Thursday, 18 August, 2022
TopicHigh courts

Topic: high courts

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.

How can landmark laws fail? Just look at how high courts resist RTI

High courts’ rules on RTI act as barriers for information, defeat the law’s purpose.

Centre sends back 14 names recommended by SC Collegium for elevation as HC judges

Two recommendations were sent back by the government a second time, which is in violation of the Memorandum of Procedure. If the collegium reiterates a name, it is supposed to be binding.

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Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar with Deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav | ANI File Photo

Operation Lantern fails to light up in Bihar. And BJP in search of a Brahmin face in UP

The no-fuss change of government in Bihar, without horse-trading or MLAs in resorts, has prompted a coalition partner to request the CM to make arrangements for a trip to a hill station.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

(From left) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J. Austin and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, in Washington, 12 April, 2022 | Credit: ANI Photo/ PIB

USAF secy needs Pentagon escort but Indian attaché doesn’t — that’s how deep India-US ties are

Frank Kendall, Secretary of the US Air Force, says the unescorted access to Pentagon for Indian defence attaché 'is aligned with the trust and cooperation we share'.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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