Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai Partner Gurpreet Ashar will be leaving the firm soon. Cyril Shroff confirmed her move to Bar & Bench and said, “She is moving on for a lifestyle choice with our blessings and goodwill. As a law firm we will have lawyers make lifestyle choices.” A graduate of National Law School of India University, Bangalore, Gurpreet started her career at Amarchand Mangaldas in 2003. She was made Partner in 2011 and has been part of the M&A and corporate restructuring practice group. Her husband, Yash Ashar is an Equity Partner and heads Cyril Amarchand’s Capital Markets practice. It has been […]

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai Partner and Financial Practice Regulatory Head Ipsita Dutta will be leaving the firm to join Morgan Stanley. Confirming her exit Managing Partner Cyril Shroff said, “We are very pleased for Ipsita. She is exploring new ground and we wish her the very best.” It a fairly deep practice and the next level and the rest of the team is fully ready to take the practice forward. They will grow even faster in this exciting practice.” A graduate of the National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, Dutta was made Partner in 2012. Dutta’s husband, Indranath Bishnu is a […]

The country is set to get another national law university, and this one is in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Last week, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur laid the foundation stone of the Himachal Pradesh National Law University, reports the Indian Education Diary. Plans to establish an NLU in the mountain state were first announced in April last year by the then Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh, Mansoor Ahmed Mir. Another PTI report states that the University would be set up near the capital city of Shimla, at an estimated cost of 400 crore. It goes on to quote Chief Justice […]

The Rahul Gandhi defamation case, which generated much brouhaha with comments from the Supreme Court of India, finally reached a (plausible) closure yesterday. This new development is pursuant to Gandhi’s plea that he never actually denounced the RSS, but merely pointed out the act of some RSS members, and that his words were twisted by the media. The matter was heard by a bench of Dipak Misra and Rohinton Nariman, JJ. Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal appeared for Rahul Gandhi while Senior Advocate UR Lalit appeared for RSS activist and the complainant Rajesh Kunte. While the case initially revolved around the issue of whether the […]

A summary of cases from the causelist of the Bombay High Court. TABLE OF CASES Bombay High Court NR Soni v. State of Maharashtra & Anr The Metropolitan Magistrate Courts Dadar Bar Association v. The Secretary Law & Judiciary Department Indian Beauty and Hygeine Association & 2 Ors. v. Union of India & Anr. Society for Fast Justice & 4 Ors. v. The State of Maharashtra & 4 Ors. SUMMARY OF CASES 1. NR Soni v. State of Maharashtra & Anr [Item 901 Court 13- CRPIL/7/2008] Bench: AS Oka, AA Sayed JJ The petitioner’s letter was converted into a PIL. This […]

A committee formed by the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) has submitted its comments on the controversial BCI Draft Rules on the entry of foreign lawyers to Law Secretary Suresh Chandra. The Law Secretary had held a meeting on July 5 with all the stakeholders, including SILF and FICCI to discuss the BCI Draft Rules, wherein SILF was given four weeks to submit its comments. Pursuant to that, SILF had formed a committee chaired by V Lakshmikumaran to draft the comments. The SILF has now submitted a Cover Note, comments on Draft Rules, and a note on reciprocity. The Cover […]

The Bombay High Court’s SC Dharmadhikari and BP Colabawalla JJ today questioned the state government on the policy governing app-based companies like Uber and Ola. The bench sought to know the policy under which these taxi services are being allowed to ply on city roads. The petition filed by Association of Radio Taxis contends that companies such as Uber and Ola were using cars with tourist permits for intra-city travel. This is in breach of permit conditions, as Sec 88(9) of the Motor Vehicles Act states that any State Transport Authority may, for the purpose of promoting tourism, grant permits in respect of tourist vehicles. […]

The recovery of money from PACL Ltd is turning out to be an affair bearing striking similarities to the SEBI-Sahara dispute pending before the Supreme Court of India. Senior Advocate Arvind Datar and advocate Pratap Venugopal, appearing for SEBI, informed the Supreme Court today that SEBI is finding it difficult to sell PACL’s properties due to a number of issues including unclear titles. Venugopal cited examples of flats for which finding buyers is difficult, and malls which are already in occupation. “In case of a flat, the whole floor will be one big space with all the partitions/ walls pulled down. How […]

The Delhi High Court today issued notice in a writ petition contending that restaurants in the capital are charging tax in excess of what is prescribed under the law. Filed by Anish Agarwal and Avi Tandon – graduates of National Law University, Jodhpur – the petition alleges that Delhi restaurants are charging Value Added Tax (VAT) on the service component of invoices. The claim highlights a lacuna in the law related to taxation of the goods component of bills generated in restaurants. As is widely known, VAT is charged by states, while service tax is charged by the Centre. The […]

The Madras High Court has given the Tamil Nadu government four weeks to come up with a proposal to install CCTV cameras in courts across the state. A bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R Mahadevan J on Monday issued notice to the state in a PIL filed by advocate S Kasiramalingam. The state is now required to submit a proposal for installation of the cameras inside the courts and in the corridors, as well as outside the courts. An earlier order in this matter reveals that the High Court had in July of last year, submitted a […]