Review : Justice Gogoi’s ‘Justice for the Judge’

The internet has been abuzz with news concerning Hon’ble Justice Gogoi’s recent autobiography ‘Justice for the Judge’. The buzz is understandable given the Judge’s polarizing past and the contentious issues the book deals with. There is significant writing (mostly negative) about the book already which got me wondering, how can a book be so reviled? … Continue reading Review : Justice Gogoi’s ‘Justice for the Judge’

In Defence of the Canadian Supreme Court’s Majority – Responding to Arvind  Datar and Rahul Unnikrishnan

Recently, the Canadian Supreme Court delivered a significant verdict on the issue of whether unwritten principles of the Constitution can be used to strike down legislations [Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2021 SCC 34]. While the minority ruled in the affirmative, the majority in a close 5:4 verdict held to the contrary.    In … Continue reading In Defence of the Canadian Supreme Court’s Majority – Responding to Arvind  Datar and Rahul Unnikrishnan

Telangana High Court’s progressive decision on Law of Abortion

Image Credits - Scroll Earlier this week, the Telangana High Court delivered a significant judgment dealing with the law on abortion. The Court was approached by a 16-year-old minor girl (through her guardian) seeking a direction for termination of her 26 week long pregnancy. In a surprisingly, pro-choice or pro-mother verdict (if we may call … Continue reading Telangana High Court’s progressive decision on Law of Abortion

Gender and the Supreme Court of India

A few days ago, the Learned Attorney General for India (‘AG’) Shri. K.K. Venugopal, made some important observations about the representation of women in the Supreme Court of India. Speaking on the occasion to recommend ways to gender sensitize the Judges, the AG remarked that more women judges in Constitutional Courts (i.e. Supreme Court and … Continue reading Gender and the Supreme Court of India

Appointment to the Supreme Court: Identifying Trends and Patterns

Earlier today, it was reported that the Law Ministry (Government of India) is currently awaiting the recommendations from the Supreme Court’s Collegium to appoint Judges to the Supreme Court. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, has a sanctioned strength of 34 Judges (including the Chief Justice of India). However, the Court is currently functioning with … Continue reading Appointment to the Supreme Court: Identifying Trends and Patterns

Judgment convicting Prashant Bhushan for Contempt: Some Reflections

Picture Credits- Live Law On 14 August, 2020 i.e. a day before India’s 74th Independence Day, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India convicted advocate Prashant Bhushan for the offence of Contempt of Court. Mr. Bhushan was found guilty for two of his tweets wherein he had made remarks on the incumbent Chief Justice of India … Continue reading Judgment convicting Prashant Bhushan for Contempt: Some Reflections

Student Welfare trumps Centre-State impasse over University Campus

The Parliament in the year 2007 enacted the National Institute of Technology, Science Education and Research Act to bestow on certain institutions the tag of ‘Institute of National Importance’. The aim of the Act was to ensure that these institutes work towards advancement of learning and dissemination of knowledge, in their respective fields. The Act … Continue reading Student Welfare trumps Centre-State impasse over University Campus

The Demand for a Presidential System of Governance in India

Eminent Scholar and Member of Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor in a recent article has argued that India should move to a presidential system of governance, from the present parliamentary system. The premise of his argument is that a parliamentary system produces governments which focus more on politics rather than their actual performance of serving the … Continue reading The Demand for a Presidential System of Governance in India

Not ‘Distinguished’ enough? The Tale of Article 124(3)(c) of the Constitution

Next month, Professor Andrew Burrows (University of Oxford) shall be sworn in as a Justice/Judge of the United Kingdom Supreme Court. Prof. Burrows is following the footsteps of the great Baroness Lady Hale (former Chief Justice of the Court, who delivered the judgment quashing the prorogation of the UK Parliament) who had also travelled from … Continue reading Not ‘Distinguished’ enough? The Tale of Article 124(3)(c) of the Constitution