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see you in court - india legal

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the huge backlog of pending cases in courts is, at one level, a result of the urge among humans the world over to survive in a litigious world and sue anything and everything at the drop of a hat. the other reason, often overlooked, is the number of frivolous and illogical cases that should logically, have no place in a court of law but wind up there anyway. here’s a few, from across the world including india, that should bring tears to the eyes of any judicial officer and gladden the hearts of prospective litigants:    paisa vasool dtc bus conductor ranveer singh yadav has been fighting a case for almost 40 years. that may not be news but it defies logic when it turns out he was ...




australian court’s green signal to adani’s use of indigenous land spells doom for all such peoples on that continent

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: photo courtesy www.australianmining.com.au ~by sujit bharindigenous people, across the world have suffered at the hands of “development” that has taken away their traditional livelihoods, their farms, grazing land for their cattle and even their very tenuous link to the earth they were born on, their very identities.it has been happening in india at a pace the courts cannot keep up with and the politicians are exploiting, with the mining mafia infiltrating every possible loophole in law and every possible area that has remained un-mined. tribal rights have been thrown into the dustbin of history.if you thought this was endemic in india only, think again. just the other day, ...




courts’ activism: shell companies - india legal

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: the amrapali group’s ugly, half-built buildings are a sharp reminder of the way homebuyers have been duped/photo: anil shakyain a relief for homebuyers, the supreme court has slammed various real estate firms and said it will not hesitate to sell every inch of their properties and even render their promoters homeless~by ramesh menonthousands of harried, stressed and anxious homebuyers in the national capital region heaved a sigh of relief early this month as the supreme court sent a tough message to defaulting real estate companies who had abandoned their projects or were not delivering houses to those who had invested in them.the apex court said that it would sell their prope...




shelter homes for children: scarred for life

above: outrage over the muzaffarpur shelter rapes/photo: unithe horrific exploitation of hapless minors in shelter homes in bihar and up shows a lack of understanding of ground issues and systems, leaving them at the mercy of exploitative adults ~by papia samajdarthe horrendous ill-treatment and rape of children in shelter homes in muzaffarpur and deoria have left the nation stunned and shocked. these places are meant to be warm, caring places for children who have been traumatised by circumstances. many are orphans and have mental health issues and need to be nurtured back into society. but the reality is far from that. in fact, these are places straight out of hell, where the children are beaten, starved and sexually assaulted, leaving the...




vajpayee, nehru…and a dash of washington

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.~by inderjit badhwarto run this vast and diverse land, its leaders need not have 56-inch chests, but hearts as large as the universe.in their desperate search for a credible lineage to establish their political legitimacy in the modern, independent indian nation, carved out by patriots and thinkers belonging mostly to the congress party, the ruling bjp’s hardline ideologues have appropriated at various times, swami vivekananda, gandhi, bal gangadhar tilak, gopal gokhale, subhas bose, sardar patel and ambedkar, all of whom, while often at loggerheads with one another on various policy issues, were united in their passionate quest for a free and liberal india.of course, jawaharlal nehr...




senior advocate k k sharma joins prestigious barristers’ chambers in london

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.senior advocate k k sharma has recently joined, the 36 group, a multi-specialist set of barristers’ chambers (offices) in london thereby joining the ranks of many indian lawyers who have been inducted into the prestigious institution.sharma has joined the 36 group as a door tenant (a barrister who has been granted permission to join a set of chambers and work with them from premises outside the chambers themselves) to expand group’s asia international litigation and arbitration practice.k k sharma is a senior advocate specialising in high-value commercial dispute resolution across various sectors such as real estate, finance, intellectual property and general civil litigation. with...




lessons for city planners: tirupati, navi mumbai most liveable, metropolises not so much

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the government of india’s latest ease of living index survey has upturned many expectations and mindsets about urban living and policy planning on their heads~by sucheta dasguptathe results of the ease of living survey were frontpaged by all newspapers and media outlets but the headlines raise more questions than answers. for instance, why is delhi, with its flyovers and world class amenities absent from the infrastructure category? what have the town planners got wrong? does capital expenditure not translate into liveability? then, two of the cities ranked as the happiest cities in india are steeped in religion. does an atmosphere of spirituality bring a sense of happiness? another ...




sreesanth case: nothing wrong with disciplinary banning of a player by bcci, observes cji

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the supreme court on friday (august 17) observed that there was nothing wrong in the board of control for cricket in india (bcci) barring former india pacer s sreesanth from playing “while taking a civil measure for punishment”.sreesanth, who was banned from cricket anywhere by the bcci, has come to the top court after it was found that he was innocent of any crime, because no such crime exists in the ipc. he has been fully exonerated of criminal allegations against him. he was pulled up by the delhi police for match-fixing.the bench of chief justice dipak misra and justices a m kh...




vajpayee, the last journey - india legal

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.thousands walked with the cortège carrying the mortal remains of former prime minister atal bihari vajpayee to his final resting place, smriti sthal on friday (august 17) afternoon. in the walk were prime minster narendra modi and bjp president amit shah (anil shakya’s picture above), along with a host of dignitaries who have come down to mourn the death of vajpayee. the body of the late prime minster was carried on a military gun carriage as per state funeral tradition.bhutan’s king jigme khesar namgyal wangchuk is here to pay his respects and condolences have poured in from heads of states around the world.the path ...




