Advay Vora

Advay is an assistant editor at the Supreme Court Observer.

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Former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren withdraws his challenge to ED arrest from the Supreme Court

Supreme Court raps Soren's legal team for withholding crucial information concerning his plea

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Case against former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren “fabricated”, petitioners argue

The Enforcement Directorate argued that CM Arvind Kejriwal's interim bail was granted on different circumstances that do not apply to Soren

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Justice A.S. Bopanna retires after a five-year long tenure

Justice Bopanna’s tenure was short of the average tenure of sitting judges at the Supreme Court

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Justice A.S. Bopanna authored 91 judgements

Justice Bopanna authored 18.6 judgements per year during his five-year long tenure

Analysis

Supreme Court reserves judgement in Arvind Kejriwal’s plea challenging his arrest

The ED argued that reasonable suspicion of guilt is enough to determine whether a person could be arrested under PMLA

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Sufficient material to implicate Arvind Kejriwal, Enforcement Directorate argues

The ED argued that Arvind Kejriwal bypassed procedures by directly approaching the High Court to challenge his arrest

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Justice A.S. Bopanna: Tenure in numbers

In his five year long tenure, Justice Bopanna authored 91 judgements in matters relating to criminal law, services, and property law

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What are the interim bail conditions for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal?

The Supreme Court observed that Kejriwal was not a threat to society as he had no criminal antecedents

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Supreme Court grants interim bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal till 1 June 2024

The Bench directed Kejriwal to report back to judicial custody on 2 June, two days prior to the 2024 Lok Sabha Election Results

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VVPAT Verification | Judgement Summary

A Division Bench of the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the plea seeking 100 percent vote verification using VVPATs

Analysis

Supreme Court considers interim bail for Arvind Kejriwal

Senior Advocate AM Singhvi argued that the ED must have strong reasons to believe that Kejriwal was the “kingpin” of the Liquor Policy case

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Average tenure of Chief Justice expected to drop over next decade

Observers have pointed out that appointing the senior most judge as the CJI has resulted in a “revolving door” which affects stability

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Supreme Court asks ED to demonstrate Kejriwal’s involvement in the Liquor Policy case

Relying on the timeline of events, Singhvi argued that the co-accused in the Liquor Scam case were pressured into implicating Kejriwal

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“This is a cat and mouse game”: Senior Advocate A.M. Singhvi on Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest

Singhvi argued that the arrest did not meet the criteria for arrest laid down by the Prevention of Money Laundering Act

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Supreme Court rejects plea seeking 100% vote verification with VVPATs

The top court directed the Symbol Loading Unit of the VVPATs to be stored for 45 days after the declaration of election results

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VVPAT Verification | Day 3: Questions, answers, concerns

The Supreme Court summoned an Election Commission officer to answer questions about the technical features of EVMs

Analysis

Breweries, refineries, treasuries

Two cases, three lists and a turf war between the Centre and states

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Delhi Liquor Policy | Supreme Court issues notice to ED in Kejriwal’s plea challenging his arrest

The Bench will hear Kejriwal’s plea in the last week of April; Enforcement Directorate to file response a week before that

Analysis

Monthly Review: March 2024

In March 2024, Division Benches of the top court passed crucial orders which impact governance, elections and free speech

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Justice Aniruddha Bose had a 5 year long tenure

Justice Bose's tenure spanned five years, slightly below the average tenure of sitting judges

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Justice Aniruddha Bose authored 67 judgements

Justice Bose authored 13 judgements a year, during his five-year long tenure at the Supreme Court

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Justice Aniruddha Bose: Tenure in numbers

Justice Aniruddha Bose authored 67 judgements during a five-year tenure

Analysis

Supreme Court hears challenge against appointment of 68 judicial officers in Gujarat

Petitioners argue that the Gujarat High Court favoured the seniority of judicial officers, and not their merits

Analysis

Supreme Court transfers challenges to IT Rules 2021 to the Delhi High Court

Transfer to prevent “contradictory judgments” on the IT Rules 2021 from various High Courts, says Supreme Court

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Challenge to IT Rules 2023 | Supreme Court stays Union government’s notification establishing a fact check unit

The Supreme Court stated that the establishment of a fact check unit under the Rules raise “serious constitutional questions”

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Nature of royalty paid by mine leaseholders: What is the case about?

