Tenth Schedule and Power of Speaker
The Supreme Court recently in KeishamMeghachandra Singh v. The Hon’ble Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly, pronounced a significant judgment in relation to the Speaker’s power to disqualify members of the legislative Assembly on the grounds of defection.
Transfer of Community Resources
The Supreme Court recently asked the Government not to transfer “invaluable” community resources like village water ponds to a few powerful people and industrialists for commercialisation of the property as many areas of the country perennially face water crisis and access to drinking water is woefully inadequate.
Right to Protest
Lately, there have been instances of protests in various parts of the country against CAA and NRC and the police action following the same. The recent example is of the police action in a university in Delhi, which has gained wide criticism throughout the country and has opened the debate on the relevance of ‘Right to Protest’ which is derived from Article 19 of the Indian Constitution.
Transgender Person (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, with an objective of protectingthe rights of transgender persons and their welfare, has come into force on 10th January 2020
Settlement of Bru Tribe in Tripura
Recently, a quadripartite agreement was signed among the Centre, state governments of Tripura and Mizoram and Bru-Reang representatives to facilitate permanent settlement of Bru refugees in Tripura with a Rs 600-crore rehabilitation package. This agreement seeks to end the 23 years old Bru refugee crisis.
Right to Private Property
Recently, the Supreme Court in its judgment held that a citizen’s right to own private property is a human right. Therefore, the statecannot take possession of private property without following the due procedure and authority of law.
All India Judicial Service (AIJS)
Recently a report by Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy was released namely 'A primer on the All India Judicial Service - A solution in search of a problem'. The report points out several issues in pitching AIJS as a solution to judicial vacancies.
The Government of Uttar Pradesh had decided to implement the 'Commissionerate system' of policing in two districts viz. Lucknow and Noida. Under this system, more responsibilities were under the jurisdiction of an IPS vis-à-vis an IAS in dual system.
Guidelines on Execution of Convicts
Ministry of Home Affairs has recently moved to the Supreme Court to frame guidelines to execute death penalty of condemned prisoners within seven days of rejection of their mercy petitions.