On ED’s power to arrest and seek custody

In a major setback to Tamil Nadu Minister V. Senthilbalaji, the Madras High Court on July 14 upheld the legality of his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and his subsequent remand in judicial custody in a money-laundering case linked to a cash-for-jobs scam. Justice C.V. Karthikeyan, in his order …

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NCW was informed of 6 incidents of violence in Manipur

Context The National Commission for Women (NCW) had been apprised of the alleged incident of women being paraded naked and brutally assaulted in Manipur on June 12, more than a month before a video of the incident surfaced on social media on July 19. Two women activists and a civil …

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Authorities who misconstrue authority

The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 vested a cadre of officers under the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) with powers to prevent money laundering, attach proceeds of crime, and confiscate assets. However, over the last few years, the ED has assumed powers akin to that of a policing agency …

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Differences emerge as Kuki groups seek separation from State.

After a statement by Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM, the apex body of Kuki tribes) specifically seeking a separate State under Article 3 of the Constitution in light of the ongoing conflict in Manipur, signs of fissures are starting to appear among Kuki-Zo civil society organisations (CSOs) and councils about the …

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Delhi dispute: SC may send case to Constitution Bench

The Supreme Court on Monday said it may refer the Delhi government’s petition against a Central Ordinance, which effectively gives power over civil services in the national capital to the Lieutenant-Governor, to a Constitution Bench for an authoritative pronouncement. Constitution Bench  The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India …

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A common civil code spelling equality for every Indian

The 22nd Law Commission has called for responses to a proposal for a Uniform Civil Code in India. This has set off a debate, which has often been acrimonious. But the debate itself is much needed as Indians have never been consulted on the personal laws they are governed by. …

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Voters to get NOTA option for local body polls

The NOTA (none of the above) option will, hereafter, be a part of the electronic voting machines for urban local bodies (ULBs) in Tamil Nadu. This has been made possible by the State Municipal Administration and Water Supply (MAWS) Department through a notification issued in April. With this, the State …

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A Bill that fences in the right to information

The news that the Union Cabinet has approved the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill and will table it in the monsoon session of Parliament raises certain issues. The draft Bill was placed in the public domain in December 2022 but the final Bill has not been placed before the public. …

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The Supreme Court observed that no one in India votes for a candidate based on their educational qualifications. Thus, providing false information about a candidate’s educational qualifications cannot amount to a “corrupt The Supreme Court refused to interfere with the Allahabad High Court’s order of dismissal regarding the original petition. …

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