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March 11 2022
A special law of detention: The National Security Act
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act which was introduced last year, triggered protests across several parts of India. On 12th December 2019, Dr. Kafeel Khan addressed a gathering of protesting students at Aligarh Muslim University. In connection to this, a criminal complaint was filed against him for ‘promoting enmity between different groups’. In February, an order was […]
February 24 2022
Bringing Fugitive Criminals to Justice: How does Extradition work?
Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, a key accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, has opposed his extradition to India, arguing that he has previously been acquitted of the offences for which his extradition is sought. Chhota Rajan, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, Bannanje Raja – They are all high-profile people who fled from India […]
February 24 2022
Did you know: A person does not have the right to seek information about bank details and income tax returns of their spouse
The Central Information Commission has said that filing individual Income Tax Returns is not a public activity. It is an obligation which a citizen owes to the government. This information cannot be disclosed to anyone who files a right to information (RTI) application, unless there is a larger public interest involved. What other information […]
February 24 2022
Freedom of Speech and Expression: Why is it Important?
The Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the Kerala High Court’s order against activist Rehana Fathima, which restricted her from using visual or electronic media to publish, share, or circulate any material or comments. What does the right to freedom of speech and expression mean? Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution gives all citizens the fundamental […]
February 21 2022
Getting approval for vaccines: How does it work in India?
American pharma company Pfizer has said that from phase 3 clinical trials, its vaccine candidate is more than 90 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 in participants. Before being approved for public use, any potential vaccine must go through several trial stages to ensure that the vaccine can be safely used without harmful effects […]
February 23 2022
How do Vaccines get Government Approval?
The Serum Institute of India (SII) has developed the first indigenous vaccine against pneumonia – the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate vaccine. The vaccine has got market approval from India’s drug regulator and will be launched by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. Before being approved for public use, any potential vaccine must go through several trial […]
March 06 2022
Is the freedom of speech and expression an absolute one?
The Chhattisgarh High Court redirected a case of hate speech against the Christian Religion to the district court which had territorial jurisdiction to hear the case. What does the right to freedom of speech and expression mean? Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution gives all citizens the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression. This […]
March 02 2022
Pegasus Snooping Surveillance: What can you do if it happens to you?
The West Bengal Government has constituted a committee to look into the Pegasus Snooping Scandal, led by the Retired Justice Madan Lokur. This is in response to a global collaborative investigative project finding that Israeli spyware Pegasus was used to target at least 300 individuals in India. What is surveillance? Surveillance is the monitoring […]