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Jun 15, 2012 The Guardian: India's 'lawless' mining industry criticised by Human Rights Watch: "Report by Human Rights Watch says poor regulation by Indian government allows mining industry 'to write its own rules'"
Jun 15, 2012 ‘Strengthen judiciary to fight corruption’
Jun 15, 2012 Parrikar warned against nepotism: ""We don't want a Lokayukta who is Parrikar's pet," said Sonak, while speaking at a discussion on zero tolerance to corruption. D C Sahoo, an officer who Parrikar had claimed he caught red-handed accepting a bribe, was shortlisted for the post of information commissioner,"
Jun 12, 2012 Was key witness' testimony diluted?: "Her story outraged the nation, 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra a budding tennis player allegedly raped and molested and her family tortured and humiliated till the trauma became too much to bear forcing her to commit suicide. But 19 years later unable to deal with the ordeal her family has given up the fight for justice, tired of the red-tapism in the system."
Jun 9, 2012 Suspended judge, 2 State MLAs face arrest in bail ‘sale’: "Suspended CBI special court judge Pattabhirama Rao and two Karnataka legislators Gali Somasekhara Reddy and T H Suresh Babu are facing arrest in the sensational cash-for-bail scam as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Andhra Pradesh filed FIRs against them on Saturday."
Jun 7, 2012 Why the corrupt get away in India
Jun 6, 2012 Graft cases: CJI tells judiciary to step on gas: "Justice Kapadia stated that the delay in disposing of corruption cases was harming efforts to “arrest” the social evil."
Jun 6, 2012 Andhra HC orders prosecution of CBI judge: "The CBI claims that a deal of Rs 6 crore was struck between G Janardhan Reddy and the judge for the former's bail."
Jun 6, 2012 Rs 2.8 cr found in CBI judge's son locker: "Special CBI judge T Pattabhirama Rao was suspended for alleged irregularities on Thursday night by the Andhra HC."
Jun 6, 2012 Bribery & corruption: High Court suspends CBI judge who gave bail to mining baron Reddy
Jun 6, 2012 Suspended CBI judge faces arrest for taking bribe: "The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to arrest a First Additional CBI Judge Pattabhi Ramarao on charges of accepting a huge bribe to grant bail to former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy in an illegal mining case. The agency has found that Rs.10 crore -- and not Rs.5 crore as suspected earlier -- changed hands. It may also book the judge's son and others involved", "a retired judge and a man with a criminal past acted as mediators"
Jun 6, 2012 CBI judge who granted bail to Janardhan Reddy suspended: "First Additional CBI Judge T. Pattabhi Ramarao allegedly received Rs.5 crore for granting bail to former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy, the key accused in Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) illegal mining case.", "The CBI reportedly found that the bribe money was stashed in bank lockers of the judge's kin."
Jun 6, 2012 Special CBI Judge Pattabhi Rama Rao suspended: "Pattabhi Rama Rao was hearing the Obulapuram mining scam case and had granted bail to G Janardhana Reddy."
Jun 5, 2012 President Patil commutes 30 death sentences to life: "The president on Monday commuted 30 death sentence into life — something that has never happened before. “The 30 whose death sentence has been commuted to life term were found guilty of barbarically murdering 60 persons by the Supreme Court. 22 of those killed were women and children,”"
Jun 2, 2012 Ruchika's family gives up fight: "The family of Ruchika Girhotra, who committed suicide after being molested by former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, has raised no objection to CBI's closure reports dropping torture charges against the cop."
Jun 2, 2012 Suspended CBI judge faces arrest: "2 days after he was suspended for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5 crore to grant bail to mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy, CBI court Judge T P Rao and his son are likely to be arrested today"
Jun 2, 2012 AP: CBI judge faces arrest in bribery scandal: "Judge Pattabhi Rama Rao reportedly received Rs 6 cr for granting bail to mining baron Janardhan Reddy in a case."
Jun 2, 2012 CBI probes deeper into suspended judge’s assets: "The CBI officials also identified the role of a retired district judge T Chalapathi Rao of Chilakaluripet in Guntur district. Chalapathi Rao allegedly acted as a conduit between Gali and Pattabhirama Rao."
Jun 2, 2012 Ruchika Girhotra case: Family gives up fight against ex-Haryana DGP: "The family of Ruchika Girhotra, a minor girl who allegedly committed suicide after molestation by former Haryana director general of police (DGP) SPS Rathore, has given up its fight for justice in the court of law after 22 years.", ""I do not see any hope now. We feel cheated. My family is vulnerable. The circumstances have pushed us back by 20 years.""
