Re-promulgation of ordinances is illegal, the apex court ruled, in a judgment that will be applicable to all central ordinances, including demonetisation.
Whether or not Karan Johar comes out is a choice that should be left to him. It shouldn’t be a burden on him because of his privilege and influence.
Despite the DRI’s allegations, the government seems strangely reticent about filing a review petition in the Supreme Court that could protect its revenue interests.
If the Supreme Court bench had relied on the precedent set by a constitution bench in 2013, it would not have insisted that the evidence – the Sahara-Birla diaries – be cogent in order to qualify for investigation.
Instilling a feeling of national unity can be a legitimate state interest but such a feeling cannot be pursued at the cost of individual liberty.
The 2015 petition from Common Cause questioning the appointment of the current CVC is still being heard, but the appeal to look into the Sahara-Birla groups’ alleged bribes has been dismissed.
The commission has sought a report from the Meerut administration over Maharaj’s comments that Muslims are responsible for the population-related problems in India.
Lawyers believe that contempt laws should be used more for when the executive flouts laws rather than for individual utterances.
Notifications for the MGNREGA and EPS programmes show the effect of new UIDAI regulations and how mandatory requirements are carefully couched so as to not openly violate the Supreme Court’s order.
Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for the appointment of judges.
Chief Justice T.S. Thakur’s landmark judgment has set in stone the standards that all sports bodies will have to follow henceforth.
The outgoing chief justice sided with the majority view because he believed it advances the constitution’s commitment to secularism, which is now recognised as one of its basic features.
The landmark judgment came while the court revisited a judgment from 1995 that called Hinduism a “way of life”.
Sedition, defamation, censorship, internet shutdowns – the year saw the courts being tested on a range of issues related to the freedom of expression.
The national president of Swaraj India discusses the Sahara-Birla diaries, funding of political parties and how demonetisation has wrecked the rural economy in the last 50 days.
Though a recent high court judgment said administrators are not to be held liable, it cannot be seen as conclusive judicial determination on the issue.
The coal market in the region, which saw hope after the Supreme Court recently allowed transportation of coal from the mines of Meghalaya, is facing fresh hardship post demonetisation.
The prime minister’s words will be meaningless, other than to draw attention to Rahul Gandhi’s cause, unless he supports them with actions to reform political funding.
Seniority is not the ideal norm to determine the appointment of the chief justice of India, but there appears to be no alternative at present.
Although a law exists that criminalises insulting the national flag, national anthem and the constitution, it does not make it mandatory for a citizen to stand up when the anthem is played. The apex court has thus created a new offence without any legislation to back it.
The apex court pronounced the verdict while addressing the petition filed by Karma Dorjee and others following several incidents of hate crimes in Delhi against persons hailing from the northeast.
The court’s appeal to constitutional patriotism in its order on the national anthem demonstrates a forsaking of intellectual enquiry into political theory and law, and a perilous road to judicial hegemony.
Nine members of the audience who decided not to stand up for the national anthem on principle during the screening of a film were assaulted during the interval.
The court also clarified that the doors of the theatres need not be bolted when the national anthem is played.
Indian Muslims have come a long way since the Shah Bano case in the 1980s; today, there is a vibrant debate within the community on the need for respecting the rights of women in marriage and the family.
‘We don’t agree that any money coming from abroad [for politics] will completely change our thinking. Does it mean that if FDI is coming, government will be influenced by some other country?’
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The apex court sought responses from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook on NGO Prajwala’s plea seeking blocking of rape videos.
By first limiting and now disallowing the exchanging of old notes for new ones, the state is violating the right to property of those without bank accounts.
The Supreme Court order encroaches on the functions of the executive and legislature, bypassing the checks-and-balances system enshrined in the constitution.
Citing the cinema hall precedent, petitioner wants the national anthem to be played before the commencement of proceedings in all courts across the country.
If nationalism, the way its sternest adherents argue, is a deep and overwhelming sentiment, then why do we need a disciplining machine to enforce that sentiment in us?
In addition to being kept in solitary confinement despite Supreme Court guidelines to the contrary, death row prisoners have little to no access to any sort of mental health facilities.
The court also directed that the national flag should be shown on screen when the anthem is played.
The court also said it will not pass a final order without going into the research on the impact of firecrackers on air quality.
Senior counsel for the petitioners Prashant Bhushan says that they will file a fresh affidavit with more documents.
India may be a limping and flawed democracy, but it is one nevertheless. That means that Indian voters deserve to be heard.
It may seem to be an articulation of equality that transcends caste, but the ‘economic criterion’ simply allows upper caste groups to monopolise state power – something that the reservation scheme was meant to counter.
Cases are delayed as courts have not been using statutory remedies available to them – an issue that has been noted by the Supreme Court and ex-RBI governor Raghuram Rajan.
A petition filed in the Supreme Court argues that a decision like demonetisation, pivotal to monetary policy, can’t be left to the whims of the Centre.
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