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 ...

To save the democracy, follow the legacy of Vajpayee: Pranab Da advises Modi govt
18.12.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Former president Pranab Mukherjee, known for his intellect and political acumen, recently highlighted the dangers of majoritarianism in the country and said that obtaining a majority of votes in a democracy does not entitle the government to disregard the sentiments or beliefs of those who ...

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 ...

It is another attempt to divert public attention
12.12.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

The NDA government led by Narendra Modi has stoked a dangerous fire by bringing in the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which seeks to discriminate migrants seeking citizenship on the basis of religion.

With one single action the government has caused immeasurable damage to the country’s secular ...

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 ...

Punjab's farmers get a certificate from Supreme Court
"You do not care if other people die"
04.11.19 - S Pal

INDIA HAS FINALLY rewarded Punjab's farmers. And the pronouncement on the doings and character of Punjab's farmers have come an authority no less sublime than the Supreme Court of India.

Also, if the period of Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi was the worst that the country ...

Punjab govt to institute Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji Award for promotion of peace and interfaith understanding
01.11.19 - Team PT

The Punjab Cabinet on Friday approved the modalities of the Special Session of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha, to be presided over by the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, on November 6, to commemorate the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ...

What should Indian Muslims do?
28.10.19 - Markandey Katju

Many Muslim youth are being attracted to the AIMIM (All India Majlis e Ittehadul Muslimeen) as they feel that since Muslims are oppressed and have been deprived of any political space in India, the only way out for them is to have their own political ...

Why did Sr Adv Rajeev Dhawan tear papers in Supreme Court?
17.10.19 - Markandey Katju

Recently the Senior Supreme Court lawyer,, Dr Rajeev Dhavan, whom I had praised in my article 'Rajeev Dhavan, the Atticus Finch of our times' was criticised by some people for tearing some paper in the Courtroom in the Supreme Court when the Babri Masjid Ram ...

Phir siyaasi roti kaise sikegi, Gen Shah?
12.10.19 - Markandey Katju

I did not know that Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah, former Vice Chief of Staff of the Indian army, and former Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, whom I know well, could be so naive.

Gen Shah is a highly decorated Indian army officer, and has an ...

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