A lot of you have written to me – the past few weeks, seeking guidance on answer writing. The importance of writing better and more clearly cannot be emphasised enough. This is the area where one can get a cutting edge; this is important given the fact that most of us have access to broadly […]Read More Some Thoughts on Answer Writing and a Model Answer (DJS)…
Nothing affects our lives and our liberty more directly than criminal law, and yet, nothing has been treated with greater disdain as far as law reform is concerned. We’ve talked about it a lot indeed. It has just not been important enough to implement, for some reason. We’ve forgotten that what separates a ‘Criminal System’ from […]Read More A Charter For Reform in Procedural Criminal Laws | Ensuring ‘Justice’ in the Criminal Justice System
This is a guest post by the very talented young judge – Pratik Sagar, (Civil Judge, 30th batch, Bihar). This is how it goes: Hello, hope you are doing fine! If you are reading this article, it means either you are preparing for coveted judicial service examination or maybe you are still in the decision making […]Read More Tips for Judicial Service examination preparation; A Guest Post by Mr. Pratik Sagar (Civil Judge, 30th Batch, Bihar)
This column is based on talk delivered by Bharat at the National Police Academy to a batch of 132 IPS officers/probationers, currently on training, with the very able assistance of Abhijay Srekanth (4th year, Jindal Global Law School.) ** Multiple FIRs, Chargesheets, Joinder of Charges and Accused and Splitting of Trials is an area of […]Read More Issues relating to Multiple FIRs/Chargesheets, Joinder of Charges/Accused and Splitting of Trials
Based on a presentation delivered to the Prosecutors and Judges of the State of J&K in July, 2020. References:  Rule 3.8, American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct  P. Chidambaram v. Directorate of Enforcement, 2019 SCC ONLINE SC 1549  The Criminal Law (Amendment Act), 2018  Miss G (Minor) vs. State of NCT of Delhi and […]Read More The Role of a Public Prosecutor in the Indian Criminal Justice System
First published on LiveLaw at : https://www.livelaw.in/phone-tapping-and-recording-of-a-phone-conversation-by-a-private-party-issues-relating-to-legality-and-admissibility/ “Who are you? Why do you hide in the darkness and listen to my private thoughts?” William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Is Privacy history? The sheer number of court trials where a telephone recording is sought to be used by either party as evidence, suggest that private thoughts […]Read More Phone-tapping and Recording of a Phone conversation: Is it legal and admissible?
First appeared at https://www.mondaq.com/india/court-procedure/680992/the-shifting-judicial-sands-on-accused39s-right-to-rely-on-exculpatory-material-at-the-stage-of-discharge A preliminary hearing in a criminal trial is one of great importance, and the right to seek a discharge (threshold dismissal) is an extremely valuable right that the Criminal Justice System guarantees to the Accused. This gives an opportunity to the Court to sift out meritless cases at the very threshold, […]Read More Can the accused rely on material beyond the chargesheet – at the stage of discharge?
A rising tide lifts all boats. It is only when the tide goes out that you learn who has been swimming naked. A financial crisis is often followed by a rise in financial crimes. A crisis, such as the one we now face, not only presents an opportunity (and greater motivation) for all sorts of […]Read More Taking White Collar Crime Seriously
A slightly abridged version of this first published at Bar and Bench – https://www.barandbench.com/columns/return-of-the-debtors-paradise-a-case-against-decriminalisation-of-section-138-of-the-ni-act Creditor, n. From the Latin for “believer”; someone who lent money to a borrower and believes the loan will be repaid in full. That belief turns out to be true – most of the time (Devil’s Financial Dictionary – Jason Zweig) Let’s face it: […]Read More Return of the Debtor’s Paradise? A case against Decriminalisation of Section 138 of the NI Act
Why an A to Z list of law/legal concepts/judgments etc.? As somebody wise said: A rear-view mirror is the best kind of crystal ball. Sometimes ‘looking back’ is ‘looking ahead’. Our choices and the effects we produce have their causes in the past; and, before this post degenerates into philosophical humdrum about interpretation of history […]Read More An A to Z guide to the new, time-less and important in law