U.P. Govt. yet to charge sheet suspended IAS officer

There is a precedent in Uttar Pradesh wherein an IAS officer’s suspension by the State Government has been revoked by the Centre.

Centre explores options as Sonia writes to Manmohan on Nagpal issue

Under the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules 1969, an officer can appeal against the suspension order of the State government she or he is serving under. The officer must do so within forty five days of being served the suspension order.

Accounting for accountability

In making the internal deliberations of parties and their criteria for selection of candidates also subject to the RTI Act, the CIC clearly exceeded its jurisdiction.

CIC for distinction between information liability of bodies

Mr. Mishra said the society needed to think why eight years after the transparency law came into being the CIC orders were not being implemented?

A case against supreme immunity

The non-compliance with two recent orders by the CIC, one on political parties and the other relating to the Supreme Court, have set a poor example for the rule of law.

Of politicians and some verdicts

The slew of judgments from the higher judiciary in the period of just about a month or so has been like manna from heaven on the parched earth of electoral reforms.

Now, suicides due to MGNREGS wages not being paid

Activist groups and labourers from Buldhana and Aurangabad district allege that large scale irregularities have taken place in the UPA’s flagship programme.

Parliament should back the court, not criminals

Parliament is entitled to remove some of the infirmities in its judgment, but the court’s view cannot be simply ignored. People across the country have welcomed the court’s judgment. All parties should accept it.

Demanding transparency in political finance

Recognising that they are the main link to the citizens (as voters) and, by implication, the mainstay of democracy, many countries, including India, have helped cushion their expenses at public cost.

Keeping peace at bay - Police Reforms

Police reforms have for long been a stated priority of the authorities with several attempts by retired civil servants to implement them but somehow have never taken concrete shape.

Time lapse is no ground for quashing preventive detention order: Supreme Court

Inordinate delay in execution of a preventive detention order, either because the offender has been absconding or evading arrest or it could not be executed due to inaction on the part of authorities, cannot be a valid ground for quashing it, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Spooked by politics - CBI vs IB

The tussle between the Intelligence Bureau and the CBI over the Ishrat Jahan case reflects the dangerous trend of policymakers eroding their independence and objectivity.

Crime, caste and judicial restraint

Recent judgments on the disqualification of convicted legislators and candidates in custody, and the banning of caste rallies, are not correct in law and need to be revisited.

India looks for lessons from Leveson report on media

The panel, set up after News of the World scandal, had called for independent regulation. Government’s approach to media is based on persuasion, not regulation: Manish Tewari.

555 fake encounter cases registered across India in last four years

In Gujarat, which has been in news lately due to the ongoing trial in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, eight cases were registered in last three years. Four cases were reported in 2012-13 alone.

‘Vigilance Eye’ shut down due to paucity of funds

By sending a blank SMS to 09223174440, a user would get a registration link by SMS. On completion of the registration process, the user could report corruption by uploading voice, video or text message.

Go beyond tinkering

Adapting tools of governance to suit evolving needs is essential to bring administrative systems up to speed.

Judicial overreach

By extending the curtailment of the right to vote of a person in prison or lawful police custody to the right of the person to stand in an election, the Supreme Court has, in effect, left the door open for the practice of vendetta politics by ruling parties.

MPs, MLAs to be disqualified on date of criminal conviction

A Bench of Justices A.K. Patnaik and S.J. Mukhopadhaya struck down as unconstitutional Section 8 (4) of the Representation of the People Act that allows convicted law makers a three-month period for filing their appeal to the higher court and to get a stay of the conviction and the sentence.

CBI will be given functional autonomy, Centre tells apex cour

The Centre made it clear that there would not be any interference in investigation.