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Madras HC dismisses plea challenging J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019

On Thursday, the Madras High Court dismissed a petition filed by a Tamil Nadu-based group, Desiya Makkal Sakthi Katchi (DMSK) through its President M.L....
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Neither the Magistrate nor the Police should take cognizance against Free Speech

Warning the Magistrate for ordering the registration of FIRs mechanically in cases related to “direct and clear implications on free speech”, the Madurai Bench...
Social Media

Facebook case: SC directs transfer of Social Media regulation cases to itself

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose today directed transfer of all cases concerning regulation of social media pending in...
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Caste by birth cannot be changed by marriage: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court has recently held that caste of a person is determined on the basis of birth and it cannot be changed...
Hoardings and banners on Anna Salai, an arterial road in Chennai/Photo: Wikipedia.org

The Hoarding Mafia

Above: Hoardings and banners on Anna Salai, an arterial road in Chennai/Photo: Wikipedia.org The death of a young techie after a hoarding fell on her...
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 —...
Death Sentence

Supreme Court Stays Death Penalty Of Rape-Murder Accused Till 16 Oct

Supreme Court stayed the Death Penalty of a man convicted for raping a minor girl of 10 years of age and killing her and...
Chief Justice Vijaya Tahilramani

Madras Advocates Strike Work to Protest the Transfer of Chief Justice Vijaya Tahilramani

Nearly 20,000 senior advocates, members of the Madras High Court Advocates Association, Bar Council and other affiliated bodies on Tuesday struck work and boycotted...
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...
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...
Sexual Harassment

Madras HC Transfers Sexual Harassment Complaint of Woman Police Officer from Tamil Nadu to...

The Madras High Court on Wednesday transferred to Telangana, a sexual harassment complaint lodged by a senior woman police officer against her superior officer...
People at midnight mass on Christmas Eve at Santhome Church in Chennai/Photo: UNI

Judge Not!

Above: People at midnight mass on Christmas Eve at Santhome Church in Chennai/Photo: UNI A Madras High Court judge was forced to delete a contentious...
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Partnership firm a necessary party in maintaining a ‘Dishonour of Cheque’ complaint

The Madras High Court on 23rd July quashed the proceedings ongoing before the Judicial Magistrate for the dishonour of a cheque on grounds that...
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Madras HC awards Rs. 25 lakhs compensation to woman transfused with HIV+ blood

The Madras High Court on Friday, 26th July, directed the Tamil Nadu Government to cough up Rs. 25 lakhs as compensation to a woman...
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Madras HC refuses to remit Life imprisonment imposed by President as a Condition of...

Madras High Court has on 24th July dismissed three petitions having a common prayer to declare the President’s condition imposed on the commutation of...
SC to take up the plea challenging 69 per cent reservation in Tamil Nadu on July 23

Jurisdiction of HC to be inferred from Arbitration Clause specifying “Seat” of Arbitration: SC

The Supreme Court Bench of Justices R. Banumathi and A.S. Bopanna has held Madras HC’s assumption of jurisdiction erroneous in Brahmani River Pellets Limited...
A worker cleans a railway track at a station in Mumbai. Many overqualified people apply for such menial jobs in government/Photo: UNI

Overqualified Candidates: Smart And Unfit

Above: A worker cleans a railway track at a station in Mumbai. Many overqualified people apply for such menial jobs in government/Photo: UNI The Madras...
A youth in Tumkur, Karnataka, succumbed to his injuries while doing a back flip for a video

TikTok Challenge: Ticking Danger

Above: A youth in Tumkur, Karnataka, succumbed to his injuries while doing a back flip for a video Though the Chinese app TikTok was banned...
Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi

SC refuses to interfere in Madras HC order curbing powers of Puducherry Lt Governor

The apex court on Friday refused to interfere with the Madras High Court order that stated that the Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi “cannot...
Controversial app TikTok

Controversial app TikTok gets thumbs-down from SC on transfer of cases

In a major blow to controversial app TikTok, the Supreme Court has refused its plea seeking transfer of cases pertaining to the embargo on...
Sri Lankan refugees have been living in poor conditions in camps in Tamil Nadu/Photo: orfonline.org

Sri Lankan Refugees: In No Man’s Land

Above: Sri Lankan refugees have been living in poor conditions in camps in Tamil Nadu/Photo: orfonline.org Sixty-five Tamil refugees from Lanka who were living in...
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Abortion for Rape Survivors: A Salve on Wounds

Above: Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay A laudable judgment of the Madras High Court has said that rape survivors who are pregnant with foetuses...
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Madras High Court says No Prior Permission Needed For Prayers In Own House

The Madras High Court has held that no prior permission is needed to conduct prayers in one’s own house without causing disturbance to general...
Intersex activist Gopi Shankar (right) with Zainabi Patel, a transwoman working for UNDP/Photo: @gopishankarmadurai/facebook.com

Intersex Children: Leave ’em Alone

Above: Intersex activist Gopi Shankar (right) with Zainabi Patel, a transwoman working for UNDP/Photo: @gopishankarmadurai/facebook.com In a landmark judgment, the Madras High Court has banned...
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Supreme Court To Hear On Monday TN Appeal Against Madras HC Order On Expressway

The Supreme Court will hear on Monday an appeal filed by Tamil Nadu government challenging the Madras HC order of April 8 that quashed...
Kamal Haasan

Madras HC Grants Anticipatory Bail to Kamal Haasan for Hindu Terrorist Remark

The Madras High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to Kamal Haasan in a case filed against him by the Hindu Munnani (Front) party...
The High Court observed that teenagers in consensual relationships should be dealt with under liberal provisions of law (Representative Picture: UNI)

Age of Consent: Who is a Child?

Above: The High Court observed that teenagers in consensual relationships should be dealt with under liberal provisions of law (Representative Picture: UNI) A Madras High Court...
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Highway Speedbreakers

Above: Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami handing over a memorandum to the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and...
Controversial app TikTok

Supreme Court Asks Madras HC To Respond To Tik Tok Plea On Ban

The Supreme Court today on Monday asked the Madras High Court to decide on its interim ban on Chinese-owned TikTok video app by April...
Tik Tok

SC refuses urgent hearing to plea challenging Madras HC order banning downloading of TikTok...

