Indian Constitution and Polity:
The Congress, supported by six other Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha, on Friday took the unprecedented step of moving an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra on grounds of ‘misbehaviour’ and levelled five charges against him.
Both the Constitution and the Judges (Inquiry) Act of 1968 are silent on whether a judge facing impeachment motion should recuse from judicial and administrative work till he is cleared of the charges against him. This is the first time that a Chief Justice of India is facing an impeachment motion.
Not this way(Indian Express)
A group of seven Opposition parties has submitted a notice for an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra citing five reasons. This is the first such move against the top judge of the apex court in the country. It is a moment for a nation to pause, take a deep breath, ask some questions.
Redress, not revenge(Indian Express)
Death penalty for sexual crimes against children is the wrong answer. It is also a dangerous evasion.
Law Ministry sources say that they have approved a proposal received from the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and a final decision on whether to bring it in the form of an Ordinance will be taken at the Cabinet meeting.
Checks against atrocities(The Hindu Opinion)
The Supreme Court, in its recent judgment in Subhash Kashinath Mahajan v. State of Maharashtra , has stirred up a debate which is bound to impact the law and policy on the prohibition of the practice of untouchability and prevention of atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in India.
Mission impossible(The Hindu Opinion)
In principle, simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies have the benefits of saving poll expenditure and helping ruling parties focus on governance instead of being constantly in election mode.
Prosperity in the 21st century (The Hindu Opinion)
Economic reforms without a robust agricultural growth may not have reduced urban poverty.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS