Free legal aid to needy may become a key criterion for lawyers’ entry into judiciary

NEW DELHI: Free legal aid given by lawyers to the needy may become a key criterion for their selection to the judiciary, with the government’s move in that direction getting a boost from the SC guidelines for designating senior lawyers. Pro-boon layering, experience and domain expertise are among the main criteria that SC set last week for assigning lawyers with the ‘senior’ label.  The NDA government has been wanting to make pro-boon layering an important component for lawyers vying to be judges as well. It could now include this in the revised Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) — the guidelines for … Continue reading Free legal aid to needy may become a key criterion for lawyers’ entry into judiciary

Aarushi murder case: Grateful to judiciary, says Talwar family after acquittal of dentist couple

After the Allahabad High Court acquitted Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the 2008 murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj on Thursday saying the couple be immediately released as they could not be held guilty on the basis of the evidence on record, Vandana Talwar, Rajesh Talwar’s sister-in-law, said that she is deeply relieved by the verdict and grateful to the high court. “It has been an exhausting journey and we have seen them suffer for almost a decade as the case dragged on,” she said. BG Chitnis, Nupur Talwar’s father and a former group captain in the Indian Air Force, … Continue reading Aarushi murder case: Grateful to judiciary, says Talwar family after acquittal of dentist couple

SC cracker ban: Judiciary is transgressing into executive and legislative domains

As environmentally conscious citizens, no one opposes the idea of taking steps to improve the quality of air; but is it worthwhile for the Supreme Court to personally invest time and monitor such activities, considering that a specialized forum i.e., National Green Tribunal has been created for addressing environmental concerns? The judgment delivered on October 9 by the Supreme Court banning the sale of fireworks in the Delhi NCR region till November 1 in order to keep a check on the air pollution caused by bursting of fire crackers is yet another example of how the judiciary is transgressing into … Continue reading SC cracker ban: Judiciary is transgressing into executive and legislative domains

Supreme Court collegium making public its resolutions is an important first-step for transparency in the judiciary

The Supreme Court collegian’s move to make public its decisions on the appointment of judges is a small but important first-step towards making judicial appointments more transparent. At each level, including that of the Supreme Court, true transparency will lie in making these reports available to the candidates who are not promoted and in allowing them to challenge the facts of the case. The Supreme Court collegian’s move to make public its decisions on the appointment of judges is a small but important first-step towards making judicial appointments more transparent. For perspective on how big a step this is, recall … Continue reading Supreme Court collegium making public its resolutions is an important first-step for transparency in the judiciary

India’s judiciary stands guardian against authoritarian tendencies

Checks and balances in the constitutional system can stall efforts by Hindu nationalist forces to take the country to the far right Hindu rightist nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat’s advice to cow vigilantes not to bother much about judicial strictures in India shows a measure of annoyance with the roadblocks that the Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) lobby is facing in a secular polity. The dissatisfaction may have increased in the saffron camp in view of two more Supreme Court pronouncements relating to inter-faith marriages and the fate of the Rohingya — the hapless refugees from Myanmar who … Continue reading India’s judiciary stands guardian against authoritarian tendencies

Karnataka advocates back Justice Jayant Patel, abstain from court, question collegium

Advocates from 189 associations across Karnataka have decided to abstain from appearing in Courts on Wednesday as a mark of protest. Expressing solidarity with justice Jayant Patel, who resigned over non-elevation, advocates in the state has questioned the collegium’s decision to transfer him instead. Advocates stage a walkout from court hall no 1 of Karnataka High Court on Tuesday. Judiciary has come to a standstill in various courts across Karnataka with advocates refusing to appear. On Tuesday, advocates staged a walkout from court hall no 1 of the Karnataka High Court in protest. “Collegium has become incompetent. While Justice Patel … Continue reading Karnataka advocates back Justice Jayant Patel, abstain from court, question collegium

Stop dharnas, public speeches at Jantar Mantar immediately: NGT to Delhi govt

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday banned protests and demonstrations at the iconic Jantar Mantar with immediate effect, saying that such activities violate environmental laws. The NGT’s verdict came on a plea filed by one Varun Seth and some other residents of the area where the 18th century monument is located. They said processions and agitations by different organisations and political parties on the Jantar Mantar Road were a major source of noise pollution in the neighborhood. A bench headed by Justice RS Rathore directed the authorities to shift protesters “forthwith” to an alternative site at the Ramleela grounds in … Continue reading Stop dharnas, public speeches at Jantar Mantar immediately: NGT to Delhi govt

Honeypreet arrested, to be produced in court on Wednesday

CHANDIGARH: Fugitive Honeypreet Insan, a close aide and “adopted daughter” of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was arrested on Tuesday along with another woman. She will be produced in a trial court in Haryana’s Panchkula on Wednesday, police said. She was arrested from the Zirkapur-Patiala highway in Punjab while travelling in a Toyota Innova, along with a woman associate, a senior police official told IANS. The police had been on her trail for nearly a month and raids were conducted in Nepal, Rajasthan, Bihar and Haryana. Confirming her arrest, Panchkula Police Commissioner A.S. Chawla told … Continue reading Honeypreet arrested, to be produced in court on Wednesday

SC rejects govt’s stand on Rohingyas, says judiciary can review executive decision to deport refugees

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it has the authority to review the move to deport Rohingya Muslim refugees, rejecting the NDA government’s stand that the judiciary must not interfere with an executive decision. “To say this petition is not maintainable, I believe, is not correct,” said an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra. “I, for one, believe from my past experience of 40 years that when a petition like this comes to us, the court should be slow to abdicate its jurisdiction.” The judge was responding to additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta’s argument … Continue reading SC rejects govt’s stand on Rohingyas, says judiciary can review executive decision to deport refugees