The Supreme Court on Monday (April 8) declined to accord urgent hearing to a plea challenging Madras HC order banning downloading of Chinese video...
Sex Scandal

Pollachi Sex Case: Supreme Court Asks Petitioners To Approach HC for Court Monitored Probe

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition seeking a court-monitored probe into Pollachi sex scandal and asked the petitioners to approach...
Hotel Saravana Bhavan

SC Upholds Life Term For Saravana Bhavan Owner For Killing Employee

  The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction and life sentence of P Rajagopal, the owner of the Saravana Bhavan  group of restaurants for the...
A free general health check-up camp organised by Dispur Hospital, Guwahati/Photo: UNI

Government Doctors’ Exodus: Ill-gotten Gains

Above: A free general health check-up camp organised by Dispur Hospital, Guwahati/Photo: UNI The Madras High Court has taken serious note of the growing occurrence...
Serial Offender?

Serial Offender?

In an order with societal implications, the Madras HC has asked the centre and states numerous questions about whether certain TV shows have stimulated...
Supreme Court

TA Bill comes to the rescue of a Magistrate facing disciplinary action

A Travel Allowance (TA) bill came to the rescue of a Magistrate who was removed by Madras High Court for seeking personal favours from...
Preventive Arrests: Black Friday

Preventive Arrests: Black Friday

In a move to stem illegal arrests, the Madras High Court has said that they should not be made in criminal cases at the...
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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...
Activists in Chennai protesting against the Transgenders Protection of Rights Bill/Photo: UNI

A Change of Heart?

Above: Activists in Chennai protesting against the Transgenders Protection of Rights Bill/Photo: UNI Despite all that Tamil Nadu has done for Transgenders, the Madras High...
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...
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DMK Challenges 10 Per Cent Reservation for Poor In General Category in Madras HC

The DMK, the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu on Friday moved the Madras High Court challenging the 10 percent reservation for the poor...
There are around 100 professional spas and massage parlours in Chennai which abide by the law/Photo: justdial.com

Chennai’s Spas & Massage Parlours: Brothel Brouhaha

Above: There are around 100 professional spas and massage parlours in Chennai which abide by the law/Photo: justdial.com In a scathing indictment of the police,...
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Madras HC Orders Video Recording of HIV+ Blood Donor’s Autopsy On Plea By Mother

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has ordered videography of the autopsy of a 19-year-old man, who committed suicide last week after...
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Tamil Nadu To Ban Non-reusable Plastic From New Year’s Day

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

Sterlite Plant: Seething Discontent

Above: Tuticorin witnessed mayhem for 100 days this year due to the anti-Sterlite movement/Photo: UNI In a heartening move, the Madras High Court has set...
Online Medicine Sales Ban

Madras HC To Stay Online Medicine Sales Ban, Asks Centre To Notify Rules

The Madras High Court refused to vacate the stay on the online sale of medicines and asked the Centre to notify rules related to...
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Madras High Court Sets Aside Army Man’s Last Leg Transfer Posting

The Madras High Court  has set aside the transfer order of a havlidar on a last leg posting to Kashmir even as it appealed...
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Madras HC Vetoes Sri Sri’s Event At Thanjavur UNESCO Heritage Site

The Madras High Court has stayed a two-day programme being organised by spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation. The order of...
Supreme Court

SC dismisses Plea Challenging Appointment of Justice Prasad as Madras HC Judge

A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph on Monday dismissed...
Jayalalitha

Defamation Suits: A Lesson for All

Above: The practice of filing defamation cases by the Jayalalithaa government started in January 2012/Photo: UNI The Madras High Court has quashed a case filed...
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Will Not Interfere In Madurai Univ Sex Scandal SIT Probe: Madras HC

The Madras High Court has said it will not stop a SIT probe ordered by the Tamil Nadu Governor into the alleged sex scandal...

Madras HC Asks Centre To Announce Interim Relief For Cyclone Gaja Victims

The Madras High Court has asked the centre to announce an interim relief for the victims of cyclone Gaja within one week from receiving the...
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Elopement Cases: Caught in a Bind

Above: Madras High Court/Photo: Wikimedia.org In an attempt to solve the difficult case of a minor girl eloping with a much older married man, the...

No Insurance Compensation For Death On Goods Carriers: Madras HC

Above: A tractor carrying children and women (representative image)/Photo: UNI  The Madras High Court has held that people who died while travelling in goods carriers...
Illegal Telephone Exchange Case

Illegal Telephone Exchange Case: Madras HC Rejects Maran Brothers Plea To Quash CBI Charges

The Madras High Court has rejected the plea by Maran brothers—former Union Minister Dayanidhi and his brother and SUN TV owner Kalanidhi—to quash charges...

Madras Stays Online Sale Of Medicines On Plea From Drug Dealers

The Madras High Court stayed the sale of medicines online on an appeal from the Chennai based Tamil Nadu Chemists & Druggists Association. The...
Madras HC Quashes Music Composer Ilayarajas Criminal Complaint Against Music Label

Madras HC Quashes Music Composer Ilayarajas Criminal Complaint Against Music Label

The Madras High Court has quashed criminal proceedings initiated by composer Ilaiyaraja against  a recording company for alleged copyright violations on songs he composed. When the...
Tamil Nadu government

SC Stays Madras HC Order For CBI Probe Against TN CM

The Supreme Court has stayed the Madras High Court order for a CBI investigation into charges of corruption against the Tamil Nadu chief minister...
Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

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

Above: President of Tamil Nadu BJP Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan ~By R Ramasubramanian  It seems that few BJP leaders skirmish with the judiciary in Tamil Nadu...
18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

The eighteen Tamil Nadu MLAs who were disqualified yesterday by the Madras High Court have said they will challenge the verdict in the Supreme...
Madras HC Upholds 18 MLAs disqualification, Relief For Govt

Madras HC Upholds 18 MLAs disqualification, Relief For Govt

The Madras High Court on Thursday upheld the disqualification of 18 AIADMK legislators on Thursday, giving the beleaguered Palanisami government some breathing time and...
To Ban Or Not To Ban Firecrackers: SC Will Decide On Tuesday

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

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday give verdict on multiple petitions that have sought a ban on the sale of firecrackers. The verdict is significant...
Tread carefully, Madras HC says on plea for Euthanasia for Nine year old

Tread carefully, Madras HC says on plea for Euthanasia for Nine year old

Madras High Court has directed that a report be filed within three weeks on the condition of a nine year old child whose father...
Toll Plazas and Judges: A Tall Order

Toll Plazas and Judges: A Tall Order?

