The Collegium resolution states that it had ‘carefully considered the observations made by the Law Minister in his letters’ sent to the CJI in April 2018 to reconsider its recommendation for elevation, stating that ‘nothing adverse regarding suitability of KM Joseph was pointed out in the aforementioned letters’.
The legislation lays down that the state shall ‘act within the Diaspora to strengthen the affinity between the state and members of the Jewish people’ and ‘views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation’.
Jaising submitted that the ban on women's entry inside the temple is based upon sex alone, and the discrimination is solely based off physiological factors. She further argued that menstruating women being categorised as a different class is unconstitutional as it lacks constitutional morality.
Jaising emphasises on harmonious interpretation of constitutional provisions, that is, Articles 14, 15, 25 and 26 of the Constitution and stated that the right to manage the affairs in the matter of religion does not encompass the right to ban entry inside a temple.
The CJI bench highlighted the threat posed by ‘frenzied mobs across the country instigated by intolerance and misinformed by circulation of fake news and false stories’, while chastising aggravating phenomena such as ‘bystander apathy, numbness of the mute spectators of the scene of the crime, inertia of the law enforcing machinery to prevent such crimes … and grandstanding of the incident by the perpetrators of the crimes including in the social media’.
Lawyers Collective is addressing the media on why the Bill, which has been in the making for over two years, miserably fails to address the legal and real-time challenges that arise in addressing trafficking in persons and securing the rights and dignity of trafficked victims.
The five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court, presided over by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra is hearing a batch of petitions challenging section 377 of IPC which criminalises and penalises what it terms an “unnatural offence”, insofar as provision adversely affect consensual relations between adults.
The President Secretariat has confirmed in response to an RTI application that there is no such correspondence, information and knowledge available with the President’s Secretariat with regard to the alleged harassment meted out to President of India, Ram Nath Kovind and his wife, on the part of servitors of Puri Jagannath Temple.