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Lists of Covid names raise issues of public health vs private information
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

From West Bengal which restricts information to health staff to states that make public lists of those in quarantine .

CAA protest: Azamgarh court rejects bail plea of 19 accused of sedition
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

“Considering all aspects of the case and keeping in view the seriousness of the crime”, there is no basis for granting bail, District and Sessions Judge Pramod Kumar Sharma ruled.

Once upon a time what his Lordship said: Post-retirement appointment is a scar on the independence of judiciary
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha has sparked a debate on the independence of the judiciary and whether judges should accept positions offered by the government after retirement.

Speaker vs Governor: In the past, SC ruled in favour of floor test
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

The spotlight is back on the legal debate on the powers of the Governor and the Speaker under the Constitution.

Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s post-retirement benefit courtesy Govt: Rajya Sabha seat
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

The nomination comes four months after his retirement on November 17, 2019. His tenure as CJI was marred by allegations of sexual harassment levelled by a Supreme Court woman employee — he was cleared of the charge by an in-house panel before he demitted office.

UP property damage ordinance: Tribunal can hear ex-parte, can’t be questioned
Mon, Mar 16, 2020

The ordinance was promulgated a day before the High Court’s March 16 deadline for the state to take down the hoardings.

Congress crisis manager for four decades, H R Bhardwaj dies at 83
Mon, Mar 09, 2020

The 83-year-old died on Sunday after a cardiac arrest. His last rites will take place on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad have expressed their condolences.

SC land acquisition case: Ruling that got overturned was precedent in 999 cases
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

If proceedings lapsed under the old law, the acquisition process would be initiated again under the new law, allowing the owner to get higher compensation.

SC transfers to itself all petitions against Central Vista revamp
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

A bench comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari directed that the writ petitions will now be heard by the top court.

Justice Muralidhar on transfer day: My longest working day
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

In the early hours of February 26, Justice Muralidhar and Justice Anup Bhambhani held a special hearing at the former’s residence after receiving a distress call from advocate Rahul Roy.

Third party can access judgment copy, papers under court rules, not RTI Act, says SC
Thu, Mar 05, 2020

The bench upheld Rule 151 of Gujarat High Court Rules, which allows access to certified copies of judgments, orders and pleadings to a third-party — or those not party to a case — only under the order of an officer of the court.

Judges must define contours of manifest arbitrariness: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Tue, Mar 03, 2020

“If manifestly arbitrary as a ground is used to nullify legislation, then it is important to define its contours in judicially manageable standards so that lawmakers can know it,” Prasad said.

Justice league
Sun, Mar 01, 2020

Justice Muralidhar is considered empathetic, fair, unswerving, and honest to the core. From his 14-year stint as judge to his long years as a lawyer, the opinion is unanimous on the judge who pulled up Delhi Police over the riots last week, hours before he was transferred to Punjab and Haryana HC.

No holy cow when it comes to dissent: SC judge Deepak Gupta
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Justice Gupta said, “Criticism of any institution is to be protected — the executive, legislature, judiciary, and even the armed forces. There is no holy cow when it comes to dissent.”

Amulya Leona to Azamgarh, sedition law used without questions, Supreme Court guidelines ignored
Sun, Feb 23, 2020

In its judgments, the Supreme Court has underlined that while ordering arrest of the accused, a magistrate must satisfy herself that the arrest is justified, and that prima facie the FIR has the ingredients that make the offence of sedition.

Babri case accused Nyas head, VHP vice-chief to lead Ram temple trust
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Nripendra Misra, former Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, will head the committee for construction of the temple and management of the 66.7 acres in Ayodhya.

Delhi High Court Bar protests transfer of Justice Muralidhar
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

This recommendation, which comes a year after a similar move to transfer Justice Muralidhar was discussed but stalled, was condemned “unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms” Wednesday by the Delhi High Court Bar Association which said lawyers would abstain from work Thursday in protest.

Supreme Court Collegium recommends transfer of 3 HC judges
Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Following their transfer, Justice Muralidhar, Justice More and Justice Malimath will be the second most senior judge in Punjab and Haryana HC, Meghalaya HC and Uttarakhand HC, respectively

Four senior judges out soon, focus on Bombay HC’s next CJ
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

While the current Chief Justice of the High Court, Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, is set to retire this week, Justices S C Dharmadhikari, B P Dharmadhikari and R V More — the next three judges in seniority — are also set to move out.

K Parasaran: Trusted and the trustee
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

The Ram Janmabhoomi case had brought K Parasaran out of retirement after a period of 10 yrs. Now the 93-year-old is in the middle of all the action, from the Sabarimala case that is set to define the contours of right to religion, to the trust that will build the Ayodhya temple.

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