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The growing and steady barrage of ad hominem public attacks on sitting senior judges reveal how the Supreme Court has become an arena for target practice by politicians and opportunists from within and outside.
Even as the Covid conflagration rages and the nation hurtles towards an economic crisis of unfathomable proportions, controversies surrounding the judiciary continue to compete for the headlines as they have been doing for the last several weeks.

BOBDE’S BURDEN

Recently Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, wrote a letter dated 06.10.2020 to the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, S. A. Bobde, alleging that some High Court judges are attempting to protect the interests of the major opposition party, Telugu Desam Party,....
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New Delhi (ILNS): Seriousness of the crime itself can not be taken as a factor to uphold the conviction unless the conscience of the court is satisfied, said the Kerala High Court while setting aside the life imprisonment sentence given to five BJP party workers involved in murder of two persons out of a political feud. The Kerala High Court division Bench of Justice A. Hariprasad & Justice M. R. Anitha pronounces their verdict on an appeal filed by five persons convicted and sentenced r...

Bombay High Court asks Mumbai Police to summon Arnab Goswami if it wants to add his name in FIR as accused in TRP case

New Delhi (ILNS): The Bombay High Court today asked the Mumbai Police to issue summons to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami if the police intend to add his name to the FIR as an accused.

Kerala High Court dismisses govt challenge to Adani getting right to develop state capital’s airport

New Delhi (ILNS): The Kerala High Court has dismissed the state government's petition challenging the Central government decision to lease out the right of operation, management and development of the Thiruvananthapuram international airport to Adani Enterprises Limited.

Durga Puja pandals in West Bengal to be declared no-entry zones, orders Calcutta High Court; only select organizers can enter

In a latest development, today the Calcutta High Court ordered that all Durga Puja pandals in the state be declared no-entry zones. The order further stated that only the organizers can enter pandals, while name of those allowed to enter pandals should be displayed outside it.

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ASSAULTING THE BENCHES

The growing and steady barrage of ad hominem public attacks on sitting senior judges reveal how the Supreme Court has become an arena for target practice by politicians and opportunists from within and outside.

SVAMITVA Yojana Cards: Monetising land with the ability to impose property tax

In a laudable move by the centre, property cards have been distributed to those living in rural segments in order to deliver land ownership rights and allow them to use this as an asset for borrowing funds.

Law students write to Chief Justice of India over attack on judiciary

We are law students of various law schools. As students of law, we are taught in our class rooms that the independence of the judiciary is of utmost importance in protecting the pillars of a democracy.

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BOBDE’S BURDEN

Even as the Covid conflagration rages and the nation hurtles towards an economic crisis of unfathomable proportions, controversies surrounding the judiciary continue to compete for the headlines as they have been doing for the last several weeks.

Shaheen Bagh protest: Supreme Court verdict underlines public places can’t be held hostage

The apex court has disapproved of the way in which the Shaheen Bagh protests took place and ruled that such agitations must be in designated areas alone and public spaces cannot be occupied indefinitely.

Dispute resolution: Alternative and pre-litigation processes

A recent appeal in the Supreme Court by the Youth Bar Association of India has suggested that the processes be made mandatory. It said that if implemented these would avoid adding to the huge pendency of cases already existing in courts across the country.

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Kayasthas Nitin of BJP and Luv of INC should fight for Bankipur, but it’s not a two-horse race

The Bankipur assembly constituency of Patna Sahib, Bihar, goes to the polls in the second phase of elections to be held on November 3. And the Congress is likely to field Shatrughan Sinha’s son Luv as its candidate.

Experts unanimously agree FDs with banks, NBFCs must be 100% insured

The Rs 5 lakh limit in the insurance provided for fixed deposits is definitely not enough, agree participants in India Legal’s Special Show on APN News Channel

New labour code on Social Security has not been able to address overlapping definitions

A slew of amended labour laws were pushed through the Rajya Sabha session which ended on Wednesday. India Legal has already published an analysis of the Farm Bills that have been passed. India Legal has also discussed, in two previous instalments, two labour codes – the Code on Industrial Relations.

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Student denied admission in govt school due to age, moves Delhi High Court

New Delhi (ILNS): A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court by a student who has been refused admission to Class XI of Government Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, allegedly on the ground that he exceeded the age limit.

Covid infections: PIL in Calcutta High Court asks for a stay on community Durga pujas in Bengal

With the Mamata Banerjee government of West Bengal opening up the process of holding community Durga Pujas in the state as in earlier years, disregarding a possible wildfire spread of Covid infections, a PIL has been filed in the Calcutta High Court, asking for a stay on the decision of the government.

PIL in Supreme Court asks for directions to states to enforce model builder-buyer agreement

The Real Estate (Regulation And Development) Act, 2016 advocates the formulation of a model builder-buyer agreement, which is to act as a legal safeguard for upholding the rights of homebuyers.

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BOBDE’S BURDEN

Even as the Covid conflagration rages and the nation hurtles towards an economic crisis of unfathomable proportions, controversies surrounding the judiciary continue to compete for the headlines as they have been doing for the last several weeks.

Shaheen Bagh protest: Supreme Court verdict underlines public places can’t be held hostage

The apex court has disapproved of the way in which the Shaheen Bagh protests took place and ruled that such agitations must be in designated areas alone and public spaces cannot be occupied indefinitely.

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Karnataka High Court today ordered that in the absence of a law, central and state government agencies cannot deny any benefit to citizens if they don’t install Aarogya Setu App.

Gold smuggling case: Kerala High Court gives ex-bureaucrat protection from arrest till Oct 23

The Kerala High Court has stayed till October 23 the arrest of senior bureaucrat M. Sivasankar by the Customs department in the gold smuggling case. It will consider his anticipatory bail applications in cases registered by the Customs department as well as those by the Enforcement Directorate.

A tainted man, throwing ink at the top judiciary

Recently Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, wrote a letter dated 06.10.2020 to the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, S. A. Bobde, alleging that some High Court judges are attempting to protect the interests of the major opposition party, Telugu Desam Party,....

Mumbai court orders FIR against Kangana Ranaut and her sister for allegedly ‘spreading communal hatred’

New Delhi (ILNS): The Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court today ordered an FIR against actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel. The FIR was ordered after a private complaint was filed stating that Ranaut was “creating divisions between communities and spreading communal hatred.”
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