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Lawyers, Judges & Judiciary in India

30 December 2004

Indian police and judiciary are in the habit of catching a stupid first-time offender, while they let hardened criminals go scot-free. This was typically seen in the famous DPS Dhamaka case. Does the system need to be reformed?

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8 October 2004

Dhananjoy probably deserved mercy and Peter Bleach certainly deserved no mercy. Notwithstanding the debate, the provision of death penalty must remain on the statute books - argues V.T. Joshi.

1 October 2004

Do harsh punishments prevent crime? Do harsh punishments cause the society to become brutal and insensitive, leading to more crime? An article backed with facts and figures raises some fundamental questions.

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20 August 2004

Dhananjoy Chatterjee was hanged on 14 August 2004 after his mercy petition was rejected by the President. Was the President justified in not granting mercy to a poor man? Is presidential mercy reserved for terrorists with foreign connections?

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28 July 2003

Witnesses turned hostile and that led to the acquittal of all the accused in the Best Bakery Case. But it is a bit more complex than that. The case is illustrative of the way fast track courts in India are dispensing justice. There is a need to review the system of fast track courts to ensure quality and credibility of judicial system.

1st August, 2000

Anil Chawla was a Member of Organizing Committee for National Seminar on Judicial Reforms. The draft of base paper was presented to the committee where the lawyers present found it scandalous.

14th September, 2000

The paper was included in the Compilation of Base Papers published for the seminar but none of the suggestions of the paper have been included in the recommendations of the seminar.


10th November, 1999

An article that takes a critical look at the state of Indian judiciary and argues against giving responsibility of review of Constitution to members of this sick institution.