Chief Justice Castigates Judiciary for Faults and Failings (Apr. 26, 2011) by Krishan Nehra

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 ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Supreme Court Questions Government over Theft (Feb. 07, 2011) by Krishan Nehra

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 ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: India

Ban on Tehrik-e-Taliban Under Terror Law Considered (Jan. 20, 2011) by Krishan Nehra

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 ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom

Telecom Scandal Brings Parliament to Standstill (Dec. 23, 2010) by Krishan Nehra

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 ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: India

Supreme Court Orders Court Review of Whether It Can Make Laws (Nov. 23, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

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 ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: India

Supreme Court Ruling on the Offense of Abetment of Corruption by a Public Servant (Sep. 18, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

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, ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: India

Plan to Enact Law to Compel Judges to Disclose Assets (Aug. 27, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

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 ...

Topic: Judges
Jurisdiction: India

Amendment Considered for 1869 Christian Law of Divorce (Jun. 01, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

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 ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: India

Supreme Court Rules Repayment of Debts Does Not Wipe Out Offenses (May. 28, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

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 ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: India

"Irretrievable Breakdown" of Marriage Not Grounds for Divorce (Mar. 13, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

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 ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: India

Electronic Crimes Prevention (Mar. 06, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

Pakistan's Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, No. 9 of 2008, became effective on September 29, 2008. The objective of the Ordinance is to prevent any action ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Sharif Brothers Disqualified from Contesting Election (Mar. 04, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and now head of the nation's largest opposition party in the parliament, and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Parliament Passes Law Against Money Laundering (Mar. 03, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

India's Parliament passed the Prevention of Money-Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2008. This bill seeks to check the use of illegal money for financing terror and other anti-state ...

Topic: Money laundering
Jurisdiction: India

Supreme Court to Rule on High Court Order Disqualifying Sharif (Jan. 27, 2009) by Krishan Nehra

On January 15, 2009, the Pakistan Government's appeal to the country's Supreme Court came up for review. The appeal was against an order of the Lahore ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

New Anti-Terror Law (Dec. 19, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

In the wake of the November 26, 2008, terrorist attack in Mumbai by Pakistani nationals, the Cabinet of the Indian government introduced two new bills in ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: India

No-Fly Zone over Nuclear Plant (Dec. 19, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently notified all airlines that all flying activity up to a height of 10,000 feet over the Kalpakkam area in ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: India

Court Recommends Establishing Body to Regulate Muslim Marriage and Divorce (Nov. 24, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

A bench of the Kerala High Court, which is in the southernmost portion of India, consisting of Justices Kurian Joseph and Harun-Ul-Rashid, asked the Government of ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: India

Penalty for "Cyber-Crime" Enhanced (Nov. 24, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

Cyber-terrorism will be subject to the death penalty in Pakistan, according to a decree issued by the President of the country on November 6, 2008. The ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Government Plan to Restrict Publication of Exit Polls (Oct. 22, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

With the Union Government Cabinet's approval on October 8, 2008, India went ahead with plans to restrict publication and dissemination of exit polls until the completion ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: India

Continuation of Reservation of Government Posts, Services for Certain Castes and Tribes (Oct. 22, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

On October 8, 2008, the Union Government Cabinet approved the enactment of the Scheduled Castes (SC) and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) (Reservation in Posts and Services) ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: India

High Court Denial of Abortion Petition Prompts Review of Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (Sep. 17, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

Upon being advised by their physicians that the baby to be born to them would have a congenitally defective heart, an Indian couple, Haresh Mehta and ...

