In part 2 of the interview with Justice GC Bharuka, he talks about how his mission to computerise all courts in India, how the plans have fallen short of implementation, and a lot more. On December 8, 2004 the Ministry of Law and Justice announced the establishment of an “e-Committee” for “monitoring” the use and implementation of technology in the Indian judiciary. The first Chairman of this committee was none other than Justice Bharuka; the CJI at that time was Justice RC Lahoti. “We were entrusted with making of national policy on all the facets of computerisation and automation of […]

He has more than a few interesting stories, you have to give him that. With a professional life that began as a mathematics teacher, GC Bharuka went on to become one of the leading commercial lawyers in the Patna High Court. Elevated to the Bench in 1990, he was also the Acting Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court. He remained on the Bench for thirteen years. But it was neither his successful practice nor his judicial career that was the focal point of the interview, one that lasted the better part of three hours. No, this was not one […]

Citi, with one of the largest in-house legal teams in the world, has further deepened its presence in India (and abroad) with the formation of a legal hub in Mumbai, which will not only cater to the domestic Indian market but will serve its businesses spread across the APAC region. As a multi-faceted institution, this will supplement Citi’s global operations with support from their Indian franchise. Leading this project is Nitin Batra, who heads Global Legal Solutions for Citi, with ground-level logistics support being provided by Pramod Rao, General Counsel of Citi India. However, this is not the first time […]

Senior Advocate Yatin Oza has been a very vocal critic of the Executive interference in judicial appointments. He was recently exonerated by the Supreme Court on contempt charges after the letters he sent to Chief Justice of India TS Thakur. Oza spoke to Bar & Bench’s Murali Krishnan on what he perceives to be arm-twisting of the judiciary by the Executive. He also called upon the Bar Associations across the country to throw their weight behind Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, who had recently made some scathing allegations against listing of certain cases in Supreme Court. Below are the edited excerpts from the […]

In part II, Dr. Armin Rosencranz talks about the Bhopal Gas tragedy, the Supreme Court’s role in protecting the environment, the National Green Tribunal, and more. Anuj Agrawal: Your Indian connection goes back several decades. Dr. Armin Rosencranz: I first visited India in 1975. I got a Fulbright in 1983 for India. By that time, I had already started publishing on environmental law. In 1975, I wrote something on the future of environmental defence. I thought that this was an area that I was developing an expertise in. And then this guy from Cochin University, the head of the law […]

A few weeks ago, a suicide note purportedly written by late Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul raised more than a few eyebrows amongst the legal fraternity. The note, which first surfaced about six months after Pul’s suicide, made some shocking allegations against sitting and retired Supreme Court judges, lawyers and politicians. Quite astonishingly, the national media, which usually goes into top gear at the drop of a hat, chose to maintain silence over the issue. And then something interesting happened. Pul’s widow, Dangwimsai Pul, wrote a letter to Chief Justice of India JS Khehar seeking his permission for the registration of […]

Dr. Armin Rosencranz is currently a Professor of Public Law and Policy at Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat. A lawyer, political scientist and environmental law expert, Dr. Rosencranz has written extensively about environmental issues in India. In this first of this two-part interview with Anuj Agrawal, Dr. Rosencranz talks about his Stanford days, student politics and protests, the costs of legal education and more. Anuj Agrawal: In the 1960’s you chose to stand for elections to the Associated Students of Stanford University. Dr. Armin Rosencranz: I didn’t. I was a teaching assistant and one of the students in my class […]

The results of the Supreme Court Advocate-on-Record (AoR) examination were released earlier this month. While for some, judgment day meant disappointment and regret, for Sahil Tagotra and Deepayan Mandal, it was jubilation all the way. The first and second rank holders had some interesting insights to share from their experience. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Vasudha Misra, the victorious duo reveal how their respective journeys have fared thus far. Vasudha Misra: Who or what influenced your decision to be a lawyer? Any inspirations? Sahil: I was a science student in my school, and as such, was typically expected […]

This year’s budget made a short yet significant reference to amendments that will be introduced in the Arbitration Act, 1996 to ‘streamline institutional arrangements for resolution of disputes in infrastructure related construction contracts, public-private partnerships and public utility contracts’. This, however, is not the first time that such reforms were suggested in the budget speech. Last year’s budget speech, also, proposed a ‘Public Contracts (Resolution of Disputes) Bill’ which, inter alia, made provisions for institution of separate tribunals for resolution of such disputes. Last year also witnessed, the constitution of India’s first institutional arbitration centre, the MCIA, and a 3-day […]

DLN Rao is a designated Senior Advocate of the Karnataka High Court. A veteran lawyer who has spent more than four decades at the Bar, Rao is also the foremost authority on mining laws in the country. Apart from that, he is also the person to be credited for the underground Metro rail system in Bangalore. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, he talks about how things have changed in forty-six years, his most memorable cases, and the role law officers can play in helping reduce pendency. (Edited excerpts below) Aditya AK: Was law always the plan? […]