Yatin Oza, a Senior Advocate of the Gujarat High Court was recently exonerated by the Supreme Court on contempt charges after the letters he sent to Chief Justice of India TS Thakur. Oza had criticised High Court judges MR Shah and KS Jhaveri JJ. as “owing allegiance to 11, Akbar Road and 7, Race Course Road” and made other adverse comments against the High Court. A couple of weeks later, Oza met with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK to discuss the issue of transparency in judicial appointments, his career as a lawyer and politician, his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and […]

Raju Moray has the skills of a storyteller, with plenty of anecdotes to share about the legal profession throughout his 30-year career. The Government Law College graduate also has a Master’s in English literature, and a diploma in journalism to boot. He also happens to be the counsel for the petitioners in the Haji Ali verdict delivered by the Bombay High Court. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Nitish Kashyap, he shares his experiences as a lawyer, and the importance of pro bono work. Nitish Kashyap: Why the Master’s in literature? Raju Moray: The purpose of doing a masters degree was to […]

Last week, Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw of the Delhi High Court pronounced judgment in the copyright infringement case filed by international publishers against Rameshwari Photocopy Services, situated in the North Campus of Delhi University. Dismissing the four year old suit, Justice Endlaw held that “copyright, specially in literary works, is not an inevitable, divine or natural right conferred on an author”. The Court went on to say that the copyright law is intended to increase, and not impede knowledge. Bar & Bench’s Nalini Sharma spoke to Advocate Rajesh Yadav, the counsel for Rameshwari Photocopy Services, about the landmark judgment and how he managed to […]

Mishi Choudhary, is a technology lawyer, Legal Director of the the Software Freedom Law Center, New York and the Executive Director of Software Freedom Law Center, India. One of Asia Society’s 21 young leaders of 2015, Mishi spends her time between New York and India, representing some of the most significant free software developers in the world. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Varun Marwah, Mishi talks about a wide range of topics covering, among other things, net neutrality, cyber security and online privacy. (Edited excerpts) Varun Marwah: As a lawyer, what does your work entail? Mishi Choudhury: I divide […]

Rajan Jayakar is a renaissance man. The 68-year old solicitor, who hails from a family of lawyers, is an ardent art collector and has travelled the world in pursuit of his passion for art and history. He says that he has been a collector since childhood, and it was his own community’s history which led him to focus on Mumbai. Jayakar is the man responsible for the Bombay High Court’s museum, a  former court room, that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February last year. The museum,  is a treasure trove of history, even containing the barrister certificates of […]

The second interview in the IDIA Disability Access Programme (IDAP) Interview Series is with distinguished judge, David S Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. It is a court that is often referred to as the second most important court in the United States of America. Judge Tatel graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1966, and has had a diverse career trajectory ever since. Blind since 1972 due to the degenerative eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, the judge has taught at the University of Michigan and Stanford, and also worked with law firms including Sidley & Austin […]

The IDIA Disability Access Programme (IDAP) was launched in January this year. The programme includes a series of interviews with leading legal luminaries who are differently abled.  The first interview in this series is with Justice Zak Mohammed Yacoob, a legendary judge, social activist and educator who served as a judge on the South African Constitutional Court for 15 years. IDIA: You served as a judge on the South African Constitutional Court for approximately 15 years from 1998 to 2013. Can you briefly tell us the key challenges you faced given your visual impairment, when compared with your sighted counterparts? Zak […]

Justice NY Hanumanthappa is a former Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court. After an illustrious career as an advocate in his home state, he was appointed as a judge of the Karnataka High Court. He also spent almost seven years as a judge of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad. Apart from serving stints at both the Bar and the Bench, Justice Hanumanthappa was also a parliamentarian, having been elected as a Member of the 14th Lok Sabha. In his first interview to the media, Justice Hanumanthappa reveals to Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK his humble beginnings in […]

Saionton Basu, Partner at Duane Morris LLP, has penned a book titled Seven Attempts. The NLSIU Bangalore graduate has been writing on various topics and his work has been featured in multiple publications. Seven Attempts, a story about the lives of civil services aspirants, marks his first attempt at a full feature book. Basu joined Duane Morris from Penningtons Manches LLP in October 2014, with stints at the erstwhile Amarchand Mangaldas in Delhi, and the London office of White & Case. In 2009, he joined Platinum Partners, before moving Penningtons where he was made a Partner in 2012. In this short interview with […]

Advocate General of Maharashtra under three different Chief Ministers, senior counsel Ravi Kadam was one of the youngest to be appointed to the post. He also happens to be the longest serving Advocate General after HM Seervai. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Nitish Kashyap, Kadam spoke on a range of issues, from lawyering to pendency to the designation of seniors. Nitish Kashyap: So let’s start from the beginning. You studied law in GLC, Mumbai. Ravi Kadam: My father, Mansingrao Kadam, was a barrister and also the first Additional Government Pleader (writ cell) in the Bombay High Court  from 1973-76. He passed away in […]