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Judges in India’s high courts waste precious time heading committees on furnishings, cars

A recent study puts into perspective the amount of non-judicial duties that high court judges perform.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

3 months after rejecting plan for IAS-like judicial service, Modi govt does a U-turn

Law ministry has written to states & HCs seeking opinion on the All-India Judicial Service, but had said 3 months ago that there was ‘no consensus’.

SC judge recuses himself from hearing Sajjan Kumar’s plea in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case

Justice Sanjiv Khanna refused to hear Kumar's plea Monday who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Relaxing income criteria for judges’ post is case of overreach by Supreme Court collegium

It is doubtful if SC collegium’s non-transparent relaxation of income criteria will actually help cause of the marginalised.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Andhra Pradesh has now its own high court in Amaravati

The high court in Hyderabad had been functioning for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana till now.

HC dismisses Vodafone’s plea seeking refund of Rs 4,759 crore from I-T dept

Delhi HC declined to grant relief to Vodafone saying substantial outstanding demand was pending against the company.
SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur (L) and Aarushi Talwar | ThePrint

Like Aarushi Talwar, no one killed Bibi Jagir Kaur’s daughter

The higher courts in both cases pointed out problems with trial court findings and reversed them.
Madras High Court

New bill to be introduced in Parliament to change names of three high courts

The earlier bill ran into trouble as West Bengal and Tamil Nadu governments disagreed with it.
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What happens when corruption scandals hit the Supreme Court? Nothing

Indian courts deal with corruption charges against its judges in two ways: Transfers or looking away

CJI Gogoi’s no leave formula for judges: Fighting backlog in courts or mere rhetoric?

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has asked chief justices and high court judges to not take leaves on working days to tackle the backlog of cases in the Indian judiciary. ThePrint asks: CJI Gogoi’s no leave formula for judges: Fighting backlog in courts or mere rhetoric? Judges must be trained to commit to ‘outcome date certainty’ Sudhir Krishnaswamy Professor, Azim Premji University No one can disagree with the CJI when he says judges spending more time in court will result in a lower case backlog. But this is a very linear understanding of the problem as one of increasing throughput. This is a partial and incomplete way to understand delay and congestion in the court system. The issue is not just about having more court time. We need to assess how we can change and improve the manner in which the court time is used. First, there must be a sharper delineation of the back...

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Sonia Gandhi wants Modi to suspend Central Visa. But this urban harakiri must be scrapped

Modi's Rs 20,000 crore worth Central Vista revamp project goes against the cardinal objective of Delhi Master Plan 2021 to decentralise government offices.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.


Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.