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 Live Tweets Ailment II

Amongst advocates, there are always the traditionalists. They imagine Live Tweeters in court when ADM Jabalpur was on going, and shiver at the thought. Ray CJI would have had none of it. The present Chief Justice seemingly does not subscribe to old world ideas. Juniors who have the time and the resources are travelling to the […]

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Jactitation of Marriage

Jactitation of marriage means a persistent boasting of a marriage, falsely alleged to have taken place. The suit prays for a decree of perpetual silence on the subject. This is the only case in which a matrimonial suit can, as of right, be proceeded without prima facie proof of a marriage de facto, for the […]

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Kuttikanam / Seigniorage

In George Leslie v. State of Kerala, AIR 1970 Ker 21 the term ‘Kuttikanam’ was explained as under: “In the Malayalam and English Dictionary by Rev. II. Gundert D. Ph. page 278, ‘Kuttikanam’ is defined as meaning ‘the price of timber; fee claimable by the owner for every tree cut down by the renter’. In ‘The […]

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