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On liberty, the lack of judicial consistency

Decisions appear to be influenced by the status of the individual and the partisan political climate
This is a country where more than 70% of prisoners are undertrials. At the end of 2019, more than 100,000 people were lodged as undertrials for more than a year. As cases pile up, jails are overcrowded and increasingly unmanageable. Why should those queuing up for bail in petty crime cases have to wait for months for a court listing while high-ranking individuals get an urgent hearing even when courts are in recess?(SHUTTERSTOCK)
This is a country where more than 70% of prisoners are undertrials. At the end of 2019, more than 100,000 people were lodged as undertrials for more than a year. As cases pile up, jails are overcrowded and increasingly unmanageable. Why should those queuing up for bail in petty crime cases have to wait for months for a court listing while high-ranking individuals get an urgent hearing even when courts are in recess?(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Nov 20, 2020 06:36 AM IST
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‘Youth shouldn’t forget Gandhi’s message of Ahimsa’: President on the eve of Republic Day

Republic Day 2020: The President listed several government programmes and said they had helped in empowering the citizens of the country and taking them out of poverty.
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the country on the eve of the 71st Republic Day in his address to the nation(ANI/Twitter)
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the country on the eve of the 71st Republic Day in his address to the nation(ANI/Twitter)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 02:02 AM IST
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Chidambaram taken to CBI HQ from his house amid high drama, arrested

Minutes before his arrest by the CBI, Chidambaram had hoped the probe agencies will await the Supreme Court’s decision on his bail plea on Friday.
Officers of the CBI, ED and Delhi Police reached Chidambaram’s home again soon after his press conference ended at Congress headquarters. When no one responded to officers thumping at the gates for a few minutes, one officer scaled the wall to open it for the rest. (PTI photo)
Officers of the CBI, ED and Delhi Police reached Chidambaram’s home again soon after his press conference ended at Congress headquarters. When no one responded to officers thumping at the gates for a few minutes, one officer scaled the wall to open it for the rest. (PTI photo)
Updated on Jun 19, 2020 12:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya

Those who weaken justice, liberty, equality, fraternity doing disservice to B R Ambedkar: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress president also gave his best wishes to the countrymen on the occasion of Baisakhi, Ram Navmi, Hanuman Jayanti and the Odia New Year in separate tweets.
“Justice for all, protection of the weak, mutual brotherhood, equality and freedom remained at the heart of Babasaheb’s life. Let us take these ideas forward with full strength,” she tweeted in hindi.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
“Justice for all, protection of the weak, mutual brotherhood, equality and freedom remained at the heart of Babasaheb’s life. Let us take these ideas forward with full strength,” she tweeted in hindi.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 14, 2019 09:38 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Delhi’s ‘7 wonders of world park’ has replicas of Taj, Great pyramid of Giza, know more

Five artisans led the effort to convert scrap into detailed models of the world’s wonders; the Taj Mahal was the most difficult, they said
Sandip Pisalkar said the project was quite tricky, and involved technical complexities such as moulding scrap material into a particular shape and carrying out fine carving.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Sandip Pisalkar said the project was quite tricky, and involved technical complexities such as moulding scrap material into a particular shape and carrying out fine carving.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 22, 2019 04:38 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByAshish Mishra

Supreme Court cannot take a Janus-faced approach to personal liberty

We need to have a debate about the correctness about the Supreme Court’s judgments in the Section 498A and SC/ST Act cases, and about the protection of the innocent from a criminal justice system that is often brutal, biased, and targeted against the most vulnerable in society
A file picture of the Supreme Court in New Delhi. If, in its judgments on Section 498A and the SC/ST Act, the apex court adopted the perspective of the innocent individual wrongly arrested, in its judgments on anti-terror laws, it adopted the perspective of the guilty man standing ready to misuse the procedural safeguards of criminal law.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A file picture of the Supreme Court in New Delhi. If, in its judgments on Section 498A and the SC/ST Act, the apex court adopted the perspective of the innocent individual wrongly arrested, in its judgments on anti-terror laws, it adopted the perspective of the guilty man standing ready to misuse the procedural safeguards of criminal law.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 25, 2018 11:48 AM IST
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