Bhadra Sinha

Bhadra Sinha

Bhadra is a legal correspondent and reports Supreme Court proceedings, besides writing on legal issues. A law graduate, Bhadra has extensively covered trial of high-profile criminal cases. She has had a short stint as a crime reporter too.

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On the proposal to link the electoral list with the 12-digit biometric number, the law secretary is said to have given a favourable opinion and assured the ECI that a cabinet note would soon be prepared to change the two laws - the Representation of People’s Act and Aadhaar law.(AFP file photo)
On the proposal to link the electoral list with the 12-digit biometric number, the law secretary is said to have given a favourable opinion and assured the ECI that a cabinet note would soon be prepared to change the two laws - the Representation of People’s Act and Aadhaar law.(AFP file photo)

Govt plan to amend law to link Aadhaar to voters’ list is on track, EC told

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 11:30 AM IST
The ministry communicated this to senior ECI officials during deliberations held on Tuesday with Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and election commissioners, Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi rises to make a statement in the Lok Sabha, during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rises to make a statement in the Lok Sabha, during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.(PTI)

PM Modi announces setting up of Ram Temple trust in Lok Sabha

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 11:49 AM IST
PM Modi underlined that his government was guided by ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ and was working for the welfare of every Indian.
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The government has prepared an outline of the proposed All India Judicial Services (AIJS)(PTI Photo ( Representative image))
The government has prepared an outline of the proposed All India Judicial Services (AIJS)(PTI Photo ( Representative image))

Govt drafts All India Judicial Services plan

UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2020 01:04 AM IST
A lawyer with seven-year practice or someone engaged in teaching at a recognised law college or university for the same time would qualify to take the exam, according tothe proposed outline. A candidate is expected to be aged between 28 and 35 to be eligible for the test.
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A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi, on January 29, 2020.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi, on January 29, 2020.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Election Commission issues notice to BJP leader over advertisement against Congress

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 11:17 AM IST
The Congress had objected to a BJP advertisement that appeared on Tuesday on the front page of a newspaper.
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United Democratic Front (UDF) MLAs block Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan as he arrives for the budget session of the state assembly. CM Pinarayi Vijayan looks on.(Photo: ANI)
United Democratic Front (UDF) MLAs block Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan as he arrives for the budget session of the state assembly. CM Pinarayi Vijayan looks on.(Photo: ANI)

‘Governor can’t read his personal views in customary speech’: Experts weigh in

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2020 02:52 AM IST
A governor’s discretionary powers are not codified in the Constitution but scattered in its various parts, experts - who have weighed on the matter - point out.
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BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who is contesting Delhi Assembly elections from Model Town.(ANI Photo)
BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who is contesting Delhi Assembly elections from Model Town.(ANI Photo)
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The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Saturday rejected applications by 55 colleges(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Saturday rejected applications by 55 colleges(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Bar Council turns down applications for 55 law colleges

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2020 12:21 AM IST
The council’s decision came after its members held day-long deliberations on the applications BCI received between July and December 2019.
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Gavel and law books(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Gavel and law books(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Panel to study impact of verdicts on society

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2020 11:57 PM IST
At a meeting on Monday last, the Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker Bhupender Yadav-led 28 member panel unanimously agreed to start work on the study.
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Union government and the higher judiciary appear to be at loggerheads again over judicial appointments. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Union government and the higher judiciary appear to be at loggerheads again over judicial appointments. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Govt, judiciary deadlock over vacant posts in HCs continues

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2020 05:10 AM IST
Last week, a Supreme Court bench headed by justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul sought an answer from the government on whether appointments on which there is unanimity between the government and the SC collegium can be finalised in six weeks.
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Girls distribute sweets as they celebrate Delhi court's verdict to hang convicts in the 2012 gangrape case, in Patna on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Girls distribute sweets as they celebrate Delhi court's verdict to hang convicts in the 2012 gangrape case, in Patna on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

Delhi court order to Delhi gang-rape convicts revives debate on death penalty

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 12:42 PM IST
As for the government, it is still to take a stand on the issue.
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Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Pralhad Joshi address the media.(PTI Photo)
Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Pralhad Joshi address the media.(PTI Photo)

