Monthly Archives: September 2018

Aadhaar gets thumbs up from Supreme Court

It said it was not trivialising the problem of exclusion faced by the elderly, the very young, the disabled and several others during the authentication process. Authentication was found to be only having a .232% failure, Justice Sikri pointed out. It was accurate 99.76% times, Justice Sikri said. He reasoned …

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VVPAT supply for 2019 LS polls on track: EC

The Election Commission on Wednesday said the supply of VVPATs for use in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 was on track and that it was committed to 100% deployment of machines at all polling stations in the future. The Commission has placed an order of 17.45 lakh VVPATs to …

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A balance of privacy and dignity

The Supreme Court held that whenever there is tension between two rights — privacy of a few and dignity of a majority — the court should intervene to balance it. Justice A.K. Sikri, writing for the majority on the Constitution Bench, “whenever such tension arises, the task of balancing is …

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Police forces in 6 UTs merged

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday notified new rules amalgamating police forces in six Union Territories. The rules effectively mean that officers who are not direct IPS recruits could be posted in any of the six UTs and will be at the disposal of the Ministry. The National Capital …

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Validation of UID principles: Nilekani

Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani, who was the first Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, has said that the landmark judgment was in favour of the unique identification programme. “More than just opining on the constitutionality of the Act, the Supreme Court has unequivocally validated the founding principles for …

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It’s Money Bill, says majority opinion

The majority opinion on the Constitution Bench that the Aadhaar Act was a Money Bill prevailed on Wednesday, but the dissenting judgment by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud questioned how a statute about an identity proof, Aadhaar, can be possibly passed as a Money Bill. Justice A.K. Sikri, who wrote the majority …

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Is mosque essential part of Islam?

The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce a judgment on Thursday on whether to refer the question if a “mosque as a place of prayer is an essential part of Islam” in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid appeals to a Constitution Bench. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra …

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Ordinance allows panel to supersede scam-tainted MCI

In a move to enhance governance and quality of medical education, an ordinance was issued on Wednesday, dissolving the Medical Council of India (MCI) and replacing it with a seven-member Board of Governors led by NITI Aayog Member Dr. V.K. Paul. A Bill to replace the MCI with a National …

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