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The Desk

Monthly Review: August 2021

In August nine judges were appointed to the Supreme Court. Hearings also began in the Pegasus case. Justices Nariman and Sinha retired.

4th Sep 2021

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COVID Coverage: Court’s Functioning (29th August, 2021)

On August 29th 2021 it was announced that physical hearings would resume in the Supreme Court for a limited number of cases.

30th Aug 2021

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Covid Coverage: Children in Protection Homes, August 26th 2021

The Court issued an order to the State Governments to complete the process of identification of children orphaned by the pandemic

26th Aug 2021

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Covid Coverage: Children in Protection Homes, July 27th 2021

The Court took into account the suggestions and concerns of Amicus Gaurav Agarwal and made certain arrangements

27th Jul 2021

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Court Data

Only One High Court Has a Woman Chief Justice

Out of 25, only one High Court has a woman Chief Justice as of 1st June, 2021.

28th Jun 2021

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Court Data

Average Tenure of Judges elevated from the Bar is 6.04 years

The average tenure of a Supreme Court Judge elevated from the Bar is 6 years and 14 days.

26th Jun 2021

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The Desk

COVID Coverage: Board Exams – June 22nd

Certain petitions were filed challenging the cancellation of board examinations, all of which were dismissed by the Supreme Court.

22nd Jun 2021

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Covid Coverage: Children in Protection Homes: 7th June 2021

The Bench directed States to continue efforts to identify children orphaned due to COVID in order to provide them with basic needs.

7th Jun 2021

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COVID Coverage: National Pandemic Policy -June 7th

A change in the prevailing vaccine policy was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

7th Jun 2021

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Covid Coverage: Children in Protection Homes

During the pandemic the Court took several measures to protect vulnerable stakeholders, particularly children in protection homes

7th Jun 2021

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COVID Coverage: Contagion in Prisons – June 1st

The Supreme Court directed remission boards to continue hearings and release those entitled, with States submitting affidavits on compliance

1st Jun 2021

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Covid Coverage: Children in Protection Homes – June 1st 2021

The Bench passed orders clarifying which children would be beneficiaries under PM Cares and appointed nodal officers to exchange information

1st Jun 2021

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COVID Coverage: Board Exams – May 31st – June 1st

CBSE and ICSE exams were cancelled subsequent to the representations made before the Supreme Court

1st Jun 2021

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The Desk

The Supreme Court’s Covid Interventions: Updates

During the pandemic the Supreme Court was compelled to take ad hoc measures to cope with the new issues posed by the spread of the virus.

29th May 2021

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Covid Coverage: Children in Protection Homes – May 28th 2021

The order instructed that the authorities are obliged under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 to ensure that children are taken care of.

28th May 2021

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COVID Coverage: Board Exams – May 28th 2021

Petition filed seeking cancellation of Class 12 CBSE and ICSE board examinations considering the concerns posed by the pandemic

28th May 2021

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COVID Coverage: Migrant Labourers- May 24th 2021

Supreme Court Bench highlights the importance of creation of a database to aid in the registration of migrant workers

24th May 2021

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COVID Coverage: Contagion in Prisons – May 7th 2021

High Powered Committees directed to release inmates who were released earlier vide order dated March 23rd 2020.

7th May 2021

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The Desk

COVID Coverage: Court’s Functioning – April 13th to May 5th

The Court gradually reduced its functioning as the second wave of the pandemic led to rising cases. The Summer vacation was brought forward.

1st May 2021

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Court Data

At what age are judges appointed to the Supreme Court?

The average age of appointment for Supreme Court judges in the past twenty years is a little under 60 years old.

31st Mar 2021

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Court Data

Pendency in 2020 Increases by 10%

The average pendency at the Supreme Court increased in 2020.

5th Jan 2021

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The Desk

COVID Coverage: Screening and Treatment – August 5th to November 26th 2020

The Court considered the National Health Bill, 2009, and the lack of a public health plan, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

26th Nov 2020

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COVID Coverage: Screening and Treatment

The Supreme Court has taken significant measures to facilitate screening, testing and access to treatment during the pandemic

26th Nov 2020

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The Desk

Judgments in Plain Language

Dama Sheshadri J has highlighted the importance of employing plain language while drafting central legislations.

