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VIRTUAL COURT HEARINGS: THE NEW NORMAL?

“The possibilities and advantages of virtual hearings have come to light because the Supreme Court has decided to carry out judicial work by it!”-Shailesh Gandhi, Former Central Information Commissioner.The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted all the systems of the planet. The Judiciary has additionally fallen prey. The measures like social...

ANTI-CONVERSION LAW: FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR VIOLATION OF SECULARISM?

Remember iconic Bollywood actor Dharmendra adopting another religion to remarry? The question that arises is that, the way Dharmendra, in 1979 adopted Islam religion for his second marriage, is it that even possible in present times to convert to another religion? An attempt to answer this question can be...

LAKSHADWEEP PANCHAYAT REGULATIONS 2021: ANALYSIS OF THE ‘TWO CHILDREN RULE’

On 25th February 2021, The Draft Lakshadweep Panchayat Regulations were placed in the public domain for seeking comments. Rule 14 of the Draft Regulations states that any person having more than two children would be disqualified from becoming or continuing as a member of the Gram Panchayat. While...

ELECTORAL BONDS: SHATTERING THE SAFEGUARDS OF INDIAN DEMOCRACY

“We need real campaign finance reform to loosen the grip of special interests on politics.” — Tom DaschleIndia is a Multi-Party Parliamentary Democracy and political parties are considered to be a Central component. Political parties receive donations of hundreds of crores. These donations are contributed by individuals, corporate entities,...

GUJARAT FREEDOM OF RELIGION BILL, 2021 – AN OVERVIEW

The Gujarat Legislative Assembly on 1st April passed the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which seeks to penalize religious conversions “through force, fraud or by misrepresentation or by way of marriage or through allurement which is popularly known as “Love Jihad”. The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill...

DID THE APEX COURT ABDICATE ITS SOLEMN DUTY TO PROTECT FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF REFUGEES?

On 8th April 2021, a three-judge bench headed by then Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde disposed of an Interim Application filed in the case Mohammad Salimhullah v. Union of India, wherein the Petitioners who belonged to the Rohingya Community sought interim directions for release of  Rohingyan...

COVID 19 VACCINATION: COMPULSORY LICENSING OF COVID 19 VACCINES

Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India and a Congress leader recently wrote a letter to the present Prime Minister in the spirit of constructive cooperation. Whereas some of the suggestions of Dr. Singh have been implemented by the day of writing this blog by the Modi Government...

KERALA CRIME BRANCH V. ENFORCEMENT DIRECTORATE: COOPERATIVE FEDERALISM IN THE LIGHT OF INTER-AGENCY CONFLICT

On the 16th of April, 2021 the High Court of Kerala rendered a judgment much awaited by the people of Kerala, the executive and politicians at both the Center and the State alike. Justice V.G. Arun in P. Radhakrishnan v. State of Kerala and Ors., directed that the two...

UNION BUDGET 2021: THE M&A OUTLOOK

Union Budget 2021 has been presented in the most unprecedented times. In the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worldwide economic recession, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman promised a 'never like before Budget.' The Finance Ministry announced various measures to provide the impetus for growth revival. The Budget 2021...

THE DOCTRINE OF ADVERSE POSSESSION IN INDIAN CONTEXT: AN OVERVIEW

The layman’s explanation of Adverse Possession is the occupation of land to which another person has a title with the intention of possessing it as one's own. In Ravinder Kaur Grewal v. Manjit Kaur, (2019) 8 SCC 729, essential conditions to constitute adverse possession were laid down, which states that the possession...