A day after he was arrested in Coimbatore, Justice CS Karnan has been denied bail by a vacation Bench of the Supreme Court. Mathews Nedumpara appeared before a Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul today, also seeking a suspension of the sentence imposed on Karnan J. The Bench, however, was in no mood to grant any sort of relief to . . . 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 […]

Three decades after its establishment in 1987, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is likely have 50 per cent of its seats reserved for candidates who are domiciled in Karnataka. According to Economic Times, an amendment to that effect in the NLSIU Act, 1986 was passed by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today . . . 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 […]

Retired Calcutta High Court judge, Justice CS Karnan has been arrested today. According to ToI, he was arrested at Coimbatore and taken to Chennai. Justice Karnan had stayed for a few days at a resort in Cochin after which he had moved to Coimbatore when he was arrested today by the West Bengal police. On May 9 this . . . 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 […]

The Central government has directed all Ministries and government departments not to ask for Aadhaar number while dealing with RTI applications. An Office Memorandum issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions states the following: “it is requested that all Ministries/Departments of Govt. of India including the subordinate offices may ensure the following while handling RTI applications viz. receiving, replying and uploading on websites etc.:-

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has raised Rs 200 crore by selling 10-year bonds, becoming the first civic body to tap money from this route in 14 years. The issue, handled by SBI Capital Market, was oversubscribed six times, having received subscriptions worth Rs 1,200 crore. Proceeds from the issue, raised at a coupon of 7.59 per cent, will be used for a Rs 2,300-crore water project, reported

Ahmedabad-based Snacks maker Chhajed Foods has raised Rs 30 crore ($4.67 million) from venture capital firm from GVFL Ltd. Krishnamurthy & Co advised Chhajed Foods team was led by Partner Sankar Narayan Swamy and Associate Partner Aparnaa Bhalotia. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas advised GVFL with a team led by Partner Pankaj Agarwal. It will use the funds to expand its manufacturing capabilities and distribution reach. The . . . 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 […]

The Punjab & Haryana High Court is seized of yet another case relating to appointments to lower judiciary. The petition filed by one Gurkirat Singh Dhillon challenges the appointments to the post of Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate for Punjab Civil Services (Judicial Branch) for 2013-14. The case was heard by a Bench of Justice Mahesh Grover and Shekher Dhawan, which issued notice in the matter. Advocate Animesh Sharma appeared for the petitioner.

D Odbayar, a graduate of National Law School of India University Bangalore, has been elected as the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Mongolia. The Parliament of Mongolia had appointed D. Odbayar to serve as a judge of the Constitutional Court in November, 2016. The Head of the Constitutional Court is elected from among the 9 members of the Court . . . 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 & […]

Private Equity giant Warburg Pincus is investing $360 million (Rs. 2,323 crore) for a 43% stake in Tata Technologies Limited. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas advised Warburg Pincus with a team led by Mumbai Managing Partner Akshay Chudasama. AZB & Partners advised Tata Motors and Tata Capital with a team led by Managing Partner Zia Mody along with Partners Ashwin Ramanathan and Nilanjana Singh.

In a judgment which might have significant implications on the legal community, especially lawyers employed in law firms, the Gujarat High Court has held that when a person is employed as a legal consultant/expert even on a contractual basis, he/she cannot be allowed to enroll and practice as a lawyer. The judgment was delivered by Justice NV Anjaria in a petition filed by one Jalpa Pradeepbhai Desai (petitioner) against the Bar Council of India (BCI) and Bar Council of Gujarat (BCG . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One […]

Former Supreme Court judge Dalveer Bhandari J is set to be re-nominated as a member of the International Court of Justice, the Wire reports. The report states that the nomination papers will be filed in New York today. Should his re-appointment go through, he will serve as a judge of the ICJ for another nine years. The members of the ICJ . . . 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 […]

Former AZB Capital Markets Partner Meera Singh has joined KPMG as General Counsel. Confirming the news, Meera Singh said, “I am very excited and happy to join the KPMG family and I am looking forward to being here.” Meera had resigned from AZB & Partners in 2014 for personal reasons and has . . . 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 ? […]

In a remarkable order, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Central government to respond to the queries posed by RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal regarding the BCCI and its functioning. The queries include the reason for the continued use of the logo designed by the British instead of the symbol of Union of India, and failure to bring BCCI within the scope of Right to Information Act. The order was passed by Central Information Commissioner M. Sridhar Acharyulu . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of […]

In what could turn out to be a major battle concerning tribunalisation, the Madras High Court yesterday issued notice to the Central government in a petition challenging Sections 156 to 189 of the Finance Act, 2017 and the Tribunal, Appellate and other Authorities (Qualifications, Experience and other conditions of Service of Members) Rules, 2017. The petition filed by Madras Bar Association was heard by a Bench consisting Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar. Senior Advocate Arvind Datar appeared for . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of […]

