A Public Interest Litigation petition has been filed in Madras High Court by three lawyers seeking a probe into the Police firing on people protesting against Sterlite Copper Plant of Vedanta in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) yesterday. The petition has been filed by advocates S Jimraj Milton, D Paarventhan, and Paaventhen. A Bench of Justices P Velmurugan and T Ravindran today ordered that the dead bodies of those killed in the firing, be preserved until further notice. The Court . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree case took a new turn yesterday with three RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj, Nikhil Dey and Amrita Johri filing an intervention application to assist the court in determining the importance of right to information in such cases. The University of Delhi had approached the Delhi High Court against the 2016 order of the Central Information Commission which had allowed inspection of Delhi University’s 1978 BA degree records.

In the background of the police shooting that killed eleven protesters at Thoothukudi, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has granted an interim stay on the construction of a copper smelting unit being constructed by Vedanta (formerly Sterlite). The Division Bench of Justices M Sundar and Anita Sumanth was hearing a writ petition challenging Environmental Clearance (EC) granted to Vedanta for the unit. The EC was first granted in January 2009, and subsequently renewed twice, in August 2015, and March 2016 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium […]

The Supreme Court refused to grant interim relief to a law student from Delhi University (DU) who was detained in the fourth semester and barred from writing her exams on account of low attendance, owing to her pregnancy. The Court has, however, granted liberty to the petitioner to seek remedy from the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court. The matter was taken up by the Supreme Court Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha this . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

The Supreme Court today directed that a copy of the petition challenging the Common Law Admission Test 2018 (CLAT), be served on National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) and Central government. The petition filed by six CLAT candidates, was heard by a Bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Navin Sinha. The petitioners were represented by Senior Advocate Salman Khurshid. The Court besides ordering that an advance copy be served on NUALS, Central government . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

The National Stock Exchange Ltd (NSE) has dragged the Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) to Bombay High Court over the latter’s plan to launch Nifty-based products beginning June. The petition has been filed by India Index Services and Products Limited (a subsidiary of NSE), which provides indices and index-related services to NSE, against Singapore Exchange Derivatives Trading Ltd. and Respondent and Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. The petition has been filed . . . 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 […]

Singapore state investment arm Temasek is picking up a stake of around 4.8% in AU Small Finance Bank Ltd. Temasek will invest Rs 1,000 crore ($147 million) in the small finance bank through a preferential allotment of shares and convertible warrants, reported VCCircle. Khaitan & Co acted for Temasek and the team was led by Partner . . . 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 […]

A Division Bench of the Bombay High Court reportedly pulled up the Bar Council of India (BCI) today for its inaction in inspecting a proposed all-women law college in Thane. It has been learnt that the petitioners in the case, Bombay Public Trust, had received clearances from both the state government and the concerned University, but a BCI inspection had not . . . 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 […]

The Delhi High Court yesterday dismissed the plea by Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL) against the tender issued by the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) for the auction of Delhi’s iconic Taj Mansingh Hotel. Tata Group-owned IHCL complained that an essential condition, with respect to its “unblemished track record”, had not been properly factored into the eligibility conditions and therefore, the tender contravenes an earlier order of the Supreme Court. IHCL had entered into a collaboration agreement with NDMC . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year […]

A Delhi Court on Friday granted anticipatory bail to the Principal of Mother Khazani Convent School, who is alleged to have been involved in the CBSE paper leak scandal. Two teachers of Mother Khazani Convent School, which was one of the centers where the board examinations were conducted, have already been arrested by the police. Appearing for Principal Praveen Kumar Dagar, Advocate Harsh K Sharma submitted that the applicant had been falsely implicated in this case.

The Competition Commission of India has today given its approval to the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer AG, subject to compliance of certain modifications. The agreement relating to the transaction was entered into on September 14, 2016. Post the due approvals, Monsanto shall become a subsidiary of Bayer. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Luthra & Luthra provided strategic advice to Monsanto and Bayer respectively and filed the Form II notification (long form notification) with the CCI.

Brenntag (Holding) B.V., Netherlands has acquired a majority shareholding in Raj Petro, to expand and diversify its presence in India. Raj Petro is Asia’s largest and world’s top 10 petroleum jelly manufacturer with facilities in Mumbai and Chennai. J. Sagar Associates acted for Brenntag. The JSA team comprised of M&A Partners Sandeep Mehta and Srabonee Roy, Senior Associate – Aarti Iyer and Associates . . . 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 […]

A couple of weeks after the Madras High Court refused to grant anticipatory bail to him, BJP leader S Ve Shekher today obtained protection against arrest from the Supreme Court. The matter came up before the Supreme Court Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha, who granted protection to the petitioner till the next date of hearing on June 1. The Court also issued notice to the state of Tamil Nadu in the case, and said that no coercive action against the . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you […]

Pravin Anand, Managing Partner of IP firm Anand and Anand, and Vaibhav Gaggar, Managing Partner of Gaggar & Associates, have formed a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called ‘Anand Anand and Gaggar’, according to sources. The SPV will focus exclusively on the interface between IP, Technology and Competition law. Being leading firms in their respective domains of IP/Tech and Competition laws, this new entity could be a real gamechanger in the domain – specially considering that a huge amount of . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of […]

