Current Affairs

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Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

At the recent Supreme Court hearing of the review petitions seeking inquiry into the Rafale deal, arguments based on the doctrine of “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” were submitted. Coined by Justice Frankfurter of the United States Supreme Court, this doctrine is part of the court-made “Exclusionary Rule” of evidence and postulates that illegally obtained … Continue reading

Playing Politics Over Sedition

The timing of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police, earlier this week, relating to certain acts alleged to have taken place at Jawaharlal Nehru University (“JNU”) in 2016 has been questioned by many. The former president of the JNU Student’s Union, Kanhaiya Kumar and many other student activists including Umar Khalid and Anirban … Continue reading

Addressing the Press; Not the Problem

Today marks the anniversary of the unprecedented press conference, when four Judges of the Supreme Court, constituting the then Collegium, bemoaned that our “democracy may be in danger.” As one reflects on the judicial pronouncements from the country’s highest Constitutional Court in the past year, one can safely say that the judiciary has safeguarded our … Continue reading

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