Sanjay R Hegde is a senior advocate in the Supreme Court and tweets @sanjayuvacha.
Supreme Court’s order asking for a panel to mediate the Ayodhya dispute could be the harbinger of a win-win situation for both sides.
The same Congress party, while in power and despite extreme provocation, refused to sack General V K Singh as Chief of Army Staff. General Singh had no constitutional protection, but as the head of an institution, the respect he commanded was institutional.
When lawyers of the Lahore High Court showered rose petals on Mumtaz Quadri, the assassin of Pakistani politician Salman Taseer, we in India looked on in horror. This time, let us not give them a chance to say, “Tum bilkul hum jaisey nikley….”.
Appealing to the court of public opinion is a dangerous precedent, not to be easily resorted to.
After an electoral scare in Gujarat, the government has passed a hurriedly drafted and manifestly unjust legislation and used the Supreme Court judgment as an unsustainable alibi.
But the question is whether such a solution can be found in time to prevent more death and despair
Rarely has so momentous a judgment been delivered so emphatically. Court has indicated that contours of privacy defined by it aren’t limitations to the right, but foundations over which it will develop over time.
The power to imprison hasn’t been used by the House of Commons in a hundred years. But as the case of two Karnataka journalists shows, the Assembly’s order to jail them has a long and troubling history.