The Chief Justice of India’s actions reflect a complete neglect of the rule of law and have put the acceptability and respect the highest court of justice commands in jeopardy.
There are many judicial vacancies in the 24 high courts, with 413 positions out of a total approved strength of 1079 vacant, even as about 30 million cases are pending in the courts.
Justice Misra was part of the bench that confirmed the death sentence of the convicts in the December 16 rape case and passed the order for mandatory singing of the national anthem in cinema halls.
Mehbooba Mufti’s meeting with political opponent Farooq Abdullah shows just how critical the issue of Article 35A has become.
The life of every woman unilaterally separated from her spouse is pathetic. They face challenges and constraints both in their marital and natal families.
Former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba was sentenced to life in prison for alleged links to Maoists and for “waging war” against India by a sessions court on Tuesday.
If the sport is banned, farmers will be forced to abandon the raising of native livestock, which already stands threatened due to the extensive use of motor pumps, tractors and mechanised agriculture.
The organisation has also sought the recusal of Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur from the five-judge bench that would review the verdict.
Bihar’s lawsuit against Jharkhand, termed by the Supreme Court as a “trivial non-dispute”, stands in stark contrast to Delhi’s suit against the Centre under the same article, in which it seeks a change of status from union territory to state.
She fasted for 16 years to demonstrate to the rest of India that there can be no normality when the armed forces have the right to shoot to kill. The burden of ending impunity must now be shared by us all.
The court has directed the Centre to work with experts to find solutions to prevent this clear legal violation.
Riding the anti-graft wave is a clever strategy that helps the ruling party divert attention from most pressing economic issues, such as the crises in the rural agriculture sector and growing joblessness.
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Given the high rate of case pendency, Justice T.S. Thakur suggested high courts could authorise the hearing and finalisation of cases during the summer holidays, if the counsel of both the sides were willing.
In response to the bail order granting bail to JNU Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Indira Jaising reminds us that there can be no anticipatory restraint on free speech
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.
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.
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.
The judiciary has been called upon to step in. It must be hoped that those who man the bench have come a long way from the time when the court felt that a death sentence was needed to ease the national conscience.
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.
President’s rule is evil. It is doubly evil when imposed randomly. The central government is starting on the path of creating instability in states, which is an abuse of the constitution.
In the forested adivasi areas of Chhattisgarh, the Constitution of India and the orders of the Supreme Court hold no sway over the government.
The apex court today referred the various curative pleas seeking re-examination of its 2013 verdict re-criminalising homosexuality under section 377 IPC, to a 5-judge constitution bench.
The ongoing government vs. governor face-off aside, another conflict is threatening to erupt in Arunachal Pradesh – one triggered by a recent SC order on citizenship for Chakmas
The Supreme Court’s specific directions not only violate the delicate balance of power enshrined in the Constitution but are also problematic because the judiciary has neither the expertise nor the resources to perform these functions.
On December 1, the Spicy IP blog reported that a division bench of the Delhi High Court had plagiarised thirty-three paragraphs of its judgement in Roche v Cipla from a law review article written by Shwetasree Majumder and Eashan Ghosh in the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property. In […]
The promise of acchhe din cannot be just for the well-off. A poor person too has the fundamental right to a dignified life under Article 21 of the Constitution.
It is stated that commercial surrogacy is legal in India. Is it and what does it mean? A way to explore this complex subject is with the judgment of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in the Baby M Case, given almost 30 years back, in the early years […]
That will ensure there is public transparency both about what the collegium is looking for in a judge and what the judge herself or himself has to offer.
Unless something is done about the huge backlog of appeals, the Indian judiciary will soon be beyond redemption regardless of the system used to appoint judges.
It is extremely important in the present climate – where there is a serious attack on diversity, dissent and freedom of speech at the hands of the ruling party and the government – that the independence of an important institution like the judiciary remains untouched.
India needs political leaders who can make people understand and accept that even if Hinduism is the dominant religion, men and women cannot be killed because what they write or what they eat offends Hindus.
Suggestions to allow candidates to spend more money in elections are based on a misreading of how parties function on the ground.
They battled the spectre of inundation and the harshness of a soil they had no means of cultivating. But the razor-like etches Gujarat’s quarries have scarred their lungs with have left them, literally, gasping for air
The RTI law is being amended by the court without any reasoning and unless this is reversed, the Right to Information could slowly be emasculated.
New Delhi: Despite five Supreme Court orders since September 2013 stating that the Aadhaar card cannot be a mandatory requirement for access to government services or subsidies, the reality on the ground continues to remain very different. The point was underlined at a press conference in Delhi yesterday where, besides lawyers […]
A case of evil intent or lousy translation? Either way, the Fadnavis government’s circular to the police on when individuals can be charged with sedition is an assault on the right to free speech
The Supreme Court also issued notice to the Centre on the larger issue of non-implementation of the National Food Security Act.
With the CBI entrusted with investigating corruption allegations against the well-connected UP engineer Yadav Singh, the SP leadership knows the only way to save itself is to strike a deal with the BJP.
While it demands transparency from the government, the Supreme Court does not apply transparency standards to itself