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Report: Drop in death sentences awarded by trial courts
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

According to the report, 52.94 per cent of the 102 death penalties last year (54 death sentences) were given in cases involving sexual offences.

Explained: Centre-state disputes and Article 131
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

What is Article 131, under which Kerala has moved SC against the CAA? How does this challenge differ from the other petitions filed against the law? What aspects of India’s federal structure does the case throw up?

Why SC order on Internet goes beyond J&K, opens window for challenges and judicial reviews
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

India tops the list of Internet shutdowns globally. The ongoing shutdown in Kashmir is the longest ever in any democratic country.

Explained: The laws being used to suspend Internet, and what SC laid down
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

While India’s longest Internet suspension continues, the Supreme Court verdict has laid down a framework of how the Internet can be suspended, and what rights and legal recourses a citizen has when it is suspended.

CAA protests: Damages recovery to be handled like civil issue, says Meerut ADM
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

Last week, the district administration demanded close to Rs 25,000 each from more than 140 people for the damage in the city during violence amid the protests against the new citizenship law on December 20, which left five people dead.

In Meerut, police say those who died killed by other rioters
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

“They are rioters themselves who were shot at by other rioters. We have videos which show the protesters fired shots and these were killed by those bullets,” said SSP, City, Ajay Kumar Sahni.

Explained: What NRC+CAA means to you
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

In the widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, many outside the Northeast are looking at it in combination with a proposed nationwide NRC. Why does that worry so many people, particularly Muslims? How will Indians prove citizenship?

Explained: How Section 144 CrPC works
Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Administrations frequently cite powers under Section 144 CrPC to prohibit assemblies of five or more individuals, or to order mobile phone companies to block voice, SMS, or Internet communications in one or more small or large geographical areas.

Destruction of public property: What the law says, what SC directed
Wed, Dec 18, 2019

Despite a law against the destruction of property, incidents of rioting, vandalism, and arson have been common during protests across the country. Here's what the law says, and what the Supreme Court has directed.

Explained: What is Citizenship Amendment Act?
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

The amendment to the Citizenship Act redefines the way migrants from three countries can become Indian citizens, linking this to their religion. What are the concerns about it nationwide, and why has it faced such fierce resistance in Assam? How does it relate to government’s plans for an all-India NRC?

Law unconstitutional, says Oppn; Amit Shah says court will uphold it
Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Describing the law as "patently unconstitutional," former Union minister P Chidambaram said he is "absolutely confident that the law will be struck down".

The Legal Question: Oppn argues Citizenship Amendment Bill would fall foul of Constitution
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Congress MP Manish Tewari said the proposed law violates Article 14 that guarantees the right to equality, Article 15 that prohibits discrimination in laws based on religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them and Article 21 that guarantees the right to life and liberty.

Sealed cover: What P Chidambaram bail Bench rejected
Sat, Dec 07, 2019

The observations of the Bench have put the spotlight back on the Supreme Court’s controversial practice of seeking and accepting information from government agencies in sealed envelopes that can only be perused by the judges.

Explained: When Supreme Court reviews a decision
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Supreme Court will review Sabarimala judgment but will not do so in Rafale case; a review plea is set to be moved over Ayodhya verdict too. Under what circumstances are such petitions moved, and admitted?

Like Karnataka tussle, SC to examine again: Did Governor rely on correct material?
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

As in the Karnataka case, the petitioners also alleged that the Governor overlooked a post-poll alliance and administered the oath to the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate.

Two key factors in Maharashtra floor test: Who’s pro-tem Speaker, NCP House leader
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

The Governor has to convene a brief session of the Vidhan Sabha to facilitate the floor test and appoint a pro-tem Speaker.

Sabarimala majority ruling: Review pending, scope widened
Fri, Nov 15, 2019

The Supreme Court has deferred its decision on review of 2018 Sabarimala verdict until a larger Bench examines broader issues such as essentiality of religious practices and constitutional morality. This is what the judges said.

Sabarimala dissenting view: What Justices Nariman, Chandrachud said
Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Sabarimala verdict: Justice Nariman and Justice Chandrachud differed with the majority opinion that certain legal issues needed to be considered by a larger Bench.

Supreme Court has doubts over Aadhaar as money Bill, turns to big Bench
Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Says 2018 ruling did not discuss effect of ‘only’ in Art 110(1) on money Bill. Like the Aadhaar Act, the amended Finance Act, 2017 too had been passed as a money Bill.

Finance Act: Tribunal rules struck down, Govt told to draw fresh norms
Thu, Nov 14, 2019

The Bench, also comprising Justices N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said the amendments are struck down in entirety as these are “contrary to the principles envisaged in the Constitution as interpreted by this Court”.

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