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Justice Banerjee Authored 98 Judgments in 4 years

On the occasion of Justice Indira Banerjee’s retirement, SCO reports on the numerical highlights of her tenure.

22nd Sep 2022

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SCO Daily: SC Hears Arguments Defending EWS Reservations and the Hijab Ban

The Supreme Court heard the Union’s defence in the constitutional challenge to EWS reservations and the Karnataka government's arguments in

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Varanasi District Dismisses Challenges to Gyanvapi Plea

The District Court’s decision to admit Hindu women’s plea to worship at mosque site appears to chip away at the Places of Worship Act

20th Sep 2022

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August Monthly Review: Notable Hearings and Judgments

Pending Constitution Bench cases took the spotlight in August while the SC also heard matters on privacy, politics and bail

12th Sep 2022

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SC Daily Update: SC Hears Arguments on Hijab Ban and EWS Reservations

A 2-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court Heard Arguments Seeking a Constitution Bench Referral For the Hijab Ban Challenge

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Do SC Judges Write Fewer Judgments Following Their Appointment as CJI?

SCO compared the rate of authoring judgments of the last 10 Chief Justices before and after their appointment as CJI

1st Sep 2022

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The Supreme Court Under CJI Lalit: The Road Ahead

Justice U.U. Lalit is set to take over the reins at the Supreme Court. What will his 74 day tenure look like?

26th Aug 2022

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SCO Shorts: Right to Privacy

The Supreme Court delivered a landmark Judgment recognising the Right to Privacy as a Fundamental Right under the Constitution

23rd Aug 2022

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Umar Khalid’s Bail Application: Delhi HC Hears Sharjeel Imam’s Speeches

Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad read Sharjeel Imam’s speeches from January 2020 before the Delhi HC.

22nd Aug 2022

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Do SC Judges Write More Judgments in the Summer Break?

SC Judges claim that the Court’s 6-week summer vacation aids judgment writing. We look at data on Judgments written during this period.

16th Aug 2022

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Reviewing Week 31 at the Supreme Court (2022)

DESK BRIEF: In Week 31 of 2022, the Supreme Court heard matters on bail, political defection, privacy and retirement

6th Aug 2022

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Justice A.M. Khanwilkar’s Tenure in Numbers

Justice Khanwilkar became the fourth Judge to retire from the SC in 2022. SCO reviewed his tenure in numbers.

28th Jul 2022

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Supreme Court Protects Mohd. Zubair From Arrest Over Tweets

The SC granted bail to Mohd. Zubair over the FIRs filed against his tweets and said that the power of arrest must be pursued sparingly.

23rd Jul 2022

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Supreme Court Directs Home Ministry to Collect Information on Hate Speech

The SC asked the Centre to provide information on state-wise compliance with the Court’s earlier decisions on hate speech

22nd Jul 2022

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Teesta Setalvad’s Arrest and the ‘Larger Conspiracy’

On June 25th 2022, activist Teesta Setalvad was arrested based on the Zakia Jafri Judgment

2nd Jul 2022

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Monthly Review: June 2022

One month into summer vacation, the SC continued to pass important judgments in 'urgent' and pending matters

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30th Jun 2022

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SCO Shorts: One Rank One Pension

On March 16th 2022, the SC upheld the OROP policy as proposed by the Union Government.

29th Jun 2022

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Agnipath at the SC: Plea Seeks SIT Probe Into Violence

In light of the widespread violence during the Agnipath Scheme protests, a PIL has been filed before the SC seeking an SIT probe

27th Jun 2022

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Pendency at the Supreme Court: Half-Yearly Trends (2022)

Pendency in recent years has been on an aggressive rise at the Supreme Court due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

15th Jun 2022

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720 Applicants at the SC Received Free Legal Aid in 2020

In 2020, 720 litigants were granted free legal aid and 572 cases were filed through the SCLSC.

6th Jun 2022

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Sr. Adv. Trideep Pais at Delhi HC: Inconsistent Testimony Used to Charge Umar Khalid

Witness statement unreliable, Sessions Court Judge erred in denying bail to Mr. Khalid, claims Sr. Adv. Trideep Pais.

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500 RTI Rejections at the SC: The ‘Other’ Face of Transparency

Out of the 5,585 RTI applications received in 2020 and 2021, the SC rejected 537 with a majority coming under the 'Other' category.

28th Apr 2022

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SCO Explains: 2020 Amendments to the FCRA

We break down the 2020 Amendments to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, and the SC's decision upholding the Amendments.

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Congestion and Clearance: The Two Sides of the SC’s Pendency Crisis

DESK BRIEF: The Supreme Court's backlog continues to rise as cases take longer to be disposed of

20th Apr 2022

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Six Years on the Bench: Reviewing Justice Rao’s Legacy

Benches led by Justice L.N. Rao will decide key questions on reservations in promotion and rights of gig workers

14th Apr 2022

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21 Out of Every 100 Cases Instituted Before the SC in 2021 Were Added to its Backlog

The SC’s clearance rate dropped to its lowest in 33 years.

12th Apr 2022

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The SC Needs an Uninterrupted 3.8 Years to Clear All Pending Cases

Congestion at the SC sees a fourfold increase over the course of a decade reaching numbers not seen in over 30 years.

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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.

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31st Dec 2021

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