Punjab to move SC against CAA; Assembly passes resolution seeking repeal of act
17.01.20 - Team PT

Describing the controversial legislation as ‘inherently discriminatory’ and a negation of the very secular fabric on which the Constitution of India is based, the Punjab Assembly on Friday adopted, by voice vote, a hard-hitting resolution seeking immediate repeal of the unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 ...

Punjab is at Shaheen Bagh today – Farmers, Students, Activists Stand In Solidarity With Muslim Women Against CAA-NRC
SAD (Taksali) to land at Shaheen Bagh on Jan 19
15.01.20 - Punjab Today Bureau

New Delhi: Punjab emerged as the in-focus state today, January 15, at the Shaheen Bagh protest site with hundreds of farmers and student activists converging in solidarity with the women staging a sit-in against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of ...

Democracy has been reduced to caste and communal vote bank politics
14.01.20 - Markandey Katju

WHAT has happened in JNU, when about 50 masked vandals invaded the campus and assaulted students and teachers with iron rods and lathis, the police being deliberate bystanders, is symbolic of a qualitative change which has come in India.

Now the time for debate over issues ...

India is passing through turbulent times but the storm is yet to come
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men
11.01.20 - Markandey Katju

A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use and dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold their infants quarter'd with the ...

'BJP can’t force us to implement the unconstitutional and divisive act in Punjab'
08.01.20 - Team PT

Taking former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shiv Raj Chauhan head on over the threat of the Centre implementing the CAA at any cost, Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would have to pay a heavy price for such stubbornness.

An elected ...

Punjab CM demands strict action against JNU violence perpetrators
06.01.20 - Team PT

Chandigarh, January 6: Demanding strictest of action against the perpetrators of the violent mayhem in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), irrespective of their political affiliation or ideology, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday asked the Centre and the Delhi Governments to stop indulging ...

EC announces dates for Delhi Assembly Election 2020
06.01.20 - Team PT

The voting for assembly polls in Delhi will be held on February 8, while the counting of votes will be held on February 11, the Election Commission has announced.
The term of the 70-member Delhi Assembly is ending on February 22 and a new House ...

Wake up Indian judiciary, stop this unlawful trend!
27.12.19 - Markandey Katju

Section 147 of the Indian Penal Code states "Whoever is guilty of rioting shall be punished with imprisonment of either description, which may extend to two years or with fine or with both".

There is no legal provision for immediate sealing or confiscating the property of ...

The Jharkhand election results: No reason to celebrate!
23.12.19 - Markandey Katju

MANY people are rejoicing over the defeat of the BJP Govt  in the recent Jharkhand Legislative Assembly Elections in India, and the victory of the JMM (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha)—Congress alliance, which has formed the new state government.

While I am no supporter of the BJP, I ...

Students watch television, and write back to the expert
17.12.19 -

One of India’s leading Constitutional experts, former Solicitor General and senior advocate practicing at the Supreme Court, Harish Salve, recently participated in TV debates on the Citizenship question. Having watched him parsing the legal Talmud, the Maharashtra Students Law Association and the Maharashtra Students Union ...

How this bill violates Articles 14 and 21 of the Indian Constitution?
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019
12.12.19 - Markandey Katju & Dhruti Kapadia

THE Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) has been passed by both Houses of Parliament, and will soon get the assent of the President.

Since a lot of controversy has been raised over it, it needs a dispassionate analysis.

Assam has had an influx of a large number of ...

Supreme Court dismisses all pleas seeking review
12.12.19 - Team PT

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a batch of pleas seeking review of its November 9 verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case.

On December 10, 40 prominent persons filed a joint review petition against the Constitution Bench judgment, saying the verdict had a direct impact ...

Fake 'Encounters' are nothing but cold blooded murders by the police
06.12.19 - Markandey Katju

THE Hyderabad ‘encounter’ by the police of the alleged four rapists of the veterinary doctor Priyanka Reddy again raises questions about the validity of the tool of extra judicial killings devised and resorted to by a large section of the Indian police.
These were widely ...

How crimes are often ‘solved’ in India?
02.12.19 - Markandey Katju

The Priyanka Reddy rape-cum-murder case of Hyderabad, has outraged many people all over India, who are demanding a swift trial  and death sentence on the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
I too am enraged and would like swift and harsh sentence on the culprits. The ...

After A Game of Musical Chairs: Many-Headed Hydra in Maharashtra
30.11.19 - Markandey Katju

SO AT LAST a coalition government, a Many-headed Hydra, has been formed in Maharashtra.
Uddhav Thackeray head of Shiv Sena has taken oath as Chief Minister, and persons of allied parties, NCP and Congress, have become Ministers. But do they have any principles in common ...

The reasons behind upsurge in communal polarization of Indian society
22.11.19 - Markandey Katju

ALTHOUGH THE Constitution of India declares India to be a secular country, the ground reality is very different. In recent years, particularly after the Hindu right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014, Indian society has been considerably polarised on religious lines. ...

Is India headed to its own ‘French Revolution’?
15.11.19 - Markandey Katju

All indications are that some kind of French Revolution is coming in the Indian subcontinent. Consider the facts :

1. Everything has collapsed in India, all state institutions have become hollow and empty shells, and largely corrupt, while the Indian economy is tanking and the people's ...

Imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra is unconstitutional
12.11.19 - Markandey Katju

IN MY OPINION the recent imposition of President's rule in Maharashtra under Article 356 of the Indian Constitution was unconstitutional, and needs to be declared as such by the Supreme Court.

In the recent elections to the 288 member Maharashtra Legislative Assembly the BJP got 105 ...

Withdrawal of SPG security cover for Sonia and Rahul
08.11.19 - Markandey Katju

A big hue and cry has been raised by Congressmen over withdrawal of SPG ( Special Protection Group ) security cover for Sonia and Rahul Gandhi (though they will still get Z+ security), alleging it is an act of political vendetta. Indian official sources say ...

Why are policemen scared of lawyers in India?
05.11.19 - Markandey Katju

RECENTLY some policemen in Delhi were said to have been physically assaulted in Tees Hazari, Karkardooma and Saket district Courts in Delhi, which instigated them to hold a demonstration of several hours before the headquarters of the Delhi Police Commissioner near the ITO building demanding ...

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