Olav Albuquerque

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Sovereignty overrides free speech in Kashmir

Sovereignty overrides free speech in Kashmir

When freedom of speech endangers state sovereignty, what should be extinguished? If we accept that the guarantee of free speech can only ...Read More

Repeal of Article 370 will not be struck down

Repeal of Article 370 will not be struck down

Legislation overrides judge-made law because the former is an expression of the will of the people whereas the latter is not.

Different strokes for different types of judges

Different strokes for different types of judges

Standards of conduct for the higher and lower judiciary are different when some judges mix with politicians and lawyers at parties, accor...Read More

Latest amendments endanger democracy

Latest amendments endanger democracy

The latest amendment to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), with the simultaneous dilution of the Right to Information Act, 20...Read More

 Judicial ‘lordships’ may continue despite Rajasthan court ban

Judicial ‘lordships’ may continue despite Rajasthan court ban

This obsolete practice has been used in the Supreme Court from 1950 onwards by legends like the late Nani Palkhivala even though the Inte...Read More

Government ignores own probe report and High Court strictures

Government ignores own probe report and High Court strictures

Doctors earn from illnesses while bureaucrats defend governmental chicanery. And doctors who become government bureaucrats will defend wh...Read More

A senior lawyer has said the new law "destroys" 
the independence of the judiciary 
as it defies the 
principle of separation of powers by bringing it 
under parliamentary control

Independence of judiciary: Judges not accountable for their actions!

Justice and impeachment are converse concepts. The state delivers justice through the judiciary but when it fails to do so because there ...Read More

Making the law, breaking it and winning in court makes geniuses

Making the law, breaking it and winning in court makes geniuses

If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers. This is because good lawyers exploit legal loopholes to defend bad people in...Read More

When doctors and politicians break the law

When doctors and politicians break the law

When doctors mix with politicians, the results are diabolical. Loopholes in the law are exploited by the Union government to replace the ...Read More

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI Photo)

OATH INVITE TO ALL, MINUS PAKISTAN

New Delhi: Heads of the government from neighbouring BIMSTEC countries – Bangla-desh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand – ar...Read More

Independence of judiciary includes non-accountability

Independence of judiciary includes non-accountability

The Delhi high court has recently held that birds have a fundamental right to life and liberty and cannot be kept in cages —although our ...Read More

Indore: ‘act smart Indore, vote out Narendra Modi govt’

Indore: ‘act smart Indore, vote out Narendra Modi govt’

Indore: In the city, accorded Smart City tag by PM Modi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called upon the residents to act smart and vote his govern...Read More

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Indore: Youth held for duping people in name of lottery

Indore: City crime branch on Saturday arrested a person in connection with duping people in the name of lottery. The accused is associate...Read More

Indore: SPL INVITATION TO 107 VOTERS ABOVE 100 YEARS

Indore: SPL INVITATION TO 107 VOTERS ABOVE 100 YEARS

Indore: The district Election Office (DEO) will send special invitation letters to voters in the city who are above 100 years of age. The...Read More

Will truth triumph amidst this judicial medley?

Will truth triumph amidst this judicial medley?

Nothing is more dangerous than power wielded by a judge who dispenses justice. In the process, truth may be buried forever because it is ...Read More

Truth and justice are not always identical concepts

Truth and justice are not always identical concepts

Either the 46th Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi is guilty of allegedly behaving inappropriately with a 35-year-old woman typist...Read More

Sinister plot or a case of judicial overreach

Sinister plot or a case of judicial overreach

If independence of the judiciary means unquestioned power without accountability, then that power needs to be counterbalanced by other st...Read More

Rafale deal in apex court: Just an academic exercise

Rafale deal in apex court: Just an academic exercise

Shorn of verbosity and pedantry, the two judgments delivered challenging the dismissal of the PILs in the Rafale judgment protect whistle...Read More

Politics and sedition make a lethal mix

Politics and sedition make a lethal mix

One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter is the war cry of those who oppose the sedition law in India and this is very true b...Read More

Judges and politics can strike a right mix, sometimes

Judges and politics can strike a right mix, sometimes

Justice and politics may seem implacable foes until retired judges join politics to deliver justice to the people which they may have fai...Read More

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