Section 499 of the IPC IV

The Fourth Chapter is intriguingly titled ‘Bloodless Murder: Defamation‘. Senior Advocate Pinky Anand and her daughter Gauri Goburdhun have stood by Sections 499 & 500, IPC in Trials of Truth: India’s Landmark Criminal Cases, (Shobhaa Dé Books, Penguin, 2017). Here is brief excerpt from pages, 61 to 79: “The origin of defamation can be traced to […]

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Section 499 of the IPC III

I had earlier defended Explanation 1 to Section 499 of the IPC (‘How do you criminally defame a corpse? Ask the SC’) and the judgment in Subramanian Swamy v. Union of India, [Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 184 of 2014], in the wake of strong arguments that Section 499 criminalizes what is essentially a private wrong, and thus […]

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The Finesse of a Trial Judge

Justice Arvind Kumar Mishra of the Allahabad High Court commenting on (Retd.) Justice Shyam Lal, in Nupur Talwar v. State of U.P., [Criminal Appeal No. 293 of 2014]: “The Learned Trial Judge has prejudged things in his own fashion, drawn conclusions by embarking on erroneous analogy conjecturing to the brim on apparent facts telling a different […]

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