Watch the story of the nature of royalty paid by mine leaseholders case which was recently heard by a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court

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Nature of Royalty: Argument Matrix

The matrix breaks down 8 days of arguments before nine judges on whether royalty paid by mine leaseholder is a tax and if states can levy it

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Nature of Royalty | Day 8: Constitution Bench reserves judgement

The appellants argued that there is no adverse consequence if state governments tax mines and minerals

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Nature of Royalty | Day 7: Respondents argue that Union can collect tax on mineral using residuary powers

Respondents argued that “royalty” was in the nature of tax as it was a mandatory financial obligation

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Nature of Royalty | Day 6: No Union-state turf war, collection of tax on minerals a consultative process, Solicitor General argues

Sharply departing from the submissions of his fellow respondents, the SG said that royalty and tax are not synonymous

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Nature of Royalty | Day 5: State governments cannot tax a land based on the value of the mineral extracted, argue respondents

Senior Advocate Harish Salve argued that states are the delegate of the Union government under the Mines Act, 1957

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Nature of Royalty | Day 4: States power to collect tax is “eclipsed” by the Parliament, argues respondent

Senior Advocate Harish Salve stated that the limited power of the state to collect tax was justified for the purpose of “mineral development

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Judicial Vacancies Update | Day 9: Aam Aadmi Party to vacate land by June 2024

The Land and Development Office was directed to consider the Aam Aadmi Partie’s application for an alternate land within four weeks

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Nature of Royalty | Day 3: Union’s power to collect tax evident in the constitutional scheme for mines and minerals, argues Union

Senior Advocate Harish Salve argued that “royalty is akin to tax” under the Mines and Minerals Act

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Nature of Royalty | Day 2: State government entitled to collect tax from mineral land, appellants argue

Appellants argued that state governments are competent to collect tax based on mineral produce

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Nature of Royalty | Day 1: Parliament cannot usurp state governments powers to collect tax

Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi argues that the Mines Act never considered “royalty” as a form of “tax”

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Aligarh Muslim University’s Minority Status: Arguments

The Supreme Court reserved judgement in a case determining the minority institution status of Aligarh Muslim University

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Justice S.K. Kaul served a tenure of 6.75 years

Justice Kaul’s 6.75 year long tenure was more than the average tenure of sitting judges in the Supreme Court

Analysis

RTI, privacy, proportionality, empirical evidence…and AI transcripts—key themes from the Electoral Bonds judgement

We highlight four aspects that stood out to us in the Court’s ruling on the unconstitutionality of the Electoral Bonds Scheme

Analysis

Nationalists, loyalists, religionists: The saga of Aligarh Muslim University

We summarise the key contentions in the Aligarh Muslim University minority status case

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Supreme Court rules Electoral Bond Scheme is unconstitutional | Judgement Matrix

SCO’s judgement matrix covers the key points in the two opinions which unanimously struck down the Union’s Electoral Bond Scheme

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Judicial Vacancies in Lower Courts | Day 8: Remove encroachment on land allotted to Delhi High Court expeditiously, says Supreme Court

Advocate K. Parameshwar pointed out that land allotted to the Delhi High Court was encroached by the political party in power in Delhi

Analysis

Monthly Review: January 2024

In January, the Supreme Court had a Constitution Bench hearing, delivered a judgement in the Bilkis Bano remission case, & appointed a judge

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AMU Minority Status | Arguments Matrix

SCO’s matrix covers eight days of arguments in the Aligarh Muslim University Minority status case.

Analysis

Who is a minority?

In the AMU hearings, respondents audaciously argued there were no minorities in colonial India. Will the Court consider it?

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AMU Minority Status | Day 8: Seven-judge bench reserves judgement

Petitioners argued that AMU retained the right to administer the institution as per its discretion

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AMU Minority Status | Day 7: Aligarh Muslim University was constitutionally recognised as a non-communal institution, respondents argue

Respondents argued that AMU never demanded reservation for minorities in over 55 years

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AMU Minority Status | Day 6: Minority rights did not exist before the Constitution, argue respondents

Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi argued that the Supreme Court has evaded from defining the actual meaning of “minority” under Article 30

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AMU Minority Status | Day 5: AMU was predominantly a non-minority institution, argues Union

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that there was no legal mandate for AMU to have a Muslim run administration

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AMU Minority Status | Day 4: Aligarh Muslim University voluntarily relinquished its minority status to the British government, argues Union

The Union argued that a minority institution can only be established if there is an enabling legislation to permit it

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Supreme Court rejects Bilkis Bano convicts applications seeking extra time to return to prison

The Bench held that the reasons expressed by the convicts did not justify a postponement of surrender beyond two weeks

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Gujarat Police Encounters | Day 4: Gujarat government accuses petitioners of “selective public interest”

Supreme Court should start prosecuting personnel identified by a Court appointed committee, argue petitioners

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Remission for convicts only if they respect the rule of law

The Supreme Court called out the convicts' abuse of process in the Bilkis Bano case

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AMU Minority Status | Day 3: AMU responsible for the educated Muslim middle class, argue petitioners

Petitioners argued that AMU facilitates dreams of education among minority children and women

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Supreme Court quashes the remission of 11 convicts in Bilkis Bano case

A Division Bench unanimously ordered the 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano gangrape case to return to prison within two weeks

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AMU Minority Status | Day 2: Purpose of minority institutions is to impart quality education, argue petitioners

Petitioners argue that Article 30 was an alternate mechanism to grant reservation to religious minorities outside of the caste hierarchy

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Early release of Bilkis Bano gangrape convicts | Judgement Summary

The Supreme Court directed the 11 convicts to report back to jail authorities within two weeks

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SC quashes Gujarat Govt’s remission order in Bilkis Bano case; directs convicts to report to jail in two weeks

The Bench held that the remission was illegal as the Gujarat Government usurped jurisdiction and abused the rule of law

Analysis

2023 Supreme Court Review: Democracy and Governance

Barring the matters on Governor’s powers, the Court landed on the side of the ruling party in key cases including defection & demonetisation

Analysis

Supreme Court Review 2023: Right to Life

The Court displayed a progressive approach in certain high-profile cases involving the right to life. We highlight three significant cases

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Pendency of Bills in Tamil Nadu | Day 4: Find a way out of this impasse, Supreme Court tells Tamil Nadu Governor and State Government over pending bills

Senior Advocate A.M. Singhvi argued that the top Court was dealing with a complex constitutional issue on passage of bills by Governor

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Section 6A of the Citizenship Act | Day 4: Supreme Court reserves judgement

SG Mehta submits updated data on citizenships and foreigners detected in Assam under Section 6A

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Sec. 6A of the Citizenship Act | Day 3: Court directs Union government to submit data on number of citizenships granted to immigrants

The Union government asserted that the parliament is constitutionally empowered to make specific citizenship laws

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Sec. 6A of the Citizenship Act | Day 2: The immigration issue persists in other border states, not just Assam, petitioners argue

Petitioners contended that the provision violates Article 14 by creating an unreasonable classification for Assam among states

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Pendency of Bills in Tamil Nadu | Day 3: Governor cannot withhold bills indefinitely, says Supreme Court

The Court directed the Governor and the Chief Minister to engage in a discussion and find a workable solution

Analysis

Ensure dignified burial of dead bodies in Manipur, directs Supreme Court

A Human Rights committee set up by the Supreme Court claims there are 175 dead bodies across mortuaries in Manipur

Analysis

36th LAWASIA Conference 2023 | Regulating the right to internet is a deeply political discussion

Panellists discussed various possibilities on the best way to regulate internet shutdowns, net neutrality and hate speech on social media

Analysis

The 36th LAWASIA Conference 2023 | The fine line between indigenous rights and environmental protection

Panellists discussed the need for more empathetic approaches to indigenous people in the societal and legal realms

