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Delhi HC likely to get first openly gay judge

The Supreme Court collegium has recommended the elevation of senior advocate Saurabh Kirpal, an openly gay person, as a judge in the Delhi high court, rejecting the Union government’s preliminary objections against his proposed elevation.
In October 2017, the Delhi high court unanimously recommended Kirpal for appointment as a judge of the Delhi HC.(Twitter)
In October 2017, the Delhi high court unanimously recommended Kirpal for appointment as a judge of the Delhi HC.(Twitter)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 05:21 AM IST
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ByUtkarsh Anand, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Plea to delay judicial exam till lawyers get vaccinated transferred to new bench

Justices Manmohan and Asha Menon said let the plea be listed before a bench headed by the chief justice as it has the roster of public interest litigation.
The court was hearing a petition filed by one of the candidates who is going to appear for the examination.(HT FILE)
The court was hearing a petition filed by one of the candidates who is going to appear for the examination.(HT FILE)
Updated on Mar 09, 2021 02:43 PM IST
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Year 2020: Andhra witnesses confrontation between Executive and Judiciary

The year started with the people’s agitation for a capital city for the state. The local bodies election fever then gripped Andhra Pradesh, but it abruptly abated.
A rare confrontation between the Judiciary and the Executive in particular reached a crescendo when, towards the end of the year, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy shot off a letter to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde against a Supreme Court judge, AP High Court Chief Justice JK Maheshwari (since transferred) and several judges of the HC.(PTI)
A rare confrontation between the Judiciary and the Executive in particular reached a crescendo when, towards the end of the year, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy shot off a letter to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde against a Supreme Court judge, AP High Court Chief Justice JK Maheshwari (since transferred) and several judges of the HC.(PTI)
Published on Jan 04, 2021 11:39 AM IST
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Amaravati | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Challenges ahead for the judiciary

To free up the clogged arteries of the system, we need an alternative dispute resolution mechanism
Collegiums, having monopolised appointments and transfers, are duty bound to devise a simple flow/time chart to ensure that movement of files at each level is monitored by a designated judge in each court and does not exceed the stipulated time period for each rung of the ladder.(PTI)
Collegiums, having monopolised appointments and transfers, are duty bound to devise a simple flow/time chart to ensure that movement of files at each level is monitored by a designated judge in each court and does not exceed the stipulated time period for each rung of the ladder.(PTI)
Published on Dec 30, 2020 07:44 PM IST
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ByAbhishek Singhvi

‘Courts provide checks and balances, can’t be unelected governments’: SC Judge

The judge said that courts today are increasingly being asked to decide on political matters which are brought before it under the guise of public interest litigation and they face a lot of criticism due to the handling of such cases.
Courts, he maintained, have their limitations and have not been tasked with the responsibility of running the system.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Courts, he maintained, have their limitations and have not been tasked with the responsibility of running the system.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 05, 2020 10:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMurali Krishnan | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

‘Tweets not intended to disrespect Supreme Court, judiciary’: Prashant Bhushan after verdict

Prashant Bhushan was found guilty of the contempt by the Supreme Court for his two tweets which the court said were against the judiciary. He plans to file a review against the judgement.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2020 05:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Money spent on judiciary less than 1% in all states except Delhi, says SC

The highest amount spent on judiciary was by Uttar Pradesh, which bore an expenditure of Rs. 1,614 crore. However, it accounted for only 0.35 percent of the state’s total expenditure.
Besides Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, only 6 states — Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal — spent more than Rs 1,000 crore for judiciary in 2018-19.
Besides Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, only 6 states — Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal — spent more than Rs 1,000 crore for judiciary in 2018-19.
Updated on Mar 04, 2020 10:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMurali Krishnan

Justice delayed is justice denied

Today, it can take nearly 20 years if a case goes all the way from the subordinate court to the high court and then the Supreme Court. Twenty years means multiple generations of litigants, enormous cost and frustration — a case taking this long to be resolved is symptomatic of an inefficient and ineffective judicial system; any ‘justice’ delivered after a span of 20 years would be bereft of its true meaning.
Indian judiciary, despite its many successes, suffers from severe structural problems that prevent it from functioning properly.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Indian judiciary, despite its many successes, suffers from severe structural problems that prevent it from functioning properly.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 13, 2019 01:52 AM IST
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ByHarish Narasappa

Nine judges hold in-chamber review hearing over NJAC

A review petition seeking the recall of a historic 1993 ruling establishing the primacy of the CJI over the executive in appointing judges to the higher judiciary was filed by the National Lawyers Campaign for Judicial Reforms and Transparency (NLCJRT).
A nine-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi held an in-chamber hearing on Thursday on a review petition seeking the recall of a historic 1993 ruling establishing the primacy of the CJI over the executive in appointing judges to the higher judiciary.(PTI)
A nine-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi held an in-chamber hearing on Thursday on a review petition seeking the recall of a historic 1993 ruling establishing the primacy of the CJI over the executive in appointing judges to the higher judiciary.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 18, 2019 03:08 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Patna HC judge, who hit out at corruption in judiciary, taken off all cases

