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Rare archival footage of Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar and Bharatiya Jana Sangh’s first president Syama Prasad Mookerjee form part of a half-an-hour long documentary which will be aired by Doordarshan on the occasion of Independence Day on Friday.
JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT BILL
Twenty-one years after the collegium system of selecting judges to the Supreme Court and high courts was ushered in, Parliament on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to set up a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) that will replace that system.
The CBI on Thursday carried out searches at 28 locations across the country, including the residence of former Union minister Matang Sinh in Delhi, in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. Read More
ORGANIZED CRIME OR TERROR?
In a recent decision discharging eight men accused of charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, the special court (MCOCA) held that this Act’s provisions cannot be applied in a case where the chargesheet has been filed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and directed that it be sent to a court with this jurisdiction. It was the second time in six months that the special court had taken this view, with the Bombay High Court having remitted the case back to it after the first time.
NO EXECUTIVE INTERFERENCE
The judiciary has been praised by some for its role in exposing corruption in politics, while others point to the defective method of selection of judges through the collegium system to criticise it. To prevent further easy public slapping of the judiciary, we must now finalise the method of appointment.
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