Ayushi Saraogi's Posts
SCO Daily: The Jallikattu Challenge
The case raises a number of questions about whether animals have rights and if the rules for Jallikattu contain sufficient safeguards.
2nd Dec 2022More
EC Appointments Day #2: Union Argued Against Judicial Interference in Executive Domain
The Bench responded that Parliament has not discharged its constitutional duty to fix an appointment process in over 70 years.
22nd Nov 2022More
SCO Daily: SC Hears Two Cases on Right to Religion
Two Benches of the Supreme Court heard petitions challenging the Places of Worship Act and forced religious coversions.
15th Nov 2022More
SCO Daily: Who Is Chief Justice Chandrachud?
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud began his 2-year term as the Chief Justice of India today. So who is CJI Chandrachud?
9th Nov 2022More
SCO Daily: Judgment Upholding Reservations Based on Economic Criteria Explained
A 5-Judge Constitution Bench by a 3:2 split verdict upheld the Union’s reservations for the economically backward.
7th Nov 2022More
EWS Reservation Judgment: SC Upholds 103rd Amendment in 3-2 Majority
All 5 Judges agreed that the Constitution permits reservations based on income, but disagreed on SC/ST and OBC exclusion and the 50% limit.
7th Nov 2022More
SCO Daily: Can the Government Ban A News Channel Citing ‘Security Concerns’ Without Disclosing What They Are?
The SC heard a challenge against the Union government's decision to ban a news channel over 'security concerns' which it refused to reveal.
5th Nov 2022More
SCO Daily: SC Returns from Diwali Break
CJI Lalit heard challenges to CAA and Sedition. Justice Chandrachud reiterated the bar on the two-finger test in sexual assault cases.
CAA #3: SC Will Hear Challenges from December 6th
SG Mehta was granted two weeks to file responses on behalf of Assam and Tripura to over 200 petitions challenging the CAA 2019.
Sedition #5: Union May Reconsider Law in Winter Session of Parliament
Yet again, the Union has not disclosed a definitive timeline or plan for its reconsideration of S 124A.
Making a Constitutional Court Work
DESK BRIEF: How the Judges run Constitution Benches is critical to determine if the Court can be an effective custodian of the Constitution.
EWS Reservations: Pre-Judgment Matrix
What are the possible outcomes in the challenge to economic reservations and how will the Court substantiate its Judgment?
28th Oct 2022More
Bail Under UAPA: Court in Review
Section 43D(5) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 lays down stringent provisions for the grant of bail.
21st Oct 2022More
Delhi High Court Denies Umar Khalid Bail
Justices Bhatnagar and Mridul said that the NIA's evidence established a prima facie case against Mr. Khalid.
18th Oct 2022More
SCO Daily: Why Was Umar Khalid Denied Bail Under UAPA?
The Delhi HC on October 18th held that there was a valid case against Khalid for the offences he was accused of.
18th Oct 2022More
Hijab Ban Challenges: Here We Go Again
DESK BRIEF: Dhulia J emphasised that ‘finality is a good thing, but Justice is better' in an opinion that will prolong the Hijab Ban saga.
17th Oct 2022More
SCO Weekly: Hijab Ban to be Heard One More Time
A 2-Judge Bench of the SC delivered a split verdict on Karnataka’s Hijab Ban, which means the case will be deliberated for a 3rd time!
16th Oct 2022More
Hijab Ban: SC Judgment Matrix
Justices Hemant Gupta and Sudhanshu Dhulia delivered a split verdict in the case.
Hijab Ban Judgment Pronouncement: Split Verdict from Justices Gupta and Dhulia
Justice Gupta upheld the Karnataka Hijab Ban. Justice Dhulia quashed it.
Supreme Court’s Hijab Ban Judgment Must Address 7 Main Issues
These include questions on equality, religious freedom, privacy, right to education & free speech and expression.
Demonetisation #1: Does the RBI Act Allow Demonetisation?
The Bench heard arguments against the procedure and objectives of the Union's demonetisation policy.