Above: The multiple lanes at Trichy toll plaza help commuters save time, though many toll junctions may not have as many lanes/Photo: downtoworld.com In a...
Euthanasia Plea: Time To Let Go

Euthanasia Plea: Time To Let Go

The Madras High Court has ordered a team of doctors to look into a father’s plea to put to sleep his nine-year-old son who...
NewIllegal Sex Trade: Medium is the Massage

NewIllegal Sex Trade: Medium is the Massage

The Delhi High Court takes notice of a PIL on massage parlours soliciting customers for the flesh trade   ~By Deepankar Malviya Over the past decade,...
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Illegal telephone exchange case: Kalanithi too will have to face trial, says SC

Media baron Kalanithi Maran too, quite like his brother and former union minister Dayanidhi, will have to go and face the trial court in...
Judges’ Appointments: Delayed, Not Denied

Judges’ Appointments: Delayed, Not Denied

The eight-month-long turf war between the Judiciary and the Executive over the appointment of judges in the higher judiciary ended last week with the...
Saradha scam: SC restrains ED from taking any punitive action against Nalini Chidambaram

Saradha scam: SC restrains ED from taking any punitive action against Nalini Chidambaram

The Supreme Court on Friday (August 3) restrained Enforcement Directorate (ED) from taking any punitive action against Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former Union minister...
Sathyasri Sharmila, India's first transgender lawyer

Transgenders: Making Legal History

Above: Sathyasri Sharmila, India's first transgender lawyer In an inspiring move, the Madras High Court has allowed a trangender to enrol herself in the Bar...
A representative image of a gutka shop. The illicit business of gutka in Tamil Nadu is worth several hundred crores

Gutka Scam: Chew on This!

Above: A representative image of a gutka shop. The illicit business of gutka in Tamil Nadu is worth several hundred crores With the apex court...
Abetment to Suicide What a Relief!

Abetment to Suicide: What a Relief!

High Courts have reinforced that a suicide note naming a person is not sufficient evidence of the offence of abetment. This will relieve innocent...
Papa Don’t Preach

Papa Don’t Preach

In a progressive judgment, the Madras High Court has ruled that it’s not mandatory to fill the father’s name in a birth certificate. But...
AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

While the Madras High Court has reserved its order on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, it has dismissed a similar petition from the...
Dangers of Internet: What is Fake News?

Dangers of Internet: What is Fake News?

Though the Madras HC has said that forwarding a message is equal to accepting and endorsing it, it is debatable as to what is...
Cyberia: Can the Beast be Tamed?

Cyberia: Can the Beast be Tamed?

From marketing dubious drugs, online frauds and fake news to data mining for election management, the internet has presented lawmakers with new challenges and...
Queen of Controversies

Queen of Controversies

Above: Kiran Bedi at the LG's office in Raj Nivas, Puducherry/Photo: Wikimedia The Congress-DMK alliance government in Puducherry is up in arms as Lieutenant Governor...
Live-in Relationships: Licence to Love

Live-in Relationships: Licence to Love

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence In many far-reaching judgments, the apex court has taken a liberal view of couples wanting to live together and supported...
SC rules: No practising, no setting up office; foreign lawyers can come to India only in an advisory capacity

SC rules: No practising, no setting up office; foreign lawyers can come to India...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (March 13) upheld the decision of the Madras and Bombay High Courts, saying that foreign lawyers and foreign law...
Conjugal Visits: The Human Touch

Conjugal Visits in Prison: The Human Touch

In a sensitive order, a Madurai bench grants a convict two weeks' leave to enjoy procreation rights and paves the way for more such...
Appeal to hear case on marital rape goes to SC

Foreign laws firm and lawyers’ issue carries on at SC

Above: Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya The case of foreign lawyers practicing in India and the procedural issues guiding them case up before the Supreme Court...
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Time for govt to consider allowing prisoners leave for conjugal visits: Madras HC

Observing that it was time for the government to consider whether prisoners could be allowed leave for paying conjugal visits to their spouse, the...
‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

The issue of foreign law firms and foreign lawyers practising in India came up for hearing before the Supreme Court bench of Justices A...
Justice N Kirubakaran has been a permanent judge of the Madras High Court since 2011. Photo: Youtube

Justice N Kirubakaran: The Newsmaker Judge

Above: Justice N Kirubakaran has been a permanent judge of the Madras High Court since 2011. Photo: Youtube Known for his unconventional judgments, this Madras...
Justice A S Anand speaking at Justice J K Mathur Memorial Lecture.

Former Chief Justice of India Justice A S Anand passes away

Above: Justice A S Anand speaking at Justice J K Mathur Memorial Lecture. Former Chief Justice of India, Justice Adarsh Sein Anand passed away on...
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, along with senior AIADMK leaders at a party meeting. The EC has ruled in the favour of the OPS-EPS faction. Photo: UNI

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

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

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

Above: Cartoonist G Balakrishnan was arrested for lampooning the Tamil Nadu government for failing to prevent the suicide of a farmer and his family....
Madras HC allows filing of I-T returns without quoting Aadhaar

Madras HC allows filing of I-T returns without quoting Aadhaar

The Madras High Court on Tuesday (October 31) permitted a petitioner not to quote the Aadhaar number to file her income tax returns manually....
Foreign Lawyers

Foreign lawyers in India: SC to hear arguments early December

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit on Monday (October 23) said that the issue of foreign lawyers’...
Custodial death in the Kotkhai rape-murder case: SC refuses bail to accused as CBI is yet to frame charges against the accused

SC Collegium finally agrees to transparency, starts posting all moves on website

There has been too much talk about the opacity of the Supreme Court Collegium and the recent transfer and resignation of Justice Jayant Patel...
SC blasts Centre for delaying tactics on Delhi environmental issues

SC asks TN government to see if Veerappan’s brother’s life sentence can be reduced

Slain sandalwood smuggler and dacoit Veerappan’s elder brother Mathaiyan might be in for some relief after all. The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice...
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa

Madras HC summons EC officer in Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression case

Above: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa It has been alleged that a bypoll form was submitted bearing the forged thumb impression of the...
Retired judge to probe Jayalalithaa’s death

Retired judge to probe Jayalalithaa’s death

With rumours circulating about how exactly former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died in hospital, a press release issued by the Directorate of...
Veerappan’s elder brother at SC’s door for remission of life sentence

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

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar on Friday (September 15) started hearing a petition of remission...
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Who is Ashok Kumar?

