Judiciary

Criminalization of Adultery on a Gender-Neutral Basis

The story so far The criminalization of adultery on a gender-neutral basis was recommended by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs last month after reviewing the three new criminal law Bills that will replace the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), and Indian Evidence Act. This …

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Bill seeks to remove CJI from panel that picks CEC and ECs

Syllabus: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Context In a controversial move, the Union government on Thursday introduced a Bill to remove the Chief Justice of India (CJI) from a panel to select the Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners. In Detail Instead of the CJI, …

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PENNAIYAR TRIBUNAL

The time limit fixed by the Supreme Court for the constitution of an inter-State river water disputes tribunal for Pennaiyar river expired and Tamil Nadu is waiting for the Centre’s next course of action. In 2018, Tamil Nadu filed an original suit against Karnataka constructing check-dams and diversionary structures on the river. In 2019, …

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COURT MARTIAL

An Army captain was court-martialled after a Court of Inquiry (CoI) and subsequent summary of evidence found that troops under his command had exceeded their powers under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. Court-martial is a procedure for trials of the military personnel for violating the military laws or making any military offences. It is conducted in …

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GST REGIME’S FLAWS

Meeting in person after nearly eight months, the GST Council last Saturday reached a broad consensus on establishing GST Appellate Tribunals to resolve disputes under the tax regime launched in July 2017. After some fine print changes in consultations with States, the Finance Ministry hopes to include the legislative backing …

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FORCED VIRGINITY TEST IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL: HC

The Delhi high court on Tuesday held that forced virginity test on persons in police or judicial custody is unconstitutional stating that strangely, though the word “virginity” may not have a definite scientific and medical definition, it has become a mark of purity of a woman. It is declared that …

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ADVANCE MEDICAL DIRECTIVES’

When the Supreme Court granted legal status to the concept of ‘advance medical directives’ in 2018 and allowed passive euthanasia, subject to stringent safeguards, it was seen as a vital recognition of both patient autonomy over end-of-life decisions and the right to a dignified death. However, doctors later found that …

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‘AATMANIRBHAR BHARAT’

Identifying the shipbuilding industry as a strategically important industry for its role in energy security, national defence, and the development of the heavy engineering industry, the Economic Survey, 2022-23 noted that it has the potential to increase the contribution of the industry and the services sector to the national GDP. …

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NEW JUDGES FOR SUPREME COURT

The five-member Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud, on Tuesday recommended to the government the names of Rajesh Bindal and Aravind Kumar, Chief Justices of the Allahabad and Gujarat High Courts, respectively, for appointment as judges in the top court. The court has seven vacancies …

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