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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Manipulating Indecisive Voters

Above: Exit polls of the 2013 Chhattisgarh elections being telecast on NDTV Can a plea to regulate such polls which impact voter behaviour and which supposedly damage the democratic ideal of free and fair elections have any validity? By Venkatasubramanian The debate over exit polls is unending. Does a voter get influenced by the mood […]

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Triple Whammy

Above: Muslim men in Mumbai protest against the Bill while women/Photo: UNI The irony is hard to miss when a law designed to provide security to Muslim women within marriage hastens its dissolution by sending the errant husband to jail   ~Ranjeev C Dubey The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, reminds […]

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“A Lawyer Should Not Try to Browbeat a Judge”

Above: (Left) Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Rajeev Dhavan  Recently, while a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court was hearing the contentious Delhi versus centre power-sharing case, a heated debate broke out between Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan. It took an ugly turn and the chief […]

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Fast-Track Courts: Unequal Before the Law

The government’s decision to set up 12 such courts for legislators comes at a time when there are over 2.8 crore pending cases. Should they be given a special privilege here too? ~By Puneet Nicholas Yadav The law, we have been told, is equal for all. But a decision of the government, following a directive […]

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“Personal Ego Must Take a Backseat in Court”

Recently, while a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court was hearing the contentious Delhi versus centre power-sharing case, a heated debate broke out between Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra (below left) and senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan. It took an ugly turn and the chief justice reprimanded the lawyer in court. Dhavan announced his […]

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Sexual Discrimination

Above: Illustration by Anthony Lawrence Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, which seeks to punish only the man for adultery, comes under review by the apex court for its defiance of gender equality ~By Venkatasubramanian A discriminatory provision has survived in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for over 150 years in the garb of […]

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Alive Even After Death?

A plea regarding the late CM J Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression on a document opens many questions about the relevance of Aadhaar data after a person’s demise  By Sujit Bhar On December 8, the Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud stayed a November 24 Madras High Court […]

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