The recent Madras High Court order blocking 2,650 portals under the garb of a pre-emptive strike against piracy, leads to concerns about wider preventive...
Livestock rule stayed in its entirety by SC

Livestock rule stayed in its entirety by SC

Following the partial stay by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the whole of the cattle trade rule...
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Judges’ cars rusting in court, bungalows

A senior judge of the Madras High Court recently objected to some judges of the court keeping the old Toyota Corolla vehicles given to...
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11 more judges for 3 high courts

Keeping to the fast pace of adding to the roster of high court judges across the country – an essential prerequisite for bringing down...
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Trust vote bribe allegation: DMK approaches Madras HC

After a news channel “revealed” that some of the AIADMK MLAs had been paid off in cash and even in gold before the February...
Students come out after appearing in NEET exam 2017 in Nagpur. Photo: UNI

Declare NEET results, says SC

No high court can entertain any more petitions in this regard The Supreme Court bench of Justices Prafulla C Pant and Deepak Gupta on June...
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Anti-Cattle Slaughter Notification is Untenable, Say Panellists on India Legal show

The recent edition of India Legal show deliberated on the recent gazette notification, draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules,...
Lawyers protest at the Patiala House Courts in Delhi against the Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017. Photo: Anil Shakya

Madras HC’s amendments in Advocates Act will debar unruly lawyers from practising

~By Rajesh Kumar While the judges are the keepers of law, advocates act as the prime initiators. The two must act in unison if justice...
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A Verdict Coloured by Prejudice

An order passed by a sessions court in Tamil Nadu has invited an indictment from the Madras High Court which called it the “worst...
Justice CS Karnan

Judge Unaccountable

Inadequacies within the judicial system which limit action against sitting judges is what Justice CS Karnan is exploiting ~By Sujit BharThe controversial case of Justice...
Police Travels to Chennai to Arrest Justice Karnan

Police Travels to Chennai to Arrest Justice Karnan

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

SC finally orders medical examination of Justice Karnan

Medical board to examine the Calcutta HC judge on May 4, report by May 8The Supreme Court has finally decided to act against Justice...
(L-R) Justice Indira Banerjee, chief justice of the Madras High Court; Justice NN Mhatre, acting chief justice of the Calcutta High Court; Justice Manjula Chellur, chief justice of the Bombay High Court

Women judges: Cracking the Glass Ceiling?

Can the elevation of women as chief justices of High Courts be a sign of gender equality in the judiciary or is this a...
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Photo: Rajeev Tyagi), CJI JS Khehar

Govt shifts blame for low number of women judges on the judiciary

Tussle resumes even as top four high courts now have women chief justices The government used the first opportunity it got to hit back at...
Explicit ads for condoms are meant to attract consumers. Photo: UNI

Condom ads: Reviving a Controversy

Last year, the government had submitted to the Supreme Court that no legislation would be introduced to ban explicit pictures on condom packets and...
The recent interim order of the Supreme Court on installation of CCTV cameras in court halls of Gurugram is laudable. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Let the Light in

The idea of open courts, where access to proceedings is in the public domain, is inclusive to true and fair trials   ~Justice K Sreedhar Rao   Transparency...
Justice CS Karnan

The Curious Case of Justice Karnan

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

Justice CS Karnan: A Judge too far

The seven-judge Supreme Court bench hearing against him will be long and difficult, punctuated by caste issues ~By Rakesh BhatnagarSeventeen-odd years ago, the then Chief...
AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala. Photo: UNI

VK Sasikala: Thorny Road Ahead

Though Jayalalithaa’s confidante is in a hurry to become CM, she faces corruption and FERA cases. With the Supreme Court set to deliver its...
Differently-abled people celebrating World Disability Day at India Gate, New Delhi. Photo: UNI

SC rejects HC order on disability PIL

India Legal Bureau The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, which was passed by Parliament just the other day, could face a few hurdles...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to the mortal remains of J Jayalalithaa, in Chennai. Photo: UNI

Dogged by the Law

In life as in death, J Jayalalithaa had brushes with the judiciary. Her DA case is pending in the Supreme Court and now, numerous...
Jayalalithaa was the first chief minister against whom the governor granted sanction for prosecution while in office in a corruption case. Photo: UNI

Jaya’s Judicial Battles

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

Jallikattu: Hitting the Bull’s Eye

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

Madras HC’s verdict jolts net activists in Tamil Nadu

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

In a sign of growing tension, the Tamil Nadu government has not given enough funds for the judiciary, forcing the Madras High Court to...
The Madras High Court’s stand on the case is a blessing for journalists in Tamil Nadu.

Judge Bats for Media Freedom

Even as conspiracy theories swirled regarding this sensational case, a judge upheld the rights of the media and stood up for democratic norms  ...
(L-R) Supreme Court. photo (black & white): Prashant Panjiar

Judicial Nightmare

The Chief Justice of India has once again highlighted the paucity of judges and the delay in filling the vacancies as over 22 lakh...
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Salve by the Judiciary

The legal fraternity has often put balm on the wounds of couples hounded by their relatives for marrying against their wishes. This sorry state...
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Can Judges Get Blanket Protection? 

While the Judges Protection Act of 1985 gives protection to judges for acts done during the discharge of their duties, they are also made...
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Is Jaya throttling dissent?

With numerous defamation cases filed by Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court has asked the state to be tolerant to criticism and give...
Lead picture: Author Perumal Murugan and Madras High Court

Madras High Court “resurrects” a writer

In a heart-warming judgment, the court has come to the rescue of a Tamil novelist who was hounded for his book Madhorubhagan and said...
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Madras High Court denounces honour killing

The Madras High Court recently pulled up the Tamil Nadu administration in a scathing denouncement of “honour” killings. It lambasted the administration for its...
Two high courts to get new identity

Two high courts to get new identity

The Union cabinet today cleared the decks for renaming of the Madras and Bombay high courts. A bill in this regard will be placed...

Madras HC Advocates Association goes on strike

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

Madras High Court strikes down I&B ministry’s order on e-auctions

India Legal Bureau The Madras High Court recently asked the central government to announce the names of successful bidders of FM Station Phase III e-auction,...

Madras High Court tightens its noose on tobacco sellers

India Legal Bureau  The Madras High Court judge, Justice N Kirubakaran, in a significant ruling, has banned the sale of tobacco products within 100...

Cracking Down on Errant Lawyers

Recently, the High Court amended Section 34 (1) of the Advocates Act to debar those advocates guilty of professional misconduct from practicing By R Ramasubramanian...

Collegium Transfers Two Chief Justices & Three Judges

After the Supreme Court collegium transferred 12 High Court judges last month, transfers continued this month as well. Two Chief Justices and three Judges...

Justice Karnan asked to join Calcutta High Court on, or before March 11

Following the communiqué signed by President Pranab Mukherjee that has been received by Madras High Court Justice CS Karnan, who recently ‘stayed’ the CJI’s...

Undermining the Law

A Madras High Court judge initiating contempt proceedings against his own chief justice and members of the bar indulging in acts of hooliganism does...