May 29, 2012 'Katara killers' long hospital stays unjustified': "An Army medical board, set up by the Delhi HC, has alleged that the Yadav brothers were using flimsy medical grounds to stay out of jail."
May 21, 2012 A mockery of justice: "Rape witness dies in mysterious circumstances"
May 20, 2012 India's soap opera on corruption: "Raja walked free from jail on bail, after the judge ruled against the slow progress of the trial and the fact that almost all the other accused had been released thus making it pointless to detain Raja."
May 15, 2012 India Digest: 23 Tax Tribunal Members Under CBI Scanner for ‘Fixing’ Verdicts
May 15, 2012 Judicial propriety in an age of scandal: "The government's decision to nominate a sitting judge before whom it continued to appear as a litigant, Justice Bhandari's decision to not resign when the government was lobbying for him, and most crucially public acceptance of such an unholy nexus are warning signs that ought to be heeded."
May 15, 2012 No arrest in murder of teen who witnessed mother's rape: "All the nine accused roamed free Monday, a day after they shockingly burnt alive a teenager who was the main witness in his mother's rape in 2006", "They also told me time and again to shell out Rs.1 crore to police and officials, including the judge."
May 15, 2012 7-year-old who saw his mother raped burnt alive: "The victim's mother was allegedly gangraped in 2006 by five men of her village. He was being threatened to withdraw the case and not appear as a witness in the court"
May 13, 2012 23 tax tribunal members under CBI scanner for ‘fixing’ verdicts: "Jugal Kishore, an ITAT member from Kolkata, for allegedly receiving a bribe from the bosses of S K Tulsiyan and Co., for delivering “pre-decided’’ judgments. The CBI recovered Rs 28 lakh from Kishore’s residence."
May 11, 2012 Sabarmati Central Jail: Inmates become fathers despite no bail or parole: "Police escorts not only allowed the couple privacy, they even bolted the van's door from outside."
May 11, 2012 Adarsh Scam: Army rebuts Adarsh Panel's report: "The Army says that the state government-appointed judicial commission's report was factually wrong."
May 11, 2012 Odisha: Pregnant maid thrown off bridge, survives: "The police claim that the maid's employer, a retired sessions judge, had hired contract killers to kill her for a sum of Rs 3.5 lakh.", "Ex-judge accused of murder"
May 10, 2012 Supreme Court asks Centre to examine complaints against former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan: "In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court on Thursday "requested" the Centre to examine the allegations of serious corruption and misconduct against former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan and take suitable action, including his removal as the chief of National Human Rights Commission, if they were found correct."
May 10, 2012 NHRC Head and the State of Judiciary in India: "the stinking Pandora’s Box of corruption even at the highest level in Indian judiciary."
May 10, 2012 SC asks government to inquire into allegations against NHRC chief K G Balakrishnan: "into allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled against former CJI and present NHRC chief K G Balakrishnan."
May 10, 2012 Relief for former CJI Balakrishnan: "The Supreme Court today refused to direct the Centre to recommend a Presidential reference against NHRC Chairman and former CJI K G Balakrishnan for his alleged misconduct during his tenure as a judge in the apex court."
May 7, 2012 SC reserves order on probe against former CJI Balakrishnan: "The Supreme Court today reserved its order on a plea for its direction to the Centre to take action against NHRC Chairman and former CJI K G Balakrishnan for his alleged misconduct during his tenure as apex court judge."
May 3, 2012 Former judge gets 3 years' jail term for taking bribe 26 years ago: "people's confidence in judiciary is getting shattered by the day."
May 3, 2012 Army Chief trashes Adarsh report: "Army Chief Gen V K Singh said the land in south Mumbai on which the scam-tainted Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society stands belonged to the Army. He also said the judicial commission, which has drawn acontrary conclusion, was not "a court". "Commission ko koi manyata nahi hai (The commission has no standing)...That had been appointed by the state, for its own information. So, we need not take its finding seriously," he said."
May 1, 2012 Govt sent 75 complaints against judges in past yr: "At least 75 complaints of corruption and misconduct against serving judges of the Supreme Court and high courts were forwarded in the last one year for “appropriate action” by the government to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and chief justices of concerned high courts."
Apr 28, 2012 74-yr-old former judge gets 3 yrs in jail for graft: "The court, while awarding the sentence to the former judge, said the public's confidence in the judiciary was getting shattered day by day."
Apr 24, 2012 Will Italian marines go scot free?: "The Kerala High Court on Tuesday (April 24) permitted legal heirs of two fishermen shot dead by two Italian marines on board 'Enrica Lexie' to withdraw the affidavits and submissions made by them against Italy's plea to quash the FIR registered against the marines."
