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Amnesty and Sedition Charges: Is It Vali

The notorious Section 124A of Indian Penal Code is back into limelight and this time Amnesty International India in Bangalore has been booked under this section. An event was organized as a part of its campaign for seeking justice against human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir which ended with some heated arguments and slogans.… Continue reading Amnesty and Sedition Charges: Is It Vali

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

L-G can’t claim immunity, says CIC

Issue Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the L-G of Delhi and Union Home Ministry to disclose the report on the basis of which Delhi Assembly was dissolved in November 2014. L-G cannot claim immunity The information sought here is a report sent by the UT Administrator to Union Government or President. L-G cannot claim… Continue reading L-G can’t claim immunity, says CIC

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

Why we must have the right to choose death

Livemint Issue: Legal provisions for euthanasia The proposed Medical Treatment of Terminally-Ill Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Bill regarding passive euthanasia—its draft is posted on the health ministry website for public feedback—is one such instance. It is a step in the right direction, even if it has shortfalls to be addressed. The question… Continue reading Why we must have the right to choose death

Editorials, GS-2, Uncategorized

A blow against free speech

Article Link In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court recently turned down a clutch of petitions challenging provisions of criminal defamation under the Indian Penal Code. The Supreme Court has ruled that the provisions are valid and do not violate the Constitution. The apex court’s verdict will have a significant effect particularly on politicians, activists… Continue reading A blow against free speech

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

The power to certify

The Hindu Context Recently, the Aadhaar Bill and the Finance Bill were passed as Money Bills, though they may not have met the strict criteria laid out in the Constitution. This meant that the Rajya Sabha had only a recommendatory role while discussing these Bills. While the Speaker has the power to determine whether a… Continue reading The power to certify

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

SC upholds law on criminal defamation + A disappointing verdict + Speak no evil

What happened? The Supreme Court has maintained the constitutional validity of Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalise defamation. Section 499 defines defamation Defamation.—Whoever, by words either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs or by visible representations, makes or publishes any imputation concerning any person intending to harm,… Continue reading SC upholds law on criminal defamation + A disappointing verdict + Speak no evil

GS-2, Indian Polity, Uncategorized

A tale of two judgments

The Hindu Context The author has shown the contrast between two judgements, one given by the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court, related to “procedural established by law”. Article 21 in The Constitution Of India Protection of life and personal liberty :- No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except… Continue reading A tale of two judgments

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Uttarakhand: The way forward

The Union government suffered a major setback with Uttarakhand High Court quashing President’s rule in the hill state and directing ousted CM Harish Rawat to prove his majority on April 29th. The HC had also upheld the disqualification of 9 rebel MLAs observing that they have to pay the price for constitutional sin of defection.… Continue reading Uttarakhand: The way forward

Editorials, GS-2, Uncategorized

Towards a Law on Euthanasia

A year-and-a-half after strongly objecting to the Supreme Court’s decision to adjudicate a plea for making passive euthanasia legal, the NDA government has now made a U-turn, saying that it was on the verge of framing a legislation permitting the process but would await the court’s verdict on it. Based on the recommendations of the… Continue reading Towards a Law on Euthanasia

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Ensuring Privacy in a Digital Age

Article Link 28th January, 2106 was celebrated as the International Data Privacy Day around the world. The idea behind Data Protection day is to celebrate our right to data protection and raise awareness of the law in this area. Why this day (28th Jan)? It is because it was on this day (28th Jan), in… Continue reading Ensuring Privacy in a Digital Age