The Centre is likely to over-rule Attorney General GE Vahanvati's opinion that a constitutional amendment that requires two-thirds majority - and not a simple state reorganisation bill - would be needed to create Telangana.
India's top intelligence agencies are out to scuttle a law that’s being drafted to protect your privacy. They want to water down the proposed law that makes it a crime to leak sensitive personal information. Nagendar Sharma and Aloke Tikku report.
An ambitious plan has been proposed to let intelligence agencies go headhunting to university campuses. Deputy national security advisor Nechal Sandhu — who spent decades in the Intelligence Bureau — was the first to propose the idea. Nagendar Sharma & Aloke Tikku report.
Heading for another confrontation with the Sheila Dikshit government over control of the police, the Centre has overruled the state’s objections to the Delhi Police bill that will determine how the 85,000-strong force is run. Aloke Tikku
& Nagendar Sharma
The law ministry has told the Centre that J&K governor NN Vohra, and not chief minister Omar Abdullah will have the last word on partially withdrawing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
At a time when it's reeling under allegations of scams and scandals, official documents show that the government gave the CBI more immunity from the RTI Act than what the agency had originally sought. Nagendar Sharma & Aloke Tikku report.
How it was kept out
It will soon be a crime for private companies and their officials to give and receive bribes to and from other private firms and employees. The union home ministry is set to add a chapter in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to check corruption in the private sector. Aloke Tikku & Nagendar Sharma report. Plugging the holes
The who's who of Indian bureaucracy had applied for the post of the Central Vigilance Commissioner after it fell vacant in March this year when the Supreme Court had quashed the appointment of PJ Thomas. Nagendar Sharma
and Aloke Tikku
report. For the hot seat
Public servants, including ministers and MPs, found guilty of corruption may have to reimburse the money lost by the government due to their unethical acts. Nagendar Sharma
and Aloke Tikku
report. Cash-for-graft law?
In a controversial move, a top government panel has decided to keep three central agencies — the CBI, NIA and the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) — beyond the purview of the right to information law.
To punish deviant officials expeditiously, the government is set to strip ministers of a role in deciding penalties to be imposed on senior and middle-level officers in cases of proven misconduct. Aloke Tikku
& Nagendar Sharma
report. Cleaning the mess
Government has decided to revisit 2,400 CBI cases pending in trial courts for more than 10 years to identify cases that are unlikely to end in a conviction and should be withdrawn.
In a move that will ensure continuance of the single directive, the group of ministers (GoM) on corruption, headed by Pranab Mukherjee, has decided against taking a call on removing the controversial legal provision. Nagendar Sharma and Aloke Tikku report.
The Supreme Court will today hear a public interest litigation seeking deferment of the judgment by the Allahabad High Court in one of India’s longest running legal disputes. Nagendar Sharma
& Aloke Tikku
report. See special
The postponement of the Ayodhya verdict on Thursday provided temporary relief for the cautious government, which was bracing itself for the eventuality on Friday.
The UPA government — attacked by the BJP for delaying a decision on Parliament prime accused, Afzal Guru's mercy petition — on Tuesday insisted that Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab would be executed within a year. Aloke Tikku and Nagendar Sharma
The Centre has sharper legal teeth to tackle terror now.The 26/11 terror attack not only changed the way the security establishment handled intelligence reports but also convinced Parliament to quickly pass two laws within a fortnight of the attack, report Nagendar Sharma & Aloke Tikku.
The Centre has sharper legal teeth to tackle terror now. The 26/11 attack not only changed the way the security establishment handled intelligence reports but also convinced Parliament to pass two laws within a fortnight of the attack.
The government will soon bring an ordinance to tweak India’s arrest laws to ensure police officers do not arbitrarily throw people in jail and let hardened criminals go scot-free.
The law ministry on Wednesday sacked its lawyer responsible for filing an affidavit in the Gujarat High Court supporting the Narendra Modi government in the 2004 alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others. Nagendar Sharma and Aloke Tikku report.