Olav Albuquerque

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Olav Albuquerque holds a Ph.D. in Media law and is a journalist-cum-lawyer of the Bombay High Court.

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The speedy conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in less than a year holds a lesson for us, writes Olav Albuquerque

The speedy conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd in less than a year holds a lesson for us, writes Olav Albuquerque

45 witnesses took the stand during the trial where the 12-member jury returned a verdict of guilty after 10 hours of deliberations. The s...Read More

The 47th CJI will be remembered for his clean chits to his predecessor, as well as his successor, writes Olav Albuquerque

The 47th CJI will be remembered for his clean chits to his predecessor, as well as his successor, writes Olav Albuquerque

Apart from staying the three contentious farm laws enacted by the government despite vociferous protests from the farmers, CJI Sharad Bob...Read More

It was foolhardy of the MVA govt to appeal in SC against Bombay HC verdict ordering CBI probe, writes Olav Albuquerque

It was foolhardy of the MVA govt to appeal in SC against Bombay HC verdict ordering CBI probe, writes Olav Albuquerque

So, the MVA government has burnt the taxpayers’ money by defending Anil Deshmukh, engaging top lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Sing...Read More

By investing Justice K Chandiwal with the powers of a civil judge, the MVA govt could've proved its bona fides, writes Olav Albuquerque

By investing Justice K Chandiwal with the powers of a civil judge, the MVA govt could've proved its bona fides, writes Olav Albuquerque

The moot legal point under the CoIA or UAPA is all witnesses are immune from prosecution for whatever they divulge to a judge in open cou...Read More

Was dropping Home Minister Anil Deshmukh from Param Bir Singh’s petition a ruse, asks Olav Albuquerque

Was dropping Home Minister Anil Deshmukh from Param Bir Singh’s petition a ruse, asks Olav Albuquerque

The Supreme Court rightly rejected a writ petition filed by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh challenging his transfer as...Read More

Why Vaze and Singh were expendable, Olav Albuquerque explains

Why Vaze and Singh were expendable, Olav Albuquerque explains

Sachin Vaze mocked the Constitution when after a review, Param Bir Singh, with the home secretary, allowed him to rejoin as head of the s...Read More

No clear norms to elevate Supreme Court judges are evident, says Olav Albuquerque

No clear norms to elevate Supreme Court judges are evident, says Olav Albuquerque

Nobody knows how the collegium selects judges. It is unlikely the collegium dissects the judgments of probationary judges in the high cou...Read More

Forward-looking judges need to be elevated, writes Olav Albuquerque

Forward-looking judges need to be elevated, writes Olav Albuquerque

Citizens cannot be jailed simply because they choose to disagree with state policies, said Judge Dharmendra Rana, while granting bail to ...Read More

By opining there's no time limit for women to expose sexual predators, the court has unwittingly upheld #MeToo, says Olav Albuquerque

By opining there's no time limit for women to expose sexual predators, the court has unwittingly upheld #MeToo, says Olav Albuquerque

The subordinate court opined there was no bar of limitation for a woman to complain in public about sexual harassment at the workplace be...Read More

The new DNA-profiling bill, soon to become a law, may be misused, says Olav Albuquerque

The new DNA-profiling bill, soon to become a law, may be misused, says Olav Albuquerque

Article 20 (3) of the Constitution prohibits any person accused of a crime from being a witness against himself, which does not include i...Read More

Controversial Bombay HC judge now faces ignominy of extended probation, writes Olav Albuquerque

Controversial Bombay HC judge now faces ignominy of extended probation, writes Olav Albuquerque

A judge, who was a deputy director of the state judicial academy, could not envisage the cascading effect her acquittals could have on th...Read More

Bombay High Court balances free press vs fair trial, writes Olav Albuquerque

Bombay High Court balances free press vs fair trial, writes Olav Albuquerque

The judges have pointed out that the media must report news without mixing opinion and comments. This will ensure that the people can for...Read More

First, laws enacted without farmers' consent, now panel set up without their consent, writes Olav Albuquerque

First, laws enacted without farmers' consent, now panel set up without their consent, writes Olav Albuquerque

Allegations that the microphones of opposition MPs were muted when the farm laws were passed have also been levelled against the Governme...Read More

By dissenting, SC judge upheld public right to participate in the Rs 20,000cr Central Vista Project, says Olav Albuquerque

By dissenting, SC judge upheld public right to participate in the Rs 20,000cr Central Vista Project, says Olav Albuquerque

Justice Sanjiv Khanna held that the Central Government did not give adequate thought to public concerns and not enough time for those who...Read More

In 2020, we saw the erosion of secularism, in which are inherent the right to choose our food & life partners, writes Olav Albuquerque

In 2020, we saw the erosion of secularism, in which are inherent the right to choose our food & life partners, writes Olav Albuquerque

The year gone by has witnessed the succumbing of the judiciary to state power with the insidious whittling down of secularism, which enca...Read More

Farmers at Singhu border

No Christmas gift for agitating farmers in Delhi as their face-off with Centre continues, writes Olav Albuquerque

The apex court could have set up a special vacation bench to hear arguments against the validity of the three alleged anti-farmer laws. I...Read More

Couples as HC judges, in same court :  Interests of justice served, doubly so?

Couples as HC judges, in same court : Interests of justice served, doubly so?

The Consolidated Fund of Tamil Nadu will pay the salaries of Justices Kuppuraju and Valayapalayam. Each state has its own Consolidated Fu...Read More

Why judgments must be 
succinct, pithy & cogent

Why judgments must be succinct, pithy & cogent

Many countries mandate the use of simple language to ensure citizens’ access to government service

Anti-corruption law remains 
toothless tiger

Anti-corruption law remains toothless tiger

Ministers, MLAs misuse the law by approaching high courts and the Supreme Court to quash FIRs against them

Love, like truth and justice, is irreligious

Love, like truth and justice, is irreligious

The Union Govt had told Parliament in February that the words 'love jihad' were neither found in any existing law nor in the Constitution

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