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    Despite judicial restraint, MBMC opens backdoor for ‘unqualified’ firemen

    Bhayandar: In yet another classic example of how politicians throw the rule book in the wind, the BJP-ruled Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) passed a resolution in the general body, paving way for the reinstatement of 17 unqualified firefighters who were sacked in 2002. This despite judicial orders disallowing such illegal recruitments.

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    Government clears elevation of Justice K M Joseph to Supreme Court

    New Delhi: The government has cleared the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium to elevate Justice K M Joseph, who heads the Uttarakhand High Court, to the top court, ending a long standoff with the judiciary. The government has also given its nod to appoint Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran to the SC.

  • 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 judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts must not do so.

  • 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.

  • Don’t drag the issue of judicial appointment

    Enough has already been said about the Centre’s unwillingness to see Chief Justice of Uttarakhand high court, Justice K M Joseph, being elevated as a Supreme Court judge as per the recommendation of the SC Collegium. It is best to resolve this issue without any further delay to ensure that there are no more arguments and counter arguments on this issue because it is affecting the image of the apex court and

  • Executive-Judiciary turf war reaches Supreme Court

    New Delhi: The ongoing turf-war between the judiciary and the executive over the appointment of judges on Friday witnessed an open showdown in the Supreme Court with the Centre taking the Collegium head on for recommending only a few names to fill up huge vacancies in the high courts. The apex court also hit out at the Centre for keeping the names recommended by the Collegium pending.

  • Pakistan judiciary: At beck and call of Army

    If anyone thought that the judiciary in Pakistan was independent, he should think again. It is a handmaiden of the deep State, that is, of the Rawalpindi-based cabal of generals who virtually command it to do its bidding. Some years ago, after Pervez Musharrf was virtually forced out of the President’s office by Pakistan’s Supreme Court, people had begun to accord it respect for being bold and free. But it is not.

  • Nepotism hovers on Indian judiciary

    The jurisprudence on controversial topics like the right to privacy and the right to euthanasia is curtailed because intellectual enrichment is not always restricted to judges’ families alone although they have a head start in life.

  • Hot winds blowing in Delhi

    Delhi is experiencing chilling cold as the mercury continues to drop every day. However, temperature in the political corridors is boiling up day by day. On one hand, Congress’s new President Rahul Gandhi is getting all prepared to take on the Narendra Modi-led BJP Government, while on the other hand, Delhi’s firebrand Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader has been left nursing his wounds by the Supreme Court. Even as

  • Supreme Court Judges Press Conference: Souls are saved but judiciary in tatters

    Supreme Court judges take an oath to uphold the Constitution – not the dignity of the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI). That is why the four senior-most judges of the apex court collegium are justified in levelling serious allegations against CJI Dipak Misra. If these allegations are true, the CJI is a judge of doubtful integrity. “The independence of the Supreme Court has to be saved if democracy is

  • Indore: ‘Whatever happened should not have happened’

    Indore: Former High Court judges and senior advocates of city expressed concern and disappointment after four sitting judges of the Supreme Court held an unprecedented press conference over allocation of cases in the top judiciary on Friday.

  • A failed state that evokes skepticism

    THE judiciary is free to do what it wants so long as it does not impinge on the army’s sphere of influence. It is widely believed that the manner in which Nawaz Sharif was pushed out of power recently had the tacit consent of the Army, which wanted a more pliable dispensation.

  • Modi condoles death of former CJI Bhagwati

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief over the death of former Chief Justice of India P.N. Bhagwati, who died on Thursday. “The demise of Justice P.N. Bhagwati is saddening. He was a stalwart of India’s legal fraternity. My deepest condolences,” Modi said in a tweet on Thursday.

  • Indore: Advocates to abstain from work today

    Indore: No work related to judiciary will be carried out by lawyers in Indore on Friday on the call of All India Bar Council.

  • Truce on appointment of judges

    New Delhi : In a bid to end 17 months of running dispute delaying appointments in the higher judiciary, the Supreme Court collegium is understood to have conveyed a compromise formula to meet the Centre’s demand half way to stop appointment of any judge on the ground of “national security.”

  • High Courts alarmingly short of 44 pc judges

    New Delhi : A whopping 40.54 lakh cases are pending across the country in 24 High Courts which are also grappling with almost 44 per cent shortage of judges, at a time when the judiciary and executive are on a face-off over appointment of judges in the higher judiciary, reports PTI.

  • Ujjain: Bar Association ends strike after compromise

    Ujjain: Agitation of the lawyers came to end when a compromise took placed between Bar Association and the Judiciary on Friday.  The dispute rose due to unmanaged parking of vehicles on the court premises on Tuesday this week.

  • Do you want to lock out justice? Supreme Court to government

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday fired the Modi government for bringing the judiciary to a “grinding halt” by sitting over its collegium’s recommendations on appointment of judges in various High Courts, warning it that such an attempt to paralyse the courts will not be tolerated.