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Law and Society

Was the 2016 demonetisation of the `500 and `1,000 notes legally valid? The question which probably had relevance in 2016 has become stale in 2023. The answer afforded by the Supreme Court in Vivek....

Consequent to the withdrawal of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, the union government recently made public a draft of the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 1 (the bill). Promised as....

The judicially imposed ceiling of 50% on vertical reservations in India has been questioned recently in two ways—the Supreme Court’s upholding of the 103rd Amendment Act, which allowed economically....

In an earlier article, I looked at a data set of 601 serving judges of high courts in India (in 2016) to identify the link between the manner of appointment and the lack of diversity in the higher....

A recent judgment of the Meghalaya High Court delivered in the context of the Prevention of Child Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act (2012) threw up a poignant situation. In Olius Mawiong and Anr v State of....

The union government’s withdrawal of the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 (hereafter the PDP Bill) from Parliament during the 2022 monsoon session (Singh 2022) is a loss for the Indian citizens and....

When speaking of judicial courage, members of the legal fraternity generally point to Justice H R Khanna, the former judge of the Supreme Court of India who penned a brave dissent in the ADM Jabalpur....

A dispute between the union government and taxpayers on the payment of the integrated goods and services tax (IGST) on ocean freight has snowballed to the extent that the very governance structure of....

June 2022 will mark one decade of the coming into force of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The law defines a “child” as any person below the age of 18 years, and....

The recent pattern of appointments to the high courts across India suggests that the principles laid down in the Third Judges Case and the practice constituted in the Memorandum of Procedure have been....

As of 17 January 2022, out of a total of 1,098 posts of high court judges, 411 or about 37% are vacant (Department of Justice 2022). This is not an exceptional situation and has persisted for a while....

After a failed attempt to pass legislation regulating surrogacy with the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 (Sonak and Bhatia 2021), the union government looks set to succeed at the second attempt....

As a cricket lover who tuned into the recent ICC World T20 broadcast from the United Arab Emirates, as absorbing as the on-field action was, I noticed something disconcerting in the breaks between the....

The Supreme Court in March 2020 passed a judgment that diluted the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The judgment was passed under the pretext of protecting....