“There is a chequered history in this case, which is getting curious with each round of litigation. In English parlance, the word ‘suitable’ is assigned the meaning as ‘appropriate, fitted for the purpose or acceptable’. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘suitable’ as ‘well fitted for the purpose; appropriate’. This ordinary meaning is to […]Read more "Suitable"
I was born on a 5th February. This is my Article No. 502. This blog was born on 21st December, 2014. Hon’ble Justice R.F. Nariman in The Sabarimala Temple Case, before answering the question posed, thought it is necessary to cover the ground that has been covered by previous decisions of the SC on the […]Read more "Article No. 502: The Revival of Ray VII"
Friendships & Rivalries, Losses & Victories never have an end – only a beginning. Spectacular Judges of the Supreme Court have hoped for an impactful conclusion. The irreversibly powerful ones have known more. There is never a last word. Life travels with the surety of a pendulum clock, tick tock. We remember: in Puttaswamy, [Writ Petition […]Read more "The Last Word"
Dio non fa mai retromarcia con il suo amore! Offences involving ‘moral turpitude’ were in discussion recently in Union Bank of India v. C.G. Ajay Babu, [Civil Appeal No. 8251 of 2018]. You may read Section 4(6)(b) of The Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972. ‘Moral turpitude’ describes conducts which are: inherently vile, depraved; immodest; shameful and wicked [Pawan Kumar, (1996) 4 SCC 17 and Sushil […]Read more "Moral Turpitude"
Parliament often begins to legislate with remarkable vigor but about the same time it gives up the attempt to govern. It begins to lay down general rules, entrusting its working to Officials/Secretaries of State/Boards of Commissioners/Law Courts, who are endowed with new statutory powers. Once or twice upon a time, Ecclesiastical Courts could pronounce a divorce, a mensa et […]Read more "A Mensa Et Thoro"
“It is a well settled position of law that the testimony of a witness cannot be discarded in toto merely due to the presence of embellishments or exaggerations. The doctrine of ‘falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus’, which means ‘false in one thing, false in everything’ has been held to be inapplicable in the Indian […]Read more "Falsus in Uno, Falsus in Omnibus"
Rewarded with the presence of Justice A.N. Ray, a Constitution Bench in Himat Lal K. Shah, (1973) 1 SCC 227 held: “public meeting in open spaces and public streets forms part of the tradition of our national life… the State and the local authority have a virtual monopoly of every open space at which an outdoor meeting can be […]Read more "Reasonable Restriction II"