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Pakistan: Chief Justice Castigates Judiciary for Faults and Failings

(Apr. 26, 2011) In an effort to remove misconceptions about the judiciary, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, speaking at the Fourth National Judicial Conference, criticized the district judiciary for dealing with serious offenses in a cursory and casual manner, but defended it against undue criticism for acting against executive measures by stating that it has […]

India: Supreme Court Questions Government over Theft

(Feb. 7, 2011) Describing black money stashed abroad in foreign banks such as in Germany and Lichtenstein by Indians as “pure and simple theft of national money,” the Supreme Court of India, in a hearing on a petition filed by the former Law Minister, Ram Jethmalani, questioned the central government's approach in tackling the problem […]

United Kingdom: Ban on Tehrik-e-Taliban Under Terror Law Considered

(Jan. 20, 2011) The British Interior Minister, Theresa May, introduced an order in Parliament to ban the group Tehrik-e-Taliban. The order has to be approved by the legislature before it can become effective. The group is influenced by al-Qaeda and is considered to be “the main militant alliance based in northwestern Pakistan, focusing on attacking […]

India: Telecom Scandal Brings Parliament to Standstill

(Dec. 23, 2010) The most recent in a series of telecommunications scandals in India has brought the Parliament to a standstill. The scandal involves the licensing of the telecom spectrum for 2G (second generation) services in 2008. Former central government minister A. Raja disregarded warnings to use the auction mechanism and to conduct the licensing […]

India: Supreme Court Orders Court Review of Whether It Can Make Laws

(Nov. 23, 2009) On November 12, 2009, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India referred the question of separation of powers between legislative and judicial organs of the state to a constitutional bench of five judges. In referring the issue to a constitutional bench, the Court cited a 2006 decision of Justice Arijit […]

India: Supreme Court Ruling on the Offense of Abetment of Corruption by a Public Servant

(Sept. 18, 2009) It was reported on September 14, 2009, that the Supreme Court of India, setting aside a judgment of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, ruled that nocentral or stategovernment sanction is needed for prosecution of offenses of abetment committed by public servants. Acceptance or an attempt to accept gratification by […]

India: Plan to Enact Law to Compel Judges to Disclose Assets

(Aug. 27, 2009) The Ministry of Law in India announced that the Government of India would introduce a law in the next session of the parliament to ensure that judges declare their assets and liabilities. Judges of the Supreme Court at present voluntarily file a statement with the Chief Justice of India (CJI) about their […]

India: Amendment Considered for 1869 Christian Law of Divorce

(June 1, 2009) The Law Commission of India, which has the responsibility of drafting new laws and suggesting amendments to other laws, received a suggestion from the High Court of Madras that the Christian Law of Divorce (The Divorce Act., No. 4, 1869) be amended. The 1869 Law was enacted by the British when India, […]

India: Supreme Court Rules Repayment of Debts Does Not Wipe Out Offenses

(May 28, 2009) A. Ravishankar Prasad and A. Manohar Prasad committed the serious offenses of forgery, fabrication of documents, and declaration of such documents to be genuine in order to obtain money (about $31.4 million) from a bank in Chennai, India. When prosecuted, they settled their debts with the bank, and the Debt Recovery Tribunal […]

India: “Irretrievable Breakdown” of Marriage Not Grounds for Divorce

(Mar. 13, 2009) In a recent decision, allegedly contrary to its earlier rulings about matrimonial causes, the Supreme Court of India refused to grant a decree of divorce on the ground that there was an “irretrievable breakdown” of the marriage. Interpreting section 13 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, a bench of the Supreme Court […]