Not above the law

The apex court ruling was itself based on the sound principle that there cannot be two sets of citizens: A convicted legislator could not claim immunity from disqualification when this relaxation was not available to a convicted citizen aspiring to contest elections.

7th pay panel award likely to be implemented from January 2016

It should be implemented with effect from January 1, 2011 as in the case of Central PSUs whose employee pay scales are revised every five years.

Ahead of fodder case verdict comes ordinance to protect lawmakers

The bill relating to those jailed on charges was cleared by Parliament; the one relating to those convicted has now been converted into an ordinance.

Justice cannot follow a tough act

Equating juveniles with adult criminals is neither scientifically correct nor normatively defensible.

Parliamentary panel seeks public’s views on RTI Amendment Bill

The committee headed by Shantaram Naik has invited views and suggestions from individuals or organisations interested in the Bill. The committee will also hear select oral views from stakeholders concerned.

Durga Nagpal reinstated

An official spokesman said Ms. Nagpal’s suspension has been revoked by the government but she has not been given a fresh posting.

In the name of socialism

Despite deriving their power from Dalits and the marginalised, the principal parties in Uttar Pradesh have turned away from the real issues confronting these sections.

An official vote of no confidence

The decision to reimburse IAS and IPS officers for medical treatment abroad defies all economic logic and raises concerns about the government’s commitment to improving India’s health-care system.

State violates law on sanction for prosecuting IAS officers

The power to accord sanction for prosecuting IAS officers under Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act vests only with the Union government.

Balancing the juvenile act

Young offenders above a certain age who commit violent crimes should be prosecuted as adults.

Rajya Sabha clears Bill to set up Judicial Appointments Commission

Appointment of judges is the role of the executive and not the judiciary. By this amendment, we are not trying to interfere with the judicial processes.

Saved for now

Under the RTI Act, any organisation that receives substantial government assistance is a public authority.

A profoundly just order

Commissions are not tribunals or bodies to which judicial powers have been transferred.

Enabling judgment

The message emanating from the judgment is unambiguous, even if only a fraction of the disabled, estimated at nearly 10 per cent of India’s population, is in formal employment.

SC recalls judgment on RTI

Eliciting information from a public authority is not judicial but administrative function.

Too many pieces to this puzzle

The Congress’s tactical errors on the Telangana announcement and an ill-prepared State government have allowed full play to the multitude of separatist movements in Assam.

First law to link land acquisition, rehab

One of the major reasons why land acquisition was delayed was the series of litigation that plagued it. People would go to court against procedures that violated basic norms of due process. Another cause of action were the low rates of compensation.

There cannot be instant disqualification on conviction: Achary

Constitution says the issue should be referred to the President whose decision is final

Tribal people use RTI to access information on forest land titles

The order makes it clear that the information regarding claims under the FRA must be displayed suo motu by the Revenue Secretary for all applications after April 1, 2011, on notice boards and online.

The importance of the outsider

The proposed Judicial Appointments Commission, in which judges will be marginally outnumbered,will make the selection system more transparent and help to assess professional merit in a better way.