The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on April 3rd directed the Centre to stop downloading of mobile application TikTok. The High Court relied on submissions of the Petitioner, who reportedly claimed that the application was degrading and promoted activities that are against the law. This April 3rd Order of the High Court is not present on the website.

The Order was challenged by the Indian subsidiary of Chinese Company Bytedance before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court initially...

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...

Supreme Court on 15th September 2017 delivered a judgment that may have ramifications upon the way prisons are managed in India. The judgment has dealt with the aspect of deaths in prisons and has suggested measures to make jails prisoner friendly. The sole critique of the judgment can be the fact that the slew of orders passed in the same matter before are yet to be implemented. It can only be hoped that this judgment will help move the long-pending prison reforms.

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The Supreme Court today gave its judgment in the case of entry of foreign law firms in India. The court hearing the appeals from decisions of Madras High Court and Bombay High Court held that foreign law firms could have a limited practice of fly in and fly out in India. However it were not the foreign law firms but also the legal process outsourcing companies in India that were waiting for the judgment with bated breath. 

In para 39 of the judgment, the Apex Court held, “Thus, we uphold...

The politics of identity is swarming us all, and even though the minorities are said to be in danger, the Lingayat community in Karnataka has re-kindled the fire within to be recognized as a separate religion from Hinduism. Identified as "caste hindus" in pre-independent India, Lingayats form about 19% of Karnataka, constituting the single largest community, and hence a valuable vote bank. Lingayats who consider saint Basavanna as the founder of their community are considered as Other Backward...

 

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