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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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  • Karnataka Elections 2018: Supreme Court wants to see letters of support, allows provisional oath

    The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa‘s swearing-in as Karnataka chief minister after a rare post-midnight courtroom hearing on Congress-JD(S) combine’s bid to stall the government formation. After a nearly three-and-a-half-hour hearing beginning 2:11 AM, a three-judge apex court bench made it clear that the provisional swearing-in and the…

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  • The last days of Justice Chelameswar

    After setting off a chain of events which culminated in a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court dismissing as withdrawn a petition challenging the dismissal of the CJI’s impeachment motion, Justice Jasti Chelameswar wants to fade quietly into the night. With just a week left as a judge, he has refused to attend a traditional…

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  • Was there a conflict of interest in CJI’s actions?

    The Supreme Court has never ever set up a five-judge Constitution bench through an administrative order — after court working hours. That it has done so to hear a challenge to the Vice President dismissing an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, creates an unsavoury first in judicial history by flouting procedure….

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  • Judiciary: Will the storm blow over?

    We all missed the 45th anniversary of fetters imposed on judicial freedom which fell on April 25th, after Indira Gandhi superceded three senior judges in 1973 to make her own handpicked judge, Justice A N Ray, the chief justice of India (CJI). Four years later, Justice H R Khanna resigned after Indira Gandhi superceded him to…

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  • CJI Dipak-Misra, Supreme Court, CJI impeachment,

    Impeachment Motion: Mass hysteria over CJI and future of judiciary

    The BJP has thanked Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu for rejecting the Opposition bid to impeach Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, forgetting that the Vice President is above partisan loyalties to the BJP – of which he once formed a part. After all, Naidu was part of Narendra Modi’s cabinet. Before that, he…

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  • Curtains fall on Judge Loya death forever

    The dismissal of the PILs seeking an independent probe into the alleged “mysterious” death of Judge B H Loya came close on the heels of the same bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud declaring the CJI could assign any case to any bench of his…

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  • Seniority of Supreme Court judges negated

    The Chief Justice of India (CJI) with two judges has declared his office to be the repository of Constitutional trust even while facing the ignominy of an impeachment. The bench has also negated the concept of “senior” and “junior” judges of the apex court without explaining how the next CJI will be selected if there…

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  • Blackbuck poaching case: Too soon to rejoice over Salman Khan conviction

    It may be too soon to rejoice over Salman Khan’s being sentenced to five years jail for killing the rare and gentle black buck at Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur in Rajasthan at midnight of October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain. This is because the underlying dictum…

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  • Blackbuck poaching case: The buck stops here for Salman Khan

    Bollywood’s enfant terrible, Salman Khan, will get bail by the time you finish reading this on Friday morning after his conviction for five years on Thursday for killing two blackbuck. The court, however, acquitted his co-stars in the movie Hum Saath Saath Hain — Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre — giving them…

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  • CJI Dipak-Misra, Supreme Court, CJI impeachment,

    CJI creates Indian judicial history by facing ignominy of impeachment

    Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra has created Indian judicial history by being the first CJI to face the ignominy of facing the prospect of an impeachment motion while occupying office, going by media reports. This situation has arisen because the opposition feels the CJI did not do enough to redress the grievances of…

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  • CDR case, Call Details Records, Supreme court, thane, thane cops, Bombay High Court, Nawazuddin siddiqui

    The judiciary versus the media

    Soon after chastising the lawyers for raising their voices in his court room, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra took it upon himself to berate the media for allegedly adding “defamatory” comments for their readers. His comments were provoked during the hearing of a petition filed by senior journalists against an order of the…

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