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SC pushes acid sale ban by 4 months
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice RM Lodha has extended the deadline to ban the sale of acids commonly used in horrific attacks, primarily against women, after the apex court’s previous 16 July deadline passed last weekend. The apex court also asked for progress on the compensation scheme [NDTV] Offenders remain undeterred, reported the TOI
Acid attack victim gets job at SC
The SC has absorbed an acid attack survivor as a junior court attendant on the initiative of Justice Kurien Joseph, who was haring her matter. Mukherjee was a dancer in a dance bar till she was attacked by a man in 2004 [PTI]
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Advocates PIL for Delhi HC sex harass cell
Two practicing advocates have filed a PIL for the formation of a sexual harassment committee for the protection of women working in the Delhi HC [TOI]
Tenndulkar’s Ratna challenge dismissed
The Madras HC has dismissed a petition challenging the prestigious Bharat Ratna national award on cricketer conferred on Sachin Tendulkar and scientist CNR Rao, for allegedly violating presidential norms of such grants [PTI]
GLC Ernakulam unrest continues over Facebook abuses
GLC Ernakulam is on top form with protests and unrest continuing throughout its campus. Causes this time: A defamation complaint by one student against another for his Facebook post, lack of transparency in attendance procedures and casteist abuses allegedly hurled by an assistant professor at a student [Deccan Chronicle]
DU prof pushes #InternJudge FIR: Former Delhi University law faculty dean SN Singh and retired IAS officer Promila Shankar have written to the Chief Justice of India to get an FIR registered on the basis of SJ’s complaint of sexual harassment against former Supreme Court justice AK Ganguly [Telegraph India]
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Former BMR Legal co-founding partner Sujit Ghosh has set up tax litigation firm Advaita Legal with ex-KPMG partner Sunil Moti Lala. Ghosh is based in Delhi, Lala is based in Mumbai and the firm has 30 lawyers across its offices in the two cities, reported legal website Bar & Bench.
According to Lala’s Linked-in profile, Advaita was started in September 2013.
Ghosh, who heads the start up’s indirect tax litigation practice, co-founded BMR Legal in 2004. He graduated from NLSIU Bangalore in 1995 and joined Arthur Andersen until 2002 and Ernst & Young until 2004. Lala heads corporate tax litigation at Advaita Legal and was at KPMG since 2010 and at PricewaterhouseCoopers since 2007.
The founding partners declined to comment when contacted by Bar & Bench, but apparently “it is understood that the firm works closely with KPMG”. BMR Legal is the legal services arm of BMR Consulting, while Big Four consultancy Ernst & Young has an alliance with law firm PDS Legal.
Nokia $1bn tax settlement rejected
Nokia faces tax liabilities as its offer to settle Rs 6,500 crore liability with Rs 2,250 crore has been rejected by the tax department [NDTV Profit]
Delhi ‘11 HC blast accused claims wrongfully charged
The accused in the September 2011 Delhi HC blasts asked the HC to set aside a trial court order cancelling his bail, and has alleged that the National Investigation Agency wrongfully implicated him for the offence of waging war based on a vague FIR [PTI]
Dec 16 rape convicts say Hindi judgment illegible
Two of the four accused asked the Delhi HC for time to approach the SC claiming that the Hindi translation of the trial court’s judgement against them and its trial records were not legible. The Delhi HC is hearing the reference from the Saket court to confirm their death sentence [PTI]
Mumbai mobile traffic court on fast track
The Mumbai police’s proposal to start five mobile courts in the city to clamp down on traffic offenders is on the fast track after the chief metropolitan magistrate forwarded it to the Bombay HC’s chief justice for approval [Free Press Journal]
National Lok Adalat reduced case load by 7.1m
Between November 23 and 25 India’s case pendency score reduced by 71.5 lakh through the National Lok Adalat, which setlled 20.81 lakh pre litigation matters and 5.22 lakh traffic challans [PTI]
Delhi HC midweek-weekend
The general elections tomorrow have given the Delhi HC and lower courts a mid week break tomorrow. A new schedule has already been fixed to hear cases scheduled for the day; next Saturday is a working day for the lower courts [Notification]
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Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai corporate partners Ashwath Rau and Aysswarya Murthi acted for the Macquarie Group in the sale of its 50 per cent holding in Religare Macquarie Wealth Management to joint venture partner Religare Enterprises, which was advised by Vaish Associates corporate and banking partner Sandhya Iyer.