All-India NRC after due process: Ravi Shankar Prasad

By Sunetra Choudhury and Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2019 08:54 AM IST
The proposed all-India NRC is aimed at identifying illegal immigrants living in India. Opposition parties have been critical of the proposal, which they have warned could subject the citizens of India to hardship .
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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government was committed to going ahead with NRC, but only after undertaking due legal processes and talking to all stakeholders.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government was committed to going ahead with NRC, but only after undertaking due legal processes and talking to all stakeholders.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)

‘Will follow the legal process on NRC’: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

By Bhadra Sinha, Sunetra Choudhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2019 04:16 PM IST
The Union Minister says there is no reason to be apprehensive about the NRC, NPR.
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The law ministry, in June, wrote to all states seeking their view on AIJS, setting the ball rolling for a central exam for the lower judiciary.(HT File)
The law ministry, in June, wrote to all states seeking their view on AIJS, setting the ball rolling for a central exam for the lower judiciary.(HT File)

SC judge to head oversight panel

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2019 12:43 AM IST
The process, he added, will ensure there is no dilution of power of state governments and high courts.
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A vehicle torched allegedly by protestors during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act.(PTI Photo)
A vehicle torched allegedly by protestors during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act.(PTI Photo)

Property damage: UP recovery orders linked to HC ruling

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2019 01:00 AM IST
The state has so far taken 5,400 people in custody and around 705 have been sent to jail.
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Justice Madan Lokur, a former judge of the Supreme Court, says the proviso to the definition of illegal immigrant in the amended citizenship act is unconstitutional if one agrees with the law laid down by the Supreme Court in 1952.(HT File)
Justice Madan Lokur, a former judge of the Supreme Court, says the proviso to the definition of illegal immigrant in the amended citizenship act is unconstitutional if one agrees with the law laid down by the Supreme Court in 1952.(HT File)

‘Proviso in amended citizenship legislation is unconstitutional’: Justice Madan Lokur

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 09:10 AM IST
Article 14 of the Constitution is not limited only to reasonable [actually rational] classification. What is important is that the rational classification must have a reasonable nexus with the object sought to be achieved by the legislation, says Justice Lokur
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Justice Lokur at an event in New Delhi.(ANI)
Justice Lokur at an event in New Delhi.(ANI)

Proviso in new citizenship law unconstitutional: Justice Lokur

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 12:15 AM IST
Justice Lokur said there was a twin requirement of rational classification and reasonable nexus to pass the test of Article 14, which deals with equality, and that this was forgotten in the present debate over the legislation.
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Over the last few years mediation, has emerged as a successful ADR mechanism for property and matrimonial disputes, and, in some cases, corporate fights. (HT photo)
Over the last few years mediation, has emerged as a successful ADR mechanism for property and matrimonial disputes, and, in some cases, corporate fights. (HT photo)

LLB students to be taught mediation from next year

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2019 12:14 AM IST
The chairman of the Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said this week that the apex disciplinary body for lawyers is in deliberations with top experts in the field of mediation to prepare the curriculum.
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The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected. (HT File)
The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected. (HT File)

Heavy encroachment led to rejected forest claims: FSI

By Bhadra Sinha and Jays​hree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 11:39 PM IST
The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 this year ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected.
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The increase in working strength of lower court judges is also due to the Supreme Court monitoring the same, another officer said, also on condition of anonymity.(HT Photo/ Representative Image)
The increase in working strength of lower court judges is also due to the Supreme Court monitoring the same, another officer said, also on condition of anonymity.(HT Photo/ Representative Image)

Delhi leads states in filling lower court staff vacancies

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 05:48 AM IST
Delhi has progressed considerably in the last two years, bringing down vacancies in the trial courts from 316 (in 2017) to 119. The sanctioned strength in Delhi is 799, according to a data
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Home Minister Amit Shah arrives during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi.(Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Home Minister Amit Shah arrives during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi.(Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)

Not your call: MHA tells states opposing Citizenship Amendment Act

By Amrita Madhukalya , Neeraj Chauhan, and Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 02:18 AM IST
Thus far, the chief ministers of five states have signalled their unwillingness to implement the new law — the Citizenship (Amendment) Act: Punjab, West Bengal, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Chattisgarh.
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Justice Chandrachud said the need of the day was to engage citizens in discourse rather than follow a “culture of polarization.” Image used for representational purpose only.(Photo by Prodip Guha/ Hindustan Times)
Justice Chandrachud said the need of the day was to engage citizens in discourse rather than follow a “culture of polarization.” Image used for representational purpose only.(Photo by Prodip Guha/ Hindustan Times)

