In part 2, Shanti Bhushan talks about his stint as Law Minister of India, the state of the Indian judiciary and his political career. In the aftermath of the Emergency, a change in government took place, and Shanti Bhushan was made Law Minister for the Janata Party government. His foremost goal while serving the post was to ensure that the events of 1975 would never take place again in the country. This, he did by introducing the forty-fourth amendment to the Constitution. “The main reason why Emergency succeeded was that the Supreme Court took the absurd view that no habeas […]

The Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) has called for an in-house inquiry procedure to be initiated against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, given the serious allegations of misconduct that have been brewing, particularly following the manner in which the CJI-led Bench handled the medical college bribery cases late last year. A letter to this effect has been addressed to the five senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, barring CJI Misra – Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and AK Sikri.   Four primary charges against Justice Misra have been quoted as requiring immediate attention of […]

To have a conversation with Shanti Bhushan is to flip through the pages of history itself. To say that the nonagenarian has a formidable memory is an understatement; during our conversation, he suggests that I read his biography, but soon, I find that there is no need. One cannot help but marvel at his storytelling prowess, as he recounts events that took place decades ago like they happened yesterday. In the first of this two-part interview, the veteran lawyer talks about how he fell in love with the profession, the multiple times he was asked to join the Bench, the […]

Aditya Verma has been at the forefront of the legal battle to clean up the functioning of the Board Of Control Of Cricket in India (BCCI). What prompted him to challenge the mighty Board? How did he get the kind of legal representation he did? And is a foray into politics in the offing? He reveals all this and more in a candid interview with Bar & Bench. You have become a real thorn in the flesh of the BCCI. It was your petition that led to the formation of the Lodha Committee and the implementation of most of their […]

In Part II of our interview with Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, he talks about human rights cases in the Supreme Court, his most memorable case, what keeps him going, and more. There are a number of draconian laws that exist on our statue books, including the AFSPA and CSPSA in Chhattisgarh. Do you see these being repealed in the future? The repeal of these laws is impossible, in fact, more laws like these will come in. And why more laws come in is because the Supreme Court made fatal mistakes in its judgment on AFSPA, which is the Naga People’s […]

Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves has been one of the staunchest crusader of human rights in the Supreme Court for a number of years. In recognition of his work in the field, Gonsalves, the founder of Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) was recently conferred the 2017 Right Livelihood award. In the first part of this interview, Gonsalves talks about his involvement in the labour movement, the efficacy of the PIL in safeguarding the rights of the downtrodden, labour laws in India, and more. What drew the civil engineer from IIT to do law? Well, it was the period of the mid-70s. […]

The controversy surrounding the death of judge BH Loya has been raging on social media the past week. The allegation that former Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah offered bribe to judge Loya to decide Sohrabuddin encounter case in favour of BJP leader Amit Shah, has shaken the legal fraternity. Two years ago, Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave had written a letter to then Chief Justice of India, HL Dattu opposing Justice Mohit Shah’s elevation to the Supreme Court. Bar & Bench’s Murali Krishnan spoke to Dave about his views on the controversy, the recent episode relating to Medical college […]

In this candid interview, former Supreme Court judge and Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court Justice Venkate Gopala Gowda takes us through his career and discusses pressing issues pertaining to the legal profession. The first thing you notice about Justice Gopala Gowda is that he wears his heart on his sleeve. It is rather unusual for a judge – retired or otherwise – to express such strong opinions, and to be critical of the system he was once part of. But then again, he is not your run-of-the-mill judge. He has some misgivings about the media, and for good reason. […]

K Pratap Reddy is a veteran Senior Advocate at the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad. Through his long career, Reddy has represented six Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, including PV Narsimha Rao. The 87-year-old, with close to six decades of experience at the Bar, had earlier taken us through his career in an interview published in 2012. This time around, he speaks on more recent issues, ranging from the Collegium, to privacy, to his close encounter with contempt. The opacity of the Collegium system has been called into question, with the transfer and subsequent resignation of Justice Jayant Patel. […]

In a significant judgment passed yesterday, the Supreme Court laid down criteria for Senior Designations, which will be applicable to all High Courts and the Supreme Court. The judgment provides a detailed process for designating a lawyer as a Senior Advocate. The new system has been lauded as a step towards bringing in greater transparency in the process of Senior Designations. The person who set the wheels in motion is none other than Senior Advocate Indira Jaising. Here, she speaks with Bar & Bench on the judgment and the detailed process laid down by the Court for designating seniors. What are […]

