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DÉJÀ VU IN MAHARASHTRA

By Inderjit Badhwar Even as the unholy alliance of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress is poised to form a new government in Maharashtra following...

Disqualification of MLAs: The Defection Dilemma

Above: Congress and JD(S) MLAs after submitting their resignations to the Karnataka governor/Photo: UNI While the latest judgment of the apex court on disqualification...
Supreme Court

CJI Office Under RTI: Balancing Act

Above: The Supreme Court has said that the office of the CJI is a public authority under the RTI Act The apex court’s judgment on...
Parliament

Citizenship, Data Protection Bills on centre’s agenda for Winter Session

The Parliament session is scheduled from November 18 to December 13. With just two days left for the Winter Session that begins Monday, the...

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had a no stage, no speech farewell

He may no longer be physically present in the Supreme Court, but a part of him will always be here, outgoing Chief Justice of...

Pegasus mess

By Neeraj Mishra The Baghel government wants to pin down the Israeli spyware firm NSO for intrusion of privacy but it does not know where...
Air Pollution: Promises to Keep

Air pollution: SC directs Centre to prepare plan for installation of air-purifying towers in...

The Supreme Court on Friday asked Centre to prepare an outline for installation of air-purifying towers to rein-in the pollution crisis in Delhi-NCR region. The...

SC dismisses ED’s plea against bail granted to Congress leader Shivakumar

Expressing displeasure at the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) move challenging the bail granted to Congress Karnataka leader DK Shivakumar in a money laundering case, the...
Sabarimala Temple

Sabarimala Tussle Goes To Seven Judge Bench, Women Can Pray, For Now

The Supreme Court, on Thursday, decided to refer the 65 review and writ petitions challenging the entry of women of all ages into Sabarimala...
Air Pollution: Promises to Keep

Stubble Burning – The Problem and Solutions

By Pravir Kumar The whole country is concerned about the thick smog enveloping North India, especially the National Capital Region (NCR). Apart from factors like...
Rafale Review

SC dismisses Rafale review petitions

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed review petitions seeking to re-examine its December 14, 2018 verdict which said that there was no corruption in...

Sabarimala Review: Supreme Court refers issue to larger bench

Supreme Court has said that a seven judge bench will hear the petition on temple entry of women at the Sabarimala temple. 10.44 - Religion is...

Supreme Court verdicts on Sabarimala, Rafale review petitions tomorrow

It’s going to be another busy day for Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi before he retires on November 17. He has some big...
Supreme Court

Chief Justice Of India’s office comes under RTI Act, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court confirmed today that the Chief Justice of India's office comes under the Right to Information (RTI) Act emphasising that "in a...
Sabarimala Temple

Supreme Court To Give Verdict On Sabarimala Review Petitions Tomorrow

  The Supreme Court will give its verdict tomorrow  on a clutch of review petitions seeking to overturn the Sabarimala judgement of September 2018  that...
Karnataka MLAs disqualification

17 Karnataka MLAs remain disqualified, but can contest upcoming bypolls: SC

The Supreme Court has today upheld former Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s decision to disqualify 17 rebel MLAs in July this year. The...
Supreme Court

Ayodhya Dispute: A Verdict at Last

The longest and most contentious suit in Indian judicial history finally gets closure with a structured judgment from the Constitution bench, but questions remain...

KASHMIRI CONUNDRUMS

By Inderjit Badhwar For most of last week, the Supreme Court has been neck-deep in tackling a slew of petitions on the constitutional, administrative and law-and-order...

Long Wait For Justice

A remedy to reduce the number of those behind bars due to delays by High Courts in hearing their appeals, continues to be elusive....
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

Ayodhya Verdict: SC allots disputed land to Ram temple, Muslims to get alternate land...

The Supreme Court on Saturday brought the long drawn-out Ayodhya land dispute to an end by formulating a scheme mandating land for both the...

Let Us All Build The Ram Mandir Together: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Saturday that the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya should not be seen as a win or loss...
Vishwa Hindu Parishad workers at the disputed site in Ayodhya/Photo: UNI

From “not satisfied” to calls for peace, the country reacts to Supreme Court’s Ayodhya...

The Supreme Court has delivered a historic verdict in the Ayodhya case – the disputed land has been given to a government-run trust for...

Reactions to Supreme Court Ayodhya Verdict: Swift and Predictable

Within minutes after the CJI Ranjan Gogoi finished reading out the final verdict on Ayodhya, reactions began to pour in. They were swift and...
Amit Shah

Ayodhya: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Holds High Level Security Review Meeting

Even as the much awaited final verdict on Ayodhya was being read out in the Supreme Court by the CJI Ranjan Gogoi, the Union...
The Babri Masjid site with Ram Janmasthan and Sita ki Rasoi/Photo Courtesy: Konark Publishers

Whose Land Is It Anyway: Ayodhya Timeline

1528: A mosque is built by one of the commanders of Babur in Ayodhya, and is named after the Mughal emperor. It has been...
SC may re-include Advani and others as accused in Babri case

Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi verdict LIVE: “Be it Ram Bhakti or Rahim Bhakti…” tweets PM...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Ayodhya verdict by the Supreme Court will "reaffirm people's faith in judicial process". While urging all to maintain...
Justice Akil Kureshi

Stalemate on appointment of Justice Akil Kureshi as CJ of Tripura HC ends as...

After much dilly-dallying, the Centre on Friday cleared the decks for Justice Akil Kureshi’s appointment as Chief Justice of Tripura HC. Issuing a notification, the...
he Ayodhya case is being heard by a Constitution Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (centre) and (from left) Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer

A Routine notice fuels much speculation on Ayodhya

A notice on the Supreme Court’s official website that announced the cancellation of Friday’s sittings in Court no. 9 and 14 where Hon’ble Justices...
Judgment Day: Quietly Hopeful

Ayodhya case verdict to be pronounced at 10.30 am

The judgment in the Ayodhya land title dispute case will be pronounced on Saturday at 10.30 am, the SC registry said. “Take notice that the...
Death penalties in India witnesses significant dip in 2017, says NLU report

SC Upholds Death Penalty in Coimbatore 2010 Rape cum Murder Case

Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence and dismissed the petition of a man who had sought review of its original verdict for...
Delhi High Court

The Bar & the Police are the preserver & the protector, of rule of...

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday rejected the review petition of its November 3 order, preferred by the Delhi Police in the suo moto...
The BCI has made its intent of weeding out fake lawyers known

Tis Hazari clash updates: Court issues notice to Bar Council Of India, & more

Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notices to Bar Council of India, Delhi High Court Bar Association and all the district Bar Associations of...
Supreme Court

A Delicate Balance

Rarely does the Supreme Court of India attract international scrutiny but last week witnessed one such occasion with the United Nations High Commissioner for...

Ramdev Case: A Balancing Act

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence In a landmark ruling, the Delhi High Court ordered social media giants to remove on a global basis content defamatory...

Freedom First

In a refreshing move, the apex court followed the principle of free and fair trial in giving bail in the Chidambaram case and showed...

Law & order situation at Tis Hazari Court as cop shoots lawyer

Situation at Tis Hazari Court quickly turned for the worse today when an argument between a cop and a lawyer outside the lock-up compound...

Medical Board Says P Chidambaram Doesn’t Need Hospitalisation, Congress Leader To Continue Stay In...

In a setback to former finance minister P Chidambaram, the Delhi High Court disposed of his petition seeking interim bail to seek treatment from...

CJI Designate Justice SA Bobde outlines his priorities for the top judicial post

CJI Designate Justice SA Bobde has outlined his priorities for the top judicial post in the country. Justice Bobde who is set to take oath...

Jammu & Kashmir bifurcates to Two Union Territories Today

India now officially has 28 States and 9 Union Territories. Jammu and Kashmir state ceased to exist from midnight, giving way to the UT...
P Chidambaram

Delhi HC Asks AIIMS To Form Medical Panel To Assess P Chidambaram’s Health

The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the AIIMS in Delhi to constitute a medical board to examine and treat former union minister P...

President Kovind signs warrant appointing Justice SA Bobde as next CJI

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday signed a warrant appointing Justice SA Bobde as next Chief Justice of India. Justice Bobde will take oath as...

THE CJI’S CROWN OF THORNS

By Inderjit Badhwar Our cover story this week zooms in on Sharad Arvind Bobde who will be sworn in on November 18 as India’s 47th...

Justice SA Bobde: Peacemaker at the Helm

Above: Justice Bobde is uniquely qualified to take up the many challenges facing the apex court/Photo: Anil Shakya As the future head of the...

Chief Information Commissioner: Costly Downgrade

Above: A group of activists protests against amendments in the RTI Act. The Opposition claims that the government is trying to choke the information...
P Chidambaram

INX Media case: P Chidambaram ED’s custody extended till Oct 30

A Delhi court on Thursday extended the judicial custody of P Chidambaram till Oct 30 in INX Media case being probed by Enforcement Directorate...
SC gives thumbs-up to Centre’s definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue, tells telcos to pay Rs 92K crs in dues

SC gives thumbs-up to Centre’s definition of Adjusted Gross Revenue, tells telcos to pay...

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Centre’s petition on interpretation of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) and ordered eight telecom companies including Bharti Airtel and...
Kashmir LAL CHOWK

How Long Will Restrictions in J&K Last? Give Us A Timeline, SC Tells Centre

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to furnish a definite timeline on the Jammu & Kashmir lockdown and the several restrictions that...
P. Chidambaram

INX Media case: Delhi HC seeks ED’s reply on P Chidambaram bail plea

The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice to Enforcement Directorate (ED) on a bail plea filed by P Chidambaram in INX Media case. The...
P Chidambaram

INX Media case: SC grants bail to P Chidambaram being probed by CBI

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Union Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case being investigated by CBI. The court granted...
Supreme Court

SC accepts Centre’s recommendations, allows reconstruction of Guru Ravidas temple

The Supreme Court on Monday accepted Centre’s recommendations to give away the razed Guru Ravidas temple site to a panel of devotees to rebuild...

SC stays trial in alleged sex CD case against Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed trial in the alleged sex CD case against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Bhupesh Baghel. At today’s hearing, the court was...
Ratul Puri

AgustaWestland case: Delhi court allows ED to interrogate accused Ratul Puri in Tihar

The Rouse Avenue Court on Monday allowed Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate nephew of MP CM Kamal Nath, Ratul Puri in Tihar jail. A special...
J&K—The Apex Court Asks: Why?

J&K—The Apex Court Asks: Why?

By Inderjit Badhwar Courts in India have inevitably become the arena to resolve issues concerning emergencies. Considering that our Constitution provides certain powers to the...
Judgment Day: Quietly Hopeful

Judgment Day: Quietly Hopeful

With the Ayodhya verdict expected around November 17 and the parties involved hoping that it goes in their favour, there is also apprehension that...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Overruled Judgments: Not Misfortune But Injustice

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence The Supreme Court has termed the practice of citing cases overruled by a larger bench as “unfortunate”. But it...
P Chidambaram

Supreme Court Reserves Judgement On Chidambaram’s Bail Plea

The Supreme Court on Friday reserved judgement on a plea of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram against the order of Delhi High Court...
P Chidambaram

CBI Names P Chidambaram, son Karti and 12 Others in INX Media Chargesheet

The former finance minister P Chidambaram stands formally accused in a case after the CBI on Friday named him, along with 13 others in...
Rajeev Saxena

ED moves plea seeking revocation of Rajiv Saxena’s approver status in AgustaWestland case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday moved an application seeking revocation of the status of one of the prime accused Rajiv Saxena as an...
P Chidambaram

INX Media case: Judicial custody of P Chidambaram further extended to Oct 24

A special CBI court on Thursday granted judicial custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case to Enforcement Directorate (ED)...
Supreme Court

After 40 Days Hearing Arguments Of All Sides, Supreme Court Reserves Judgement On Ayodhya...

Daily hearings in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya before a Constitution bench have concluded on the 40th day of sittings...

Supreme Court To Take Up Hearing On PMC Bank Tomorrow Seeking Protection Of 15...

The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow an urgent plea  seeking 100 per cent insurance protection for the deposits of over 15 lakh customers of whose...
The Babri Masjid site with Ram Janmasthan and Sita ki Rasoi/Photo Courtesy: Konark Publishers

High Drama In Supreme Court As Lawyer Tears Up Ayodhya Map

The Supreme Court witnessed high drama on Wednesday when senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan earned the wrath of the constitution bench on tearing up a...
D. K. Shivakumar

Rouse Avenue Court Extends Congress Leader Shivakumar’s Judicial Custody Till Oct 25

The Rouse Avenue Court has extended the judicial custody of Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar till October 25, in connection with a money laundering...
Bhima Koregaon case

Bhima Koregaon case: Bombay HC denies bail to Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira & Vernon...

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday denied bail to activists Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Arun Ferreira who were arrested in connection with the...
The Babri Masjid site with Ram Janmasthan and Sita ki Rasoi/Photo Courtesy: Konark Publishers

Ayodhya title dispute: Senior Adv Rajeev Dhavan cites judgements in support of the Waqf...

The Supreme Court hearing the Ayodhya title dispute case on Monday was told by Senior Adv Rajeev Dhavan that “the proposition once a mosque...

WELL, RECUSE ME!

