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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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Best fiction writing in 2018: Award goes to the Supreme Court’s Rafale judgement

SINCE December 14, 2018, enough has been written on the now infamous Rafale judgement. Still, looking at it once again before the Supreme Court reopens after winter holidays is not a bad idea. On many occasions, the judgement gives a feel that the bench considered the petitions of only M L Sharma and Vineet Dhanda,…
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2018 was the year of the biggest judicial turmoil in the Supreme Court — with more misses than hits

THE YEAR 2018 will go down in history as one of the most controversial and path-breaking years for the Indian Judiciary, especially that of the Supreme Court of India. While the year witnessed the landmark judgments in the form of decriminalisation of adult homosexual relations, and adultery, as well as the reiteration of the right to…
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Supreme Court’s Rafale judgment is contrary to international judicial precedents showing claims of ‘secrecy’ are hollow

The decision of the Modi Government to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation, a French company, was upheld by the Supreme Court recently. The judgment says in para 25 that the pricing details were already “shared with the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and the report has been examined by the Public Accounts…
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