The JV exit was signed on 29 August and closed on 26 November 2013 [VCCircle]. Religare is a long-loyal client of Vaish, while Macquarie has used a number of Indian firms in the past, though Amarchand had set up the Religare JV for the Australian banking giant between 2007 and 2008.
A permanent office for the 11 year old IPAB (Intellectual Property Appellate Board) is now finally in the works in Kovalam, near Chennai, as the state has also invited applications to fill up its vacancies – after pressure from advocates pointing out its mounting workload [Business Standard]
Judges should introspect to keep fit, principles reduce rape in India: Karnataka HC judge AS Pachhapure said “for hours together the judges sit and also be at home, hence it is always better to have proper excise [sic], meditation and spirituality to keep themselves fit”. The HC’s judge L Narayanaswamy said that India has less than 25 per cent the number of America’s rape cases, despite a bigger population “because of our principles” [TOI]
Bench-bar tiffs shouldn’t amount to contempt of court, said UP advocate general Vinay Kumar Mishra in his felicitation address, adding that the bar and the bench are complementary to each other [TOI]
Corporate HR heads are working overtime to sensitise male employees about what is borderline behaviour causing discomfort to women colleagues and may cause the men to end up “unfairly maligned” [TOI]
‘False promise rape’ complaints on the rise: Touching and tragic portrait of family opposed to love marriage, unwanted pregnancy and a rape complaint resulting in marriage [WSJ] as part of a bigger examination of the rape complaints made by women hoping to avoid single parenthood under the ‘broken promise to marry’ doctrine [WSJ]
Nalsar reservations to split between AP / Telangana: Nalsar Hyderabad’s 16 reserved seats, out of a total of 68 LLB seats per batch, will be distributed equally between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana domiciled students post bifurcation of the state [Deccan Chronicle]
TN Lok Adalat settles Rs 1,000 crore: In Tamil Nadu’s Lok Adalat, part of the recent massive National Lok Adalat, more than 13 lakh cases were resolved and Rs 1,041 crores settled [PTI]
Delhi gang rape parents ask SC to try juvenile: The parents of the December 2012 Delhi rape victim have asked the Supreme Court for the 17-year-old accused’s fresh trial in an ordinary criminal court, challenging proceedings against him before the Juvenile Justice Board [TOI]
Madurai judges lost case documents and now have to show cause to the Madras high court. The judges include Madurai’s principal district judge and a few other judicial officers [TOI]
Pick and choose, said the Madras high court while lambasting the state government for contesting all and sundry cases that come to it instead of choosing the deserving ones [Zee News]
3 days ago
Vodafone Rs 1300 cr TP writ sent to DRP: The Bombay HC said that the Vodafone transfer pricing tax writ petition of the department’s transfer pricing adjustment of Rs 1,300 crore, should be referred to the tax department’s dispute resolution panel (DRP) [Mint]
CCI checks Ericsson-Micromax royalties: CCI has begun a probe to examine whether Ericsson cellphone patent royalties of 1.25% to 2% from Indian phone maker Micromax, are too high by virtue of abuse of its alleged dominant position [WSJ]
DHCBA election rules argued: Delhi HC reserves judgment on Delhi District Court Bar Association plea, filed by bar council Delhi member Rajiv Khosla, seeking amendments Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) over upcoming 13 December elections [PTI]
Lalu fodder scam bail notice to CBI: The SC’s chief justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi issue notice to the CBI in Rashtirya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad’s bail petition – argued by senior counsel Ram Jethmalani - over the fodder scam case [IBN Live]
Gruesome Kerala robbery decapitation death sentence commuted by SC justices BS Chauhan and SA Bobde for not being one of “gravest cases of extreme culpability” [The Hindu]
Sunburn’s stolen Powerpoint: Sunburn festival moves Bombay HC at Goa to restrain rival festival from using Sunburn’s Powerpoint presentations [TOI]
