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.

Articles by Bhadra Sinha
Mumbai, India - Nov. 23, 2019:Devendra Fadnavis appointed as Maharashtra CM and Ajit pawar as Deputy CM in presence of Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, November 23, 2019. (HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - Nov. 23, 2019:Devendra Fadnavis appointed as Maharashtra CM and Ajit pawar as Deputy CM in presence of Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, November 23, 2019. (HT PHOTO)

Anti-defection law, floor test in focus as BJP springs a surprise

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2019 11:09 AM IST
Technical and legal questions confront the government, which still has time to face a floor test. Its survival will depend on whether Ajit Pawar and his supporters manage to overcome the threat of disqualification under the anti-defection law.
The resolution also makes it compulsory for lawyers to attend continuous legal education programs to be organised by bar councils or bar associations.(HT File Photo)
The resolution also makes it compulsory for lawyers to attend continuous legal education programs to be organised by bar councils or bar associations.(HT File Photo)

Bar Council resolution forchanges in practice rules

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 01:20 AM IST
In the wake of recent clashes between Delhi Police and lawyers in the Capital’s district courts, the council has also proposed introducing minimum qualification for candidates keen to be representatives in bar associations and councils.
The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a victim can engage a lawyer to represent him or her in a criminal trial, but the lawyer wouldn’t have the right to examine a witness or advance arguments in court.(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a victim can engage a lawyer to represent him or her in a criminal trial, but the lawyer wouldn’t have the right to examine a witness or advance arguments in court.(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)

Victim can engage lawyer in criminal trial, but not for arguments: SC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 03:18 AM IST
A bench of justices MM Shanthanagoudar and Deepak Gupta delivered the judgement while upholding a Calcutta high court order dismissing an application filed in a murder case wherein the wife of a deceased man sought permission for her counsel to cross-question witnesses after the public prosecutor.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Kerala government to frame a law to manage the Sabarimala temple by the third week of January 2020.(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Kerala government to frame a law to manage the Sabarimala temple by the third week of January 2020.(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)

SC directs Kerala government to frame law on Sabarimala

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 01:04 AM IST
A three-judge bench led by justice NV Ramana said the Ayappa temple in Sabarimala cannot be administered by a common law proposed to govern 3,000 temples.
Under the new system, SSC women officers would be required to indicate if they want a permanent commission within four years of service. (PTI)
Under the new system, SSC women officers would be required to indicate if they want a permanent commission within four years of service. (PTI)

‘Do it or we will order’: Supreme Court to Centre on women in army

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2019 08:22 PM IST
The Supreme Court bench told the Centre’s law officer Sanjay Jain to come back with a positive response by next Thursday.
P Chidambaram speaks to the media.(HT File)
P Chidambaram speaks to the media.(HT File)

‘In jail for 90 days’: Chidambaram appeals for bail to Chief Justice Bobde

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 05:22 PM IST
SC agrees to hear Chidambaram’s plea against Delhi HC order refusing him bail in INX Media case
Supreme Court on Friday rejected the Enforcement Directorate appeal against release of Congress leader DK Shivakumar on bail.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Supreme Court on Friday rejected the Enforcement Directorate appeal against release of Congress leader DK Shivakumar on bail.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

‘Our judgment not to be played around with’: Supreme Court cautions Centre

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 01:40 AM IST
The Supreme Court frowned at the way the Enforcement Directorate was treating citizens was not right.
Hindu devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala.(Photo: REUTERS)
Hindu devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala.(Photo: REUTERS)

‘Organised acts of resistance to thwart... must be put down firmly’: SC reviews 2018 Sabarimala judgment

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2019 01:31 AM IST
The majority 3-2 judgment also included the issues of the entry of women into mosques, the horrific practice of female genital mutilation, and the entry of women into Parsi fire temples among the questions that the larger bench needs to address.
A view of Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France.(PTI)
A view of Rafale Jet at its Dassault Aviation assembly line, in Bordeaux, France.(PTI)

‘Can’t compare apples and oranges’: SC rejects Rafale deal pricing criticism

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha and Ashok Bagriya
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 10:31 PM IST
The bench underscored that it wasn’t for the court to determine the price at which the jets should have been bought and expressed confidence that the government’s internal mechanisms would take care of the situation.
Sabarimala temple case verdict: The Supreme Court is delivering its verdict on 65 review petitions filed over its 2018 judgment allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Sabarimala temple case verdict: The Supreme Court is delivering its verdict on 65 review petitions filed over its 2018 judgment allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court refers entry of women to Sabarimala to larger bench