12th Oct 2022More
Dawoodi Bohra Excommunication Day #1: SC Discusses Reference to Sabarimala Review 9-J Bench
It is unclear when the Court will resolve the 60-year old challenge to the powers of religious leaders to excommunicate members.
11th Oct 2022More
SCO Daily: Instant Divorce Still Prevails After Ban on Triple Talaq?
Dr. Syeda Ambreen filed a PIL asking the SC to declare unilateral and out-of-court divorces in Islam unconstitutional
10th Oct 2022More
SCO Daily: Demonitisation and Azam Khan Case Outdated?
Justice Nazeer commented that the two cases before them may no longer contain any issues for the Bench to address.
29th Sep 2022More
Demonetisation, MLAs’ Rights and Immunity and Criminal Procedure Before Fourth Constitution Bench
Two out three listed cases before Justice Nazeer’s Bench may now be infructuous.
28th Sep 2022More
Maharashtra Political Crisis Constitution Bench Day #1: SC Refuses to Pause EC Decision on Use of Party Symbol
A Constitution Bench rejected the Thackarey faction's argument that loss of party symbol will cause unjust injury to them.
27th Sep 2022More
‘Essentially Religious’ Hearings on the Hijab Ban
DESK BRIEF: Arguments on Religion took over half the SC time, despite all parties agreeing that it should not be the focus of the case.
26th Sep 2022More
SCO Weekly: The Battle of Arguments in the Hijab Ban Case
What arguments were made in the challenge to the Hijab Ban in Karnataka? What will the Judgement focus on?
24th Sep 2022More
SCO Daily: Hijab Ban Arguments Conclude, EWS Reservations in the Final Stretch
The Supreme Court heard the Union's defence of the EWS reservations and concluded hearing arguments in the Hijab Ban case
22nd Sep 2022More
Hijab Ban Appeal #9: Karnataka Gov Recasts Hijab Ban as a Policy for Equality and Discipline
Justice Dhulia appeared confounded by Karnataka Gov's argument that the Hijab ban does not violate the right to dress.
21st Sep 2022More
Hijab Ban Appeal #8: Karnataka Gov Says Uniform Necessary for Unity
SG Tushar Mehta argued that visual emphasis on one's religion hampers discipline, order and unity in schools.
20th Sep 2022More
Hijab Ban Appeal #7: Dushyant Dave Discusses Constituent Assembly Debates on Article 25
Justice Hemant Gupta asked Mr. Dave how relevant the Debates are to interpreting the Constitution.
19th Sep 2022More
Budgeting for Time: A Tale of Two Benches
DESK BRIEF: The EWS Reservation and Hijab Ban Benches employed different strategies to manage time and saw different results.
18th Sep 2022More
SCO Weekly: Budgeting for Time
The SC heard extensive arguments in the EWS Reservations and Hijab Ban cases this week. How did the Benches manage their time?
17th Sep 2022More
Hijab Ban Appeal #6: Court Engages With Intersectional Discrimination and Forced ‘Barter’ of Rights
While the Bench is in a hurry to conclude, the lawyers insist that a matter this important requires patient and detailed hearings.
15th Sep 2022More
SC Daily Update: Challenge to Reservations for Economically Weaker Citizens
Hearings in the challenge to reservation for economically backward citizens began. Key questions on the purpose of reservations were raised.
13th Sep 2022More
SC Daily Update: Gyanvapi Mosque Dispute, challenge to the Places of Worship Act, 1991 and Arguments in the Hijab Ban
The Varanasi District Court rejected the argument that the Places of Worship Act disallows any investigation in the places of worship.
12th Sep 2022More
Daily Update September 5th: Hijab Ban, Sanjay Mishra’s ED Tenure, Uniform Marriage and Succession
We discuss a possible 9-Judge Bench Reference in Hijab Ban, the effect of tenure extensions on special investigative bodies and the UCC.
5th Sep 2022More
Daily Update September 2nd: Teesta Setalvad Secures Interim Bail
The quick hearings and fast disposal of Setalvad's bail application indicates a shift in the SC's attitude.
