The Central Government today informed the Delhi High Court that as per the press note issued in March 2016, 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) was allowed in marketplace model of e-commerce. Consequently, ASG Sanjay Jain told the Court that the issue raised by All India Footwear Manufacturers and Retailers Association had been rendered infructuous. In the September last year, the AIFMRA had filed a petition to initiate investigations into e-commerce websites selling footwear. Justice RS Endlaw, who heard the case today, had previously issued notice in the matter. The Association had claimed that websites were doing business through the internet as “Online Stores”, which was in “complete violation” of […]

The Supreme Court today asked the CBSE and the Central government whether it would be possible to allow candidates, who had appeared for Phase 1 of NEET, to appear for Phase 2 scheduled for July 24. A Bench of Justices Anil R Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and AK Goel heard different States today for nearly three hours, before it posed the question to Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar and Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand. Pinky Anand, appearing for CBSE, told the court that it might not be impossible, but would be very difficult. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Central government, […]

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is on a hiring spree; the most recent one being IDFC Alternatives’ Senior Director and Head – Legal & Compliance, Shagoofa R Khan.  Shagoofa has been hired as the firm’s National Practice Head – Funds, Investment and Advisory. She will  effectively be replacing Ashwath Rau, who was heading the firm’s Funds practice. A graduate of Government Law College Mumbai, Shagoofa worked at Tata Services before joining IDFC Alternatives. She has also worked at Kotak Investment Advisors and Nishith Desai Associates. Cyril Amarchand has been on an aggressive hiring spree following the exit of five partners including Equity Partner […]

J. Sagar Associates Mumbai Partner Manisha Kumar is leaving the firm to join Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas in Mumbai, according to sources. Another JSA Partner, Gautam Gandotra, shall also be following the same path. Both Manisha and Gautam are part of Somasekhar Sundaresan’s  team. These are the second and third senior-level hires at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, following the departure of five partners, including Ashwath Rau. Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has recently also hired JP Morgan’s Ruetveij Pandya as a Partner. Both Dina Wadia and Cyril Shroff were unavailable for comment at the time of publishing the story. Update: Dina Wadia commented, “Both are part of […]

In order to improve the oversight of professional services including law, the central government is mulling the independent regulators for each field reports The Hindu. The same report quotes sources in the commerce ministry saying that the existing structure of a regulator-cum-professional body for these services has resulted in several alleged instances of conflict of interest, and incompetence. For instance, just this week, the Supreme Court of India had pulled up the Medical Council of India (MCI) after it “was repeatedly found short of fulfilling its mandated responsibilities”. The report in The Hindu says that the lack of credibility of these […]

Like most educational institutes, national law universities are no strangers to the Indian judicial system. In the last few years, the Common Law Admission Test has grown to become one of the most litigated entrance examinations which, in the days of NEET, is certainly saying something. This time around, it is the Gujarat National Law University finds itself at the receiving end of a stinging rebuke by the Gujarat High Court. In a judgment delivered yesterday,  Justice ZK Saiyed has described GNLU as, amongst other things, the “epitome of injustice”. What got the High Court to come to this conclusion? An […]

The Supreme Court today issued notice to the High Courts of Delhi and Allahabad in a slew of petitions praying that persons in judicial service should be allowed to compete for the posts of district judges based on their experience at the Bar, without having to go through ‘promotions through the rank’. A Bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and R Banumathi J. heard a batch of cases and issued notice. Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave was among the lawyers who appeared for the petitioners. In July 2015, the Court had issued notice in a similar petition filed by one Dheeraj Mor. […]

Can the Supreme Court register a petition on the basis of a WhatsApp message received by a judge? The question becomes relevant in light of rather bizzare events today in the apex court. Advocate Ashok Arora today mentioned a matter before the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, saying that he had sent the CJI a WhatsApp message from USA about the issue and that the court should have taken cognizance of the case based on the same. “We don’t use WhatsApp. You came here from USA for this matter?”, asked the CJI. Arora replied in the affirmative, whereupon the […]

A summary of the important cases from the causelists of the Supreme Court of India, the Bombay High Court, and the Delhi High Court. LIST OF CASES Supreme Court of India MC Mehta v. Union of India & Ors. Board of Control for Cricket v. Cricket Association Of Bihar & Ors. Sankalp Charitable Trust And Anr. v. Union Of India And Ors. State Of Karnataka v. Selvi J. Jayalalitha & Ors. Delhi High Court Balwant Singh Khera v Election Commission of India & Ors. Pfizer Ltd & Anr v Union of India & Anr and Laborate Pharmaceuticals India Ltd v Drugs Controller General of India & Anr. [Batch […]

Taking into the consideration the urgent need to regulate the civil use of unmanned aircrafts (UAs), the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a set of draft guidelines for laying down rules governing the registration and usage of the UAs . In India, the existing aircraft rules do not account for unmanned vehicles, a void the DGCA hopes to fill up in the near future. Along with defining UA’s and UA Systems, the draft guidelines further: Classify the UAs into four categories depending on their weight and; Require a Unique Identification Number (UIN) for all UA operations in India. All civil […]