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Landmark Judgments

The High Court of Judicature at Patna orders state government to provide medical facilities to HIV+ patients across the State in Bihar, and “available through the year”

Date: 08/05/2019

The High Court of Judicature at Patna orders state government to provide medical facilities to HIV+ patients across the State in Bihar, and “available through the year”.

The division bench… Read More

Supreme Court orders to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on “Edesmetta massacre 2013 in Chhattisgarh ”

Date: 04/05/2019

The honourable Supreme Court ordered to constitute a Special Investigation team (SIT) of the CBI officials not belonging to Chhattisgarh cadre to investigate the Edesmetta massacre of May 2013 where… Read More

HC directs Union of India to pay 5 lakh each to two petitioners

Date: 11/04/2019

Imphal, April 11 2019: A judgement order issued by the High Court of Manipur today, directed the Union of India to provide Rs 5 lakh each to one Laishram Prema Devi and one Seram Sunita Devi as… Read More

Bombay High Court declares having extramarital consensual same sex relationships not a criminal offense

Date: 06/02/2019

In a first of a kind decision, the Bombay High Court declared that an extramarital consensual same sex relationship is not a criminal offense (just like how it is not a criminal offense in case of… Read More

Breaking: BEST union workers secure demands for pay hike, end 9 day strike

Date: 16/01/2019

In a victory for the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking (BEST) workers’ union, the union, through Court order, secured the implementation of an interim pay-hike for about 15,000… Read More

Gujarat court gives life sentence to 11 accused in lynching case

Date: 03/12/2018

On September 13, 2012, 11 men gathered outside the house of 27-year-old Lalji Sarvaiya, a Dalit man, locked him inside, poured kerosene and set the house on fire, burning him to death.
Six years… Read More

Manipur fake encounter cases: SC dismisses the writ petition for recusal of judges

Date: 12/11/2018

The Supreme Court on November 12, 2018, delivered a judgement in the Lourembam Deben Singh & others v. Union of India & Ors. etc. and Raj Kumar Brojen & Ors. v. Union of India.

The writ petition… Read More

Racial discrimination against NE people: SC sets one week deadline for Central govt to submit action taken report

Date: 27/10/2018

The Supreme Court on 26th October had set a one week deadline for the Central Government to submit action taken and action plan report within a week.

The Bench of the Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice… Read More

SC passes directs Union, states to ensure treatment, education and equality for persons affected by leprosy

Date: 25/09/2018

Pankaj Sinha vs Union of India & Ors
Writ Petition (Civil) 767/2014

This writ petition, filed in 2014, had brought the Supreme Court’s attention… Read More

Section 377 partially struck down: Supreme Court decriminalises consensual sex between same sex adults

Date: 06/09/2018

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, on 6 September, unanimously read down the British-era law which criminalised consensual homosexual sex in India. The Supreme Court overruled the Suresh… Read More

Delhi High Court convicts 33 accused persons in Mirchpur caste atrocity case

Date: 24/08/2018

The Delhi High Court on 24.08.2018 passed Final Order & Judgment in an Criminal Appeal filed by Advocate Shreeji Bhavsar and Anubha Rastogi of Human Rights Law Network on behalf of the Victims of… Read More

Begging in the national capital no longer to be a crime: Delhi HC declares anti-begging provisions unconstitutional

Date: 08/08/2018

The Delhi high court on August 8, 2018, decriminalised begging in the state, striking down several provisions of the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act (1959) as… Read More

SC directs 4 states to make interim payment of Rs 127 crores to tea garden workers who had not been paid for 15 years

Date: 04/04/2018

International Union of Food Agr & Ors V Union Of India & Ors.
WRIT PETITION (C) NO. 365 of 2006

In a contempt petition filed by the International Union of Food Association and… Read More

Sampurna Behrua vs UoI: The battle for juvenile justice concludes after 12 years

Date: 12/02/2018

The Supreme Court on February 9, 2018, delivered a judgement in the Sampurna Behrua vs Union of India & OrsRead More

In a landmark judgment invoking the new Disability Act, SC directs accessibility for disabled students in institutions of higher education

Date: 19/12/2017

Disabled students aspiring to higher education got a significant boost on Friday after the Supreme Court passed a set of directions to ensure that universities and colleges have disabled-friendly… Read More

