Seema Chishti

Consulting Editor

Because the judges spoke out
Wed, May 23, 2018

Dissent in the Supreme Court has done well to shine the light on a relatively opaque institution.

Not one for rituals, Justice Chelameswar honours one, exits
Sat, May 19, 2018

The press conference on January 12 at Justice Chelameswar’s residence, with three of the others who constitute the Collegium, marked an unusually hectic start to the year for the Court.

Once again, Supreme Court Collegium stalls on Justice KM Joseph’s name
Thu, May 17, 2018

The meeting failed to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name despite having pre-arranged to meet to do precisely that last week, apart from suggesting other names for the Supreme Court.

Cautiously, SC Collegium puts its foot down: Reiterates decision to elevate Justice Joseph
Sat, May 12, 2018

There are some indications that separate files could be sent — one for Justice K M Joseph’s name and the other for more judges. But it remains to be seen what the Centre does when it formally receives the reiteration.

Supreme Court collegium will meet today, Justice Joseph’s returned file on its table
Fri, May 11, 2018

The difference in phrasing this time could be significant as the Centre, while rejecting the elevation of Justice K M Joseph, had cited seniority (he is 42nd in the All India Judges seniority list), regional representation and the lack of SC/STs representation.

Four Collegium judges meet, pressure on CJI to reiterate Justice K M Joseph’s name
Thu, May 10, 2018

Justice K M Joseph was part of the two-Judge bench which struck down the Centre’s decision to impose President’s rule in Uttarakhand in March 2016.

Case transfers by Supreme Court, ‘for the ends of justice’
Wed, May 09, 2018

Before the Kathua rape and murde case, Supreme Court has shifted several other major cases to different states and courts.

Govt has struck at the very heart of judicial freedom: former CJI RM Lodha
Fri, Apr 27, 2018

"I am a bit surprised that the CJI said in open court that there was nothing wrong in the government returning the file. I doubt if he has consulted his colleagues in the collegium before making this statement," Justice Shah said.

Indu Malhotra in as Supreme Court judge, government is still silent on Justice KM Joseph
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Supreme Court elevation: The government continues to be silent on the other name recommended to the government by the Supreme Court Collegium along with that of Malhotra — Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph.

The Gentle Crusader
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Justice Sachar’s principles stood firm and were his guiding light till his last days

Simultaneous elections: Constitutional changes major hurdles, says Law Commission chairman
Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Suggesting that it would need an overhaul of Election Commission, he said the number of EVMs required would be “three to four times of what we have” as results can only be counted after all the polls have been held.

Rajindar Sachar (1923-2018): Man of convictions, not shy of a fight for what is right
Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Rajinder Sachar was a beacon, part of a generation older than independent India which is hard to find. His Lordship would be missed.

Former CJI M N Venkatachallaiah: Simultaneous polls will drown key local issues
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Justice Venkatachallaiah was appointed to head the Constitution review panel by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government in February 2000.

SC/ST act: Govt told apex court to keep anticipatory bail clause, says amicus curiae
Wed, Apr 04, 2018

In the Supreme Court Tuesday, Attorney General K K Venugopal urged the bench to reconsider its directions which decreed that permission should be taken before making an arrest under the Act.

Scything the Secular
Sat, Mar 31, 2018

Everyday doses of communalism are deepening old fissures in the society of Uttar Pradesh, with permanent effect

A Writer, A Bridge
Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Kedarnath Singh immersed himself in urban settings, staying true to his rural roots

Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati start talk on agreement, Lok Sabha bypoll in Kairana their next test
Fri, Mar 16, 2018

On Thursday morning, Akhilesh called the bypoll results a victory for “ekta” or unity. The BSP has been wary of alliances in the past, concluding that transfer of its votes benefits its alliance partner much more than the BSP.

Countdown to 2019, why this matters: Akhilesh Yadav says alliance with BSP is here to stay
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

While BJP also lost the Phulpur and Araria Lok Sabha bypolls, it is the loss of Gorakhpur to Samajwadi Party (SP), which was supported by the BSP, that holds the greatest significance.

Begum Hamida Habibullah (1916-2018): Leader and enabler of women’s education in an eventful age
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Born in 1916, she led a life and played a role that were not only unusual but also a testament to the times that made it possible.

The method and math behind BSP support to SP in eastern Uttar Pradesh bypoll
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

An alliance that has been termed as one “between snake and mole”, The Indian Express explains why it is the opposition’s desperate attempt to check the BJP’s rise.