Chief Justice Threatened

A judge of the Madras High Court has broken all norms by threatening to slap a case against the chief justice apart from flashing...

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Madras HC dismisses plea challenging J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019

On Thursday, the Madras High Court dismissed a petition filed by a Tamil Nadu-based group, Desiya Makkal Sakthi Katchi (DMSK) through its President M.L....
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court. Twitter.com

Neither the Magistrate nor the Police should take cognizance against Free Speech

Warning the Magistrate for ordering the registration of FIRs mechanically in cases related to “direct and clear implications on free speech”, the Madurai Bench...
Social Media

Facebook case: SC directs transfer of Social Media regulation cases to itself

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose today directed transfer of all cases concerning regulation of social media pending in...
Madras HC

Caste by birth cannot be changed by marriage: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court has recently held that caste of a person is determined on the basis of birth and it cannot be changed...
Hoardings and banners on Anna Salai, an arterial road in Chennai/Photo: Wikipedia.org

The Hoarding Mafia

Above: Hoardings and banners on Anna Salai, an arterial road in Chennai/Photo: Wikipedia.org The death of a young techie after a hoarding fell on her...
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 —...
Death Sentence

Supreme Court Stays Death Penalty Of Rape-Murder Accused Till 16 Oct

Supreme Court stayed the Death Penalty of a man convicted for raping a minor girl of 10 years of age and killing her and...
Chief Justice Vijaya Tahilramani

Madras Advocates Strike Work to Protest the Transfer of Chief Justice Vijaya Tahilramani

Nearly 20,000 senior advocates, members of the Madras High Court Advocates Association, Bar Council and other affiliated bodies on Tuesday struck work and boycotted...
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...
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...
Sexual Harassment

Madras HC Transfers Sexual Harassment Complaint of Woman Police Officer from Tamil Nadu to...

The Madras High Court on Wednesday transferred to Telangana, a sexual harassment complaint lodged by a senior woman police officer against her superior officer...
People at midnight mass on Christmas Eve at Santhome Church in Chennai/Photo: UNI

Judge Not!

Above: People at midnight mass on Christmas Eve at Santhome Church in Chennai/Photo: UNI A Madras High Court judge was forced to delete a contentious...
Madras High Court

Partnership firm a necessary party in maintaining a ‘Dishonour of Cheque’ complaint

The Madras High Court on 23rd July quashed the proceedings ongoing before the Judicial Magistrate for the dishonour of a cheque on grounds that...
Madras HC

Madras HC awards Rs. 25 lakhs compensation to woman transfused with HIV+ blood

The Madras High Court on Friday, 26th July, directed the Tamil Nadu Government to cough up Rs. 25 lakhs as compensation to a woman...
Madras High Court

Madras HC refuses to remit Life imprisonment imposed by President as a Condition of...

Madras High Court has on 24th July dismissed three petitions having a common prayer to declare the President’s condition imposed on the commutation of...
SC to take up the plea challenging 69 per cent reservation in Tamil Nadu on July 23

Jurisdiction of HC to be inferred from Arbitration Clause specifying “Seat” of Arbitration: SC

The Supreme Court Bench of Justices R. Banumathi and A.S. Bopanna has held Madras HC’s assumption of jurisdiction erroneous in Brahmani River Pellets Limited...
A worker cleans a railway track at a station in Mumbai. Many overqualified people apply for such menial jobs in government/Photo: UNI

Overqualified Candidates: Smart And Unfit

Above: A worker cleans a railway track at a station in Mumbai. Many overqualified people apply for such menial jobs in government/Photo: UNI The Madras...
A youth in Tumkur, Karnataka, succumbed to his injuries while doing a back flip for a video

TikTok Challenge: Ticking Danger

Above: A youth in Tumkur, Karnataka, succumbed to his injuries while doing a back flip for a video Though the Chinese app TikTok was banned...
Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi

SC refuses to interfere in Madras HC order curbing powers of Puducherry Lt Governor

The apex court on Friday refused to interfere with the Madras High Court order that stated that the Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi “cannot...
Controversial app TikTok

Controversial app TikTok gets thumbs-down from SC on transfer of cases

In a major blow to controversial app TikTok, the Supreme Court has refused its plea seeking transfer of cases pertaining to the embargo on...
Sri Lankan refugees have been living in poor conditions in camps in Tamil Nadu/Photo: orfonline.org

Sri Lankan Refugees: In No Man’s Land

Above: Sri Lankan refugees have been living in poor conditions in camps in Tamil Nadu/Photo: orfonline.org Sixty-five Tamil refugees from Lanka who were living in...
Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Abortion for Rape Survivors: A Salve on Wounds

Above: Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay A laudable judgment of the Madras High Court has said that rape survivors who are pregnant with foetuses...
Madras High Court

Madras High Court says No Prior Permission Needed For Prayers In Own House

The Madras High Court has held that no prior permission is needed to conduct prayers in one’s own house without causing disturbance to general...
Intersex activist Gopi Shankar (right) with Zainabi Patel, a transwoman working for UNDP/Photo: @gopishankarmadurai/facebook.com

Intersex Children: Leave ’em Alone

Above: Intersex activist Gopi Shankar (right) with Zainabi Patel, a transwoman working for UNDP/Photo: @gopishankarmadurai/facebook.com In a landmark judgment, the Madras High Court has banned...
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Supreme Court To Hear On Monday TN Appeal Against Madras HC Order On Expressway

The Supreme Court will hear on Monday an appeal filed by Tamil Nadu government challenging the Madras HC order of April 8 that quashed...
Kamal Haasan

Madras HC Grants Anticipatory Bail to Kamal Haasan for Hindu Terrorist Remark

The Madras High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to Kamal Haasan in a case filed against him by the Hindu Munnani (Front) party...
The High Court observed that teenagers in consensual relationships should be dealt with under liberal provisions of law (Representative Picture: UNI)

Age of Consent: Who is a Child?

Above: The High Court observed that teenagers in consensual relationships should be dealt with under liberal provisions of law (Representative Picture: UNI) A Madras High Court...
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Highway Speedbreakers

Above: Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami handing over a memorandum to the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and...
Controversial app TikTok

Supreme Court Asks Madras HC To Respond To Tik Tok Plea On Ban

The Supreme Court today on Monday asked the Madras High Court to decide on its interim ban on Chinese-owned TikTok video app by April...
Tik Tok

SC refuses urgent hearing to plea challenging Madras HC order banning downloading of TikTok...

