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Om Prakash Rawat appointed new Chief Election Commissioner

The Law Ministry today announced that Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner and ex-finance secretary Ashok Lavasa has been made the election commissioner.

Both Rawat and Lavasa will take charge from January 23. Rawat will succeed AK Joti as Chief Election Commissioner after he steps down on Monday.

Rawat, an IAS officer from the 1977 batch of the Continue reading

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lower court judges required to clear the backlog of cases

NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked the second national judicial pay commission, which was notified in November, to find out the number of lower court judges required to clear the backlog of cases.

The higher judiciary and the executive have been at variance over the exact strength of the subordinate judiciary. Currently, India has less than 22,000 sanctioned posts for judicial officers in the lower judiciary, of which nearly 5,000 are vacant.

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SC asks govt – why judges are not being appointed

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court asked the government’s top law officer on Friday to explain the delay in finalising a new procedure to appoint judges.

The Supreme Court and the government have been at fight over how to appoint judges, one of several areas of divergence between the two, the most recent being the judiciary’s stand over the dismissal of state governments and the right to privacy.

In 2015, the top court struck down a law the government brought — the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act — to end a more than 20-year-old practice, unique to India, of judges appointing judges under a collegium system. Continue reading

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All about “Right to Privacy” in India

Right to Privacy:

Right to privacy is one such right which has come to its existence after widening up the dimensions of Article 21. The constitution in specific doesn’t grant any right to privacy as such. However, such a right has been culled by the Supreme Court from Art. 21 and several other provisions of the constitution read with the Directive Principles of State Policy.

Article 21 of the Constitution of India states that “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law”. Continue reading

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