Above: Gautam Navalakha/Photo: wikimedia commons By Inderjit Badhwar In his inimitable style, Professor Upendra Baxi, the reigning aficionado of the complexities and vicissitudes of jurisprudence, rains...
The five Justices of the Supreme Court, who recused themselves from the Gautam Navalakha bail case, include Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justices NV Ramana, R Subhash Reddy, BR Gavai and S Ravindra Bhat

Recusals & Justice

Above: The five Justices of the Supreme Court, who recused themselves from the Gautam Navalakha bail case, include Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi,...
Rajoana being brought to hospital in Patiala/Photo: sikh24.com

Death Penalty Waivers: Need For Consistency

Above: Rajoana being brought to hospital in Patiala/Photo: sikh24.com The president’s commutation of death sentence given to Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted for Punjab CM Beant...
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has been vocal against the NRC in India/Photo: UNI

NRC AND THE EXODUS

Above: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has been vocal against the NRC in India/Photo: UNI By Inderjit Badhwar Home Minister Amit Shah’s desire to expand...
Bifurcation of the Court?

Bifurcation of the Court?

Will splitting the Supreme Court into regional benches as suggested by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu help ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of justice? It...
Members of the Dalit community protesting against the Supreme Court’s order diluting the SC/ST Act last year/Photo: UNI

Judicial Correction

Above: Members of the Dalit community protesting against the Supreme Court’s order diluting the SC/ST Act last year/Photo: UNI In a bid to correct a...
social activist Gautam Navlakha

SC Grants Activist Navlakha Protection From Arrest Till October 15

The Supreme Court on Friday gave social activist Gautam Navlakha interim protection from arrest till October 15 in the Bhima Koregaon case. Justices Arun...
P Chidambaram

No Bail Relief For Chidambaram As SC Issues Notice To CBI, Fixes Next Hearing...

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the CBI on a bail plea by the former union finance minister P Chidambaram in the...
FIR

FIR Against Celebrities Who Wrote To PM Modi Protesting Mob Lynchings

An FIR was lodged on Thursday against nearly 50 celebrities, including who had written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising concern...
P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram moves SC seeking bail in INX Media case

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday moved Supreme Court seeking bail in the INX Media corruption case. In the bail plea, Chidambaram said that...
Gautam Navlakha

Gautam Navlakha’s plea again referred to another bench after Justice Bhatt recuses

Civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha’s plea challenging the Bombay High Court’s order refusing to quash an FIR filed against him in the Bhima-Koregaon case...
Jagannath Temple

Jagannath Temple maintenance: SC tells amicus to file report again especially on the conditions...

The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed displeasure over the report submitted by amicus Ranjeet Kumar and told Kumar to submit the report again in...
Article 370

SC to Start Hearing From Nov 14 Challenges to Validity of Move to Scrap...

The Supreme Court will start hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370 that gave...
Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar/Photo: UNI

Former Kolkata Top Cop Gets Anticipatory Bail in Saradha Chit Fund Case

A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to the former city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, saying there was...
Devendra Fadnavis

Trouble for Maha CM Fadnavis as SC sets aside clean chit in false election...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the clean chit given to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in an election affidavit case where he...
P Chidambaram

Former Union Minister Chidambaram’s Stint In Jail To Continue As Delhi HC Rejects Bail...

The Delhi High Court on Monday rejected the bail application of former finance minister P Chidambaram’s bail petition in the INX Media case. The...
Supreme Court Refuses To Entertain Plea for Flat Demolition Stay Even as Residents Start Moving Out

Supreme Court Refuses To Entertain Plea for Flat Demolition Stay Even as Residents Start...

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea from owners of the 343 flats seeking a stay on the demolition that has...
Gautam Navlakha

CJI Ranjan Gogoi Recuses from Hearing Activist Navlakha’s Plea Against Bombay HC

Activist Gautam Navlakha’s plea in the Supreme Court against the quashing of his bail plea by the Bombay High Court will now be heard...
Bilkis Bano Case

Pay 2002 Riots Victim Bilkis Bano Compensation In Two Weeks, SC Tells Gujarat Govt

The Gujarat government has said that it will give gang rape survivor Bilkis Bano Rs 50 lakh, a job and a house. This came...
Illustration: Amitava Sen

Foreign University Bill: The Balkanisation of Education

Above Illustration: Amitava Sen Is the centre’s move to set up foreign varsities an attempt to create a global secretariat class? Education is not treated...

New Benches: Welcome Reform, Uncertain Future

The Supreme Court’s decision to create a permanent Constitution Bench and single benches is appealing as it could cut delays, but much depends on...
British PM Boris Johnson in the House of Commons/Photo: UNI

The Balance of Power

By Inderjit Badhwar The unanimous decision by the highest court in the United Kingdom to enforce the supremacy of parliament and declare Prime Minister Boris...
P Chidambaram

INX Media corruption: Delhi HC reserves verdict on P Chidambaram’s bail plea

The Delhi High Court on Friday reserved its order on the regular bail plea of P Chidambaram in the INX Media case. The court reserved...
Kalyan Singh

Babri Masjid demolition: Special court grants bail to BJP leader Kalyan Singh

A special CBI court in Lucknow on Friday granted bail to BJP leader Kalyan Singh in Babri Masjid Demolition case. The court granted bail to...
Holy Faith Apartments. Photo source/ property.sulekha.com

SC Gives Kerala Govt 138 Days To Complete Process of Flats Demolition, Owners To...

The Supreme Court on Friday accepted a “detailed plan” made by the Kerala government for the demolition of the high-rise apartments in Maradu near...
D. K. Shivakumar

Congress leader DK Shivakumar approaches Delhi HC to get bail in money laundering case

After failing to secure bail from a Delhi court on Wednesday, Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar has approached Delhi High court to get bail. Shivakumar...
DK Shivakumar

Delhi court refuses bail to congress leader DK Shivakumar

A Delhi court on Wednesday refused to give bail to Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar in a money laundering case. Special Judge Ajay Kumar dismissing...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya

Another bar association writes to CJI Gogoi seeking transparency in transfer of judges

After Madras High Court Bar Association (MHCBA), Advocates’ Association of Bengaluru (AAB) has also written to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi seeking openness...
BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger accused in a rape case outside the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police, in Lucknow (file pic)/ Photo: UNI

SC grants CBI more time to complete probe in Unnao accident case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted CBI 15 more days’ time to complete the probe in the accident case involving Unnao rape victim, family...
Supreme Court

SC stays Bombay HC order mandating registration of FIRs against MHADA officials

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Bombay HC order mandating registration of FIRs against some builders and the officials of Maharashtra Housing &...
Delhi Police

Police can’t confiscate property during probe: SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the police do not have the power to seize immoveable properties of an accused during the course...
4 judges take oath as SC judges, judges’ strength — the highest in its history

4 judges take oath as SC judges, judges’ strength — the highest in its...

Four new judges on Monday took oath as judges of the Supreme Court. With this, the Supreme Court strength went up to 34 —...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with IAS probationers, in New Delhi/Photo: PIB

Bureaucrats Quitting: Is the IAS Imploding?

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with IAS probationers, in New Delhi/Photo: PIB Has extreme centralisation of authority and bureaucratic gagging led to the sudden...
Social Media & Aadhaar: Regulating Online Content

Social Media & Aadhaar: Regulating Online Content

Above: Illustration by Amitava Sen Some petitions before the Supreme Court seeking regulation of social media have given rise to concerns over free speech. International...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya

THE FINAL BEND

Above: CJI Ranjan Gogoi/Photo: Anil Shakya By Inderjit Badhwar We are entering the last lap of what will be one of the most historic and complex...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

Ayodhya Case: SC Bench Will Sit Extra Hour from Monday to Finish Arguments

With the Supreme Court having already decided to complete the day-to-day hearings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case by October 18, the...

Four New SC Judges To Be Sworn on Monday

The four new judges whose appointments were cleared by the government earlier this week will be sworn in on Monday. The appointments of Justice V...
protest march

Apex court seeks Centre’s reply on plea alleging caste bias in varsities

The apex court on Friday sought Centre’s reply on a plea seeking to stop caste-based discrimination in universities and other higher educational institutions across...
India Legal website -indialegallive.com

Indialegallive.com Shortlisted For Company of the Year by Silicon India

India Legal website www.indialegallive.com has been shortlisted for “company of the year in online corporate news website”. The recognition comes from Silicon India magazine which publishes exclusive...
D. K. Shivakumar

Shivakumar is being falsely linked to persons in order to be framed, Counsel tells...

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Congress leader DK Shivakumar on Wednesday told Rouse Avenue Court that ED’s demand for further custody of...
SC expresses dismay over continuance of manual scavenging, says caste discrimination still existent

SC expresses dismay over continuance of manual scavenging, says caste discrimination still existent

The apex court on Wednesday slammed Centre and state governments for not supplying protective gear to manual scavengers and lamented that caste discrimination is...
The Babri Masjid site with Ram Janmasthan and Sita ki Rasoi/Photo Courtesy: Konark Publishers

Ayodhya title dispute: Conclude your arguments on or before Oct 18, Supreme Court tells...

The CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said that arguments in Ayodhya title dispute case should be concluded on or before Oct 18. “The hearing of...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

No inscription has been found at disputed site which suggests that Ram Temple existed...

Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan representing Muslim parties in the Ayodhya title dispute case told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that there was no evidence...
Jagannath Temple

SC grants 2 weeks’ more time to amicus Ranjeet Kumar to file report on...

The Supreme Court is hearing plea seeking stopping of irregularities in the management of Jagannath Temple in Odisha. On Tuesday, amicus Ranjeet Kumar requested the...
Karnataka political crisis

Another Long Wait For Disqualified Karnataka MLAs After Justice Shantanagoudar Recuses From Hearing Case

The 17 disqualified MLAs from the Karnataka assembly will have to wait for a few more days for a hearing in the Supreme Court...
Delhi High Court

Delhi HC issues notice in RTI refusal case of Mumbai train blast convict

Justice Jayant Nath of Delhi High Court issued notice to CPIO of publication division of  Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a plea moved...
SC issues notice to Centre, J&K govt to ensure normalcy in State

SC issues notice to Centre, J&K govt to ensure normalcy in State

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Centre and Jammu & Kashmir government to ensure normalcy in the State without endangering national safety...

My experiences with Ram Jethmalani, ‘Beauty of a Soul’

By Ashok Arora My first encounter with Ram was in the year 1989 when I approached him for a COFEPOSA matter. He asked me...
Ram Jethmalani

“Be Prepared to Suffer for a Greater Cause”

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya (file pic) In September 2016, India Legal’s Managing Editor Ramesh Menon interviewed Ram Jethmalani for the magazine. The ageless gadfly...
P Chidambaram

Special Court Junks Chidambaram’s Surrender Plea, Will Continue To Be In Tihar Jail

A CBI court on Friday rejected Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's plea to surrender to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the...
Robert Vadra

Delhi Court Gives Robert Vadra The Nod For Business Trip Abroad

A Delhi court on Friday allowed Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, to travel abroad for business purposes. Special judge Arvind Kumar...
Photo By - Anil Shakya 

Linking Social Media Accounts With Aadhaar An Issue That Needs To Be Addressed Soon

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the government to explain its stand on the move to link social media accounts with Aadhaar and said...

Emptying India’s Piggy Bank

Over the last five years, the RBI has transferred its profits to the Modi government. Nothing was added to its contingency reserves. But the...
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram being taken to the CBI court, in New Delhi/Photo: UNI

P Chidambaram’s Arrest: Jailhouse Rocks

Above: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram being taken to the CBI court, in New Delhi/Photo: UNI The trials and tribulations of the former finance minister...
(L-R) Afzal Guru was deprived of his right to effective legal aid; lawyers in India had also refused to defend Ajmal Kasab

Barring the Bar

Above: (L-R) Afzal Guru was deprived of his right to effective legal aid; lawyers in India had also refused to defend Ajmal Kasab By Inderjit...

Don’t Hand Out Sops And Then talk Of Losses, Supreme Court Tells Delhi Govt...

The Supreme Court on Friday chided the Delhi government, saying it was not correct to offer sops and then ask someone else to pick...
Alfa Ventures Apartments/Photo credit: India Legal

Supreme Court Gives September 20 Ultimatum For Demolition Of Kerala Waterfront Flats

The Supreme Court on Friday handed out an ultimatum of September 20  to the local authorities in Kerala for the demolition of over 400...
Karti Chidambaram/Photo: UNI

Supreme Court Rejects Karti’s Request For Release Of Rs 10 Crore Deposited With Registry

Troubles continue to pile up for the Chidambarams. While the former union minister P Chidambaram spent his first night in a cell at the...

INX Media case: Rouse Avenue Court sends P Chidambaram to judicial custody till Sep...

The Rouse Avenue Court on Thursday sent P Chidambaram to judicial custody till Sep 19 in INX Media case being probed by CBI. The Court granted...
An armyman keeping vigil at Lal Chowk, Srinagar, during a strike called against the ban of JKLF/Photo: UNI

Supreme Court To Hear Plea On Jammu and Kashmir Blockade on September 16

The Supreme Court will take up on September 16 the pleas of Kashmir Times Editor and several others on alleged communication blockade in Jammu...
P Chidambaram

SC dismisses P Chidambaram’s pre-arrest bail in INX Media case being probed by ED

The apex court on Thursday dismissed the plea of former Union Minister P Chidambaram seeking anticipatory bail in INX Media corruption case being investigated...
Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Declared Terrorists Under Amended UAPA Law

Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Declared Terrorists Under Amended UAPA Law

The Union Home Ministry has declared terror masterminds Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman-Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim “ terrorists” under new anti-terror law. The decisions  has come nearly a...
Supreme Court

SC Collegium Turns Down Justice Tahilramani’s Request To Reconsider Transfer

The Supreme Court Collegium has turned down a request by Justice VK Tahilramani to reconsider her transfer from the Madras High Court to the...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

Muslims never prayed at the disputed site as they were never allowed to pray...

Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan appearing for Sunni Wakf Board on Tuesday inferred to the apex court that when Hindu parties say that Muslims never...
P Chidambaram

SC continues CBI custody of P Chidambaram to Sep 5 in the INX Media...

Above: P Chidambaram at Rouse Avenue Court/Photo: Anil Shakya The Supreme Court on Tuesday continued the CBI custody of P Chidambaram to Sep 5 in...
Chief Justice Vijaya Tahilramani

Madras HC Chief Justice Tahilramani who gave judgment in Bilkis Bano case transferred to...

The SC Collegium has decided to transfer Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani as the chief justice of Meghalaya High Court, a...
Supreme Court

SC Collegium recommends Chief Justices for eight high courts

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of Chief Justices (CJs) for eight high courts. The list of the CJs is given below: Justice...
Government announces merger of 10 PSBs into four entities

Government announces merger of 10 PSBs into four entities

The Union Ministry of Finance on Friday announced merger of 10 public sector banks (PSBs) into four entities. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that...
Supreme Court

SC Collegium recommends four names for judgeship at apex court

The names of four judges have been recommended for judgeship at Supreme Court by the SC Collegium. These names include: Justice V Ramasubramanian, Chief...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

Mere existence of Mosque is not enough, Mosque has to comply the requirements mandated...

Senior Advocate P N Mishra, appearing for the Akhil Bhartiya Sri Ram Janam Bhoomi Punarudhar Samiti (ABSRJBPS) told the Supreme Court on Friday that...
P Chidambaram

INX Media case: Interim Protection from ED to Continue till Sep 6; CBI Waits...

The Supreme Court has reserved its order on former union minister P Chidambaram’s plea seeking pre-arrest bail in the INX Media case while extending...
Justice Gaur (Retd) Who Cleared Path For Chidambaram’s CBI Custody Appointed PMLA Chief

Justice Gaur (Retd) Who Cleared Path For Chidambaram’s CBI Custody Appointed PMLA Chief

Justice Sunil Gaur, who rejected the former union minister P Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea that sent the former union minister into CBI custody, was...
Article 370

Supreme Court Issues Notice To Centre On Scrapping Of Article 370; To Be Heard...

The Supreme Court, after postponing a flurry of petitions relating to Jammu & Kashmir, finally acted on Wednesday by issuing notices to the Centre and...
Aircel-Maxis case: ED Chargesheets P Chidambaran, Son Karti

INX Media Case: SC Extends Chidambaram’s Protection From Arrest Till Wednesday

The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended former union minister P Chidambaram’s protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in INX Media case for...
P. Chidambaram

ED Cannot Place Documents In Court Randomly To Suit Itself, Chidambaram’s Counsel In SC

Former finance minister P Chidambaram’s counsel on Tuesday sought transcripts of the interrogation conducted by the Enforcement Directorate on three dates in the INX...
P. Chidambaram

No Relief for Chidambaram As Special Court Grants CBI Custody for Four More Days

Former Union Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram’s stay in CBI custody just got longer. The Special CBI Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on Monday...
(From left) Justice Shivraj V Patil, former judge, SC; PK Malhotra, former law secretary; Justice TS Thakur, former chief justice of India; Rajshri Rai, editor-in-chief, APN; Inderjit Badhwar, editor-in-chief, India Legal; and Justice MN Venkatachaliah, former chief justice of India, at the lamp lighting ceremony of the Legal Leadership Conclave

Arbitration and Mediation: Need of the Hour

Above:  (From left) Justice Shivraj V Patil, former judge, SC; PK Malhotra, former law secretary; Justice TS Thakur, former chief justice of India; Rajshri...
The Babri Masjid site with Ram Janmasthan and Sita ki Rasoi/Photo Courtesy: Konark Publishers

Ayodhya Case: Counsel for Hindu party seeks continuance of his client’s right of worship...

The Supreme Court on Thursday resumed hearing in the Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case for the 10th day with Senior Advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for...
P. Chidambaram

Chidambaram Overpowered, Arrested From Jor Bagh Home, To Be Produced In CBI Court On...

Former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram was on Wednesday night arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from his Jor Bagh...

No Relief for PC From Supreme Court On Anticipatory bail Plea: Hearing Set For...

With the Supreme Court fixing Friday, August 23 as the date for the hearing on the former Minister P Chidambaram’s plea for anticipatory bail,...
Legal Leadership Conclave hailed by news outlets for promoting knowledge on Arbitration, Mediation

Legal Leadership Conclave hailed by news outlets for promoting knowledge on Arbitration, Mediation

The Legal Leadership Conclave at Bengaluru which was held on Saturday and organized by India Legal has been a resounding success and garnered wide...

Legal Leadership Conclave: Justice Nagarathna Says Emphasis Should Be Not Only On Training Mediators...

Justice B V Nagarathna, judge of the Karnataka high court said on Saturday that the training of the mediators and providing corresponding facilities to...

The lesser the interference by the state authorities the better is the spirit of...

Justice B N Srikrishna, former judge of the Supreme Court of India said on Saturday that arbitration works out best when there is least...

Legal Leadership Conclave: This is the time that we need independent, impartial arbitration, says...

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari spoke on the subject titled Challenging of Arbitration Session by Litigant in the Technical Session-1...

Mediation Will Find Pride Of Place As A Tool To Allay Injustice: Ex CJI...

The former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India Justice M N Venkatachaliah said on Saturday that the combined effect of new and...
Arbitration and Mediation Are Cost Effective Ways of Dispute Resolution: Fmr Law Secretary PK Malhotra

Arbitration and Mediation Are Cost Effective Ways of Dispute Resolution: Fmr Law Secretary PK...

The process of Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation has become cost-effective medium of resolving disputes and the recent amendments to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act...
Legal Luminaries Light Up The Leadership Conclave In Bangalore

Legal Luminaries Light Up The Leadership Conclave In Bangalore

A one-day conclave on  legal leadership, organized by the India Legal , got off to a glittering start in Bangalore on Saturday with two...
Bengaluru To Host One Day Legal Conclave on Arbitration and Mediation

Bengaluru To Host One Day Legal Conclave on Arbitration and Mediation

Bengaluru will host a one-day conclave on legal leadership with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and a galaxy of legal luminaries in attendance on Saturday,...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

Counsel for Hindu party cites archaeological survey claiming a massive structure was built at...

On the seventh day of hearing of the Ayodhya hearing, the Hindu parties deriving evidence from the archaeological survey of the disputed site said...
Supreme Court

SC slams serial petitioner M L Sharma for filing frivolous plea on Centre’s abrogation...

The Supreme Court on Friday slammed PIL specialist advocate M L Sharma for filing a whimsical plea against the Centre’s abrogation of Article 370...
Supreme court

Lawyer To SC: It Is “Belief and Faith” of Hindus That Ayodhya Is Birthplace...

The sixth day of the Ayodhya hearings saw the advocate for the Ram Lalla  Virajman CS Vaidyanathan  holding centre stage almost throughout the day...
Supreme Court Says Give Govt “Reasonable Time” For Resumption Of Normal Services in Kashmir

Supreme Court Says Give Govt “Reasonable Time” For Resumption Of Normal Services in Kashmir

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with the restrictions placed by the government in Jammu and Kashmir and has adjouned the matter...
In their meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on August 8, India Inc sought several measures to revive the economy and stimulate growth after a five-year low of 5.8 percent/Photo: PIB

STEADILY SINKING

Above: In their meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on August 8, India Inc sought several measures to revive the economy and stimulate growth...
J&K: The Legal Question

J&K: The Legal Question

Three PILs have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the centre’s move to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A and reducing the state to...
FM Nirmala Sitharaman justified the new CSR norms in the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in the Rajya Sabha

CSR: Why Make Charity Criminal?

Above: FM Nirmala Sitharaman justified the new CSR norms in the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in the Rajya Sabha A draconian and bizarre move to...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

Ayodhya case: A Hindu idol is considered as a juristic person, Senior Counsel Parasaran...

On the fourth day hearing in Ramjanambhoomi-Ayodhya land dispute case, Senior Adv K Parasaran appearing for Ram Lalla Virajman told the apex court that...
BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger accused in a rape case outside the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police, in Lucknow (file pic)/ Photo: UNI

Unnao rape case: Delhi court frames charges against Kuldeep Sengar and his accomplice Shashi...

A Delhi court on Friday framed charges against disqualified BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his partner in crime Shashi Singh for raping a...
Homebuyers of Jaypee Infratech protesting in Noida

SC upholds the status of homebuyers as financial creditors under the IBC amendment

In a major boost to homebuyers, the apex court on Friday affirmed the status of homebuyers as financial creditors as per the recent modification...
Supreme Court

SC refuses urgent hearing to two pleas related to abrogation of Articles 370, 35A

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to accord urgent hearing to two pleas related to abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir. In the...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

In Break From Past, Supreme Court Takes Up Ayodhya Matter On Friday, But Muslim...

In a break from the past, the Supreme Court took up the Ayodhya hearing on a Friday, which along with Monday has traditionally been...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

Ayodhya third day hearing: Can Ram Janmsthan also be accorded juristic person status like...

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked can the place like Ram Janmsthan, also be maintained to be juristic person just like Ram Lalla Virjaman...

Assam NRC matter: SC reserves verdict on citizenship status of people, born in India...

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its judgment on the citizenship status of people, born in India between 1971 and 1987, and who were...
Central Vigilance Commission

CVC awaits sanction to prosecute 83 corrupt employees; 17 from Ministry of Personnel, 2...

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is awaiting sanction from different wings of the government to organisations to prosecute 83 government employees, including senior civil...
Parliament

Parliament Passes Bill To Increase Number Of SC Judges by Three

Parliament on Wednesday passed  the bill  that seeks to increase the number of Supreme Court judges from the present 30 to 33. Sometime back, the Union...
Article 370 Dead And Buried As President Kovind Officially Declares Abrogation

Article 370 Dead And Buried As President Kovind Officially Declares Abrogation

President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday officially declared abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution which had hitherto given special status to...
Tarun Tejpal (file picture)

SC Reserves Order On Tarun Tejpal’s Petition To Quash Sexual Assault Charges Against Him

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a petition by journalist Tarun Tejpal for quashing the charges of sexual assault levelled against...
Ratul Puri

AgustaWestland Case: Delhi Court Dismisses Anticipatory Bail Plea Of Ratul Puri

A Special Court in Delhi on Tuesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of businessman Ratul Puri, in connection with the AgustaWestland money laundering case. The...
Amit Shah

Special Status For J&K Ends As Centre Repeals Articles 35A, 370, State To Be...

The government has decided to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to J&K. The government has also decided to bifurcate...
Kuldeep Sengar

Rape Accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar, Accomplice Ordered To Transferred To Tihar Jail

A Delhi court on Monday ordered that Unnao rape accused and Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplice Shashi Singh be transferred...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

Supreme Court Refuses Urgent Hearing To Plea Seeking Live Streaming Of Ayodhya dispute

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to accord urgent hearing to a petition that sought live streaming or recording of the day-to-day hearing in...
Accused KuldeKuldeep Singh Sengar/Photo: UNIep Singh Sengar (file pic)Photo UNI

SC to decide on Aug 9 issue of transfer of Unnao rape victim and...

The Supreme Court on Monday said it will decide on Aug 9 the issue of transfer of Unnao rape victim and her lawyer to...

DISTANT THUNDER

By Inderjit Badhwar For liberals and progressives across India, the week that was must have been a nightmare. The Unlawful Activities Prevention (Amendment) Bill...
National Conference leaders Omar Abdullah (left), Farooq Abdullah (second from left) and MP Justice (retd.) Hasnain Masoodi meeting Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi on Aug 1/Photo: PMO/Twitter

J&K: Valley on the Edge

Above: National Conference leaders Omar Abdullah (left), Farooq Abdullah (second from left) and MP Justice (retd.) Hasnain Masoodi meeting Prime Minister Modi in New...
Qasim Qureshi was lynched in Hapur, UP

Mob Lynching: Loopholes in the Law

Above: Qasim Qureshi was lynched in Hapur, UP A year after a landmark judgment to prevent mob lynching, the centre and states have found no...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

With Ayodhya Mediation Failing, SC to Start Day-to-Day Hearing from Aug 6

The mediation process in the Ayodhya temple-mosque case having failed, the Supreme Court will commence day-to-day hearing in the matter from August 6, 2019...
Unnao Rape Exposes Police Complicity

Unnao rape and accident case: SC defers transfer of victim and his lawyer from...

The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the transfer of Unnao rape victim and his lawyer from Lucknow to Delhi after the victim’s family members...
Justice Akil Kureshi

Decision on Justice Akil Qureshi’s appointment as CJ of MP High Court will be...

Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta informed the apex court on Friday that the decision on appointment of Justice Akil A Qureshi as Chief Justice...
ISIS Recruitment Case

Supreme Court Restores NIA Court Order In ISIS Recruitment Case

The Supreme Court on Friday sentenced Yasmeen Zahid to seven years in jail in the ISIS recruitment case. In enhancing the jail to seven...
PIL in SC for CBI enquiry into Unnao rape case

SC transfers all the cases related to Unnao rape and accident to a Delhi...

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed transfer of all the cases related to Unnao rape and accident to a Delhi court and said that...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

Ayodhya Mediation Panel Submits Report Today, Five-Judge Bench to Begin Hearing Tomorrow

The mediation panel on Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit dispute on Thursday submitted the status report to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover. The...
Karnataka political crisis

Fourteen Karnataka MLAs Challenge Disqualification in Supreme Court

The fourteen Karnataka MLAs belonging to the Congress and the JD(S) who were disqualified for the term of the current assembly have approached the...
P Chidambaram

Aircel Maxis Case: Special Court Extends Protection From Arrest For P Chidambaram, Son Karti...