17th Aug 2020

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COVID Coverage: Migrant Labourers- July 31st 2020

Order issued by Court with respect to legislations that states must compulsorily register under to provide relief to migrant workers

31st Jul 2020

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Court Data

Institution of Cases in 2019

Institution refers to the total cases filed in the Court in a given period.

28th Jul 2020

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Court Data

How many Women Judges have been a part of the Collegium?

Out of the eight women who have been appointed to the Supreme Court, only two have ever been inducted into the Collegium.

21st Jul 2020

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Court Data

Since 1950 How Many Times has the Parliament Increased the Strength of the Bench?

This post outlines the process of increasing the number of judges in the Supreme Court.

20th Jul 2020

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Court Data

Increase in Pendency in 2020 (January to June)

Pendency at the Court from January to June 2020.

17th Jul 2020

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Court Data

How many Constitution Bench cases are pending? [2020]

The post looks at the number of Constitution Bench cases pending in the Court.

17th Jul 2020

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Court Data

Of Women Justices of the Supreme Court

Overview of women Justices at the Supreme Court

15th Jul 2020

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COVID Coverage: Screening and Treatment: July 14th 2020

Plea seeking regulation of cost of COVID treatment being offered by private hospitals

14th Jul 2020

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Court Data

Which foreign judgments does the SC cite?

This post looks at the foreign judgments cited by the Supreme Court in recent years.

13th Jul 2020

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The Desk

COVID Coverage: Board Exams – June 28th

The Supreme Court held that intervening in the matter of cancellation of Board Exams was unnecessary.

28th Jun 2020

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COVID Coverage: Board Exams – June 26th

Following the order passed by the Supreme Court, CBSE issues a notification that all Class X and XII Board Exams are to be cancelled

26th Jun 2020

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Court Data

How many 9-judge bench judgments were delivered since 1950?

This posts looks at the number of judgments delivered by a nine-judge Bench.

25th Jun 2020

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The Desk

COVID Coverage: Board Exams: June 10th – June 25th 2020

Upon deliberation, the Court decided that the CBSE Board Exams must be cancelled given the public health situation

25th Jun 2020

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COVID Coverage: Board Exams – June 17th

The Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Karnataka High Court to conduct exams.

17th Jun 2020

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Court Data

Of Judicial Retirements and Elevations

This post looks at retirements and elevations in the Supreme Court for the past five years.

13th Jun 2020

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Court Data

How many Senior Advocates volunteer free Legal Aid?

As per the list published on 1 October 2019, 16% of all Supreme Court Senior Advocates volunteer to do legal services.

10th Jun 2020

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COVID Coverage: Migrant Labourers- June 9th 2020

Directions regarding relief to migrant workers issued by the Court to Central and State Governments

9th Jun 2020

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COVID Coverage: Screening and Treatment: May 27th 2020

PIL filed seeking access to affordable treatment in private hospitals

27th May 2020

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Court Data

How regionally diverse is the Supreme Court (2020)

This post discusses regional diversity in the Supreme Court.

7th May 2020

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Court Data

Supreme Court Registry increasing in Size

There is no clear correlation between increase in the size of Supreme Court registry and decrease in the number of pendency.

30th Apr 2020

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The Desk

COVID Coverage: Screening and Treatment: April 13th 2020

Court reverses its order and holds that free testing in private labs is restricted to those eligible under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana Scheme

13th Apr 2020

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COVID Coverage: Prisons- April 13th 2020

Prisoners released on parole and interim bail upon the recommendation of the High Powered Committees.

13th Apr 2020

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COVID Coverage: Screening and Treatment: April 8th 2020

The Court issued directions to ensure that diagnostic tests for COVID-19 are free of cost

8th Apr 2020

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Court Data

When does the Court reject RTI requests?

This post looks into the reasons for rejecting RTI requests by the Court.

3rd Apr 2020

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The Desk

COVID Coverage: Migrant Labourers- March 31st 2020

The Central Government filed a status report on March 31st to intimate the Court about the measures taken in aid of stranded migrant workers

31st Mar 2020

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COVID Coverage: Migrant Labourers-March 30th 2020

Public Interest Litigations were filed before the Court seeking relief for migrant workers stranded across the country

30th Mar 2020

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Court Data

Which languages is the SC translating judgments into?

