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  • We may never know what happened to Loya

    Injustice is more visible than justice so that quite often, the few judgments of the Supreme Court which defy Constitutional logic, earn the distinguished apex court a name which reeks of injustice. For justice, like truth and love are born in the human mind and die in the agony of rebellion — whether it is…

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  • If you enact law, then don’t practise it

    If doctors, engineers and architects are debarred from practicing two professions simultaneously, there is no reason why those who enact the law in Parliament or the state legislatures should not also be debarred…Rule 49 of the Bar Council of India states that any full-time salaried employee, whether he or she belongs to a corporation, private…

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  • Great dissenters are great intellectuals

    Religion is used to override gender equality guaranteed by the Indian Constitution so that women are subordinated to men. But when women challenge this age-old tradition, they are ostracized by male clergy on the assumption that God has ordained women should be subordinated to men. This is what happened to Jamida who led an all-male…

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  • Padmaavat, Padmaavat row, Pakistan censor board, Pak Censor Board clears Padmaavat without cuts, CBFC, Mobashir Hasan, Karni Sena

    Padmaavat Row: Relook needed at freedom of speech

    The Supreme Court needs to re-examine the issue of freedom of speech and expression and whether judges anywhere within India can prevent the media from reporting what takes place in open court. Mobs inflamed by the Karni Sena and the Rajput Samaj in BJP-ruled Rajasthan and in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have tried to…

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  • Meet the justices who knew too much

    June 22 will see a revolutionary Supreme Court judge demitting office. He is Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the senior most Supreme Court judge, who was sworn in on October 10, 2011 with the present Chief Justice of India (CJI), Dipak Misra who is younger than his next-in-command by 101 days, so that the CJI retires by…

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  • Maharashtra Bandh: New law is needed to curb State impotence

    Despite the Supreme Court declaring that bandhs are illegal, the state failed miserably to prevent violence during the bandh on Wednesday. Hence, the right to life, liberty and freedom to practice any trade, profession or occupation in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra was rendered non est or meaningless when the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM)…

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  • Prosecution failed miserably to convict Raja

    ASSESSING evidence is a subjective matter because law is not like mathematics with precise answers for specific questions. Judgments are opinions based upon facts, which never change and prosecutors, who do. These prosecutors may be subject to political pressure so that they do not present the facts and the law in the way needed to…

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  • ‘Squeaky clean netas’: Fast track courts can help

    India has emerged as the first country in south-east Asia to launch fast track courts for politicians who have committed crimes. This sends a message to the global community that this country is serious about tackling law-breaking by law makers because the judiciary can only interpret the law, but not declare it. This ties the…

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    Dignity of courts overcome by spats

    This is arguably the first time in the history of the Indian Supreme Court that a senior advocate has resigned from practice after a spat with the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. Not only that, Rajeev Dhawan even relinquished his senior’s gown which distinguishes lawyers of his caliber from other lawyers. Lawyers, like…

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