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SC orders release of undertrial prisoners languishing in jails
SC orders release of undertrial prisoners languishing in jails

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered release of all undertrial prisoners who have spent half of the maximum sentence prescribed for the offences they are charged with, bringing much needed relief to poor people who are languishing in jails as they are not able to pay sureties and bail bond to get out of jail.

Justice HL Dattu, next CJI terms Indian Judiciary as best

Justice H L Dattu, who will be the next Chief Justice of India, on Wednesday described the Indian Judiciary as the best in the world and vowed to take it to the "highest stride" by overcoming some of the "recent beatings".

Yardstick for judiciary should also apply for ministers: SC

The Supreme Court has made it clear that the yardstick followed in appointments in judiciary and civil services of not inducting persons with doubtful integrity should also be applied while appointing minsters.

Congress opposes veto provision in Judicial Appointments Bill

The new Judicial Appointments Bill may run into rough weather in the Rajya Sabha with Congress strongly opposed to its "veto provision".

MP judge harassment case: CJI`s bench to hear petition

The Supreme Court on Tuesday did not take up a petition filed by advocate ML Sharma seeking dismissal of Madhya Pradesh High Court judge who has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman additional district and sessions judge in Gwalior.

DMK slams Katju for `baseless` allegations

DMK Tuesday slammed former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju for his "wild and baseless" allegation that "TN partner" of the UPA lobbied for a corrupt judge.

Corrupt judge charge: BJP seeks answer from former PM

BJP Tuesday asked former prime minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress to answer allegations of "improper compromises" by three ex-CJIs during UPA rule, saying the matter was "unfortunate".

Katju`s claim true, but has come too late: Ram Jethmalani

Senior lawyer and former parliamentarian Ram Jethmalani on Monday said that whatever former Supreme Court judge and current chairman of the Press Council of India, Justice Markandey Katju, had said over corruption in the judiciary is true, but wished the latter could have come out with it earlier.

Difficult to find suitable persons to man tribunals: Supreme Court

The setting up of tribunals have come under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court which on Thursday cast doubts as to whether they have achieved the desired objectives or not as competent persons are averse to presiding over them and keen ones are not suitable for such assignments.

Judges of higher judiciary not govt servants: Madras HC RG

Judges, particularly those of the higher judiciary are constitutional functionaries and not government servants or officials and so no direction can been issued to them, the Registrar General of Madras High Court on Thursday said.

Accountability process in judiciary exceptionally weak: Sibal

Noting that the process of accountability within the judiciary is "exceptionally weak", Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said that discretionary powers with the Chief Justice of India result in very few judges being brought to book for corruption.

High cost of litigation a challenge before judiciary: Tewari

High cost of litigation is not only keeping away poor from getting justice but even making it unaffordable for upper middle class, Union Minister Manish Tewari said.

Judiciary urged to ensure easy access, speedy justice

Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam on Saturday urged the judiciary to ensure easy access of the common people to court as well as "early finality of dispensation of justice" to uphold its credibility.

Judicial Appointments bill not taken up by Cabinet

A bill which seeks to scrap the collegium system of appointing judges to higher judiciary could not be taken up by the Union Cabinet on Thursday due to the absence of Law Minister Kapil Sibal.

‘Raise judges’ retirement age to help judiciary’

Raising the retirement ages of Indian judges and compulsory appointment of court clerks will help expeditious disposal of cases and restore people`s faith in the judiciary, an international legal expert has said.

Majority still outside protective umbrella of law: Kumar

Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Sunday stressed on the need to strengthen the lower judiciary, saying a majority of the people were still outside the protective umbrella of the law.

People losing confidence in judicial system: Legal experts

Expressing anguish over decreasing values in judiciary, legal experts on Friday said people are losing faith in the system.

Over 3 cr cases pending in courts in India: Govt

Over three crore cases are pending in various courts across the country and this "unacceptable level" can be reduced by appointment of more judges and modernisation, Law Minister Ashwani Kumar said on Wednesday.

2012 saw courts doubting their power under anti-terror law

Year 2012 saw the trial courts dealing with several terror cases including those of the 26/11 Mumbai mayhem coordinator Abu Jundal and terror strike on an Israeli diplomat.