3rd Sep 2022More
Teesta Setalvad’s Bail Application: Gujarat Government Faces Tough Questions
SG Tushar Mehta faced a volley of tough questions from the Bench. Tomorrow's hearing will decide whether Ms. Setalvad will secure bail.
1st Sep 2022More
Constitution Benches Settle on Five Cases to be Heard in September
The cases involve questions of Reservations, Remission, Taxation and Service Rules.
30th Aug 2022More
Constitution Bench Revival: Breaking Ground for Reform
DESK BRIEF: CJI U.U. Lalit’s short 2.5 month term may mark a turning point for the Court.
29th Aug 2022More
CJI Ramana’s Notable Judgments
What was the impact of CJI Ramana’s Judgments on the Court, the law and the country?
27th Aug 2022More
PMLA Judgment Pronouncement: All Challenged Provisions Upheld
27th Jul 2022More
The Money Laundering Judgment: Justice Khanwilkar’s Last Hurrah
Desk Brief: J Khanwilkar's closing act at the SC will be the Judgment on the powers of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the PMLA.
27th Jul 2022More
Rakesh Asthana Delhi Police Commissioner #1
19th Jul 2022More
Back From Vacation: What Awaits the Supreme Court?
DESK BRIEF: The SC returns to full functioning after six weeks of summer vacation.
11th Jul 2022More
Looking Ahead: The Court in July 2022
The Court is set to hear a slew of important cases in July 2022—will citizens be able to tune in?
2nd Jul 2022More
SCO Shorts: Shiv Sena’s Floor Test in Maharashtra
SC refuses to delay the impending Maharashtra floor test. Uddhav Thackarey promptly resigns as CM.
30th Jun 2022More
SC Refuses to Stay Maharashtra Governor’s Call for Floor Test
MH Government argued that defection of rebel MLAs must be investigated before the floor test is conducted. MLAs argued two are unrelated.
29th Jun 2022More
Justice L.N. Rao’s Notable Judgments: Reservations, Tribunals and COVID Relief
Justice Rao wrote Judgments on a wide range of subjects in his 6 year SC tenure, notably on reservations, tribunal reforms and COVID relief.
10th Jun 2022More
FCRA Judgment: Assessing the Impact on NGOs
Which NGOs does the SC's April 2022 FCRA Judgment affect and how?
6th Jun 2022More
Local Elections: SC Approves MP OBC Reservations Policy
Delayed local elections in Madhya Pradesh raised concerns at the SC about breakdown of democratic processes.
3rd Jun 2022More
Tracing Six Years of Justice L.N. Rao at the Supreme Court
Rao J is set to retire on June 7th, 2022, during the Supreme Court's summer vacation.
Gyanvapi Mosque Dispute #3: Case Transferred to Varanasi District Judge
Constitutional Rights of OCIs #6
Pegasus Spyware Probe #7: Technical Committee Granted More Time To Submit Final Report
COVID Coverage: Children in Street Situations, May 19th 2022
Maharashtra Government asks for Union government funding to build 20 new Child Protection Homes.
19th May 2022More
10 Must-Reads on Sedition Law in India
SCO's list of must-reads captures all the facets of the sedition debate—and of ongoing litigation on sedition across Courts.
18th May 2022More
Gyanvapi Mosque: SC Says Shiv Lingam To Be Protected Without Restricting Muslims’ Rights
Justices Chandrachud and Narasimha, both previously involved in the Ayodhya Title Dispute, strive for 'balance' in the Gyanvapi mosque case.
17th May 2022More
Sedition: Court in Review
Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code,1860, is a colonial provision criminalising attempts to ‘excite disaffection’ towards the government.
17th May 2022More
The Sedition Order: A Real Hope for Free Speech?
DESK BRIEF: The intended impact of the SC's relatively ambiguous Order remains unclear.
12th May 2022More
Sedition #4: SC ‘Hopes and Expects’ Union and States Will Not Use S124A Until Re-examination is Completed
11th May 2022More
Justice Vineet Saran’s Tenure in Numbers
With Justice Saran's term ending on May 10th, the SC enters a long season of judicial retirements. SCO reviews his tenure in numbers.
