If a recent proposal of the West Bengal government goes through, the annual intake of NUJS Kolkata might just increase almost twofold. As reported by Legally India, the suggestion was put forth in a meeting of the University’s Executive Council held on Saturday. The report states that the West Bengal government has proposed the opening of two more law schools under the NUJS aegis in Siliguri and Asansol, thereby increasing the intake from 127 at present, to 250 students a year. The proposal has now been tabled for the next Executive Council meeting on November 12. Though Vice-Chancellor Prof Ishwara Bhat, whose […]

At first impression, I am not entirely convinced I am in the right place. Have I been conned by the taxi driver into visiting one of Jodhpur’ many palaces as opposed to the principal seat of the Rajasthan High Court? The dwar at the entrance would certainly put one or two Mughal emperor’s tombs to shame. The intricate wall carvings take me back to all those history lessons I only half paid attention to. But it only takes a few steps to snap back to reality. As I enter the court campus, I get consumed by a deluge of black […]

Last month, this article in the Economic Times indicated that American law firms specialising in whistleblower laws are scouting for potential Indian clients. The firms are seeking out individuals who will come forward and report frauds under various American laws, such as the False Claims Act, or under the whistleblowing programmes of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). But while American firms are seeing a significant market in India, Indian firms may not share a similar vision.  Why? One of the biggest reasons could be the difference in the statutory provisions in the two countries. India: In 2003, Satyendra Dubey’s death brought […]

In the fast changing, and complex, world of corporate law, it is important to stay on top of changes in laws, policy and regulations. In addition, increasing levels of specialisation, means that practice-specific lawyers need a very specific set of information. This need for information has been, for the most part, unmet within the domestic market. While globally, law firms regularly invest time and resources to produce reports and newsletters, this practice is slowly garnering acceptance in India. Furthermore, publicly available updates, such as those on  Mondaq and Internal Law Office, are far and few between. Which is where the India Law Connect […]

Since 2012, Bar & Bench has been chronicling the tenures of Supreme Court judges, or rather the number of judgments, as part of The Verdictum series. Each Verdictum column analysed the various facts and figures associated with a recently retired apex court judge. The information gathered included the daily and monthly productivity of judges, how many times they sat with another judge, the type of cases they ruled on, and much more. In this column, we compare the statistics pertaining to the last ten Supreme Court judges to retire barring Justice AK Patnaik and former CJI RM Lodha. To this end, we found out how many […]

Article 129 of the Constitution of India – Supreme Court to be a court of record – The Supreme Court shall be a court of record and shall have all the powers of such a court including the power to punish for contempt of itself. Former Supreme Court judge, Markandey Katju has long since been known for his maverick ways and opinionated posts on social media. After retiring from the post of the Chairperson of Press Council of India, the retired judge has been very active on Facebook with long winding posts on judiciary, politics and religion. A number of […]

It is the beginning of September, and the weather is relatively kind to the lawyers appearing in courts in Rajasthan. Nevertheless, I am feeling the heat. The lawyers, though, tell me I have come at a good time; summers can be quite oppressive in these parts. Made of the city’s trademark pink sandstone, the building housing the bench of the Rajasthan High Court at Jaipur melds in with its surroundings. While the old building is now used as chambers of many advocates, the new building – located on the same campus – is a sign of the changing times. One […]

The National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) has generated litigation over multiple forums, including the Bombay High Court. And tomorrow, the Bombay High Court’s Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and MS Sonak J will resume hearing petitions challenging the rules [pdf] regarding college admissions in Maharashtra. Introduced in August this year, these rules include a highly contentious domicile clause which, along with the state government’s Central Admission Process (CAP), lies at the heart of the matter. Appearing for one of the petitioners (college) tomorrow is senior counsel Vineet Naik. Naik says that the state government’s rules have placed private colleges at a great disadvantage. “In the 30% […]

by Rishi Kumar A question that arbitration practitioners are grappling with after the decision of the Supreme Court in Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. vs. Western Geco International Ltd (Western Geco case) is, whether the principle of Wednesbury reasonableness would apply to judicial orders or should it only be applied in the context of executive or administrative action? In the Western Geco case, the Supreme Court has held that adjudication by arbitrators must confirm to the principles of Wednesbury reasonableness.  Admonishing a three member arbitral tribunal comprising of former Chief Justice’s of India for miscarriage of justice, it held that, […]

In 2012, we started the Law School Darshan series, seeking to offer a glimpse into different law schools across the country. Over the next four years, roughly twenty law schools were covered, with first-person accounts, and a number of interviews. This time around, we are doing things a bit differently. The Law Darshan (for lack of a better name) seeks to expand the scope of reportage; not only does Assistant Editor Aditya AK visit different law schools, but he also speaks to lawyers and judges, and visits the different High Courts (and the court canteens) along the way. In the first phase of […]