An 11-judge bench of the high court, headed by Chief Justice AP Shahi, also suspended Justice Rakesh Kumar’s order on the case on Thursday, saying the single judge bench had no jurisdiction to pass such an order on a case that had been closed.
Patna HC judge Justice Rakesh Kumar (in photo), while hearing the bail plea of retired IAS officer KP Ramaiah, had questioned the manner in which he was granted by a lower court.(Photo Credit: Patna HC website)
Patna HC judge Justice Rakesh Kumar (in photo), while hearing the bail plea of retired IAS officer KP Ramaiah, had questioned the manner in which he was granted by a lower court.(Photo Credit: Patna HC website)
Updated on Aug 29, 2019 03:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByArun Kumar

Independence of judiciary not a one-time pill, says Chief Justice Gogoi

Gogoi is leading an Indian delegation at the two-day conference of chief justices of members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
CJI Ranjan Gogoi drew attention to the fact that the judiciary has to rise and stand up to protect Constitutional ethos, even during trying times.(HT PHOTO)
CJI Ranjan Gogoi drew attention to the fact that the judiciary has to rise and stand up to protect Constitutional ethos, even during trying times.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 19, 2019 05:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

‘It’s time to stand up with judiciary’: Arun Jaitley on allegations against CJI

The Supreme Court even held an extraordinary hearing on Saturday after a former employee of the apex court accused the CJI of sexual harassment and persecution.
‘It’s time to stand up with judiciary’: Arun Jaitley on allegations against CJI(REUTERS)
‘It’s time to stand up with judiciary’: Arun Jaitley on allegations against CJI(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 08:29 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Of transparency in the judiciary

Can there be different standards for transparency across different arms of the state?
It is telling that arguments on a petition by the SC defending its decision to not part with information on judicial appointments and assets of judges were made in the SC and before SC judges recently(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
It is telling that arguments on a petition by the SC defending its decision to not part with information on judicial appointments and assets of judges were made in the SC and before SC judges recently(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 07, 2019 02:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

An independent judiciary is not a political party

To be fair, Kejriwal is not the only politician to make deprecating comments about the judiciary. Politicians belonging to other political parties, including the Congress and the BJP, also indulge in the same game
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference after Supreme Court's verdict, Feb 14. Kejriwal is entitled to say that the judgment is erroneous and it is open to him to adopt appropriate remedies(PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference after Supreme Court's verdict, Feb 14. Kejriwal is entitled to say that the judgment is erroneous and it is open to him to adopt appropriate remedies(PTI)
Published on Feb 16, 2019 07:20 PM IST
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BySoli Sorabjee

The judiciary must try to diversify the institution

There is a need to attract outstanding minds to the judiciary, many of whom can be from legal academia.
Law professors have been routinely appointed to higher judiciary in foreign countries. India, too, should consider appointing them to high courts and Supreme Court(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
Law professors have been routinely appointed to higher judiciary in foreign countries. India, too, should consider appointing them to high courts and Supreme Court(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2019 11:05 AM IST
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ByC Raj Kumar & Khagesh Gautam

Narendra Modi accuses Congress of neglecting India’s defence, trying to create ‘distrust against judiciary’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of neglecting the country’s defence sector and trying to create “distrust against judiciary”, launching a scathing attack on the opposition party at Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency of Rae Bareli on Sunday.
Narendra Modi said the NDA government is trying to boost the armed forces and equip them with modern weapons even as “the other party is trying to weaken it”.(PTI)
Narendra Modi said the NDA government is trying to boost the armed forces and equip them with modern weapons even as “the other party is trying to weaken it”.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 16, 2018 09:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Rae Bareli | ByHT Correspondent

In Prayagraj, Narendra Modi talks freedom of judiciary, Emergency in jibe at Congress

The Congress has not spared even the judiciary from its corrupt and autocratic ways, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday as he addressed a public gathering on the banks of the Ganga in Prayagraj, formerly known as Allahabad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs rituals at Sangam.(AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs rituals at Sangam.(AP)
Updated on Dec 16, 2018 06:03 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Justice Ranjan Gogoi can usher in a sea change in the Indian judiciary

The Chief Justice of India has already ushered in administrative changes in the Supreme Court for quick disposal of criminal appeals
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi addresses the inaugural function of Constitution Day celebrations, New Delhi, November 26(PTI)
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi addresses the inaugural function of Constitution Day celebrations, New Delhi, November 26(PTI)
Updated on Dec 03, 2018 11:42 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Supreme Court pulls up high courts, state govts over vacancies in lower judiciary

The Supreme Court has warned state governments and high courts (HCs) that it will take over the process of filling up vacancies in the lower judiciary if they fail to expedite the exercise.
Statistics reveal there are 5,223 vacancies in trial courts.(AP/File Photo)
Statistics reveal there are 5,223 vacancies in trial courts.(AP/File Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 03:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhadra Sinha