Out of the 232 translations published on the official website between 1 January 2019 and 29 February 2020, 114 of them were in Hindi.

27th Mar 2020

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Court Data

More frequent use of Suo Motu Petitions?

This post looks into more frequent use of Suo Motu petitions.

24th Mar 2020

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The Desk

COVID Coverage: Prisons- March 23rd 2020

The Court directed the States to take certain additional measures to mitigate the imminent threat of a COVID outbreak in prisons.

23rd Mar 2020

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Court Data

Did the Swine Flu Outbreak Affect Judicial Output?

Comparative Analysis of the measures taken by the Court during the COVID-19 pandemic with measures taken during the swine flu outbreak.

18th Mar 2020

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COVID Coverage: Prisons- March 16th 2020

Court issued directions with regard to the quarantining and medical treatment of prisoners diagnosed with COVID.

16th Mar 2020

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Court Data

SC Vacations: Comparing India to other Countries

This post takes a preliminary look at the calendars of the apex courts of Australia, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, the UK and US.

13th Mar 2020

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Court Data

28% decrease in pending Constitution Bench cases in 2019

Overall decrease in pendency of constitutional matters before Supreme Court during the year 2019.

27th Feb 2020

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The Desk

The Supreme Court in Review, 2019

"The Supreme Court in Review" brings together academics, students and lawyers across the country to discuss landmark judgments of the Court.

11th Dec 2019

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Court Data

6% increase in pendency under CJI Gogoi

After Ranjan Gogoi was appointed as Chief Justice there was a statistical increase in pendency of matters before the Court.

22nd Nov 2019

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Court Data

Do increases in court congestion decrease future institution?

Whether there is a correlation between time lag in the disposal of pending cases and number of new cases filed.

17th Jul 2019

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Pendency in the Supreme Court, 2019

Steady increase in pendency of cases before the Supreme Court.

9th Jul 2019

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Court Data

Low number of summer vacation judgments

Variation in the yearly number of judgments delivered during the summer vacation of the Supreme Court.

18th Jun 2019

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Pendency: Civil/Criminal Breakdown

Comparative ratio of criminal and civil cases pending before the Supreme Court.

7th Jun 2019

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Court Data

No relation between number of judges and disposal rates

The increase in the number of SC judges has not had an impact on the efficiency of the court.

29th May 2019

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Since 2018, how many times have SC elevations been withdrawn?

Deferral and withdrawal of Supreme Court elevations in light of overall conversion rate.

13th May 2019

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22.9% of pending SC case cannot be heard

22.9% of the total pending cases before the Supreme Court are non-hearable.

30th Mar 2019

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Court Data

Sabarimala: Uses of the word “Untouchable” in Judgment

Differential standing points of the Sabarimala Bench with respect to questions of untouchability.

22nd Feb 2019

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Court Data

3% increase in SC pendency in 2018

The number of pending cases in 2018 increased by more than 3%.

1st Feb 2019

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40% Decrease in Non-Hearable Pending SC Cases in 2018

Efforts by Court to reduce number of pending incomplete admission matters.

8th Jan 2019

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The Desk

#3 Section 377

Court strikes down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to the extent that it criminalizes consensual acts within same-sex relationships.

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27th Dec 2018

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Court Data

# of Judgments Authored: Lokur (L) vs. Average (A)

Comparative assessment of the number of judgments authored by Justice Lokur, upon his retirement.

14th Dec 2018

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Court Data

Justice K Joseph: Authored Judgements v. Judgements Cited In

Justice Kurian Joseph: A comparative analysis of number of judgments authored and number of times cited.

4th Dec 2018

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The Desk

10 Cases that Shaped India in 2018

There were several important cases heard by the Court in 2018 ranging from the constitutionality of Section 377 to Sabarimala Temple Entry.

1st Dec 2018

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Court Data

K Joseph Authored More Judgments than Any Sitting Justice

Upon his retirement, data indicates that Justice Kurian has authored more judgments than any currently sitting Supreme Court Judge.

