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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 […]
March 04 2022
Did you know: A High Court cannot set aside an FIR if there are serious accusations in the criminal complaint
The Supreme Court has confirmed that when there are serious triable allegations in a criminal complaint, a High Court should not use its power to set aside an FIR under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. What should a High Court consider to set aside an FIR? High Courts have the […]
February 27 2022
What are the ‘Draft Rules of Criminal Practice, 2020’?
After the Supreme Court gave directions in a case where the Court took suo moto proceedings related to inadequacies in the criminal trial system, two senior advocates and an amici curiae (someone who assists the Court) have submitted a Report outlining the ‘Draft Rules of Criminal Practice, 2020‘. Given below are the important points in […]
February 21 2022
5 important things that the Supreme Court recently said about the Law on Maintenance
The Supreme Court recently delivered a judgement in the case of Rajnesh v. Neha, discussing various aspects of the law on maintenance in India. Here are 5 notable points from the judgement. Claiming maintenance under multiple laws The following Indian laws provide for maintenance: a) Special Marriage Act, 1954 (SMA) – Sections 36 and 37 […]
February 23 2022
Did you know that Intentionally Insulting any Religion is a Crime?
The Supreme Court has upheld the First Information Reports (FIRs) filed against journalist Amish Devgan for his remarks against Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti. On June 15, while hosting his programme ‘Aar Par’, Devgan called the saint a ‘lootera’. How does Indian law punish religious offences? Sections 295 to 298 of the Indian Penal Code, […]
February 23 2022
The violence against women continues: How does Indian law punish Rape?
Trigger Warning: This explainer contains information on physical violence and sexual violence which some readers may find disturbing. An eight-year-old girl was thrown into a dry well after being allegedly raped and strangled to death by unidentified men in the Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan. The accused abducted the girl from her house while she […]
March 04 2022
Do you know the major religious crimes punishable under Indian law?
The Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, has expressed concerns about the attempts in social media and online portals to give communal colour to news. In this context, let us look at the major religious offences under Indian law. How does Indian law punish religious offences? Sections 295 to 298 of the Indian Penal […]