The Supreme Court on Monday (April 8) declined to accord urgent hearing to a plea challenging Madras HC order banning downloading of Chinese video...
Sex Scandal

Pollachi Sex Case: Supreme Court Asks Petitioners To Approach HC for Court Monitored Probe

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition seeking a court-monitored probe into Pollachi sex scandal and asked the petitioners to approach...
Hotel Saravana Bhavan

SC Upholds Life Term For Saravana Bhavan Owner For Killing Employee

  The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction and life sentence of P Rajagopal, the owner of the Saravana Bhavan  group of restaurants for the...
A free general health check-up camp organised by Dispur Hospital, Guwahati/Photo: UNI

Government Doctors’ Exodus: Ill-gotten Gains

Above: A free general health check-up camp organised by Dispur Hospital, Guwahati/Photo: UNI The Madras High Court has taken serious note of the growing occurrence...
Serial Offender?

Serial Offender?

In an order with societal implications, the Madras HC has asked the centre and states numerous questions about whether certain TV shows have stimulated...
Supreme Court

TA Bill comes to the rescue of a Magistrate facing disciplinary action

A Travel Allowance (TA) bill came to the rescue of a Magistrate who was removed by Madras High Court for seeking personal favours from...
Preventive Arrests: Black Friday

Preventive Arrests: Black Friday

In a move to stem illegal arrests, the Madras High Court has said that they should not be made in criminal cases at the...
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...
Activists in Chennai protesting against the Transgenders Protection of Rights Bill/Photo: UNI

A Change of Heart?

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

DMK Challenges 10 Per Cent Reservation for Poor In General Category in Madras HC

The DMK, the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu on Friday moved the Madras High Court challenging the 10 percent reservation for the poor...
There are around 100 professional spas and massage parlours in Chennai which abide by the law/Photo: justdial.com

Chennai’s Spas & Massage Parlours: Brothel Brouhaha

Above: There are around 100 professional spas and massage parlours in Chennai which abide by the law/Photo: justdial.com In a scathing indictment of the police,...
Madras High Court

Madras HC Orders Video Recording of HIV+ Blood Donor’s Autopsy On Plea By Mother

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has ordered videography of the autopsy of a 19-year-old man, who committed suicide last week after...
Madras High Court

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

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

Sterlite Plant: Seething Discontent

Above: Tuticorin witnessed mayhem for 100 days this year due to the anti-Sterlite movement/Photo: UNI In a heartening move, the Madras High Court has set...
Online Medicine Sales Ban

Madras HC To Stay Online Medicine Sales Ban, Asks Centre To Notify Rules

The Madras High Court refused to vacate the stay on the online sale of medicines and asked the Centre to notify rules related to...
Madras High Court

Madras High Court Sets Aside Army Man’s Last Leg Transfer Posting

The Madras High Court  has set aside the transfer order of a havlidar on a last leg posting to Kashmir even as it appealed...
Madras High Court

Madras HC Vetoes Sri Sri’s Event At Thanjavur UNESCO Heritage Site

The Madras High Court has stayed a two-day programme being organised by spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation. The order of...
Supreme Court

SC dismisses Plea Challenging Appointment of Justice Prasad as Madras HC Judge

A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph on Monday dismissed...
Jayalalitha

Defamation Suits: A Lesson for All

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

Will Not Interfere In Madurai Univ Sex Scandal SIT Probe: Madras HC

The Madras High Court has said it will not stop a SIT probe ordered by the Tamil Nadu Governor into the alleged sex scandal...

Madras HC Asks Centre To Announce Interim Relief For Cyclone Gaja Victims

The Madras High Court has asked the centre to announce an interim relief for the victims of cyclone Gaja within one week from receiving the...
Madras High Court

Elopement Cases: Caught in a Bind

Above: Madras High Court/Photo: Wikimedia.org In an attempt to solve the difficult case of a minor girl eloping with a much older married man, the...

No Insurance Compensation For Death On Goods Carriers: Madras HC

Above: A tractor carrying children and women (representative image)/Photo: UNI  The Madras High Court has held that people who died while travelling in goods carriers...
Illegal Telephone Exchange Case

Illegal Telephone Exchange Case: Madras HC Rejects Maran Brothers Plea To Quash CBI Charges

The Madras High Court has rejected the plea by Maran brothers—former Union Minister Dayanidhi and his brother and SUN TV owner Kalanidhi—to quash charges...

Madras Stays Online Sale Of Medicines On Plea From Drug Dealers

The Madras High Court stayed the sale of medicines online on an appeal from the Chennai based Tamil Nadu Chemists & Druggists Association. The...
Madras HC Quashes Music Composer Ilayarajas Criminal Complaint Against Music Label

Madras HC Quashes Music Composer Ilayarajas Criminal Complaint Against Music Label

The Madras High Court has quashed criminal proceedings initiated by composer Ilaiyaraja against  a recording company for alleged copyright violations on songs he composed. When the...
Tamil Nadu government

SC Stays Madras HC Order For CBI Probe Against TN CM

The Supreme Court has stayed the Madras High Court order for a CBI investigation into charges of corruption against the Tamil Nadu chief minister...
Why BJP leaders skirmish with judiciary is growing in Tamil Nadu?

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

Above: President of Tamil Nadu BJP Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan ~By R Ramasubramanian  It seems that few BJP leaders skirmish with the judiciary in Tamil Nadu...
18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

18 TN MLAs to Challenge Disqualification in SC

The eighteen Tamil Nadu MLAs who were disqualified yesterday by the Madras High Court have said they will challenge the verdict in the Supreme...
Madras HC Upholds 18 MLAs disqualification, Relief For Govt

Madras HC Upholds 18 MLAs disqualification, Relief For Govt

The Madras High Court on Thursday upheld the disqualification of 18 AIADMK legislators on Thursday, giving the beleaguered Palanisami government some breathing time and...
To Ban Or Not To Ban Firecrackers: SC Will Decide On Tuesday

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

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday give verdict on multiple petitions that have sought a ban on the sale of firecrackers. The verdict is significant...
Tread carefully, Madras HC says on plea for Euthanasia for Nine year old

Tread carefully, Madras HC says on plea for Euthanasia for Nine year old

Madras High Court has directed that a report be filed within three weeks on the condition of a nine year old child whose father...
Toll Plazas and Judges: A Tall Order

Toll Plazas and Judges: A Tall Order?

