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Sedition Law

Recently, a lower court in Bihar directed the filing of an FIR under section 124A (Sedition) of IPC against 49 eminent persons who signed an open letter to the Prime Minister of India expressing concerns over mob lynching. This court decision warrants an urgent and fresh debate on the need to repeal the sedition law. Historical Background of Sedition… Continue reading Sedition Law

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Re-imagining: Cognizable Offences

Since one is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the criminal justice system is often faced with a dilemma that is, honouring the individual’s right on one side and effective law enforcement on another side The ideal criminal law would need to empower police to arrest suspects. However, this power must be qualified, so as to… Continue reading Re-imagining: Cognizable Offences

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Sikkim CM’s disqualification

Context The Election Commission of India (ECI) has cut short, the disqualification term of Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang. It has reduced Golay’s disqualification period from six years to one year, making him eligible to contest the bypolls. Background Tamang was convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act for misappropriating ₹9.50 lakh in the purchase of… Continue reading Sikkim CM’s disqualification

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A test for judicial review in India

Context The United Kingdom Supreme Court in its judgment has decided that the prorogation of parliament by the Queen of England, acting on the advice of the Privy Council, was unlawful on the grounds of parliamentary sovereignty and democratic accountability. By doing so, the U.K. Supreme Court asserted its majesty in the constitutional framework and… Continue reading A test for judicial review in India

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Supreme Court of UK: Suspending Parliament was unlawful

Background The prime minister asked Queen Elizabeth II to approve the suspension of Parliament from September 10 to October 14 on the basis of needing time to prepare a new legislative agenda. This could allow a “no deal” Brexit to be forced through The move to “prorogue” parliament will effectively lock lawmakers out of the building for several… Continue reading Supreme Court of UK: Suspending Parliament was unlawful

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Jan Soochna Portal

Recently, the government of Rajasthan had launched Jan Soochna Portal (JSP), which is in concurrence with the spirit of Right to Information Act (RTI). This virtually makes JSP a Janta Information System. JSP envisages public disclosure of data, which is the furtherance of civil society reforms initiated by the RTI, making it in synergy with good governance. Thus, JSP… Continue reading Jan Soochna Portal

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Uniform Civil code — the debate, the status

Last week, while hearing a matter relating to properties of a Goan, the Supreme Court described Goa as a “shining example” with a Uniform Civil Code, observed that the founders of the Constitution had “hoped and expected” a Uniform Civil Code for India but there has been no attempt at framing one. What is a Uniform Civil… Continue reading Uniform Civil code — the debate, the status

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What Is Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act?

What is Public Safety Act? The act lays down guidelines required to maintain the safety and security of the people and the state. The PSA empowers the authorities to detain any person “acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order”. This law is called the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.… Continue reading What Is Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act?

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Ladakh Under Sixth Schedule

The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has recommended that the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh be included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. NCST, a constitutional body to safeguard socio-cultural rights of Scheduled Tribes, was entrusted with the responsibility of examining the status of tribals in Ladakh, by the Centre. If included, Ladakh will be the only… Continue reading Ladakh Under Sixth Schedule

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Forging the steel frame

Introduction The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration was simply called the Academy of Administration when it was set up in 1959 in Mussoorie. It signalled a resolve to systematically train members of the higher civil services in order to equip them to be the change agents of a resurgent India. The two All-India Services, the Indian Administrative… Continue reading Forging the steel frame