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Friday, June 24, 2022

Apurva Vishwanath


Explained: What is Roe v. Wade, which the US Supreme Court has overturned — and why is it significant?
Fri, Jun 24, 2022

The landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade judgment that legalised abortion in the US has been struck down by the Supreme Court's conservative majority. Why is this decision important? What is the position on abortion in India?

Explained: In Maharashtra political crisis, powers of Governor, floor test law in spotlight
Thu, Jun 23, 2022

As the Maharashtra political crisis continues to play out, the Governor's powers under the Constitution to call for a floor test takes centrestage.

Justice Chandrachud: SC must not touch issues that require lawmakers’ role
Tue, Jun 21, 2022

Justice Chandrachud’s remarks on political engagement are significant as he is in line to be the Chief Justice of India in November this year for a period of two years, during which the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will also be held.

Prayagraj demolition falls foul of Allahabad HC order, says former CJ
Fri, Jun 17, 2022

“The directions in the case have not been followed by the state. There is an apparent violation of law in taking action before 30 days of serving the notice,” Justice Govind Mathur, who was the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court then, told The Indian Express.

Hate speech, IPC Sec 295A, and how courts have read the law
Thu, Jun 16, 2022

Section 295A defines and prescribes a punishment for deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

Totally illegal, says ex-CJ of Allahabad High Court; bulldozer cases in limbo
Mon, Jun 13, 2022

In many cases, notices are issued but the demolition is timed with a protest and a particular section is targeted giving the subject no time to appeal.

Over 400 SC verdicts translated, until Covid-19 stalled AI project
Mon, Jun 13, 2022

While 469 verdicts have been translated since the launch of the ambitious project in August 2018, it came to a halt during the pandemic and is yet to be revived.

Centre okays UP dist judge for HC, 15 months after first SC suggested his name
Thu, Jun 09, 2022

Records say Justice Syed Waiz Mian will turn 62, age of retirement for HC judges, on January 5 next year. This leaves him with a tenure of 211 days.

In a first, Orissa HC assesses its own performance, lists challenges
Wed, Jun 08, 2022

“For any institution, introspection is necessary to overcome the drawbacks and to enhance efficiency,” the report stated in a chapter titled 'Introspection and Challenges'.

Explained: Supreme Court rejects pleas against excavation around Puri temple, what is the case?
Fri, Jun 03, 2022

The Supreme Court has quashed petitions against construction around the Jagannath temple in Puri. What is this construction, and why has it been challenged?

Litigants turn to 80-year-old court ruling to press claims in Gyanvapi case
Thu, Jun 02, 2022

The plea by five Hindu women seeking the right to worship Maa Shringar Gauri on the outer wall of the Gyanvapi mosque complex claims that statements of witnesses in 1937 “prove” that Hindu idols were worshipped in the disputed premises.

After 4 years of delay, Centre to clear appointment of Sadiq Wasim Nagral as judge of J&K High Court
Tue, May 31, 2022

Nagral’s was the oldest recommendation pending with the government. The process began with the High Court Collegium’s recommendation on August 24, 2017. His candidature was approved by the Supreme Court Collegium on April 6, 2018.

Centre sits on names of 2 advocates SC collegium cleared for Madras HC
Sun, May 29, 2022

Pending: advocate Abdul Hameed, former junior of Nalini Chidambaram; and leading criminal lawyer R John Sathyan

The Sunday Profile: Father, son and ‘holy suits’
Mon, May 30, 2022

Days after the Babri Masjid demolition in December 1992, Hari Shankar Jain, a Lucknow-based advocate, recorded his first big win — getting a HC order on allowing Hindus to worship at the site. Since then, Jain, now assisted by his son Vishnu, has been at the centre of a string of petitions that have suddenly been revived in courts — from Gyanvapi to Shahi Idgah, Taj Mahal to Qutub Minar. APURVA VISHWANATH on the Jains.

SC collegium recommends transfer of 6 HC judges
Fri, May 27, 2022

Transfers are often recommended in the “better administration of justice” but the collegium does not disclose reasons for its decisions.

Places of Worship Act does not bar plea against 1968 ‘compromise’: judge
Tue, May 24, 2022

District and Sessions Judge Rajiv Bharti had, on May 19, allowed revision of a lower court ruling, which had earlier dismissed pleas by a group of “devotees”, seeking ownership of the Idgah land, and one calling for demolition of the Idgah.

A letter from Mathura: ‘Radha ki chunari bhi Salma silti hai’
Sun, May 22, 2022

The Shahi Idgah was built on the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb adjacent to the Krishna Janmasthal — believed to be the place where Lord Krishna was born — reportedly after demolishing a temple.

Explained: The Krishna Janmabhoomi case in Mathura, and the challenge to the 1968 ‘compromise’ between the Hindus and Muslims
Sat, May 21, 2022

The site in Mathura where Lord Krishna is said to have been born, and where a mosque stands today, is back under litigation. A look at the history of the site, the litigation, and a 1968 agreement between the two sides.

Krishna Janmabhoomi case: Mathura court allows plea seeking ownership of Shahi Idgah Mosque land
Fri, May 20, 2022

The dispute essentially involves ownership of 13.37 acres of land which, the petitioners claim belongs to the deity Lord Shri Krishna Virajman.

Delhi HC set to have a Chief Justice, five High Courts to get CJs as well
Tue, May 17, 2022

Significant among those is the transfer of Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, Chief Justice of Telangana HC, as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court. Justice Sharma, whose parent HC is Madhya Pradesh High Court, will have a tenure until November 2023 as an HC judge.

Explained: Why Supreme Court’s order virtually stalls operation of sedition law
Thu, May 12, 2022

Supreme Court order on the sedition law: Although the court did not explicitly stay the provision — no criminal law in force has ever been stayed by the court — it virtually stalls the operation of the provision.

Explained: What is the law on marital rape, and what has the Delhi High Court ruled?
Thu, May 12, 2022

A two-judge Bench of the Delhi High Court has delivered a split verdict in a batch of petitions challenging the exception provided to marital rape in the Indian Penal Code. What is the case about? What is the marital rape exemption? What happens when a split verdict is delivered?

Explained: What is the sedition law, and why Supreme Court’s fresh directive is important
Thu, May 12, 2022

What is the sedition law? What are its origins? What are the legal challenges to the provision? How have other countries dealt with sedition? We explain.

Politics over process in Bagga arrest: Why this can set a bad precedent
Sat, May 07, 2022

The Bagga case has shown how bitter politics transforms a routine procedure into a full-blown inter-state row and sets a disturbing precedent for states to prevent arrest by another state or the Centre.

Explained: What is Roe v. Wade, which the US Supreme Court seems poised to overturn — and why is it significant?
Thu, May 05, 2022

The US Supreme Court is set to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade judgment that legalised abortion in the country, according to a report in Politico. What is Roe v Wade? Why is this decision important? Is a leak from the Supreme Court such as this unusual?