August 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
India's top court on Wednesday ruled that lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government positions but that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be allowed to choose his own cabinet. The supreme court expressed hope that, despite this freedom, Modi would keep public expectations ...[read more]
August 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that all coal mining licenses awarded between 1993 and 2010 are illegal. The court found that the licenses failed to comply with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act of 1957; Section 3(3)(a)(iii) of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act of ...[read more]
July 9, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a ruling Tuesday awarding Bangladesh more than 9,700 square miles in the Bay of Bengal, ending a maritime dispute with India that has spanned more than three decades. Bangladesh initiated the arbitral proceedings against India, pursuant to ...[read more]
July 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that fatwas issued by shariat courts or muftis had no legal sanctity, meaning that there will be no civil or criminal consequences for the defiance of these legal opinions rendered over issues of Islamic law. The court found that it violated citizens' ...[read more]
May 15, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday launched a global anti-torture campaign, as it released a report summarizing the results of a global survey analyzing attitudes towards torture in 141 countries. The report found that 44 percent of the 21,000 people surveyed would not feel safe from torture if ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday banned a version of bull fighting in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Jallikattu is an annual festival in which thousands of men chase the bulls to grab prizes tied to their horns. The court found that the use of bulls in the festival "severely harmed" the ...[read more]
April 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Supreme Court of India issued a ruling on Tuesday recognizing the country's large transgender population as a legal third gender. In so ruling, the court ordered that the government ensure that transgender people are not discriminated against and are eligible for government jobs and education ...[read more]
March 6, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the decision not to allow Musharraf's high treason charge to be tried in military court. A special court was set up in February to try the former president, denying Musharraf's ...[read more]
January 31, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
UN rights experts on Thursday welcomed the January 21 decision of the Supreme Court of India commuting the death sentences of 13 individuals following a finding that their petitions for mercy were unreasonably delayed. The court also commuted the death sentences of two other individuals on the ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday declined to review its controversial decision to reinstate India Penal Code Section 377 which criminalizes homosexuality in the country. Judges on India's high court dismissed petitions from government ministers and rights activists who argued the court's ...[read more]

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