Judiciary, executive divide becoming deeper: Mukul Rohatgi

NEW DELHI: Lamenting that the “divide” between the executive and the judiciary is “becoming deeper day by day”, former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi has alleged that the judiciary has gone beyond its brief in the last three decades and needs to draw a “lakshman rekha”. Also criticised the Supreme Court’s order striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC), calling it unconstitutional and said it was one of the reasons for the face-off between the two pillars of democracy. Rohatgi, who quit as attorney general in June after a three-year tenure, also advocated guidelines for public interest litigations (PILs) as … Continue reading Judiciary, executive divide becoming deeper: Mukul Rohatgi

Plea against judges attempt to scandalize judiciary, says Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: Allegations against members of the higher judiciary of involvement in the medical admission scam and the manner in which Justice J Chelameswar admitted a petition based on those charges roiled the Supreme Court again on Monday, with a three-judge bench speaking about an attempt to “scandalize the court and judiciary” and attorney general K K Venugopal expressing concern that the “crisis” had split the judiciary and the bar. “We take the allegations very seriously and will take the petitions to the logical conclusion. It is a deliberate attempt to scandalize the court and judiciary,” a bench of Justices … Continue reading Plea against judges attempt to scandalize judiciary, says Supreme Court

Delhi, you’re killing me

Bringing back terrifying memories of last November’s apocalyptic smog, Delhi awoke to find itself shrouded in a toxic grey haze on Tuesday . Air quality fell to “severe” levels, worse than post Diwali pollution in the city . Roads wore a dystopian look with pollution masks everywhere as Delhiites complained of headaches, burning eyes, breathing discomfort, runny noses and a depressive mood. The Indian Medical Association described it as a “public health emergency”. The city’s air quality index (AQI) touched 448, as per CPCB, worse than the 403 reading Delhi had recorded a day after Diwali. On November 5 last … Continue reading Delhi, you’re killing me

2G Verdict On A Raja, Kanimozhi Still Not Ready, Says Judge: 10 Facts

NEW DELHI:  The verdict on whether former Telecom Minister A Raja masterminded India’s biggest ever telecom scam is still not ready, the judge handling his trial said, adding that he needs three more weeks to write up his decision. Mr Raja is accused by the country’s premier investigating agency, the CBI, of misallocating airwaves and licenses for cellphone networks and causing India 1.76 lakh crores as a result. The Supreme Court earlier agreed that the process he followed as Telecom Minister was polluted, and cancelled all the licenses he had issued. The “2G” trial began in 2011. Source:- NDTV Continue reading 2G Verdict On A Raja, Kanimozhi Still Not Ready, Says Judge: 10 Facts

Can’t Be Day-To-Day Interference, Says Supreme Court In Centre vs AAP Government: 10 Facts

NEW DELHI:  Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor has to be kept informed about all decisions taken by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led city government but it didn’t appear necessary that the LG concurs in all matters, the Supreme Court said in “prima facie” observations made in the course of Tuesday’s hearing. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said there could not be day-to-day interference. “Even if there is… some sanctity has to be added,” observed Chief Justice Misra, who heads the bench of five judges hearing petitions by the Aam Aadmi Party government that accuse the centre of misinterpreting the Constitution to eat … Continue reading Can’t Be Day-To-Day Interference, Says Supreme Court In Centre vs AAP Government: 10 Facts

‘Sometimes, the judiciary bows to political pressure’

Abhishek Singhvi also warns against stripping Army of ‘anonymity’ Congress’ national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Singhvi said on Thursday that the Indian judiciary, despite being broadly independent, occasionally submits to political pressure. Mr. Singhvi was speaking at the 64th anniversary celebrations of the Triplicane Cultural Academy. The former Additional Solicitor General spoke on the ‘Institutional Pillars of Indian Democracy’ at the Srinivasa Sastri Hall. After cautioning that he was making generalizations, Mr. Singhvi noted that the submission happens despite the Indian judiciary being “broadly very independent.” Mr. Singhvi also blamed the judiciary for the vacancies in the bench: … Continue reading ‘Sometimes, the judiciary bows to political pressure’

House panels ask Judiciary not to interfere in proceedings

New Delhi, October 28 AAP MLAs Saurabh Bhardwaj and Madan Lal, who are heading the Petition and Privileges committees of the Delhi Assembly, today said judiciary should not “interfere” in the proceedings of house panels.Their statement comes after several bureaucrats against whom the assembly panels had initiated action recently got a stay from the Delhi High Court. With the officers frequently approaching courts, Bharadwaj said the assembly would appoint its lawyers so that it has proper representation in court.Addressing a press conference at the Chief Minister’s Committee Room in Delhi Assembly, Petition Committee’s chairperson and AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said … Continue reading House panels ask Judiciary not to interfere in proceedings

Judiciary shouldn’t be influenced by events of the day: Jaitley

New Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the judiciary should have a long-term “judicial statesmanship” and not be influenced by the events of the day. “I think there is, as Parliament needs it, politicians need it, I think the judiciary also needs a long-term judicial statesmanship, not to be influenced by the events of the day,” he told Republic TV in an interview that will be aired tomorrow. “Are you being influenced by the events of the day or are you looking at the long term,” he asked. His remarks came in the wake of some … Continue reading Judiciary shouldn’t be influenced by events of the day: Jaitley

Government may go beyond Aadhaar to verify mobile numbers

NEW DELHI: Faced with criticism for forcing people to link their Aadhaar numbers with their mobile connection, thereby creating scope for privacy invasion, the government is considering the option of allowing other identity proofs to complete the verification process. These IDs could include ration card, driver’s license and passport. “We are ready to explore other options. We are looking at whether a ration card, or a driver’s license, or some other authentication document can be used. No final call has been taken on the matter though,” an official source said. The source further added, “It must be in conformity with … Continue reading Government may go beyond Aadhaar to verify mobile numbers