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The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha, and Justice JB Pardiwala have instructed the Meghalaya High Court to defer the Assam–Meghalaya border pact hearing till the matter remained pending in the Supreme Court. The Apex Court had earlier put stay on the order of Meghalaya High Court that had put an interim stay on the execution of the Assam-Meghalaya border pact,subsequent to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) dated 29.03.2022 between th...

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Setting the boundaries

Protests have erupted across Kerala after the state government made public a satellite survey report on areas that are to fall within the proposed buffer zone around 22 wildlife sanctuaries and parks in line with the Supreme Court directions. The protests are against what they say is the government’s “hasty” satellite survey of forest areas.

Freedom from ignominy

In various judgments, the Court has reiterated that bail is the rule and jail is the exception. The accused must have his freedom in order to establish his innocence, it said.

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Why judicial discretion in bail?

By Amit Subhash Dubey The purpose of bail is ...

Need of the hour: Judicial diversity

Government’s objection to Saurabh Kirpal’s appointment as a High Court judge because of his sexual orientation goes against the Constitution. Should a lesson be learnt from diverse benches of the UK and US judiciaries?

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Bad times for Indians in American tech

When the hi-tech sector in America sheds tens of thousands of jobs, the tsunami of firings is felt globally, especially in India, because so many Indians work abroad in the technology sector. These companies are not on the brink of financial ruin. Quite the contrary, so why shed people?

Upping the Ante

As the centre’s calls for reforms in the system get strident, questions of primacy of the executive over the judiciary have raised concerns. Objections by the executive betray a sense of insecurity.

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Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju praised the Central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking initiative and working for the improvement of courts and facilities for judges. He, however, said even after so much of work, the PM is still accused of hijacking the judiciary. Appearing on the TV show Aap ki Adalat, Rijiju talked about all that PM Modi has done in 8.5 years to improve facilities for judges by making court halls, lawyers chambers etc. The Law Min...

Calcutta High Court dismisses PIL opposing transfer of five acres of University land to West Bengal Tourism department

Calcutta High Court dismisses Public Interest Litigation objecting to the transfer of five acres of land of the University of North Bengal to the Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal to establish a Hotel Management Institute

Basic structure doctrine is here to stay, attempts to undo it have failed in the past: Rohinton Nariman

Retired Justice Rohinton Nariman has said that attempts have been made in the past twice to undo the basic structure doctrine laid down in the Kesavanda Bharti's case, which barred Parliament from amending or altering the basic structure of the Constitution, but have failed miserably. 
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