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"
Criminal cases based on circumstantial evidence can be resolved in several ways in a work of fiction. Judges do not have that liberty. It would be in the fitness of things to assume, there is only one right way for them to interpret the ‘circumstances’. Two lovers, in love forever, alone in a stranger’s house, […]Read more "The Baazigar Suicide Letter"
As 1992 drew to a close, the simmering communal fervor in the country came to the boil as a BJP-led mob demolished the 465-year-old Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Mumbai witnessed some of the bloodiest riots in the country. Sunil Dutt organized help and medical aid for all those injured, regardless of their religion, […]Read more "My Name is Abu Salem"
An innovative, 51-year old, Former English Batsman was coaching the South Africans during the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup. He went by the name Bob Woolmer. He allowed his captain Hansie Cronje to take the field against India wearing an earpiece. The move was unfair but did not technically breach any rules. Only later would […]Read more "A World Cup Murder"