Apr 21, 2012 A cobbler who turned journalist to fight for justice: "The class 10 dropout from Bhopal is the writer, printer and publisher of the magazine 'Baal Ki Khaall'."
Apr 18, 2012 Labour court judge booked for rape, offences under Atrocity Act: "Atique Mohammad Khan (52), a judge of the district labour court, for allegedly raping his domestic help. The cops have also booked Khan under the Prevention of Atrocity (SC/ST) Act."
Apr 14, 2012 Judiciary a contributor to encouraging corruption: Hegde: "Stressing the need to 'cleanse' judiciary, former Supreme court judge and Team Anna member, Justice Santosh Hegde today said judiciary was one of the major "contributors to encouraging corruption.""
Apr 13, 2012 Shoes hurled at Gujarat HC judges
Apr 10, 2012 Judiciary a contributor to encouraging corruption: Hegde: "He was chargesheeted in 1996 and first conviction was in 2009."He is 86 now and has approached Supreme court. This encourages people sitting on the fence to be corrupt.""
Mar 28, 2012 Man gets job after 31 years, retires in 20 days: "Ram Kishore Singh cannot even draw a pension as he has not completed a one-year service.", "31-year fight for 20-day job"
Mar 24, 2012 Managing corruption beyond Lokpal: Need to scrap archaic laws and usher in governance reforms: "In spite of the existence of multiple organisations to tackle this malady, corruption has grown to alarming proportions."
Mar 17, 2012 ‘Corrupt judges must face the music’: "Corruption exists in the Indian judiciary."
Mar 12, 2012 Large amounts paid to KG Balakrishnan's kin: Govt to SC: "the government for the first time filed an investigation status report before the Supreme Court detailing large payments allegedly made to his two sons-in-law and brother when he was the CJI."
Mar 12, 2012 Allegations against ex-CJI Balakrishnan being probed: SC told: "into the allegations that former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and his relatives had amassed disproportionate assets during his tenure as judge"
Mar 4, 2012 Centre asks Haryana to get forestry scam probed by CBI: "the Union government has told the Haryana government to get the CBI to investigate the multi-crore forestry scams that could engulf two Congress ministers, two officers on special duty in the chief minister's office, an independent MLA and several IAS and IFS officers and also Supreme Court committee members"
Mar 3, 2012 SC asks Centre about action taken against ex-CJI: "The Supreme Court's view pertains to charges of amassing disproportionate assets by KG Balakrishnan."
Feb 26, 2012 CVC seeks govt nod to prosecute 113 officers for corruption: "The government’s sanction is required to prosecute any employee right from the level of the peon to the prime minister while officials of the joint secretary rank and above enjoy immunity from even registration of any case against them without government’s sanction."
Feb 23, 2012 Judge booked for attempt to rape: "for allegedly trying to outrage the modesty of his domestic help", "some police officials tried to convince the woman and her relatives to take back her complaint"
Feb 14, 2012 I-T probe report on Balakrishnan submitted to CBDT : "The Income Tax department has submitted to the CBDT a "full probe report" of investments and assets of ex-Chief Justice of India and NHRC chief K G Balakrishnan and his family members.", "allegation that the former CJI amassed properties worth Rs 40 crore in his relatives' names between 2004 to 2009."
Feb 14, 2012 Rosy Blue payment to ex-CJI kin under I-T lens: "in 2006-2007, the company made a one-time payment of Rs 60 lakh to Sreenijan.", "Sources said the four family members had purchased over 60 acres of land in Dindigul in Tamil Nadu and in Idukki district during 2005-2010"
Jan 31, 2012 Ujjain: Man beaten to death inside courtroom: "A man on trial for murder is lynched to death in the premises of the Ujjain court by the family of his alleged victim."
Jan 31, 2012 Ex-judge gets Rs 5L relief for missed flight: "The state consumer forum also asked the airline to refund his airfare of Rs 4,682."
Jan 30, 2012 Mumbai: Adnan's alleged killers walk free: "After a four year long trial, a sessions court acquitted the four key accused in the case.", "No one killed Adnan"
Jan 30, 2012 Justice delayed, justice denied: Adnan's father: "Four people accused in the Adnan Patrawala murder case were let off by a Mumbai court on Monday."
Jan 29, 2012 Ban 2-finger test on rape victims: Panel: "Rape survivors are routinely subjected to forensic examination that include the "finger" test. Social activists have for long been demanding a ban on the "archaic and outdated" practice."
Jan 24, 2012 Slap 'only option' when power to tolerate graft ends: Anna: "Gandhian Anna Hazare has said a person is left with no option but to slap when his power of tolerance of corruption runs out."
