“Centre must have a reasonable discretion to choose its officer” – Delhi HC

Source: This post is based on the article “Centre must have a reasonable discretion to choose its officer” published in Indian Express on 13th October 2021. What is the news? The Delhi High Court recently dismissed the PIL challenging the appointment of an IPS officer as the Commissioner of the Delhi Police. About the case A Gujarat cadre officer… Continue reading “Centre must have a reasonable discretion to choose its officer” – Delhi HC

SC empowers green tribunal to initiate action on its own

What is the news?  The Supreme Court has empowered the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with suo motu(on its own) power to initiate proceedings on its own in case of environmental exigencies.  Earlier status  Earlier, the NGT could pass on a ruling only after a petition has been filed by someone before the tribunal.  What is the significance of the ruling?  The ruling now… Continue reading SC empowers green tribunal to initiate action on its own

Right to protest in and on Lakhimpur Kheri needs to be protected, the legal quibble can come later

Synopsis: The court can question the legal validity of the Acts, but that does not mean that the Right to protest can be halted from implementation. Introduction Earlier, the Supreme Court questions the farmers’ protests against the Centre’s farm laws on grounds that the matter is sub judice(under judicial consideration and therefore prohibited). The court… Continue reading Right to protest in and on Lakhimpur Kheri needs to be protected, the legal quibble can come later

Detail in relief: On SC order on financial assistance to kin of COVID-19 families

What is the news? Supreme Court (SC) in the recent judgement gave detail for the payment of ex gratia financial assistance to the families of those who died of COVID-19. The court held that no State shall deny the benefit solely on the ground that a person’s death certificate did not specify the cause of… Continue reading Detail in relief: On SC order on financial assistance to kin of COVID-19 families

Law is clear, road blockades can’t go on endlessly, says Supreme Court

What is the news? The Supreme Court has recently said farmers’ grievances could be addressed either by Parliament or judiciary, but they can’t be seen to cause harassment to commuters through sit-in dharnas on highways, hindering traffic. About the farmers’ protest and the PIL Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh,… Continue reading Law is clear, road blockades can’t go on endlessly, says Supreme Court

An institution’s right to govt. aid is not a fundamental right: SC 

What is the news?  As per a recent judgement of the Supreme Court, the right of an institution, whether run by a majority or minority community, to get government aid is not a fundamental right. Both have to equally follow the rules and conditions of the aid.  The judgement came in an appeal filed by… Continue reading An institution’s right to govt. aid is not a fundamental right: SC 

Behind the Great Indian Internet Shutdown

Synopsis: Despite the laws and Supreme Court guidelines, internet shutdowns are common in India. Let us see their impact and the means to handle them properly. Introduction: This article highlights the unjudicial use of Internet lockdown by the government. India’s Internet restrictions also accounted for more than 70% of the total loss to the global… Continue reading Behind the Great Indian Internet Shutdown

A very consequential Supreme Court ruling: When govt values land unjustly, landowners cannot seek full remedy in lower courts

Synopsis: Road construction is important. But so are the right of landowners who lose the land as part of the Government’s land acquisition. Introduction Government has the power to compulsorily acquire a person’s property for the construction of a government project. For that, they have to compensate the person fairly.  Fair compensation is the constitutional… Continue reading A very consequential Supreme Court ruling: When govt values land unjustly, landowners cannot seek full remedy in lower courts

Priests can’t be owners of temple deity’s land, says Supreme court

What is the news? The Supreme Court has ruled that priests cannot become owners of the land vested in deities. The ruling also stopped the government from becoming owners. About the Maharashtra government notification Earlier, the Maharashtra government issued a notification to delete the names of priests from revenue records as owners of temple land.… Continue reading Priests can’t be owners of temple deity’s land, says Supreme court

CJI flags “Communal content” in media

Synopsis: To understand how to balance free speech with accountability for digital media. Introduction Recently, the Chief Justice of India has raised his concerns over the fake information published on various web sources like Facebook, YouTube etc. He also mentioned that it has the potential to incite communal tensions and can bring communal disharmony. This… Continue reading CJI flags “Communal content” in media