Analysis

PMLA Judgement Review deferred as Union government requests extra time

Senior Advocate A.M. Singhvi argued that the Vijay Madanlal judgement incorrectly upheld provisions which were declared unconstitutional

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Freebies in Electoral Democracy | Day 7: Freebies amount to corrupt practices in elections, argue petitioners

Senior Advocate Vijay Hansaria argued that the Supreme Court erred when it upheld electoral freebies in an older judgement

Analysis

Judicial Appointments in Limbo: Supreme Court Expresses Concerns Over Delayed Collegium Recommendations

Prolonged appointments pending since July 2023 breached the timeline set by the Supreme Court for appointing judges

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Supreme Court directs states and union territories to improve infrastructural defaults in state adoption agencies

The Bench noted that there is a huge mismatch between parents who wish to adopt and children available for adoption

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Rights of personal guarantors in insolvency proceedings: Judgement pronouncement

A Division Bench held that five provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code do not violate principles of natural justice

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Judicial Vacancies | Day 4: Supreme Court directs Madras High Court to expedite the filling of vacancies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

Currently, there are 327 vacancies out of 1369 positions in the state of Tamil Nadu

Analysis

Supreme Court pulls up Union Government for no response on collegium recommendations

A Division Bench directed the Attorney General to engage in a “fruitful discussion” with the Union Government over pending recommendations

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Supreme Court’s Monthly Review: October 2023

What happened at the Supreme Court in October 2023? We recap all the notable developments.

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Judicial Vacancies | Day 3: Supreme Court sets deadline for filling judicial vacancies in Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana

Madhya Pradesh, Punjab & Haryana High Courts to submit timeline for the direct recruitment of district judges

Analysis

Supreme Court directs Maharashtra Assembly Speaker to conclude disqualification proceedings of Shiv-Sena members by 31 December 2023

Disqualification proceedings of Nationalist Congress Party members are to be concluded by 31 January 2024.

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Precedential Value: What were the cases cited in the Article 370 hearings?

Four cases were in the forefront of the Article 370 Constitution Bench hearings. What was their relevance?

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Justice S. Ravindra Bhat served a tenure of four years at the Supreme Court

Justice S.R. Bhat’s four year tenure falls short of the average tenure of a Supreme Court judge.

Court Data

Justice S. Ravindra Bhat authored an average of 35.5 judgements a year

Justice S. Ravindra Bhat wrote a little more judgements than his peers who served for four years at the Supreme Court

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Justice S. Ravindra Bhat: Tenure in Numbers

Justice Bhat retires after a four-year tenure with 142 judgements to his name

Analysis

What were the directions issued by the Supreme Court in the Marriage Equality judgement?

The Court directed the Union and state governments to ensure that queer persons are protected from violence and discrimination

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Plea for Marriage Equality: Judgement Matrix

SCO’s judgement matrix breaks down each judge’s opinion in the marriage equality judgement

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Plea for Marriage Equality: Judgement Summary

A five-judge Constitution Bench held that there is no fundamental right to marry for sexual minorities in India

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Early Release of Bilkis Bano Convicts | Day 14: Bench reserves judgement

Petitioners highlight the ill intentioned and arbitrary nature of the remission granted to the convicts

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Early Release of Bilkis Bano Convicts | Day 13: Convicts received “favoured treatment”, argued Bilkis Bano’s counsel

Advocate Shobha Gupta also cited precedents to argue that the nature of crime and its impact on society must be considered in remission

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MLA Bribery Seven-Judge Constitution Bench | Day 2: Bench Reserves Judgement

Over two days, the bench heard arguments from ten lawyers on the correctness of the decision in Narasimha Rao v State

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MLA Bribery Seven-Judge Constitution Bench | Day 1: Counsels argue about the correctness of Narasimha Rao

Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran said that “it is not for the court to find perfect solutions for all moral dilemmas.”

