The government has dialled back its order to ban 857 websites in India for supposedly hosting pornographic content following a public outcry since August 1, when the order was enforced by ISPs. According to various reports, the Centre was reviewing its order and mulling a ban only against websites hosting […]
Himanshu Trivedi says he preferred to resign rather than follow instructions to act against the state’s Muslims
The moral paternalism implicit in the government’s order blocking access to 857 websites is what makes it a naïve and simplistic response to a genuine problem
Death penalty files eaten by termites? Records of death penalty convicts who have been executed since independence have gone missing from many prisons. The National Law University in Delhi is conducting a first of its kind survey to evaluate the fairness of capital punishment jurisprudence especially in post […]
The DoT says it draws its authority to block sites from Section 79(3)(b) of the Information Technology Act 2000 and Article 19(2) of the Constitution, as the department claims the contents relate to questions of “morality, decency”.
The apex court had called section 66A of the IT Act “unconstitutional”, saying it has a “chilling effect” on freedom of speech and expression.
The Attorney General’s claim that the Right to Privacy in India is “vague” is sadly true
While broader consultation may take slightly longer than the “fast tracked” process, it will be a valuable investment if it results in a strong and lasting Constitution in Nepal.
Memon’s execution has shown how the inheritors of the Dharmashastra – which lays emphasis on prayaschitta or atonement as a means to become “divine” – need only the minimal incitement provided by media hype to become bloodthirsty.
Yakub Memon became the third terror convict to have been sent to the gallows in the last four years
New Delhi: With President Pranab Mukherjee rejecting the mercy petition filed by Yakub Memon – given the death penalty for his role in the 1993 terrorist bombings in Bombay – lawyers representing him are moving the Supreme Court to insist his execution, set for July 30, must be delayed by […]
It is the silences that attend media coverage of Yakub Memon’s impending execution and not the Shiv Sena’s aggressive calls for his hanging that hold a mirror to Indian democracy most clearly. Leading national dailies carry photos of mangled bomb blast sites and interview those affected, as if to […]
This is the text of the letter Gopalkrishna Gandhi, ex-West Bengal Governor and former Secretary to President K.R. Narayanan (1997-2002), has sent to President Pranab Mukherjee today, July 29, 2015: At this point in time, when the nation is paying solemn tribute to former President (Dr.) APJ Abdul […]
The Supreme Court must heed the voices calling for a halt to the impending execution of Yakub Memon.
The right to privacy flows from a structural reading of the Fundamental Rights chapter, and has been established as an integral part of constitutional jurisprudence over the last 30 years.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has referred to a larger bench the plea of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon seeking stay of his scheduled execution on July 30 in 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Justices A R Dave and Kurian Joseph differed on the issue of entertaining the plea of Memon, […]
New Delhi: Uncertainty continued on Monday over whether Yakub Memon, the sole 1993 Mumbai blasts convict on death row, will be hanged on July 30, with the Supreme Court asking Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to clarify today the rules relating to curative petitions, the last judicial remedy in law.A […]
The Kerala HC and the SC have adopted divergent approaches on the question of the right of Muslim women to wear a headscarf and full sleeves while appearing for a public exam
The following is the note of dissent submitted by Usha Ramanathan, a researcher, advocate and dissenting member of the committee that drafted the Human DNA Profiling Bill. The Wire published a criticism of the Bill on July 24, 2015. The committee was put together by the Department of […]
In response to the piece ‘Modi Wants the DNA Profiling Bill Passed Right Away. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t Be‘, published July 24, 2015, Dr. J. Gowrishankar, Director of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, wrote a spirited response describing the benign intentions behind the Bill and why […]
Dr. J. Gowrishankar, Director of the CDFD, argues that the DNA Profiling Bill is not intended to be intrusive and and that its enshrined rules have been misinterpreted
The government responds to The Wire’s criticism of the Human DNA Profiling Bill
The Human DNA Profiling Bill which the Narendra Modi government wants to pass in the current session of Parliament is one of the most intrusive enactments of its kind anywhere in the world, a measure that will render obsolete the national debate on privacy before it has even […]
GANDHINAGAR: Irony has many faces. That a former woman judge, a standardbearer of justice, should fear for her life and that of her family in a state ruled by a woman Chief Minister, is one of them. The former judge, Jyotsna Yagnik, who convicted 32 people – including Maya […]
Despite the budgets they command, the faculties they boast and attention they get from the Centre, India’s so-called Institutes of National Importance aren’t well defined
Rules allow law officers to represent private clients only in exceptional circumstances. What is so exceptional about a Kerala hotel fighting for a liquor license that Mukul Rohatgi needs to fight the case?
There is evidence that the tribunals which are meant to adjudicate bans under the UAPA end up giving far-reaching powers to the government under the Act
Modi’s first package of labour reforms is a mix of positive and negative; where he intends to take the process will become clear only later
He is guilty, but only of playing a peripheral role in the 1993 terrorist bombings. Hanging him serves no purpose other than satisfying the blood lust of society
What international law tells us about how a guerrilla army should legitimately fight a technologically superior opponent, employing justifiable and proportionate means and tactics
In the wake of the Hoffman report, APA ethics director Steve Behnke has gone
Indian cricket administrators are shocked at the sentencing in the IPL corruption case, but they should have seen it coming
Registration of a case against a citizen for posting the Chief Minister’s picture is totally wrong and untenable
The former CAG writes that the ongoing stalemate in Delhi is traceable not only to the political tussle between the AAP and BJP governments in the city and Centre but also the Home Ministry’s hasty intervention on a sensitive issue
The June 23 order of Justice P. Devadass directing the rapist to go for mediation had triggered a controversy
The CIC had also held that political parties were public authorities and hence should disclose information under the RTI Act
Recent judgements have been on the liberal side, but could have easily gone the other way
In a society in which data can be so easily made public, how can one trust the Digital Locker to be secure?
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today held that the medical expenses incurred on judges and their family members cannot be disclosed or made public under the Right to Information Act. A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu refused to interfere with the Delhi High Court verdict […]
Here is the transcript of the interview Rohini Salian, the Mumbai special prosecutor retained by the National Investigation Agency to handle the Malegaon 2008 bomb blast case involving Hindutva extremists, gave Sreenivasan Jain of NDTV on her allegation that the NIA asked her to go “soft” on the […]