Last Week at CLPR – 14th May to 19th May

May 22, 2018


  • The Centre for Law and Policy Research has recently taken up a new project on tackling Caste Discrimination in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala & Tamil Nadu. The details of the project on our work can be found on our web page here.

SC Observer:

  • The last week saw 2 days of hearing in the Ayodhya Title case where  Mr. Rajeev Dhavan argued that the Ismail Faruqui case should be referred to a 5/7 Judge bench. On the other hand, Mr. K. Parasaran appearing for deity Ramargued that Faruqui was correctly decided and owing to Res-judicata principle, the court is barred from reopening the Faruqui case. Details of the hearings can be found here.
  • In the Beyond the Court Section, we extensively covered the Karnataka Election case under three separate posts:
  1. Karnataka Election Case: Arguments explained (May 17th) – The key constitutional questions involved in the case were examined.
  2. Summary of Arguments in Karnataka Election Case (May 18th)- The SC advanced the floor test in Karnataka to 19th.
  3. 7 legal questions on ‘Pro-tem’ Speaker (19th May) – questions pertaining to the appointment of BJP’s KG Bopiah as pro-tem Speaker are analysed and explained.
  • Opinion

In Talk Point for The Print, Satya Prasoon contributed to the discussion on the Karnataka Floor Test and wrote on the question whether the Supreme Court’s decision restored some last prestige or has it stopped short?


  • The CADIndia teamed traced the constitutional history of capital punishment in India. The Constitution as adopted in 1950 neither explicitly rejected nor expressly adopted the death penalty, but the existence of the same is implicit in the provisions.
  • The CADIndia team also did an introductory summary of the Nehru Report which was submitted to the All Parties Conference in 1929.