Do ends justify the means? Analyzing the Calcutta HC’s judgment quashing the Leave India Notice issued to a Polish Student

Yesterday, the Calcutta High Court passed a significant verdict wherein it quashed a Leave India Notice issued by the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office, Kolkata to a Polish national, studying in India. The Polish citizen was served the Notice for allegedly violating his visa conditions as he had participated in political rallies against the recent Citizenship …

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Curious Case of Andhra Pradesh and its Three Capital Move

Recently, the government of Andhra Pradesh dissolved the state’s Legislative Council. Arguably, the primary motive behind the dissolution seems to be the fact that the Council dominated by the opposition, had been stalling several key legislations passed by the Legislative Assembly. One such legislation is the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, …

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Happy 71st Republic Day India: An Ode to the Constitution of India

[As India celebrates its 71st Republic Day today, I wish to share with all my readers a speech I had given on the 70th Republic Day celebrations at the National Law University, Jodhpur. The speech is extremely close to my heart as it allowed me to express my love for the Constitution of India and …

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Andhra Pradesh Row: Can a State abolish its Legislative Council?

[Picture credits: The New Indian Express] The Andhra Pradesh government led by Chief Minister YS Reddy has been in news for proposing to make significant constitutional and structural changes to the state. Recently, the government introduced a Bill to establish a respective legislative, judicial and executive capital in the state. While the Bill has been …

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Lotus in the Muddy Pool- Understanding the Law on National Symbols in India

[Picture Credits- The Print] The Central government recently announced that the new Indian passports shall have a lotus symbol printed on them, as part of enhanced security features to identify fake passports. Interestingly, ‘lotus’ is also the election symbol of the Bharatiya Janta Party (“BJP”) which is the political party at power in the Centre …

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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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