Bird in a Golden Cage- By Choice?

Sarojini Naidu the former governor of the present-day state of Uttar Pradesh, on being asked about her position as the Governor had once remarked that it is a like being a ‘bird in a golden cage’. The remarks were in light of the mere ‘titular’ nature of the position as it commonly believed that the …

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SC judgment in Sabarimala Review Petition: Where did the Court go wrong?

Yesterday, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India delivered its judgment on the petitions seeking a review of the Court’s decision in the Sabarimala Shrine case. The Court in a 3:2 verdict has held that a larger bench needs to conclusively determine certain issues namely scope and meaning of the constitutional restrictions on freedom of religion, …

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Takeaways from Tripura HC’s judgment prohibiting animal/bird sacrifice in temples

Last month the Tripura HC in a significant verdict (Subhas Bhattacharjee v. State of Tripura ,2019 SCC Online Tri 441) found the practice of offering sacrifice of animals in the temples of Tripura to be unconstitutional. The judgment authored by Chief Justice Karol is an addition to the catena of decisions wherein the Courts have …

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Is Facebook friendship, a ground to seek a Judge’s Recusal in India?

[Picture credits: ABA for Law Students] Last month, the Calcutta High Court while hearing a matter witnessed the counsel for the petitioner raising an interesting plea. The counsel requested the presiding Judge i.e. Justice Protik Prakash Banerjee to recuse himself from hearing the matter, as he was a Facebook friend of the appearing counsel. Although, …

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Prorogation of the UK Parliament and its challenge before the UK Supreme Court

The United Kingdom (‘UK’) Supreme Court has recently finished hearing arguments in Miller v. Prime Minister, a case which shall go down as one of the most important constitutional law decisions in the country’s history. The Supreme Court in the aforesaid case is adjudicating whether the prorogation of the UK Parliament by Her Majesty the …

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Understanding the law governing PILs in light of the petition challenging the presidential order concerning J&K

[Picture credit: Outlook India] The year 2018 shall go down as a monumental year in the history of the Supreme Court of India. The Court through its judgments granted women the right to enter the Sabarimala temple, struck down the discriminatory provision of adultery, agreed to live stream its proceedings etc. The doors of the …

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A Brahmin lover to a PM idolizer: Can a Judge be removed for making communal/political comments?

The Supreme Court has described an ideal Judge as the one who lives and behaves like a hermit having no desire or aspiration.[1] The justification behind this life of seclusion is that the Judge should not encounter people, who’s rights and liabilities she/he decides. A Judge should be unbiased and should decide every case before …

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