Apurva Vishwanath

Articles By Apurva Vishwanath

Explained: Should Aadhaar link to social media accounts? The questions before SC

The two significant questions of law that the court will look into are: whether mandatory linking of Aadhaar to social media accounts violates an individual’s right to privacy, and the balance between intermediary liability and free speech.

In break from practice, SC announces new postings minus reasons

The collegium published Thursday seven resolutions of decisions taken on October 15 which are mere “statements” conveying the collegium’s recommendations to the government in a tabulated form.

Explained: How a waqf is created, and the laws that govern such properties

In any settlement, the role of the Sunni Waqf Board, a key party to the case, would be significant as the administration of a waqf property is legally determined.

Explained: Bench strength, validity of law — why land acquisition matter is back in SC

The scheduled hearing will decide the legality of several cases of land acquisition that took place across the country before 2009. The matter also raises significant questions on judicial discipline, and how judgments of the court are applied while deciding subsequent cases on similar issues.

Explained: Land acquisition case is back on SC table; here are the questions of law involved

A three-judge Bench while interpreting Section 24(2), ruled by a 2-1 majority that if a landowner refuses the compensation offered by the developer, he cannot take advantage of his own wrongdoing, and have the acquisition proceedings lapse under the old law.

Gautam Navlakha case: Five SC judges recuse, no reason is given

Appearing for Navlakha, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the three-week protection from arrest granted to him by the High Court would expire Friday. Taking note, the bench assured him that the matter will be heard Friday.

At top law school in Bengaluru, students clamour for their Vice Chancellor

Over 400 undergraduate students are set to boycott the semester examinations that are scheduled to begin on Monday to protest the delay in appointing Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy as the new VC. This is the first time in the NLSIU’s 31-year history that students are boycotting classes and exams.

As Madras HC judge, Rao ruled on domestic violence cases

On Friday, Rao’s daughter-in-law Sindhu Sharma released an old video in which the former judge and his son, Nooty Vashistha, are seen assaulting her. In April this year, Sharma had alleged that her husband and his family had beaten her up over a demand for dowry.

President Kovind appoints five judges for Karnataka, Calcutta HCs

Advocates S R Krishna Kumar, Ashok Kinagi, Suraj Govindaraj and Sachin Magadum were appointed as judges in the Karnataka High Court and advocate Kausik Chanda in the Calcutta High Court.

Ram Jethmalani: Working to his own brief, the lawyer who held court for 70 years

Veteran lawyer and former Union minister Ram Jethmalani, possibly a lawyer with the longest and perhaps most controversial career in the country, passed away Sunday morning.

Madras HC Chief Justice Tahilramani resigns after Collegium transfer order

Sources told The Indian Express that Justice Tahilramani put in her papers Friday evening. Chief Justice of Madras High Court since August 2018, she was due to retire in October 2020.

Next stop for 19 lakh applicants excluded from NRC list: Foreigners’ tribunals within 120 days

Assam has 100 tribunals in 33 districts, and at least 200 new tribunals are expected to be operational by September 1. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had told the Supreme Court in May that the Assam government will set up 1,000 tribunals with assistance from the Centre in a phased manner.

Four vacancies in Supreme Court: Two from Gujarat HC in the running

The top court, currently working at its full strength, will fall short of four judges this week, as the Centre recently increased the sanctioned strength of the court by three (appointments yet to be made), and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre retires on Wednesday.

In ‘interest of justice’, justice postponed in J&K High Court

Three weeks into the lockdown, the refrain in the Srinagar bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court is: justice postponed.

Guide to young lawyers, he had ‘uncanny ability to simplify legal arguments’

More than his courtroom appearances, Jaitley was sought after by his clients for his legal strategies. He planned the litigation strategy in the Jain hawala scandal and successfully defended BJP leader L K Advani.

Explained: Why is age of marriage different for men and women? The law, the debate

Currently, the law prescribes that the minimum age of marriage is 21 and 18 years for men and women, respectively. The minimum age of marriage is distinct from the age of majority, which is gender-neutral.

Law topper skips event to protest Supreme Court’s handling of CJI charges

Surbhi Karwa cited the manner in which sexual harassment allegations made by a female employee at the Supreme Court against CJI Ranjan Gogoi was handled by the court as the reason for not wanting to receive the award from the CJI.

The other Ayodhya trial: Case against LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti is crawling

As SC begins daily hearings in Ram Janmabhoomi dispute amidst national spotlight, the criminal trial in the Babri Masjid demolition, against L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti among others, is crawling. The Indian Express spends a day at the Lucknow trial where an overburdened judge is racing against time, as well as decaying evidence, and ailing, lost or dead witnesses

At 92, key face in Ayodhya case K Parasaran is a trusted voice of many governments

An erudite Hindu scholar and a quintessential government lawyer, Parasaran has enjoyed the trust of every administration since the 1970s.

IDIA founder Shamnad Basheer found dead in Chikkamagaluru

The 43-year-old academic, who specialised in intellectual property rights, had been missing for around four days.

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