A special court in Delhi has extended the interim protection of former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram till August...
High Court advises Delhi Police to utilize unused Nirbhaya Fund worth Rs. 3000 cr

High Court advises Delhi Police to utilize unused Nirbhaya Fund worth Rs. 3000 cr

Delhi High Court, on 31st July, directed the AAP Government and Delhi Police to prepare an action plan for making the national capital "crime free...

IMRAN’S TRUMP CARD

By Inderjit Badhwar US President Trump is notorious for talking from both sides of his mouth, lying, obfuscating reality, distorting history, contradicting himself without batting...

SOME ADVICE FROM THE BADSHAH

By Inderjit Badhwar Not for nothing is Justice Bashir Ahmed Khan called the “Badshah of Law”. This legal luminary has served as Chief Justice of...
Justice Bashir Ahmed Khan

“Anti-corruption mechanisms are made with the intent to eventually render them defunct”

Above: Justice Bashir Ahmed Khan JUSTICE BASHIR AHMED KHAN, fondly called “Badshah Khan” in legal circles and reckoned as a credible voice on affairs in...
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy (left) and state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa arguing in the Assembly/Photos: UNI

Karnataka Crisis: Democracy’s Dark Hour

Above: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy (left) and state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa arguing in the Assembly/Photos: UNI Why did the resignation of Congress legislators in...
ECLIPSE OF A GOLDEN LEGACY?

ECLIPSE OF A GOLDEN LEGACY?

By Inderjit Badhwar I caught up recently with S Narendra who, during an illustrious career spanning several decades as a veteran senior bureaucrat, served...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence

Male Rape: Making the System Neutral

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence While gender-specific laws against perpetrators of sexual assaults must continue, those in favour of victims should become gender-neutral By Venkatasubramanian...
Supreme Court

Interlocutory Orders: To Stay or Not to Stay?

Above: Supreme Court/Photo: Bhavana Gaur The apex court should be saluted for laying down a new regime where stay in a trial will lapse after...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with a group of youth and children from J&K in New Delhi in February 2017/Photo: UNI

ARTICLE 370 AND ALL THAT

Above: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with a group of youth and children from J&K in New Delhi in February 2017/Photo: UNI By Inderjit Badhwar In...
People fill plastic pots from a well in Chennai which is experiencing severe water crisis; a restaurant in the city remains shut due to water shortage/Photo: UNI

Drop of Life

Above: People fill plastic pots from a well in Chennai which is experiencing severe water crisis; a restaurant in the city remains shut due...
According to a study, there are currently 5,133 posts vacant in subordinate courts/Photo: Anil Shakya

All-India Judicial Service: A Hidden Motive?

Above: According to a study, there are currently 5,133 posts vacant in subordinate courts/Photo: Anil Shakya   The Modi government’s revival of the proposal of All-India...
FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Budget 2019: FM Nirmala Sitharaman stresses on Gaon, Garib and Kisan

Delivering her maiden Budget speech in the Lok Sabha Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said "Gaon, Garib and Kisan" are the focus of the government...
SC convicts 12 persons in 2003 Haren Pandya murder case

SC convicts 12 persons in 2003 Haren Pandya murder case

The Supreme Court on Friday held guilty 12 accused in the 2003 murder case of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya. The bench of Justices...
Rahul Gandhi

RAHUL’S RESIGNATION LETTER

Rahul Gandhi has issued a letter where he makes it clear that his decision to quit as party president is final. The designation of...
MODI’S ANGUISH

MODI’S ANGUISH

By Inderjit Badhwar It was heartening to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemn the horrific, damnable lynching in Jharkhand of Tabrez Ansari, a Muslim...
Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya

Judiciary & The Executive: A Conjoint Demosprudence?

Above: Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya The two wheels of the Constitution, Judiciary & The Executive should run smoothly together lest they threaten other structures of...
A TV grab of a coal mine in Lalmatia, Godda. Photo: UNI

SC agrees to hear Coal ministry plea against NGT order closing down coal mines...

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea by Coal ministry against NGT order to close mines of Northern Coalfields Ltd in Meghalaya...
The Law and the Mind

The Law and the Mind

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence By Inderjit Badhwar In a recently published cover story in this magazine, the prolific Professor Upendra Baxi touched on a...
Doctors in several parts of India resorted to strikes and held protests in support of their counterparts in Kolkata/Photo: UNI

Doctor’s Dilemma

Above: Doctors in several parts of India resorted to strikes and held protests in support of their counterparts in Kolkata/Photo: UNI The strike by medical...
Junior doctors attending a class in a medical college/Photo: mciindia.org

Have a Heart

Above: Junior doctors attending a class in a medical college/Photo: mciindia.org The assaults on doctors in India is due to a lack of understanding of...
Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Keeping the Faith

Above: Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay By Inderjit Badhwar American President Andrew Jackson said it best. “All the rights secured to the citizens under the...
Separatist groups taking out a protest march in Srinagar demanding justice for the Kathua rape and murder victim/Above: UNI

Kathua Rape Case: A Beacon For All

Above: Separatist groups taking out a protest march in Srinagar demanding justice for the Kathua rape and murder victim/Above: UNI By punishing six of the...
Prashant Kanojia with his wife Jagisha Arora, who moved the SC against his arrest/Photo courtesy: Facebook

Journalists’ Arrests: Show Magnanimity

Above: Prashant Kanojia with his wife Jagisha Arora, who moved the SC against his arrest/Photo courtesy: Facebook In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court asked...
Law firms are one of the prime targets of computer hacking

LAW FIRMS: EASY TARGETS

Above: Law firms are one of the prime targets of computer hacking By Inderjit Badhwar The continuing nationwide controversy over the vulnerability of electronic voting...
Illustration by Anthony Lawrence 

Mental Health and Dignity: Whither Justice?

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence  All mentally ill persons who are convicted, the Court ruled, ought to be treated with dignity according to the Mental...
G Kishan Reddy, a Telugu-speaking minister, taking oath in Hindi/Photo: PIB

Making Hindi Compulsory: Writing on the Wall

Above: G Kishan Reddy, a Telugu-speaking minister, taking oath in Hindi/Photo: PIB India is venturing into uncharted territories, where Hindi is developing new clout and...
Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of the road for the Congress

SHOULD THE CONGRESS DIE?

Above: Five years after Independence, in 1951, Nehru was faced with the same dilemma as Rahul Gandhi about whether it was the end of...
PM Modi with his council of ministers after the swearing-in ceremony on May 30/Photo: UNI

Retreat from Federalism

Above: PM Modi with his council of ministers after the swearing-in ceremony on May 30/Photo: UNI  The concept of democratic federalism, introduced by our...
An ONGC offshore field

Oil’s Well that Ends Well?

Above: An ONGC offshore field A wish list to the new government would include bringing key petroleum products, alcohol, electricity and real estate within the...
PM Narendra Modi coming out of the Kedarnath Temple during his recent two-day pilgrimage to Himalayan shrines in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand/Photo: UNI

MODI’S BURDEN

Above: PM Narendra Modi coming out of the Kedarnath Temple during his recent two-day pilgrimage to Himalayan shrines in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand/Photo:...
Iran FM Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj/Photo: UNI

US-Iran Imbroglio: The Politics of Oil

Above: Iran FM Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj/Photo: UNI America’s directive to India not to lift Iranian oil leaves the new...
Opposition leaders N Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal, Kanimozhi, Derek O’Brien, Ghulam Nabi Azad and others after meeting the CEC/Photo: UNI

Waiving The Rules

Above: Opposition leaders N Chandrababu Naidu, Arvind Kejriwal, Kanimozhi, Derek O'Brien, Ghulam Nabi Azad and others after meeting the CEC/Photo: UNI The Election Commission has...
Supreme Court

Four judges take oath as Justices of Supreme Court

Justices Aniruddha Bose, AS Bopanna, Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai and Surya Kant today took oath of office as the judges of the Supreme Court. The Justices...
THE NEW MUCKRAKERS

THE NEW MUCKRAKERS

Above: (Clockwise from top left) A TMC supporter circulated  pictures of a man dressed as Hanuman, saying he was “Jagannath Sarkar, BJP MP candidate...
Tihar jail is amongst the largest prisons in the world, but it has poor amenities/Photo: UNI

Criminal Justice System: Crime and Punishment

Above: Tihar jail is amongst the largest prisons in the world, but it has poor amenities/Photo: UNI A PIL before the Supreme Court asks for...
Former SC judge Justice Kurian Joseph (blue suit) with FM Arun Jaitley at a book launch ceremony where he spoke about the NJAC/ twitter.com/cambridgeindia

Justice Kurian Joseph on the NJAC: Disturbing Portents?

Above: Former SC judge Justice Kurian Joseph (blue suit) with FM Arun Jaitley at a book launch ceremony where he spoke about the NJAC/...

DISCIPLINING JUDGES

By Inderjit Badhwar Even as the 2019 general election hurtles towards a conclusion and public attention is rivetted to the nation’s political arena, controversies surrounding...
Professor NR Madhava Menon

Prof Upendra Baxi pays tribute to NR Madhava Menon

Above: Photo by Anil Shakya The demise of Professor NR Madhava Menon on May 8 has deeply saddened all who knew him personally or through...
Need For Ethical Conduct In Banks

Need For Ethical Conduct In Banks

Above: Customers at a Bank counter/Photo: UNI As increasing cases of corruption hit the banking sector, it is obvious that many Indians don’t look at...
N R Madhava Menon

N R Madhava Menon, father of Modern Legal Education in India Is No More

The doyen of modern legal education in India Prof N R Madhav Menon passed away in the wee hours of Wednesday at a private...
Rajshri Rai, managing director, ENC Group, with former CJI Justice MN Venkatachaliah

Welcoming Justice Venkatachaliah

Above: Rajshri Rai, managing director, ENC Group, with former CJI Justice MN Venkatachaliah By Inderjit Badhwar The multi-media ENC Group has been at the forefront of...
The SC bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and MR Shah criticised the RBI’s new disclosure policy and said it must reveal information sought under the RTI/Photo: Anil Shakya

RBI: Under the Hammer

Above: The SC bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and MR Shah criticised the RBI’s new disclosure policy and said it must reveal information...
Riyas Aboobacker, a Palakkad resident arrested by the NIA team (file pic)/Representative Image/Photo Courtesy: nia.gov.in

ISIS Modules: The Indian Connection

Above: Riyas Aboobacker, a Palakkad resident arrested by the NIA team (file pic)/Representative Image/Photo Courtesy: nia.gov.in The arrest of a man with links to the...
Jet-lagged

Jet-lagged

The collapse of India’s largest and most successful private airline Jet Airways brings into focus the centre’s policies where full service carriers are left...
Justice N V Ramana

Recusal meant to tell nation that there need be no fears about probity in...

Justice NV Ramana on Thursday recused himself from the inquiry committee constituted on April 23 to probe into sexual harassment charges against CJI Ranjan...
Supreme Court

SC constitutes a committee headed by Retd SC judge to probe into advocate claims...

The Supreme Court on Thursday constituted a committee headed by Retired Supreme Court judge Justice A K Patnaik to probe into the details contained...
Unemployed youth at a job fair in Assam. Unemployment has increased to an all-time high of 6.1 percent in 2018/Photo: UNI

GDP Figures: The Politics of Economics

Above: Unemployed youth at a job fair in Assam. Unemployment has increased to an all-time high of 6.1 percent in 2018/Photo: UNI An exclusive research...
As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg

Egregious Transgression

Above: As the NaMo TV controversy raged, the BJP  admitted that it was a part of a party-financed media blitzkrieg By Inderjit Badhwar A constant criticism...
The BJP’s manifesto of 2019 pledging to abrogate the special status of J&K by promising to junk Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution will only push further away any solution to the Kashmir problem/Photo: UNI

BJP’S KASHMIR DOUBLETAKE

Above: The BJP’s manifesto of 2019 pledging to abrogate the special status of J&K by promising to junk Articles 370 and 35A of the...
photo: UNI

Election Commission: Crisis of Credibility

Even though the Election Commission in a positive move banned Modi’s biopic, it’s been hit by a slew of criticism for turning a blind...
Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI

Election Commission: Losing Track

Above: Currency worth Rs 75 lakh seized by the Punjab police during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls/Photo: UNI Seizure of unaccounted for cash and other...
Supreme court

SC tells political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit donation...

In an interim order, the Supreme Court on Friday asked all the political parties who have received donations through electoral bonds to submit in...
Rafale Deal

Rafale Deal: Poll Eve Blow For Modi Govt As SC Says Ok To “Leaked”...

In a major setback to the government just a day before the first phase of voting in the lok sabha elections, the Supreme Court...
Lalu Prasad Yadav

No Bail, Stay In Jail: Supreme Court To Lalu Yadav

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied bail to RJD chief Lalu Yadav, who is in jail  in connection with the fodder scam Yadav had challenged...
Congress Manifesto Promises Radical Overhaul of Legal System

Analysis: Congress Manifesto Decoded

By Inderjit Badhwar I rarely read party election manifestos. Not because I don’t want to, but because after the first two paras they put you...
The Udupi Power Corporation Ltd plant in KarnatakaPhoto adanipower.com

National Green Tribunal: A Paper Tiger?

Above:The Udupi Power Corporation Ltd plant in Karnataka/Photo: adanipower.com Though the National Green Tribunal has shown the way in environmental jurisprudence, it has lost its...

Constitutional Morality: “No Entry” in Adjudication?

