BCI to submit Delhi University law fac report by January

The Bar Council of India (BCI) would submit its report on the possible re-accreditation of Delhi University in the first week of January 2015, the BCI secretary told the Delhi high court today in a writ petition challenging the disaffiliation of Delhi University’s law schools, reported the Economic Times.

Dushyant Dave is new SCBA president after messy election & realistic promises [UPDATE-1]

SCBA election clean up Photo by @ElectionWitnessSenior advocate Dushyant Dave has won the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) 2014 elections, with V Shekhar winning the vice-president race.

PETA pro-animal man of the year: Ex-SC judge KS Panicker Radhakrishnan, who banned Jallikattu bull fights & referencing ‘speciesism’

The NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has recognised former Supreme Court Justice KS Panicker Radhakrishnan its man of the year award. In a press release, PETA wrote:

For heading the bench that passed the landmark judgement in favour of PETA India and the government body the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) clarifying that bulls must not be used in jallikattu, bull races, bullfights or any other type of performance and that called for animals to be respected in many other ways, Honourable Justice (Retd.) Mr. K.S. Panicker Radhakrishnan, Supreme Court of India (SC), is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Man of the Year.

Article 51a (g) of the Indian Constitution makes it the requirement of every Indian citizen to have compassion for living creatures,"explains PETA India CEO. “Retired Judge Radhakrishnan and Fernandez are role models in our society who uphold this mandate for kindness to animals through the actions they take, as we all should.”

The groundbreaking SC judgement passed earlier this year also referenced the concept of “speciesism”—discrimination against others simply for being another species—and compared it to other recognized wrongs: racism, castism and sexism. It also made clear that staged fights between animals, like cockfighting and dog-fighting, for entertainment must not be permitted; that education about humane treatment of animals is imperative; and that stronger penalties for cruelty to animals must be passed; among other animal-friendly verdicts.

Read original coverage of the landmark judgment here.

SC hands 2G probe to new CBI boss after it booted Ranjit Sinha

Court tells CBI to record Manmohan Singh's statement in Birla coal case

LI asks BCI chairman MK Mishra why he’s trying to hide BCI minutes: Listen to his response

BCI: Needs more sunshine & transparencyThis is a short story and video of how LI tried and failed getting the BCI chairman to be more transparent.

SC's weekly 'social justice bench' under Lokur, UU Lalit kicks off at 2pm today

The recently constituted social justice bench of the Supreme Court, to be presided over by Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit, will sit today at 2pm for the first time.

Today will kick off what is intended as a weekly session, reported India TV News According to a statement from the Supreme Court:

In Supreme Court several cases relating to the domain of ‘social justice’ are pending for several years. Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India is of the view that these cases shall be given a specialized approach for their early disposal so that the masses will realize the fruits of the rights provided to them by the constitutional text.


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