Seema Chishti

Articles By Seema Chishti

Justice Lokur attends swearing-in of Pakistan Chief Justice, shares bench with him

Justice Lokur has been close friends with Chief Justice Khosa since 2004. Justice Lokur has described him as an “excellent human being and jurist”.

Collegium changing picks for SC: Former judges speak out, one writes to President

A judge has asked the President to ensure that the “credibility and independence of the judiciary” is “preserved and another historical blunder… not committed”.

Disquiet in section of court over way in which Collegium changed judge choices for SC

The Indian Express has learnt that there is disquiet among a section of the judges, regarding “the sudden move to just shelve the decisions arrived at in December, without either making that decision public, or stating why it needed to be reversed”.

CVC met me on Rakesh Asthana’s behalf on October 6: Alok Verma to Justice Patnaik

Alok Verma’s submission describing the meeting, that lasted more than an hour, said Chowdary had concerns regarding Asthana’s Annual Performance Appraisal Report signed by Verma.

Parrot can’t fly free till set free: ex-CJI Lodha who coined ‘caged parrot’ for CBI

On Verma’s transfer, he said, “On the face of it, as the Supreme Court only pointed out to the procedural infirmity of not calling the committee, that was done by the government and used to transfer the CBI chief.”

No evidence of corruption, decision of PM-led panel on Alok Verma very hasty: SC’s monitor

Justice Patnaik told The Indian Express: “There was no evidence against Verma regarding corruption. The entire enquiry was held on Asthana’s complaint. I have said in my report that none of the findings in the CVC’s report are mine.”

The Hate We Give

An extraordinary book that looks at the people beyond the mob involved in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Tried to uphold CBI integrity, attempts were being made to destroy it: Alok Verma

"I have stood up for the integrity of the institution, and if asked, will do it again in order to uphold the rule of law,” Verma said.

The Urdu Press: The UP Gathbandhan

It says how “UP is decisive and if in the last general election too, had the BJP’s seats here had been halved, it would not have had a single-party majority”.

Why Ayodhya bench choices significant

If the senior-most judge is appointed the CJI, as has been the norm but for twice in independent India, then Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramanna, U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud, are set to be the next four chief justices.

Invite to Marathi meet withdrawn: Nayantara Sahgal planned to talk about ‘dangers to our freedoms’

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is to preside over the inaugural function on January 11 while local BJP MLA Madan Yerawar is the chairman of the Welcoming Committee.

Explained: The ‘poor forward’ quota story

What is the Centre’s proposal about the economically backward among the ‘general category’ upper castes? What is the background and context of the decision, and what is the way forward?

Trapped in The Digital Square

How technology is chipping away at the very fabric of socio-political exchange.

Justice Madan Lokur set to attend Pakistan Chief Justice’s swearing-in

This is not the first time that Justice Lokur will be attending a swearing-in ceremony in Pakistan. He was there when former Pakistan Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was administered the oath of office five years ago.

Champion of social justice, Justice Madan Lokur retires

He was a senior advocate for two years before he became an Additional Judge in 1999. He went on to serve in the High Courts of Delhi, Gauhati and Andhra Pradesh. His tenure in the Supreme Court began in June 2012.

The IT rules for online platforms: what govt proposes to change

The existing rules provide immunity to these platforms for the content they transmit which is then published by end users, but they have to comply with legal requests for takedown of unlawful content and provide information on users.

Govt moves to access and trace all ‘unlawful’ content online

The proposed amendments to rules under Section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act make it mandatory for online platforms to “proactively” deploy technology, which would enable a ferreting of content seen as “unlawful”.

As Pakistan wades into row, Naseeruddin Shah says take care of own country

Shah told The Sunday Express, “I think Mr Khan should be walking the talk in his own country instead of commenting on issues that don’t concern him. We have been a democracy for 70 years and we know how to look after ourselves.”

Hindu, not Hindutva

Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits do not add up to soft Hindutva. Important distinctions need to be made.

Echoes from the heartland that will be heard beyond the assemblies

Farmers, unemployment and other issues that were raised have a resonance across India — and provide the glue that can potentially hold together an overall Opposition narrative going into the Lok Sabha elections next year.