GS-II: Indian Polity & Constitution

Should India look at quashing death penalty?

December 3, 2018

In the case of Chhannu Lal Verma vs the State of Chattisgarh, Justice Kurian Joseph has observed that “the time had come to review the need for the death penalty as a punishment, especially its purpose and practice”. These comments have again triggered a debate on whether India must continue the death penalty. Reviewing Death Penalty:

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What was the Supreme Court verdict in the case of Nagaraj and Others v/s Union of India? What is significance of this verdict?

October 29, 2018

The case of Nagaraj and others v/s Union of India is a landmark case. In the case the court had dealt with a challenge to constitutional amendments aimed at nullifying the impact of judgments including that in the famous Mandal case, on reservations in promotions for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe employees. Questions before the

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What are the major criticisms against the Supreme Court verdict on reservation in promotions?

October 29, 2018

The 5 bench constitutional bench of SC has by and large upheld the judgment in the Nagraj case of 2006 and has refused to refer it to larger bench. The Nagraj judgment had imposed restrictions on reservation in promotions. Criticism against the SC verdict The judgment states that the equality principle demands that “unequals” within

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