On 1st March, 1954 United States conducted its largest ever nuclear weapon test, code-named Castle Bravo, at the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The explosion, more than 1,000 times as powerful as Hiroshima, reached a yield of 15 megatons. Sacred Games, Season 2 (2019, dir. Anurag Kashyap, Neeraj Ghaywan): Inspiration from reality isn’t new. […]Read more "Sacred Games of Arthur Fleck"
“Retail outlets for sale of arrack were started by Kerala State Beverages Corporation Limited in the year 1995, in view of the decision taken by the Government of Kerala to abolish arrack shops which were hitherto run by private parties. There is no dispute that a number of abkari workers lost their livelihood due to […]Read more "The Doctrine of Legitimate Expectation IV"
“At the outset, it is required to be noted and does not seem to be in dispute that since last 22 years both the Appellant-Husband and the Respondent-Wife are residing separately. It also appears that all efforts to continue the marriage have failed and there is no possibility of re-union because of the strained relations. […]Read more "Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage"
“There can be no rule of law, there can be no democracy unless there is a strong, fearless and independent Judiciary. This independence and fearlessness is not only expected at the level of the Superior Courts but also from the District Judiciary. Most litigants only come in contact with the District Judiciary. They cannot afford […]Read more "Purity of Character II"
It was my request to the Supreme Court that all while they let go of death in case after case, to not only explain always why those cases are not ‘rarest of rare’, but also explain whether death is a penalty or an award. In the last 11 months, I have briefly described 15 cases whereby […]Read more "Review of Death Penalty XVI-XVII-XVIII"
“It must be noted that though it may be a relevant consideration in sentencing that the evidence in a given case is circumstantial in nature, there is no bar on the award of the Death Sentence in cases based upon such evidence [Swamy Shraddananda v. State of Karnataka, (2007) 12 SCC 288; Ramesh v. State […]Read more "Review of Death Penalty XV"
The primary function of the Courts is to interpret and apply the laws according to the will of those who made them and not to transgress into the domain of policy-making. It is not for the Court to pronounce policy. It cannot term a particular policy as fairer than the other. Courts must exercise restraint. “Untouchability […]Read more "Untouchability"