Judicial backlog of 31 mn cases worries president

President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday expressed concern over the 31 million pending cases in Indian courts, noting that justice delayed is justice denied. He said that the strength and effectiveness of the judiciary, which is the guardian of the country’s democracy, depends on the two pillars of justice delivery system – quality and speed. “Of these […]

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Ganguly writes to CJI over sexual harassment issue

Denying allegations of sexual harassment, retired Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly Monday wrote to Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam raising several questions about the apex court panel’s report which indicted him of “unwelcome behaviour”. “After deep consideration of all that is going on in the media with reference to some allegations of an intern […]

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Home, law ministries meet to discuss Ganguly case

The union home ministry is consulting the law ministry on demands for removal of Justice (retd) AK Ganguly as the chief of the West Bengal human rights panel following allegations of sexual harassment against him, official sources said. The sources said consultations have begun over letters written by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to […]

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Mayawati demands President’s rule in UP

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati Friday met President Pranab Mukherjee and urged him to impose President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh following the Muzaffarnagar communal violence that claimed 48 lives. “We requested the president to impose Article 356 of the constitution in Uttar Pradesh as the law and order situation in the state has gone out […]

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Directive principles are transformative: President

Describing the Directive Principles of State Policy as the “most magnificent Magna Carta of social and economic transformation”, President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday said the principles’ history goes back to 1937. The Congress gained majority in eight states that year after elections were held under the Government of India Act, 1935. And with elections, the Congress […]

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As service ends; street children to send out 1000 telegrams

A thousand telegrams will go out from street children to various authorities, including President Pranab Mukherjee, apprising them about the issues they face, a non-government organisation (NGO) said Thursday. “Street children from Agra, Delhi, Gwalior, Jhansi and Mathura will be sending telegrams from today (Thursday) till 6 p.m. Monday to various authorities about the issues […]

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Plea in SC seeks quashing of food security ordinance

A day after President Pranab Mukherjee promulgated the national food security ordinance, a petitioner claimed it was “unconstitutional” and urged the Supreme Court to quash it for allegedly being inspired by the UPA’s pre-poll propaganda. Petitioner advocate Manohar Lal Sharma said that the constitutional provisions on powers of the president to promulgate ordinances during recess […]

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India needs army of committed people: Pranab

India requires smart, committed and idealistic people to give voice to the voiceless, President Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday. “We need an army of smart, committed and idealistic people to give voice to the voiceless and produce tangible change in our society,” he told the first batch of graduates from National Law University, Delhi. Expressing hope […]

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President appeals for awareness on women’s rights

President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday appealed for creation of adequate social awareness on women’s rights and against “barbaric” acts of violence against them. Mukherjee said that women have played and aspire to play a pivotal role in shaping the socio-political and economic development of our country. “Only when our ancient civilisational values of treating women with […]

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Delhi considering increasing contribution to bar council fund

The Delhi government might increase its contribution to the Bar Council of Delhi’s corpus fund for welfare measures, Chief Minister Sheia Dikshit said Saturday. The government had provided Rs.1 crore for the constitution of the corpus fund. “Since it was long time ago, I am sure that the time has come to take a review […]

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