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justice ak mittal case: cracks in the collegium

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the punjab and haryana high courtjustice ak mittal’s elevation as chief justice of the delhi high court was delayed twice due to dissension within various collegiums. it could be used by the government to press for changes in judges’ appointments~by vipin pubby in chandigarhin a twist of irony for the current puisne judge of punjab and haryana high court, justice ajay kumar mittal, the word supersession has proved to be a double whammy. it has also raised a question mark on the system of higher judicial appointments through the collegium system.merely eight months ago, the collegium headed by then chief justice of india js khehar had decided to elevate justice mittal as the chief j...




karnataka polls: the big fight

the congress is battling to retain power in the last big state under its rule even as the bjp tries to revive its victory march~by puneet nicholas yadavin a little over a month from now, the election commission is likely to announce the schedule for the karnataka assembly polls. since 1985, the southern state has followed two distinct voting patterns —first, it has always voted for one party or coalition during the lok sabha elections and another for the state and second, no incumbent government has been re-elected.in that sense, whatever the outcome of the karnataka elections may be, the results would break a trend that has continued for over three decades.the departure from electoral tradition aside, the elections due in april-may assume...




give more autonomy to the body- india legal

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: chief election commissioner op rawat (in grey suit) along with election commissioners sunil arora and ashok lavasa in new delhi. photo: piba petition seeks directions to the centre to make the election commission of india independent to ensure free and fair elections, which is a basic feature of the constitution~by venkatasubramanianthere can be no debate over the aphorism that free and fair elections are the cornerstone of any democracy. but how best to ensure such elections would depend on the nature of the institution entrusted with the responsibility to conduct them. article 324 of the constitution vests superintendence, direction and control of the conduct of all elections ...




india’s banking system: the anatomy of a bank scam

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.satish k nagpal, chief vigilance officer, pnb, receiving the vigilance excellence award from vice president venkaiah naidu in delhi last yeara senior vigilance officer with the sbi explains how nirav modi’s fraud on punjab national bank would have unfolded~by sujit bharthe entire nirav modi affair may seem right out of an arabian nights tale. how-ever, according to a former vigilance chief of india’s largest public sector bank, state bank of india, it is impossible to keep such large chunks of transaction out of the core banking system’s knowledge without being red flagged, unless a whole line of people starting from punjab national bank manager gokulnath shetty to people near th...




nirav modi-pnb scam: how deep is the rot in the indian banking system?

the scam was enabled by an international system called swift (society for worldwide interbank financial telecommunications) which was set up in 1973 with its headquarters in belgium. this platform is used by 11,000 financial institutions in 200 countries and territories to facilitate swift transfer of funds. this, in turn, enables easy business transactions.compared to 2.4 million swift messages per day globally in 1995, the number has shot up to 17 million per day. due to the sheer volumes of the messages, it is imperative that banks which use swift have a strong regulatory mechanism. pnb obviously did not have any. as a result, deputy manager gokulnath shetty was able to send messages using his swift code but bypassing the official system....




aadhaar linkages: belated recognition by uidai and government

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.in the face of numerous instances of aadhaar glitches, the government and the uidai have backtracked and said that other identification papers would do ~by sujit bhareven as a supreme court constitution bench of chief justice dipak misra and justices a k sikri, am khanwilkar, dy chandrachud and ashok bhushan hears crucial matters on aadhaar—its linkages and privacy and security issues—common people continue to suffer. if they fail to either present their aadhaar cards or authorities fail to authenticate them, people are deprived of basic rights and entitlements. even the bench agreed that authentication was at the heart of issues related to aadhaar.the centre had so far remained un...




media watch: latest happenings in the corridors of journalism

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.minister’s missionevery ministry she has been given charge of, smriti irani likes to stamp her authority and rush in where angels fear to tread. her current clean-house target is the information & broadcasting ministry which resembles the effect of a bull in a china shop. she has locked horns with prasar bharati, supposedly an autonomous corporation, over changes she wants in doordarshan and all india radio. the tussle is over her order to hire two editors for dd at astronomical salaries, immediate termination of all contractual staff who number in the hundreds, and auctioning of existing equipment and technical accessories which are to be replaced with more contemporary models. the ...




