Legislature won’t act against criminalisation of politics: SC

Source – Times of India Synopsis – According to the Supreme Court, the legislature has no power to prevent criminal from entering into politics. Introduction  Recently, the Supreme Court stated that no political party was interested in enacting legislation to decriminalize politics by prohibiting candidates against whom grave charges have been framed by the courts.… Continue reading Legislature won’t act against criminalisation of politics: SC

Towards freedom of expression

Source: Business standard Relevance – Laws linked to national security need reconsideration due to their coercive nature. Synopsis: Reviewing the validity of Sedition law should be seen as a starting point for reviewing inhumane provisions of other laws like UAPA and NSA. This would uphold freedom of expression and strengthen constitutional spirit in governance.   Background:… Continue reading Towards freedom of expression

Abolish the law

Source: Indian Express , The Hindu Synopsis: The recent petitions in SC may set the tone for what would be a comprehensive reconsideration of a section that has been frequently and wrongfully used. Background: Four petitions are currently in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the sedition law; the latest was filed by the… Continue reading Abolish the law

A strong Indian state must be humane too

Source: The Hindu  Relevance: This article highlights the importance of upholding human rights. Synopsis: The recent death of Father (Fr.) Stan Swamy has attracted global criticism and questioned India’s credibility and will for protecting human rights. The situation calls for establishing an audit system to review such cases that would prevent gross violation of justice… Continue reading A strong Indian state must be humane too

Ghost of Section 66A

Source: Indian Express  Relevance:  Laws that are declared unconstitutional by the judiciary, are still in use. Policy measures are required to ensure the proper implementation of orders. Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s criticism and the Centre’s note underline the letter of Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act. Now the challenge is to implement it… Continue reading Ghost of Section 66A

Interference an investigating officer can do without

Source: The Hindu  Relevance: Separation of power is an important part of ensuring proper governance in the country. Synopsis: Growing instances of judicial interference in an investigation are undesirable and also not sanctioned by law. Background: The death of George Floyd in the US in May 2020 and the horrific episode in Sattankulam, Tamil Nadu (killing… Continue reading Interference an investigating officer can do without

Explained: How judges recuse from cases, and why

Synopsis: Recently, two Supreme Court (SC) judges have recused themselves from hearing cases relating to West Bengal.  What is the recusal of judges?  Recusal is the removal of oneself as a judge or policymaker in a particular matter.  Why does a judge recuse?   The judges usually recuse themselves when there is a Conflict of Interest:  Conflict of Interest: It can occur… Continue reading Explained: How judges recuse from cases, and why

7 PM Daily Editorials Brief – April 23, 2018 (Ordinance passed for providing death penalty for rape of children below 12 years)

Read In-depth analysis of all the Editorials here Source : President nod to ordinance providing death penalty for rape of girls below 12 Analysis : Ordinance passed for providing death penalty for rape of children below 12 years