Analysis

Remission policy: A tug-of-war between the judiciary and the executive

The proceedings in the Bilkis Bano convict remission case have opened up some vital questions about subjectivity and standards

Analysis

Supreme Court accepts Expert Committee’s recommendations to improve conditions of displaced persons in Manipur

The CJI-led bench also directed the Manipur Bar Association to ensure that lawyers belonging to all communities can safely appear in courts

Analysis

Precedential Value: Cases cited in the Article 370 hearings

Our explainer distils the key issue and conclusions in four prominent Supreme Court precedents

Analysis

Constitution Benches to become a “permanent feature” of SC: Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud

In 2023, a Constitution Bench has assembled almost each month to tackle matters of public importance

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Early Release of Bilkis Bano Convicts | Day 12: Remission order cannot be challenged in the Supreme Court, argue respondents

‘If the victim cannot approach, then who can approach?’ asks Justice B.V. Nagarathna

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Maharashtra MLA Disqualification | Day 1: “Speaker must abide by the dignity of the Supreme Court”, says CJI Chandrachud

Supreme Court raps Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker for not acting on 34 disqualification petitions of 56 MLAs

Analysis

Supreme Court calls complaint against Editors Guild a “counter narrative” of the Manipur Government

The Court stayed proceedings under all First Information Reports filed against members of the guild.

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Early release of Bilkis Bano convicts | Day 11: Remission must focus on behaviour in jail, not heinousness of crime, Luthra argues

Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra argued that convicts must be allowed to “atone” for their offences

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Arguments Time Split: Challenge to the abrogation of Article 370

The Bench heard arguments for 60+ hours over 16 days. Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal argued the longest, followed by SG Mehta

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Abrogation of Article 370: Arguments Matrix

Breakdown of 60+ hours of arguments in the challenge to the repeal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status

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Constitutionality of Sedition Law | Day 6: CJI-led bench refers challenge to a Constitution Bench of “at least five-judges”

The Court declined the Union’s request to “defer” hearings until the Parliament enacts a new penal code

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Retrospective immunity against arrest: Judgement pronouncement

The SC held that immunity against arrest does not extend to older pending cases after the provision granting immunity is struck down

Analysis

A Classroom Discussion on Criminal Reform Comes Alive in the SC

DESK BRIEF: The Bilkis Bano Convict Remission case has exposed the gap between theory and practice in criminal justice administration

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Early Release of Bilkis Bano Convicts | Day 10: Convicts Deposit Fines After 15 Years

The Bench recorded that the fines were deposited without the approval of the Supreme Court.

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Supreme Court Hears Challenge to the Abrogation of Article 370 | Day 12

SG Tushar Mehta argued that Jammu & Kashmir has seen rapid development since it was made a Union Territory.

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Supreme Court Hears Challenge to the Abrogation of Article 370 | Day 11

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued that removing Art. 370 was Union’s way to rectify the mistakes of the past.

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Supreme Court’s latest move towards Technology and Modernisation

The Supreme Court has seen a continuous stream of promising reforms under nine-months of Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

Analysis

Manipur Violence: 27 cases transferred to CBI to be heard by session judges in Assam

Supreme Court accepts SG Mehta’s contention that “security issues” in Manipur would make it difficult to conduct trials there

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Early Release of Bilkis Bano Convicts | Day 9: Opinion of presiding judge of convicting court non-mandatory for remission, Union argues

Court records confusion over whether opinion of the presiding judge of Maharashtra court was sought by the Gujarat government

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Abrogation of Article 370: Petitioner’s Arguments Matrix

22 petitioners, 17 counsel, nine days of hearing. SCO’s matrix will help you navigate who argued what

Analysis

Manipur Violence Expert Committee Demands Improvements in Compensation Schemes for Victims

The Committee submitted three reports related to the reconstruction of lost documents, payment of compensation and appointment of experts

Analysis

Digital Data Protection Act 2023: Five Must Reads

SCO curates five pieces that cast a critical eye on the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, 2023

Analysis

Towards Technology and Modernisation: Ambitious Reforms at the Supreme Court

DESK BRIEF: The Supreme Court has seen a continuous stream of promising reforms within nine-months under Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.

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Bihar Caste ‘Census’ | Day 1: Caste-based survey encroaches on Union’s domain, argue Petitioners

Senior Advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan also contended that the information sought raises privacy concerns and counters “contemporary views"

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Early Release of Bilkis Bano Convicts | Day 8: Remission was correctly granted to convicts, argues Gujarat government

ASG S.V. Raju contended that the remission was based on a straightforward application of the 1992 Gujarat Policy.

