Guest Post by Bhargavi Zaveri and Smriti Parsheera In this ET piece, we argue that the Supreme Court judgment in Cellular Operators Association vs TRAI (the ‘call drop’ order) takes a narrow approach towards ‘transparency’ and underscores the urgent need for a comprehensive, cross-sectoral law on regulatory governance. Current Indian laws governing regulatory agencies lack…

Guest Post by Sakshi Aravind Gender identities are fluid postulations which cannot be limited by definitional boundaries or legal formalities which defeat the notions of bodily autonomy integral to one’s identity. Unfortunately, the recently passed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 (“the bill”) appears to be precisely aiming at this. Although the bill has…

Last week, a nine-judge Supreme Court bench began hearing appeals relating to the interpretation of Part XIII of the Constitution (Articles 301-307). This nine-judge-bench is the sixteenth time that the Supreme Court has assembled in such strength. Most earlier benches handled fundamental rights questions. This is, perhaps, the first one to examine the taxation powers…

In last week’s Mint, I discuss an early controversy over judicial appointments. Shortly before Republic Day in 1950, Nehru had second thoughts about the first chief justice. But Patel pushed back strongly against Nehru’s demand that the judge resign. In his last hours as governor general, Rajaji convened a meeting to resolve the issue.