Topic: Abortion
Jurisdiction: India

Supreme Court Upholds State Wiretap Law (Sep. 11, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

On September 1, 2008, the Supreme Court of India in effect affirmed the constitutional validity of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA), a state ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: India

Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Validity of OBC Reservation (May. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

In a unanimous 500-page judgment delivered on April 10, 2008, the Supreme Court of India upheld the validity of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: India

No Short-Cut Dissolution of Hindu Marriage (May. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

On April 1, 2008, the High Court of Bombay, India, ruled that a couple seeking divorce by mutual consent cannot dissolve the marriage within a few ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: India

Former Prime Minister's Son Implicated in Corruption (May. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Minorities Commission to Have Constitutional Status (Apr. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

India's National Commission for Minorities, a statutory body since its creation in 1992, will shortly have constitutional status. As a statutory body, it was unable to ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: India

Death Sentence for Cyber Crimes (Apr. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

The death sentence may be awarded under Pakistan's new Cyber Crimes Ordinance, 2007, which took effect on December 31, 2007. Crimes set forth in the Ordinance ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Loans to Politicians Waived (Apr. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

A Foreign Arbitration Award May Be Challenged (Mar. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

The Supreme Court of India has ruled that a suit in an Indian court is maintainable against a foreign arbitration award if the award contravenes public ...

Topic: Alternative dispute resolution
Jurisdiction: India

Marriage Age for Men May Be Lowered to 18 (Mar. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

The Law Commission of India has proposed a reduction in the legal marriageable age for men from 21 to 18 years, while recommending that unions contracted ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: India

Extortion Trial of Former Prime Minister (Mar. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

The trial of the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, on a complaint of extortion filed by businessman Azam J. Chowdhury, has begun. The complainant ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

100% Foreign Direct Investment Obtains Automatic Approval for Aircraft Repair Shops (Mar. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

India allows 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) through the automatic approval route for helicopter and seaplane operations and for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facilities. This ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: India

Anticipatory Bail and Proposed Change in Criminal Procedure Law (Feb. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

In criminal cases in India, an accused may petition a court to grant bail in anticipation of an arrest by the police on the basis of ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: India

Prohibition of Women as Bartenders Voided (Feb. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

On December 6, 2007, the Supreme Court of India annulled on grounds of discrimination section 30 of the Punjab Excise Act, 1914, as applicable to the ...

Topic: Discrimination
Jurisdiction: India

Armed Forces Tribunal Established (Feb. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

On December 25, 2007, the President of India gave assent to the promulgation of the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007. The Act provides for an Armed ...

Topic: Armed forces and national security
Jurisdiction: India

Lawyers' Fury Scares Judges (Jan. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

On November 30, 2006, irate members of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar stormed the courtroom of the Chief Justice of Bangladesh to protest his issuance of ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh

Order Curtails Supreme Court Powers (Jan. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

On December 4, 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan refused to entertain a petition against amendments made to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance (PEMRA), ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Punishment Must Match Criminal Act of Offender (Jan. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

In a recently adjudicated case, the Supreme Court of India expressed concern at the frequency of sexual offenses against women in the country and directed all ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: India

Women May be Employed as Bartenders (Jan. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

On December 6, the Supreme Court of India annulled as unconstitutional a colonial-era statute that prohibited women, as well as men under the age of 25, ...

Topic: Women's rights
Jurisdiction: India

Government to Ratify Hague Conference on Private International Law (Jan. 02, 2008) by Krishan Nehra

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the National Commission for Women, as a part of their efforts to counter fraudulent marriages by non-resident Indians, finally ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: India

Earthquake Damage Reconstruction Authority (Dec. 02, 2007) by Krishan Nehra

On July 12, 2007, the Government of Pakistan issued the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority Ordinance, 2007, establishing the autonomous Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). ...

Topic: Disasters
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Settlement of Investment Disputes (Dec. 02, 2007) by Krishan Nehra

On July 21, 2007, Pakistan promulgated the Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Ordinance, 2007, in implementation of the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes Between ...

Topic: Investments
Jurisdiction: Pakistan

Death Sentences for Ex-Legislators in a Lynching Case (Nov. 02, 2007) by Krishan Nehra

On October 1, 2007, the Additional Sessions Judge, Ram Krishna Rai, handed down a landmark judgment when he awarded a former member of the Parliament (M.P.), ...

Topic: Capital punishment
Jurisdiction: India

Petition for Contempt of Court Against Chief Election Commissioner (Nov. 02, 2007) by Krishan Nehra

On October 17, 2007, Wajihuddin Ahmed, a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) and a Presidential candidate for election in opposition to President ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Pakistan