A challenge to Indian federalism

The efforts of the Union government to divide Andhra Pradesh irrespective of the State legislature’s views, pose a grave danger to federalism and unity.

Stick to stipulated criteria for IAS selections, says Supreme Court

Non-consideration of appellant’s claim by A.P. govt ‘totally unjust’. Commercial Tax Commissioner reduced zone of consideration, contrary to rules.

e-Courts can save money and time, says High Court judge

Stressing the need of increasing the number of e-Courts, Justice Sesha Sai said that this would also extend transparency in the process.

EC regulates poll advertisements, campaign on Net, social media

As per the new order, every candidate, at the time of filing the nomination, has to give their e-mail Ids and accounts of their social networking sites, if any, for monitoring by poll/expenditure officials.

Fading judicial independence

The 120th Amendment Bill 2013 deviates from its U.K. model in the essential requirement of freeing judicial appointments from the executive.

The CBI and the bureaucrat

The investigative agency’s handling of the Parakh affair once again highlights the contentious subject of how it treats the civil services.

Khemka faces slew of charge sheets

The proposals to charge sheet him came from the office of the Chief Secretary and these were done in accordance with the decision of the Chief Minister [Bhupinder Singh Hooda].

Trying times for parliamentary system

The legislature is bypassed; interruptions are on the rise; answers to questions are unsatisfactory; and the political standards of members have deteriorated.

Rarest of rare opportunities

Beginning next week, the Supreme Court is expected to consider the pleas of 18 prisoners on death row, whose mercy petitions have all been rejected by the President of India.

Law of the jungle

The Environment Ministry has systematically undermined the National Green Tribunal, giving expert committees a free hand to grant forest clearances to private projects.

Levelling the playing field

The expansion of employment prospects for the disabled is closely linked to the spread of educational opportunities and the removal of physical and attitudinal barriers that prevent the disabled from realising their potential.

Coping with acts of God, and men

One positive long-term outcome of the 2004 tsunami that ravaged parts of India’s seaboard was a heightened awareness of disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Getting its own off the hook

A Punjab and Haryana High Court decision to halt the framing of charges in the graft case against its former judge Justice Nirmal Yadav raises disturbing questions about judicial accountability.

Call to adopt national competition policy

It was important to adopt the policy in the country where the state still plays a major role in the economic sectors. The policy paradigm in the liberalised era still has a tilt towards control by the state.

Quota for disabled nothing to do with 50 % ceiling: court

The disabled people are out of job because of social and practical barriers, says Bench.

NOTA small matter, this

The Supreme Court’s recognition of a negative vote as a constitutional right should be followed by acknowledging it as a rejection of all candidates.

A sarpanch an outcast in his own town

Under Santosh Jadhav's leadership, the village went on to win the President’s Nirmal Gram award and three State awards. But the ostracism forced him to relinquish his term a year early in 2008.

Sanction must for probe against public servants, rules SC

So far as public servants are concerned, cognisance of any offence, by any court, is barred by Section 197 of the Cr. PC unless sanction is obtained from the appropriate authority, if the offence, alleged to have been committed, is in discharge of the official duty.

Measure for unconstitutional measure

The ordinance seeking to amend the Representation of the People Act interferes with the exercise of judicial power.

Gujarat passes new Lokayukta Bill, empowers govt., not Chief Justice

Governor Kamla Beniwal, while sending back the bill for reconsideration, had called the bill a travesty of the institution of the ombudsman.