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Solitary confinement unconstitutional: UTHC

The Uttarakhand High Court ruled that keeping a convict in solitary confinement before the exhaustion of his or her constitutional and other rights is unconstitutional. “This practice to keep the convict in custodial segregation/solitary confinement before the exhaustion of his … Continue reading

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Right to Privacy is a fundamental right: SC

In a historic ruling with potentially widespread consequences, the Supreme Court of India ruled that right to privacy is an intrinsic and fundamental right under the country’s constitution. “The central theme is that privacy is an intrinsic part of life, … Continue reading

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Review petitions to be heard in open court: SC

The Supreme Court of India ruled that a review petition in cases in which death sentence has been awarded should be heard in open court by the same Bench which originally heard the appeal. A Constitutional Bench said that if … Continue reading

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Govt can’t impose a language as the only medium of instruction: SC

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India ruled that a child has a constitutional right to choose the medium of instruction at the primary school stage and government cannot impose a language, including the mother tongue, as the … Continue reading

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SC forms Committee for guidelines on Govt advertisement policy

In an attempt to distinguish between the advertisements that are part of Government messaging and daily business and advertisements that are politically motivated, a Large Bench of the Supreme Court of India constituted a Committee consisting of three members to … Continue reading

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Transgenders recognized as ‘Third Gender’: SC

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of India recognized transgenders as a ‘third gender’ in an aim to give them a legal status and better protection and privileges. “Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social … Continue reading

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Unexplained Delay ground for commutation of death sentence: SC

In a landmark ruling, a Large Bench of the Supreme Court of India held that “unexplained and inordinate” delays in the execution of the death penalty were grounds to change the sentences to life imprisonment. The Court said, “if there … Continue reading

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Section 377 of Indian Penal Code constitutional: SC

The Supreme Court of India overruled a Delhi High Court judgment that held Section 377 of Indian Penal Code prohibiting “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” as unconstitutional and infringed the fundamental rights of people. The Court, however, said … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of India refers ‘mother tongue’ as medium of instruction case to a Constitution Bench

Considering the constitutional importance of the question whether the mother tongue or the regional language can be imposed by the State as the medium of instruction at the primary education stage, the Supreme Court of India referred the case to … Continue reading

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