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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Rekha Sharma

The writer is a former judge of the Delhi High Court

None involved in Narada scam case have covered themselves in glory
Wed, Jun 02, 2021

Rekha Sharma writes: The legal twists and turns of the case so far have raised worrying questions.

CJI Bobde’s tenure was marked by reluctance to hear cases affecting people’s life, liberty
Sat, Apr 24, 2021

Although Justice Bobde did not run into any major controversy, he did court his own set of controversies.

Court appears to be leaning towards govt in cases of individual liberties
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

Rekha Sharma writes: While Arnab Goswami got interim bail from the SC with alacrity in a case of abetment to suicide on the principle “bail, not jail, is the rule”, many bail petitions are not taken up for hearing.

SC should have suspended implementation of farm laws till it heard the matter
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

With the greatest of respect to the Supreme Court, it is time it takes the bull by the horns. It has, for far too long, put on the backburner issues which concern the nation most.

Lower courts must heed the apex court’s words on personal liberties and free speech
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

It is earnestly hoped that the concerned courts will heed the advice of the Supreme Court and pass appropriate orders in deserving cases — and not go by the label of the charges.

Andhra CM’s allegations against a SC judge must not be swept under the carpet
Mon, Oct 26, 2020

If the allegations are found to be false, frivolous and motivated, they certainly would call for initiation of contempt proceedings against him. But then, there has to be a prima-facie enquiry first

Justice Arun Mishra’s legacy casts a shadow over country’s highest court at a critical moment
Thu, Sep 03, 2020

Justice Arun Mishra has many firsts to his credit, though all for the wrong reasons

The Solicitor General’s outburst
Wed, Jun 03, 2020

His remarks in the migrants' case undermine the Supreme Court’s decorum

Judges should be large-hearted, not get unduly perturbed by criticism
Thu, May 14, 2020

Litigants and lawyers, who are officers of the court, should not attribute motives to judges in case of an unfavourable judgment. They should not act in a manner which brings the courts into disrepute or undermines the confidence of the public in the judiciary.

In ruling on Shaheen Bagh protests, Supreme Court can rescue its image
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Unfortunately, in the last few years, the image of the SC has taken a beating. It has suffered at the hands of its own.

Ranjan Gogoi’s tenure as CJI started with a whimper, ended with a bang
Wed, Nov 20, 2019

The fact is, by the time Justice Misra demitted office, the image of the Supreme Court had taken a hit. Therefore, when Justice Gogoi stepped into his shoes, there was an air of expectancy. Unfortunately, Justice Gogoi courted more controversies than his predecessor.

SC must re-examine procedure to probe allegations against CJI Gogoi
Fri, May 10, 2019

There is no doubt that the SC’s in-house panel in the case against the CJI was not constituted according to the Vishaka guidelines; it also did not go by the provisions of the 2013 Act.

Chief Justice must subject himself to institutional inquiry on harassment allegations
Wed, Apr 24, 2019

The Chief Justice of India is a man of the law. It will do him no good, nor to the institution which he is heading, if the issue is shoved under the carpet.

Seniority cast aside
Sat, Jan 19, 2019

Collegium courts controversy by elevating relatively junior judges. When, by one stroke, 32 judges including chief justices are passed over, it is bound to create a flutter and a feeling of unease.

A mansion for the CM
Thu, Jan 03, 2019

Madhya Pradesh government’s allotment of houses to ex CMs violates SC judgment

Challenges for the next CJI
Sat, Sep 08, 2018

He will take over an under-funded and over-worked judiciary

In The Name Of Independence
Tue, May 01, 2018

The judiciary is being undermined on multiple fronts. Damage control is imperative

Ball In His Court
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Chief Justice of India must clear the air on the allocation of cases controversy

Selective Condemnations
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Extremism comes in all shades. Justice Shah should critique each one.

Manufacturing A Controversy
Tue, May 17, 2016

Should the citizen say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, or not, is not the question.

The Rightness Of Dissent
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

If Supreme Court believes ‘ADM Jabalpur’ went wrong, it must review the case suo motu.