Prof NR Madhava Menon’s article gave currency to the idea that constitutional morality as a ground of invalidation is almost new. But that is...
The 2011 Census estimated the population of Delhi in slums at 17,85,390, more than half of whom live in unidentified slums/Photo: Anil Shakya

Prof Upendra Baxi hails verdict supporting fundamental rights of slum dwellers

Above: The 2011 Census estimated the population of Delhi in slums at 17,85,390, more than half of whom live in unidentified slums/Photo: Anil Shakya In...

IT’S NOT YET OVER…

By Inderjit Badhwar “Look, it’s VERY simple: -If it exonerated @realDonaldTrump, he’d have tweeted a link to it & insisted the Times publish it in...
Zakir & Masood

Zakir Naik: Malaysia’s Thorn, Masood Azhar: China’s Game

To keep both the Malays and non-Malays happy, PM Mahathir bin Mohamad has allowed the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to stay in the...
Supreme Court

AAP Approaches Supreme Court Seeks Larger Bench To Decide Control of Delhi

  Delhi's AAP government on Monday knocked on the Supreme Court doors again seeking constitution of a larger bench to decide the long standing issue...
Firecrackers

Why Only Firecrackers? Why Not Automobiles? SC On Pollution

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to undertake a comparative study on pollution caused by firecrackers and automobiles and wondered why everyone...
Supreme Court

SC Does Not Want to Refer 10 Percent Quota To Constitution Bench “At This...

The Supreme Court on Monday said it is not in favour of referring the issue of 10 percent quota for economically weaker sections across...
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

Election Commission announces polling schedule for 2019 Lok Sabha elections; to be held in...

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday announced polling dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The poll panel said that the elections...
The ICADR was set up in 1995 under the Societies Registration Act and had gained credibility in the field of alternative dispute resolution/Photo: ICADR

International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution Ordinance: Naked Aggression

Above: The ICADR was set up in 1995 under the Societies Registration Act and had gained credibility in the field of alternative dispute resolution/Photo:...
AG KK Venugopal

Centre may field SG Tushar Mehta to “help” AG Venugopal argue against Rafale review...

Rethink comes after Venugopal’s bumbling volte face on the “stolen” Rafale files claim even as defence minister endorses his U-Turn Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman may...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

SC appoints 3 member panel for mediating Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, gives 8 weeks...

Panel chairman former SC judge Justice FMI Kalifulla, members Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu to begin mediation next week The Supreme...
Supreme Court

Apprise within 10 days, meeting dates for the Selection Committee which will appoint Lokpal...

The Supreme Court on Thursday (Mar 7) granted Centre to apprise it within 10 days, the meeting dates for the Selection Committee which will...
AG KK Venugopal

AG Venugopal argues investigating Rafale deal not in national interest; SC asks should Bofors...

Attorney General’s dramatic submissions invoking national security and threat of war fail to impress bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Strident, albeit repetitive, arguments...
Dassault Rafale

Rafale review: Center tells SC, Pleas rely on stolen files covered by Official Secrets...

Petitioners seeking review of December 14 verdict say government mislead the Supreme Court, should be hauled up for perjury The Supreme Court has begun its...
Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute

Can Ayodhya dispute be sent for court-monitored mediation: SC reserves verdict

Justices SA Bobde and DY Chandrachud differ in open court on whether mediation outcome will be binding on the community at large The Supreme Court,...
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (right) at the Wagah border during a handover ceremony on March 1, 2019/Photo: UNI

Indo-Pak Tension: Now What?

Above: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman (right) at the Wagah border during a handover ceremony on March 1, 2019/Photo: UNI Pakistan releasing the downed IAF pilot...
Supreme Court Photo by anil shakya

SC upholds PLPA, tells Haryana govt No construction on Aravallis

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Haryana government not to implement a new law which amended the century old Punjab Land Preservation Act...
Tribal women carrying firewood from the forest in Patratu area in Ranchi/Photo: UNI

Forest Rights: A Burning Issue

Above: Tribal women carrying firewood from the forest in Patratu area in Ranchi/Photo: UNI In a welcome move, the Supreme Court stayed an earlier order...
Supreme Court

Supreme Court Stays Its Own Order On Eviction of 11.8 Lakh Forest Dwellers

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed its  own order that directed 21 states to evict 11.8 lakh illegal forest dwellers whose claims over the...
Photo by Anil Shakya

SC Nod Makes Arrest of Amrapali Group Chairman, Two Directors Imminent

The Chairman of the Amrapali group Anil Sharma and two directors face imminent arrest after the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Delhi Police to...
PLPA Amendment: Aravallis in Haryana Stare at Uncertain Future

PLPA Amendment: Aravallis in Haryana Stare at Uncertain Future

Within 7 days of publishing the proposed amendments in the Official Gazette, the Haryana Assembly passed the resolution to amend the Punjab Land Preservation...
Supreme Court

Centre moves SC seeking stay on its Feb 13 order for eviction of over...

Order of SC bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra to evict nearly 12 lakh forest dwellers across 16 States had been described by activists...
Hindu litigant Mahant Dharamdas speaking to mediapersons after the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit hearing/Photo: Anil Shakya

Ayodhya matter adjourned for 6 weeks, SC favours one last meditation effort

Above: Hindu litigant Mahant Dharamdas speaking to mediapersons after the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit hearing/Photo: Anil Shakya Warring claimants to the disputed site fail to...
Journalist Priya Ramani

#MeToo: Sued for defamation by MJ Akbar, Journalist Priya Ramani gets bail

Akbar had been forced to resign as Minister of State for External Affairs after Ramani alleged he had sexually harassed her over two decades...
A scene after the Pulwama attack/UNI

Kashmir: India’s Achilles’ Heel

Above: A scene after the Pulwama attack/UNI The horrendous Pulwama killing has caught India napping and shows the need to evolve a holistic strategy to...
Advocates at the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya

Breaking the Yardstick

Above: Advocates at the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi/Photo: Anil Shakya In a move that could transform the judiciary, the Collegium has tweaked a...
Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk

While the government has been crying hoarse about retribution for Pakistan, it has ignored the fact that NSA Ajit Doval’s son, Shaurya, is doing...
Nitish Kumar Chief Minister of Bihar

Nitish Kumar: Murder FIR Still Haunts Him

Above: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar/Photo: UNI A 28-year-old murder case comes back to haunt Bihar CM Nitish Kumar even as he entertains hopes of playing...
THE ABC’s OF L’AFFAIRE RAFALE

Whom Does Rafale Deal Really Sting?

By Inderjit Badhwar In October 2018, I wrote an editorial for India Legal in which I observed that what started off as political sparring between...
Harish-Salve

Jadhav’s Trial In Pakistan Does Not Follow Even Minimum Standards: Harish Salve

The International Court of Justice at The Hague in the Netherlands began hearing in the Kulbhushan Jadhav that will decide the fate of the...
Supreme court

SC won’t interfere to quash Modi Govt’s media advisory for not using the word...

In August last year, the Union I&B Ministry had issued an advisory to media houses asking them to refrain from using the term ‘Dalit’...
No Stay from SC on NGT’s Order To Reopen Tuticorn Sterlite Plant

Protest-hit Sterlite plant to remain shut, SC tells Vedanta to approach Madras HC

In December, the National Green Tribunal had set aside the Tamil Nadu government’s order for shutting down the controversial smelter in Tuticorin The Supreme Court,...
Kulbhushan Jadhav

Four Day Hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav Case To Begin In ICJ On Monday

The International Court of Justice in the Dutch city of The Hague will resume hearings in the high-profile Kulbhushan Jadhav case  for four days...
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (left) and L-G Anil Baijal have been engaged in a turf war due to the apex court’s delay in deciding the case/Photos: UNI

Delhi Govt—L-G Tussle: Capital Confusion

Above: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (left) and L-G Anil Baijal have been engaged in a turf war due to the apex court’s delay in...
Central Information Commission

Appoint information commissioners within 6 months and appointment process of CIC should be same...

The Supreme Court on Friday (Feb 15) directed Centre to fill up all the vacancies of information commissioners within six months. The apex court...
Delhi Govt vs. LG

Delhi Govt vs. LG: SC split on who controls Delhi Babus but tilts scales...

Justice AK Sikri says transfers of officers higher than Joint Secretary under domain of Lieutenant Governor, Justice Ashok Bhushan disagrees The Supreme Court, on Thursday...
Custodial death in the Kotkhai rape-murder case: SC refuses bail to accused as CBI is yet to frame charges against the accused

SC reserves verdict on plea seeking law to prohibit custodial torture

The Supreme Court on Thursday (Feb 14) reserved its verdict on a PIL by former Union Law Minister and Senior Advocate Ashwini Kumar seeking...
Ericsson-Reliance Communications Tussle: Caught in a Tangle

SC Reserves Verdict on Ericsson‘s Contempt Plea Against Anil Ambani

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved judgement on a plea by Ericsson India seeking contempt action against Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) chairman Anil Ambani...
Ashwani Kumar

Need for law against custodial torture: CJI bench hears 4-hour long submission by ex-law...

Reprimanding Kumar for suggesting that the court was impatient with hearing him, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi gave him entire day to present his case Dispelling...

Tabled in Rajya Sabha, C&AG report on Rafale Deal spells more trouble for Modi...

Exhaustive C&AG report punches holes in Modi government’s claims on Rafale deal, says enhancements made in Rafale in 2016 were not needed The much awaited...
Rajeev Kumar

Fifth Day Of CBI Interrogation for Kolkata Police Chief Rajeev Kumar

Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Wednesday appeared before the CBI here for the fifth day of interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam ....
Chief Minister vs L-G: Pyrrhic Victory

Delhiites suffer patiently as they await the long-delayed judgment of SC in the Delhi...

The Supreme Court had cited “Constitutional Morality” in its clarification on the separation of powers between the Delhi government and LG The Supreme Court is...
Mukul Roy/Photo: UNI

BJP leader Mukul Roy applies for anticipatory bail in TMC MLA’s murder case

Roy, three others, have been booked by the West Bengal police for the murder of TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas on February 9 Days after he...
Nageswar-Rao

“This is brazen”: SC fines former interim CBI chief Rao Rs 1 lakh for...

Nageswara Rao had transferred the CBI officer probing the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case in violation of Supreme Court’s orders The Supreme Court, on Tuesday (February...
Defamation

Delhi court records statement of Vivek Doval’s associates in his defamation suit against The...

Pre-summoning arguments scheduled for Feb 22 in defamation case filed by NSA Ajit Doval’s son A Delhi court, on Monday (February 11), recorded the statements...
SORDID EPISODE

SORDID EPISODE

By Inderjit Badhwar I cannot but marvel at the brilliant exposition made by Prof Upendra Baxi of the drama (or was it a farce?) that...
Mamata Banerjee

The Diverse Colours of Federalism

The thin line between “tyranny” and “liberty” is being increasingly seen today. As the federal design of the nation gets transformed, it has paradoxically...
Rafale verdict

Unease in defence accounts service cadre after MoD gets first financial advisor from IA&AS

Gargi Kaul, sister-in-law of SC judge Justice SK Kaul, who was part of SC bench that gave Rafale verdict, made financial advisor to Defence...
Law Ministry May Challenge Delhi HC order allowing NGT chairman, Justice Goel’s NRI daughter to adopt Indian child

Law Ministry May Challenge Delhi HC order allowing NGT chairman, Justice Goel’s NRI daughter...

Preeti Goel Bishop, a naturalized American citizen, had got the Delhi High Court’s nod for inter-country relative adoption despite CARA’s objection By Sumit Saxena The Law...

Modi Govt, Congress trade charges after leaked documents show PMO carried out parallel negotiations...

Ministry of Defence had objected to parallel negotiations by PMO, then Defence minister Parrikar called it an “over reaction” A new political storm erupted over...
Mayawati

SC may direct Mayawati to reimburse exchequer on crores her government spent to erect...

Between 2007 and 2012 Mayawati government had spent over Rs 2600 crores on construction of parks with statues of herself and her party symbol,...
Supreme Court

Another notice issued to Centre on 10 percent EWS quota

Petition filed by Congress worker Tehseen Poonawalla says constitutional amendment to provide quota for economically poor violates Indra Sawhney verdict The Supreme Court, on Friday...
Madras High Court

Madras HC Asks TN Police To Stop Unnecessary “Friday Arrests”

The Madras High Court has asked the Tamil Nadu police to stop making unnecessary arrests, particularly on Fridays, during criminal investigations. “The police must be...
Nageswar-Rao

“God Help You”: SC summons former interim CBI chief Rao for contempt

Nageswara Rao had transferred the officer probing the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case in violation of Supreme Court’s orders In his tearing hurry to transfer all...
TTV Dinakaran (file picture)

Setback for Dhinakaran as SC refuses to grant his party poll symbol

Delhi High Court had last year directed the Election Commission to allot a ‘pressure cooker’ poll symbol to AIADMK breakaway faction led by Dhinakaran In...
Muzzafarpur Shelter Home Case

SC slams Centre, Bihar Govt in Muzzafarpur Shelter Home Case, shifts trial to Delhi...

