Everything

Why does it feel like,That I’ve been places with you; Places that I haven’t visited, or even read about. Places (both inside and out) that I didn’t even know existed.  Why does it feel like,  That I’ve seen your gorgeous smile, on nights - brighter than days, And, on days - darker than nothingness itself. Why does it feel … Continue reading Everything

The Art of Writing Orders in Civil Cases

First published on LiveLaw The Journey of a civil case isn’t a straight road where you start from a particular point and reach your final destination, without any interruptions. Rather a civil case is like one of those tedious Haryana Roadway’s bus journeys - with multiple halts - before it reaches its final destination.  A … Continue reading The Art of Writing Orders in Civil Cases

ALEXA….JAIL OR BAIL? USE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN BAIL PROCEEDINGS

This is a guest post by the brilliant law interns Hamna, Ananya, Sakshi and Satyam who interned with the Chambers a few months back. One of the most illuminating columns I've read on the subject. [1] Bail law in India is all about judicial discretion. There have been various criticisms, from various quarters, of discretion … Continue reading ALEXA….JAIL OR BAIL? USE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN BAIL PROCEEDINGS

UNDERSTANDING EXHIBITION AND MARKING OF DOCUMENTS DURING EVIDENCE (GUEST POST)

[1] This is a guest post by Ms. Sonam Singh, an officer of the Delhi Judicial Services. This column was first published at Bar & Bench. It was the first day at work for a junior lawyer, at Tis Hazari Courts.  His senior had asked him to go to the Court for a matter:  His senior … Continue reading UNDERSTANDING EXHIBITION AND MARKING OF DOCUMENTS DURING EVIDENCE (GUEST POST)

RIGHT TO BAIL IN CASES WHERE ACCUSED IS NOT ARRESTED DURING INVESTIGATION (GUEST POST)

Guest post by the very bright Hamna Rehan (A student of law at Jamia Millia Islamia, interning at the Chambers of Bharat Chugh) “Honoring the presumption of innocence is often difficult; sometimes we must pay substantial social costs as a result of our commitment to the values we espouse. But at the end of the … Continue reading RIGHT TO BAIL IN CASES WHERE ACCUSED IS NOT ARRESTED DURING INVESTIGATION (GUEST POST)

Voice Samples in Criminal Investigations and Legal/Constitutional Issues that remain

First published at SCC Online Blog (Expert Column) here It is now well settled that compelling the taking of voice samples from an accused for the purpose of an investigation does not amount to a violation of Article 20(3) of the Constitution. In other words, seeking voice samples from an accused does not amount to … Continue reading Voice Samples in Criminal Investigations and Legal/Constitutional Issues that remain

Livestreaming Proceedings: Making Justice Visible or Diluting Majesty of the Courts?

A guest post by the very talented, Satyam, who interned at the Chambers last month. The live streaming of the court proceedings of the Gujrat Chief Justice’s court via YouTube, which started as an experiment in October last year, culminated into a formal approval to the idea in the form of The Gujarat High Court (Live … Continue reading Livestreaming Proceedings: Making Justice Visible or Diluting Majesty of the Courts?

BOOK RECOMMENDATION : KLARA AND THE SUN BY KAZUO ISHIGURO

May contain spoilers* I just read this. It’s a book where, strikingly, an Artificial Friend (Artificial Intelligence based specie named Klara) reminds us what does it mean to be a human.  Well, its an Ishiguro. The grace and consistency in writing was, therefore, something I had expected and it didn't let me down.  Otherwise, it's … Continue reading BOOK RECOMMENDATION : KLARA AND THE SUN BY KAZUO ISHIGURO

Can the Administrator of a WhatsApp Group be Held Liable for Objectionable Posts?

First published on Bar & Bench Like it or not, we are all part of various WhatsApp groups. In fact, nearly all of us are in more groups than we’d prefer. From project groups to groups for every legal file that comes into office, or the random temporary group that was created for a brief … Continue reading Can the Administrator of a WhatsApp Group be Held Liable for Objectionable Posts?

Committed a crime? Now, face(scan) the consequences! The law against self-incrimination and locked smartphones.

By Bharat Chugh. [1] First published one SCC Online Blog here. On the legality of compelling an accused to disclose his smartphone/laptop password, or open his phone through face-scan, or fingerprint and the constitutional protection against self-incrimination.   Our smartphones are an extension of our minds and souls. Our deepest desires. Our darkest secrets. Our smartphones know … Continue reading Committed a crime? Now, face(scan) the consequences! The law against self-incrimination and locked smartphones.