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Checking the New Abnormal

Dismayed by the widespread cases of lynching across the country, the Supreme Court of India observed last month that “it is the responsibility of the States to prevent untoward incidents and to prevent crime.” Towards this goal, in Tehseen S. Poonawalla v. Union of India (July 17, 2018), the court directed that certain guidelines be implemented. The … Continue reading

The RERA Report Card

A year after real estate legislation came into effect, the follow-up in many States has been dismal  It is a year since the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) came into effect (May 1). But stocktaking presents a dismal picture as far as its implementation and expected benefits are concerned. There is still … Continue reading

Politics of Impeachment

Judges of India’s higher judiciary can be removed from office only on the ground of “proved misbehavior” or “incapacity” and through the constitutionally mandated Parliamentary process which requires not only an absolute majority, but also a vote of two-thirds of the elected politicians present and voting in both houses in favour of the notice of … Continue reading


Principles of ‘Causality’ emanating from the universal laws of ‘Cause and Effect’ apply to the unprecedented and looming impeachment motion against the current Chief Justice of India. Classical science believes no event happens by chance. Causality, as defined, is what connects one process (the cause) with another process (the effect), where the first is responsible for the … Continue reading

Nirav Modi: Outshining Indian Authorities

Introduction Shortly after Indian law enforcement authorities started investigating Nirav Modi, Firestar Diamond Inc., a company owned by him in the United States of America, along with its affiliates and subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in a New York Court. The filing made under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code (“Code”) cites “liquidity issues and … Continue reading