Role of CBFC: Challenging the Censors

“Process is the punishment” Actor-director Amol Palekar’s petition in the Supreme Court raises some crucial questions about the functioning of the CBFC. He had also challenged certain provisions of the 47-year-old Cinematograph Act. He spoke to Usha Rani Das. Excerpts: The CBFC has become a censorship body rather than a certification body. How did this […]

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2G Verdict: Prosecution and Perception

The judgment in the 2G case reflects the lack of evidence that left the judge with no choice but to demolish the conspiracy theory     ~By Sujit Bhar Late into his 1,552-page judgment on one of the CBI cases (vs A Raja and Others), CBI Special Judge OP Saini comments: “I may also add that for […]

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2G Verdict: DMK’s Moment in the Sun

This scam scorched the party and the Congress. Both can now look forward to consolidating their electoral fortunes  ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav On December 21, as a special CBI court in Delhi acquitted all 19 accused in the 2G spectrum scam, the excitement in the Congress and the DMK was palpable as was the disappointment […]

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Medical Negligence: Bitter Medicine

Above: Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh Two recent cases have shown the problems plaguing the health sector. While governments indulge in populist measures and private hospitals become profit-oriented, it is the patients who suffer ~By Usha Rani Das and Lilly Paul On the morning of November 30, two premature babies were born to Ashish […]

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Triple Talaq Draft Bill Shrouded in Secrecy

Above: The bill has been welcomed by Muslim women, especially those who have fought a long battle against talaq-ul-biddat, as well as Muslim men advocating reform. Photo: Anil Shakya Little is known about the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill which will make instant triple talaq a cognisable offence. Meant to be tabled […]

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Litigation Expenses: High Cost of Justice

With lawyers charging exorbitant fees and frivolous appeals delaying cases routinely, a majority of litigants find that their quest for justice can be a very expensive one. Is there a way out? ~By Usha Rani Das “India has acquired a reputation of an expensive legal system. In part, this is because of delays but there […]

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Banning of Films: Dousing the Flames

As protests rage over the release of Padmavati, the Supreme Court has declined to intervene, leaving it to the Censor Board to take a decision. There are numerous other instances when courts have refused to curb freedom of speech and expression ~By Venkatasubramanian As the release of Padmavati draws near, vociferous protests from state governments […]

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Choking to Death…

Above: Vehicular traffic crawling on the Agra-Delhi National Highway due to the dense smog. Photo: UNI Year after year, Delhi-NCR region suffers from the deleterious effects of smog due to wrong policies on vehicular traffic, garbage disposal and stubble burning, leading to an environmental emergency ~By Ramesh Menon As air quality in Delhi and surrounding […]

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Defamation Suits: The Chilling Effect

Civil and criminal defamation laws are mainly used to silence criticism and intimidate the press. They need urgent review By Neeraj Mishra in Raipur       Arvind Kejriwal versus Arun Jaitley, Subramanian Swamy against Rahul Gandhi and now Jay Shah and The Wire’s editors. They all reflect the reality behind defamation cases in India—a majority are to […]

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Aarushi Talwar Murder Case: Monumental Bungle

While the murder itself left the nation shocked, what followed was astounding. The immediate suspect was Hemraj Banjade, the family’s 45-year-old domestic help. But when Hemraj’s body too was found later on the terrace of the same flat, lying in a pool of blood, the mystery deepened. There were other suspects, and the report by […]

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