Above: The multiple lanes at Trichy toll plaza help commuters save time, though many toll junctions may not have as many lanes/Photo: downtoworld.com In a...
Euthanasia Plea: Time To Let Go

Euthanasia Plea: Time To Let Go

The Madras High Court has ordered a team of doctors to look into a father’s plea to put to sleep his nine-year-old son who...
NewIllegal Sex Trade: Medium is the Massage

NewIllegal Sex Trade: Medium is the Massage

The Delhi High Court takes notice of a PIL on massage parlours soliciting customers for the flesh trade   ~By Deepankar Malviya Over the past decade,...
Supreme Court

Illegal telephone exchange case: Kalanithi too will have to face trial, says SC

Media baron Kalanithi Maran too, quite like his brother and former union minister Dayanidhi, will have to go and face the trial court in...
Judges’ Appointments: Delayed, Not Denied

Judges’ Appointments: Delayed, Not Denied

The eight-month-long turf war between the Judiciary and the Executive over the appointment of judges in the higher judiciary ended last week with the...
Saradha scam: SC restrains ED from taking any punitive action against Nalini Chidambaram

Saradha scam: SC restrains ED from taking any punitive action against Nalini Chidambaram

The Supreme Court on Friday (August 3) restrained Enforcement Directorate (ED) from taking any punitive action against Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former Union minister...
Sathyasri Sharmila, India's first transgender lawyer

Transgenders: Making Legal History

Above: Sathyasri Sharmila, India's first transgender lawyer In an inspiring move, the Madras High Court has allowed a trangender to enrol herself in the Bar...
A representative image of a gutka shop. The illicit business of gutka in Tamil Nadu is worth several hundred crores

Gutka Scam: Chew on This!

Above: A representative image of a gutka shop. The illicit business of gutka in Tamil Nadu is worth several hundred crores With the apex court...
Abetment to Suicide What a Relief!

Abetment to Suicide: What a Relief!

High Courts have reinforced that a suicide note naming a person is not sufficient evidence of the offence of abetment. This will relieve innocent...
Papa Don’t Preach

Papa Don’t Preach

In a progressive judgment, the Madras High Court has ruled that it’s not mandatory to fill the father’s name in a birth certificate. But...
AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

AIADMK Imbroglio: Court Intrigues?

While the Madras High Court has reserved its order on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, it has dismissed a similar petition from the...
Dangers of Internet: What is Fake News?

Dangers of Internet: What is Fake News?

Though the Madras HC has said that forwarding a message is equal to accepting and endorsing it, it is debatable as to what is...
Cyberia: Can the Beast be Tamed?

Cyberia: Can the Beast be Tamed?

From marketing dubious drugs, online frauds and fake news to data mining for election management, the internet has presented lawmakers with new challenges and...
Queen of Controversies

Queen of Controversies

Above: Kiran Bedi at the LG's office in Raj Nivas, Puducherry/Photo: Wikimedia The Congress-DMK alliance government in Puducherry is up in arms as Lieutenant Governor...
Live-in Relationships: Licence to Love

Live-in Relationships: Licence to Love

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence In many far-reaching judgments, the apex court has taken a liberal view of couples wanting to live together and supported...
SC rules: No practising, no setting up office; foreign lawyers can come to India only in an advisory capacity

SC rules: No practising, no setting up office; foreign lawyers can come to India...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (March 13) upheld the decision of the Madras and Bombay High Courts, saying that foreign lawyers and foreign law...
Conjugal Visits: The Human Touch

Conjugal Visits in Prison: The Human Touch

In a sensitive order, a Madurai bench grants a convict two weeks' leave to enjoy procreation rights and paves the way for more such...
Appeal to hear case on marital rape goes to SC

Foreign laws firm and lawyers’ issue carries on at SC

Above: Supreme Court/Photo: Anil Shakya The case of foreign lawyers practicing in India and the procedural issues guiding them case up before the Supreme Court...
Madras High Court

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

Observing that it was time for the government to consider whether prisoners could be allowed leave for paying conjugal visits to their spouse, the...
‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

‘Want quid-pro-quo for allowing foreign lawyers to practice in Indian courts’

The issue of foreign law firms and foreign lawyers practising in India came up for hearing before the Supreme Court bench of Justices A...
Justice N Kirubakaran has been a permanent judge of the Madras High Court since 2011. Photo: Youtube

Justice N Kirubakaran: The Newsmaker Judge

Above: Justice N Kirubakaran has been a permanent judge of the Madras High Court since 2011. Photo: Youtube Known for his unconventional judgments, this Madras...
Justice A S Anand speaking at Justice J K Mathur Memorial Lecture.

Former Chief Justice of India Justice A S Anand passes away

Above: Justice A S Anand speaking at Justice J K Mathur Memorial Lecture. Former Chief Justice of India, Justice Adarsh Sein Anand passed away on...
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, along with senior AIADMK leaders at a party meeting. The EC has ruled in the favour of the OPS-EPS faction. Photo: UNI

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

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

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

Above: Cartoonist G Balakrishnan was arrested for lampooning the Tamil Nadu government for failing to prevent the suicide of a farmer and his family....
Madras HC allows filing of I-T returns without quoting Aadhaar

Madras HC allows filing of I-T returns without quoting Aadhaar

The Madras High Court on Tuesday (October 31) permitted a petitioner not to quote the Aadhaar number to file her income tax returns manually....
Foreign Lawyers

Foreign lawyers in India: SC to hear arguments early December

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit on Monday (October 23) said that the issue of foreign lawyers’...
Custodial death in the Kotkhai rape-murder case: SC refuses bail to accused as CBI is yet to frame charges against the accused

SC Collegium finally agrees to transparency, starts posting all moves on website

There has been too much talk about the opacity of the Supreme Court Collegium and the recent transfer and resignation of Justice Jayant Patel...
SC blasts Centre for delaying tactics on Delhi environmental issues

SC asks TN government to see if Veerappan’s brother’s life sentence can be reduced

Slain sandalwood smuggler and dacoit Veerappan’s elder brother Mathaiyan might be in for some relief after all. The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice...
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa

Madras HC summons EC officer in Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression case

Above: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa It has been alleged that a bypoll form was submitted bearing the forged thumb impression of the...
Retired judge to probe Jayalalithaa’s death

Retired judge to probe Jayalalithaa’s death

With rumours circulating about how exactly former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died in hospital, a press release issued by the Directorate of...
Veerappan’s elder brother at SC’s door for remission of life sentence

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

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

Who is Ashok Kumar?

