadu' - 94 News Results

A wall in RK Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil NaduPhoto UNI

Deface at Your Own Peril

Above: A wall in RK Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu/Photo: UNI In Tamil Nadu where elections are a riot of colours and noise, it...
Activists in Chennai protesting against the Transgenders Protection of Rights Bill/Photo: UNI

A Change of Heart?

Above: Activists in Chennai protesting against the Transgenders Protection of Rights Bill/Photo: UNI Despite all that Tamil Nadu has done for Transgenders, the Madras High...
Madras High Court

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

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

Cauvery: Rumble in the Reservoir

Above: Karnataka's water resources minister DK Shivakumar (right) indicates the site of the Mekedatu project on the Cauvery river/Photo: CM’s Office, Karnataka Tamil Nadu has...
Jayalalitha

Defamation Suits: A Lesson for All

Above: The practice of filing defamation cases by the Jayalalithaa government started in January 2012/Photo: UNI The Madras High Court has quashed a case filed...

Managing Disasters: Cyclonic Chaos

Above: Devastated coconut plantations in Tamil Nadu will take years to revive/Photo: Twitter/Gurumathavan The disaster struck by Cyclone Gaja in Tamil Nadu is an apt...

Encroachments: A River Runs Through It

Above: Cooum river/Photo: Peter Fristedt/wikimedia.org The NGT has asked the state government to pay a fine of Rs 2 crore for delay in removing encroachments...

Madras Stays Online Sale Of Medicines On Plea From Drug Dealers

The Madras High Court stayed the sale of medicines online on an appeal from the Chennai based Tamil Nadu Chemists & Druggists Association. The...
Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

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

Above: President of Tamil Nadu BJP Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan ~By R Ramasubramanian  It seems that few BJP leaders skirmish with the judiciary in Tamil Nadu...
Tamil Nadu Moves SC Seeking Relaxation of Firecrackers Timings

Tamil Nadu Moves SC Seeking Relaxation of Firecrackers Timings

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday approached the Supreme Court seeking relaxation of the two hour time limit for fireworks celebrations during Diwali. It...
18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

The eighteen Tamil Nadu MLAs who were disqualified yesterday by the Madras High Court have said they will challenge the verdict in the Supreme...
To Ban Or Not To Ban Firecrackers: SC Will Decide On Tuesday

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

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday give verdict on multiple petitions that have sought a ban on the sale of firecrackers. The verdict is significant...
Manual Scavenging: Life Is The Pits

Manual Scavenging: Life Is The Pits

Above: A protest in Delhi against the non-implementation of the manual scavenging ban Though legislation outlawing Manual Scavenging is in place, rampant violations across the...
No Stay from SC on NGT’s Order To Reopen Tuticorn Sterlite Plant

NGT gives permission to remove hazardous substance from Sterlite Copper plant

A NGT bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel on Tuesday granted permission to Vedanta Ltd to remove hazardous substance containing Sulphur from its...
Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI

Rajiv Gandhi Assassins: Clemency Dilemma

Above: Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka at their father’s memorial. Both have forgiven his killers/Photo: UNI The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to recommend the release of...
Tamil Nadu cabinet recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins to Governor

Tamil Nadu cabinet recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins to Governor

Seven convicted for the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi have been in prison for the past 27 years; death sentences of three had...
Girl student who shouted “Down with Modi” on airplane arrested, released

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

A girl student who shouted anti-BJP slogans on board a flight in which one of her co-passengers was the state party president was arrested...
SC to take up Tamil Nadu plea on Sterlite Copper next week

SC to take up Tamil Nadu plea on Sterlite Copper next week

The Supreme Court will take up next week a plea by the Tamil Nadu government challenging the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order allowing mining...
P Pramod Kumar was cleared by the apex court of all charges but the Tamil Nadu government is yet to give him a fresh assignment

Suspension of Government Officers: Getting Away Lightly

Above: P Pramod Kumar was cleared by the apex court of all charges but the Tamil Nadu government is yet to give him a...
CBI to file fresh charges against Maran brothers

CBI to file fresh charges against Maran brothers

Above: Dayanidhi Maran (left) and Kalanithi Maran/photo:twitter.com The filing of fresh charges against Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanithi Maran in the infamous BSNL telephone exchange scandal...
The 100-year-old Mullaperiyar dam is located near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border

Mullaperiyar Dam: Fight Over Three Feet

Above: The 100-year-old Mullaperiyar dam is located near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border In the wake of the devastating deluge, Kerala and Tamil Nadu once again...
Supreme Court

Kerala floods: SC wants to know of possibility of reducing TN dam water level...

The Supreme Court became pro-active in trying to ameliorate the pains of the flood affected people of Kerala when, on Friday (August 17), it talked about...
Kerala Admits Plea Over Misuse Of Flood Relief Funds

Kerala floods: SC asks TN to keep water level in Mullaperiyar Dam at 142...