SC: Live-in couples deserve protection: An apex court bench of Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Pinaki Chandra Ghose has asked for an amendment to bring couples in non-married relationships into the ambit of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act [The Hindu / BBC]
Slicing Kerala HC benches? Minister Shashi Tharoor asks for Kerala HC bench in Thiruvananthapuram, going against the views of eminent ex-SC judge VR Krishna Iyer [PTI]
SC: Don’t over-examine state decisions: SC bench of justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri says: “If every decision taken by the State is tested by a microscopic and a suspicious eye, the administration will come to a standstill and the decision-makers will lose all their initiative and enthusiasm.” [PTI]
Bank can publish defaulters’ photos: Bombay HC says it’s ok for SBI to publish defaulters’ photos in newspapers, as being in public interest [PTI]
Reprieve in TN lawyer clash: Madras’ Madurai bench grants interim stay in criminal proceedings against leader of opposition, Vijayakanth, relating to violence in clashes with advocates in district court on 1 July [TOI]
Mumbai autos move writ on gas supply [DNA]
Law means Tejpal raped, says journalist who was allegedly raped by Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, in a forceful and tightly-argued statement: “I don’t know if I am ready to see myself as a ‘rape victim’, for my colleagues, friends, supporters and critics to see me thus. It is not the victim that categorizes crimes: it is the law. And in this case, the law is clear: what Mr. Tejpal did to me falls within the legal definition of rape” [Statement] In the meantime, Tejpal has reportedly landed in Goa to meet police there [Firstpost live blog]
29 November 2013
SCBA for JudgeCam: SCBA president MN Krishnamani called for the installation of CCTV camera in judges’ chambers in his law day address. “Serious allegations are coming up against judges. The fixing of cameras inside judges' chambers can be done,” he said. Others, including law minister Kapil Sibal, disagreed [PTI]
Sexual harassment in law: A female Vadodara lawyer is currently grappling with inaction over her sexual harassment complaint of September made to the city police against a senior advocate. The Baroda Bar Association and the district court do not have a sexual harassment cell [TOI]
Advocates Association runs canteen: The Advocates Association Bangalore (AAB) will start its own canteen from 2 December, after being fed up of the allegedly bad food quality and exorbitant rates of the Karnataka HC canteen. The AAB has already met with the chief justice of the HC for permission to start its own canteen [Bangalore Mirror]
Madras lawyers like Aarushi judgment language: Madras HC lawyers found the language of the CBI Court’s judgment in the Aarushi Talwar case like a ‘breath of fresh air’ at a time when the quality of language in judgment writing is dipping, reported the [New Indian Express]
Madras Advocates versus police: Over 100 lawyers of the Madras HC Advocates’ Association (MHCAA) and the Women Lawyer’s Association staged a demonstration to protest the “high-handed” behaviour of the state police which allegedly registers false complaints against them to obstruct them in appearing for their clients. The MHCAA president alleged that the association has received at least six complaints of police high handedness within a week [TOI]
Failed sex harassment complaint: The Bombay HC today restrained the NCW from proceeding on the sexual harassment complaint of a former KPMG employee who had alleged she was harassed during her employment there between 2005-06 [Indian Express]
New MP HC CJ: 56-year-old AM Khanwilkar took over as the chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh HC on Tuesday. Justice KK Lahoti has been officiating as the CJ of the MP HC since former chief justice SA Bobde was elevated to the SC in April 2013 [TOI]
Tejpal still bail less: Tehelka founding editor Tarun Tejpal’s bail hearing has been postponed till Friday – until then the Goa police could arrest him. [Bail arguments summary NDTV / Deccan Chronicle]. The Goa police was represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, as senior KTS Tulsi was on for Tejpal [The Hindu]. The alleged victim has recorded her FIR statement in the meantime [DNA], as Goa police has requested Tejpal to appear for questioning before 3pm on Thursday [Zee Liveblog]
