Ordinance Power [Krishna Kumar Singh vs. State of Bihar] Judgement

On January 2, the Supreme Court has delivered a judgment in Krishna Kumar Singh vs. State of Bihar,  stating that ordinances are subject to judicial review, and do not automatically create enduring effects. Put simply, ordinances are not immune from judicial challenge. This judgment is expected to have huge implications for the future of democratic […]

Social Justice Benches of Supreme Court of India

After being sworn in as the Chief Justice of India, a laudable step taken by Justice JS Khehar was to revive the popular social justice bench that was set up in December 2014, by reversing his predecessor Justice TS Thakur’s decision. This has been a very welcoming step on his part as the need of […]

Constitutional, Judicial and Parliamentary Supremacy in India

The first and foremost feature of Indian Sovereignty is that Constitution is the supreme law of the land; and all state organs including parliament, judiciary, states etc. are bound by it. They must act within the limits laid down by the Constitution. This is called Doctrine of Constitutional Supremacy. There are several preconditions of doctrine […]

Right to Privacy as Fundamental Right

Right to privacy was earlier recognized as “implicit” in the right to life and liberty – guaranteed by Article 21 of the constitution. However, implicit rights have been subject to judicial scrutiny time and again. As per current judicial pronouncements, the right to privacy is a fundamental right enforceable against state as held by the […]

Problem of Pending Court Cases in India

Indian judicial system is reeling under a back-breaking load of 3 Crore pending cases in various levels of the courts across the country. Urgent steps need to be taken to address the situation and at the current pace it will take about 300 years to clear the backlog. Key facts It is the Allahabad High […]

Supreme Court verdict on unwed mothers

The Supreme Court on 6th July 2015 passed a landmark judgement that allows an unwed mother to be the sole legal guardian of her child without the consent of the father. This judgement has broken a long edifice of patriarchal supremacy in the society. Background According to the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, father is […]

Key Hindrances to Good Governance

Good governance means an accountable and audited public service which has the bureaucratic competence to implement appropriate public policies and an independent judicial system to uphold the law. Despite the continuing efforts to enhance the quality of governance in the country, from insufficiencies and complexities, both structural and non-structural, there are hindrances that still exist. […]