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 […]Read more "Section 499 of the IPC IV"
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 […]Read more "Section 499 of the IPC III"
In the late Nineties, Vijay Palande had adopted an interesting identity – that of a waiter at the iconic Copper Chimney restaurant in Juhu. The job was ideal as it gave him the opportunity to keep a close watch on prospective victims while serving them their favourite dish. On one such occasion, he met a […]Read more "India’s New Serial Killers II: Vijay Palande"
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 […]Read more "The Finesse of a Trial Judge"
On 19.11.2002, Ms. Pushpa Lekhumal Tolani, of Indonesian Passport, carried with her, on her flight from London to New Delhi, 28 packages containing 44 items of jewellery worth Rs. 25 Lakhs. The Competent Authority confiscated her articles and imposed ‘fines and penalties’ worth Rs. 18 Lakhs. The HC quashed the order. In an appeal by […]Read more "The Comfortable Life of Gold Smugglers II"
Former Delhi Excise Chief, Dr. Anup Kumar Srivastava received a reprieve from the Supreme Court, recently. “There is no material evidence on record in order to bring home the charge of conspiracy against the Respondent. There is no direct or circumstantial evidence to prove that the Respondent has demanded any illegal gratification and has accepted […]Read more "The Question of Six Zeroes in Call No. 51"
Hotels have been central to several narratives. Recently we learnt the fictional Society of the Crossed Keys, a guild of top concierges whose deep connections in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014, dir. Wes Anderson) help save the life of Ralph Fiennes’ suave Gustave H., was inspired by the Society of the Golden Keys, first started as a French-only […]Read more "Notorious Hotel Rooms: The Case of The Sealed Suite"