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5 Tips For Reading Judgments IN FULL

Judgments make the law. There is perhaps nothing more important for a lawyer than to have the ability to closely and critically read judgments – often, many of them in a very short time. And ironically, this is not something that is prioritised in law schools: case notes and case summaries are often used as substitutes […]

How to Register Cyber Crime Complaint With Cyber Cell of Police – Online Complaint Procedure

Cybercrime is a criminal activity which is carried on by the use of computers and the Internet. Some of the common cyber crimes are hacking, cyber stalking, denial of service attack(DoS), virus dissemination, software piracy, credit card fraud & phishing. To tackle the issue of cyber crimes, CIDs (Criminal Investigation Departments) of various cities opened up Cyber […]

Editorial: Mumbai’s Journalists Show the Way

The nine journalists who filed the petition challenging the media gag in the Sohrabuddin case acted to uphold a principle – and the victory is a vindication of the fundamental values of the profession. “The rights of the press are intrinsic with the constitutional right that guarantees freedom of expression. In reporting from an open […]

Rough Edges: The Vanishing Tribe of Labour Reporters

A column reflecting on contemporary society and politics. When and if the media chooses to focus on risky working conditions, it is mostly prompted by perverse reasons like, for example, large-scale loss of lives or incidents of violence. Credit: Reuters Over the last two decades, the labour beat has all but disappeared from media newsrooms. […]

The Constitution as a Living Document

A party or a government which comes to power swearing on the constitution but does not share its vision is not only committing perjury, but is profoundly anti-republic. Credit: Wikimedia Commons The republic has never felt more endangered than it does at 69. When Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde let slip the public secret that […]

Kerala HC Issues Notice to Centre on Orange Passports for ‘Unskilled’ Workers

The court was hearing a PIL which says the decision to introduce orange passports for those who are non-matriculate is discriminatory on several grounds. Credit: Twitter New Delhi: Kerala High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre on a public interest litigation over the Ministry of External Affair’s decision to introduce orange colour jackets […]

Of Flags and Anthems: The Evolving Politics of Right-Wing Patriotism

A dig through the archives reveals just how curious it is for RSS and BJP to dictate to all Indians how and when they need to display their patriotism. The RSS had favoured the Bhagwa Dhwaj, the saffron ‘split flag’ over the national tricolour, as it represents only Hinduism. Credit: Pixabay The recent press conference of the four […]

Criminal Defamation and the Supreme Court’s Loss of Reputation

The Supreme Court’s refusal, in Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India, to strike down the anachronistic colonial offence of criminal defamation is wrong. Criminalising defamation serves no legitimate public purpose; the vehicle of criminalisation – sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) – is unconstitutional; and the court’s reasoning is woolly at best. Politics and censorship Two kinds […]

Supreme Court Bench Headed by CJI to Hear Judge Loya Case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will hear two petitions on Monday, seeking independent probe into the death of Special CBI Court judge B.H. Loya who was holding trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. The supplementary cause list issued on Saturday lists the petitions by social activist Tehseen […]

SC Agrees to Hear ‘Padmaavat’ Producers’ Plea Against Ban in Four States

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the plea of producers of Bollywood movie Padmaavat, Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, against the ban imposed on its release by various state governments. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud considered the submission of the counsel […]