india’s banking system: the anatomy of a bank scam

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.satish k nagpal, chief vigilance officer, pnb, receiving the vigilance excellence award from vice president venkaiah naidu in delhi last yeara senior vigilance officer with the sbi explains how nirav modi’s fraud on punjab national bank would have unfolded~by sujit bharthe entire nirav modi affair may seem right out of an arabian nights tale. how-ever, according to a former vigilance chief of india’s largest public sector bank, state bank of india, it is impossible to keep such large chunks of transaction out of the core banking system’s knowledge without being red flagged, unless a whole line of people starting from punjab national bank manager gokulnath shetty to people near th...




nirav modi-pnb scam: how deep is the rot in the indian banking system?

the scam was enabled by an international system called swift (society for worldwide interbank financial telecommunications) which was set up in 1973 with its headquarters in belgium. this platform is used by 11,000 financial institutions in 200 countries and territories to facilitate swift transfer of funds. this, in turn, enables easy business transactions.compared to 2.4 million swift messages per day globally in 1995, the number has shot up to 17 million per day. due to the sheer volumes of the messages, it is imperative that banks which use swift have a strong regulatory mechanism. pnb obviously did not have any. as a result, deputy manager gokulnath shetty was able to send messages using his swift code but bypassing the official system....




“indian constitution and democracy unshakeable”

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.justice vs sirpurkar (centre) flanked by his wife kumkum (left) and senior advocate, supreme court, pradeep rai (right). the panel also included inderjit badhwar, editor-in-chief, india legal (second from right); sr managing editor, india legal, dilip bobb (second from left); deputy managing editor, india legal, shobha john (left) and abhishek dixit, commandant, tnsp, tihar jail (right). photo: bhavana gaurthe former supreme court judge justice vs sirpurkar spoke eloquently on many issues facing the judiciary and indiafor justice vs sirpurkar, a former supreme court judge and a noted jurist, baba amte was a major influence in his life. it was baba amte who asked justice sirpurkar’s f...




justice ak mittal case: cracks in the collegium

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the punjab and haryana high courtjustice ak mittal’s elevation as chief justice of the delhi high court was delayed twice due to dissension within various collegiums. it could be used by the government to press for changes in judges’ appointments~by vipin pubby in chandigarhin a twist of irony for the current puisne judge of punjab and haryana high court, justice ajay kumar mittal, the word supersession has proved to be a double whammy. it has also raised a question mark on the system of higher judicial appointments through the collegium system.merely eight months ago, the collegium headed by then chief justice of india js khehar had decided to elevate justice mittal as the chief j...




kerala’s dog menace: the state in war with ‘man’s best friend’

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.activists of the youth front (m) of kerala congress march through kottayam demanding culling of dogsthe state has witnessed many people being bitten and even mauled to death by canines and has appealed to the apex court to find a solution to this vexed problem ~by nayantara royin kerala, man and his “best friend” are at war with each other. various pils before the supreme court and a special leave petition by the state of kerala are trying to resolve the serious and poignant issue of an abnormally large number of attacks on people by stray dogs and a subsequent backlash on the canines by humans.petitioners in favour of culling them have drawn attention to the phenomenon of stray do...




delhi durbar: an inside track of happenings in lutyens’ delhi

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.marriage wows   his designation may be additional principal secretary but pk mishra is seen as the most powerful person in the pmo—he served many years in gujarat as the then chief minister narendra modi’s right hand man. not surprisingly, the wedding of mishra’s son last week was a high profile affair with the who’s who of government and business, including everyone who matters in the pmo (the pm was out of town), gathered at the airports authority of india institute in new delhi. the gossip was about two subjects—nirav modi and the name of the next cabinet secretary. the wedding invite clearly stated “no gifts” but everyone came with presents, leading to jokes about p...




