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Common Cause and Lokniti Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), launched India’s first Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR 2018) at the India Habitat Centre on May 9.

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Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR) 2018

Common Cause and Lokniti Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), launched India’s first Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR 2018) at the India Habitat Centre on May 9. The release was followed by a panel discussion on “People-Centric Policing and the Rule of Law.” The participants of the panel discussion were former Law Commission Chairman Justice A. P. Shah, former DGP and Indian Police...

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Special Committee for Chardhaam All Weather Road Project

In response to a Common Cause petition, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has appointed a seven-member committee to monitor violation of road construction rules and to address environmental concerns in the Chardhaam Project. The four-judge Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel also held that while no development project is acceptable at the cost of endangering human health and public safety, it is important to allow plans...

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Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR) 2018

Common Cause and Lokniti Programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), launched India’s first Status of Policing in India Report (SPIR 2018) at the India Habitat Centre on May 9. The release was followed by a panel discussion on “People-Centric Policing and the Rule of Law.” The participants of the panel discussion were former Law Commission Chairman Justice A. P. Shah, former DGP and Indian Police...

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Centre Gets 10 Days to Tell SC About Lokpal Appointment

The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the Centre, directing it to spell out a specific time frame within 10 days for appointment of Lokpal. The Apex Court has instructed the central government to file an affidavit within the stipulated period, detailing the exact steps it is likely to take in the Lokpal appointment. A two-judge bench, comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi, sought a response from the government regarding when...

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APPOINTMENT OF CBI SPL DIRECTOR CHALLENGED

In its quest to maintain transparency and institutional integrity in the appointment of  key functionaries in sensitive organisations, Common Cause had filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of Mr. Rakesh Asthana as the Special Director (SD) CBI.The petition was dismissed on Nov 28, 2017 by a bench comprising Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice Manohar Sapre.  The petition...

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CC SEEKS SIT PROBE ON OVER-INVOICING BY PRIVATE FIRMS

Common  Cause has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court seeking a thorough investigation by an SIT into the over-invoicing carried out by various private power generating companies as reported by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in its various investigation reports. The said scam unearthed by DRI discloses that several private companies have siphoned away several thousand crores of rupees abroad. The petition says that most...

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ELECTORAL BONDS CHALLENGED BY ADR, COMMON CAUSE

Common Cause and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have challenged the introduction of the Electoral Bonds, as part of the Finance Act 2017, which have, arguably, made electoral funding of political parties more opaque and legitimised corruption to an unprecedented scale. A PIL filed in the Supreme Court alleges that the bonds make the electoral funding unlimited for big corporates and open the doors for foreign lobbyists....

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LANDMARK VERDICT: 100% PENALTY ON ILLEGAL MINING

In a major victory for Common Cause, the Supreme Court on Aug 2, 2017, imposed a hundred percent penalty on mining companies indulging in illegal mining on account of lack of forest and environment clearances, mining outside lease/permitted area and for mining in excess of what has been allowed. This judgment was delivered in a petition filed in 2014 by Common Cause to curb the rampant illegal mining in Odisha. Following the filing of our...

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THE BATTLE FOR AUDIT IS WON! Noida, G. Noida, Y. Expressway

The battle is won for the CAG audit of Noida, G. Noida and Yamuna Expressway Authority! Common Cause has been campaigning for such an audit for several years and its PIL in this regard is still pending at the Allahabad High Court. The UP Government has written to the Accountant General to start conducting such an audit immediately, as reported in the media. Earlier, the newly elected Yogi Government had approved the CAG audit of Ghaziabad Dev...

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LOKPAL UPDATE IN SUPREME COURT

In a petition filed by Common Cause in 2014, the Supreme Court today strongly pushed for the appointment of a Lokpal and said that the legislation passed to appoint an anti-corruption ombudsman – a Lokpal – was a workable one and that there was no need for the Centre to keep its implementation pending. The bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Naveen Sinha added that the exercise of the  amendment to the...

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