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Legal Notes, the latest addition in the Newsline Publications group, proposes to bring a fresh perspective to legal issues. On any given day, there could be 40 different items in the news with respect to courts – right down from the Supreme Court to the district court on a range of issues from Blue Whale to NEET to Love Jihad and Blackberry messages. It’s as bewildering as it is exhilarating. In fact, it’s liberating that in this democracy of ours we have the ability to debate agree or dissent as we continue our march onwards. Legal Notes will seek to assess, analyse, debate and dissect how the business of law impacts our lives in a hundred different ways. LN hopes to record the business of law each month for your reading pleasure.
Legal Notes' October issue dwells at length on the quality of justice being delivered. The cover story looks at the case of Prempal Singh, a common labourer, who was falsely accused by the police simply because he picked up enough courage to help a woman in distress. He was beaten, humiliated and was forced to do the rounds of the court to clear his name. And for all his years of waiting, he was given a princely amount of Rs 8.5 lakh. On the other is, once again, ISRO scientist Nambi Naraayanan, who was falsely accused of espionage. His battles against the police to clear his name took 24-odd years - after which he was given a compensation of Rs 50 lakhs. There is also a report on the Public Interest Litigation that has been filed to bring clarity in the regulations of transport of mortal remains from abroad by air. The magazine looks at how technology is slowly making inroads in the judicial process - although hiccups do exist. Plus: All our regular features along with a detailed report on the case of Asia Bibi in Pakistan who could be hanged for blasphemy.