Scrutinise actions of those in power: Justice Chandrachud

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 01:47 AM IST
It is necessary to scrutinise the actions of those in power so that such abuses don’t occur in the first place, Chandrachud said, delivering the keynote address organised by the International Institute of Human Rights Society to commemorate international human rights day.
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Activists participate in a torch light procession to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Gauhati.(AP)
Activists participate in a torch light procession to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Gauhati.(AP)

Will citizenship bill withstand legal scrutiny? Experts weigh in

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2019 05:42 AM IST
CAB amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to allow Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis or Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, who entered India before December 31, 2014, to apply for Indian citizenship.
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People protest against the rape and murder of a minor in Jammu’s Kathua district, in Srinagar on April 14, 2018(HT File)
People protest against the rape and murder of a minor in Jammu’s Kathua district, in Srinagar on April 14, 2018(HT File)

15 states, UTs fail to set up fast-track courts for speedy trial in rape cases

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 12:01 AM IST
The fact has emerged at a time when there has been a spurt in cases of rape and sexual offences against children, notably the rape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinary doctor, who was burned to death last week on the outskirts Hyderabad by her attackers, sparking protests and candle-light vigils in the city and elsewhere in India .
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Supreme Court advocate Vrinda Grover said its time the state government takes corrective measures and steps to release tribespeople languishing in jail. (Photo /Hindustan Times)
Supreme Court advocate Vrinda Grover said its time the state government takes corrective measures and steps to release tribespeople languishing in jail. (Photo /Hindustan Times)

Withdraw cases against tribals in Maoist belt, says C’garh panel

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 07:55 AM IST
The Justice Patnaik panel was set-up in March with a mandate to review cases involving more than 23,000 tribespeople.
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Each ministry has been asked to undertake the task to hold workshops, seminars or competitions for educating the public about the duties.(HT File)
Each ministry has been asked to undertake the task to hold workshops, seminars or competitions for educating the public about the duties.(HT File)

Government launches drive on fundamental duties

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2019 04:05 AM IST
The emphasis on “duties” is part of the yearlong celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Constitution Day that was celebrated on November 26.
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The proposed bill bans monetary exchanges except for paying for necessary medical expenses.(HT File)
The proposed bill bans monetary exchanges except for paying for necessary medical expenses.(HT File)

Points of contention in surrogacy bill

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 01:18 PM IST
The government faced stiff opposition in the Upper House on November 20 when Union health minister Harsh Vardhan proposed the bill for passage on November 21.
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BCI is cracking the whip as they have been receiving complaints alleging that the institutions were operating without proper staff because the employers do not wish to pay salaries as per the UGC rules.(HT File)
BCI is cracking the whip as they have been receiving complaints alleging that the institutions were operating without proper staff because the employers do not wish to pay salaries as per the UGC rules.(HT File)

Bar Council seeks de-recognition of 25 law colleges

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2019 04:35 AM IST
The BCI, which is the regulator for legal education in the country, has also directed all law colleges to transfer salaries to their teachers electronically to stop the practice of underpaying them.
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The other change being considered is that in case there is a prosecution, the onus to prove that the alleged contravention or alteration was lawfully authorized shall be on the violator. Right now, that onus is on the state.(HT Archive)
The other change being considered is that in case there is a prosecution, the onus to prove that the alleged contravention or alteration was lawfully authorized shall be on the violator. Right now, that onus is on the state.(HT Archive)

Misuse of national emblems to be punished by jail, Rs 5 lakh fine

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2019 05:19 AM IST
The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, restricts the use of the national flag, the coat-of-arms used by a government department, the official seal of the President or Governor, the pictorial representation of Mahatma Gandhi and the Prime Minister, and the Ashoka Chakra.
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Students enrolled in the bachelors laws programme at the Maharashtra National Law University in Nagpur will soon learn the ancient Indian logic of arriving at truth in a lawsuit.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Students enrolled in the bachelors laws programme at the Maharashtra National Law University in Nagpur will soon learn the ancient Indian logic of arriving at truth in a lawsuit.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Law students to learn Indian art of advocacy

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2019 01:59 AM IST
Ancient Indian logic takes within its sweep the Baudhic and Jain knowledge systems that prescribe ways to arrive at the truth.
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