Supreme Court Directs Important Steps Forward In Accessibility For Persons With Disabilities in Public Places

Date: 15/12/2017

In a far-reaching judgment on Friday, December 15, the Supreme Court passed a slew of directions to the central and state governments to ensure that public infrastructure and facilities are… Read More

In a first, Delhi HC directs DLSA to award full compensation to male acid attack survivor under Delhi Victims Compensation Scheme

Date: 17/08/2017

Durjan Singh vs Govt of NCT of Delhi and ORS

The decision of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court on 17.08.2017 in the matter of Durjan Singh v. Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi… Read More

SC: Re – Inhuman Conditions in 1382 Prisons

Date: 28/07/2017

Re-Inhuman Conditions in 1382 Prisons vs. State of Assam and Ors. WP(C) 406 / 2013

In this case, the Supreme Court took up a suo motu case based on a letter written by the former… Read More

J&K High Court directs FIR, investigation into report of custodial disappearance

Date: 16/07/2017

Aijaz Ahmad Kakroo VS Union of India & Others, OWP 335/07 (J&K High Court)


The instant writ petition writ petition has been filed to seek the judicial Enquiry into the… Read More

Manipur high court passes landmark order for full implementation of JSSK scheme in Manipur

Date: 27/02/2017

This petition noted that under Janani-Sishu Suraksha Karyakram (JJSK), both the pregnant women and also the women who deliver child as well as others covered under the scheme need not to bear… Read More

Court orders Rs 5 lakh as compensation to kin of 18-year-old killed in fake encounter by army

Date: 23/02/2017

Mr. Guangbi Dangmei Versus Union of India through the Defence Secretary, Ministry of Defence and 4 others ( WP(C) No 943 of 2014) High Court of Manipur, India

This is… Read More

Petition seeking the recognition and implementation of the provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 in Chhattisgarh

Date: 04/01/2017

National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights (NAMHHR) v. State of Chhattisgarh & Ors. [W.P. (PIL) No. of 2014], Hon’ble High Court of Chhattisgarh

National… Read More

In fight against female foeticide, SC verdict stresses on implementation of pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostics act

Date: 08/11/2016

Voluntary Health Association of Punjab vs. Union of India [Writ Petition (Civil) 349 of 2006], Supreme Court of India

Voluntary Health association of Punjab [VHAP], an NGO, filed… Read More

Tragic case of Madkam Hidme’s fake encounter, her mother Lakshmi’s fight for justice continues

Date: 04/11/2016

Madkam Hidme versus State of Chhattisgarh & Ors, Writ Petition (Cr) No. 144 of 2016, High Court of Chhattisgarh

The Petitioner is the state convener of the political party Aam… Read More

PIL to make the Mumbai Suburban Railways accessible for persons with disabilities

Date: 05/10/2016

India Centre for Human Rights & Law & Ors. vs. The Union of India & Ors.

(PIL 27 of 2007)




The Petition came to be filed seeking to make the… Read More

Outrage as Parents End Life after Child’s Dengue Death In Re (2016) 10 SCC 709

Date: 03/10/2016

Present case is related to garbage related causes being one of the main areas of concern, participants directs to discuss effective ways to clear garbage so that sanitization standards are… Read More

Talaulicar& Sons (P) Ltd. v Union of India and Another (2016) 8 SCC 299

Date: 28/09/2016

The facts of the case are that Respondent approached NGT in OA No. 22 of 2012 against MoEF, State Pollution Control Board and Department of Mines and Geology for order or direction to respondent to… Read More

Defending inclusion of life saving anti-diabetic and cardiovascular drugs under non-scheduled products to ensure they are available at low cost

Date: 26/09/2016

Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance & Anr. V/S. Union of India & Ors. (Writ Petition No. 2700 of 2014)




This… Read More

Devika Biswas v. Union of India (2016) 10 SCC 726

Date: 14/09/2016

Category: Reproductive Rights
The judgment concluded a five year long fight against the mass sterilization drives where women between the ages of 15 and 49 have been sterilized. The judgment noted… Read More

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath S.V.D. v. State of Orissa and Another (2016) 9 SCC 682

Date: 02/08/2016

Category: Kandhamal Riots
This Writ Petition was filed in public spirit highlighting the failure on part of the State of Orissa in deploying adequate police force to maintain law and order in… Read More

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