Delhi | Mumbai | Dubai | London

Category: Democracy and Rule of Law

Your Legal Matters Resolved

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…
Read more

[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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

PILs against MHA’s ‘snoop diktat’: Supreme Court issues notice to Centre

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjay Kishan Kaul has issued notice to the Central Government on a batch of Public Interest Litigation (PILs) seeking quashing of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification dated December 20, 2018 authorising ten central agencies…
Read more

Sabarimala: Not adhering to the Supreme Court judgment is flouting one of the constitutionally strongest verdicts of our times

IN his book titled, Politics Women and Well-Being: How Kerala Became ‘A Model’ , Professor Robin Jeffrey praises a politically active population, in which women have some degree of autonomy for the best quality-of-life figures in India. Kerala has the high literacy levels, low infant mortality rate, high life expectancy, highest human development index and a…
Read more

[Read Petition] Appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim Director CBI challenged in the Supreme Court

NGO Common Cause and noted RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj have approached the Supreme Court of India seeking quashing of the appointment of IPS officer M Nageswara Rao as the interim Director CBI. Rao was given charge of the office of the Director CBI by an order dated January 10, 2019 issued by the Appointment Committee…
Read more