THE 2G JUDGMENT AND DÉJÀ VU

Above: Former telecom minister A Raja at the Patiala House Court after his acquittal in the 2G scam case/Photo: UNI ~By Inderjit Badhwar I spoke to former UPA Telecom Minister A Raja, the blue-eyed boy of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, shortly after his acquittal by a special CBI trial court in the 2G “scam” last […]

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DEATH SENTENCES—WHAT THE JUDGES FEEL

~By Inderjit Badhwar In 2014, I made a courtesy call on then Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam who was due to retire in a week. Without referring to any specific case before him, the judge seemed highly agitated by judicial delays, particularly in the case of death row prisoners who suffer interminable mental torture […]

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Dharma Matters

Twenty-five years ago, shortly before the Sangh Parivar-led kar sevaks destroyed the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, a young BJP lawyer who now holds a powerful government post told me privately that he had been struggling with his conscience over whether Lord Ram should prevail over the constitution or vice versa. As an erudite advocate, he […]

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VICEROY BUREAUCRATS

~By Inderjit Badhwar The ugly tug-of-war between the “state” of Delhi and the lieutenant governor (LG) seems finally to be coming to a head. This ungainly power struggle, which has made a mockery of good governance in the nation’s capital, hit the headlines following the AAP’s landslide victory in 2015. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continually […]

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FORENSIC TOOL FOR FASTER JUSTICE

~By Inderjit Badhwar A well-known senior high court judge recently confided that one reason that the Indian judicial system often fails the litmus test of speedy justice and is straddled with an unforgivably huge number of under- trial detenues languishing in jail is the dreadful failure of the police and investigating agencies to adopt modern […]

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FORENSIC TOOL FOR FASTER JUSTICE

~By Inderjit Badhwar A well-known senior high court judge recently confided that one reason that the Indian judicial system often fails the litmus test of speedy justice and is straddled with an unforgivably huge number of under- trial detenues languishing in jail is the dreadful failure of the police and investigating agencies to adopt modern […]

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ERASING THE BLOT

~By Inderjit Badhwar It is time that those who profess to be hardline Hindus or the guardians of this great religious tradition stop scoring goals against themselves and their undoubtedly magnificent heritage. Nowhere is this better reflected than in the spectacle of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath taking up a broom and doing what amounts […]

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SHAMELESS CONTEMPT

Above: The Talwars walk out of Dasna Jail on October 16, three days after they were scheduled to be released from imprisonment. Picture: Anil Shakya ~By Inderjit Badhwar The Indian penal system does not display the same speed in releasing prisoners after they have served their terms or been found not guilty by the courts […]

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HEALTHY DIWALI!!

~By Inderjit Badhwar A few years ago, I wrote a cover story for India Legal which attracted widespread attention—both critical and laudatory. To use my own words, judges must often have to rush in where angels have feared to tread. Especially in dealing with matters of immense social, religious, ethnic and cultural sensitivity. When legislators […]

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NAMO’S FIRST REAL CRISIS

~By Inderjit Badhwar The Indian prime minister is a magician at making storms disappear into a teacup. But try as he might, he is finding it a mite difficult in trying to weather the gusts of Hurricane Economy. This is perhaps because this time the climate is of his own making. And somewhere along the […]

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More Than Just An Adjournment Disease

Justice Karanam Sreedhar Rao has rightly focused attention in his column in this issue of India Legal on the malignancy that has metastasized throughout our judicial system. It is an affliction known as pendency, a fancy word for interminable delays in the delivery of justice in both civil and criminal cases. Supreme Court Chief Justice […]

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TRUMP’S GEOPOLITICAL RECESSION

~By Inderjit Badhwar President Donald Trump, in his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly, has enunciated what appears to be a dangerous new war doctrine in which the international rule of law would be subordinated to the interests of the “sovereignty” of nation states. This is a sharp departure from the concept of […]

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