In the second part of the interview (read Part I here), Iqbal Chagla talks about collegium system, corruption in judiciary, the Bombay Bar Association and the state of the profession. How have you seen the Supreme Court evolve over the years? The first time I went to the Supreme Court was with Bhabha’s junior. This was the time when the paper book was printed. We had to get special permission to allow cyclostyling. Otherwise it was a lovely printed book with a statement of the case, [the] second part would be law [and then] legal submissions. This was strictly followed. Matters […]

Iqbal Chagla is one of India’s leading lawyers. The son of MC Chagla, one of the legends of the Bombay Bar, Iqbal did not always want to join the legal profession. His initial interest lay elsewhere. “I did join Grey’s Inn but I think my interest was more in literature. I intended to go to the Sorbonne University in Paris and then I lost my mother. So even before I was called to the Bar, I had to rush back to India.” The one thing that he was certain about was that he was unlikely to be suited to work […]

Dr. Kartikey Hari Gupta is an advocate practising at the Uttarakhand High Court. Gupta, who holds a Ph.D. in law, published a book titled Sustainable Development Law: The Law for the Future back in 2016. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, Dr Gupta talks about his book, environmental litigation in the courts, the sustainability of hydropower projects in Uttarakhand, and more. Aditya AK: What was the inspiration behind the book?

A new software to aid speedy disposal of criminal cases has been conceptualized by IAS officer Shubhra Saxena, who is currently serving as District Magistrate of Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh. The software ‘Saakshi’ – Summon Management System, aims to deliver summons to the witnesses in criminal trials electronically, thus reducing manual intervention to a great extent. Speaking to Bar & Bench, Shubhra Saxena elaborated on the need for such a system, how it works, and a lot more.

Anuj Bhuwania is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi. He is also the author of Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India, a book that analyses the evolution of the PIL over the years. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, Bhuwania talks about omnibus PILs, why there is a general trend of disenchantment with the PIL, the role lawyers and judges have . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

Naveen Raju, a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, is the current General Counsel and Executive Vice President at Mahindra & Mahindra. Raju started his career with ACC in 1996, after which he was at Crompton Greaves for a short stint. Thereafter, he joined Reliance Industries Limited in 2000 and served as the Legal Head of of its oil and gas business for nearly 15 years, before moving on to Mahindra in November, 2014. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Varun Marwah, Raju shares his thoughts on the (continuously) evolving role of an in-house counsel in India, […]

If you blink, you will miss it. There is absolutely nothing special about the building that houses the office of Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) located off Rajpur Road in Dehradun. It virtually melds into its surroundings, making it rather difficult to find. However, this unassuming edifice is a piece of history. It is to here that the origins of India’s first ever environmental litigation in the Supreme Court can be traced. But, much like its headquarters, the many victories RLEK has achieved in the courts have gone largely unnoticed. RLEK’s success over the years is largely down to the […]

Samadhan, the Delhi High Court’s Mediation and Conciliation Centre, was established in 2006 during the tenure of then Chief Justice Markandey Katju. Around 22,000 cases have been referred to Samadhan for mediation till date. Out of these, around 7,300 cases were directly settled through mediation and a further 4900 connected cases were also consequently settled. Thus, more than 12,000 cases have been settled by Samadhan at a rate of more than 60 percent. Bar & Bench spoke to Senior Advocate and Member of the Overseeing Committee of Samadhan, Sudhanshu Batra, who gave a thorough insight into the Centre and its […]

Amit Kapur started his journey with J. Sagar Associates in 1996 – then an eight-lawyer sole proprietorship, and made partner in 2000. Seventeen years later, he would take over as Senior Partner of JSA, a firm with around 300 lawyers. Asked about his journey and success, Kapur says, “I learnt my work ethic from my father, who is a self-made man. JSA gave me the freedom to evolve my practice and the opportunity to achieve this . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Rebecca John was designated Senior Advocate in 2013 by the Delhi High Court. She has been a lawyer in many high profile cases including the Aarushi Talwar case. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Murali Krishnan, John speaks about her views on the highly publicised Nirbhaya judgment. What are . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & Bench reports Register Already a subscriber ? Login

Avikshit Moral heads Juris Corp’s Real Estate Practice. He started his career in Mumbai with Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co. and after a brief stint at Law Point, he joined Juris Corp as a Senior Associate in 2014. He was involved with the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) right from the time the Bill was passed in 2015. He has been working on the Act very closely and has made representations on behalf of various market participants.

