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Understanding Criminal Law and why it’s strictly bounden by principles given in Part III of the Constitution

It is a great honour for me to be writing on criminal law for the new “Know Your Rights” series started under The Leaflet banner. In criminal law, knowing our rights would be to create an understanding of various penal laws, specifically the Indian Penal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act.…
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BJP is extracting full, undue advantage of the questionable electoral bond scheme

The BJP has emerged as the Big Daddy of the Indian large corporates and the party is taking maximum advantage of the anonymous character of the donors to the recently introduced electoral bonds scheme, by cornering more than 90 per cent of the total funds. The trends of the collections of BJP from the electoral…
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Yogi government slapped with 5 NHRC notices in 2 weeks over mob lynching, ‘fake encounter’, setting ablaze a sexual assault victim

In last two weeks, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has slapped the Yogi Adityanath-headed Government of Uttar Pradesh with five notices on issues ranging from mob violence, burning of a woman, alleged fake encounter of a youth and death of labourers in the state. Now, the latest incident joining the fray and inviting the…
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Vigilantism + Lynching = Murder | Bulandshahr and the new equation of violence in Modi Raj

Tragic news has poured in from Uttar Pradesh (UP). A gruesome incident by a cow vigilante mob has claimed another life: this time a custodian of law and order no less. Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh has been gunned down in Bulandshahr in UP. Known as an upright man, he was the First Investigating Officer in…
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Why is General Bipin Rawat singling Pakistan out among Islamic states for his unwarranted lecture on ‘secularism’?

It is difficult to understand what the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat, means when he says that Pakistan must become secular if it want to come closer to India. His comment was in response to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s observation that if Germany and France can stay together, why…
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Human rights groups issue scathing statement on the 34th anniversary of Bhopal gas leak disaster

The escape of about 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) – a highly toxic chemical – from a storage tank on the premises of the pesticide plant of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) in Bhopal – the capital of the State of Madhya Pradesh – on the night of 02/03 December 1984 resulted in a…
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Wife of witness in Sohrabuddin Sheikh murder case moves Rajasthan HC against jail transfer claiming threat to his life

Rizwana Khan, wife of Azam Khan, a crucial witness in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh murder case, filed a petition asking not to move him from Udaipur Jail to Ajmer Jail alleging threat to his life. Rizwana Khan approached the Rajasthan High Court under Article 226 claiming protection for her husband who is currently in the Udaipur…
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Despite pliant media, VHP-RSS meet at Ayodhya was a flop; Supreme Court mustn’t buckle under communal pressure

Once the Hindutva brigade decided that there is no other option for it but to refocus on the now forgotten Babri-Masjid Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir, the entire captive media launched a campaign to revive the issue and rouse the people’s sentiments. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and its allied organisations announced to hold a ‘huge’ Parishad to…
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