Cash-at-judge’s door could see SC: A CBI court allowed former Punjab & Haryana HC judge Nirmal Yadav – accused in the “cash-at-judge’s-door” scam – 2 weeks to move the Supreme Court against the P&H HC’s order dismissing her application for stay on the CBI court’s trial of the scam [IBN Live]
26/11 Taj sued in London: A British paralysed victim of the 2008 terror attacks on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, is suing the hotel in London’s high court, for failure to deploy enough security at the premises despite warnings of an imminent terror attack [Zee News]
Dainik courts sex harassment: A former employee of the Dainik Bhaskar group’s MY FM radio station with two other colleagues, has pressed on with claiming against the station’s CEO Harish Bhatia for sexual harassment and intimidation. The woman journalist has made the complaint before the National Commission for Women and the Delhi HC [The Hindu]
NOTA law: If a majority of voters exercise the recently introduced “None of the Above (NOTA)” option during polls, the election commission cannot be directed to hold fresh polls, said the Supreme Court while dismissing a PIL seeking this remedy. The SC said that it is for the legislature to suitable amend the law after seeing how voters respond to NOTA [IBN Live]
Speedy Karnataka judiciary: The Karnataka judiciary has settled over 91,000 cases in the state in the last 90 days, through Lok Adalats conducted by the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority. 83,023 of these cases were pending for adjudication in various courts across the State, 9,169 cases were at pre-litigation stage before legal services committees in various districts [The Hindu]
Nalsar student suicide committee: None of the Universities in Andhra Pradesh have implemented the Nalsar Committee’s recommendations on measures to alleviate student suicides in the state. The nine member committee hosted by Nalsar Hyderabad had recommended examination pattern and curriculum changes, suicide probe task force, student grievance cells, restorative justice centre [TOI]
26 November 2013
Anon RTIs: A Right to Information application can now also be made using only a Post Box number instead of the applicant’s name and address, the Calcutta HC has ruled [HT]
Loco Adalat: 300 benches of the National Lok Adalat on Saturday disposed of 3.44 lakh cases and disbursed a total compensation amount of Rs 39.89 crore [PTI]
Shah for LawComm: Former Delhi HC chief justice AP Shah has been appointed to succeed former SC justice DK Jain as chairman of the 20th Law Commission after Jain resigned to preside over the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission [PTI]
Bombay HC new 6: Bombay HC additional judges Abhay Mahadeo Thipsay, Justice Utkarsh Vishvanath Bakre, Justice Manoj Shivlal Sanklecha, Justice Ramesh Deokinandan Dhanuka, Justice Sunil Prabhakarrao and Justice Nitin Madhukar Jamdar have been elevated as permanent judges in that HC [PTI]
Caveat emptier: The appointment of 11 presidents and 23 members to Karnataka’s district consumer forums have been in limbo for almost three months now after a writ challenging the propriety of the procedure for their selection is pending in the Karnataka HC [TOI]
Antiquated construction of museum: The Madras HC museum is 70 per cent complete nine months into its construction. Paraphernalia includes a 1915 Mahatma Gandhi speech, pre-HC era British judgments, retrograde judge uniforms and wood pens used to write judgements in the 1900s [The Hindu]
25 November 2013
25 November 2013
A CBI court today convicted dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar for the year 2008 murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj Banjade, reported the Hindustan Times.
The couple will be sentenced tomorrow for murder (section 302 IPC), destruction of evidence (s 201) and common intent (s 34), with the husband also having been charged with misleading investigators (s 203).
Days after Aarushi’s 2008 murder, Rajesh Talwar was arrested but he was released on bail two months later after the case was handed over to the CBI. Nupur Talwar was arrested in April 2012 for ignoring orders to appear in court, and was released on bail in September 2012, according to NDTV’s timeline of the case and the WSJ’s summary of events.
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