In part II of the interview with Senior Advocate Janak Dwarkadas, he talks about how he made it in the profession, how his style of argument evolved over the years, being designated Senior Counsel at a young age, and more. Anuj Agrawal: Coming back to your career. There must have been some significant cases and turning points. Janak Dwarkadas: It would not be right for me to talk about the cases I have handled, although . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

He is a hard man to follow, quite literally. He may be in his early sixties, but senior counsel Janak Dwarkadas walks with a pace that belies his age. So if you do want to interview one of the most successful lawyers at the Bombay Bar, step one is to actually catch the man. But once you do, and once you do get an hour or so of his time, you get an up-close look at the quintessential old-school lawyer. He answers most . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium […]

Following in the footsteps of Jyoti Sagar, J. Sagar Associates’ Senior Partner Berjis Desai retired from the firm on March 31 this year. Having followed the firm’s retirement policy, the senior partners have walked the talk. In 2013, Jyoti Sagar, the founding partner retired from the firm, giving away all his equity. Although Jyoti continues to be the Chairman and Mentor of the firm, Berjis will no longer be connected with JSA. Jyoti and Berjis were introduced to each other through a common friend about 15 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account […]

Early last year, students from the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) started the Legal Entrepreneurship Cell (LEC), an initiative aimed at providing business advisory to early stage ventures, and pro bono advisory to Tibetan refugees, amongst other things. In this interview, Bar & Bench’s Shreya V chats with Harsh Loonker, a final year law student, to discuss the workings of the LEC. Shreya V: Tell us about this society? Harsh Loonker:  The LEC is a pro bono initiative, aimed at providing holistic legal research solutions to early stage ventures, NGOs and individuals who typically cannot afford to hire legal services. The […]

Justice Shiva Kirti Singh was elevated to the Supreme Court of India on September 19, 2013. After a tenure that lasted a little over three years,  Justice Singh retired in November last year. Justice Singh’s father was a judge of the Patna High Court, while his maternal grandfather, Justice BP Sinha, was the sixth Chief Justice of India, from 1959 to 1964. Justice Shiva Kirti Singh enrolled as an advocate in 1977 and was designated a . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Andhyarujina got through the Indian Foreign Services but took up law. “It was a difficult decision to make. I opted to go for the legal profession for two reasons. One, my father was a lawyer in Bombay. Secondly, we knew HM Seervai, who was an eminent jurist.” A junior lawyer working under one of the biggest names in the constitutional law, HM Seervai, Andhyarujina never regretted his decision. He spent fourteen years in Seervai’s chambers.

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium […]

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium […]

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium […]

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & Bench reports Register Already a subscriber ? Login

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to […]

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access […]

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

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 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you […]

Justice Ram Mohan Reddy is a former judge of the Karnataka High Court. After a tenure of more than twelve years, Justice Reddy retired in June last year. He was previously Chairman of the High Court’s Computerization Committee as well as the Judicial Process Re-engineering Committee. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, Justice Reddy talks about his experience as a judge, how computerization is resulting in better case management, and more . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

One of those rare people who is equally liked amongst the various factions of the Bombay Bar, senior counsel Milind Sathe is a rather soft-spoken man. Which is a bit hard to digest, given the fact that he is the President of the Bombay Bar Association. In this hour-long interview with Bar & Bench’s Anuj Agrawal, Sathe talks about his early years, teaching at GLC, and much more. (Edited . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One […]

Darshan Kulkarni is part of the limited club of lawyers working on US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory and compliance. A member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations, Darshan Kulkarni has also worked as a pharmacist for more than a decade, and has even participated as a clinician in clinical trials. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Varun Marwah, among other things, Darshan Kulkarni speaks about the Indian legal landscape for . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]