Maneesh Chhibber


For last six years, no Scheduled Caste judge sent to Supreme Court
Mon, May 30, 2016

None of the current high court chief justices belong to the Scheduled Caste, which comprises over 16 per cent of the country’s population.

Government decides to renew Enemy Property ordinance
Thu, May 26, 2016

Even though the ordinance was not on the regular agenda of the Cabinet, it was added at the last moment and cleared.

After Digvijaya’s call for ‘surgery’, his colleagues rush in with Band-Aid
Sat, May 21, 2016

Singh is now in charge of the party in Andhra and Telangana.

Sharp Pranab blunting his edge? Uttarakhand makes Cong ask
Sun, May 15, 2016

On Uttarakhand, the Union Cabinet met late at night on March 26 to recommend President’s Rule on grounds that the High Court found very weak.

Uttarakhand floor test: Congress worries as BJP woos other MLAs
Sun, May 08, 2016

After the nine rebels were disqualified by the Speaker, the 71-member Assembly has 28 BJP MLAs and 27 from the Congress — there is also a nominated member.

SC collegium unhappy with govt’s draft procedure
Fri, May 06, 2016

Both the government and the collegium are unanimous in their view that the appointments should be kept out of the purview of the Right to Information Act.

Collegium picks 4 for SC, recommends Uttarakhand Chief Justice’s transfer
Thu, May 05, 2016

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also joined in. Replying to one of Jaising’s tweets, he tweeted, “This raises serious questions ab(ou)t independence of judiciary.”

Do we need more judges? CJI Thakur’s plea to the govt raises key questions
Sun, May 01, 2016

CJI T S Thakur’s emotional plea to the government to strengthen judicial infrastructure raises key questions: How vacant are our benches? Who is to blame and is there a way out?

Middleman left country day after CBI opened probe, trail leads to doors of Cong bigwigs: Minister Prasad
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

India asks British govt to extradite Christian Michel to face probe.

Political ideology of lawyers key to promotion, says survey
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

The Supreme Court and state high courts designate eligible lawyers as senior, either suo motu or after inviting applications

Race for law secy’s post: Lawyers, judges among 45 aspirants
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Centre had put out an advertisement inviting applications last month, and the last day of submission was April 18. But sources in the government told The Indian Express that out of the 45-odd applicants, only 15 met the eligibility criteria.

Actions contrary to law, explain: probe panel tells Hooda on Gurgaon land deals
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

The Dhingra Commission order concerning Hooda was passed on March 25 since he was also minister in-charge of T&CP when he led the Congress government in the state for 10 years.

UPA-I tried to dismiss Mulayam Singh Yadav govt, says H R Bhardwaj
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

An old Nehru-Gandhi family loyalist, Bhardwaj is upset because he has been sidelined by the Congress.

President’s Rule in Uttarakhand: Did Governor push Article 356? No answers in Centre’s affidavit
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Under Article 356, President’s Rule can be imposed in a state if the Presidentis satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the government of the state cannot carry on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

Uttarakhand crisis: Parliament session to be prorogued, AG Mukul Rohatgi in Nainital
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

In Dehradun, there was lack of clarity on whether the High Court direction for a floor test meant that President’s rule had been stayed and the Rawat government restored.

What’s wrong in saying Bharat Mata Ki Jai: Congress
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Digvijaya Singh supported the House action and said “why should anyone have problem in saying it (‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’)”.

Govt abdicated role, was mute witness, says Haryana rights panel chief
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

'There was chaos in the state between February 19 and February 23. People were helpless. Nobody was safe. We had to intervene,' said the former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice.

Budget Session of Parliament: NDA takes Lok Sabha route for Aadhaar Bill, Oppn protests
Fri, Mar 04, 2016

This is not the first instance of the government taking recourse to the money bill route to avoid introducing a bill in the Rajya Sabha, where it lacks majority.

Jurists protest transfer of Delhi High Court judge who gave Greenpeace case order
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

The lawyers said that the Bar found the Delhi HC iudge to be an “outstanding Judge” and that he was known for his “independent and forthright judgments”.

In fact: Prove innocence, Bassi told JNU students. But that isn’t law
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Two of the five students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, have since surrendered to the police.

Sedition: SC’s shown the way, but govts have refused to see
Wed, Feb 17, 2016

The arrest of JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar last week for committing an offence under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, better known as ‘sedition’, has once again brought into focus this highly controversial clause in our criminal laws. The sedition law is a legacy of the Raj, which used it to stifle […]

JNU arrest: JNUSU president sedition charge deplorable, says eminent lawyer Sorabjee
Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Sorabjee said, “Do our citizens require a certificate from Hafiz Saeed to prove their patriotism? I think that is not the right way to go about it. "

J&K govt formation: BJP signals it is ready to discuss PDP’s conditions
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Ram Madhav heading to Srinagar with Delhi invite, state BJP cautious

Upset allies Akali Dal and Shiv Sena let BJP know: Keep us in loop
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Minority insecurity, Dalit issues flagged at NDA meeting, allies complain of not being consulted on important matters.

Maritime security, trade routes on agenda at India-Thai meet
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Other issues discussed at the high-level meeting included strengthening ongoing cooperation in counter-terrorism and security, joint military exercises and pharmaceuticals.

Indian-origin businessman in Brunei longs for next visit ‘home’
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Since he was “not too educated”, he couldn’t become a citizen of Brunei till 2009.

India offers its retired soldiers to guard Brunei
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

On Tuesday, an agreement on defence cooperation was inked between Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and senior representatives of the Sultanate.

Looking at possibility of fertiliser plant in Brunei, says Hamid Ansari
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Brunei is the fourth largest producer of LNG in the world, and among the largest gas exporters with 9 per cent share of the export market.

MPs should debate: Hamid Ansari on Parliament disruptions
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

When asked if the House would function in the next session, the Vice-President replied, “I am not an astrologer.”

Sexual Harassment case: Nominate SC judge to head probe against HC judge, Ansari to tell CJI
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Sources told The Indian Express that Ansari will write to the CJI soon, requesting him to nominate a senior SC judge to head the panel since the post has fallen vacant due to retirement of the previous chairman.

President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh: SC to hear challenge today; murder of democracy, says Opp
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

A party delegation led by senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met President Mukherjee on Monday and submitted a memorandum against the Cabinet's recommendation.

Govt notifies amended SC/ST law
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

The new law widens the scope and definition of offences committed against SCs and STs, adding new offences to the list.

Interview: Income Tax Act needs to be relegislated, says ITAT president
Sat, Jan 23, 2016

The IT Act is is what we can call crazy-quilt legislation — too much patchwork, says ITAT president Justice Dev Darshan Sud (retd).

The Law is an Ass
Sat, Jan 23, 2016

What sets it apart from the plethora of books on the legal profession is that it tells us how the legal profession actually functions — does it actually? — and not how it should.

Rohith Vemula suicide case: Had new SC law been notified, it would have got minister, V-C in net
Thu, Jan 21, 2016

The offences for which they have been booked are cognisable and non-bailable, and allow a police officer investigating the case to arrest them without a warrant.

Hamid Ansari’s office asks: can a retired judge probe a sitting judge?
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

Justice Sen had retired last month and the Vice President, who is also Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, had earlier sought the opinion of the Law Ministry on the course of action to be taken in view of the retirement.