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FCA Amendment: No Forest For The Weary - Shreeshan V , Anushka Mohite Mahale , Moonis Ijlal

Carbon Copy A freshly passed amendment to the Forest Conservation Act has created a stir among ecologists, parliamentarians and stakeholders. With several contentious provisions, the amendment reveals an afforestation push where rights and justice take a backseat to commercial interests. This week, amidst a raucous monsoon session, the Indian Parliament saw the passage of several consequential pieces of legislation in quick succession. Among them was the contentious amendment to the Forest Conservation...

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Could India’s new data protection bill force journalists to reveal their sources? -Aditi Agarwal

-Newslaundry The Government of India has removed exemptions for journalistic work from data protection obligations in the fourth iteration of the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2022. If this iteration is passed as law a story containing personal data may result in journalists having to prove to a data protection board that their story was in the public interest, Newslaundry reported. The three previous versions - in 2018, 2019 and 2021...

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Demonetisation: Not bad in law, says Supreme Court in 4:1 verdict

-PTI/ The Hindu Justice Nagarathna dissents from majority judgment, says DeMo of high-value currency notes was ‘vitiated and unlawful’ New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the legality of the Centre’s 2016 decision to ban Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes, saying the decision-making process was neither flawed nor hasty and that it was “not relevant” whether the stated objectives were achieved or not. In a big win for the Narendra...

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Why quality of free legal aid remains poor in India -Suryanshi Pandey

-IndiaSpend/ Legal aid lawyers are grossly underpaid, poorly treated and overworked. Ayush* is a legal aid counsel providing free services for criminal cases to those who cannot afford lawyers, at the Karkardooma District Court in Delhi. He makes about Rs 5,000 a month, on average, he told IndiaSpend. In April, former Supreme Court Justice Uday U Lalit said: “Legal aid to the poor does not mean poor legal aid. There has to...

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Why is there friction between the government and the judiciary? -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu What is the trigger for the current conflict? Why did the Supreme Court strike down the law on National Judicial Appointments? What is the government’s grouse against the Collegium system? What is the new CJI planning?  The story so far: A major confrontation is on between the Union government and the Supreme Court over the former’s resentment towards the Collegium system of appointments and its push to have a dominant...

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