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Ex-Delhi Bar Association president Rajiv Khosla has won the Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) elections, according to authoritative sources on Twitter.
Advocate Dushyant K Mahant tweeted that Khosla won with 2,074 votes as against 936 votes won by DK Sharma, who was the closest contender.
Presidential candidates PV Kapur and RP Luthra won 557 and 25 votes respectively, according to Mahant’s sources.
These elections have been especially controversial with run-up conflicts for months between Khosla and other contenders, ultimately resulting in a stay of the December elections by the Supreme Court.
Bombay HC called up on unpaid Feb salaries: The Bombay high court chief secretary and registrar have been issued notices by the Goa State Human Rights Commission over non-payment of February salaries of all court staff of around 150 at the Bombay high court bench at Goa. The complaint on which the court was acting was filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues [TOI]
Kerala BC calls for boycott over earlier boycott fallout: Responding to the Bar Council of Kerala’s boycott call, lawyers in Kerala abandoned the courts to protest the alleged assault of an advocate and his physically disabled brother by the Railway Protection Force at Thiruvananthpuram. At the time of the incident, the advocates were reportedly protesting against the arrest of their colleagues for allegedly entering the Central Railway Station without a platform ticket or railway ticket [Zee News]
Allahabad lawyers agitate on HC road for colleague accident compensation: Hundreds of Allahabad high court lawyers blocked the road near the high court, for a few hours, over Wednesday’s road mishap that led to the death of their colleague. They pledged to continue with their agitation until their demand for compensation were fulfilled [TOI]
Delhi advocate MS Khan threatened by Godfather: “Delhi-based lawyer MS Khan has alleged he received threat calls and SMSes from underworld don Ravi Pujari that he and his family would be harmed if he does not disengage himself from pursuing various terror cases,” reported the [PTI]
Justice Nanavati’s son rapped for threatening opposing lawyer in open court: Retired Supreme Court justice GT Nanavati’s son and advocate Dhaval Nanavati was rapped by the Gujarat high court for threatening an opposing lawyer during court proceedings. Reportedly he told counsel, Megha Chitalia, that he would get her thrown out of the panel of assistant government pleaders. In open court the bench then questioned the basis on which he was issuing such a threat to his opponent. [TOI]
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Sr Adv Dushyant Dave writes CJI, alleges SC case 'snatching', violation of 'judicial propriety and decorum'
Senior advocate Dushyant Dave wrote to the Chief Justice of India questioning the propriety of a Supreme Court two-judge bench headed by justice CK Prasad which took away a matter listed before a three-judge bench, and decided the matter itself, reported the Times of India yesterday.
Prasad and justice Pinaki Ghose’s bench had in January passed suo motu orders tagging a Cidco golf course tender case to, allegedly, an unrelated criminal appeal it was hearing.
He said the it was “disturbing” how the hearing was “inexplicably snatched from a three-judge bench authorized to hear it”.
Dave, in his letter, said the issue raised a number of questions:
“Why was the bench headed by Justice Prasad so keen to hear the land matter in such unnatural haste in violation of judicial propriety and decorum? How did it learn of it? Could it have, suo motu, with any lawyer or party requesting its tagging, tag it? In any case, the matters were unrelated, as senior counsel C U Singh who appeared in the criminal case had informed Justice Prasad who agreed, but said the common factor was Cidco.”
The letter added, “What was the SC registry doing? Couldn't it have checked the matters were unconnected? After accepting and de-tagging it, ought not the matter to have been sent to the regular bench?”
Bombay HC mandates cinemas to offer free online booking: Bombay HC asked the state government to issue a circular asking all movie theatres and multiplexes to set up their own websites for online booking of movie tickets without a convenience charge. A government resolution had already asked all theatres and multiplexes to do so, but they had outsourced it to websites like BookMyShow, which charge a convenience charge [PTI]
Lawyers soon to apply for ‘jailed interviews’ online: Delhi HC yesterday asked the city government to provide an online application facility for lawyers to get approval from jail authorities to interview their jailed clients. The court was hearing advocate Amit Sahni’s petition against the prison Director General’s 27 February order that restricted legal interviews with inmates to once in a week [PTI]
NUJS sexual harassment guidelines for interns ready: NUJS Kolkata’s draft guidelines on protection of interns from sexual harassment is reportedly ready and awaiting the nod of its executive council to finally come into force. The guidelines allow the submission of oral or written complaints by interns to the law school’s internal complaints committee, which will get 60 days to submit its report on the complaint [Indian Express]
Patna HC sacks 4th corrupt court officer: Patna HC in a full court meeting ordered compulsory retirement of a judicial officer against whom an allegation of taking a Rs 5 lakh bribe had been confirmed in an inquiry. The officer was originally to retire in 2019. This is the fourth case of stern action by the HC against its judicial officers this year. Earlier this year, Ajay Srivastava of Jehanabad was forcibly retired. Then three judicial officers were sacked for involvement in a sex scandal, and only a few days ago the SDJM of Sherghati in Gaya district, Ram Sajan was suspended for allegedly seeking sexual favours [TOI]