Supreme Court decision to transfer CBI officer probing the case is a violation of its orders; directs Saket court to complete trial within 6...
Sabarimala temple

To Review Or Not? SC Reserves Sabarimala Order

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on Sabarimala review pleas after a five-judge bench heard the matter for over four hours  on...
Adv Prashant Bhushan

SC issues contempt notice to Prashant Bhushan on Attorney General Venugopal’s plea

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta wants court to give deterrent punishment to Bhushan, Attorney General KK Venugopal disagrees The Supreme Court, on Wednesday (February 6), issued...
NRC

SC To Home Ministry: Your Excuses Are Aimed At Destroying NRC Process

The Supreme Court on Tuesday lashed out at the Union Home Ministry and charged with coming up with different excuses to make sure that...
Supreme Court Photo by anil shakya

Cooperate in Saradha Chit fund investigations: SC to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb 5) directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate in investigations related to Saradha Chit fund scam case...
New Chief, Old CBI and Another Flashpoint

New Chief, Old CBI and Another Flashpoint

The unprecedented slugfest between the CBI and the Kolkata police chief is a result of the same old problem of political interference in key...
Rishi Kumar Shukla

Rishi Kumar Shukla takes charge as new CBI chief

Former DGP of Madhya Pradesh Rishi Kumar Shukla took over the reins of the CBI on Monday even as the central probe agency continued...
Supreme Court

SC to hear tomorrow the CBI plea seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev...

The Supreme Court on Monday (Feb 4) said that it will hear tomorrow the CBI plea seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar...
ECONOMIC FOLLIES

ECONOMIC FOLLIES

By Inderjit Badhwar Budget 2019 will make headlines for a couple of weeks because of unprecedented tax sops to middle class wage earners and related...
Central Bureau of Investigation

Former Madhya Pradesh DGP RK Shukla is new CBI Director

The selection committee mandated for appointing the CBI director finally agreed on the candidature of former Madhya Pradesh Director General of Police, Rishi Kumar...
Photo by Anil Shakya

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code: Creditors’ Paradise

Though the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code is a welcome step in the development of modern bankruptcy laws, it gives more power to creditors than...
A patient after surgery at a hospital in Chhattisgarh. Lack of doctors and nurses is hampering the NRHM in the state (Representative image)/Photo: UNI

National Rural Health Mission: Not Keeping Well

Above: A patient after surgery at a hospital in Chhattisgarh. Lack of doctors and nurses is hampering the NRHM in the state (Representative image)/Photo:...
Not a vote-on-account: Highlights – Union Budget 2019

Not a vote-on-account: Highlights – Union Budget 2019

Interim finance minister Piyush Goyal presents a populist Union Budget full of sops for middle class, farmers and cows to make BJP battle ready...
CBI Head Quarters

New CBI Director soon: Centre tells SC

The Centre’s response came after the Supreme Court questioned why the agency had not got a full-time director yet after Alok Verma’s sacking on January...
Supreme Court

SC seeks CBI, Interim Director response on DSP Bassi’s plea challenging his transfer to...

The Supreme Court on Friday (Feb 1) issued notice and sought response from CBI and CBI Interim Director M Nageshwara Rao on a plea...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Sabarimala case: Constitution Bench to hear review petitions on Feb 6

As many as 49 petitions challenging the landmark verdict allowing women entry into the Sabarimala shrine have been filed in the Supreme Court The Supreme...
CBI registers FIR against its special director Asthana against Rs 3 crore bribery allegation

SC dismisses plea challenging tainted IPS officer Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as civil aviation security...

Facing probe in a corruption case, Asthana had been moved out of the CBI but appointed director general of the Bureau of Civil Aviation...
Nageswar-Rao

After CJI and Justice Sikri, Justice Ramana too refuses to hear plea against interim...

Ball back in Chief Justice Gogoi’s court for listing petition before another bench while suspense continues over appointment of next CBI Director For the third...
CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Fresh cases to be listed for hearing within a week of filing in the...

Soon after assuming office, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said that a new system for hearing fresh cases filed in the Supreme Court will...
Karti Chidambaram

Supreme Court Allows Karti To Travel Abroad, Gives Him Specific Dates To Appear Before...

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, to travel abroad but only after depositing ₹10 crore...
Supreme Court

Supreme Court Once Again Refuses To Stay SC/ST Amendment Act

The Supreme Court on Wednesday once again declined to stay the stay amendments to the SC/ST Act that restored the no anticipatory bail provision and...
Supreme Court Bar Association

Collegium Should Not Revisit Decisions Without Strong Reasons: SCBA

The Executive Committee of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), in its meeting last week expressed its concern over the decision of the Supreme Court...
Kerala High Court

Four In A Row: Yet Another Kerala HC Bench Recuses On Church Row

Yet another bench of the Kerala High Court—the fourth so far—has withdrawn from hearing the Piravom Church dispute case. A bench led by Justice...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

Poll Vault: Centre moves SC seeking transfer of land near Ayodhya disputed site to...

Supreme Court had ordered status quo on 67.7 acres of land acquired by the central government in 1993, Modi regime says only 0.313 acres...
Supreme Court

Tamil Nadu Govt Approaches Supreme Court against Madras HC Appointed Retired IG of Police

By Sumit Saxena The Tamil Nadu government on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of retired Inspector General of Police A G Ponn...
Supreme Court

SC Judges Fume on Call-Drops Issues on the Campus

The Supreme Court judges are facing a major challenge in establishing communication over phone inside the court complex. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a...
Supreme Court constitutes Constitutional Bench on a petition against Sanskrit prayer in Kendriya Vidyalayas

Supreme Court constitutes Constitutional Bench on a petition against Sanskrit prayer in Kendriya Vidyalayas

Article 28(1) of the Indian Constitution says “No religion instruction shall be provided in any education institution wholly maintained out of State funds.”  A bench...
HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

By Inderjit Badhwar On the eve of India’s Republic Day, I chanced upon an essay I wrote on the occasion of the nation’s 68th anniversary....
Modi’s Last Chance: 2019-20 Interim-Budget

Modi’s Last Chance: 2019-20 Interim-Budget

Above Photo: UNI By Sanjiv Bhatia In a few weeks, the Finance Minister will present the country’s budget for the fiscal year 2019-20. It will be...
EX ICICI Boss Chanda Kochhar

CBI FIR Details How Ex ICICI Boss Kochar Frauded Her Own Bank

On Thursday, the Central Bureau of Investigation  had register an FIR against Chanda Kochhar and his husband Deepak Kochhar and companies, Videocon group MD Venugopal...
Sabarimala temple

Kerala Corrects Lie In Affidavit Given To SC, Says Only 17 Women Entered Temple

A red faced Kerala government, after filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court last week that 51 women had entered the Sabarimala temple after...
Supreme Court

SC issues notice to Centre on pleas challenging 10% EWS quota

Modi government given 4 weeks to reply to notice on petitions demanding that new quota for economically poor be struck down In a minor victory...

Interim CBI chief appointment: First CJI and now Justice Sikri too recuses from...

Justice AK Sikri was part of the selection committee that had decided to dismiss Alok Verma as CBI Director on January 10 Days after Chief...
Supreme Court

SC refuses to stay SC/ST Amendment Act, 2018

The apex court on Thursday (Jan 24) declined to stay SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2018 saying that petitions against the amendment and...
Madan B Lokur

More transparency in Apex Court needed: Justice Madan B Lokur

The famous “open rebellion” press conference held by the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court last year, was justified because it helped make...
Priyanka Gandhi

Congress ropes in ‘brahmastra’ Priyanka, debuts as AICC general secretary

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to be in-charge of the party’s affairs in eastern UP, will take charge from February first week For long, the Congress party...
Supreme Court

SC Grants Bail to Four Convicts In Gujarat 2002 Riots Case, Terms Conviction by...

The Supreme Court has ordered the release of four persons, convicted by the Gujarat High Court in connections with the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots...
Sabarimala Temple

First Woman To Enter Sabarimala Temple Now Locked Out Of Home

Four days after the Supreme Court ordered that a 40 year old woman,  among the first two to enter the Sabarimala temple in defiance...
Coal Scam: Govt of Maharashtra informs Patiala house court that unavailability of papers hampering investigation

Defamation suit against Jairam, Caravan: Delhi court to record statement of Vivek Doval, two...

A Delhi court on Tuesday (Jan 22) said that it will record the statement of complainant Vivek Doval, son of NSA Ajit Doval and...
Sabarimala temple

SC to hear review petitions against Sabarimala verdict after Jan 30

Justice Indu Malhotra, who dissented with the landmark verdict and is set to be on the bench hearing the review, is on medical leave The...
M J Akbar

Delhi Court to decide on summons to journalist Priya Ramani in MJ Akbar’s defamation...

Former Union minister MJ Akbar had filed a criminal defamation case against Ramani over allegations of sexual harassment The Patiala House Court in Delhi will,...
Nageswar-Rao

CJI recuses himself from case challenging appointment of interim CBI chief

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had authored the verdict that reinstated Alok Verma and is part of the selection panel that will appoint the next...
Setting the Clock Back?

Supreme Court Collegium: Setting the Clock Back?

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence The elevation of two judges to the Court by the Collegium after superseding many High Court judges raises questions of...
Encounter Killings: The Gun Toting Yogi

Encounter Killings: The Gun Toting Yogi

The Uttar Pradesh government’s encounter policy has met with widespread condemnation, forcing the Supreme Court to examine a plea for a court-monitored probe By Govind...
Kanhaiya Kumar

JNU sedition: Court refuses to accept chargesheet, tells Delhi police to get AAP govt’s...

Delhi police had filed its chargesheet against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhhatacharya and others on January 14 In an interesting twist to the controversial...
Sabarimala Temple

Kerala Govt Affidavit In SC A Lie, List Of 51 Women Has One Man

The Kerala government’s affidavit filed in the Supreme Court listing the names and details of 51 women who its claims were between the ages...
Supreme Court Photo by anil shakya

SC Collegium resolution for elevations to Delhi High Court

The Supreme Court Collegium has arrived at a resolution wherein it has considered the candidature of four advocates, regarding their elevation to the Delhi...
Relief for Rakesh Asthana

Transferred from CBI, graft-tainted Rakesh Asthana made aviation security boss

Senior officers, AK Sharma and MK Sinha, both confidantes of sacked CBI director Alok Verma, also transferred out of the probe agency Soon after the...
Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

Provide 24X7 security to women who entered Sabarimala: SC to Kerala

Plea filed by petitioners Kanakdurga and Bindu had claimed there was a threat to their life ever since they entered the sacred shrine The Supreme...
Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Justice Sanjeev Khanna takes oath as Supreme Court judges

Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Justice Sanjeev Khanna takes oath as Supreme Court judges

Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Sanjeev Khanna sworn in as judges of the Supreme Court today. CJI Ranjan Gogoi administered the oath to the...
Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Jailhouse Is Home As CBI Court Hands out Life Imprisonment to Ram Rahim,...

By Vipin Pubby in Chandigarh A CBI court in Panchkula has sentenced controversial godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim and three other to life imprisonment for the...
Supreme Court

Finalise shortlist for Lokpal appointment by Feb-end: SC to Centre’s search panel

Search committee led by retired SC judge, Justice Ranjana Desai was constituted on September 27 to recommend names but has not held a single...

Mumbai bar girls case: SC quashes some of Maharashtra govt’s orders on licensing and...

Observing that all the conditions laid down by the Maharashtra govt on the functioning of dance bars in Mumbai can’t be allowed, the apex...
Govt Notifies Appointment Of Two SC Judges As Controversy Rages

Govt Notifies Appointment Of Two SC Judges As Controversy Rages

Even as controversy raged over the recommendations for their elevation, the government late on Wednesday notified the appointments of Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Dinesh...
Bar Council of India/Photo: Anil Shakya

Bar Council of India To Meet SC Collegium To Seek Withdrawal of Elevation of...

Protests against the elevation of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjeev Khanna to the Supreme Court continue to mount with the Bar Council of India...

Judiciary must share equal blame for lapses in 1984 riots cases: SIT head Justice...

By Puneet Nicholas Yadav An exclusive interview to India Legal Over three decades after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the legal process of bringing the arsonists to justice...
Nuns Who Protested Against Alleged “Rapist” Bishop Asked To Leave Convent

Nuns Who Protested Against Alleged “Rapist” Bishop Asked To Leave Convent

The Jallandhar based Missionaries of Jesus has served notice of transfer to four of the nuns who protested against Bishop Franco in the rape...
supreme court

SC’s Thumbs Down To Five States On Appointment of DGP’s

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the plea by five states which wanted to appoint DGPs through an internal state committee rather than by the...
M Nageswara Rao

Supreme Court To Hear Next Week Plea Chellenging Rao’s Appointment As CBI Chief

The Supreme Court will hear next week a petition challenging M Nageswara Rao's appointment as the interim chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation...

Violence Erupts In Sabarimala Again As Protestors Forcibly Send Women Back

Violence returned to Sabarimala early on Wednesday after two women who tried to enter the temple were stopped by a massive group of protestiors...

No More Historical Blunders Please, Justice Gambhir’s Plea to President Kovind

Former Delhi High Court judge Kailash Gambhir has taken strong exception to the recommendation for elevation by the Supreme Court Collegium of Justices Dinesh...
Mallikarjun Kharge

Kharge Writes to PM, Protests Appointment of Rao as CBI Interim Director

Senior Congress leader and leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has written to the prime minister Narendra Modi  raising objections...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

Hearing On Sabarimala Review Petitions Postponed, No Fresh Dates Announced

The clutch of review petitions on the issue of women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple will not be taken up, as originally scheduled, on...
NCW seeks probe into professor waxing eloquent on virtues of virginity

NCW seeks probe into professor waxing eloquent on virtues of virginity

The National Commission for Women has asked the West Bengal police to probe the reported remarks of a Jadavpur University Professor in his Facebook...
Kanhaiya Kumar

Sedition charges against Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Shehla Rashid in Delhi Police chargesheet

FIR was filed against the former JNU students for allegedly raising anti-national slogans at an event organized to protest hanging of Afzal Guru Nearly three...
SC notice to Centre on controversial surveillance order

SC notice to Centre on controversial surveillance order

The Ministry of Home Affairs had, on December 20, issued an order allowing 10 government agencies to monitor information generated from any computer The Supreme...
Alok Verma

CBI: Gathering Storm

Above: Alok Verma The sordid episode of CBI director Alok Verma’s reinstatement and later sacking shows the power games embroiling India’s top investigating agency. As...
All-India Judicial Service

All-India Judicial Service: A Long Overdue Reform

Above: Lawyers at Gurugram District and Sessions Courts/Photo: Anil Shakya Unlike other public services, the judiciary gets less meritorious candidates due to frustrating procedures...
(L-R) Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s brilliant scholarship on constitutional morality is significant to understand the concept (Photo credit: World Economic Forum/Photo Eric Miller emiller@iafrica.COM ) ; Andre Beteille has made a value-added distinction between “constitutional democracy” and “populist democracy” (Photo credit: Facebook)

IS THE CONSTITUTION MORAL?