The recent Madras High Court order blocking 2,650 portals under the garb of a pre-emptive strike against piracy, leads to concerns about wider preventive...
Livestock rule stayed in its entirety by SC

Livestock rule stayed in its entirety by SC

Following the partial stay by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the whole of the cattle trade rule...
Madras High Court. Photo: wikimedia.org

Judges’ cars rusting in court, bungalows

A senior judge of the Madras High Court recently objected to some judges of the court keeping the old Toyota Corolla vehicles given to...
Madras High Court. Photo: wikimedia.org

11 more judges for 3 high courts

Keeping to the fast pace of adding to the roster of high court judges across the country – an essential prerequisite for bringing down...
Madras High Court. Photo: wikimedia.org

Trust vote bribe allegation: DMK approaches Madras HC

After a news channel “revealed” that some of the AIADMK MLAs had been paid off in cash and even in gold before the February...
Students come out after appearing in NEET exam 2017 in Nagpur. Photo: UNI

Declare NEET results, says SC

No high court can entertain any more petitions in this regard The Supreme Court bench of Justices Prafulla C Pant and Deepak Gupta on June...
Picture Credit: Anil Shakya

Anti-Cattle Slaughter Notification is Untenable, Say Panellists on India Legal show

The recent edition of India Legal show deliberated on the recent gazette notification, draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Market) Rules,...
Lawyers protest at the Patiala House Courts in Delhi against the Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2017. Photo: Anil Shakya

Madras HC’s amendments in Advocates Act will debar unruly lawyers from practising

~By Rajesh Kumar While the judges are the keepers of law, advocates act as the prime initiators. The two must act in unison if justice...
Madras High Court. Photo: wikimedia.org

A Verdict Coloured by Prejudice

An order passed by a sessions court in Tamil Nadu has invited an indictment from the Madras High Court which called it the “worst...
Justice CS Karnan

Judge Unaccountable

Inadequacies within the judicial system which limit action against sitting judges is what Justice CS Karnan is exploiting ~By Sujit BharThe controversial case of Justice...
Police Travels to Chennai to Arrest Justice Karnan

Police Travels to Chennai to Arrest Justice Karnan

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

SC finally orders medical examination of Justice Karnan

Medical board to examine the Calcutta HC judge on May 4, report by May 8The Supreme Court has finally decided to act against Justice...
(L-R) Justice Indira Banerjee, chief justice of the Madras High Court; Justice NN Mhatre, acting chief justice of the Calcutta High Court; Justice Manjula Chellur, chief justice of the Bombay High Court

Women judges: Cracking the Glass Ceiling?

Can the elevation of women as chief justices of High Courts be a sign of gender equality in the judiciary or is this a...
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (Photo: Rajeev Tyagi), CJI JS Khehar

Govt shifts blame for low number of women judges on the judiciary

Tussle resumes even as top four high courts now have women chief justices The government used the first opportunity it got to hit back at...
Explicit ads for condoms are meant to attract consumers. Photo: UNI

Condom ads: Reviving a Controversy

Last year, the government had submitted to the Supreme Court that no legislation would be introduced to ban explicit pictures on condom packets and...
The recent interim order of the Supreme Court on installation of CCTV cameras in court halls of Gurugram is laudable. Photo: Bhavana Gaur

Let the Light in

The idea of open courts, where access to proceedings is in the public domain, is inclusive to true and fair trials   ~Justice K Sreedhar Rao   Transparency...
Justice CS Karnan

The Curious Case of Justice Karnan

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

Justice CS Karnan: A Judge too far

The seven-judge Supreme Court bench hearing against him will be long and difficult, punctuated by caste issues ~By Rakesh BhatnagarSeventeen-odd years ago, the then Chief...
AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala. Photo: UNI

VK Sasikala: Thorny Road Ahead

Though Jayalalithaa’s confidante is in a hurry to become CM, she faces corruption and FERA cases. With the Supreme Court set to deliver its...
Differently-abled people celebrating World Disability Day at India Gate, New Delhi. Photo: UNI

SC rejects HC order on disability PIL

India Legal Bureau The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, which was passed by Parliament just the other day, could face a few hurdles...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to the mortal remains of J Jayalalithaa, in Chennai. Photo: UNI

Dogged by the Law

In life as in death, J Jayalalithaa had brushes with the judiciary. Her DA case is pending in the Supreme Court and now, numerous...
Jayalalithaa was the first chief minister against whom the governor granted sanction for prosecution while in office in a corruption case. Photo: UNI

Jaya’s Judicial Battles

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

Jallikattu: Hitting the Bull’s Eye

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

Madras HC’s verdict jolts net activists in Tamil Nadu

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

Madras High Court hit by fund crunch

In a sign of growing tension, the Tamil Nadu government has not given enough funds for the judiciary, forcing the Madras High Court to...
The Madras High Court’s stand on the case is a blessing for journalists in Tamil Nadu.

Judge Bats for Media Freedom

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

The Chief Justice of India has once again highlighted the paucity of judges and the delay in filling the vacancies as over 22 lakh...
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Salve by the Judiciary

The legal fraternity has often put balm on the wounds of couples hounded by their relatives for marrying against their wishes. This sorry state...
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Can Judges Get Blanket Protection? 

While the Judges Protection Act of 1985 gives protection to judges for acts done during the discharge of their duties, they are also made...
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Is Jaya throttling dissent?

With numerous defamation cases filed by Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, the Supreme Court has asked the state to be tolerant to criticism and give...
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Madras High Court “resurrects” a writer

In a heart-warming judgment, the court has come to the rescue of a Tamil novelist who was hounded for his book Madhorubhagan and said...
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Madras High Court denounces honour killing

The Madras High Court recently pulled up the Tamil Nadu administration in a scathing denouncement of “honour” killings. It lambasted the administration for its...
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Two high courts to get new identity

The Union cabinet today cleared the decks for renaming of the Madras and Bombay high courts. A bill in this regard will be placed...

Madras HC Advocates Association goes on strike

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

Madras High Court strikes down I&B ministry’s order on e-auctions

India Legal Bureau The Madras High Court recently asked the central government to announce the names of successful bidders of FM Station Phase III e-auction,...

Madras High Court tightens its noose on tobacco sellers

India Legal Bureau  The Madras High Court judge, Justice N Kirubakaran, in a significant ruling, has banned the sale of tobacco products within 100...

Cracking Down on Errant Lawyers

Recently, the High Court amended Section 34 (1) of the Advocates Act to debar those advocates guilty of professional misconduct from practicing By R Ramasubramanian...

Collegium Transfers Two Chief Justices & Three Judges

After the Supreme Court collegium transferred 12 High Court judges last month, transfers continued this month as well. Two Chief Justices and three Judges...

Justice Karnan asked to join Calcutta High Court on, or before March 11

Following the communiqué signed by President Pranab Mukherjee that has been received by Madras High Court Justice CS Karnan, who recently ‘stayed’ the CJI’s...

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