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Decoding deepfakes: A look at Indian judiciary’s stance

Regulating deepfakes is not a simple black and white issue but requires deliberation not only on the legal aspects but technological advancement

The last few years have seen several petitions before courts on issues emanating from deepfakes and artificial intelligence (AI).(FILE/Pexels)
Published on Jun 15, 2024 02:49 PM IST

The evolution of elections in India

Despite its flaws, there is no denying that a free and fair election is the heart of a thriving democracy.

A voter's finger is inked while casting their ballot during third phase polling for Bihar Assembly Elections, at Mahua constituency in Vaishali district, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Deportation and the Supreme Court: Understanding the stand of the apex court

India does not have comprehensive domestic legislation nor is it a signatory to the the United Nations’ 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.

The Supreme Court. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 28, 2024 11:07 PM IST

Pune Porsche case: What does the law say about a minor being tried as an adult?

The Pune Porsche car crash case raises critical questions about how juveniles should be treated under the law, especially in cases of heinous offences.

The Porsche car found without number plate in Pune. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 26, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Whose song is it anyway? Unravelling Ilaiyaraja’s struggle for ownership

This ongoing legal saga highlights the broader issues in India’s copyright framework and the balance between creators' rights and producers' ownership.

Ilaiyaraja has been composing music for films since 1974
Published on May 21, 2024 08:14 PM IST

A look into recent SC judgment exempting lawyers from Consumer Protection Act

Does the judgment mean that a lawyer is not liable for professional misconduct? No. An advocate is duty-bound to fearlessly uphold the interest of their clients

The appellant argued that the legal profession is unique because lawyers not only represent their clients but are also officers of the Court and are bound by a code of ethics. Thus, they are not blind mouthpieces of the clients. (Sourced)
Published on May 18, 2024 12:57 AM IST

A look into the Constitutional immunity of the Governor

Article 361 of the Constitution confers upon the President and the Governor absolute personal immunity regarding acts while exercising official powers.

West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose (File)
Published on May 09, 2024 01:17 AM IST

Legally Speaking | A look into recent cases of police excesses and abuse

Recent decisions by high courts set a strong precedent for holding law enforcement accountable for custodial violence and repeated detentions

On April 3, 2024, the Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh HC at Srinagar quashed a preventive detention order, the fourth in a row, passed against a 60-year-old petitioner, Advocate Ali Mohammad Lone(HT File/Representative Image)
Published on May 05, 2024 12:57 AM IST

A deep dive into the key legal battles over the right to property

From the noteworthy Reddy case to the ongoing apex court deliberations, these cases provide a backdrop to the evolving jurisprudence surrounding property rights

The Supreme Court is presently deciding the ambit of the right to private property of a person in India. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on May 02, 2024 09:00 AM IST

Can political parties be held legally accountable for unfulfilled manifestos?

Election season brings forth a slew of promises from political parties. However, the legal enforceability of these promises is a complex issue.

People check their names in voting list before casting their ballots during the first round of voting of India's national election in Neemrana, Rajasthan state, India, Friday, April 19, 2024. Nearly 970 million voters will elect 543 members for the lower house of Parliament for five years, during staggered elections that will run until June 1. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)(AP)
Published on Apr 24, 2024 09:14 PM IST

Legally Speaking | Do we have the right to sleep?

The Bombay high court recently emphasised that the right to sleep is a fundamental human right. The HC's ruling aligns with a universal right to rest

The right to sleep or rest has been termed a basic human right(Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 11:30 PM IST

The suits against Patanjali prove that only strict action protects public health

In a country like India, where medicines are easily sold without prescriptions, there is a need for regulation of ads to prevent the harms of self-medication

A hoarding with an image of Baba Ramdev inside a Patanjali store in Ahmedabad. (Reuters)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 08:57 PM IST

Civil unions and marriage: Where are we in India?

As the Congress and CPI offer hope for same-sex couples in the country, a look at the difference between the legal formats of partnership that are in discussion

The LGBTQIA+ movement has long demanded the right to marry. (PTI)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 09:19 PM IST

Legally Speaking | The Patanjali proceedings: A brief overview of the case

Why were Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balakrishna summoned to the Supreme Court? Why did the Supreme Court refuse to accept their apology?

A hoarding with an image of Baba Ramdev is seen inside a Patanjali store. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 10:38 PM IST

Legally Speaking | What is India’s stand towards refugees?

As the SC hears applications seeking to stay the recently notified CAA rules, as well as the law itself, here’s a bird’s eye view of the issues at stake

New Delhi: A child holds a passport during a protest by Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan at AICC headquarters over statements made by the INDIA opposition bloc leaders on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), in New Delhi, Friday, March 15, 2024. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh) (PTI03_15_2024_000062B)(PTI)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 08:51 PM IST

Legally Speaking | Twists and turns of GN Saibaba’s legal battle

The professor was released last week after the Bombay HC found no concrete evidence. HT speaks to his lawyer, Nihalsing Rathod, on what it took to get justice

GN Saibaba, who suffers from 90% disability, contracted Covid 19 twice and even caught swine flu, which impacted his health adversely. (HT file photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 08:51 PM IST

How much work is housework? Computing the value of unpaid labour

While there is increasing recognition of the value of housework, there is still a need for it to be seen as work of measurable economic value

The Karnataka high court recently noted that a wife staying at home and looking after the house and children could not be termed as ‘lazing off’.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 11:35 AM IST

A look at the laws to combat ‘Black magic’ and other such practices

Legislation to tackle superstitions requires a deep understanding of India’s cultural practices so that healthcare practitioners are not put at risk

Superstitions, human sacrifice, black magic and so-called healing practices are often hidden under the garb of religion and ancient culture Representational image
Published on Mar 01, 2024 09:33 PM IST

How the state views interpersonal relationships

The state has often intervened in the domain of relationships to maintain the delicate balance between a person’s right to privacy and a just social order

Post-independence, the first attempt of the state to regulate interpersonal relations within the domain of marriage and succession was the Hindu Code Bill of 1951
Published on Feb 27, 2024 07:26 PM IST

How to be a constitutionalist: Lessons from Fali S. Nariman's cases

All accused have right to a lawyer, a woman has the right to earn without discrimination, Governors must stay neutral, newspapers have freedom of expression

Fali S Nariman(PTI)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 06:33 PM IST
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