In view of the disastrous floods in Kerala, the Supreme Court on Thursday (August 16) directed the state of Tamil Nadu to maintain the water level...
Tamil Nadu: Big Shoes To Fill

Tamil Nadu: Big Shoes To Fill

With MK Stalin taking over as DMK chief from Muthuvel Karunanidhi who died last week, an early test of his leadership qualities awaits as...
NGT declines Vedanta’s request seeking to reopen and maintain Sterlite plant

NGT declines Vedanta’s request seeking to reopen and maintain Sterlite plant

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday (July 30) declined Vedanta’s request to grant interim stay on the Tamil Nadu government’s order to shut...
Jantar Mantar Protests: A Fine Balance

Jantar Mantar Protests: A Fine Balance

Above: A Supreme Court bench of Justices AK Sikri (top) and Ashok Bhushan insisted on guidelines to regulate protests instead of banning them altogether The...
SC to take up the plea challenging 69 per cent reservation in Tamil Nadu on July 23

SC to take up the plea challenging 69 per cent reservation in Tamil Nadu...

The apex court on Friday (July 20) said that it would take up the plea challenging 69 per cent reservation in all higher education...
Rampant Lynchings in India: The Macabre, Murderous Mobs

The Macabre, Murderous Mobs

Sheikh Naim was beaten to death on suspicion of being a child-lifter, in Seraikela-Kharsawa district of Jharkhand, in May 2017. Photo: Mid-day.com Social media acting...
Disqualified AIADMK legislators: SC appoints a third judge to break deadlock

Disqualified AIADMK legislators: SC appoints a third judge to break deadlock

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Wednesday (June 27) added a a third judge, Justice Satyanarayana, to hear and...
A representative image of a gutka shop. The illicit business of gutka in Tamil Nadu is worth several hundred crores

Gutka Scam: Chew on This!

Above: A representative image of a gutka shop. The illicit business of gutka in Tamil Nadu is worth several hundred crores With the apex court...
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Top court agrees to hear plea by families of dead in Thoothukkudi firing

Families of those who died in in police firing want a doctor of their choice on the board of doctors which is to conduct...
An artist’s impression of the proposed Jayalalithaa memorial on Marina Beach/Photo: UNI

Jayalalithaa Memorial: Crowning Corruption

Above: An artist’s impression of the proposed Jayalalithaa memorial on Marina Beach/Photo: UNI Environmentalists, political parties and anti-graft crusaders oppose the AIADMK government’s decision to...
Cops lathicharge protesters in Tuticorin on May 22

Sterlite Industry in Tuticorin: Exploding Discontent

Above: Cops lathicharge protesters in Tuticorin on May 22/Photo: UNI Massive protests in Tuticorin are the culmination of environmental damage by a polluting company...
AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

While the Madras High Court has reserved its order on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, it has dismissed a similar petition from the...
Draft scheme on Cauvery Management Board submitted to SC, Centre suggests two heads

Draft scheme on Cauvery Management Board submitted to SC, Centre suggests two heads

The Centre on Monday (May 14) after much delay finally submitted the draft scheme on Cauvery Management Board (CMB) to the Supreme Court. It...
Attorney General to Supreme Court: Cauvery scheme ready

Attorney General to Supreme Court: Cauvery scheme ready

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 8) directed Secretary, Water Resources Ministry, to be personally present in the court on May 14 after Attorney...
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SC rebukes Centre for not filing Cauvery Management Board draft

Above: Supreme Court The Supreme Court on Monday (April 9) rebuked the Central government for not following its order to constitute the Cauvery Management Board...
SC to hear TN contempt plea on April 9 against the Centre for its failure to set up CMB

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

The Supreme Court will hear contempt petition by Tamil Nadu Government on April 9 against the Centre for its failure to set up the...
Cauvery water dispute case: Centre files affidavit seeking clarification on the Cauvery scheme

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

In the Cauvery water dispute case, the Centre has filed an affidavit in the apex court demanding a clarification on the on the Cauvery...
Satire: An emergency meeting of the Famous Statues of India

Statue of Lamentations

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence ~By Dilip Bobb Last week witnessed a historic event; an emergency meeting of the Famous Statues of India (FSI), a grouping...
Delhi HC directs EC to allot “pressure cooker” symbol to TTV Dhinakaran

Delhi HC directs EC to allot “pressure cooker” symbol to TTV Dhinakaran

Above: TTV Dhinakaran (file pic) The Delhi High Court on Friday (March 9) directed Election Commission of India (ECI) to allot pressure cooker symbol...
Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi

Revered Hindu seer Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi passes away at 82

Above: Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi One of the most revered Hindu seers, Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi of Kanchi, passed away on Wednesday (February 28) morning...
Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan to launch his political party from Madurai tomorrow

