People have right to criticize ruling dispensation, be it legislature, executive or judiciary

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It is heartening to note that the Calcutta High Court just recently on December 3, 2019 in a notable judgment titled Sanmay Banerjee Vs. State of West Bengal and others in W.P. No. 21526(W) of 2019 in exercise of Constitutional writ jurisdiction on the appellate side has very rightly held that people … Continue reading People have right to criticize ruling dispensation, be it legislature, executive or judiciary

Notions of rational fools, foolish excellence in understanding constitutionalism, law, justice

Text of Prof. Upendra Baxi's Dr. Ashok Hirway Memorial Lecture titled "The Directive Principles of State Policy, Fundamental Duties of Citizens, and Human Rights: Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread", organized by the Centre for Development Alternatives in Ahmedabad on 23 December 2019:  I am very grateful for this gracious invitation by Professor … Continue reading Notions of rational fools, foolish excellence in understanding constitutionalism, law, justice

Assam citizenship issue: Supreme Court acted inconsistent with international law

Excerpt from Amnesty International India’s “Designed to Exclude: How India's Courts are Allowing Foreigners Tribunals to Render People Stateless in Assam”: In September 2019, Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, while laying out the future map of NRC in Assam said, “All appeals and excluded cases will be examined by this … Continue reading Assam citizenship issue: Supreme Court acted inconsistent with international law

Highest judicial office under RTI purview: Positives and creative tensions in Constitution bench’s opinion

By Venkatesh Nayak* “To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous (RTI applications) fortune, or to take arms against a sea of (information requesters) troubles and by opposing end (their right to know) them.” (With apologies to Shakespeare for … Continue reading Highest judicial office under RTI purview: Positives and creative tensions in Constitution bench’s opinion

Justice for all? No system is in place at district, state or national level to assess demand for legal aid

By Nupur*, Madhurima Dhanuka** The expanse of the legal-aid system’s mandate is such that almost 80 per cent of India’s over 1.25 billion population is eligible for free legal aid1 including women, children, disabled people, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, those with mental illnesses, victims of mass disaster or ethnic violence, persons in custody, etc. … Continue reading Justice for all? No system is in place at district, state or national level to assess demand for legal aid

Composite ranking of police, prisons, judiciary, legal aid: Gujarat ranks 8th among 18 major states

By Rajiv Shah Released at a formal ceremony in Delhi, an in-depth study has ranked Gujarat 8th among 18 major states in its “composite ranking” across four different areas it has covered for its analysis – police, prisons, judiciary and legal aid. The states that are found to be performing better than Gujarat in the … Continue reading Composite ranking of police, prisons, judiciary, legal aid: Gujarat ranks 8th among 18 major states

Hailing from Nagpur, SC CJ-designate Bobde set aside Karnataka governor order to make Yeddyurappa CM

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It is official now that the senior-most Judge of Supreme Court – Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde to take over from the incumbent Chief Justice of India (CJI) – Justice Ranjan Gogoi on November 18 just a day after Justice Gogoi retires as CJI on November 17! PK Misra who is the Principal … Continue reading Hailing from Nagpur, SC CJ-designate Bobde set aside Karnataka governor order to make Yeddyurappa CM