Jan 22, 2012 Amid controversy, 2nd Upa Lokayukta takes charge in Karnataka: "Chandrashekaraiah was reportedly allotted a 4,000 square feet prime site in Judicial Layout in 1997, when he was already owning a house in Banashankari-II stage, allegedly in violation of housing society bye laws."
Jan 20, 2012 Plea filed in SC against former CJI K G Balakrishnan: "filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre for an inquiry into allegations of misbehaviour against former Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and to ensure his removal as NHRC chief."
Jan 16, 2012 India cannot supress fundamental rights: Google India to HC: ""The issue relates to a constitutional issue of freedom of speech and expression and suppressing it was not possible as the right to freedom of speech in democratic India separates us from a totalitarian regime like China,""
Jan 14, 2012 India isn’t China: "it is deeply worrying how our free courts and democratic government have invoked China as worthy of emulation."
Jan 13, 2012 Vinay Rai vs Facebook: Govt uses courts to censor the Internet: "The government is back to curbing online portals and social networking sites; this time, via the judiciary."
Jan 13, 2012 Indian Christians fear backlash due to Sharia ruling: "All India Christian Council in New Delhi on Friday feared backlash against Christians in the country due to incrimination of pastors Jim Borst and CM Khanna by Srinagar's self-styled Islamic Shariat court."
Jan 12, 2012 Odisha: SC rules bypassed in land allotment: "Supreme Court guidelines were bypassed to allot land to judges from the ministers' discretionary quota."
Jan 12, 2012 No law to deny benefits to judges found corrupt: "Justice Soumitra Sen and Justice PD Dinakaran, both of whom faced impeachment proceedings before resigning, would get pension benefits"
Jan 12, 2012 Orissa: Fellow ministers too given quota flats: "It is not just the judges and their children who benefited from the ministers discretionary quota in Orissa."
Jan 12, 2012 Orissa: Judges' children got 'quota' flats: "The flats were meant for the economically disadvantaged, war widows and people with special needs."
Jan 12, 2012 Odisha Oppn for cancellation of land allotments: "Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has promised action against those misusing discretionary powers"
Jan 11, 2012 'Revamp laws to curb corruption'
Jan 10, 2012 Time limit can’t be fixed to decide mercy plea: Centre to SC: "“The powers of the President are discretionary which cannot be taken away by any statutory provision and cannot be altered, modified or interfered with in any manner whatsoever by any statutory provision or authority,”"
Jan 9, 2012 Firm fixed income tax tribunal to secure over 60 favourable orders for its clients: CBI: "the CBI is said to have identified at least 69 judgments where the firm, S K Tulsiyan & Co., not only had prior knowledge of these orders but in many cases is suspected to have written them as well. The most glaring case is that of the tribunal’s Kolkata bench — as many as 12 of its orders were recovered from Tulsiyan’s hard discs before these were delivered"
Jan 4, 2012 Selection of judges to be made public: "The Central Information Commission (CIC) has said that the procedure for the appointment of judges in the Supreme Court and High Courts, or a decision to bring about any changes in it, will be available to people under the Right to Information (RTI) Act."
Jan 4, 2012 Washington Times: India: Is the world's largest democracy floundering?: "Indians may finally have figured out that their country, long enslaved in the grip of corrupt politicians, bureaucracy, judiciary, armed forces, police, criminals and a fractured society, cannot be liberated unless they change the system.", ""We the People...” not “We the Parliamentarians...." in the preamble of India’s Constitution. The big difference between ‘We the People,’ and ‘We the elected representatives of the people,’ is that the latter are basically servants – not rulers"
Jan 3, 2012 TIMES NOW impact: Shame prompts action: "It's apathy at its worst in Uttar Pradesh as a father was made to run from pillar to post with his sonâ€™s body in a wooden box."
Jan 3, 2012 Judges retired by Dinakaran reinstated: "Chief Justice P D Dinakaran had ordered compulsory retirement of 15 judges on the grounds that they were "unfit" to hold the post for various reasons, including low rate of disposal of cases, conduct with the lawyers not being good and also complaints against them."
Jan 2, 2012 Meant for ‘distressed’, Orissa plot quota goes to babus, judges, journalists: "Assembly records show, among those to have benefited over the past 26 years from the quota — meant to help persons “in distress” — have been senior officers, high court judges, politicians as well as more than 30 senior journalists."
Jan 1, 2012 12 doctors in drug trial racket let off with Rs 5,000 fine in Madhya Prades: "In a travesty of justice, the Madhya Pradesh government on Sunday imposed a paltry Rs 5,000 fine each on the 12 doctors charged with conducting drug trials on mentally challenged patients."
