Amritananda Chakravorty | @amritananda_c

Amritananda Chakravorty


Constitutional Law

India’s High Courts stepping up is a silver lining in judicial gloom

Supreme Court disagreeing constitutional morality now routine

February 23,2020


Sedition law has no place in a democratic society

All charges made by the state government have little basis 

February 12,2020

Democracy and Rule of Law

Lawyering in a period of judicial collapse

People on the streets are fighting for Constitution

January 8,2020


Opinion | Bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir has no legal sanctity

Scrapping of Article 370 is the biggest attack on constitution

August 8,2019


Karnataka crisis focuses on loopholes in anti-defection law

Supreme Court must take strong stand against horse trading


Sanjiv Bhatt’s sentence to life imprisonment is bad in law

Higher court must overrule the lower court verdict


2018 was the year of biggest judicial turmoil

2018 has showcased the inconsistency with which the Supreme Court chooses to interfere in the policy decisions or to monitor investigations, especially pertaining to the ruling regime. As the year comes to an end, it is hoped that the judiciary will be more consistent in its decision-making, decry the use of ‘sealed cover’ in adjudication, and stand up to the Executive bullying, whether in judicial appointments or in administration.

December 31,2018


#MeToo: Time to revisit defamation judgment

M J Akbar’s resignation is a testament to the sheer power of the #MeToo movement, and the horror of its stories and experiences. In fact, Akbar tried to emulate this government’s bullying tactic by initially denying all the allegations, and then filing a criminal defamation case against Priya Ramani, a senior journalist.

October 22,2018


#MeToo will fortify the use of 2013 Act

It is evident that neither Vishaka guidelines nor The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (‘SHW Act’) were followed by the organisations, as most of the complaints were either not investigated properly, or women could not complain.

October 20,2018

Section 377

SC reading down Section 377 goes beyond law

In a judgment running into 493 pages, with four concurrent opinions from Chief Justice Dipak Mishra (who also wrote on behalf of Justice AM Khanwilkar) as well as Justices Rohinton Nariman, DY Chandrachud, and Indu Malhotra, the Supreme Court unequivocally upheld the constitutional rights of equality, non-discrimination, freedom of expression, privacy, autonomy, dignity, and health of LGBT persons guaranteed under Articles 14, 15, 19, and 21 of the Constitution. The arc of justice and freedom has finally come home, into the lives of LGBT persons, into the law, and hopefully will soon penetrate to their families, work spaces, public places, and in private domains.

September 12,2018

Section 377

SC’s positive approach gives hope

The petitioners have heavily relied on the elaborate enunciation of privacy, autonomy, and dignity that protects the intimate relations of individuals in the privacy judgment delivered last year, along with the 2014 SC judgment in transgender rights.

Democracy and Rule of Law

Federalism in the dock

The court cannot be a mute spectator to the constant assault on the federal structure as well as the democratic functioning of the Delhi government, by the current BJP regime, whether in Delhi or in the other non-BJP ruled States.

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