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A closer look at the new Criminal Law Reforms Committee Concerns raised about it being hasty and non-inclusive

The Ministry of Home Affairs has commissioned a Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws in May, to “recommend reforms in the criminal laws of the country in a principled, effective, and efficient manner which ensures the safety and security of the individual, the community and the nation; and which prioritises the constitutional values of justice,…

The last leg of the DK Basu judgement: An Analysis A look at the 2015 judgment; what it did for the initial parametres set by the 1996 judgment

Case title: D.K.Basu vs. State of West Bengal Case No.: Crl.M.P. No.15492 of 2014 Date of judgement: July 24, 2015 Coram: Justices TS Thakur and R Bhanumati   This judgment was the last of the orders under the continuing mandamus of the Supreme Court in the monumental DK Basu case. The case has gone down…

Revisiting DK Basu: The most relevant judgment of all time A landmark judgment that held that torture revealed the darker side of human civilization

Case title: D.K.Basu vs. State of West Bengal Case No.: Writ Petition (Crl) No. 592 of 1987 Date of judgement: December 18, 1996 Coram: Justices Kuldip Singh and A.S. Anand ‘Torture’ of a human being by another human being is essentially an instrument to impose the will of the ’strong’ over the ‘weak’ by suffering…

Gram Sabha Resolutions add vigour to Forest Rights movement Delhi based research group prepares sample resolutions with all legal provisions

In a bid to strengthen gram sabhas across the country, a paper titled ‘Power To People, Power To Gram Sabha’ has been published by Legal Resource Centre, Delhi, written by Sanghamitra Dubey and Puja. A sample Gram Sabha Resolution has been prepared which can be used as a guide for them to pass resolutions to…

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Monitoring the condition of Indian prisons Who does it, and with what degree of transparency and accountability

To improve prison conditions does not mean that prison life should be made soft; it means that it should be made human and sensible.” – Jawaharlal Nehru in India and the World Prisons are those public institutions that are fundamentally the least public in nature. What happens within the high walls of a prison, remains…

Prosecution Law is misused in India

कोविड-१९ आणि भारताचे सर्वोच्च न्यायालय सर्वसामान्य परिस्थितीत अर्थातच राज्यघटना खूप महत्त्वाची असते, पण एखाद्या संकट काळातच राज्यघटना आणि तिची अंमलबजावणी करणारी यंत्रणा यांच्या खऱ्या कसोटीचा काळ असतो. म्हणूनच, सध्याच्या परिस्थितीत सर्वोच्च न्यायालयाचे अपयश हे आणखीच चिंताजनक आहे

हा लेख व्हिडिओ कॉन्फरन्सिंगद्वारे सुनावणीच्या कार्यक्षमतेबद्दल किंवा या लॉकडाऊनच्या काळात किती न्यायाधीशांनी किंवा कितीवेळा सुनावणी घ्यावी याबद्दल नाही. कोविड-१९ संदर्भात दाखल केलेल्या विविध याचिका उच्च न्यायालयांनी आणि विशेषतः सर्वोच्च न्यायालयाने कशाप्रकारे हाताळल्या आहेत आणि आपल्या न्यायालयांनी, विशेषतः सर्वोच्च न्यायालयाने राज्यघटना आणि भारतीय जनता यांचा कशा प्रकारे अपेक्षाभंग केला आहे याविषयी आहे. मी दोन गोष्टी अगदी…

संकट के इस दौर में सुप्रीम कोर्ट कहां है? संकट काल में संविधान और उसे लागू करने के तरीके कसौटी पर कसे जाते हैं. इसीलिए मौजूदा वक्त में सुप्रीम कोर्ट की नाकामी बड़े ही साफ तौर पर उभर आई है.

यह आलेख इस बारे में नहीं है कि वीडियो कॉन्फ्रेंसिंग के जरिये अदालत की सुनवाई कितनी कारगर है. यह इस बारे में भी नहीं है कि वीडियो कॉन्फ्रेंसिंग में कितने जजों को बैठना चाहिए. इस आलेख में इस बात पर चर्चा करेंगे कि देश की ऊंची अदालतों खास कर सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कोविड-19 को लेकर…

COVID19: Significant judgments of Indian High Courts (Part 1) A look at the high court decisions on the many issues linked to COVID19

While coronavirus has been wreaking havoc in public life, it has caused some stirs in the judiciary as well. With courts shifting to virtual hearings and taking up urgent matters only, the nation witnessed many significant judgments coming from courts, on issues relating to COVID19. For instance, issues like management of hospitals, amenities to migrants,…

SC Extends Power To Grant Anticipatory Bail

COVID19: Ten most significant decisions of the Supreme Court of India March 23- May 28, 2020

Here we have a look at how the Supreme Court has dealt with crucial issues relating to the fundamental right to life and dignity, to health care and accountability from the government during the Covid 19 pandemic driven lockdown. In RE: Contagion of Covid 19 Virus in Prisons [SUO MOTU WRIT PETITION (C) NO. 1/2020]…

COVID-19 and the Indian Supreme Court It is in times of crisis that the Constitution and the mechanisms to enforce it, are tested. The SC's failure is just starker amidst the current crisis.

This article is not about the efficacy of the video conferencing hearings or about how many or often judges should sit for hearings during this lockdown. It is about how, the Higher Courts and especially the Supreme Court, have dealt with the various Petitions filed concerning COVID 19 and how our Courts, especially the Supreme…

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