No defence for poor enforcement

The Campa Cola housing tragedy is not just about the displacement of residents, but also about the regularity with which unauthorised construction occurs.

Criminality in the Indian political system

In their own long-term interest, all political parties must jointly agree to stop sponsoring criminal candidates.

Panchayat Raj Rule 4(2) not in conformity with Act’

ZP members questioned the action of the regional commissioner under the Rule.

Bring the CBI under the Lokpal

A Lokpal with the CBI under it may not be a panacea for all our ills, but it is the first of many steps towards ushering in good governance.

For light-touch monitoring

The EC’s disciplinarian approach is essential to make elections free and fair, but the activism should not go to the extent of robbing the election of all character.

A question of accountability

While it is apparent that due process has been subverted to the advantage of a few by the political executive, it is equally true that there has been some politicisation of the civil service.

Khemka contests order, denies being on poll duty

Senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka was at the centre of another controversy on Wednesday, with the Haryana government saying he was sent on election duty and the post he held was temporarily given to another officer.

Separate legislation will fortify CBI with autonomy, says Raghavan

Gauhati HC ruling is a wake-up call for those unwilling to change the structure of the organisation.

An opportunity to free CBI

The court’s judgment holding that the CBI is not a legally constituted police force has been stayed by the Supreme Court for now.

MNREGS benefits more women in Kerala, T.N.

In 2012-13, women accounted for 51 per cent of ‘person days provided employment under MGNREGS’.

Verdict on CBI formation stayed

The stay came on an urgent petition filed by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), nodal Ministry for the CBI.

Centre to challenge High Court verdict on CBI formation

Raja and other accused seek a stay on the 2G case proceedings citing the ruling. But Special Judge rejects their plea.

Gauhati High Court sets aside 1963 resolution on CBI formation

Though the Division Bench had directed the respondents to produce the original records on creation of the CBI, they just submitted a certified copy of the records from the National Archive.

A flawed and unwarranted move

The Election Commission might be well-intentioned in seeking to ban opinion polls in the run-up to an election, but the move does not seem to be sound in law, and is certainly not desirable in practice.

Beware quo warranto PIL on public appointments: SC

PIL is meant for benefiting marginalised sections, not a tool to settle personal scores. Denial of pay to incumbent holding office is akin to forced labour.

Fiat on police reforms still remains on paper

Seven years later, only some States have implemented directions in part. Early this year, the court reminded States of the need for compliance.

Unshackling the bureaucracy

The failure of the executive to frame a legislative framework to address the key concerns has forced the court to step in.

Penetrating the web of terror networks

A detailed study of the Indian Mujahideen, based on a clinical analysis of curated data, is beginning to pay dividends in understanding when the outfit will launch attacks and who its targets will be.

Oral instructions undermine accountability: Supreme Court

Civil servants can act on them in exceptional circumstances but written confirmation must be obtained.

In major reform, SC orders fixed tenure for bureaucrats

The Bench asked Parliament to enact a Civil Services Act under Article 309 of the Constitution setting up a CSB, which can guide and advise the political executive transfer and postings, disciplinary action, etc.