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    Government wants last word on judges

    The BJP government has sent a message to the judiciary that by securing an absolute mandate from the people, it has the right to decide who will enter the Supreme Court. So, by denying Uttarakhand chief justice K M Joseph his rightful seniority, the Modi government has emulated late prime minister Indira Gandhi who allegedly…

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  • Defrock ‘bad’ priests, leave beliefs alone

    Religion, sex and law make a heady cocktail because law is used to regulate both religion and sex. So, when some renegade priests are accused of rape, our netas may not know enough of the law to realise they are violating it by attacking venerable religious beliefs rather than renegade predator-priests who violate their sacred…

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  • Cows, humans enjoy the same right to life

    Mob lynchings and judicial independence seem inter-related because 97 per cent of lynchings took place after Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister of India, and 86 per cent of those lynched were Muslims. Significantly, home minister Rajnath Singh has been compelled to agree to an anti-lynching law only after the opposition stormed the…

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    Morality vs law vs liberal judges

    Changing times transform morality which, in turn, changes the law; so what was immoral a decade ago is perfectly moral today. This is why the Supreme Court may decriminalise consensual sex between two or more consenting men in private because while those guilty of sodomy were to be burnt alive in 1209, today, the right…

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  • Judges’ assets: Nothing but the full truth

    The judiciary is the third pillar of democracy so that judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts have to declare their assets after being sworn-in.  If the executive which includes the president, the prime minister and his council of ministers publicly declare their assets each year, there is no cogent reason why…

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  • Separation of powers: A beautiful theory

    That the executive and the judiciary are insulated from each other is a beautiful theory which does not work in practice if iconoclast judge Jasti Chelameswar is to be believed. He may be right because democracy, too, is a beautiful theory which fails in practice when judges and politicians mingle. Chelameswar reiterated on June 23…

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  • Will government have the last word on Justice Ranjan Gogoi?

    So, Justice Ranjan Gogoi will become the next chief justice of India (CJI) after Dipak Misra demits office on October 2, if law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is to be believed, setting at rest speculation that he is persona non grata for the Narendra Modi government as CJI after he jointly addressed the media with…

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  • Judges join politics to ensure political justice

    Justice and politics are implacable foes, so when a high court judge joins politics, it creates a sensation. Two judges have done exactly this with the lead being taken by “eccentric” judge Chinnaswamy Swaminathan Karnan who launched a political party soon after he walked out of prison. He changed his name from S Karunanithi to Karnan because…

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    Dubious authenticity of post mortem reports

    Post mortem reports or “autopsy reports” are relied upon by courts to conclude whether a person was murdered or died a natural death. Judges are laypersons as far as medical science is concerned and they will never go behind a post-mortem report to ascertain whether it was manipulated or not. The most the courts can…

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  • Anti-Sterlite protest: Make police liable for killing protesters

    The State must protect its citizens and not murder them when they protest against corruption in the government. But when the police murder their citizens, acting at the behest of the State, those who are murdered will never get redress whether at Tuticorin on May 22, in Andhra Pradesh in 2015 or in Mumbai when…

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  • Archbishops like judges enjoy free speech

    Supreme Court judges and archbishops do not surrender their right to freedom of speech and expression on assuming office. This is why the news channels, which attacked Delhi prelate Anil Couto for writing a letter to his flock on May 8 to pray and fast just before the 2019 general elections, have flouted journalistic norms….

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  • Karnataka Elections 2018: Governors are not above the law

    Judges have declared themselves immune from prosecution by weaving in their own privileges as part of the basic structure doctrine. By refusing to grant any relief at all to the Congress at such an unearthly hour appeared that the bench erred on the side of caution. The three-judge bench comprising Justices Arjan Sikri, Sharad Bobde…

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