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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Colin Gonsalves

The writer is a senior advocate, Supreme Court of India, and founder director of Human Rights Law Network

Evicting without rehabilitating violates rights of slum dwellers
Tue, Jun 29, 2021

Especially when done in the middle of a deadly, unprecedented pandemic, it endangers the health and lives of thousands

Police reform recommendations exist. So why have they not been implemented?
Wed, Apr 07, 2021

There is a petition pending in the Supreme Court since 2013 asking for the implementation of the Prakash Singh directives. Perhaps, now, after the Maharashtra fiasco, the SC may decide that this case merits listing

Chargesheets & fairy tales: When police produce voluminous chargesheets, a judge should be suspicious
Sat, Sep 19, 2020

The moment the police do drama of producing super voluminous chargesheets, a judge should know that there is hanky-panky going on.

What would happen if Prashant Bhushan were given immunity, allowed to speak freely?
Wed, Sep 02, 2020

What would happen if the public were to be allowed to sit in on the arguments? The truth would come out. Details of compromised adjudication would perhaps come out.

It is unjust that refusal of bail to Sudha Bharadwaj is based on inadmissible evidence
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

The observation of the Court in Bharadwaj’s case that the decision as to whether a document is admissible in evidence or not will have to wait for the trial stage is unbelievable. Courts routinely exclude inadmissible documents or statements (such as hearsay) from consideration while deciding bail applications.

NRC violates constitutional morality, principles of international law
Tue, Jun 18, 2019

The judiciary should have kept its distance from this communal exercise that can only bring India shame at the international level.

A wilful negligence
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Governments have not acted on recommendations of committees on farmer welfare

Showing weak judgement
Thu, Sep 25, 2014

Court’s ruling on encounter killings falls short. It could reinforce the impression that on police misconduct, the judiciary stands with the establishment, not the people

The Contours of a Communal Violence Law
Fri, Aug 12, 2005

The big question is, would a communal violence law have prevented the 1984 riots? My guess is that the Communal Violence (Suppression) Bill,...

The lost chances of history
Wed, Jun 22, 2005

Author of Constitutional law of India and former attorney general, the late H.M. Seervai, has provided an interesting account of Jinnah&#146...

The brutal letter of the law
Tue, Apr 19, 2005

Accustomed, as we are, to lawyers and judges saying that the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 ...

In the name of democracy, go!
Sat, Feb 19, 2005

India's policy in Nepal is determined by the desire to neutralise the Maoists. In the process gruesome acts are condoned causing democracy i...

The deadly bureaucracy in the Andamans
Wed, Jan 26, 2005

One would have thought that in a disaster of this magnitude even ineffective bureaucrats would put their shoulder to the wheel and take assi...

And the houses all fell down
Thu, Dec 30, 2004

Ambujwadi looks like a battle zone. As far as the eye can see, the tiny houses of the poor lie in ruins. The demolition at mumbai started wi...

Draconian assault on citizens’ rights
Fri, Sep 24, 2004

POTA is finally on its way out. But even before its demise, the groundwork is being done for the enactment of an equally draconian legislati...

Justice Khare, seize the moment
Mon, Feb 16, 2004

The dismissal of the appeals seeking to set aside the acquittals in the Best Bakery Case highlights the dismal failure of the Gujarat High C...

Does BJP really want the code?
Tue, Aug 19, 2003

Both in the Shah Bano case and in the Sarla Mudgal case, the Supreme Court found successive governments ‘‘wholly remiss’&#146...

Dangerous solutions
Fri, Nov 22, 2002

Built up painstakingly over the last three decades is an incredible structure for the maintenance of national food security. It rests on thr...