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Vacancies in high courts touch 470 as govt.-judiciary logjam continues -B Muralidhar Reddy

-The Hindu Differences over appointments process has meant 45% of sanctioned judges’ posts are empty Amid the continuing tussle between the government and the judiciary over the contentious clause in the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) on appointment of judges, the number of vacancies of High Court judges has grown to 470 out of the sanctioned strength of 1079. In other words over 45 per cent of the positions of High Court judges are...

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CJI Thakur’s emotional appeal to Modi to protect judiciary -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu The Chief Justice’s remarks and appeal saw the Prime Minister deliver an unscheduled speech immediately after the former took his seat Breaking down several times in his half-hour speech addressed directly at Prime Minister Narendra Modi present on the dais at the Annual Chief Ministers and Chief Justices Conference on Sunday, Chief Justice of India, Tirath Singh Thakur, launched a scathing attack on government inaction, squarely blaming the Centre for...

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Open to framing law on euthanasia, says Centre -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu After 14 years of debates and several draft Bills, the government has said it is ready to frame a statutory law on passive euthanasia, the act of withdrawing medical treatment with deliberate intention of causing the death of a terminally-ill patient. However, it said its “hands are stayed” because of a pending litigation in the Supreme Court on mercy killing. The affidavit filed by the Ministry of Health and Family...

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Has law against dowry been diluted? Supreme Court to examine -Utkarsh Anand

-The Indian Express According to National Crime Records Bureau data, a total of 24,771 dowry deaths have been reported in the country in past three years while 3.48 lakh cases have been registered under Section 498-A. Have the higher courts whittled down the severity of the anti-dowry harassment law by diluting mandatory FIR and arrest provisions, which now compel women to settle their cases rather than fighting it out? The Supreme Court...

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Government should have a say in judges’ selection: Jurists -Abhinav Garg

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The government should be allowed to aid and advise the Supreme Court collegium in appointing judges to the higher judiciary. In a meeting called by the Bar Council of India, eminent jurists, speakers from state bar councils, all high court bar associations and the SC bar association unanimously supported broad basing of the judges appointment system. Apart from nominees of the government and the BCI, the...

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