Above: (L-R) Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s brilliant scholarship on constitutional morality is significant to understand the concept (Photo credit: World Economic Forum/Photo Eric Miller emiller@iafrica.COM...
After unceremonious exit as CBI director, Alok Verma moves Supreme Court

Removed As CBI Director 48 Hours After Reinstatement, Alok Verma Quits Service

A day after he was transferred out of the office of CBI Director and posted as Director general of Fire services, Alok Verma refused to...
CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana

Delhi HC Rejects CBI Spl Dir Rakesh Asthana’s Plea For Quashing FIRs

The Delhi High Court has dismissed the plea filed by CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana and suspended DSP Devender Kumar seeking quashing of FIRs...
Gurmeet Ram Rahim (file picture). Photo: UNI

Baba Ram Rahim, Three Others Convicted in Journalist Murder Case; Sentence On Jan 17

A special CBI court in Panchkula convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others on Friday in the murder case...
Alok Verma

48 hours after reinstatement by SC, selection panel shunts out Alok Verma as CBI...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Justice AK Sikri agree on transferring Verma out, Mallikarjun Kharge gives dissent note Just two days after the Supreme Court...
Supreme Court

Constitutional Amendment to enable quota for upper castes challenged in SC

Amendments to Article 15 and 16, passed by Parliament, aimed at introducing 10 per cent reservation for economically poor forward classes A day after the...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

Ayodhya matter: Hearing to commence on January 29, Justice Lalit recuses from Constitution Bench

During his stint as a lawyer, Justice Lalit had appeared for former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh in a case linked to the title...
Central Bureau of Investigation

After 77 Days, Alok Verma Returns To Director’s 10th Floor Office At CBI...

Alok Verma resumed work on Wednesday as the CBI Director, 77 days after the Narendra Modi government sent him on forced leave after the...

CJI Gogoi nominates Justice Sikri to be part of panel that will decide Alok...

Chief Justice had authored the judgment that reinstated Verma as the CBI director but said his continuance is subject to clearance by the selection...

Reservation Bill For General category Poor To Be Introduced In Rajya Sabha Today

The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Bill bill that seeks to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor will...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

CJI Ranjan Gogoi constitutes 5-judge bench to hear Ayodhya title suit, hearing on Jan...

Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud – all in line to be elevated as Chief Justice of India until 2024...
CBI chief designate Alok Kumar Verma. Photo: UNI

SC reinstates Alok Verma as CBI director but he isn’t out of the woods...

Supreme Court rules that Selection Committee for the CBI director must meet within a week to decide on further orders against Alok Verma The Supreme...

CBI vs CBI: SC re-instates Alok Verma

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside Oct 23 order of CVC divesting Alok Verma of his charge to act as head of the CBI. SC...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

2019 Poll bugle: Modi Govt approves Bill to grant 10% quota for economically poor...

A constitutional amendment will have to be passed to implement the decision which contravenes the Supreme Court mandated cap of 50 per cent quota With...

Will Sent To Jail Anyone Who Persists With Using Act Struck Down: SC

The Supreme Court has taken strong exception to arrests of individuals under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act even after it was struck...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Govt Will Push Triple Talaq Bill Again In Rajya Sabha Today

The government will make another attempt on Monday to get the Triple Talaq bill passed in Rajya Sabha despite the numbers being heavily stashed...
Is Big Brother Watching?

Is Big Brother Watching?

Two recent notices by the government kicked up a storm over allegations that they would compromise privacy. However, they seem to be attempts to...
Welcome: The Best and the Brightest

Welcome: The Best and the Brightest

Above: Highly-skilled migrants to the UK, who have been seeking equity, can hope for a bright future in the light of new visa proposals/Photo:...
STRIKING A BALANCE

STRIKING A BALANCE

Above: Violent protests in Kerala over Sabarimala/Photo: Kaviyoor Santhosh ~By Inderjit Badhwar It is impossible to decipher, as the agitation over expansion of rights of...
Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit

SC fixes Jan 10 for hearing of arguments in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit

The Supreme Court bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul on Friday decided that it will hear arguments in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri...
Reports of more women heading for Sabarimala keep local police on high alert

Six Kerala MPs Give Adjournment Motion Notice Against ‘Defiling’ of Sabarimala Diety

Six Lok Sabha MPs from Kerala, among them a Christian and a Muslim, have given notice for an adjournment motion to raise the issue...
Sabarimala Purification Is Contempt Of Supreme Court Verdict, Haul Up Head Priest: Kerala Minister

Sabarimala Purification Is Contempt Of Supreme Court Verdict, Haul Up Head Priest: Kerala Minister

Even as violence engulfed parts of Kerala after two women, with the full backing of the Marxist led government entered the Sabarimala temple, debate...
Ayodhya Back To The Fore In Supreme Court On Friday

Ayodhya Back To The Fore In Supreme Court On Friday

The Ayodhya issue takes centrestage once again on Friday when a Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi takes up the Babri Masjid-Ram...
Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

Finally, Under The Cover Of Dark, Two Women Sneak Into Sabarimala Temple

The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, which was shut down earlier today “for purification” after two women of menstrual age sneaked in before dawn...
Former BJP Minister Sinha

Former BJP Minister Sinha and Shourie Seek Review Of Dec 14 Rafale Judgement

Former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie on Wednesday petitioned the Supreme Court, seeking review of its December 14 verdict dismissing all PILs...

Government, Opposition All Set To Lock Horns Over Triple Talaq, Rafale JPC in Parliament

The government and the opposition are all set to lock horns in Parliament on Wednesday as the Rajya Sabha meets for the first time...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

31 Lakh Women To Form 620 Km Long “Wall” Across Kerala For Gender Equality,...

Lakhs of women from across Kerala are expected to form a 620 km state sponsored 'Women's Wall on Tuesday to uphold gender equality in...

First Chief Justice of Telangana HC takes oath

Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan took oath as the first Chief Justice of Telangana High Court on Tuesday. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan...

Left Double Standards To The Fore, Once Again

Above: Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II (Centre) met Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (in white) regarding the church case (file picture)/Photo: UNI Kerala’s Marxist...

Last Day of 2018 Is Last Day Of Freedom For Sajjan Kumar Who Surrenders...

Former Congress MP and a convict in the 1984 anti-sikh riots Sajjan Kumar on Monday surrendered before Delhi’s Karkardooma Court and immediately sent to the...
Non-mentioning of Nikah Halala petition during SC vacation irks CJI

Opposition Stalls Rajya Sabha Over Triple Talaq: House Adjourned Till Jan 2

The Rajya Sabha was today adjourned until Wednesday following still resistance put up by the opposition parties  to the Triple Talaq Bill that seeks...
Opposition forces adjournment of RS, Anti-Triple Talaq Bill to be discussed tomorrow

Triple Talaq Bill In Rajya Sabha Today, Opposition To Fight Tooth and Nail

The Triple Talaq bill that seeks to  make the practice of instant divorce among Muslims a criminal offence with a provision of three-year jail...

What Section 102 Cr.P.C envisages

Above Photo: UNI  Section 102 Cr.P.C, the powers of the police officer, the procedure, compliance, non-compliance, and remedy to the aggrieved By K Raghavacharyulu We often come...

Important Judgments of 2018

Above: 3D illustration by Quince Media via Pixabay.com CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AADHAAR IS VALID Date of Judgment: September 26, 2018 In a 4:1 verdict, a constitutional bench of the Supreme...
Baba Ramdev

Share Some Of Profits With Farmers And Agriculturists, Uttarakhand HC Tells Ramdev Owned Company

~By Shaheen Parween The Uttarakhand High Court had ordered a company associated with Baba Ramdev to share a percentage of its profits with the local...
Our Most-Read Stories of 2018

Our Most-Read Stories of 2018

~By Inderjit Badhwar India Legal maintains its advancement and evolution. There’s nothing mechanical about this. The magazine’s expansion, predominantly online, is owing to the editors...
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa Death: Probe Commission Summons UK Doctor Who Treated Late CM

The Justice Arumugasamy commission, tasked with inquiring into the death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, on Friday summoned Dr Richard Beale, the UK...

Congratulations and Commiserations For Hyderabad Lawyers

Barely hours after President Ramnath Kovind ordered the separation of the Hyderabad High Court into two separate HCs of the states of Andhra Pradesh and...
Sabarimala

Kerala Government’s U-Turn On Sabarimala: Women Need Not Go

In a virtual admission of defeat and its inability to fulfil the assurances given to the Supreme Court and the High Court, the Kerala...
NIA Busting ISIS Module Would Not Have Been Possible Without Surveillance

NIA Busting ISIS Module Would Not Have Been Possible Without Surveillance

The Union Finance Minister lashed out at the opposition parties for criticizing the government over the recent computer surveillance order, saying the raids and...

Government, Opposition Lock Horns In Lok Sabha Over Triple Talaq Bill

After several fits and starts and adjournments, the Lok Sabha on Thursday got down to business with the Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabling...

President Issues Notification Ordering Two Separate HCs for AP and Telengana

President Ramnath Kovind on Wednesday ordered the separation of the Hyderabad High Court into two separate HCs of the states of Andhra Pradesh and...

Delhi HC To Centre: Why Only Three Castes In President’s Bodyguard?

Image Source: YouTube The Delhi High Court has sought the Centre’s response on a PIL a plea alleging that only three castes were considered for...
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid title dispute

Babri Masjid Action Commiitee To Petition SC If Temple Ordinance Is Issued

The Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC)  will file a petition in the Supreme Court in case the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre...
Aadhaar case: SC to pronounce verdict tomorrow

UIDAI Says Aadhaar not compulsory for admission in schools

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asserted that schools cannot make the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar card mandatory for student admission in schools. UIDAI...
Sabarimala

Kerala Govt’s Assurances To SC On Sabarimala Women’s Entry Amount To Nothing

 Above Photo: UNI The Kerala Government’s assurances to the Supreme Court and the state High Court   to provide security to women who want to offer...

23 ministers take oath in Rajasthan cabinet

A total of twenty-three ministers took oath as Ministers in newly-formed government in Rajasthan lead by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin...

Potholes: Split Wide Open

Above: A road filled with potholes in Mumbai, a common sight during the monsoon/Photo: newsmobile.in The Supreme Court has held authorities responsible for deaths due...
Supreme Court

Promise and Performance

Above: Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya A year-end analysis of key controversial issues the apex court will have to confront when it reconvenes after its winter...
HOOLIGANISM AND THUGGERY

“HOOLIGANISM AND THUGGERY”

~By Inderjit Badhwar The mob violence in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh on December 3, 2018, instigated and engineered with malicious intent, which led to the...
Tandoor Murder Case

After 29 Years Behind Bars, Delhi HC Orders that Tandoor Murderer Sushil Be Set...

The Delhi High Court on Friday ordered that Sushil Sharma, who has spent the last 29 years in jail for the killing of his...
CBI court restrains media from reporting on Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case trial

Special CBI Court Acquits all 22 accused in Sohrabuddin Encounter Case

A special CBI court in Mumbai has acquitted all 22 accused in the encounter deaths of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his...

1984 riots: Delhi HC dismisses Sajjan Kumar’s plea seeking more time to surrender

The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar’s petition which sought more time to surrender. Yesterday, Kumar had filed plea seeking...
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Determined to Block BJP Yatra, WB Govt To Appeal Against HC Order

The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is determined to block the BJP”s Rath Yatra for which the Calcutta High Court yesterday granted permission....
CBI court restrains media from reporting on Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case trial

13 Years Later, Court To Give Verdict On Sohrabuddin-Prajapati Fake Encounter Case

A special CBI court in Mumbai is set to decide on Friday what has come to be known as the Sohrabuddin Sheikh-Tulsiram Prajapati fake...
West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee has been landed with a serious law and order situation. Photo: UNI

Mamata Too Punctures Stalin’s “Rahul For Joint Oppn PM Candidate” Proposal

Mamata Banerjee has joined the long list of opposition leaders to reject the proposal by the DMK Supremo MK Stalin that Rahul Gandhi be...
The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley making a statement about the provision of financial resolution and deposit Insurance bill 2017, regarding protecting the interest of depositors and removing any misgivings in this regards, in New Delhi on December 11, 2017/Photo: PIB

After Two Years Of Denial, Govt Admits Death Due To Demonetisation

The Narendra Modi government has for the first time admitted the death of people in connection with the November 2016 demonetisation drive, saying four...

Former bureaucrats write open letter condemning killing of Bulandshahr Inspector

An open letter written by former bureaucrats has condemned the recent killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh in Bulandshahr. Below is the text of...
Parliament

Both Houses of Parliament Paralysed As Govt, Oppn Lock Horns Over Rafale, Triple Talaq...

The government and the opposition locked horns in and outside Parliament over a host of issues including the Rafale deal, Ram Janambhoomi, Triple Talaq,...
1984 anti-Sikh riots

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Delhi HC hands out life imprisonment to Sajjan Kumar (Read Full...

