Justify Episode 4 – A Richer Union of States

Justify | Podcast · December 11, 2019
Author(s): Arghya Sengupta

On the fourth episode of Justify – A Richer Union of States

Round up the Supreme Court’s verdict in (i) P Chidambaram’s bail application and the court’s observations on the practice of sealed covers [2:25]; (ii) an evidence case where the SC resolved a conflict between a rape-accused’s right to a fair trial and the victim’s right to privacy by adopting a balancing approach [4:10]; (iii) a judgement interpreting the Juvenile Justice Act to hold that no stigma should be attached to crimes committed as a juvenile [5:45] and (iv) the Bombay High Court’s decision to pronounce the death penalty on the accused in a heinous murder case. [7:05] [entire segment starts at 00:50]

Deep dive into a much ignored concept – fiscal federalism. What are the implications of the GST on Indian federalism? How should revenue be shared between the Centre and the States? What are the modes of transfer of funds? What was the Planning Commission and what did Nani Palkhiwala think of the same? [entire segment starts at 8:45]

Listen in to Tete-a-tete with Bibek Debroy – Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. What is the optimum level of governance for the delivery of public services? Why is the third tier of government crucially important for fiscal federalism? Understand why Mr. Debroy thinks that it is perhaps time for a second State reorganisation Commission and a new Seventh Schedule. Is the GST Council a successful body? If so, how can its success be replicated? A critical analysis of Centrally Sponsored Schemes also awaits [entire segment starts at 15:22].

As always, write to us at justify@vidhilegalpolicy.in with the answer in our weekly legal quiz CLATTER, and stand a chance to win a thousand rupee Amazon voucher. The winner of last week’s quiz was Amrutanshu Dash. The correct answer was Shivakant Shukla, the opening batsman in the Uttar Pradesh team who helped UP win the Ranji title in 2006.

About Arghya Sengupta:

Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. His areas of specialisation are constitutional law and regulation of the digital economy. He has served on a number of government committees including most recently the Justice B.N. Srikrishna-led committee of experts on a data protection framework for India. Arghya has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court, Parliament, fundamental rights in leading law journals such as Law Quarterly Review and Public Law. He is also a columnist at The Telegraph, The Hindustan Times and The Times of India. He has most recently authored a book "Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary" (Cambridge, 2019) which builds on his doctoral work at Oxford University. Prior to founding Vidhi, he was at Oxford as a Lecturer in Administrative Law at Pembroke College. Link to full bio