The Supreme Court’s [‘SC’] decision in Lok Prahari v. Union of India marks an important addition to electoral reform jurisprudence in India. In this case, the Court issued directions for the institution of a permanent mechanism for the periodical monitoring of increase in assets of MPs/MLAs that is disproportionate to their known sources of income….

In an interesting column in the Indian Express, Mihir Sharma ponders over ‘The Four Rights that millennial India has promised its people — to information, to food, to education, and to (rural) employment’ and notes that they ‘aren’t just remarkably ambitious for a state that has never impressed with its efficiency. They also represent a…

Mr Harish Salve, former Solicitor-General, gave a talk last night (03 December 2008) at Exeter College, Oxford. The two themes he discussed are summarised below:On terrorism:Mr. Salve noted that this attack has been perceived differently, whether or not it was in fact different (he acknowledged, without accepting or rejecting it, the explanation that this may…

I am reporting former Solicitor General, Harish Salve’s talk at Exeter College, University of Oxford on 12th March 2008. It was a fascinating intervention on the debate on the ‘activism’ of the Indian Supreme Court. His argument followed three broad trajectories:1. Why the Indian Supreme Court was imagined as a unique institution that was not…

TR Andhyarujina (who, as noted in this post, has written insightfully about PIL in the past) has an excellent column in today’s Indian Express which provides an objective assessment of the much-discussed ruling in the Aravali Golf Club case. He points out why the Mathur-Katju bench is right in raising its concerns, as well as…

The previous post ended by speculating about the reactions of judges – especially those who are regarded as more ‘activist’ – to the caustic remarks of the Mathur-Katju bench on judicial activism in the Aravali Golf club case. Today’s papers are reporting a number of diverse responses from judges at the Supreme Court and the…