10th May 2022More
Sedition #3: SC Asks Union How Misuse of S124A Will Be Prevented
10th May 2022More
Lt. Governor and NCT Delhi #4: SC Refers Civil Services Dispute to 5-Judge Bench
6th May 2022More
Sedition #2: SC Contemplates Whether to Refer Case to 7-Judge Bench
5th May 2022More
SC Subverts Maharashtra’s Latest Attempt to Postpone Local Elections
With elections pending in nearly 2,500 local bodies, SC raps Maharashtra for abdicating its constitutional duty again.
4th May 2022More
CJI Ramana Says Govt. Must Help Tackle Pendency
The Chief Justice of India was addressing Chief Ministers and Chief Justices on the challenges facing the Judiciary.
30th Apr 2022More
Lt. Governor and NCT Delhi #2: SG Seeks Reference to 5-Judge Bench
27th Apr 2022More
COVID Coverage: Children in Protection Homes, April 25th 2022
The Bench directed all States to follow NCPCR’s suggestions for the identification and rescue of CISS until they framed local guidelines.
25th Apr 2022More
Fixing Arbitrators’ Fee #5: Amicus Argues That Party Autonomy Must be Focus of Arbitration
20th Apr 2022More
Lt. Governor and NCT Delhi #1: Delhi Govt Says Union Control Over Administrative Services Violates Principles of Federalism
12th Apr 2022More
FCRA Amendment: Judgment Matrix
11th Apr 2022More
SCO Explains: Gig Workers’ Claim for Social Security
We discuss gig workers' claims for recognition as unorganised workers with Prof. Babu Mathew
11th Apr 2022More
Welcome Back to the Supreme Court!
DESK BRIEF: For SC, are online hearings just a stopgap solution necessitated by COVID-19 or an innovation with widespread and long-term use?
8th Apr 2022More
SCO Shorts: Tamil Nadu Vanniyar Reservations Judgment
Internal reservations for Vanniyars will be discontinued until the Tamil Nadu government finds reliable data to justify them.
1st Apr 2022More
Pronouncement of Judgment: SC Strikes Down Tamil Nadu’s 10.5% Reservation For Vanniyars
31st Mar 2022More
What the Rakesh Asthana Case Reveals About Police Reform in India
DESK BRIEF: The Asthana case is the tip of the iceberg of unimplemented police reforms in India.
30th Mar 2022More
COVID Coverage: Children in Protection Homes, March 28th 2022
SC Directs States, UTs to Implement Policy For Children Living On Streets
28th Mar 2022More
Rakesh Asthana Case Points to Unimplemented SC Directives on Police Reforms
Much-awaited hearings will unravel the Court’s stance on implementing its rulings on police reforms in India.
26th Mar 2022More
Months From Retirement, Justice Khanwilkar Reserves Three Critical Judgments
Benches led by Khanwilkar J will deliver crucial judgments in the FCRA, Gujarat Riots and PMLA cases before he retires.
23rd Mar 2022More
SCO Explains: Discussing Data in Reservation Policies with Dr. Anup Surendranath
We discuss the Supreme Court's demand for data in reservations policies and the implications of this demand with Dr. Anup Surendranath.
21st Mar 2022More
SCO Explains: Reservations in PG NEET Admissions (3/4)
We discuss the normative gaps in the Court's reservations jurisprudence in the context of PG NEET admissions with Dr. Anup
11th Mar 2022More
Justice Akil Kureshi Retires Without Elevation to the Supreme Court
DESK BRIEF: Justice Akil Kureshi's retirement marks another chapter in India’s history of Executive interference in judicial appointments.
10th Mar 2022More
Live Streaming: Justice Dramatised
Desk Brief: The question of allowing live streaming of Courts is redundant. We are left to figure out how to mitigate its potential damage.
26th Feb 2022More
Vanniyar Reservation Day #4: Bench Reserves Judgment
23rd Feb 2022More
COVID Coverage: Children in Protection Homes, February 21st 2022
On February 21st 2022, the SC directed all States and UTs to implement NCPCR's suggestions for the care of children in street situations.