Justice must have human face, says CJI Dipak Misra

Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who will be sworn-in as the CJI on Wednesday, said Justice Dipak Misra was a remarkable judge.
The outgoing chief justice on India Dipak Misra said that justice must have a human face.(ANI Photo)
The outgoing chief justice on India Dipak Misra said that justice must have a human face.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Oct 01, 2018 11:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhadra Sinha

Fast track recruitment of lower court judges: Centre tells 24 high courts

Though the high courts have initiated steps to fill up vacancies, “as the high number of vacancies indicates that there is an urgent need to take further proactive steps to reduce the vacancies in a time bound manner,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Union Law and Justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses a press conference in New Delhi on August 9.(PTI File Photo)
Union Law and Justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses a press conference in New Delhi on August 9.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2018 07:06 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Judiciary, EC, RBI being ‘torn apart’ under BJP govt: Rahul Gandhi in UK

The Congress president alleged that at present, Dalits, farmers, tribal people, minorities, the poor in India are told that they will not get anything, and “if they raise their voice, they are beaten up”.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi speaks at an interactive session at London School of Economics, London on August 24.(PTI Photo)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi speaks at an interactive session at London School of Economics, London on August 24.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Aug 26, 2018 04:51 PM IST
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Why Indian judiciary needs more women

Inadequate gender representation could aggravate biases in the courts
Earlier this year, the Centre released a startling statistic: of the judges in the Supreme Court and various high courts, only 12% are women.(AFP)
Earlier this year, the Centre released a startling statistic: of the judges in the Supreme Court and various high courts, only 12% are women.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 16, 2018 12:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Clear collegium picks, raise retirement age to 70, says Justice Joseph

Appointment of judges to the Supreme Court of India should be cleared by the government within two weeks and to high courts within three months, justice Kurien Joseph of the Supreme Court of India says.
At the conference on the backlog of cases in the judicial system, justice Joseph expressed concern over the delays that have characterised appointments to the higher judiciary.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
At the conference on the backlog of cases in the judicial system, justice Joseph expressed concern over the delays that have characterised appointments to the higher judiciary.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2018 11:38 PM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByAshok Bagriya

Constitutional matters heard by CJI can be live-streamed: Centre to Supreme Court

Attorney general of India KK Venugopal also suggested installation of TV screens inside the court canteen or some hall so that law students, interns and lawyers can watch the proceedings there.
The Supreme Court building is pictured in New Delhi on July 10.(AFP Photo)
The Supreme Court building is pictured in New Delhi on July 10.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jul 23, 2018 11:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

To curb lynching, our hopes are pinned on the judiciary

I feel if the Supreme Court takes suo moto cognisance of attack on Agnivesh in Pakur, the callousness that the authorities display while dealing with such incidents can be reined in
Social activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted allegedly by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers, during his visit to Pakur on Tuesday, July 17, 2018(PTI)
Social activist Swami Agnivesh was assaulted allegedly by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers, during his visit to Pakur on Tuesday, July 17, 2018(PTI)
Updated on Jul 22, 2018 07:22 PM IST
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ByShashi Shekhar

Judiciary today is a workman with no tools, says justice Ranjan Gogoi

Justice Ranjan Gogoi described justice, as referenced by the Constitution, as not something that is a standalone precept but an amalgam of ideals like socialism; democracy; liberty; equality; fraternity, to name a few”
Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjan Gogoi.(PTI photo)
Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjan Gogoi.(PTI photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2018 09:30 AM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Centre set to send 120 names for judges to Supreme Court collegium

The Supreme Court collegium is a body of the country’s top judges, headed by the Chief Justice of India, which appoints judges.
File photo of Supreme Curt building in New Delhi.(AP photo)
File photo of Supreme Curt building in New Delhi.(AP photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2018 11:22 AM IST
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New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByJatin Gandhi

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad pitches all-India test for lower judiciary

Union minister for law and justice Ravi Shankar Prasad proposed a national level entrance test for “talent infusion” into the lower judiciary
Prasad was speaking at the launch of the website and mobile app for Nyaya Vikas – a programme launched by the law ministry to monitor the progress of development of judicial infrastructure in real time.(HT File Photo)
Prasad was speaking at the launch of the website and mobile app for Nyaya Vikas – a programme launched by the law ministry to monitor the progress of development of judicial infrastructure in real time.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2018 11:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJatin Gandhi

Bastar journo faces sedition charge for posting FB cartoon against govt, judiciary

Kamal Shukla, who writes for several local and national news portals, is known for his stand against fake encounters in the region.
Bastar journalist Kamal Shukla had allegedly posted the controversial cartoon lampooning India’s government and judiciary on Facebook.(AFP File)
Bastar journalist Kamal Shukla had allegedly posted the controversial cartoon lampooning India’s government and judiciary on Facebook.(AFP File)
Updated on Apr 30, 2018 10:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Raipur | ByRitesh Mishra and S Kareemuddin
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