The High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad has ordered the Telangana government to ensure that approximately 200 adivasis, who were evicted from the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary on September 16 this year, be provided access to water for drinking and other needs. A PIL filed by the Civil Liberties Committee challenging the government’s action, said that over 30 dwellings, a borewell and a school had been demolished in the area. The evictees have since moved back into the area.

A Division Bench of the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh High Court today agreed to a proposal submitted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Hyderabad Cricket Association to compensate the latter’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) to the tune of one lakh rupees per working day. The Committee, comprising retired Supreme Court judge Justice Anil Dave (pictured) and retired judge of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad Justice GV Seethapathy, was appointed on March 23 . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One […]

Delhi-based law firm Arthe Law has merged its practice with Bharucha & Partners. The development was just now confirmed by Bharucha & Partners Senior Partner Alka Bharucha. Post this merger, Arthe Law will be part of Bharucha & Partners and the merged firm will continue under the “Bharucha & Partners” banner. The merger will be effective from November 1, 2017. With this merger, the firm will now have 12 Partners and about . . . 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, […]

Gauri Rao and Abhinav Surana have joined Tata Sons as Senior Legal Counsel. They will both be part of Group General Counsel Shuva Mandal’s legal team. Abhinav Surana, who had left Juris Corp in July this year, has joined Tata in Mumbai, while Gauri Rao will work in Delhi. Gauri graduated from Government Law College, Mumbai in 2003. She also has . . . 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 […]

A Public Interest Litigation seeking appointment of a Technical Member at the Ahmedabad Bench of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) was heard by the Gujarat High Court. A Bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul M Pancholi refused to entertain the petition but asked the petitioner to make a representation to the President of NCLT. The Court also granted the petitioner the liberty to come back to the High Court “in the event . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

The Supreme Court dismissed has dismissed a petition seeking a ban on the book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu written by Professor Kancha Ilaiah. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also noted in its order that every author has the right to speak ideas freely and that freedom of speech and expression has been put on the highest pedestal by the Supreme Court. 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 […]

A fresh petition has been filed in Supreme Court challenging the mandate by Centre to link Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones. The petition has been filed by Kalyani Menon a feminist researcher works on women’s rights. Menon had earlier filed a petition challenging the vires of the Aadhaar Act which is pending before the Supreme Court. In the petition drawn by advocates Samiksha Godiyal and Udayaditya Banerjee and filed through Advocate-on . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous […]

The Delhi High Court imposed costs of Rs. 1 lakh on Reliance Industries while dismissing its petition seeking to set aside the decision of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to initiate the eviction process against the Le Meridien Hotel. NDMC’s Estate Officer had issued a letter dated July 18, 2017 to CJ International Hotels (operator of the Le Meridien Hotel) whereby the case was fixed under Sections 5 and 7 of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act. CJ International has been . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium […]

The Gujarat High Court has ruled that filing of affidavits or additional affidavits, after rule is issued, will require the leave of the High Court. The order was passed by a Bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Vipul M Pancholi in a Letters Patent Appeal filed by the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association (GHCAA) against an order of the single judge. Senior Advocate Yatin Oza along with advocate Jay S Shah . . . 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, […]

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday apprised the Supreme Court of its keenness to tender unconditional apology to Justice CR Dash of Orissa High Court, whose house they tried to raid last month. A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan was hearing a transfer petition by CBI seeking transfer of the petition pending in Orissa High Court to Delhi. The CBI had mistaken Justices Dash’s house for 

Contrary to media reports, the Supreme Court has not stayed the deportation of Rohingya refugees from India. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, in its order today, has merely adjourned the case while recording the submission of Senior Advocate . . . 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 Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Central Government in a plea seeking removal of loudspeakers from religious places on the ground that such practice violates the right to be left alone which is a part of the right to privacy laid down by the Supreme Court. The petition filed by one Sanjjiiv Kkumar was heard by the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar. The petitioner has . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access […]

In an important development, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court today observed that it is not in agreement with the Court’s judgment rendered in Rajesh Sharma v. Union of India, in which it had laid down safeguards to prevent misuse of Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud stated the same while hearing a petition filed by a . . . 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, […]

In a recently passed order, Justice N Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court has lashed out at advocates who resort to hooliganism, particularly when it comes to taking forcible possession of property. In doing so, the judge has also made some scathing observations regarding the falling standards of the legal profession, with special emphasis on the deteriorating quality of legal education. Factual Background Kirubakaran J was hearing a batch of petitions . . . 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 […]

The Delhi High Court yesterday gave some respite to former President of the JNU Student’s Union Kanhaiya Kumar by setting aside an order which had imposed a penalty of Rs. 10,000 on him in relation with the alleged sloganeering and connected events of February 2, 2016 at the JNU Campus. Kumar and others had challenged the order of the Appellate Authority which had upheld the order of imposition of penalty by a High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) set up by the Vice-Chancellor of the . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a […]