Dec 19, 2011 Gujarat Bar opposes Justice Pal’s transfer to state: "Chief Justice of India is earnestly requested that Gujarat High Court may not be considered as a dumping ground.", "Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi of Punjab and Haryana High Court had apprised the CJI of “illegalities and irregularities” in an order delivered by Justice Pal."
Dec 19, 2011 56,383 cases pending in Supreme Court: "the number of cases pending in high courts was 4,217,903."
Dec 18, 2011 Meghalaya assembly to quiz cop for booking MLA: "A traffic constable in Shillong will have to answer before the Meghalaya assembly for the "offence" of booking an MLA who had allegedly violated road rules.", "Lyngdoh had told the traffic policeman who he was, but the latter said he had no option but to go by the law."
Dec 17, 2011 Ruchika case: Rathore's pension restored: "In a move that has shocked the friends of molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra, the Central Administrative Tribunal has restored the pension of former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore who was convicted in the 1990 case."
Dec 16, 2011 A week on, a 14-year lesson Citing Uphaar case, mom warns against laxity ‘They were educated, old and had social status’ : "she is a victim of the Uphaar cinema fire in Delhi and has for over 14 years been fighting a system that she says favours well-connected accused over ordinary justice seekers."
Dec 15, 2011 SC: Why has LN Mishra murder trial dragged for 37 years?: "it illustrates just how badly our judicial system is clogged", "When the expectation of delays denying justice becomes the norm, there will be some who take the law into their own hands. The judicial system must find ways of dealing with cases within reasonable timeframes if its credibility as a deliverer of justice is to be maintained."
Dec 14, 2011 Afzal Guru: Govt puts the ball in Prez’s court: "The Constitution does not give any time limit for the President to decide any clemency petition."
Dec 14, 2011 Court resumes Sajjan Kumar's trial in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case: "Resuming the trial of a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case relating to killing of 6 persons in city cantonment area by a mob allegedly at provocation of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar"
Dec 8, 2011 दोनों ने मारे थप्पड़, एक को बेल दूसरे को जेल: "'अगर हक की मांग करने गई महिला को कई थप्पड़ लगाने वाले सरपंच को तुरंत जमानत दी जा सकती है, तो फिर सिर्फ एक थप्पड़ लगाने वाले हरविंदर को जमानत क्यों नहीं मिलनी चाहिए? क्या हरविंदर का अपराध इसलिए बड़ा है कि उसने एक केंद्रीय मंत्री को थप्पड़ मारा है?'"
Dec 8, 2011 Bhushans stand by graft charges against 16 ex-CJIs: "refused to retract their accusation that eight of 16 former Chief Justices of India were corrupt while the senior Bhushan dared the Supreme Court to send him to jail if it was contempt."
Dec 4, 2011 Team Anna defends Kiran Bedi, attacks judiciary: "Key Team Anna member Kiran Bedi has been accused of cheating and criminal conspiracy."
Dec 4, 2011 Chandigarh confidential: "A four-page letter written using unparliamentary language and levelling wild accusations against the judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court is much being talked about these days."
Dec 4, 2011 Dress code for litigants? Bombay high court believes so: "a man dressed in black shorts and vest and a woman in a short skirt and sleeveless top - because the guards wanted them to wrap their "improper" dresses under shawls before their appearance before the Lords who dispense justice."
Dec 4, 2011 Supreme Court judge, MEA ex-secretary slug it out for International Court of Justice post: "as the finalization of nomination has to be completed by next month, behind the scenes lobbying has become intense."
Nov 26, 2011 Name corrupt judges but don't put all in "one basket": CJI
Nov 21, 2011 Reliance lobbyist gives fake address in Lutyens Delhi: "TG Nandakumar, a corporate lobbyist with alleged links to some members of the judiciary.", "“there have been allegations that Nandakumar, who claimed he was a paid consultant of Reliance, had facilitated the (data centre) deal, which allowed the private company access to several vital data."
Nov 21, 2011 'Want effective bill, not empty tinbox': "Accusing the government of reducing the proposed Lokpal to an â€œempty tin box with no powersâ€, Team Anna on Monday (November 21) said they were surprised at the move to exclude Citizenâ€™s Charter and lower bureaucracy from the ambit of the ombudsman, contrary to a Parliament resolution."
Nov 18, 2011 The Last Word: the press and defamation: "Justice Sawant had sued Times Now for wrongly using his photograph in a news item relating to the Ghaziabad PF scam."