Maneesh Chhibber

Senior Editor (Legal Affairs)

Search & Seizure Operations by Tax Dept: Upswing in undisclosed income detection this fiscal till February
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

The income tax dept detects Rs 14,697 crore this fiscal till February, against `9,521 crore in the year-ago period; Kochi registers the highest rise in detection.

Behind SC no: Govt won’t give in writing reason for security veto
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

The judiciary has had several rounds of “informal” discussions with senior government functionaries but is not convinced with the government’s reasoning.

MoP on appointments: Govt gets one ok, SC agrees to age criterion for HC judges
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

As for elevation of district and sessions judges to high court benches, the collegium wants the maximum age to be capped at 58 and a half years.

MoP on appointments: SC puts its foot down, rejects Govt plan to veto postings on national security grounds
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

SC collegium also rejects proposal to have ‘permanent secretariat’ to help

Govt sets ball rolling to name panel to look into Jat quota
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Sources in the Haryana government told The Indian Express that several rounds of back-channel and overt discussions preceded the eventual deal with the agitating Jats on Sunday

Goa election results 2017: How, in spite of several reports, Governor’s discretion lies in grey zone
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

The first criteria, the Sarkaria Commission recommended, was that the “party or combination of parties which commands the widest support in the Legislative Assembly should be called upon to form the government”.

Congress goes to Supreme Court over Goa Governor’s invite to BJP alliance
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Plea says Congress single largest party after polls, should have been called first to stake claim for government.

Congress gets Punjab comfort, why AAP was left a distant second
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The SAD-BJP combine, following two successive terms at the helm, was reduced to third place this time with 15 seats.

UP election results 2017: State clears the decks for BJP choice of President
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

Needs votes of just one party: AIADMK or BJD, or TRS plus YSRCP

EC makes a third push for tough anti-bribery law
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

The CEC, who retires from his post in four months, said the government could have done more to give effect to pending electoral reforms.

More cash movement and liquor distribution in state polls this time: CEC Nasim Zaidi
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

In an interview with Indian Express, Zaidi also spoke about hate speeches related to assembly polls.

Transfer of two HC judges: Govt sends file back to SC collegium
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Sources said the government reached out to CJ Thakur several times to get the collegium to rescind the transfer recommendations but he refused to play along.

Kalikho Pul note: Cautious Centre says can’t besmirch reputations by ordering probe
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Asked if the Centre had ordered any probe to verify the authenticity of the purported note, the functionary replied in the negative.

Above the fray?
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Governor’s role in the Tamil Nadu drama revives questions about the politicisation of the office.

Tamil Nadu Governor can wait for SC ruling but should act soon: Bommai case judge
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Tamil Nadu crisis: The Bommai judgment stipulated that floor test was the only criteria to judge whether the government enjoys majority in the legislature.

GSTN rejects CAG’s request to name auditor, do an extra audit
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

A top government official familiar with the subject told The Indian Express: “The issue of auditing of the GSTN will have to be escalated, possibly to the Finance Ministry.

One chief justice nominee, his wife under ED probe
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

The Indian Express had first reported about Justice Gupta’s call to Byadwal, in November 2015, the ED had also sent notices to his wife and others in the case.

As Punjab votes today, dalits, youths hold the key to Assembly
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

This is the main reason why all three main players — the ruling SAD-BJP combine, Congress and AAP — have gone out of their way to lure voters from these two groups into their fold.

First step in poll finance reform: Bonds for donors, cash cap down to Rs 2000
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Finance Ministry accepted the recommendation of the Election Commission (EC) which had proposed to the government to prohibit “anonymous contributions above or equal to the amount of Rs 2,000”.

Stakes higher than ever, Sukhbir Singh Badal runs one-man show for party
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

Fighting an election that many feel is too close to call, Sukhbir is micro-managing everything from campaign material to workers to rallies

State where Kanshi Ram came from can’t explain BSP slide
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

In the 1997 elections, the BSP secured 6.37 per cent of the vote, managing to win just one seat out of the 67 that it contested.

AAP ready with its list of ‘corrupt officers’ in Punjab, vows action
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Over the last two years, a team set up by the AAP leadership has been quietly compiling a secret list of corrupt government officials in the state.

The other Manpreet Badal, the Independent, elusive and mysterious as ever
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

The lesser known Manpreet was contesting as an independent from Bathinda.

Last lap in Punjab, Congress set to name Amarinder as chief ministerial face
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will declare Amarinder’s name as the chief ministerial candidate when he comes to Punjab to campaign “in the next few days”.

In fact: Delhi, Puducherry, different LGs, varying powers
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Special constitutional provisions make the Delhi LG’s office more powerful, but if Bedi chooses to be difficult, there is little that the Puducherry govt can do.

Jehovah’s Witnesses may challenge SC anthem order
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

The latest move by the Jehovah’s Witnesses will seek to overturn the apex court’s order on November 30, 2016, that all cinema halls in India would play the national anthem before the feature film starts.

Model Code treads thin line: Budget okay, not sops aimed at poll states
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

The MCC, often described as a voluntary “Moral Code of Conduct”, is a set of guidelines issued to parties, candidates and the government to ensure free and fair elections.

In new CJI JS Khehar’s bio, unwritten fact: Blood donor every 3 months, for over 40 years
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Lawyers in Chandigarh fondly talk of a judge who would never miss a blood-donation camp organised by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association.

Note ban: What Supreme Court said earlier
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Prime Minister Modi’s demonetisation move faces scrutiny in the Supreme Court. In 1996, a Constitution Bench of the court had upheld the legality of an earlier note-scrap ordered by the government in 1978

Addresses of delisted parties on EC list: J&K CID office, Home Minister’s home, Gurgaon house
Fri, Dec 23, 2016

In at least five other cases in Delhi, The Indian Express was able to confirm what the EC had feared all along — many of these parties exist only on paper.

Poll panel lists 200 parties that exist mostly on paper, will send it to Income Tax for action
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Election Commission suspects many of these dormant parties being used for money laundering, need scrutiny.

Is anyone listening to Ambedkar?
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Parliamentarians should read Babasaheb’s speech made 67 years ago, on the importance of humility and the value of dissent.

12 years after he red-flagged political funding, ex-CEC says ‘nothing has changed’
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Speaking to The Sunday Express over 12 years after he wrote the letter, Krishna Murthy said “nothing has changed”.

After quake warning, Rahul Gandhi’s PM meeting rattles party, opposition
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

Many questioned the timing as it came just two days after Rahul Gandhi claimed he had “information” on the “personal corruption” of the Prime Minister, a claim the BJP and the government had dismissed as the “joke of the year”.

CBDT warns against ‘undue harassment’
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

At the same time, the directive, issued by CBDT Director Rohit Garg under Section 119 of the Income Tax Act, also asks tax officers to ensure “necessary and strict compliance”.

BJP leader as NHRC member: Centre unsure, petition in SC
Fri, Dec 09, 2016

“Questions have been raised about the suitability, legality and desirability of appointing him (Khanna) to the post. Everything will become clear soon,” said a government source.