LAOT  is pleased to begin a new series, Books and Authors, with a focussed interview with the author about his or her recent book. V.Krishna Ananth, is Associate Professor and Head, Department of History, Sikkim University, Gangtok.  His book, The Indian Constitution and Social Revolution: Right to Property since Independence, was published by Sage recently….

The plea of AG and other counsel for respondents in the case being heard by the Supreme Court’s five-Judge Bench for reference to a larger Bench comprising 11 Judges has become controversial, with the petitioners’ counsel, Fali S.Nariman questioning the need for such a reference.  I tried to trace the chronology and the news coverage…

Teesta Atul Setalvad v State of Gujarat may well be a test case to decide whether the State’s eagerness for custodial interrogation of an accused has to be given primacy over the accused’s civil liberties. The Gujarat HC’s order, delivered today by Justice J.B.Pardiwala, rejecting social activist Teesta’s anticipatory bail application is fairly detailed, and a…

In this judgment authored by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, and delivered today, the Supreme Court has upheld the validity of the Government servants conduct rules which prohibit second marriage when the first marriage is subsisting.  The appellant, a Muslim, challenged the validity of the Conduct Rules, on the ground that it violates Article 25.  The Court dismissed…