28th Nov 2018

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#2 Sabarimala Temple Entry

Sabarimala temple practice excluding women from entering the temple challenged as unconstitutional.

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28th Nov 2018

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Court Data

# of SC Judge Appointments over Time

Analysis of annual trend in appointment of judges to Supreme Court.

2nd Nov 2018

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Court Data

23% of District/Subordinate Court Posts Vacant

Vacancy of posts in District and Subordinate Judiciary.

25th Oct 2018

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Court Data

Criminal Defamation in the HCs: Convictions vs Dismissals

#MeToo movement reignites debate surrounding whether defamation should be a criminal offence.

19th Oct 2018

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Court Data

% of Constitution Bench Judgments: Monsoon Session v. Year

Comparative Analysis of the number of constitutional bench judgments between the monsoon session and the rest of the year.

17th Oct 2018

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Court Data

Comparing Misra & Gogoi: Avg. Length of Last 10 Judgments

A comparative analysis of the length of judgments authored by Ranjan Gogoi and Dipak Misra JJ.

9th Oct 2018

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Court Data

Aadhaar Hearings: % of Time Allocated to Each Counsel

The percentage of time granted to each counsel in the Aadhar Act hearing.

4th Oct 2018

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Court Data

Number of pending cases, last 5 CJIs

There has been a reduction in the number of pending cases over the terms of the preceding five Chief Justices.

14th Sep 2018

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Court Data

Cases decided by the last 4 CJIs in the month before retirement

Analysis of number of cases decided in the month before retirement of Chief Justice.

5th Sep 2018

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Court Data

Number of all women Benches in the history of the Supreme Court

Until date, only two all women benches in the Supreme Court.

4th Sep 2018

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Court Data

Inconsistency of Supreme Court Data Releases

Lack of consistency in the release of pendency data by Supreme Court.

11th May 2018

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Court Data

Number of times a Statute/Provision was struck down as unconstitutional (2017)

The number of times a statute has been held to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2017.

20th Apr 2018

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Court Data

Number of reported Supreme Court Review Petitions

57 reported review petitions under Article 137 of the Constitution.

6th Apr 2018

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Court Data

Number of opinions authored in the first quarter of 2018

Number of opinions authored in the first quarter of 2018.

1st Apr 2018

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Court Data

Number of times Impeachment proceedings were initiated against a Supreme Court or High Court Judge

Impeachment proceedings against SC or HC judges initiated a total of 4 times in Indian history.

28th Mar 2018

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Court Data

Number of Women Chief Justices in High Courts currently

As it currently stands, there are 4 Women Chief Justices in the High Courts of India.

10th Mar 2018

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Court Data

Number of times the senior most judge was not appointed the CJI

The most senior judge has been surpassed for appointment as the CJI three times in Indian history.

10th Mar 2018

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Court Data

Number of Constitution Bench decisions

Till date there have been 2187 constitution bench decisions rendered by the Supreme Court.

5th Mar 2018

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Number of Women Supreme Court Judges from 1950

Since 1989, eight women appointed as judges of the Supreme Court.

5th Mar 2018

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The Desk

Right To Information (Court in Review)

The Right to Information (RTI) was recognised as a constitutionally protected right even prior to the RTI Act, 2005.

4th Sep 2017

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The Desk

Right to Die: Court in Review

Tracing the history of the Supreme Courts stance on the right to die with dignity.

4th Sep 2017

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The Desk

Reservation in Promotion: Court in Review

The jurisprudence around Article 16(4) governs reservations granted for promotions in public employment.

4th Sep 2017

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Essential Religious Practices: Court in Review

The essential religious practices (ERP) doctrine governs which religious practices are protected under Arts. 25 & 26 of the Constitution

4th Sep 2017

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The Desk

Criminalisation of Politics

Election candidates can only be disqualified upon conviction and not upon the framing of criminal charges.

4th Sep 2017

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Right to Privacy: Court in Review

An analysis of the history of right to privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution.

4th Jul 2017

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Court Data

Total financial requirement (for 5 years) for the Justice Sector

According to the Department of justice, total financial requirement for justice sector is 9749 crores for the next 5 years.

18th Nov 2015

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