21st Feb 2022More
Court Goes Viral
At least two hundred thousand citizens have been tuning in daily to the Karnataka High Court’s live stream of the Hijab Ban hearings.
19th Feb 2022More
SC Maintains Silence on Karnataka Hijab Ban
The Supreme Court has maintained silence over the Karnataka Government's Order banning hijabs in educational institutions
16th Feb 2022More
SC On PMLA: A Fine Balance?
DESK BRIEF: Will the Court continue to maintain a minimum interference policy in special criminal laws with PMLA?
4th Feb 2022More
Monthly Review: January 2022
The Court engaged extensively with data for reservations, the rights of money laundering suspects, and the limits of legislative privileges.
31st Jan 2022More
Covid Coverage: Children in Protection Homes, January 24th 2022
The Court sought clarifications on whether the NALSA could pay honorarium to Remote Point Coordinators assisting child trafficking victims.
24th Jan 2022More
Judgment Summary: OBC Reservations in PG NEET 2021
22nd Jan 2022More
Week 4 at the SC (2022): The Reservation Battles Rage On
The SC issued two orders on reservation policies in PG medical entrance exams and municipal elections.
22nd Jan 2022More
SC Offers Hope for OBC Reservations in Maharashtra Municipal Elections
The Maharashtra government was directed to submit data justifying its OBC reservation policy to the State Commission for Backward Castes.
20th Jan 2022More
Covid Coverage: Children in Protection Homes-17th January 2022
The Bench was concerned that a majority of State governments were yet to complete the first step of identifying street children.
17th Jan 2022More
An SC Judge Authors an Average of 28 Judgments Per Year
This post discusses the yearly rate at which each of the 33 sitting judges of the Supreme Court author judgments.
3rd Jan 2022More
4 of the Next 7 CJIs Will Serve Shorter Than Average Tenures
We discuss the expected tenures of the next seven CJIs in this post.
31st Dec 2021More
Looking Ahead 2022: SC on Press Freedom
The Supreme Court is likely to hear two important cases raising questions about press freedom in 2022.
30th Dec 2021More
Looking Ahead 2022: SC on Special Investigative Bodies
In 2022, the Supreme Court will engage with three important cases that deal with the independence of special investigative bodies.
29th Dec 2021More
Looking Ahead 2022: SC on Terror
The Court will hear arguments on two important challenges to the UAPA in 2022.
29th Dec 2021More
Looking Ahead 2022: SC on Reservations
Data requirement to make reservation policies will continue to be an important issue at the Supreme Court in 2022.
28th Dec 2021More
SC Judgment Review 2021: Legislative Competence
We discuss three judgments in which the Court defined the extent of the powers of Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies.
27th Dec 2021More
Constitution Bench Pendency at the SC (2019-2021)
This post analyses changes in the pendency of matters before Constitution Benches of the Supreme Court from January 2019 to December 2021.
24th Dec 2021More
50 Constitution Bench Matters Remain Pending Before the SC (2021)
We discuss the changes in pendency before Constitution Benches of the Supreme Court in 2021.
23rd Dec 2021More
Monthly Changes in Pendency at the Supreme Court (2021)
We discuss the rate of change in pendency in each month of 2021.
22nd Dec 2021More
No OBC Reservations in Maharashtra Municipal Elections Without Data
Khanwilkar J dismissed the Maharashtra Government's petition seeking the Union Government's 2011 Socio Economic and Caste Census data.
18th Dec 2021More
The Week Ahead
Today the Supreme Court begins its last week of hearings for the year, before closing for a 2 week long winter vacation on December 20th.
13th Dec 2021More
What is a Typical SC Judge’s Career Path?
Data reveales that High Court judges who were advocates hold more Supreme Court positions than those from the subordinate judiciary.
17th Nov 2021More
Less than 45% of HC Judges are from the Subordinate Judiciary [2017-21]
43.6% of HC judges have been appointed from the subordinate judiciary and the remaining 56.4% were appointed directly from the Bar.
