The MHA wanted IPS officer Basant Rath disciplined for writing columns “dangerously critical of government policy” but the J&K government chose to promote him instead.
“We don’t want to flog a dead horse,” the bench said, adding that it did not see any merit in the prayer as “nothing would come of it”.
Though most welcomed the historic move, a few raised questions about the vagueness of the complaint and said the judges should have been more specific.
MK Venu, founding editor of The Wire, and Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of The Caravan, discuss the implications today’s historic press conference by four SC justices could have on the case.
The court has held the petitioner in contempt without following due process or natural justice.
Do we really want a scenario where sitting judges are ordering investigations against their fellow judges?
The court has suggested that any complaint against a judge and investigation by the CBI should not be given publicity, ignoring the fact that public functionaries act under public scrutiny.
Credibility, Independence and Moral Authority of Supreme Court Have Been Dented: Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar
The recent standoff between members of the judicial fraternity in the Supreme Court could have been avoided, says Kumar.
The fact that the charge of attempted bribery was made by the CBI has been conveniently overlooked in the rush to declare that the petitioners had damaged “the great institution”.
All three judges on the bench hearing the matter ought to have recused themselves, going by the Supreme Court’s own judgments and precedents.
At the heart of the case is the attempt by a medical college to get recognition despite failing to meet the standards needed to admit students and charge fees from them.
Fourteen years on, the victim’s mother and lawyer hope the Supreme Court’s judgment may prove to be a deterrent against “honour killings”.
Legal experts and social activists believe that the answer to addressing the issue of safety of women in India lies not in knee-jerk reactions, but in radical police and judiciary reforms.
“We are in politics because we feel there is a serious threat to the idea of India.”
Observing that there had been police inaction, the SC indicated that it will look into setting up a special investigation team into the attacks on JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar.
The Centre should have waited for the floor test to resolve the issue and should have gone to court against the Uttarakhand speaker’s decision if it felt aggrieved, says Prashant Bhushan.
The ruling party is trying to polarise society over a non-issue, they say.
Asked by The Wire whether there would a response from Rashtrapati Bhavan to the CPIL’s charge that the President had lobbied for a job on behalf of Santosh Reddy, a presidential official said, ‘No’.