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Regulation of re-employment of persons holding constitutional positions: An ignored element of democracy

POST-RETIREMENT jobs for judges of the higher judiciary always seem to make a couple of news cycles but are ultimately devoid of any sustained dialogue or tangible systematic change. This is probably due to the obvious benefits bridging over the arm’s length distance between the three pillars of democracy coupled with a system that works…
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[Read Petition] A K Bassi – Former IO in FIR against Rakesh Asthana moves the Supreme Court challenging his own transfer to Port Blair

AJAY Kumar Bassi, DSP CBI and former Investigation Officer (IO) in the FIR against the then special director CBI Rakesh Asthana, has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging his transfer to Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In his petition filed through advocate Sunil Fernandes, Bassi has challenged the transfer order dated January…
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CJI Ranjan Gogoi recuses himself from hearing a PIL seeking quashing of Nageswara Rao’s appointment as interim director CBI

CHIEF Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has recused himself from hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim director of CBI. PIL was listed for hearing today, January 21, 2019, before a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising CJI Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna. CJI Gogoi…
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Supreme Court begins interactive meetings on senior designation

THE Committee for Designation of Senior Advocates of the Supreme Court consisting of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, two senior-most judges Justice A K Sikri and Justice S A Bobde, Attorney General for India K K Venugopal and a member from the Bar, Soli Sorabjee held its first group interactive meeting with about…
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Irresolute Collegium – Prey to Judges whimsy, My lords, do we have Right to Know?

SUPREME Court Collegium – a body constituted by the judges for the judges and of the judges, is once again in news for all the wrong reasons. On January 10, 2019, Collegium comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde, N V Ramana and Arun Mishra decided to…
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Supreme Court orders round the clock security to two women- Bindu & Kanakdurga, who entered the Sabarimala temple; Kerala Govt says 51 women have already entered the temple

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices L Nageswara Rao and Dinesh Maheswari has today ordered the Kerala Government to provide round the clock adequate security to two women, Bindu & Kanakdurga, who entered the Sabrimala temple on January 2, 2019.  The Court, however, refused to look into any other…
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Meghalaya Mines: Government continues negligence and apathy

IT’S been more than a month. More than a month since 15 men have been trapped in a coal mine in Meghalaya. It was on December 13, 2018 that these men got trapped in a coal mine in Ksan area of Lumthari Village in East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya. The mine got flooded with water…
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[Read Petition] Two women who entered Sabrimala temple approach Supreme Court, seek police protection; SC to hear the matter tomorrow

THE Supreme Court has agreed to hear the petition tomorrow, January 18, 2018 filed by two women from Kerala — namely Bindu A and Kanakadurga — who entered Sabrimala temple on January 2, 2019, following the Supreme Court’s verdict dated September 28, 2018 lifting ban on the entering of women of the age of 10…
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Police leadership in India has failed in either leading reform from within, or standing up to political masters

IT was amusing to see a Minister of Uttar Pradesh Government claim that the law and order situation in the State had improved after the Adityanath government took over. The statement, coming a couple of days after the brutal killing of a policeman in Gazipur by an unruly mob, is bizarre and shameful, especially considering that…
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Even those accused of heinous crimes get a hearing. Why then wasn’t former CBI Director Alok Verma granted one?

LET’S begin with an aside. Saturday, January 12, was quite an active day on Facebook (FB) for me. I had anticipated it – due to my regular column in a leading daily. This time, it was on the constitutionality of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brand new economic reservation. My column features my photograph. Facebook notifies…
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