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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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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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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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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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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…
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Reservation for upper castes is political gimmick; no use of quotas without jobs

THE BJP, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi, boast of executing a masterstroke by announcing 10 per cent extra reservation for economically weaker sections without tinkering with the quotas of the SCs, STs and OBCs. Though Modi and the BJP leaders feel the party has managed to win the confidence of upper caste people, the fact…
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Meghalaya miners tragedy shows how the mighty Indian State is trapped in a rat-hole

IT is almost a month since tragedy struck the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya when 15 miners got trapped in a rat-hole mine that got flooded from a nearby river. The rescue workers — from the state and the national disaster management authorities from the Navy, Army and even the Air Force as well as experts…
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Supreme Court verdict in Alok Verma case does not put embargo on the CBI Director to register any preliminary enquiry

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, restored all the powers and functions of Alok Kumar Verma which he had held by virtue of being the CBI Director. The Court has, at the same…
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