Thursday, 1 December, 2022
TopicHigh courts

Topic: high courts

From fee hikes to ‘donations’, how courts are coming down hard on ‘profiteering’ in education

In judgments over last 2 months, Supreme Court has said education is not ‘business, trade, nor commerce’, while Madras HC has said capitation fees, or donations, are ‘illegal’.

Women, ST, high courts—Collegium pick for Supreme Court judges falters on fair representation

There's a flaw in CJI U.U. Lalit's recommendations for Supreme Court judges. It ignores some high courts, women, and ST judges.

Can judiciary stand up to all-powerful executive? How judges did it during Emergency

The Emergency declared by former PM Indira Gandhi, that lasted from 1975 to 1977, saw judges from high courts across the country fight to uphold citizens’ civil liberties.

‘No reason to hold them back’ — how courts have become a support system for same-sex couples

In May, Kerala HC allowed lesbian couple Adhila Nassrin and Fathima Noora to live together despite family objections. Other court orders show wishes of same-sex partners being heeded too.

Concerned about courts taking up ‘politically forced cases’, says Mamata Banerjee

At CM-CJ meeting, Banerjee said that high courts' taking up such cases eats into court's time. It comes after Calcutta HC gave CBI the Birbhum massacre probe.

In 2017, SC ordered special centres for vulnerable witnesses’ statements. 9 HCs yet to get one

While Maharashtra has highest number of vulnerable witness deposition centres, UP, West Bengal, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and some other states are yet to set up even one.

Lawyer got ‘erotic’ in Madras HC virtual hearing. But it isn’t 1st online boo-boo in Covid era

With embarrassments piling up since hearings went virtual, Madras HC decided it couldn’t turn a blind eye when a lawyer was caught making out with a woman and the video went viral.

SC issues digitisation SOP to help dispose of cases quickly, starts process with 5 HCs

The step is in addition to SC e-committee’s direction last month to all high courts, asking them to make it compulsory for govt departments to file their cases electronically.

Alarming gender disparity in judiciary: 4 women judges out of 33 in SC, 66 out of 627 in HCs

The count of 4 women judges in SC since 31 August 2021 is the highest ever. CJI Ramana has also said women have a right to 50% reservation in the judiciary.

Move petty criminal trials to virtual courts too. Ease judicial load

The impetus on adoption of technology in the judiciary may have been a result of the Covid crisis, but the opportunity should be embraced.

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51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

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A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.