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Bhadra is a legal correspondent and reports Supreme Court proceedings, besides writing on legal issues. A law graduate, Bhadra has extensively covered trial of high-profile criminal cases. She has had a short stint as a crime reporter too.

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HT This Day: September 27, 2018 — Aadhaar Public, Limited

A majority judgment of a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, but restricted its use to government welfare schemes funded by the Consolidated Fund of India, in a verdict that the government and the Opposition immediately owned

HT This Day: September 27, 2018 — Aadhaar Public, Limited
Published on Sep 26, 2021 08:33 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt plan to amend law to link Aadhaar to voters’ list is on track, EC told

The ministry communicated this to senior ECI officials during deliberations held on Tuesday with Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and election commissioners, Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa.

On the proposal to link the electoral list with the 12-digit biometric number, the law secretary is said to have given a favourable opinion and assured the ECI that a cabinet note would soon be prepared to change the two laws - the Representation of People’s Act and Aadhaar law.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2020 11:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

PM Modi announces setting up of Ram Temple trust in Lok Sabha

PM Modi underlined that his government was guided by ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ and was working for the welfare of every Indian.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rises to make a statement in the Lok Sabha, during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 11:49 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Govt drafts All India Judicial Services plan

A lawyer with seven-year practice or someone engaged in teaching at a recognised law college or university for the same time would qualify to take the exam, according tothe proposed outline. A candidate is expected to be aged between 28 and 35 to be eligible for the test.

The government has prepared an outline of the proposed All India Judicial Services (AIJS)(PTI Photo ( Representative image))
Updated on Feb 03, 2020 01:04 AM IST

Election Commission issues notice to BJP leader over advertisement against Congress

The Congress had objected to a BJP advertisement that appeared on Tuesday on the front page of a newspaper.

A view of the Election Commission of India building, Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi, on January 29, 2020.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 11:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

‘Governor can’t read his personal views in customary speech’: Experts weigh in

A governor’s discretionary powers are not codified in the Constitution but scattered in its various parts, experts - who have weighed on the matter - point out.

United Democratic Front (UDF) MLAs block Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan as he arrives for the budget session of the state assembly. CM Pinarayi Vijayan looks on.(Photo: ANI)
Published on Jan 30, 2020 02:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

EC asks Twitter to take down BJP leader Kapil Mishra’s ‘mini Pakistan in Delhi’ tweet

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked micro-blogging website Twitter to remove controversial tweet of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kapil Mishra, who had called the February 8 Delhi Assembly elections as a match between India and Pakistan.

BJP leader Kapil Mishra, who is contesting Delhi Assembly elections from Model Town.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2020 01:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Bar Council turns down applications for 55 law colleges

The council’s decision came after its members held day-long deliberations on the applications BCI received between July and December 2019.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Saturday rejected applications by 55 colleges(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jan 20, 2020 12:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Panel to study impact of verdicts on society

At a meeting on Monday last, the Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker Bhupender Yadav-led 28 member panel unanimously agreed to start work on the study.

Gavel and law books(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jan 19, 2020 11:57 PM IST
Hindustan times, New Delhi | By

Govt, judiciary deadlock over vacant posts in HCs continues

Last week, a Supreme Court bench headed by justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul sought an answer from the government on whether appointments on which there is unanimity between the government and the SC collegium can be finalised in six weeks.

Union government and the higher judiciary appear to be at loggerheads again over judicial appointments. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jan 17, 2020 05:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Delhi court order to Delhi gang-rape convicts revives debate on death penalty

As for the government, it is still to take a stand on the issue.

Girls distribute sweets as they celebrate Delhi court's verdict to hang convicts in the 2012 gangrape case, in Patna on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 08, 2020 12:42 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

All-India NRC after due process: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The proposed all-India NRC is aimed at identifying illegal immigrants living in India. Opposition parties have been critical of the proposal, which they have warned could subject the citizens of India to hardship .

Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Pralhad Joshi address the media.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2019 08:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury and Bhadra Sinha

‘Will follow the legal process on NRC’: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Union Minister says there is no reason to be apprehensive about the NRC, NPR.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government was committed to going ahead with NRC, but only after undertaking due legal processes and talking to all stakeholders.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 29, 2019 04:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhadra Sinha, Sunetra Choudhury

SC judge to head oversight panel

The process, he added, will ensure there is no dilution of power of state governments and high courts.

The law ministry, in June, wrote to all states seeking their view on AIJS, setting the ball rolling for a central exam for the lower judiciary.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 28, 2019 12:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Property damage: UP recovery orders linked to HC ruling

The state has so far taken 5,400 people in custody and around 705 have been sent to jail.

