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

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 […]

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 […]

Asim Pandya is the President of the Gujarat High Court Bar Association and a noted author. If things had worked out differently, he would also be a High Court judge; in 2009, his elevation to the Bench was denied in some rather controversial circumstances. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, Asim Pandya talks about the flaws in the current system of appointing judges, politics at the Bar level, the importance of writing skills for a lawyer, and more.

Gaurav Bhatia is hardly an unknown face for Supreme Court regulars. As Uttar Pradesh’s former Additional Advocate General, Bhatia has had a successful practice in the apex court. But that is not all. Elected for the second time as the Secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Bhatia has let his work speak for himself . . . 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 ? […]

Politician, BJP spokesperson, lawyer and engineer, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has made his presence felt in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court after his involvement in multiple public interest litigations. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Nalini Sharma, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay talks about his political career, demonetization and his “passion to file PILs”. Nalini Sharma: How did law happen? Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay: I did . . . 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 […]

During his illustrious career, Justice CK Thakker has donned many hats: those of a Supreme Court judge, a distinguished author, a lawyer and even a part-time lecturer. In this conversation with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, the retired judge takes us through his journey in the legal profession, his relationship with noted British jurist Lord Denning, and more. The first thing you notice about Justice Chunilal Karsandas Thakker is his infallible memory. He recounts each and every detail from . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One […]

Senior Advocate Kirti Uppal recently defeated long-time President Rajiv Khosla to become the new President of the Delhi High Court Bar Association. Emerging victorious by over 300 votes, Uppal has come a long way from being a first-generation lawyer to a senior advocate and now the DHCBA President. He spoke to Bar & Bench about the politics in the bar, his plans . . . 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 & […]

Shalin Mehta is a Senior Advocate at the Gujarat High Court. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Mehta happens to be one of the youngest ever lawyers to be designated a Senior. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, he talks about his experience working in the United States, what Indian lawyers can learn from those abroad, and more. Aditya AK: Why did you choose law as a career? Shalin Mehta: I . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous […]

This time around, Aney talks about Bar Associations and a lawyer’s role in society. (You can read Part III of the interview here) AA: After moving to Bombay, why didn’t you stand for Bar Association posts here? SA: I am too old. I am 67 years old . . . 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

When the “Breakfast” series was first discussed with former Advocate General Shreehari Aney, there were three topics identified. The senior counsel’s thoughts on the first topic, women in the legal profession, has already been published (Part 1 and Part 2). This time around, Aney talks about Bar Associations and a lawyer’s role . . . 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 […]

Virendra Lodha is a Senior Advocate of the Rajasthan High Court at Jaipur. A junior of former Supreme Court judge Justice GS Singhvi, Lodha is a Senior Standing Counsel for a number of government departments. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, he talks about the co-relation between case pendency and judicial vacancies, seniors not paying juniors, and more. Aditya AK: Did having a family background in law make it . . . 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, […]

Sanjeev Prakash Sharma is a Senior Advocate of the Rajasthan High Court. In 2011, the Jaipur-based lawyer became the youngest advocate to be designated. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, SP Sharma talks about his early days of practice, new trends in the Jaipur Bar, transparency in judicial appointments, and more. Aditya AK: Why did you choose to do law? Sanjeev Prakash Sharma: I took it by way of choice, even though . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

In the second of a six-part series (read Part 1 here), the former Advocate General of Maharashtra sits down with Bar & Bench’s Associate Editor Anuj Agrawal, and speaks his mind. This time around it is about the status of women in the legal profession. [Continued] Anuj Agrawal: So how do you change . . . 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 […]

He can be brutally honest, can senior counsel Shreehari Aney. Which is perhaps one of the reasons why his interviews (Part 1 and Part 2) on Bar & Bench garnered the number of views it did. That interview did touch upon a few topics that, in an ideal world, should have . . . 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

Senior Advocate Rupinder Singh Suri has been in the profession for four decades. Suri served as the Standing Counsel for Punjab in Supreme Court during the times of Sikh militancy. Suri was also the President of the Advocates-on-Record Association. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Murali Krishnan, RS Suri talks about the ‘Punjab problem’, his views on one-upmanship among judges and why the senior members of the Bar should train young lawyers. Bar & Bench: Why did you take . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: […]

In the second part of the interview with Senior Advocate Yatin Oza, we take a look at his political career, his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the reason he refused to rejoin the BJP and more. But first, he gives us a glimpse of how elections work at the Gujarat Bar. “You will be surprised that elections in Gujarat happen very differently from the rest of the country. In other states, people spend lakhs . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

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. Yatin Oza had criticised High Court judges MR Shah and KS Jhaveri . . . 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