A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court today referred the case relating to entry of women in Sabarimala temple to a Constitution Bench. A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan passed the judgment to that effect today. The following are the questions framed by the Bench for consideration by the Constitution Bench: Whether the exclusionary practice which is based upon a biological factor . . . 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, […]

Engineering major Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) is selling its unlisted subsidiary EWAC Alloys Ltd as part of its strategy to exit non-core businesses. Larsen and Toubro has entered into a definitive agreement with ESAB Holdings Ltd, a company registered in the UK, to sell EWAC Alloys for Rs522 crore, reported Mint. Link . . . 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 […]

The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court has struck down a central government notification transferring the jurisdiction for Goa-related matters from the Pune Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the Principal Bench at New Delhi. The notification was issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate change (MOEF) on August 10, two months after the state government requested for the same. The request was made on the ground that Pune, being poorly connected to Goa by air, was not an ideal location . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account […]

The Co-ordination Committee of all District Bar Associations in Delhi has resolved to boycott court work tomorrow in light of “increasing tendency of misconduct by various judges”. The resolution passed yesterday claims that the judicial administration has not taken any measures to curb such instances of misconduct on the part of judges. It states, “The Co-ordination Committee is of the view that the respect which should be given to the legal fraternity being the officers . . . 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 asked the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to draft a model framework for release of funds under the Victim Compensation Scheme by 31 December, 2017. The Bench of Justices Madan Lokur and Deepak Gupta was hearing a plea filed by Senior Advocate Indira Jaising seeking details of compensation and other measures undertaken by states under Section 357A of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The initial focus of the framework would 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 […]

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday, issued notice to the central government in a petition filed against two notifications, disqualifying directors of private limited companies for non-filing of financial statements for three continuous financial years. Apart from the disqualification from the said companies, the directors would also be prohibited from being appointed as directors in any other company for a period of 5 years. The Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of […]

The Supreme Court today reserved its judgement on Constitutionality of Euthanasia and living wills. The case was heard by a Bench presided by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices A.K.Sikri, A.M.Khanwilkar, D.Y.Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. The second day witnessed arguments on the issue of whether a “living will” be treated as the final word or the examination report of the medical board 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 […]

Just as former Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy found respite with a Bengaluru City Civil Court ruling last week, fresh trouble appears to be be brewing as the incumbent LDF-led government prepares to initiate a vigilance probe against him for his alleged role in the Solar Scam. On October 7, the Bengaluru City Civil Court absolved Chandy of liability in a cheating case related to . . . 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 […]

Xander Group has sold its roughly 49% stake in Pune’s International Convention Centre (ICC), a mixed-use project of Panchshil Realty, to private equity giant Blackstone Group. Xander Group had picked up the stake through one of its PE funds in 2010 for roughly Rs 500 crore. Blackstone has now paid somewhere between Rs 1,100 and Rs 1,200 crore for the asset, reported VCCircle . . . 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 […]

Platinum Partners co-founder and Senior Partner Nihar Mody has retired from the firm. Confirming his decision to retire, Mody said, “I have been practicing law for more than 25 years. I have been wanting to take a career break for a while. I have now taken that break and I will decide what i want to do in the next phase of my career.” Founded in May . . . 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 […]

In the Child Marital Rape matter, the Supreme Court today ruled that Exception 2 to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, as it stands, is arbitrary and violative of Articles 14, 15 and 21 and not in consonance with the POCSO Act. A Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta proceeded to read down the lower age prescribed under the said exception from 15 to 18. Thus, sexual intercourse between a man and his . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

The Supreme Court today commenced hearing the case relating to Euthanasia and Living Wills. A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan heard Advocate Prashant Bhsuhan, who appeared for petitioner Common Cause and ASG PS Narasimha, who represented the Central government. In his brief submissions, Narasimha opposed the concept of a living will stating that the same . . . 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 […]

The Supreme Court today berated three States – Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh in strong words for refusing to release undertrial prisoners despite recommendation to that effect by the concerned District Legal Services Authority and Under Trial Review Committee. A Bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta minced no words stating that the “situation cannot simply be accepted”. This came after the Court took note of the affidavit 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, […]

The Uttarakhand High Court has held that without any ‘foreign element’ between parties, a dispute cannot be referred to an international arbitration and will be treated as a domestic dispute. The terms of the contract between the parties in question (KLA Const. Technologies Pvt Ltd. and Kajima India Pvt Ltd) spoke of an ‘International Arbitration’ and stated that settlement of any dispute would be under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. However, it . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited […]

Former Krishnamurthy & Co Partner Abhishek Shinde has recently joined AZB & Partners in Delhi. Abhishek is part of the firm’s corporate practice group and is working with Partner Vinati Kastia. AZB Senior Partner Hardeep Sachdeva confirmed Abhishek’s joining as a partner in the firm. We have also reached out to AZB Delhi Managing Partner Ajay Bahl for comment. Abhishek has previously worked with Trilegal . . . 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 […]