Avtar Singh Rawat is a Senior Advocate of the Uttarakhand High Court. He has previously served as Additional Advocate General for Uttarakhand in the Supreme Court. Most recently, he had represented the Speaker in the Uttarakhand President’s Rule case in the High Court. Not one to mince his words, in this interview, the veteran lawyer offers a perspective on lawyers in smaller cities, highlights the flaws in the system of judicial appointments, and talks about government litigation. Why did you choose to do law? I come from a very remote area, and I did not know anything about the legal […]

Sanjay Pinto is an advocate currently practicing in the Madras High Court. He specialises in Media, Constitutional, Criminal, Consumer and Arbitration Law. Following his graduation in History and Politics at Loyola College, Chennai, he completed his law degree from Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, Chennai. Prior to taking up legal practice, he was a prominent figure in journalism. Starting with the role of Tamil Nadu correspondent at NDTV New Delhi Television in 1998, he has gone on to serve as Bureau Chief for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry at NDTV 24×7, Executive Editor of NDTV-Hindu and Resident Editor for Tamil Nadu at NDTV 24×7. He […]

Senior Advocate of the Madras High Court Vijay Narayan was recently appointed as Advocate General for the state of Tamil Nadu. A much-respected member of the Bar himself, Narayan comes from a family of illustrious lawyers. His grandfather was legendary lawyer MK Nambyar, and his uncle happens to be Attorney General for India, KK Venugopal. In this interview, Narayan, who is also the President of the Madras Bar Association, talks about starting off in the profession, judicial appointments and a lot more. You come from a family of illustrious lawyers. Did that influence your decision to take up law? When I […]

I am seated alongside Shanmugham’s two sons and two of my friends. Hot puttu is being served onto my plate as we resume our conversation from where we had left off. He had spoken about how those in the higher echelons should take care to ensure that standards [in the profession] are set high. And that is definitely a hint. Supreme Court – the mistakes “Where do you think the Supreme Court started getting its basics wrong?”, I query. “Laying down Rules for interpretation! There is a provision and there is a rule for interpretation of the provision. But when […]

Having appeared and argued on the petitioners’ side of the bar, Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya had the opportunity to reflect on every single argument made on either side, during the hearings in the historic Right to Privacy matter. “I consider myself privileged for having had the opportunity to be a part of this historic journey. Not often do nine judges of the Supreme Court convene to consider a matter so crucial to human life as the Right to Privacy; and render a unanimous verdict, although from different perspectives. People living in this day and age are lucky to have witnessed […]

A day before a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court of India decides whether or not Indian citizens have a fundamental right to privacy (Justice KS Puttaswamy (Retd.) & Anr. v. Union of India & Ors ), one particular individual is waiting with bated breath. That man is former Karnataka High Court judge, Justice KS Puttaswamy, the man who set things in motion with his petition filed in . . . 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 […]

Shanmugham D Jayan is a visiting faculty at National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi and Cochin University. He teaches Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, IT Law and Law of Taxation. He is also a lawyer specialising in taxation and frequents courts and authorities of first instance. An expert in Information Technology Law, he has three publications to his credit. In this free-wheeling chat with Bar & Bench’s Murali Krishnan, Shanmugham speaks on myriad subjects including legal education, quality of the Bar, the judiciary and . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a […]

Shanmugham D Jayan is a visiting faculty at National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi, and Cochin University. He teaches Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, IT Law and Law of Taxation. He is also a lawyer specialising in taxation and frequents courts and authorities of first instance. An expert in Information Technology Law, he has three publications to his credit. In this free-wheeling chat with Bar & Bench’s Murali Krishnan, Shanmugham speaks on myriad subjects including legal education, quality of the Bar, the judiciary and the Supreme Court. As I walk into his very modest office situated right opposite the High […]

I am clutching at straws trying to see the first ever high court judge to be slapped with contempt charges in positive light. Is the Supreme Court’s and the media’s demonization of Justice CS Karnan warranted or is there a side to him that is unbeknown? And more importantly, what are the larger issues that surround this bizarre chain of events? To find out, I must travel to Chennai and meet one man who has stood by the former Madras and Calcutta High Court judge . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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