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 02:47 PM IST
Sabarimala Temple Case Verdict: The Supreme Court has decided to set up a 7-judge bench to look at the entire gamut of issues relating to practices specific to various religious communities.
In its unanimous verdict that brought down the curtains on the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case, a five-judge Supreme Court bench declared Ram Lalla as a juristic person.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
In its unanimous verdict that brought down the curtains on the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case, a five-judge Supreme Court bench declared Ram Lalla as a juristic person.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Ram Lalla is juristic person: Judges

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2019 06:28 AM IST
A juristic person is a non-human legal entity recognised by the law and entitled to rights and duties in the same way as a human being.
A man prays on the day of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid case, at Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times).(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
A man prays on the day of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid case, at Jama Masjid, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times).(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

SC ruled in favour of Ram Lalla. Here’s why it still gave 5 acres for a masjid

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 10:44 PM IST
The five judges invoked the Supreme Court’s special powers under Article 142 of the Constitution - that empowers the top court to pass any order necessary to do complete justice - to order the alternative plot of five acres for the Sunni Board.
The five-judge-bench did not find any evidentiary value in the ASI’s report to decide the title suits filed by the contesting parties.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The five-judge-bench did not find any evidentiary value in the ASI’s report to decide the title suits filed by the contesting parties.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court didn’t rely on ASI report to decide Ayodhya dispute. Here’s why

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 07:57 PM IST
Lawyers representing the Hindus had relied heavily upon the ASI report to assert their right over the 2.77 acres of land and argument that a temple was pulled down to construct the mosque. Muslims questioned the correctness of the ASI report that spoke of the presence of 12th-century-old Hindu Temple beneath the disputed site.
A devotee prays at Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas kaaryashala in Ayodhya.(PTI)
A devotee prays at Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas kaaryashala in Ayodhya.(PTI)

In Ayodhya verdict, a 116-page note by a judge on Lord Ram’s birth place

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 07:50 AM IST
The 929-page unanimous judgment, which analysed the claims in the Ram Janmabhoomi–Babri Masjid dispute case, held title cannot be established on the basis of faith and belief.
The crowd outside Supreme Court after the judgment on the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The crowd outside Supreme Court after the judgment on the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Ayodhya verdict: Supreme Court orders 5-acre land for Muslims to build mosque

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2019 12:44 PM IST
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi ruled that the mosque should be constructed at a prominent site and a trust should be formed within three months for the construction of the temple at the site many Hindus believe is the birthplace of Lord Ram.
The verdict was preceded by appeals for calm by top religious and political leaders and a nationwide security alert to prevent any attempt by miscreants to inflame tempers in a case that has been followed intently by the Hindu and Muslim community.(PTI)
The verdict was preceded by appeals for calm by top religious and political leaders and a nationwide security alert to prevent any attempt by miscreants to inflame tempers in a case that has been followed intently by the Hindu and Muslim community.(PTI)

Ayodhya land for temple, rules SC; orders 5-acre plot for Sunni Board

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 02:05 AM IST
Ayodhya Verdict: A temple would be built at Ayodhya by a trust to be set up by the government within three months, a constitution bench of the Supreme Court has ruled in its “unanimous” verdict.
A general view of Ayodhya city(Reuters file photo)
A general view of Ayodhya city(Reuters file photo)

Supreme Court to deliver verdict in Ayodhya title suit today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 10:33 PM IST
The five-judge bench of the Supreme Court heard a batch of petitions challenging the judgment of Allahabad High Court on September 30, 2010, trifurcating the disputed land in Ayodhya into three equal parts among Ram Lalla, Central Sunni Waqf Board, and Nirmohi Akhara.
Kapil Sibal insisted that the bar on allowing leaders to travel to Jammu and Kashmir should have a relation to some material about threat to life.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Kapil Sibal insisted that the bar on allowing leaders to travel to Jammu and Kashmir should have a relation to some material about threat to life.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Some people will suffer’: SC responds to Kapil Sibal on Kashmir restrictions

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 01:56 PM IST
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had moved the top court in September seeking permission to visit Jammu and Kashmir to enquire about the wellbeing of his family members and natives of Kashmir valley
A man burns paddy stubble on a farm in Amritsar.(Reuters Photo)
A man burns paddy stubble on a farm in Amritsar.(Reuters Photo)

