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Judges may well be preserving the hopes of citizens with rejection

Nobody is perfect. But the notion of hope in the delivery of justice is what the supreme court has tried preserve with the verdict on judges appointments commission (NJAC). The legis

Jaitley goes on social media to post his verdict against SC

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who will be in India later this month, is going to be pleased with this. Finance minister Arun Jaitley took to facebook to express his opinion on a serious subject

SC hearing raises hopes of resumption of appointments in higher judiciary

Early resolution of filing 400 odd vacancies in higher judiciary is possible soon. During Wednesday’s hearing on suggestions to be made to improve the collegium system of appointing judges, s

Criminal justice cannot allow violation of human rights of the suspect

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), a United Nations body of independent human rights experts, has adopted its ruling on Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, announcing his depriv

Temples of injustice

The supreme court is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) questioning the ban on entry of women of the reproductive age in the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The PIL was filed in 2006 by Indian

Cloaking `Aadhaar` with the sanctity of a law on disputable grounds

The government of India has tabled the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha. The proposed legislation seeks to give a lega

Interpreting the M in AMU

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) suffered a jolt on January 11 when the Modi government decided against supporting its case before the supreme court for minority status. Though during the UPA re

A forgotten reform

On March 30, Manipuri activist Irom Sharmila was acquitted by a Delhi court in an attempt-to-suicide case registered against her in 2006 for sitting on fast at Jantar Mantar in protest against a la

CJI turns defensive on Modi`s court holidays remark

he debate over the practice of summer vacations in Indian judiciary system was once again raked up when Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur stood in a defensive mode against prime minister N

To be on vacation or not to be is the question

The debate over the practice of summer vacations in the Indian judiciary has been reignited after the chief justice of India, Tirath Singh Thakur, stood in a defensive mode against prime minister N

Judiciary summer breaks: The jury is out

“My Lords, yours is a strange world indeed. Your year comprises of five months, your week comprises of five days and your day comprises of five hours.”  It

Allahabad high court judges to work during summer vacation

As many as 68 of the 79 sitting judges of the high court here as well as those at the Lucknow bench have given their consent to a proposal by chief justice DY Chandrachud to utilise the summer va

Fundamental rights vs fundamentalism

The Shayara Bano case has placed the Muslim personal law under the judicial scanner yet again. The supreme court is set to examine triple talaq, polygamy and other discriminatory practices against

Executive-judiciary conflict violates spirit of NJAC verdict

On October 16, the supreme court quashed the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act but set the ground for reform in the judiciary-led collegium system of appointment of judges.

Open letter to TS Thakur, chief justice of India

Justice TS Thakur, Chief justice of India. Dear Sir, I am writing this letter in the spirit of seeking an improvement in the working of the judiciary, and not as an exe

Justifying personal law discrimination

 The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has defended triple talaq and polygamy before the supreme court (SC). The argument that personal law is immune from judicial scrutiny will be

Balancing the rights – of mother and unborn baby

A recent Bombay high court judgment has emphasised that the right of women to make motherhood choices – whether or not to get pregnant and stay pregnant – is an inalienable natural righ

We had lawyers and media coverage, adivasis have nothing: Nandini Sundar

 Sociologists usually don’t make news, but Nandini Sundar has received a fair amount of media coverage in recent weeks for two reasons: just as her book, ‘The Burning Forest - Indi

Obsolete and redundant

The fecundity of the state legislatures has resulted in multiplicity of laws of the land, without eliminating those which have been rendered obsolete by changing times. The laws remaining on the st

State, vigilantes and the right to way of life

1. A worrying phenomenon has become widespread on the political horizon of our country. Extra-legal forces and vigilante groups have emerged under the wings of political parties. Most parties formi

9-0 to privacy!

The year is 2017 and a nine-judge bench of the supreme court of India has unanimously upheld the

Why judicial reforms matter

Two path-breaking judgments by the Supreme Court on privacy and triple talaq were a reminder of how much we have begun to rely on the judiciary to make sense of a conflicted world. Seventy years af

The challenge of judicial reforms

As argued in the previous article, it is patently clear why India should not postpone efforts to



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