Maneesh Chhibber

Senior Editor (Legal Affairs)

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.

Activism going haywire, SC order on anthem should not be confirmed: Soli Sorabjee
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

“In my opinion, the order is per incuriam (an order that is passed in disregard of a binding authority),” said Sorabjee.

M Veerappa Moily: Does the govt think those who have died are also anti-nationals?
Sat, Nov 26, 2016

World over, whenever any country has gone for demonetisation, it has been done to check inflation or prevent destability of the economy, M Veerappa Moily said.

Demonetisation: Govt rushes teams to speed up printing of notes
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

The presses are now working 24x7 and the staff has been promised financial incentives to get them to work extra hours and also give up on their holidays.

SC-govt face-off: No action in collegium on new appointment procedure
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

In May, the Supreme Court collegium had unanimously rejected the government contention for a veto power.

Income Tax department sends warning note to trusts, societies
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

Sources said more such notices will be sent in the coming days.

Collegium lists 7 High Court chief justices for elevation to Supreme Court
Mon, Nov 14, 2016

However, Justice Chelameswar is learnt to have objected to at least one name on the list, and he is reported to have conveyed his views in writing to the remaining members of the collegium.

In a first, NHRC prepares for a political appointee
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

Sources in the NHRC said this is the first time an active politician is being appointed to the post, which has remained vacant for over two years now.

Day after ousting Cyrus Mistry, Tatas file caveats against him and his firm
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

The Tata move comes a day after a Tata Sons board announcement said Mistry would be immediately replaced by Ratan Tata, for an interim period of four months.

Law panel seeks 1-year jail for parents who ‘abduct’ kids to foreign country
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Law Commission Chairman Justice B S Chauhan submitted the report on ‘The Protection of Children Bill, 2016’ to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday.

Uniform Civil Code debate is not new, divided Constituent Assembly as well
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Uniform Civil Code: Among other Directive Principles is Article 44, which asks the State to “endeavour to secure for citizens a Uniform Civil Code throughout the territory of India”.

Salman Khurshid: ‘Is tit for tat enough? Is there a plan? You can’t kill conversation in the country’
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Amid the debate over the surgical strikes, former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid speaks to The Indian Express.

BCCI-Lodha panel judgment day: We’ve gone by what the court asked us to do, says Justice Lodha
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

On eve of what could be a landmark day in Indian cricket, The Indian Express spoke with Justice Lodha and heard his side of the story.

Justice Chelameswar wrote to CJI after collegium flagged his son’s ‘link’ to judge
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Justice Chelameswar is a member of the larger collegium comprising the CJI and the next four senior judges.