Additional Commissioner of Police (III) Shri Supratim Sarkar’s efforts, translated in English, is nothing short of brilliant. He can either be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or called on 033-22143970. There are several who enquire, why do some prefer watching/reading stories on crime; are they criminals themselves or are they learning how to protect/investigate/solve? I remember the ‘coin […]Read more "The Closet Killer"
George H. Gadbois, Jr., chronicler of 93 Judges of the Supreme Court of India, had this to say once: “When I first wrote to Justice A N Ray requesting an interview, I included a couple of articles I had published earlier. This enabled him to see that I was rather well-informed about him and the Court. […]Read more "The Revival of Ray III"
I am happy that a book finally celebrates Mrs. Gandhi. ‘Did you know Eve Curie, the scientist Marie Curie’s daughter, was a guest at the wedding? And Harivansh Rai Bachchan, the poet? He and his wife, Teji, sang a duet.’ ‘Six months before Operation Blue Star, as troubles escalate, Mrs. Gandhi decides, on a whim, […]Read more "The Woman – Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi"
Diyora and Bhanderi Corporation v. Sarine Technologies Ltd. [Civil Appeal Nos. 7304-7305 of 2018] A copyright infringement action over proprietary software under the Respondent’s ‘ADVISOR’ trade mark triggered the dispute. The Respondent wished to direct Mr. Robert “Bob” Zeidman to compare the softwares and to report the Court as to whether the source code and object code of the […]Read more "Mr. Robert “Bob” Zeidman"
Shyam’s Offer Shyam also met Karna and in attempt to avert war told him what no one else had told him. ‘Know that your birth mother is Kunti. By law, you are the eldest son of the man she married, Pandu. This makes you, by law, the eldest Pandava, with full rights to Pandu’s kingdom […]Read more "Consistent Loyalty v. Contextual Thinking"
“Haynes was a role model of mine. He and Greenidge were a pair that would take apart any bowling attack in the world. From the start of the day’s play I had kept a close watch on him. He was sitting in the Sussex dressing room, absorbed in the match. I worried that he might […]Read more "The Haynes Discourse"
“A distinguished South African Judge, Albie Sachs has spoken of the importance of understanding the value of Constitutional Transformation. In his book titled ‘The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law’, explaining the role of the Constitutional Court, Sachs has this to say: “It is difficult to analyze the impact that Court Decisions have on actual […]Read more "The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law"
There is a certain degree of lasciviousness that’s attached to crime or investigative reporting. Because the police force is predominantly male and while there are women crime reporters, men outnumber them easily; stories that emerge from the CBI or from the police have an undeniable male gaze. And so the first reports of Anca Neacsu […]Read more "Jailed Abroad: Platinum Blonde, Anca Neacsu"
The Fourth Chapter is intriguingly titled ‘Bloodless Murder: Defamation‘. Senior Advocate Pinky Anand and her daughter Gauri Goburdhun have stood by Sections 499 & 500, IPC in Trials of Truth: India’s Landmark Criminal Cases, (Shobhaa Dé Books, Penguin, 2017). Here is brief excerpt from pp. 61 to pp. 79: “The origin of defamation can be traced […]Read more "Section 499, Indian Penal Code IV"
In the late Nineties, Vijay Palande had adopted an interesting identity – that of a waiter at the iconic Copper Chimney restaurant in Juhu. The job was ideal as it gave him the opportunity to keep a close watch on prospective victims while serving them their favourite dish. On one such occasion, he met a […]Read more "India’s New Serial Killers II: Vijay Palande"
The Les Clefs d’Or [‘lay clay door’, meaning ‘keys of gold’] is an international network of concierges expected to make the ‘impossible requests of a guest possible, no matter how strange’. They have ‘sources of inside information, intelligence and communication’. The first hotel in India to have a member of the Les Clefs d’Or was […]Read more "Notorious Hotel Rooms: The Case of The Sealed Suite"
“On 8 October, 1997, Veerappan abducted wildlife researchers and photographers Krupakar and Senani. The next day, he stopped a bus carrying fifteen tourists through Bandipur Forest and took them hostage. The same fate was reserved for the six Karnataka Forest Department staffers who went searching for the bus. Though Veerappan set most of the tourists […]Read more "Chasing the Brigand: The Rajkumar Abduction"
The Don always sells. There is even a sweet, fan-girl account in Sheela Raval’s Godfathers of Crime (Hachette, 2015). She attended the reception of Mahrukh’s wedding in the summer of 2005 and said, “Mario Puzo would have been proud of the scene“. In Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored (HarperCollins India, 2017), the actor has his […]Read more "D For Don II: Khullam Khulla"
This blog has previously carried content on K3G here and here. I had the chance to read the biography of its Director, Karan Johar, recently. Here is [some of] what caught my interest… _____ I’ve had two unrequited love situations in my life. One in my twenties and one in my thirties where I’d loved […]Read more "An Unsuitable Boy"
April, 2012 ‘Madam, I’ll tell you what I know,’ he said, pushing his spectacles up, ‘but promise me that you won’t reveal my name to anyone. You know the actor in that Shah Rukh Khan film, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi? The one who is King Khan’s friend D.K. in that film?’ he asked. His […]Read more "India’s New Serial Killers I: Vijay Palande"
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.” Legal Eagles traces the journey of […]Read more "A Review of “Legal Eagles”"
“It was a scorching summer day on 31st May, when the NIA sleuths gathered in the chambers of Gopal Subramanian, the Attorney General of India. He had just returned from the US where he had spent hours discussing the David Headley issue with the US Attorney General, Eric Holder… Behera spoke, ‘We will be leaving […]Read more "D for Dayan, D for David"
Tukhm-e-tasir, sohbat-e-asar It is the social mileu and lineage that chisel human character. “In the year 1915, a hundred years ago, India was entirely in the grip of the British. That same year, Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa. Salman Khan’s grandfather would join the police service of Holkar the following year. He […]Read more "#NoJailForSalman"
“In 1999, it was reported: “Ganglord Chhota Shakeel is in direct contact with a serving Additional Sessions Court Judge in Mumbai, Jaysingh Wadhu Singh.” It was alleged, the Judge had agreed to go easy on cases involving members of the Dawood or the Shakeel family. J.W. Singh was in jail for 28 months before a […]Read more "Judges with Colorful Lives: No. 8"
Dial D for Don chronicles the adventures of a decorated Police Officer. The facts are intense. At the centre of it all is The Don. The Don always sells. And this book too will earn from his name, for the most part. There are other stories too. “Operation Desert Safari“, detailing the rescue of Thekkat Siddique from 12/22 […]Read more "A Review of “Dial D for Don: Inside Stories of CBI Missions”"