The Delhi High Court yesterday issued notice to the University of Delhi in a plea by a law student who was detained in the IV semester of the three-year LL.B. course, on account of shortage of attendance. The law student, who is currently studying in the fourth semester of the LL.B. course, was unable to attend the required number of classes, as she was pregnant at the time. Owing to this, she was detained. She approached the Delhi . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has disapproved the panel of senior advocates constituted by the Delhi Government to conduct cases on its behalf before the Delhi High Court and give legal opinions. A letter addressed to the Chief Secretary of Delhi by the Principal Secretary to the Lt. Governor, states that the empanelment was without the prior approval of the Lt. Governor. It is further stated that the empanelment was not done in the manner prescribed under Section . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One […]

In an interesting turn of events, the intervention of the Madras High Court proved crucial to a single mother’s quest to be recognised as the sole parent of her child, born out of the intrauterine insemination (IUI) fertility procedure. The mother had moved a writ petition in the High Court after authorities refused to correct an erroneous entry in the child’s birth certificate, attributing paternity to the mother’s friend. As submitted by Advocate Shabnam for the . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Justice Lok Pal Singh of the Uttarakhand High Court nearly initiated contempt proceedings against Advocate General (AG) SN Babulkar and Government Advocate (GA) GS Sandhu earlier this month, in response to their unwarranted intervention in a criminal hearing before the Court. Viewing their unexpected presence in the courtroom during the last hearing as suspicious, the judge remarked, “Why are they [AG Bubalkar and GA Sandhu] present in the Court . . . 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 […]

The NCLAT today asked Tata Steel to file a response to an appeal filed against the NCLT order approving its resolution plan submitted for Bhushan Steel. Of the two resolution applicants for Bhushan Steel, Tata Steel emerged as the winning bidder. This is also the first successful resolution that was completed from the Reserve Bank of India’s first list of 12 cases which it had referred to the . . . 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 […]

Hitting out at internet giants Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and WhatsApp for their lethargic response to disclose steps taken to curb the circulation of child pornography on their platforms, the Supreme Court has imposed a fine a fine of Rs 1 lakh on each company. The Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and UU Lalit noted, “In our order dated 16.04.2018, we had required the parties before us i.e. Yahoo . . . 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 […]

Adviata Legal has promoted Shailendra Singh as a Partner to head the firm’s Infrastructure & Projects practice and has also hired Alok Shankar in the Infrastructure & Projects team. Shailendra, a 2002 graduate from CLC Delhi, joined Advaita in July 2014 following stints at  Trilegal and Luthra & Luthra. He was made ‘Principal’ in April 2016. Alok Shankar, an NLIU . . . 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 & […]

In a huge relief to BJP leader Narottam Mishra, the Delhi High Court has set aside the order of the election commission which had held Mishra to be guilty of authorizing publication of allegedly paid news. The election commission had noted that though there was no direct evidence that Mishra had incurred the expenditure of publication of any item but since he had knowledge of those publications and he had failed to disavow the same, it amounted to implied authorization. The . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you […]

The Supreme Court has paved the way for high courts to grant interim relief to land owners during the pendency of land acquisition cases. The order passed by the two-judge Bench of the Justices AK Goel and Indu Malhotra states that high courts may decide any issue except the applicability of Section 24(2) of the Land Acquisition Act, a quandary that is currently under the scanner of a Constitution Bench. Advocate Anuj Bhandari appeared for the petitioner.

The Bombay Lawyers Association (BLA) has filed a petition seeking a review of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case calling for an investigation into the death of Judge Loya. On April 19 this year, a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud dismissed the petitions filed by Tehseen Poonawalla, Bandhuraj Lone and others, seeking an independent investigation into . . . 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 […]

In furtherance of the pledge taken by the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Justice Gita Mittal to reduce pendency of cases, the District Courts of Delhi are working at warp speed. The District Courts, in the past ten months, have disposed of 16,000 cases which were pending for the past 5 years and 10,000 cases which hadn’t seen the light of the day for the past 10 years. It is reported that Justice . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

The Bombay High Court recently pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for having arrested a woman after sunset, in direct contravention of Section 46 (4) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), even going so far as to impose a fine of Rs 50, 000 for their error. The petitioner, Kavita Manikakar had appeared before the CBI’s office on February 20 at around 3 in the afternoon, in connection with the investigation in the

UltraTech Cement Ltd, part of the Aditya Birla group, is acquiring the cement business of BK Birla group’s Century Textiles and Industries Ltd in an all-stock transaction. Khaitan & Co acted for Ultratech and the team was led by Senior Partner Haigreve Khaitan along with Partner Mehul Shah, Principal Associate Saswat Subasit, Senior Associate Sanket Shah and Associate D. Preethika with assistance from Senior Associates Ritwik Kulkarni and Aman Yagnik on scheme related aspects and Associate Partner . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

The Centre for Disability Studies and Health Laws (CDSHL) of the National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA), has found that only 5 out of 21 National Law Universities reserve the statutory minimum of 5% seats for persons with disabilities as required under the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Act, 2016. The Centre’s report, titled the Study of the Reservation of seats in the National Law Universitites (NLUs) for Persons with Benchmark Disability

The seminar on ‘Independence of Judiciary – A Nationalist Perspective’ was conducted today by Global Jurists, at Delhi’s India International Centre. The seminar was attended by several eminent jurists including former Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, former Delhi High Court Judge Justice Kailash Gambhir, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Vijender Jain along with journalist HK Dua and renowned professor Dr. Mool Chand Sharma.

In an order passed earlier this week, the Madras High Court cited the right to privacy – as laid down in the Justice KS Puttaswamy case – to restrain a media house from publishing articles touching upon the private life of Kanimozhi Karunanidhi. Justice R Subramanian based his ruling, inter alia¸ on the ground that, “The theory that there cannot be . . . 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 […]