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

Pathetic treatment of women prisoners, who endure long terms of sentences, horrible living conditions

By Sheshu Babu* While prisons in the country in general lack basic amenities and prisoners are made to live in sub-human conditions, women in jails suffer more than their male counterparts in most states. In its own report, the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB) has acknowledged that overcrowding is one of the major problem affecting … More Pathetic treatment of women prisoners, who endure long terms of sentences, horrible living conditions

Inherent powers under Article 142 can be invoked to dissolve a marriage broken down irretrievably

By Sanjeev Sirohi* In a latest and interesting development, we have seen just how recently on October 4, 2019, the two Judge Bench of Apex Court comprising of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice MR Shah in a laudable and landmark judgment titled R Srinivas Kumar v. R Shametha in Civil Appeal No. 4696 of … More Inherent powers under Article 142 can be invoked to dissolve a marriage broken down irretrievably