High price of arguments: Why are top lawyers paid so much?

The Supreme Court has asked the centre to bring in a law to cap lawyers’ fees. While that is pending, a look into why they are paid so much in the first place   ~By Ranjeev C Dubey “Can’t you see,” Pink Floyd’s singer songwriter Roger Waters berated us in 1984, “it all makes perfect […]

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The Tibetan Question

Above: Dharamsala is home to Tibetans, many of whom migrated in 1959-60. Photo: UNI In a progressive judgment, the Delhi High Court said passports cannot be denied to Tibetans living in designated Tibetan refugee settlements ~By Rajesh Kumar Are Tibetan refugees living in India entitled to Indian passports? Tibetans have been living in India since […]

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A Place to Call My Own

Above: Beneficiaries under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme receiving flats from the Governor of Punjab and Haryana, Kaptan Singh Solanki, and the then minister of housing and urban poverty alleviation, M Venkaiah Naidu, in Chandigarh. Photo: UNI The Chhattisgarh High Court has held that no one can be deprived of his right to own property or […]

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CrPC Amendments: Shielding the Sinners

Above: Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot protests against the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017. Photo: UNI Even as an ordinance to amend the CrPC in Rajasthan was deferred, a PIL has been filed in Bombay High Court against an amendment that seeks to grant protection to corrupt bureaucrats ~By Saurav Datta On October 23, the […]

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Celebratory Firing: A Father’s Tragic Fight…

A tea vendor who lost his daughter to such festivities appeals to the Court to ban them and fix liability for such incidents ~By Lilly Paul The WhatsApp status of Shyam Sunder Kaushal is poignant: “I miss you a lot my child.” For this tea vendor, his daughter was his life. But on April 16 […]

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Doth Thou Protest Too Much?

Does a ruling of the Tribunal banning meetings at this iconic site and directing them to Ramlila Maidan curb civil liberties or are residents right in demanding freedom from nuisance? ~By Saurav Datta Based on complaints by some residents, a bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently imposed a ban on all rallies and […]

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Judges under Notice

Above: Rajasthan High Court In a rare case, the apex court issued notices to two Rajasthan High Court judges who retired in 2016 and were ineligible for the post of additional judges ~By Vinay Vats In a one-of-its-kind move, the Supreme Court has issued notices on a petition challenging the appointment of two additional judges […]

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Two rape verdicts: The march backwards

Above: Red Brigade members on dharna in Lucknow, demanding steps to check violence against women. Photo: UNI Two recent judgments came in for criticism as references were made to the character of the victims and the lack of a definite “no” from their side to give relief to the accused, thereby setting back progress made […]

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Marital Rape: Does No Really Mean No?

Above: A demonstration over women’s rights. Photo: Anil Shakya There’s a comparison between the views of male feminists and men’s right groups on the issue of marital rape ~By Sucheta Dasgupta No means no, and a rape is a rape. These are the two mantras anti-rape campaigners swear by. Both also sum up the case […]

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Blocking Websites: An Open and Shut Case?

Above: Cyber law needs to quickly move forward so that the rights of the public are protected. Photo: Anil Shakya While various sites have been blocked, the legal framework does not provide checks and balances to ensure that the right of the public to access legitimate content is not curtailed ~By Pavan Duggal Today in […]

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Who is Ashok Kumar?

The recent Madras High Court order blocking 2,650 portals under the garb of a pre-emptive strike against piracy, leads to concerns about wider preventive censorship ~By Venkatasubramanian John Doe is what they call a placeholder name which refers to objects or people whose names are temporarily forgotten, irrelevant, or unknown in the context in which […]

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Rape Case: Compromise, the Name of the Game

Gender stereotypes affect judgments in rape cases as was evident in two recent cases in the Delhi High Court which had different verdicts given by the same judge ~By Venkatasubramanian Can an accused in a rape case marry the complainant and seek the quashing of the case against him on this ground? Justice Pratibha Rani […]

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