Analysis

The Delhi ‘Services’ Bill: How Does it Differ from the Union’s Ordinance?

SCO examines the major differences between key provisions of the Delhi Service Ordinance and the Delhi Service Bill.

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Early Release of Bilkis Bano Convicts | Day 7: Petitioners Can Challenge Remission Under Public Interest

Petitioner lawyers argued in favour of the maintainability of PILs and against the legality of remission granted to the convicts.

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Early Release of Bilkis Bano Convicts | Day 6: Respondents Argue that PILs Filed Lack Legal Standing

Senior Advocate Sidharth Luthra and Adv. Rishi Malhotra argued that third parties could not interfere in criminal proceedings.

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Early Release of Bilkis Bano Gangrape Convicts | Day 5: Petitioners Argued that the Gujarat Gov. Wrongfully Released Convicts

Adv. Shobha Gupta argued that the decision to release the convicts was ‘arbitrary’.

Analysis

Supreme Court Sets up Oversight Mechanisms to Supervise Violence Mitigation in Manipur

The Court appointed a committee of retired High Court judges and an independent former IPS Officer to oversee multiple issues in Manipur

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Abrogation of Article 370 | Day 2: Parliament Cannot Take the Place of a Constituent Assembly

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal argued that the process of abrogating Article 370 was a political ploy.

Analysis

Supreme Court Rebukes Manipur Police Over Flawed Investigation

The Supreme Court directed the Manipur government to give a detailed breakdown of 6,523 FIRs filed in the violence.

Analysis

Article 370 of the Constitution: A Timeline

SCO tracks the evolution of Article 370 from 1947.

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Tenure Extension to CBI and ED Directors: Judgement Summary

SC upheld Amendments allowing the Union to extend tenures of CBI and ED Directors. The extension granted to Mr. S.K Mishra was held illegal.

Analysis

Supreme Court’s Refusal to Deploy Security Forces in Manipur: Rare or Standard Procedure?

Precedents indicate that the Supreme Court has frequently directed the deployment of paramilitary forces to maintain law and order.

Court Data

Does the Supreme Court of India Work More Days than Other Top Courts Across the World?

The top court of India hears cases for 190 days a year, a significantly higher workload compared to its counterparts worldwide.

Analysis

Supreme Court Grants Bail to Teesta Setalvad

The Supreme Court quashed the Gujarat High Court’s rejection of bail to Teesta Setalvad, calling its reasoning perverse.

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Status Report Filed by the Manipur Government: Summary

The report contains details of security and relief measures including restoration of internet access and relaxed curfew hours.

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Army Deployment in Manipur | Day 3: Supreme Court Refrains from Deploying the Army and Paramilitary Forces in the State

The Supreme Court directed the Manipur Government to consider suggestions made by the petitioners within 3 days.

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Army Deployment in Manipur Day #2: Supreme Court Orders Petitioners to Prepare Suggestions

A Division Bench ordered the petitioners to scrutinise the status report filed by the Manipur Govt. and revert with suggestions on Tuesday.

Court Data

Justice Krishna Murari: Number of Judgements Authored

Justice Krishna Murari authored 64 judgements during his 3.75 year long tenure.

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Justice Krishna Murari: Rate of Judgement Authorship

Justice Krishna Murari retired on July 8th, 2023 with an overall authorship rate of 21%

Analysis

Justice Krishna Murari: Tenure in Numbers

Justice Krishna Murari authored 64 judgements, at a rate of 17 judgements per year.

Analysis

Petitioners Withdraw Challenge Against Internet Shutdown in Manipur

Petitioners expressed their intention to intervene in the pending challenge to the internet shutdown before the Manipur High Court.

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Monthly Review: June 2023

SCO recaps the Supreme Court's activity in June where we saw new Constitution Benches and the retirement of three judges.

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Army Deployment in Manipur Day #1: State of Manipur to Report on Action Taken to Curb Violence

A 3-Judge Bench directed the State of Manipur to file a fresh status report detailing the present situation of Manipur on Monday.

