December 31, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
India's President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee approved the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill on Wednesday to modify the judicial selection process in the nation's supreme courts and 24 high courts. The bill replaces the 20 year-old collegium system, which was criticized within India ...[read more]
January 2, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday signed into law a landmark anti-graft bill passed by parliament in December. The new law creates a corruption ombudsman with extensive power to prosecute politicians and civil servants to create a "bribe-free India." The bill was approved by ...[read more]
April 3, 2013
by Blake Lynch
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday signed into law an anti-rape bill providing for life terms and death sentences for offenders in addition to punishment for acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism. The bill also provides that all hospitals shall immediately provide medical assistance ...[read more]
February 13, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Tuesday for significant alterations to India's new criminal law on violence against women. The new law was signed by President Pranab Mukherjee in early February. The rights groups contend that the new law fails to meet current ...[read more]
February 9, 2013
by Max Slater
Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri militant who received the death penalty for participating in the 2001 attack on India's parliament, was executed on Saturday. Guru was hanged after India's president, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, turned down his plea for clemency. Following Guru's execution, India's government im... ...[read more]
February 4, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee signed an ordinance on Sunday imposing stricter penalties for rape. The ordinance, which was passed by the Union Cabinet on Friday, will be tabled before the parliament within six weeks of the next session beginning on February 21. The new laws are effective ...[read more]
November 21, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The only surviving shooter in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks was executed at a prison in India Wednesday hours after President Shri Pranab Mukherjee finally rejected the gunman's clemency appeal. Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was hanged and buried in the prison yard in the central ...[read more]
August 14, 2005
by Alexandria Samuel
Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee Sunday announced plans to implement a new set of anti-terror measures that would allow the military to shoot down hijacked commercial planes the government believes will be used as weapons, prohibit negotiations with hijackers, and sentence convicted ...[read more]

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