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Forest Rights case: SC directs states to file Compliance Affidavits Sokalo Gond and Nivada Rana file Intervention Application backed by CJP and AIUFWP

The Supreme Court has directed states that have not filed compliance affidavits on the matter of implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, to do so within a fortnight. Wild Life First v/s Union of India –a batch of petitions filed in 2008 challenging the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act of 2006 came up…

Citizenship Dilemma in Assam

SC rejects government’s appeal for re-verification, extends NRC deadline One month extension granted

The Supreme Court has extended the deadline for publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to August 31, 2019. It has however turned down the appeals for re-verification of names in border areas. Previously, the court had directed the NRC authorities to publish the list by July 31, 2019, but NRC state coordinator…

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Lobby of Corporate Interests, Bureaucrats and Mafia looting Forest Land: Roma Part 1 of a two part EXCLUSIVE video interview

In an exclusive conversation with CJP Secretary Teesta Setalvad, Roma Malik highlights the illegality of the February 2019 Supreme Court order (later stayed), the challenges in the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, the farce of pitting arguments of survival of forest dwellers versus wildlife conservancy and many more issues. The first part of…

SC offers Relief to Assam Detention Camp Inmates

SC upholds constitutionality of Section 23 of PCPNDT Act Court said diluting provisions would be against gender justice

On Friday, May 3, the Supreme Court, in a significant judgment, rejected a petition by an association of gynaecologists and obstetricians, that challenged the constitutionality of two key sections of the Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994. The petitioner had argued that anomalies in paperwork had made gynaecologists and obstetricians…

Supreme Court to assemble on April 10 for update on NRC SC reiterates it won't extend final NRC deadline

On Wednesday, March 13, the Supreme Court of India repeated that it would not extend the final deadline for Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is July 31, 2019. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton F. Nariman issued the order while hearing a writ petition from Assam Public Works, and…

Supreme Court changes course on Adivasi rights SC order flies in the face of established jurisprudence

Whereas previously SC affirmed indigenous people’s inalienable rights to their land, in 2019, under the Modi Regime, it now orders their unilateral eviction. The SC has turned established constitutional jurisprudence on its head. There are three significant SC judgments on the indigenous Adivasi people’s rights over their land and natural resources: 1.  In 2011, the…

Crony capitalism imperils millions of India’s indigenous people SC order directs eviction of Adivasis and other forest dwellers across several states

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra has ordered eviction of Adivasis and other forest dwelling communities from the ‘forest’ regions whose claims for entitlement have been rejected by the Forest department.  The written copy of the order was made available on February 20, 2019. The court order says, “The Chief Secretary shall ensure…

Justice Chandrachud on Why the Constitution Matters Firebrand Supreme Court Justice denounces Mob Lynching and Criminalisation of Dissent

Supreme Court Justice D Y Chandrachud, who is best known for penning dissenting judgments in landmark cases like Aadhaar and the arrest of well-known human rights activists, (where he stated “Dissent is the Safety Valve of Democracy“), reaffirmed his fierce commitment to defending constitutional values and democratic principles, with an extraordinary speech in Mumbai. Speaking…

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