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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.

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Press Releases

Illicit payouts to politicians: Birla/Sahara Diaries - Nov 16, 2016

Common Cause has approached the Supreme Court regarding bribes paid to prominent politicians by corporate groups. It is feared that the groups, whose premises were raided by the CBI and the Income Tax Department in 2013 and 2014, might go for ‘settlement’ of their cases, amounting to a quite burial of crucial evidence. The Interim Application has been filed in our pending petition...Read More


Common Cause makes submissions for Collegium Reforms - Nov 16, 2015

NEW DELHI: Common Cause, in consultation with Vidhi Centre of Legal Policy and Inclusive Media for Change has put forth suggestions for improvement of the Collegium System for appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and the High Courts. The consultation was attended by representatives from several reputed civil society organi -sations including the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR),...Read More


Common Cause Welcomes Supreme Court Judgment on Government Advertisements - May 13, 2015

Common Cause welcomed the landmark Supreme Court judgment which lays down guidelines for publicly funded government advertisements misused ostensibly to promote political leaders and parties in power. The apex court bench comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice P C Ghose prohibits in its judgment the use of photographs of ministers and other political leaders in government advertisements...Read More


Common Cause, A Petitioner in Section 66A case, Welcomes Supreme Court Judgment - May 24, 2015

Common Cause, a registered society which takes up public causes on behalf of the citizens of India, has welcomed the momentous Supreme Court judgment striking down Section 66A as unconstitutional. Apetitioner in this case, Common Cause, had filed its writ petition challenging the Constitutional validity of Sections 66A, 69A and 80 of the Information Technology Act 2000 (as amended in 2008) in...Read More


Assault on Prashant Bhushan - Nov 14, 2011

The Governing Council of Common Cause is greatly shocked and anguished over the dastardly assault on its distinguished member, Shri Prashant Bhushan, by certain fascist elements yesterday afternoon. The attack is symptomatic of the growing intolerance and steady erosion of democratic values in our polity. The space for dissent is constantly shrinking and violence of all kinds is increasingly...Read More


Smear Campaign against Civil Society Nominees on Drafting Panel for Lokpal Bill - Apr 27, 2011

In the following joint statement, Common Cause and Development Alternatives have expressed their solidarity with the civil society nominees on the joint drafting committee for Lokpal Bill, against whom an orchestrated campaign of vilification has been mounted by certain elements in the political establishment and the bureaucracy, who are alarmed at the prospect of establishment of an independent...Read More


Post Retirement Activities of Supreme Court Judges - Feb 10, 2010

It may interest you to know that Common Cause filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court on February 10, 2010 through the renowned public interest lawyer, Mr Prashant Bhushan, highlighting how Article 124(7) of the Constitution of India is being violated in both letter and spirit because of certain post-retirement activities of the former judges of the Supreme Court of India. This provision...Read More


Civil Society Proposition for a new Delhi Police Law - May 04, 2010

The need for a comprehensive reform of the system of policing in the country, which is essentially based on the colonial Indian Police Act of 1860, has long been felt. Over the years, various Commissions and expert bodies have submitted their recommendations on the subject. A “Police Act Drafting Committee” (PADC) was set up by the Government of India in 2005 under the chairmanship of...Read More