OPINION
More than what meets the eye in Gogoi’s RS nomination
Judiciary and Politics
21.03.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


JUDICIARY IS certainly passing through one of its darkest phases in the country’s history. It had shown such temerity and compliance only during the internal emergency declared by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. In some ways, perhaps, the conduct of some judges now is even worse than that.
 
The acceptance of a Rajya Sabha seat by former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, barely four months of his retirement, is a reflection of what’s going wrong with the judiciary. His conduct in the court and biases were very well known. He has left a disturbing and disappointing legacy. Most people had heaved a sigh of relief at his retirement and thought the worse was over. However by accepting nomination to Rajya Sabha he has lived up to his reputation. 
 
In the first place, the Narendra Modi government is responsible for extending the offer to Justice Gogoi and then of course it ...
  


Corona virus and Court Costs
19.03.20 - Markandey Katju & Aditya Manubarwala

In wake of the prevailing Novel Covid-19 situation in the country, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and several High Courts as well as Tribunals have issued circulars limiting hearings of cases to urgent matters only.

Recently, a learned Single Judge of the Bombay High Court imposed a fine of Rs. 15,000 on a litigant whose advocate made a mention to the court for listing the matter for ad-interim reliefs urgently.

On this prayer of the counsel, the learned Judge said that the matter was not urgent and having said so, imposed a cost of Rs. 15,000. The learned Judge stated in his order that the Bombay High Court had issued a circular that only urgent matters be taken up and costs should be imposed for mentioning a matter to be taken up urgently if it is not really urgent. 

In this connection, it has to be pointed out that administrative orders of ...
  


Congress on road to self destruction
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF
11.03.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


THE GRAND OLD Party of India, the 135 year old Indian National Congress, appears to be on the path to self-destruction. Even the die-hard supporters of the party, which has ruled the country for 60 years, have begun to wonder if the party with its present leadership or the lack of it has any future.

The exit of a promising young leader of the party, Jyotiradha Scindia, is the latest in the series of party stalwarts leaving the party. What is really unfathomable is the fact that the rudderless party, with no clear leadership or clarity over various issues, continues to remain arrogant. Treating such potential leaders as Jyotiradha with disdain and not accepting his basic demand to be nominated to Rajya Sabha after losing his claim to chief ministership of Madhya Pradesh proved to be the proverbial last straw.

Prior to his departure the party had seen a host of former ...
  


Politics makes strange bedfellows
SCINDIA HOLDS KAMAL
11.03.20 - Markandey Katju


"Jeevan ka safar hai toolaani
  Yaan ikraani hai naadaani
  Jo shahsawaar maahir hain
  Woh raah badalte rehte hain"

It means:

 "Life’s journey is long
  To be consistent in it is a sign of immaturity
  The expert horse riders
  Keep changing their paths"

A huge political storm has been created in India by the defection of the Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress party with about 22 MLAs who are all set to join the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).

In the 230 seat MP Legislature, in the 2018 state elections the Congress won 114 seats, BJP won 109, BSP got 2, Samajwadi Party got 1 and there were 4 independents.
 
With these defections the Congress party in the state has been reduced to a minority in the state legislature, and consequently the Congress Govt is bound to fall. In all probability a deal was worked out in advance between Scindia and the ...
  


Communal violence cases and tardy justice delivery system of India
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF
07.03.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

THE RECENT riots in Delhi would remain a blot on the nation as the national capital faced avoidable violence for three days leaving nearly 50 people killed and several injured. The protest at Shaheen Bagh, which was allowed to continue for two months, was a ticking bomb and the fires were fuelled by provocative speeches. 

All that the protesters at Shaheen Bagh, which had become the epicentre of the protests against citizenship law across the country, wanted was that some senior leader could come to the site and listen to their grievances.
 
No one went to listen to them and by the time the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited the site, it was too late.

The next immediate question is the relief and rehabilitation of those who lost so much during the riots and an inquiry commission to fix responsibilities for those who instigated the riots and participated in violence. 
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India has ...
  



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