appeal to hear case on marital rape goes to sc

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the issue of marital rape was being heard by the delhi high court bench of acting chief justice gita mittal and justice c. hari shankar. now, with justice mittal being appointed chief justice of the jammu and kashmir high court and the case being adjourned for now because of the transfer, ngo youth for...




illegal telephone exchange case: kalanithi too will have to face trial, says sc

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.media baron kalanithi maran too, quite like his brother and former union minister dayanidhi, will have to go and face the trial court in the illegal telephone exchange case, the supreme court bench of justices ranjan gogoi, navin sinha and k m joseph ordered on friday(august 17).the brothers have been charged with the prevention of corruption act, with the cbi alleging that an illegal private telephone exchange was set up at the residence of dayanidhi maran during 2004-...




kerala floods: sc wants to know of possibility of reducing tn dam water level further

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the supreme court became pro-active in trying to ameliorate the pains of the flood affected people of kerala when, on friday (august 17), it talked about exploring the possibility of reducing the level of water at the mullaperiyar dam in tamil nadu from the current 141 to 139 feet.the court asked the national crisis management committee and sub-committee constituted by union cabinet secretary to look into this, because the court was not an expert to deal with this. the court said advice from the committee on rescue, relief and rehabilitation will be binding on the kerala government.the bench of chief justice dipak misra and justices a m khanwilkar and d y chandrachud was hearing a p...




atal bihari vajpayee is no more

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.former indian prime minister and the most admired bharatiya janata party leader atal bihari vajpayee passed away at the all india institute of medical sciences (aiims) on thursday afternoon. the 93-year-old leader, who had slipped into dementia, was admitted to the institute on june 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. this is according to information tricklin...




national herald case: delhi hc reserves verdict

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the delhi high court on thursday (august 16) reserved the judgment on the pleas by rahul gandhi, sonia gandhi and oscar fernandes challenging income tax (it) department move to reopen the fy 2011-2012 tax assessment file of young indian-associated journals ltd.asg tushar mehta submitted a detail reply and said that rahul gandhi and others have furnished the false information about their directorship in the company.“section 25 companies may be used to park money, or for money laundering under section 25 company act, if company earns profit, it’s a taxable entity. true and full details of sister concerns not disclosed....




sc/st reservation case: arguments at sc focus on creamy later and validity of reservation at top level

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.in the case about continuation of reservation of the sc/st category even into promotions, arguments before the supreme court constitution bench of chief justice dipak misra and justices kurian joseph, rohinton fali nariman, sanjay kishan kaul and indu malhotra on thursday revolved around two basic concepts: what to do with the creamy layer within sc/st candidates and what about selecting people for the top post of an organization, where only merit can justify selection.the mater has come up to the top court as an slp after the delhi high court quashed a dopt office memorandum of august 13, 1997, which provided for the continuation of reservation in promotions indefinitely. the high cou...




delhi hc asks aap govt to explain vacancies in delhi fire service

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the delhi high court on thursday (august 16) asked the delhi government to explain why there were so many posts lying vacant in delhi fire service (dfs) and why the emergency monitoring system (ems) like safe goa 24/7 in delhi has not be introduced.the court was hearing a pil filed by association of victims of uphaar tragedy seeking directions to delhi government for filling up the vacancies in dfs and introducing ems in delhi like safe goa 24/7.the matter was fixed to next hearing to november 29.the petition draws attention of the court to comptroller and auditor general (cag) conclusion that planning and preparedness for fire prevention undertaken...




atal bihari vajpayee is no more

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.former indian prime minister and the most admired bharatiya janata party leader atal bihari vajpayee passed away at the all india institute of medical sciences (aiims) on thursday afternoon. the 93-year-old leader, who had slipped into dementia, was admitted to the institute on june 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congesti...




sc directs easier access of final draft nrc to all assam districts

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the apex court on thursday (august 16) directed easier access of the final draft national register for citizens (nrc) to all districts, which was until now available only at the nrc seva kendra.the bench comprising justices ranjan gogoi and rohinton fali nariman also reviewed the standard operating procedure (sop) which stated that the initiation of claim and objections will commence fro...




kerala floods: sc asks tn to keep water level in mullaperiyar dam at 142 feet

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.in view of the disastrous floods in kerala, the supreme court on thursday (august 16) directed the state of tamil nadu to maintain the water level at 142 feet at the mullaperiyar dam. the court ordered that the state was to file a report on the situation by friday morning.the supreme...




cji warns against lawyers commenting in media

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: cji dipak misraon the occasion of the flag hoisting ceremony at the supreme court on india’s 72nd independence day on wednesday, two comments took centre stage. in one, chief justice dipak misra, referring to recent comments made in the media by some lawyers against judges and judgments, said that there were some people trying to bring down the prestige and honour of the courts of india.speaking on the occasion, he said that it takes a ...