The overlapping division of authority has resulted in an enforcement-heavy legislation, and an insufficient focus on the rehabilitation and aftercare of drug users.
One hopes that the needs of the future and the spirit of adventure will drive Indian space policy as opposed to – in the words of V from ‘V for Vendetta’ – the security of the familiar and the tranquillity of repetition.
Pricked after being sued by foreign investors under different bilateral investment treaties (BIT), India has adopted a new model. But it could impact the ongoing India-US BIT negotiations.
Several members of the Bar Council of India claim the recent violence in court premises was a “reaction” to alleged “statements against the nation”
The chilling confession by three lawyers in a sting operation of how they are planning further violence against Kanhaiya Kumar in court should be probed by a special investigation team, a petition before the Supreme Court says.
New Delhi: The Karnataka high court judgment acquitting Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa in the Rs. 66 crore disproportionate assets (DA) case is perverse, illogical and illegal with glaring mathematical mistakes and it should be set aside and the conviction of four year imprisonment restored, senior counsel Dushyant Dave argued […]
By retaining the law of sedition, free India’s governments repudiated the concept of human rights evolved during the long years of the struggle for freedom
The Supreme Court on Monday said it will decide only the issue relating to violent incidents against JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar at the Patiala House court campus on February 15 and February 17, and will not enlarge its scope.
Allahabad University Vice Chancellor Rattan Lal Hangloo recently appointed a person accused of sexual harassment as his Officer on Special Duty.
A German legal scholar has been waiting 15 years for the Calcutta High Court to decide a contempt case against him. Until then, his 2001 book on the role of PILs in urban India cannot be distributed.
We have just witnessed a week of shame for ‘Mother India’, when democracy was reduced to rubble and the rule of law was left gasping for breath.
Lawyers must uphold the dignity of the profession, says the statement
The Supreme Court will hear on Friday a writ petition seeking bail for JNU Student’s Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
Indian lawyers appear to have forgotten the core values of their profession, if recent incidents are any indication.
Mridula Garg, Soli Sorabjee, Fali Nariman and others on the use and abuse of sedition laws.
Sedition lingers on in India, refusing to go away, silencing students, doctors and writers today as it did nationalist leaders a century ago.
“We regret to see that the very courts of justice, to whom people look up to for upholding the rights of the ordinary citizen and acting as a fair arbitrator, have become battlegrounds for participants of the legal system.”
Justice Chelameswar speaking for the bench said, “Moderation is a forgotten word today in all spheres of life… We are concerned today with open court proceedings, conduct of court with decorum and access to justice for all.
Kanhaiya Kumar was attacked by lawyers while being escorted to the courtroom. Lawyers also attacked journalists inside the court complex. The Supreme Court sent a delegation to Patiala House, who reported that the Delhi Police is not doing its duty.
The last chapter in Justice C.S. Karnan’s defiance of the Supreme Court is some distance away. But if his case can force us to debate the entry and exit system for judges of the higher courts, that will be a silver lining.
As the attacks on Kanhaiya Kumar, his supporters and the media show, many lawyers are increasingly resorting to violence as a quick route to fulfil political aspirations.
The JNU campus has been sealed off as ABVP and RSS protestors gathered outside.
It is clear that freedom of speech and expression within the Indian legal tradition includes within its ambit any form of criticism, dissent and protest. It cannot be held hostage to narrow ideas of what constitutes “anti national” speech.
Mere words and phrases by themselves, no matter how distasteful, do not amount to a criminal offence unless they are being used to incite mobs or crowds to violent action.
With stricter laws and harsher punishments being enforced for cow slaughter and beef consumption, it would seem there has never been a worse time in India to be a butcher or someone who eats beef.
As it considers curative petitions seeking the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the Supreme Court must realise that acts of prejudice which provoke hate crimes and push people towards death need to be redeemed by the law.
Thirty years since the passage of the NDPS Act, the failure to do anything meaningful for the rehabilitation of drug addicts has led to the government and courts criminalising people in urgent need of medical assistance.
Arresting people for planning terror attacks and keeping them in jail without any hard proof is a sure way to radicalize them
If the correct test is one of incitement to lawless action, then Section 295A are far too broad. Under no interpretation can it be said that intentional insult to religion, or to religious feelings, is necessarily equivalent to ‘incitement’.
The Aligarh University Act of 1920 was passed to protect fundamental rights of Muslims, so why is the government now tampering with it?
It is the Centre that has crossed the line of legality by trying to take away what has been given to the Delhi government by the Constitution
The conditions imposed by the government in allowing this sport meet all the concerns of the Animal Welfare Board
The courts have upheld a ban on liquor in Kerala, but the State should regulate, not prohibit consumption
Society and the legal system should not aim for harsher or milder punishments, but rather creating an effective system that would lead to fewer victims
New Delhi: In a recent case in the Supreme Court, Kerala Bar Hotels Association vs State of Kerala, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appeared for a private four star hotel which challenged the validity of the Kerala government’s liquor policy restricting the grant of bar licences to only five […]
After this new law, taken because of public pressure, many children will now be thrown into prison because there will be no one to fight for them
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has cancelled the bail application of Delhi University lecturer G.N. Saibaba and issued a contempt of court notice to the author, Arundhati Roy for writing an article in Outlook magazine criticising the charges against him. In my view, the court is wrong […]
The Maharashtra government’s attempt to suspend sentences of convicted policemen for six months did not go down well with the High Court
The question of reformation, requiring serious deliberation, was unfortunately overlooked in parliament’s zeal to pass the Juvenile Justice bill.
In Australia, as in India, governments are coming up with more stringent laws for social problems that will only create a more coercive state