Is judicial majoritarianism justified?
- As the recent majority judgment of the Supreme Court on demonetisation comes under criticism, the minority judgment by J. Nagarathna is being hailed for its challenge to the RBI’s institutional acquiescence to the Central government.
No Bar on Contesting Two Seats in One Poll
Why in the News?
- Recently, the Supreme Court has rejected a petition to bar candidates from contesting from more than one constituency in the general or assembly elections, calling it a matter of “parliamentary sovereignty” and “political democracy”.
The Curious Case of the Disqualification
- Mr. Faizal was convicted by the Kavaratti sessions court for attempted murder, and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
- Later on, the Lok Sabha announced that he was disqualified as an MP with effect from the date of conviction.
Shinde group is the real Shiv Sena, says poll body
- The Commission in exercise of its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution read with paras 15 and 18 of the symbols order 1968 orders that the party name Shiv Sena and the party symbol bow and arrow will be retained by the petitioner faction (Shinde).
Judges and the lure of ‘political’ jobs
- Within a month of retiring from the Supreme Court of India, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer was appointed Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
- In the tenure of the present government since 2014, he is the third Supreme Court judge who has received a high-profile political appointment soon after retirement, the other two being Justice P. Sathasivam (who was appointed Governor of Kerala), and Justice Ranjan P. Gogoi (who was appointed member of the Rajya Sabha).
Right To Be Forgotten
- The Delhi High Court is all set to hear a doctor’s plea for enforcement of his ‘Right to be Forgotten’.
National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
- According to data presented in Lok Sabha, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is currently operating with a staff strength that is below 50% of its sanctioned capacity.
National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK)
- Recently, The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), after being headless for close to a year, has finally got a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and member on board though several posts still remain vacant.
Special Leave Petition (SLP)
- Recently, The government of Telangana has lodged two special leave petitions (SLPs) with the Supreme Court in an effort to overturn the Telangana High Court’s rulings regarding the transfer of the BRS MLAs’ poaching attempt investigation to the CBI.
Concept of res judicata
- The Madras High Court, in a recent development, has dismissed a petition by invoking the principle of res judicata, which essentially means that the matter in question has already been adjudicated upon and cannot be raised again in a court of law.
VP Dhankhar says ‘Parliament is the North Star of Democracy’: What is the North Star?
- Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said Parliament is the “North Star” of democracy, “a place of discussion and deliberation to realize the aspirations and dreams of the people”.
- Recently, Delhi High Court upheld the Constitutional validity of the Agnipath scheme.
Supreme Court Verdict on ECI Appointments
- Recently, the Supreme Court of India passed a unanimous verdict that the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs) should be made by the President on the advice of a Committee consisting of the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition of the Lok Sabha, and Chief Justice of India (CJI).