Soli J. Sorabjee

The writer is a former attorney general of India.

When a PM gave me counsel
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

And other memories starring leaders and lawyers

Be intolerant of intolerance
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Why the Supreme Court judgment in the case of ‘An Insignificant Man’ shows the way.

A duty to be tolerant
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The rise of intolerance is alarming. Dissent is smothered and self-censorship takes its place, endangering democracy itself.

Protect the dissenter
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

That is the state’s responsibility. It must punish those who violently target dissent

This thing called privacy
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

One salutary consequence is that the right to privacy cannot be curtailed or abrogated by merely enacting a statute but can be done only by a constitutional amendment after complying with certain constitutional prerequisites.

For the People
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

This erudite book illuminates how judicial review of legislation empowers and protects democracy.

The duty to practise tolerance
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

It should be expressly included and highlighted in the list of fundamental duties in our Constitution

What we need to guard
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Fundamental rights are no gifts of the state, the Constitution only confirms their existence.

A duty of tolerance
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Intolerance has a chilling effect on freedom of thought and discussion. It places democracy under siege.

Sedition law cannot be used against honest views, expressed peacefully
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

It is the need of the hour to contain the forces of bigotry and intolerance which pose a grave threat to our democratic secular republic.

A Merry Court
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

The temples of justice are also home to moments of laughter.

A Rule Of Law Culture
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Rule of law must become a part of people’s everyday lives if it is to be safeguarded .

Taking terror to task
Mon, Oct 27, 2014

Pakistan must stop offering specious alibis against prosecuting Hafiz Saeed.

On governors, go by reason not whim
Fri, May 23, 2014

In the past, the court has asked the government to show a compelling cause for removing a governor.

For the butcher,baker and dance bar girl
Sat, Jul 20, 2013

The SC’s judgment on Mumbai’s dance bars does well to refuse to countenance the specious distinction between different classes of performers and audiences

An overdue cleansing has begun
Fri, Jul 12, 2013

The Supreme Court has delivered a sterling judgment on convicted legislators. It could have gone further

Shocking bureaucratic bungling
Sun, May 05, 2013

The recent judgment of the Supreme Court which commuted the death sentence of the Assam murder convict Mahendra Nath Das

A brave judge
Thu, Apr 25, 2013

Justice Verma possessed that rare and lonely virtue: courage

Ominous nuclear portents
Sun, Apr 07, 2013

The people of North Korea are suffering from acute economic deprivations and related ills

Supreme Court judgment in 1993 Bombay blasts
Sun, Mar 24, 2013

Understandably,family members,friends and admirers of Sanjay are dismayed and shocked at the severity of the sentence.

International Women’s Day
Sun, Mar 10, 2013

This week we are celebrating International Women’s Day.

Hyderabad terror attack
Sun, Feb 24, 2013

After the Supreme Court judgment confirming death penalty on Afzal Guru and the rejection of his mercy petition,the legal and logical course was to execute the death sentence.

No street justice
Sun, Oct 21, 2012

Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption undeniably galvanised the nation against corruption.

Right to Health
Sun, Oct 07, 2012

It is a settled law that right to health is included in the right to life guaranteed by Article 21 of our Constitution

Pervasive perplexity in politics
Sun, Sep 23, 2012

There is talk in some quarters about mid-term elections about which there is no political consensus.

Alarming intolerance
Sun, Sep 09, 2012

Raj Thackeray has been at his intolerant best.

Insulating the police from politicians
Sun, Aug 26, 2012

For that purpose,it is necessary to ingrain into the minds and hearts of the police personnel that they are servants of the law and not of their current political masters.

Confusion about sedition
Sun, Aug 12, 2012

K M Munshi moved an amendment for its deletion which was accepted. Hence ‘sedition’ is not a permissible head of restriction on freedom of expression.

President’s crucial role
Sun, Jul 29, 2012

It is a fallacy that the President of India is a ceremonial figurehead and has no meaningful role to play.

Presidential election
Sun, Jul 15, 2012

In the present Presidential election,use of intemperate language at times and canvassing by the contesting candidates are reminiscent of college and trade union elections

Tax evasion or tax planning?
Sun, Jul 01, 2012

The great American Judge Justice Holmes observed that he liked to pay taxes,because thereby he purchased civilisation.

Whither rule of law
Sun, Jun 03, 2012

It is shocking that senior CPM leader M M Mani in the State of Kerala can openly flaunt with impunity that his party has eliminated,in other words murdered

Mindless cartoon controversy
Sun, May 20, 2012

Bombayites eagerly looked forward to seeing R K Laxman’s cartoons on the front page of The Times of India.

Youth for tackling corruption
Sun, May 06, 2012

Elimination of corruption certainly requires stringent laws and punishment.

A Rajya Sabha nomination should not be confused with the conferral of a Padma award
Thu, May 03, 2012

Our Parliament comprises two Houses: The House of the People,Lok Sabha and the Council of States,Rajya Sabha.

Parameters of privacy
Sun, Apr 22, 2012

Privacy has been deduced as a fundamental right from Article 21 of the Constitution by our Supreme Court