A judiciary-Executive Tussle over Judicial Appointments

The conflict between the Executive and the Judiciary regarding judicial appointment is not new. Its most visible manifestation was when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi appointed Justice A.N. Ray as the Chief Justice in 1975 out of turn, as a “reward” for his pro-government stance in the Kesavananda Bharti Case. This led to much public outcry, on the grounds of violation of judicial independence.

Custodial Death and Torture in India

A father-son duo in Chennai was arrested by the police on grounds of violating social distancing guidelines and subsequently tortured in custody to the extent that the two lost their lives. Since then, custodial deaths have been rising in India, reaching the figure of 88 in 2022 as per the National Crime Records Bureau.