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Jayalalithaa Case – Same day Conviction and Sentence- Bangalore Court or Times of India? Who went wrong?!

Jayalalithaa Case – Same day Conviction and Sentence- Bangalore Court or Times of India? Who went wrong?!

The Times of India published on 1st October 2014 carried a report which says that the Bangalore trial court appears to have violated the Supreme Court's mandate by convicting and sentencing former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on the same day, September 27, in a disproportionate assets case. It relied on a Two Judge Bench Judgment in Allauddin Milan vs State of Bihar [1989 SCC (3) 5] wherein it has been held that “all trial courts, after pronouncing an accused guilty, must adjourn the hearing on quantum of sentence to another day to enable both the convict and the prosecution to present material in support of the quantum of sentence”. It is true that Justice Ahmadi while …

Whistleblowers and Information Seekers should be protected. Prashanth Bhushan took the right decision not to disclose the name of Whistleblower before the Supreme Court: Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar (Central Information Commissioner)

Whistleblowers and Information Seekers should be protected. Prashanth Bhushan took the right decision not to disclose the name of Whistleblower before the Supreme Court: Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar (Central Information Commissioner)

Professor (Dr.) Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu is a noted intellectual and legal expert. He hails from Warangal district in Telangana. He has written extensively on various issues such as RTI, Media freedom, and Telangana statehood. He also writes regular articles in The Hans India, The Hoot, The Indian Express, Namasthe Telangana and The Metro India. He has also contributed articles to MissionTelangana.com. Prof Sridhar was working as professor of law at National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law at Hyderabad until November 20. He had resigned his job at NALSAR to take up the post of Central Information Commissioner in Delhi. Prof. Sridhar had done …

“Look, Ultimately, Ultimately, Ultimately…” – The lawyer on the bench: Justice Lodha’s Final Day in Court

“Look, Ultimately, Ultimately, Ultimately…” – The lawyer on the bench: Justice Lodha’s Final Day in Court

The scene in courtroom no. 1 today was astonishing. A jampacked courtroom with lawyers having experience at bar ranging from a month to over 70 years were present, few to argue and few just to see Chief Justice R.M.Lodha presiding over the last time. Not to mention, the Attorney General Rohatgi, the Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, Harish Salve, Dushyant Dave, R.P.Bhatt, Ram Jethmalani and above all Mr. Soli Sorabjee stood tall in the first queue to verbally salute Justice Lodha. Wishes were exchanged and the bench raised together for one final time. The final words of Justice Lodha were very light and comforting when he said smiling- “See you all in the evening.” This was probably the …

Denial of Sex to Husband for long time without any sufficient Cause amounts to Mental Cruelty; SC grants Divorce [Read the Judgment]

Denial of Sex to Husband for long time without any sufficient Cause amounts to Mental Cruelty; SC grants Divorce [Read the Judgment]

A Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice S.J. Mukhopadhayaya and Justice Prafulla C. Pant, in a judgment delivered yesterday, upheld dissolution of marriage between the parties, on the grounds of denial of sex as amounting to mental cruelty. The Court observed, “Undoubtedly, not allowing a spouse for a long time, to have sexual intercourse by his or her partner, without sufficient reason, itself amounts mental cruelty to such spouse. A Bench of Three Judges of this Court in Samar Ghosh vs. Jaya Ghosh (2007) 4 SCC 511 has enumerated some of the illustrations of mental cruelty.” The appeal arose out of a 2012 judgment passed by Madras High Court, wherein the marriage between the …

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