17th Nov 2021More
Covid Coverage: Children in Protection Homes, November 15th 2021
The Court ordered all States and UTs to file reports on the status of children in street situations in two weeks.
15th Nov 2021More
Union Directed to Issue Instructions for Reservation in Promotion for PWDs in Four Months
The Union argued that reservations in promotions for Persons with Disabilities shouldn't apply to promotions in all government services.
28th Sep 2021More
Bhushan J’s Impact: The 50% Limit on Reservations, EWS and NEET
How will Bhushan J's Maratha Reservation opinion upholding the 50% limit on reservations impact ongoing cases?
27th Sep 2021More
Caste Census and Bhushan J’s Push for Data
Bhushan J's Maratha judgment pushed the Union to collect contemporaneous data on caste in the country.
27th Sep 2021More
State Governments Unhappy with NDMA Guidelines for Ex-Gratia Payments
The Union has sought another extension to come up with guidelines for ex-gratia payments for the families of those deceased due to COVID-19.
22nd Sep 2021More
Union Seeks Clarifications on Reservation in Promotion Ruling for Persons with Disabilities
On September 21st 2021, a three judge bench, heard the Union’s petition seeking clarifications on the Siddaraju judgment.
21st Sep 2021More
Madras High Court Stays IT Rules
Various HCs are hearing challenges to the IT Rules, 2021. The Madras HC that the stay order passed by the Bombay HC would apply nationwide.
17th Sep 2021More
Who Are the Nine Recommended SC Judges?
August 2021 saw two Supreme Court retirements accompanied by nine Collegium recommendations to the apex court.
19th Aug 2021More
Bombay High Court: IT Rules Against Constitutional Ethos and Principles
The Bombay High Court observed that Rule 9 of the IT Rules was unconstitutional for placing restrictions on digital media content.
14th Aug 2021More
Nariman’s Judgments Prioritised Equality Over Religion
Nariman J's freedom of religion judgements are likely to shape this field for years to come.
13th Aug 2021More
Kerala High Court Stays IT Rules
The Kerala High Court has ordered that the Union cannot take coercive action against anyone for non-compliance with the IT Rules.
6th Aug 2021More
IT Rules Challenges May Reach Supreme Court
The IT Rules, 2021 have been challenged in multiple High Courts - will these challenges be ultimately heard by the Supreme Court?
24th Jul 2021More
On an Average, the Court Receives over 25,000 PILs a Year
Over nine lakh PILs were filed in the Supreme Court between 1985-2020. The data indicates that the rate at which PILs are filed is rising.
22nd Jul 2021More
J. Bhushan’s 11 Key Judgments on Reservation, Privacy, Religious Rights
Bhushan J's opinions have left an impact on reservation law, while he dealt with multiple COVID relief cases and Ayodhya disputes.
3rd Jul 2021More
Ex- Gratia Payment to COVID Affected Families – Supreme Court Directs NDMA to Draft Guidelines
The SC declared that it is mandatory for the NDMA to frame guidelines for ex-gratia payments to the families of those deceased due to COVID.
30th Jun 2021More
COVID Coverage: Migrant Labourers June 29th 2021
Judgment and Directions of the Court to alleviate the situation of migrant labourers during the pandemic
30th Jun 2021More
Feminist Discontentment and the Jurisprudence of Indirect Discrimination
In her book, Sheryl Sandberg suggests that companies are better when women have a seat at the decision-makers table.
29th Jun 2021More
Identity and Evidence- An Intersectional Perspective
How does the law on caste- based oppression in India gain from intersectionality perspectives?
29th Jun 2021More
Disability as a Social Barrier
The Court's Vikash Kumar judgment has its roots in the disability rights movement, which was highlighted in the documentary 'Crip Camp'.
19th Jun 2021More
Sabrimala #3: Devoswam Board Says Exclusion Is Not Discriminatory, Merely Matter of Faith
24th Jul 2018More
Sabrimala #2: Petitioners Argue Exclusion Violates Right Against Untouchability and To Free Expression
19th Jul 2018More