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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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    Let us not devalue the role of PIL

    Public Interest Litigations have now become an unpalatable word for the judiciary and the executive with Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad saying that PILs should not be used as a substitute for governance. This remark, if dissected, proves controversial because it is true that a few busybodies do file what is euphemistically termed as…

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  • Sohrabuddin fake encounter case: Media gag order violates right to know

    The order of the CBI Special Court Judge SJ Sharma gagging the entire media from reporting on the sensational Sohrabuddin fake encounter case is a blatant violation of press freedom and the people’s right to know guaranteed by Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution. This is why India is now ranked 136th among 180…

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  • Piqued Interest Litigation filed by aspiring Supreme Court judge

    The wrangling over the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for appointment of  judges seems to be far from over because the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra quashed a two-judge initiative of the apex court to find out why the document was not finalised. A PIL filed by a Delhi lawyer, R.P. Luthra questioned how the…

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  • Anti-people laws are a blot on democracy

    Laws must be enacted for the welfare of a republic—and so it seems they are. Until a closer scrutiny of these laws show them to be anti-people and anti-democracy with the aim of making ministers and all their lackeys, rich. These anti-people laws are drafted by clever IAS officers who state a laudable aim in…

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  • Judicial independence – real or imaginary?

    Citing ‘institutional discipline’, Justice Jayant Patel refused to comment on why he was transferred when probed by reporters. He said he was not willing to shift to Allahabad with his family  just ten months prior to retirement. Justice Patel was the senior most judge of Karnataka high court and resigned rather than meekly accept the…

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