A vehicle torched allegedly by protestors during a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act.(PTI Photo)
Published on Dec 26, 2019 01:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

‘Proviso in amended citizenship legislation is unconstitutional’: Justice Madan Lokur

Article 14 of the Constitution is not limited only to reasonable [actually rational] classification. What is important is that the rational classification must have a reasonable nexus with the object sought to be achieved by the legislation, says Justice Lokur

Justice Madan Lokur, a former judge of the Supreme Court, says the proviso to the definition of illegal immigrant in the amended citizenship act is unconstitutional if one agrees with the law laid down by the Supreme Court in 1952.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 23, 2019 09:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Proviso in new citizenship law unconstitutional: Justice Lokur

Justice Lokur said there was a twin requirement of rational classification and reasonable nexus to pass the test of Article 14, which deals with equality, and that this was forgotten in the present debate over the legislation.

Justice Lokur at an event in New Delhi.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2019 12:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

LLB students to be taught mediation from next year

The chairman of the Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said this week that the apex disciplinary body for lawyers is in deliberations with top experts in the field of mediation to prepare the curriculum.

Over the last few years mediation, has emerged as a successful ADR mechanism for property and matrimonial disputes, and, in some cases, corporate fights. (HT photo)
Updated on Dec 19, 2019 12:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Heavy encroachment led to rejected forest claims: FSI

The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 this year ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected.

The need for an FSI survey arose after a bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on February 13 ordered eviction of forest dwellers whose claims had been rejected. (HT File)
Updated on Dec 18, 2019 11:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhadra Sinha and Jays​hree Nandi

Delhi leads states in filling lower court staff vacancies

Delhi has progressed considerably in the last two years, bringing down vacancies in the trial courts from 316 (in 2017) to 119. The sanctioned strength in Delhi is 799, according to a data

The increase in working strength of lower court judges is also due to the Supreme Court monitoring the same, another officer said, also on condition of anonymity.(HT Photo/ Representative Image)
Updated on Dec 18, 2019 05:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Not your call: MHA tells states opposing Citizenship Amendment Act

Thus far, the chief ministers of five states have signalled their unwillingness to implement the new law — the Citizenship (Amendment) Act: Punjab, West Bengal, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Chattisgarh.

Home Minister Amit Shah arrives during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi.(Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 14, 2019 02:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmrita Madhukalya , Neeraj Chauhan, and Bhadra Sinha

Scrutinise actions of those in power: Justice Chandrachud

It is necessary to scrutinise the actions of those in power so that such abuses don’t occur in the first place, Chandrachud said, delivering the keynote address organised by the International Institute of Human Rights Society to commemorate international human rights day.

Justice Chandrachud said the need of the day was to engage citizens in discourse rather than follow a “culture of polarization.” Image used for representational purpose only.(Photo by Prodip Guha/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 11, 2019 01:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Will citizenship bill withstand legal scrutiny? Experts weigh in

CAB amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to allow Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis or Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, who entered India before December 31, 2014, to apply for Indian citizenship.

Activists participate in a torch light procession to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Gauhati.(AP)
Updated on Dec 10, 2019 05:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

15 states, UTs fail to set up fast-track courts for speedy trial in rape cases

The fact has emerged at a time when there has been a spurt in cases of rape and sexual offences against children, notably the rape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinary doctor, who was burned to death last week on the outskirts Hyderabad by her attackers, sparking protests and candle-light vigils in the city and elsewhere in India .

People protest against the rape and murder of a minor in Jammu’s Kathua district, in Srinagar on April 14, 2018(HT File)
Updated on Dec 08, 2019 12:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Withdraw cases against tribals in Maoist belt, says C’garh panel

The Justice Patnaik panel was set-up in March with a mandate to review cases involving more than 23,000 tribespeople.

Supreme Court advocate Vrinda Grover said its time the state government takes corrective measures and steps to release tribespeople languishing in jail. (Photo /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 04, 2019 07:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Government launches drive on fundamental duties

The emphasis on “duties” is part of the yearlong celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Constitution Day that was celebrated on November 26.

Each ministry has been asked to undertake the task to hold workshops, seminars or competitions for educating the public about the duties.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 03, 2019 04:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Points of contention in surrogacy bill

The government faced stiff opposition in the Upper House on November 20 when Union health minister Harsh Vardhan proposed the bill for passage on November 21.

The proposed bill bans monetary exchanges except for paying for necessary medical expenses.(HT File)
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 01:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Bar Council seeks de-recognition of 25 law colleges

The BCI, which is the regulator for legal education in the country, has also directed all law colleges to transfer salaries to their teachers electronically to stop the practice of underpaying them.

BCI is cracking the whip as they have been receiving complaints alleging that the institutions were operating without proper staff because the employers do not wish to pay salaries as per the UGC rules.(HT File)
Published on Dec 02, 2019 04:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Misuse of national emblems to be punished by jail, Rs 5 lakh fine

The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, restricts the use of the national flag, the coat-of-arms used by a government department, the official seal of the President or Governor, the pictorial representation of Mahatma Gandhi and the Prime Minister, and the Ashoka Chakra.

The other change being considered is that in case there is a prosecution, the onus to prove that the alleged contravention or alteration was lawfully authorized shall be on the violator. Right now, that onus is on the state.(HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 29, 2019 05:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
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