After months of preparing the ground for his debut in politics, Tamil film icon Kamal Haasan will finally launch his political outfit at a...
Political crisis in AIADMK Government: Courting Controversy

Courting Controversy

Above: DMK MLAs protesting in front of the Tamil Nadu assembly Speaker during the vote of confidence motion /Photo: UNI Tamil Nadu stares at a...
Cauvery water dispute verdict: Raising the bar

Raising The Bar

Above: The then DMK Treasurer MK Stalin extending support to a bandh called by Tamil Nadu farmers associations on the Cauvery water dispute in...
SC reduces Cauvery water allocation to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to get more because Bengaluru needs it

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

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

Conjugal Visits in Prison: The Human Touch

In a sensitive order, a Madurai bench grants a convict two weeks' leave to enjoy procreation rights and paves the way for more such...
SC refers jallikattu and bullock cart races matter to constitution bench

SC refers jallikattu and bullock cart races matter to constitution bench

The Supreme Court on Friday (February 2) sent the matter challenging the Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra’s laws to allow jallikattu and bullock cart races...
Will the huge fan following of Rajinikanth (left) and Kamal Haasan translate into votes?/Photo: Cinema.com

What Do the Stars Foretell?

Above: Will the huge fan following of Rajinikanth (left) and Kamal Haasan translate into votes?/Photo: Cinema.com Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, these political novices must compete...

Time for govt to consider allowing prisoners leave for conjugal visits: Madras HC

Observing that it was time for the government to consider whether prisoners could be allowed leave for paying conjugal visits to their spouse, the...
Rajiv assassination case: SC asks CBI to respond to Perarivalan’s plea

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

A Supreme Court Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumati, on Wednesday (January 24), issued notice to the CBI seeking its response to...
Journalists heckled, abused at Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital

Journalists heckled, abused at Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital

The reporters were interviewing a medical student who had attempted suicide alleging caste discrimination by other doctors at the hospital  A scuffle broke out at...
SC unhappy over non-appointment of Lokpal, asks Centre to file fresh affidavit in 4 weeks

Cauvery water dispute: SC disposes of an intervening plea

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 9) disposed of a plea seeking intervention in respect of legal battle between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over...
Huge cutouts of Rajinikanth outside a cinema theatre in Bengaluru/Photo: mashable.com

Thalaivar’s New Avatar

Above: Huge cutouts of Rajinikanth outside a cinema theatre in Bengaluru/Photo: mashable.com Will the superstar’s foray into politics make a dent in established parties such...
Justice N Kirubakaran has been a permanent judge of the Madras High Court since 2011. Photo: Youtube

Justice N Kirubakaran: The Newsmaker Judge

Above: Justice N Kirubakaran has been a permanent judge of the Madras High Court since 2011. Photo: Youtube Known for his unconventional judgments, this Madras...
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SC cancels “mega car parking” project around the Periyar Tiger Reserve

Above: Photo courtesy www.periyartigerreserve.org The Supreme Court on Monday (December 4) cancelled the “mega car parking” project in the area around the Periyar Tiger...
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, along with senior AIADMK leaders at a party meeting. The EC has ruled in the favour of the OPS-EPS faction. Photo: UNI

Setback for Sasikala, Dhinakaran as the two-leaves symbol goes to United AIADMK

Above: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, along with senior AIADMK leaders at a party meeting. The EC...
Cartoonist G Balakrishnan was arrested for lampooning the Tamil Nadu government for failing to prevent the suicide of a farmer and his family. Photo: Facebook

Cartoonist’s Arrest in Tamil Nadu: A Police State?

Above: Cartoonist G Balakrishnan was arrested for lampooning the Tamil Nadu government for failing to prevent the suicide of a farmer and his family....
Protests broke out in Tamil Nadu when Anita ended her life after she failed to clear the NEET. Photo: UNI

NEET: Nothing Neat Here!

The medical entrance exam has created so much turmoil in Tamil Nadu that the Supreme Court was forced to take note of it and...
Veerappan’s elder brother at SC’s door for remission of life sentence

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

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar on Friday (September 15) started hearing a petition of remission...
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EPS and OPS unite to keep AIADMK out of Sasikala’s clutches

Once fighting for Jayalalithaa’s legacy, AIADMK (Amma) faction led by chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma camp of O Panneerselvam unite, likely...
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Bill makes buffalo racing legal again in Karnataka

Above: Photo courtesy Wikimedia Following jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, another animal sport has been taken out of the ambit of the Prevention of Cruelty to...
Tamil Nadu’s Higher Education Minister KP Anbazhagan inaugurates a cleanliness drive organised by the RSS in Dharmapuri. Photo: dailythanthi.com

Will the Lotus Bloom in TN?

