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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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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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One year of Bhima-Koregaon case: Part III | One FIR, many arrests and politics of a State at war with the people

This is the third of a three-part series on the anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon case. Links to Part I and Part II.] [WATCH]  The Bhima Koregaon Case: What Really Happened   Owing to violence as many as 628 crimes under Indian Penal Code (IPC), general laws and 17 under Atrocities Act came to be registered. However,…
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One year of Bhima-Koregaon case: Part II | Why Elgar Parishad spooked Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, the alleged architects of January 1, 2018 anti-Dalit violence

[WATCH]  The Bhima Koregaon Case: What Really Happened   AS stated earlier, Justices P B Sawant and Kolse-Patil, and many other dignitaries from across Maharashtra gathered and conceptualised the programme which was to result in the arrest of at least ten activists on charges of sedition and terrorism, after over six months. In a democratic manner,…
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One year of Bhima-Koregaon case: Part I | History of a 200-year-old battle and why it still matters

TWO esteemed former judges of constitutional courts, both with strong civil rights activist networks, have been conducting various programmes and campaigns aiming at social equality, fraternity and communal peace. They thought it important to celebrate the bicentenary of the Koregaon-Bhima Battle on January 1, 2018, which to their understanding of society would result into harmony between…
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Free speech in India 2018: The State rolls on

FREE SPEECH in India came under attack on all fronts in 2018. Alarmingly, even as assaults continued unabated, the State was all set to take on the mantle of the chief censor with repressive regulatory and surveillance mechanisms being put in place even as the year was winding down. There was no respite from the killings…
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