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    Supreme Court Crisis: Ill-advised, myopic impeachment

    The Congress-led motion signed by 71 members of Parliament from seven political parties to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on grounds which included sensitive cases being assigned by him to preferred benches of the Supreme Court, is a condemnable act by an opposition that has lost its way. It is a mischievous attempt to divide the country’s judiciary which is arguably the strongest pillar of Indian democracy. Indeed, it is

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    Impeachment Motion: Sixth judge to face impeachment but none removed thus far

    Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who is due to retire on October 2, is the sixth judge to face impeachment for removal from office, though no judge has been impeached to date. The proceedings so far have been initiated against a Supreme Court judge and four High Court judges.

  • Justice Loya death case: Bench ripped through Caravan report

    The courts do not give credence to the newspaper reports, but the Supreme Court took an exceptional step of reproducing two articles published in Delhi-based Caravan magazine in the judgment on Thursday rejecting plea for an independent probe into the death of Mumbai judge Brijgopal Harikishan Loya in Nagpur on December 1, 2014. The 114-page judgment after nine hearings spread over two months rather starts with 11 pages devoted to the magazine’s

  • Syria Crisis: Mission unaccomplished

    It’s anyone’s guess why the French president, Emmanuel Macron, takes such pride in claiming to have persuaded Donald Trump to keep US forces in Syria for the “long term”. Mr Trump himself declared “mission accomplished” while his defence secretary, James Mattis, called the 105 missile strikes against three targets near Damascus and Homs which the US, Britain and France say housed chemical weapons facilities a “one-time shot.”

  • Supreme Court nails lies and liars

    The much-awaited Supreme Court judgment in the Judge Loya case is a clear slap on those who seek to rope in the judiciary for pushing their own partisan political agendas. Ruling categorically and forcefully that there was no mystery surrounding the death of Justice B H Loya, and that he died of natural causes, a three-member bench of CJI Dipak Misra, Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, also rebuked the

  • Interpreting saffron conspiracy theories

    The RSS top brass is expected to meet in Pune this week for a five-day brainstorming session to discuss, inter alia, the “divisive forces that are creating a divide in the society”. That the powerful RSS that controls the BJP and Modi government has decided to deliberate this issue at its chintan baithak betrays a certain level of edginess in the pariwar hierarchy ahead of the 2019 general election. If some BJP

  • 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 choice. Questioning the CJI is scandalous and erodes judicial independence.

  • Good idea, bad timing

    These are tense times. Trust between the Opposition and the ruling party has vanished completely. Both suspect each other’s motives. The absence of engagement, formal and informal, has led them to fear the worst from each other. In such a dire climate, a give and take on a matter of huge importance, requiring close cooperation and coordination at the political and government levels, is unthinkable. In this context, the suggestion of the

  • Cash Crunch: ATMs have a quirky connection with Karnataka

    ‘Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe,’ says the Bible. Then, if ‘no money in the ATM’ is a ‘sign’, it will require a doomsday scenario to turn the phenomena into a ‘wonder’. Rahul Gandhi and Derek O’Brien term it a ‘Financial Emergency’. “But where are the facts to substantively advance that theory?” asks Alec Smart, not aware that Arnab Goswami had said much the same the night before

  • Now, private banks too are getting tarnished

    Stories about wheeling dealing that managements of private sector banks have indulged in have suddenly put dragged such banks into the spotlight. Hitherto, the focus was on mismanagement of public sector banks (PSBs). Private bank managers could look down smugly at PSBs and sneer. Most analysts had even begun to demand privatisation of PSBs.

  • Rationalising the election cycle

    School teachers dread elections, with good reason. Deploying school staff on election duty inconveniences both, faculty members and students, interrupting academic schedules and piling additional stress on teachers who are already stuck with non-academic duties like census-taking. This, despite a 2007 Supreme Court ruling against election duty for teachers on working days.

  • Cash Crunch: RBI slips up again?

    The currency crunch in parts of the country, with ATMs running empty in several places, underlines mismanagement by the central bank. Before undertaking a five-fold increase in the production of Rs 500 notes, currency managers ought to have anticipated the likelihood of disruption. Amidst reports of hoarding of Rs 2000 notes, ahead of the Karnataka and other Assembly elections this year, and the Lok Sabha election next year, provision of adequate currency