Case update

Women's rights

Parents’ ‘concern’ cannot override fundamental rights: Patna HC

The High Court elaborated on the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hadiya case which had upheld the liberty of the girl to choose a partner of her own choice as well as to move freely and make her own decisions.

July 13,2018

Independence of judiciary

RTI reply: Justice Shukla writes to President

CPIO decided to withhold the copy of letter stating that information requested by the RTI applicant related to personal information and therefore, it couldn’t be provided under section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005.

July 12,2018

Case update

Lynching: Read Jaising’s written submissions

The submissions by Jaising, drafted by Warisha and Shadan Farasat (and team) trace the history of lynching from the time when it was prevalent in the United States as a measure to impose segregation and subordination of African Americans to what’s happening now in India against mainly Muslims and Dalits.

July 11,2018

Section 377

#NoSection377: Live updates from SC

The five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court, presided over by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra will begin hearing of 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.

July 10,2018

Case update

FGM: What about bodily integrity of a woman?

Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, representing an intervenor, Masooma, submitted the activity to be crime under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 as well as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012.

July 9,2018

Case update

Justice Goel appointed NGT chairperson

Post-retirement appointment of justices has come under heavy scrutiny over ethical compunctions, even though it's strictly legal.

July 6,2018

Case update

CJI is the ‘Master of the Roster’

The apex court heavily relied upon the Asok Pande judgement, establishing that the CJI cannot be a collegium of the five senior most judges, and has to be the designated individual.

July 6,2018

Case update

Tainted Allahabad HC judge given a chance

It has been learnt that Justice Shukla has written a letter to the President of India in response to a letter of the CJI to the President recommending removal of former from the office.

July 5,2018

Case update

No probe into Karkare’s death: SC

Petitioner S M Mushriff, former Inspector General of Maharashtra Police, claimed that Karkare was murdered by members of Abhinav Bharat, to stall investigation into 2008 Malegaon blasts.

July 5,2018

Democracy and Rule of Law

SC restores powers of Delhi government

While CJI Dipak Misra, Justices Khanwilkar and Sikri insisted on ‘collaborative federal structure’, Justice Chandrachud underlined the importance of ‘constitutional morality’.

July 4,2018

Case update

State can’t appoint acting DGPs: Supreme Court

Law and rules framed by any of the States or the Central Government running counter to the direction shall remain in abeyance to the aforesaid extent.

July 3,2018

Case update

SC reserves order in PIL on cow vigilantism

Senior Advocate Indira Jaising told the Court that merely issuing advisories to states was not sufficient and the Union of India ‘couldn’t just run away from its duty’ of protecting its citizens.

July 3,2018

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