immunity ordinance withdrawn but vasundhara govt’s credibility is at its nadir

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.~by prakash bhandarirajasthan’s chief minister vasundhara raje had to pay a heavy price for issuing an ordinance in september last year; an order that sought shielding politicians and bureaucrats from legal actions by barring the courts from taking up complaints against ministers, judges and state government officials without government sanction.this bill, which was an attempt to gag the media, was rejected not only by the media, but the people and the bjp cadres including large number of party legislators. vasundhara raje government was misled by the bureaucracy that advised her to issue an ordinance on criminal laws (rajasthan amendment) in september last year when the assembly ses...




sunanda pushkar death case: sc issues notice to delhi police on swamy’s plea

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.supreme court bench of justices arun mishra and am khanwilkar issued the notice but said question of maintainability of subramanian swamy’s plea still openweeks after it asked subramanian swamy to establish his locus standi in seeking a sit probe into the mysterious death of sunanda pushkar, wife of congress leader shashi tharoor, the supreme court bench of justices arun mishra and am khanwilkar, on friday (february 23), issued a notice to the delhi police seeking its response to the bjp leader’s petition.however, the bench made it clear that although it was issuing the notice to delhi police as per the request of swamy, it would still scrutinise the maintainability of his petiti...




with centre also naming asg mehta as spp, irked sc-appointed spp grover wants out

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: (clockwise from top left) senior advocate anand grover, special judge o p saini, a raja, kanimozhi and asg tushar mehta centre for public interest litigation has filed contempt petition before sc against tushar mehta’s appointment as sppthe clash between the executive and the judiciary has now leaked into specific cases at the supreme court. in the second week of february the centre had appointed additional solicitor general tushar mehta as special public prosecutor in the 2g scam case, in which sbi special judge o p saini had acquitted former telecom minister a raja, dmk mp kanimozhi and all 15 other accused in the politically-sensitive 2g spectrum allocation scam cases.judge...




mp plans holy sabha on ecologically sensitive yamuna bank, scared off by application to ngt

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.a hindu woman worships the sun god in the polluted waters of the river yamuna during the hindu religious festival of chatt puja (file picture). photo: uniit needed a petition before the national green tribunal bench headed by justice jawad rahim to have an mp’s strange plan of holding a holy sabha on the banks of the yamuna, right on the ecologically sensitive floodplains.the mp had wanted to hold this weird holy sabha (whatever that means) particularly at vishram ghat, mathura. it was alleged that the member had already obtained permission from the dm mathura and was ready to organise the one-day holy sabha.having learnt about this, shri mathur chaturved parishad, mathura filed an a...




delhi court grants one day transit remand for rotomac owner kothari and his son

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.above: vikram kothari/photo courtesy: facebookthe patiala house court on friday (february 23) granted to cbi one day transit remand of rotomac owner vikram kothari and his son rahul kothari.they will be produced at a lucknow court tomorrow.the cbi had filed an application (see the remand copy of cbi below) in the patiala house court of samar vishal, metropolitan magistrate seeking transit remand for two days.during the hearing, p k dubey, counsel ...




collegium recommends making 37 additional judges in 5 high courts permanent

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the supreme court collegium of chief justice dipak misra and justices j chelameswar and ranjan gogoi has unanimously recommended to the centre to appoint 37 additional judges – including five women judges – serving across five high courts as permanent judges.the decision of the collegium comes at a time when there is uncertainty over whether or not the centre will accept its earlier recommendation of appointing two judges to the supreme court.the collegium had last month unanimously recommended to the centre to elevate uttarakhand chief justice km joseph as judge of the apex court. it had also recommended the appointment of senior advocate indu malhotra as a supreme court judge; if...




sc grants former jharkhand chief secretary 3 months to file reply in fodder scam case

want create site? find free wordpress themes and plugins.the supreme court bench of justices arun mishra and a m khanwilkar on friday (february 23) granted three months time to former chief secretary of jharkhand sajal chakraborty in the multi-million fodder scam case.in november last year, a cbi court had sentenced chakraborty to five years’ imprisonment along with a fine of rs 4 lakh.the central bureau of investigation is challenging the dropping of a conspiracy charge against former biha...