Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Topic: Judiciary

The Supreme Court of India | Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

Supreme Court, protector of rights, is turning out to be a threat to free speech

Government has chosen to remain silent because many of the judicial gags on media have come in cases that raise troubling questions.
An activist waves a LGBT pride flag after the Supreme Court verdict | Kamal Kishore/PTI

How the Section 377 ruling is linked to the problem of judges’ appointments

Hint: US Senator Kamala Harris’s grilling of Trump’s Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh can teach us something about it.
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Judges who uphold equality in court shouldn’t be asking for separate lanes at toll plazas

Why should judges and other so-called VIPs not wait in line at toll plazas just like everyone else?
Supreme Court of India | PTI

A lot can go wrong for Indian democracy if court proceedings are streamed live on TV

Live streaming court cases are a major risk in India, especially for sensitive cases like Ayodhya or caste reservation issues
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on the 72nd Independence Day, in New Delhi | PTI

Dear PM Modi, just 3 female judges in the Supreme Court is no cause for celebration

Women judges are routinely passed over for promotions, making it impossible for them to move into bigger roles.
A file image of Justice K.M. Joseph | PTI

Placed low in seniority list, Justice K.M. Joseph won’t have say in HC judges’ appointment

Supreme Court itself has created and carefully nurtured a hierarchy among the judges.
A file photo of the Justice K M Joseph

The quiet, unassuming judge at the centre of the row between Modi govt & Supreme Court

Justice K.M. Joseph, who became famous for standing up to the Modi government with his 2016 Uttarakhand judgment, enters the Supreme Court today.
Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks in the Lok Sabha

Fear of opposition attack, political fallout forced Modi govt to change its mind on Justice Joseph

The Centre finally relented in elevating the judge to the SC, but not before a serious run-in with the higher judiciary.
A wedding procession in India. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

India not only doesn’t want to scrap Victorian adultery law, it wants women included too

The adultery law does not exclude women to supposedly 'protect' them, but to deny them an equal right in a marriage.
Muslims in Kolkata stage a protest against the recent cases of mob lynching | Swapan Mahapatra/PTI

Mob lynching is a complete failure of law and order, says former CJI T.S. Thakur

At launch of Veerappa Moily’s book, Thakur says an independent judiciary is necessary to ensure the survival of democracy.

Saving the planet doesn’t mean killing economic growth

Cheap renewable energy means that poor countries will be able to follow a different, cleaner path to industrialisation without sacrificing living standards.

Mohan Bhagwat says no Hindu Rashtra without Muslims: Is RSS changing before 2019 polls?

Mohan Bhagwat, during the three-day RSS lecture series called ‘Bhavishya Ka Bharat’, said that the Sangh’s interpretation of Hindutva does not exclude Muslims a...