Criterion for identifying SCs was untouchability, not social backwardness: It is continuing to this day

Letter to Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, by PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd), Former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Welfare, on the need for Constitutional amendments necessary post-Supreme Court judgment dated September 26, 2018 on Reservation in promotion for SCs and STs: The judgment of 26. 09. 2018 by a … More Criterion for identifying SCs was untouchability, not social backwardness: It is continuing to this day

If convicted lynchers can get bail, why don’t under trials? Need for a change in India’s criminal law

By Sania Mariam* One of the famous political philosophers, Montesquieu, in his 18th century book “The Spirit of the Laws” wrote, “There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” The quote holds true especially in the context of 21st century India. … More If convicted lynchers can get bail, why don’t under trials? Need for a change in India’s criminal law

Human rights activists on trial: Court would do great service to democracy by restraining abuse of power

Pushkar Raj* The supreme court has extended the house arrest of five human rights activists who were arrested last week. However, when the case comes before it on 12th September, it would be a enormous service to nation if it could reflect on the larger picture of the country in which human rights activists are … More Human rights activists on trial: Court would do great service to democracy by restraining abuse of power

Reported from some states, charging GST on fees payable under India’s RTI Act is blatantly illegal

By Venkatesh Nayak* Ever since the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (GST Act) was brought into force in India, some public authorities have been creating pointless controversies by demanding GST on fees payable under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). RTI applicants in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have reported such illegal demands from public authorities. According to media reports, GST demands … More Reported from some states, charging GST on fees payable under India’s RTI Act is blatantly illegal

How Pune police violated the law on seizure and raid on activists across India: CJP explainer-Part 2

  Analysis of procedural lapses during nationwide raids on activists on August 28, 2018 by Citizens for Justice and Peace: In law, the search warrant, and raid, is an extreme step warranted only and if only when non-cooperation is seen or observed and the correct and proper course of action would have been for the … More How Pune police violated the law on seizure and raid on activists across India: CJP explainer-Part 2

Did the Pune police violate settled law on arrests, seizure and raid? A CJP explainer-Part 1

Did the Pune police violate settled law on arrests, seizure and raid? Analysis of procedural lapses during nationwide raids on activists on August 28, 2018 by Citizens for Justice and Peace: It is one of those judgements that hold well in statute books, the Basu case that we use, activists, lawyers and all to point … More Did the Pune police violate settled law on arrests, seizure and raid? A CJP explainer-Part 1

Secure expunction of remarks against POA Act such as abuse, misuse, blackmail by Supreme Court

PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd), former secretary to Government of India (GoI), has written a letter to Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, GoI — copies of which he has sent to senior ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Jual Oram and Ram Vilas Paswan — on the need to effectively defend the Scheduled Castes … More Secure expunction of remarks against POA Act such as abuse, misuse, blackmail by Supreme Court