Analysis

Monthly Review: June 2023

June saw the formation of a new Constitution Bench and the retirement of three judges.

Analysis

Justice V. Ramasubramanian’s Notable Judgements

Justice Ramasubramanian authored 102 judgements during his tenure at the Supreme Court, and was a part of leading Constitution Benches.

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Next 8 CJIs of India

If the seniority principle is followed, these 8 Judges will lead the Supreme Court of India as Chief Justice till 2031.

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Average Tenure of a Judge Elevated From the Bar is 6.3 Years

A Judge elevated from the Bar serves longer than the expected average tenure of a Supreme Court Judge.

Analysis

Challenge to the IT Rules 2023

Comedian Kunal Kamra argues that the Rules will lead to censorship and overregulation of online content.

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Restrictions on Public Official’s Freedom of Speech: Judgement Summary

The Bench held that public officials' Freedom of Speech cannot be restricted by other fundamental rights claims.

Analysis

What is the Challenge to the Manipur Internet Shutdown?

The Supreme Court will decide the constitutional validity of the Internet shutdown in Manipur.

Analysis

Curative Petitions: Court in Review

Curative Petitions are the final remedy where the SC can reconsider a dismissed review petition. SCO tracks notable Curative petitions.

Court Data

Justice Ajay Rastogi: Rate of Judgement Authorship

Justice Rastogi authored judgements in 31.5% of the benches that he was a part of.

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Justice Ajay Rastogi: Number of Judgements Authored

Justice Ajay Rastogi was the fourth highest judgement contributor at the SC.

Analysis

Justice Ajay Rastogi: Tenure in Numbers

In his 4.5 year tenure, Justice Rastogi was the 4th most prolific judgement author amongst his peers.

Analysis

Justice K.M. Joseph’s Notable Judgements

Justice Joseph, among the most prolific judgement writers at the SC, wrote 4 Constitution Bench Judgements in 2023 alone.

Court Data

Pendency at the Supreme Court: Half-Yearly Trends (2023)

The decline in half-year pendency numbers is a hopeful sign that pendency may drop further in 2023.

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Supreme Court Monthly Review: May 2023

SCO recaps the Supreme Court's activity in May.

Analysis

Monthly Review: May 2023

May saw the most Constitution Bench Judgements this year, and saw the retirement and appointments of two judges.

Analysis

Law Commission Recommends Stricter Sedition Law

Citing National Security, the 279th Law Commission report recommended increased punishment and wider application of Sedition Law

Analysis

2023 Summer Session Review: Institutional Developments

SCO recaps the institutional developments from March to May 2023.

Analysis

2023 Summer Session Review: Notable Hearings

What key cases were heard during the Supreme Court's summer session? SCO reviews.

Analysis

2023 Summer Session Review: Judgements

With SC on summer vacation, SCO recaps the notable judgements of the summer session of 2023.

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Challenge to Jallikattu: Judgement in Plain English

A 5-Judge Bench upheld the practice of Jallikattu, Kambala and Bailgada Sharyat

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SC’s Power To Directly Grant Divorce: Judgement in Plain English

A Constitution Bench clarified its powers to grant divorce under Article 142 of the Indian Constitution

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Demonetisation: Judgement Matrix

By a 4:1 majority, the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Union's 2016 Demonetisation Scheme. SCO breaks down the Judgement.

Analysis

2022 Supreme Court Review: Gender Equality

SC Judgments in the challenge to the Hijab Ban and on abortion laws for married women were important milestones in equality for women.

Court Data

Number of Pending Cases at the SC Begins to Offer Hope as 2022 Ends

The post-summer session of the Court saw pendency drop by almost 2,500 cases. Will this trend continue?

Analysis

Pegasus Depositions: Mr. Sandeep Shukla

Prof. Sandeep Shukla from IIT Kanpur warned about the insidious and dangerous way in which the Pegasus spyware operates.

Analysis

Pegasus Depositions: Mr. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Mr. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta expressed concern regarding the effect of Pegasus on Freedom of Speech and criticised the Union's stance.