The Delhi High Court on Monday convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. Kumar was sentenced to life imprisonment. A bench...

2019 Elections: Role Reversal

Above: Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi with farmers from Tamil Nadu during a protest demonstration seeking loan waivers in New Delhi in March this...

A Dangerous Precedent?

Above: Attorney General KK Venugopal criticised the SC for giving itself enormous powers By Upendra Baxi In a surprising attack on constitutional morality, Attorney General KK...

HINDUTVA—THE HARD AND THE SOFT OF IT

By Inderjit Badhwar Self-serving, sanctimonious political punditry was at its most brazen display on the Indian airwaves last week. TV anchors and analysts and print...
Mallikarjun Kharge

Oppn Leader Kharge Accuses AG, CAG Of Lying Before Apex Court

The leader of the opposition in the Lok sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress said on Saturday that he would summon the Attorney General, and...

Rahul Brokers Peace In Rajasthan, Gehlot To Be CM, Pilot His Deputy

The tussle is finally over in Rajasthan. Two time chief minister Ashok Gehlot will once again occupy the chair while Sachin Pilot, the young...
Rafale verdict

SC Throws Out Pleas For Court Monitored Probe Into Rafale Deal

In a major boost to the government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all petitions that sought a court-monitored probe in the multi-billion dollar...
Kamal Nath

Kamal Nath is MP CM, Rahul To Take Today On Contentious Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh

Veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Kamalnath will be the new chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. His appointment was announced late on Thursday...

Interpol Issues Red Corner Notice Against PNB Scam Co-accused Mehul Choksi

Interpol has issued a a Red Corner notice against Mehul Choksi, the co-accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. The notice was...
SC seeks details of Rafale Deal decision-making process from Centre

Supreme Court To Give Verdict On Rafale Deal Probe Today

The Supreme Court will on Friday (December 14) pass judgement on a clutch of petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rafale fighter jet...

Congress CMs for Rajasthan, MP and Chattisgarh To Be Named Shortly

Chief Ministerial hopefuls from the three states that the Congress bagged in the recent assembly elections are in Delhi  for meeting with the party...
Congress Leaders Meet Guv, Stake Claim For Government in MP

Congress Leaders Meet Guv, Stake Claim For Government in MP

A Congress delegation led by the Madhya Pradesh party chief Kamal Nath met the state governor Anandiben Patel and staked claim to form the...

Congress MLAs Overwhelmingly For Sachin Pilot As CM

As the Congress party president Rahul Gandhi readies to take a final call on the next chief minister of Rajasthan after consultations with senior...

Kerala Govt Moves HC For More Time To Implement SC Order on Church

Above: St Mary's Church In Piravom. Photo by: Captain/commons.wikimedia The Kerala government has filed an affidavit  in the High Court seeking more time and “operational...

Score 3-0 as MP, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh reject BJP and opt for Congress

If the results that were out on Tuesday of the elections to the five state assemblies are taken a barometer for the 2019 Lok...
Modi’s decision to go in for a desperate remedy of pulling out 86 per cent of cash from the hands of the people was bound to set off a fierce debate. Photo: UNI

PM Modi Is Mum As BJP Takes A Battering In Assembly Polls

As early trends indicated a battering for the BJP led NDA in the elections to five state assemblies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi withheld comment...
RBI governor Dr. Urjit R Patel. Photo: UNI

RBI Governor Urjit Patel Resigns Citing Personal Reasons

Citing personal reasons, RBI Governor Urjit Patel resigned from his post with immediate effect. “On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down...
Will cases against Vijay Mallya force his American breweries to shut shop?

London Court Orders Extradition of Fugitive Bizman Mallya To India

The Westminister Court in London has ordered the extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to India. After a trial spread over nearly ten months,  in...
People queuing up at a polling booth in Moradabad, UP. Photo: UNI

Huge Setback For BJP in Curtain Raiser to 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

If the initial trends in the results of the elections to the five state assemblies are a barometer for the 2019 Lok Sabha, the...
AgustaWestland case: Delhi court will act upon recent chargesheet by ED on July 23

Chopper Scam: Christian Michel’s CBI Custody Extended By Five Days

A Special Court in Delhi on Monday extended the CBI custody of Christian Michel the alleged middleman in the Rs 3600 crore AugustaWestland Chopper...
Vijay Mallya

Mallya’s Fate To Be Decided In London Court Today

The fate of Vijay Mallya,  the once ‘king of good times’ now going through terribly bad times will be decided on Monday as the...

GDP Figures: Gaming the System

Consumption, investment, government spending and exports were all higher under the Manmohan Singh government than under Modi. Yet, somehow, revisions of past GDP numbers...

“Mobocracy in the garb of democracy can never be justified”

Above: Chief of NHRC, Justice HL Dattu On the occasion of International Human Rights Day (December 10), JUSTICE HL DATTU, chief of the National Human...
DANGEROUS ESCALATION

DANGEROUS ESCALATION

Last week, a courageous police officer with an impeccable service record was brutally murdered in UP’s Bulandshahr by those who fit the description of...
Vijay Mallya

SC seeks response from ED on Mallya’s plea to stay fugitive proceedings

Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Enforcement Directorate (ED) on a plea filed by Vijay Mallya seeking stay on the proceedings instituted by...

Nirav Modi’s Illegal Bungalow Razed To Ground: Maha Govt To Bombay HC

The Maharashtra government has informed the Bombay High Court that it had demolished fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi's illegal bungalow built along the beach at...

Alok Verma case: Arguments over, SC reserves order

Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reserves order on petition filed by CBI director with his retirement, on Jan 18, fast approaching The Supreme...
CBI chief designate Alok Kumar Verma. Photo: UNI

CBI vs. CBI: CJI Gogoi quizzes Solicitor General on decision against Alok Verma

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi poses pointed questions on why the selection panel was not consulted before removing Verma With the date of CBI director-in-exile Alok...

Congress Sacks Lawyer Who Represented Chopper Scam Middleman Michel From Party

The Congress late on Wednesday fired a Delhi  based lawyer from  the party after a controversy erupted over him representing Augusta Westland chopper deal...
Christian Michel

Augusta Westland Scam: British Middleman Michel Sent To 5 Day CBI Custody

Special CBI judge Arvind Kumar on Wednesday sent Christian Michel , the alleged middleman in the Rs 3600 crore Augusta Westland scam to CBI...
Supreme Court

Alok Verma case: Centre acted to save CBI’s reputation, AG tells SC

Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta make submissions to justify the Centre’s action against CBI director Alok Verma The Supreme Court resumed...
Coal block scam

Coal block scam: Ex coal secretary HC Gupta sentenced to 3-year jail term, gets...

Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar had convicted Gupta and others for irregularities in allotment of coal blocks to Vikash Metals & Power Limited in...

UP CM Yogi Calls Post Bulandshahar Meeting….To Discuss Cow Slaughter

Image  Source: Twitter Taking time off from his election campaign for the BJP in neighouring Rajasthan to to hold meetings with his officials in the...

British Middleman In Chopper Deal Arrested, To be Produced In Court Today

British National Christian James Michael, the  alleged middleman in the Rs 3700 crore Augusta Westland chopper scam was extradited to India from Dubai and...

SC Hearing On CBI Chief Verma’s Plea To Resume Today

The Supreme Court will resume the hearing today in the CBI Director Alok Verma’s petition challenging the Centre’s order divesting him of powers and asking him...

Former SGPC chief Jagir Kaur acquitted in daughter’s murder case

Former Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) chief Bibi Jagir Kaur was acquitted in the murder case of her daughter Harpreet Kaur by the Punjab...
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with ex-President Sonia Gandhi addressing the media. Photo: UNI

SC Allows Sonia, Rahul Tax Reassessment, Restrains IT Dept from Coercive Action

The Income Tax Department can continue with the tax reassessment that it ordered for the 2011-12 on Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother...
Sabarimala temple

Kerala Govt to SC: High Court Coming In Way Of Implementing Apex Court Orders

The Kerala government has moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of all cases pertaining to Sabarimala pending before the High Court to the apex...
Zakia Jafri. Photo: YouTube

Zakia Jafri’s Plea For Fresh Probe Into 2002 Gujarat Riots Adjourned To January

The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned to the third week of January an appeal by Zakia Jafri for investigation into larger conspiracy in 2002...

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...

Security: Can India Handle Another 26/11?

Above: Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao (in the middle) and CM Devendra Fadnavis (in blue jacket) paying tributes to martyrs on 26/11/Photo: UNI Even 10 years...
Farmers from different states at the Kisan Mukti March in Delhi. Led by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, they were demanding loan waivers and better prices for their produce/Photo: UNI

IT IS THE FARMER, STUPID!

Above: Farmers from different states at the Kisan Mukti March in Delhi. Led by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, they were demanding...
Section 144 At Sabarimala To End Tonight, Likely Extension As Tension Continues

HC Appointed Sabarimala Observers Panel To Start Work Tomorrow

The three member observers panel appointed by the Kerala High Court to oversee and ensure that pilgrimage season passes off peacefully will have its...

SC issues notice to Ramdev on plea to lift injunction against book on his...

Delhi High Court had reaffirmed an injunction on Godman to Tycoon, published by Juggernaut Books, which details Ramdev’s controversial commercial success A little over a...
Justice Kurian Joseph being presented memento by SCBA officer bearers and fellow judges at his retirement/Photo: Anil Shakya

Justice Kurian Joseph Given Warm Send Off

Above: Justice Kurian Joseph being presented memento by SCBA officer bearers and fellow judges at his retirement/Photo: Anil Shakya On his last working day in...
Alok Verma

Part 2: Centre, not selection panel, is the appointing authority for CBI chief, AG...

Attorney General says the job of the selection committee is limited to recommending names for post of CBI chief, government free to make its...
CBI chief designate Alok Kumar Verma. Photo: UNI

Part I: Nariman argues CBI chief can’t be transferred without consulting collegium

Chief Justice Gogoi says court will first hear arguments on whether the CBI chief can be removed or transferred without consulting the selection panel With...
supreme court

SC raps Delhi, WB and Assam for tardy pace of judicial appointments, summons CSs

The Supreme Court is hearing petitions pertaining to vacant posts in various courts across the country. On Thursday, the top court was informed on the...
Death Sentence

Death row convict’s sentence commuted to life but SC split on validity of death...

In a 2:1 majority verdict, Justices Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta upheld validity of death sentence while Justice Kurian Joseph gave a dissenting opinion The...
Supreme Court

SC Slap For Bihar Govt, Transfers All Shelter Homes Cases To CBI

A day after it showed its anger at the Bihar Government’s tardy response to the investigations into the shelter home abuse, the Supreme Court...
Sabarimala Temple No Place For Protests, Demonstrations: Kerala HC

Sabarimala Temple No Place For Protests, Demonstrations: Kerala HC

The Kerala High Court  has held that the Sabarimala temple and its surroundings cannot be turned into a protest venue and banned all demonstrations...
Muzaffarpur Shelter Home: SC Slams Nitish Government, calls it “Inhuman and Shameless”

Muzaffarpur Shelter Home: SC Slams Nitish Government, calls it “Inhuman and Shameless”

The Supreme Court on Tuesday lashed out at the Nitish Kumar government, accusing it of being lackadaisical in its response to the recent cases...
Aircel-Maxis case

Govt gives CBI sanction to prosecute Chidambaram, court extends his interim protection till Dec...

Decision of the Patiala House Court comes after CBI says it needs two more weeks to get sanction to prosecute others in the alleged...
Supreme Court

SC could examine validity of anti-graft law amended by Modi Govt

Notice issued to Centre on petition challenging validity of Section 17A of PC Act that mandates governmental nod for inquiry against any bureaucrats The Supreme...

Modi, Naidu and CJI Gogoi greets nation on Constitution Day

On the occasion of Constitution Day today, judges and various leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted the...
Rafale verdict

French NGO Files Complaints With Prosecutor’s Office Over Rafale Deal

A Paris based NGO has filed a corruption complaint with the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office to clarify under which conditions 36 fighter aircraft produced...

We’ve Come a Long Way

Constitution Day (November 26) is an occasion to look at the performance of the State in terms of constitutional governance on the one hand,...

Constitution Day: Making of India

November 26 is celebrated as Constitution Day, in celebration of the remarkable document that represents the supreme law of India, the Constitution of India,...

THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND THE MESSENGER

By Inderjit Badhwar It is not easy to fathom as an outsider whether the recent outburst of indignation by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi at the...
Sabarimala Temple

Can Reserve Two Days Exclusively For Women, Kerala Govt Tells HC

The Kerala government has submitted to the High Court that it was willing to reserve two days during the ongoing pilgrim season exclusively for...
Kerala High Court

High Court says remove restrictions, police want them In place

Despite the Kerala High Court ordering the state government to remove all restrictions placed on devotees trekking to the Sabarimala temple, the latter is...

SC to States: File response on vacancies in forensic labs and video conferencing facility...

The apex court on Thursday directed States to file a response on the vacancies in Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSLs) and also how many...
Manoj Tiwari

Sealing case: SC declines to initiate contempt of court against BJP Delhi Chief Manoj...

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to take any action against BJP Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari for breaking the seal of a locked house...
Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar Meets Punjab SIT, Denies He Ever Met Ram Rahim

Above: File Picture of Akshay Kumar Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on Wednesday appeared before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Punjab Police that is probing...

After Long Legal Battle, “Illegal” Temple On Encroached Land Demolished

The Bawakhaleshwar temple in Navi Mumbai, illegally built on Government land by a close relative of a former NCP minister in the Maharashtra government...