You’re letting people die: SC to states on pollution

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 11:44 PM IST
The judges said farmers must be given Rs 100 per quintal of paddy procured if they did not burn the residue, and asked the administrations to pay the cost of renting machinery that eliminates paddy stubble for farmers with less than five acres of land.
The directives from the Supreme Court come amid Delhi’s air quality reaching hazardous levels.(Mohd Zakir/HT photo)
The directives from the Supreme Court come amid Delhi’s air quality reaching hazardous levels.(Mohd Zakir/HT photo)

‘Be here else…’: SC warns chief secretaries of 3 states on Delhi’s deadly air

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 07:43 PM IST
The apex court, also described the emergency level of the toxic air worse than Emergency and told chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to be present in court when it resumes hearing on the matter on November 6.
The 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) value on Monday morning was 437 and the average level of PM2.5 – the finer and more harmful of the particulates – was more than seven times the safe levels. ((Photo by Amal KS /HT)
The 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) value on Monday morning was 437 and the average level of PM2.5 – the finer and more harmful of the particulates – was more than seven times the safe levels. ((Photo by Amal KS /HT)

‘That Emergency was better than this’: Supreme Court on toxic Delhi air

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 02:29 AM IST
The court had in the earlier round of hearing lashed out at the Delhi and central government for trying to pass the buck.
The Supreme Court paused the hearing on Delhi air pollution for 30 minutes and ordered an expert from IIT Delhi to the court for answers .(Amal KS/HT)
The Supreme Court paused the hearing on Delhi air pollution for 30 minutes and ordered an expert from IIT Delhi to the court for answers .(Amal KS/HT)

‘Only interested in gimmicks’: Supreme Court rebukes govt over Delhi’s toxic air

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2020 10:04 AM IST
The Supreme Court bench, furious at the inability of the government to take adequate steps, put the hearing on hold for 30 minutes and ordered the government to ensure the presence of an expert and member of the Environment Prevention and Control Authority when it will take up the case again.
The SC bench also reminded Katara that his review and curative petitions against his conviction had already been dismissed.(HT file photo)
The SC bench also reminded Katara that his review and curative petitions against his conviction had already been dismissed.(HT file photo)

‘How can you get parole’: SC rejects petition by Nitish Katara killer Vikas Yadav

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 11:51 AM IST
Vikas Yadav and his cousin Vishal Yadav were convicted for kidnapping Nitish Katara from a marriage party on February 16-17, 2002 before killing him for his alleged affair with his sister.
Principal Secretary to Prime Minister PK Mishra presents the warrant of appointment to Chief Justice of India-designate Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde in New Delhi.(PTI)
Principal Secretary to Prime Minister PK Mishra presents the warrant of appointment to Chief Justice of India-designate Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde in New Delhi.(PTI)

Judges’ presser was disturbing: Next CJI Bobde

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 07:06 AM IST
At the unprecedented January 2018 press conference, justices J Chelameshwar,Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan Lokur aired their grievances over then-CJI Misra’s style of functioning. He
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde will be sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India on November 18.(PTI)
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde will be sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India on November 18.(PTI)

‘Judges shouldn’t agonise over social media’, says CJI designate Bobde

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 07:06 AM IST
Justice Bobde said conversation on social media is akin to discussions that used to take place at tea stalls or clubs.
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, 63 will be the next Chief Justice of India.(PTI)
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, 63 will be the next Chief Justice of India.(PTI)

The relationship between judges better than before: SA Bobde

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 04:07 AM IST
Justice Bobde has been part of benches that have delivered landmark judgements but he will also be remembered for the role he played in defusing tensions between then CJI Dipak Misra and 4 judges.
A senior judge of the Supreme Court who is heading the constitution bench hearing petitions on the law acquisition law, will not recuse from the case, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
A senior judge of the Supreme Court who is heading the constitution bench hearing petitions on the law acquisition law, will not recuse from the case, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)

No need to recuse, rules Supreme Court on demand that judge step away from case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2019 11:15 AM IST
Farmland owners had opposed justice Mishra heading the five-judge bench because he had authored one of the two judgements that has been referred to the constitution bench to determine its correctness.
Vinod Rai led the CoA(Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Vinod Rai led the CoA(Bloomberg via Getty Images)

CoA to demit office after newly elected members take charge of BCCI: Supreme Court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2019 01:11 PM IST
The Apex court also said that the committee would be immune from action in respect of any act performed by them as COA in good faith and that no proceedings could be initiated against the member individually or jointly.
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