Docket explosion: Why SC activated Article 224A, which was lying dormant for 58 years

New Delhi, Apr 21: An article in the Indian Constitution that has been dormant for 58 years has been activated by the Supreme Court to allow appointment of retired High Court judges as ad hoc judges for two to five years.

The decision to activate Article 224A of the Constitution was taken to clear the huge pendency of cases in the judiciary.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde clarified that the appointment of ad hoc judges would not be against the vacancies in the sanctioned strength of judges in a HC. 

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Legislature vs Judiciary: Who reigns Supreme

New Delhi, Dec 18: The Supreme Court is hearing a petition that sought the removal of the protesting farmers around the borders in Delhi. While the Supreme Court is not going into whether the new farm laws are bad in law or not, the question is if there is a challenge to the same, can the Supreme Court strike it down.

The Supreme Court does have the powers to strike down a law passed in Parliament. If the court feels that the law is violating fundamental rights, it can strike down the same.

On the other hand if the government feels that the decision of the Supreme Court is not right, then it can reverse the decision in Parliament.

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1973: When Indira Gandhi eroded the independence of the judiciary and Morarji Desai restored it

Indira-GandhiThe Union Government made it clear that it would stay away from the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court while terming it as an internal matter. Moments after the four top judges of the Supreme Court decided to air their views in public, several persons in the opposition decided to debate the issue.

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What message did Madurai based terror group Base Movement has for the judiciary

courtblastNew Delhi, Nov 30: The National Investigation Agency arrested five persons in connection with the blasts at the court complexes that took place over the past year and a half.

The arrests of members from the Base Movement from Madurai on Monday and Tuesday is a major breakthrough the court complex blasts case.

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When will judiciary fill up the 4,937 vacancies in lower courts?

justicthakur_4933_356New Delhi, Nov 28 The war of words between the union government and the judiciary was out once again in the open. While Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur blamed the government for delaying the filling up of 442 judicial vacancies in the High Courts.

Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad too retorted by saying that the judiciary too had not filled up vacancies in the lower courts.

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No end to tussle between judiciary and centre

supremeNew Delhi, Nov 19: There appears to be no end to the tussle between the centre and the judiciary. The Supreme Court while putting its foot down said that the 43 names of judges for high courts will be reconsidered by the centre.

The centre had recently told the court that out of the 77 names proposed 34 were cleared while the remaining 43 were being sent back to the collegium.

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Lawyers vs Journalists

Lawyers hurling stones at the media outside city civil court in Bangalore.
Lawyers hurling stones at the media outside city civil court in Bangalore.

Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda has decided to take tough measures following the ruckus that was caused outside the court complex where journalists clashed with lawyers. The CM will meet with representatives of the media, judiciary and also police personnel to chalk out a plan as to streamline the media coverage in the courts.

He is also expected to announce a judicial inquiry into the incident. A formal decision in this regard is awaited. There has been a tussle on between the media and the lawyers since the past couple of months when it came to covering events in the court. The meeting of the CM is expected to take stock of this situation and guidelines are likely to be framed to ensure that there is no such chaos and both lawyers and the journalists are able to do their job without any problem.

Earlier today the journalists who had gone to the city civil court in Bangalore to cover the production of Janardhan Reddy before the CBI court were stopped by the lawyers. The lawyers alleged that the media during an earlier protest had portrayed them in very bad light. On seeing the journalists, the lawyers engaged in an argument first which led to violent scenes.

Bottles, stones and helmets were hurled at each other which led to intervention by the police. However the lawyers managed to outnumber the journalists. The scene got so ugly that even the police were injured in this battle. Ten journalists, seven police personnel and three lawyers were injured in this incident. One of the police men is said to be critical and admitted to hospital while the remaining too are undergoing treatment.

The lawyers went on the offensive and did not spare any one in sight. They even damaged the OB vans of the media houses. The police had to resort to lathi charge and even fired tear gas shells to quell the mob. At the moment there are prohibitory orders in place outside the court premises.

Representatives of both the lawyers and also the journalists too are likely to meet and would look to resolve the issue even as the police continued to investigate and book cases against the mischief mongers.