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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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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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Why Supreme Court issuing notice to the Election Commission on plea seeking VVPAT of 30% randomly picked polling booths in each constituency matters

THE Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) facility was used for the first time in 2013 in Noksen (Assembly Constituency) in Nagaland. The VVPAT is a paper slip which comes out of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) after a voter casts his vote. The paper slip shows the name of the candidate and the election symbol of the candidate…
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[Read petition] Supreme Court seeks reply from Election Commission of India on plea seeking cross-verification of VVPATs in at least 30% of randomly chosen polling booths in each constituency

ON January 7, 2019, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul issued notice on a petition requiring Election Commission of India (ECI) to count and cross-verify the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (“VVPATs”) in at least 30% (randomly chosen) of all polling…
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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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Big blow to RTI: Law Ministry turns down application on material used to promulgate Triple Talaq Ordinance

In a big blow to transparency, the Ministry of Law and Justice has turned down an RTI application filed by Paras Nath Singh, a Delhi-based advocate, seeking information on the material that formed basis for the promulgation of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2018 (commonly known as the “Triple Talaq Ordinance”),…
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Rafale verdict: Statement by Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie & Prashant Bhushan, petitioners in PILs dismissed by Supreme Court

The judgement of the Supreme Court dismissing our petition seeking an independent court monitored investigation into the Rafale deal is as shocking as it is disappointing. We had gone to court after making a detailed complaint to the CBI pointing out the following: Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie& @pbhushan1 issue a statement on Supreme Court’s judgment…
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Right to Information Act, 2005: An introduction to one of India’s most significant transparency legislations

As The Leaflet begins its “Know Your Rights” series — a slew of explanatory write-ups on our crucial rights, significant laws on sexual harassment at work, domestic violence, access to medicine, health, non-discrimination and affirmative action based on sexuality, caste, religion, etc., — I shall be writing every week on the Right to Information (RTI)…
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Centre cannot divest CBI Director of his power and functions without mandatory approval from Selection Committee: Counsels in Alok Verma case

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S K Kaul and KM Joseph heard on November 29 the arguments in detail on the legality of the orders dated October 23, 2018 passed by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) that led to the divestment of powers…
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