[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] has ruled that criminal defendants have a right to counsel [judgment, PDF] under the Indian Constitution [text, PDF]. The court found Thursday that under Article 22(1) of the Constitution, a court could not decide a criminal case without a lawyer present for the defendant, and should appoint counsel where the defendant cannot obtain a lawyer. Citing the US Supreme Court [JURIST news archive] cases of Powell v. Alabama, Gideon v. Wainwright and…