The CBI case has seen recusal of three judges in quick succession. First, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi recused on the ground that he will be a part of the committee that will select the next CBI chief. The matter next came up before Justice AK Sikri, who is the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court, but he also recused. Earlier, it was Justice AK Sikri who was part of the panel that decided the fate of the then CBI Chief Alok Verma.  Thereafter, it had come to light...

Does India have enough courtrooms, if it achieves the sanctioned strength of judges? No. 

Are we going to have enough court halls soon? No. 

Is there an impetus on having more judges in the lower judiciary? Yes.

Where will these judges sit? No one knows.  

In the first week of January 2019, the Apex Court witnessed a PIL with respect to the creation of a High Court for Andhra Pradesh. Eventually, dismissed as withdrawn, the PIL had contended that there was no...

“The animals should not be made to walk more than 2 hours at a stretch.” The Uttrakhand High Court today declared the fauna in Uttrakhand to be a distinct legal entity. In addition, the citizens in Uttrakhand are “declared persons in loco parentis”, i.e.  the human face for the welfare/protection of animals. This understanding of animals having same rights as humans, accompanied with loco parentis would enable Uttarakhand residents to file cases on behalf of animals, and against each...

The Lok Sabha witnessed a fiery No Confidence Motion yesterday, with a range of parties fielding their best speakers to sound the 2019 poll bugle. All throughout, one witnessed words and phrases like “yielding”, “not allowed as per rules”, “unparliamentary”, “expunged”, “will not go into record” etc. For the uninitiated, the phrases above form part of Parliamentary Rules vocabulary. The Lok Sabha follows the fifteenth edition of Rules of Procedure and conduct of business in Lok Sabha, while the...

A three-judge Bench of the Apex Court gave its judgment on a petition filed by NGO Shakti Vahini on the general issue of hindrances caused in marriages of two consenting adults by a group of people, also called as Khap Panchayats. Passing a slew of directions, the Supreme Court rightly held that no person can cause any obstruction in the valid marriage of two consenting adults. However, there was no need for this judgment. The law in this regard has been laid down by Apex Court earlier, and it...

 

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