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has notified the final norms for fast track corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP). The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Fast Track Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2017 (Regulations) have been notified to give effect to Chapter IV of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. Chapter IV of the Code provides for the substantive provisions relating to fast track insolvency, while the Regulations lay down . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous […]

The Bombay High Court yesterday held that an Amul advertisement depicting the difference between ice-cream and frozen desserts amounted to slander of goods. Earlier this year, Kwality Wall’s had filed a plaint in the High Court claiming that an advertisement put out by Amul sought to mislead consumers by stating that all frozen desserts contain Vanaspati, an ingredient proven to be unhealthy. The judgment was reserved on April 28 this year. Senior Advocate Virag Tulzapurkar argued for . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

Ruling that right to sanitation is a fundamental right under Article 21, the Himachal Pradesh High Court has urged the State of Himachal Pradesh to construct public toilets along the highways. The order was passed by a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma on May 19. Advocate General Shrawan Dogra appeared for the State government while advocate Deven Khanna served as Amicus Curiae. The Court noted the absence of public . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous […]

In a first, National e-Governance Services Ltd. (NeSL), a Union Government company, has received an in-principle approval for establishing Information Utility (IU) in India. NeSL is owned and promoted by leading public institutions like SBI, LIC, Canara Bank, Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank, CDSL, HDFC, Axis Bank, Union Bank of India, NABARD etc. Under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC . . . 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 […]

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has fixed time-limits for the filing of the initial pleadings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav Case. According to a Press Release, India has to file its memorial by September 13, 2017 and Pakistan has to file its counter-memorial by December 13, 2017. The press release states: “By an Order dated 13 June 2017, the President fixed 13 September 2017 and 13 December 2017 as the respective time-limits for the filing of . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

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.

Gangster Abu Salem has been convicted on charges of conspiracy and terrorist acts under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1987 in the 1993 Mumbai Blasts case. The decision was rendered by a Special TADA Court in Mumbai, reports NDTV. Besides Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid . . . 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 Competition Commission of India recently imposed a penalty of Rs. 87 crore on Hyundai Motor India Limited for violating Section 3 of the Competition Act. Two previous dealers of Hyundai vehicles in India – FX Enterprise Solutions and St. Antony’s Cars – had filed complaints before CCI alleging anti-competitive behaviour on the part of the vehicle manufacturer. Talwar Thakore & Associates in collaboration with Vinod Dhall acted for FX through a team comprising Executive Chairman of Competition Law Vinod . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year […]

Kolkata-based Wow Momo has raised Rs. 44 crore as Series B funding from Lighthouse Funds and Indian Angel Network. Khaitan & Co advised Wow Momo with a team led by Partner Arindam Sarkar along with Principal Associate Suhana Islam, senior Associate Prithwijit Gangopadhyay and Associate Shourya Sengupta with specialist inputs from Partner Supratim Chakraborty. Due Diligence Aspects: Gaurav Dasgupta (Principal Associate); Gautam Banerjee (Principal Associate); Nikita Bhuwania (Associate) and Aritri Roy Choudhury (Associate)

The Central government’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had notified the controversial Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 on May 23. The Rules, which ban the sale of cattle for the purpose of slaughter in animal markets, has triggered wide spread protests in states like Kerala, where there . . . 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 […]

Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad today held a press conference in Delhi’s Jaisalmer House to highlight the achievements and initiatives of his ministry in the past 3 years. Prasad, who also holds the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology cabinet, began by promoting the Digital India Campaign and stated that the digital platform has been effectively used by the Ministry of Law and Justice to increase access to the judicial system. The Law Minister enlisted the . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of […]

Space constraint in court rooms have been a big problem plaguing the Supreme Court of India. The space in court rooms and corridors have been woefully inadequate to accommodate the burgeoning crowd of lawyers and litigants. As a temporary measure, the Court is likely to get four bigger court rooms when it re-opens on July 3 after the summer break. A note by Supreme Court Bar Association states that the Chief Justice of India has issued . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Central Government in the petition filed by a Hyderabad-based organisation challenging the recently notified Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017. A Bench of Justices RK Agarwal and Sanjay Kishan Kaul heard the matter today and issued notice but refused to stay the impugned Rules.

Dr. Neeru Chadha has been elected as the judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) becoming the first Indian woman to be elected to ITLOS. India’s Dr Neeru Chadha records handsome victory. First Indian woman to be elected to International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas. pic.twitter.com/vrP3EHGDlh — Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) June 14, 2017