BJP is slowly and surely making its moves in Tamil Nadu, and the release of Dinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, recently will only add to the...
Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India staging a demonstration in Chennai to condemn the killing of a Dalit youth who had married a caste Hindu girl. Photo: UNI

Caste, an Unsavoury Reality

This is an issue which often hits the headlines in India as seen in the Justice Karnan episode. Is there a better way to...
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...
Media watch: Latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

The Fourth Estate

The pressure to get an edge over competition compels media houses to go to some extreme lengths. Few, however, have taken it the extreme...
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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...
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...
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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...
Election Commission of India. Photo: Anil Shakya

EC allots names & symbols to AIADMK factions

The Tamil Nadu scenario has finally gotten as weird as it possibly could. The original J Jayalalithaa-owned AIADMK symbol of “two leaves” was frozen...
Jat protestors block a road in Jind, Haryana, to demand reservation in government jobs. Photo: UNI

Jat agitation: On the Warpath Again

Even as this community is up in arms and threatens to march to Delhi, a PIL in the High Court has challenged the Haryana...
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...
Students and youth staging a demonstration at Marina Beach, Chennai, demanding lifting of the ban on Jallikattu. Photo: UNI

Jallikattu: Tamizh Pride and Prejudice

The protests at Marina Beach were not just about the ban on this sport. It was a reassertion of Tamil rights and a platform...
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...
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...
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...
Jayalalithaa was the first chief minister against whom the governor granted sanction for prosecution while in office in a corruption case. Photo: UNI

Jaya’s Judicial Battles

The legal battles of Tamil Nadu’s late leader have been legendary and long. While she won and lost cases stupendously over the last 23...
The argument that Jallikattu was a cultural event and hence could not be curtailed was not accepted by the apex court

Jallikattu: Hitting the Bull’s Eye

The Supreme Court has once again shown its humane side by dismissing a petition of the Tamil Nadu government asking it to lift the...

Madras HC’s verdict jolts net activists in Tamil Nadu

  A recent Madras High Court’s directive to YouTube and Google to provide the IP address and details of a user uploading defamatory content has...

Triggering Water Wars

Karnataka’s water-sharing policy raises questions of impropriety. And Cauvery is not the only river under dispute. The Mahadayi is also a point of contention,...
Muslim women hold placards in support of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board during a signature campaign in Ahmedabad.

UCC: Code of Controversy

As the center pushes for a Uniform Civil Code, it triggers a storm of protests and conflicting opinions on the timing and intent. It...
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Today, Society Only Respects Money and Power: Justice Santosh Hegde

JUSTICE SANTOSH HEGDE is a respected former judge of the Supreme Court. He has also served as Solicitor General of India and Lokayukta for...
A uniform death certificate which includes circulatory and brain stem deaths will make it easier for families and hospitals as well as those in need of organs.

When Death Comes Calling…

Death in India is defined by two Acts—one which deals with circulatory death and the other with brain stem death. But experts are now...
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Madras High Court hit by fund crunch

In a sign of growing tension, the Tamil Nadu government has not given enough funds for the judiciary, forcing the Madras High Court to...
Cauvery River; protest against the SC order in Karnataka (photo: UNI)

Karnataka to release 12K cusecs of water: SC

The apex court hears Cauvery issue on a holiday, modifies its earlier order  In an important development on the Cauvery water dispute, the Supreme Court...
The Madras High Court’s stand on the case is a blessing for journalists in Tamil Nadu.

Judge Bats for Media Freedom

Even as conspiracy theories swirled regarding this sensational case, a judge upheld the rights of the media and stood up for democratic norms  ...
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Madras High Court bats for classical languages

In an outstanding judgment, the Madras High Court has said that Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Odia are classical languages, just like Tamil, bringing an...
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SC sanctions consecutive jail terms

The five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment recently clarified that a trial court could make a man held guilty...

Madras HC Advocates Association goes on strike

The Madras High Court Advocates Association decided on Monday (June 27) to go on strike from Tuesday (June 28) in protest against the recent...

Donor Deficiency

The shortage of organs for transplant is growing by the day. It is now clear that tweaking laws alone will not do and the...

Former MLA from Tamil Nadu, Bader Sayeed, files a fresh plea on triple-talaq in...

A former MLA from Tamil Nadu, Bader Sayeed, has filed a fresh plea in the Supreme Court asking to declare triple-talaq unconstitutional. According to...

Watch out for Big Brother!

In an unprecedented move, the High Court here has suspended a judicial magistrate for corruption. Will this send a message to the subordinate judiciary...

Advocate Files Case Over Unpaid Fees In Jayalalitha DA Matter

Advocate Satish R Giriji files case against Tamil Nadu Govt. over unpaid professional fees; He had assisted special public prosecutor in Jayalalitha DA Case. As...

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