Delhi HC worried by shortage of public prosecutors: Delhi HC pulled up Delhi government over shortage of public prosecutors and non payment of fees to existing government lawyers, despite the large scale creation of new court buildings. The court was reportedly “surprised” that the government listed many restrictive conditions in its advertisements for public prosecutor posts, resulting in receiving very few applications [TOI]
Safety of IT women PIL: Asks for a law to regulate the safety of women working in the software and IT industries, filed by advocate KTS Sivakumar. Sivakumar asked for regulation of women employees’ working hours and “foolproof” security measures for those women who work night shifts [PTI]
Election Commission wants paid news to be crime: Election Commission said it has proposed to the law ministry to make “paid news” a criminal offence, estimating that Rs 500 crore was currently being spent on paid news [NDTV]
RamJet accuses Kejriwal of demonic pact with Congress: Senior counsel and sometime BJP politician Ram Jethmalani tore into Arvind Kejriwal in a newspaper column after he had “expressed nothing but goodwill and support” for the activist-turned-ex-chief-minister, but had now realised that a rather complex “Faustian bargain” was made between Kejriwal and the Congress to capture potential Modi voters [New Indian Express]
Reliance Infra files defamation vs AAP: Reliance Infrastructure filed a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against the Aam Aadmi Party in late February in the Bombay high court for accusing the company of overcharging customers on purpose [The Hindu]
Delhi HC stays semi-biopic after seeing trailer: Holds that the Gulaab Gang movie, allegedly based on the life of Sampat Pal who formed a vigilante group of women in pink saris in Uttar Pradesh, would cause a “loss of reputation can not be compensated by monetary terms” and stayed release that was scheduled for Friday [IANS]
SC upholds Uphaar cinema fire convictions, passes on quantum: The Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of the cinema owner brothers but has passed onto a three-judge bench the question of how long the Gopal and Sushil Ansar should be jailed for their role in causing the death of 59 in a cinema fire in 1997 [PTI]
5 days ago
BCI to hold six-day exam for tiny handful of Indian nationals holding foreign law degrees on 24 March
The Bar Council of India (BCI) has announced the sixth Qualifying Examination for the Indian Nationals holding Foreign Law Degrees to take place between 24 and 29 March 2014 in Delhi over six exam papers [BCI notice]
Only three candidates sat for the fourth edition of the exam in 2012, with only one passing [Legally India]
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SC considers suo motu contempt action against shirtless, Sahara-ink-throwing advocate, serial protestor
The Supreme Court Justice RM Lodha has taken suo motu cognisance against advocate Manoj Sharma, who threw ink at the Sahara chief Subrata Roy on the Supreme Court premises on Monday [Economic Times]. Lodha instructed the attorney general to find out the facts of the case today. The next hearing is scheduled for 24 March, according to the Indian Express, with Sharma having to explain why he should not be booked for contempt of court.
Sharma, a self-described activist and advocate from a village near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, yesterday removed his shirt in the limelight of the TV cameras after his assault and shouted slogans against Roy, who was jailed in Tihar yesterday by the apex court.
Sharma has a history of unusual and attention-grabbing protests, having thrown a shoe at Suresh Kalmadi, who was the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief [OneIndia has a detailed timeline of his Sharma’s ‘activism’].
Update: Sharma has been sent to Tihar jail for failing to post bail, with police telling the magistrate that he is “mentally unsound” [PTI]
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Subrata Sahara grovels, inked, still jailed: Sahara chairman Subrata Roy (after an advocate bystander apparently threw ink at his face and Roy made an unconditional and grovelling apology before justices KS Radhakrishnan and JS Khehar in a packed court room) was sent to Tihar jail for a week by the Supreme Court for having failed to turn up to previous summons to explain why his company has not refunded Rs 20,000 crore to investors as had been ordered by the court [PTI]
Madras lawyers fast for Tamil as official court language: Three Madras lawyers have fasted for eight days now for their demand to make Tamil the official court language of the Madras HC. The MHAA has also planned a demonstration for today and a protest for Thursday in support of the three fasting lawyers [TOI]
Puducherry youngster progress: A welfare fund for aged lawyers, a stipend of Rs 2,000 per month for young lawyers and a new court complex will soon be set up in Puducherry [The Hindu]
Lawyers protest violently against ‘false case’ against colleague: Allahabad lawyers protested against a case filed against one of their colleagues by blockading the road near the HC and damaging a police jeep. The lawyers were demanding immediate withdrawal of the case and that no coercive measures be taken against the colleague [TOI]
Pakistan lawyers strike after terror attack causes Musharraf trial delay: After a terrorist attack in an Islamabad court that killed at least 11, including a additional sessions judge, lawyers called a boycott resulting in postponement of the treason case against former military dictator Pervez Musharraf by a day [PTI]
Delhi HC slaps railways with costs for frivolous appeals: The Delhi HC criticised the department of railways for filing “frivolous” appeals to evade coughing up due compensation, and imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on the Railways officer who had advised moving court in a case where a man was trampled inside a train bogey [The Hindu]
CS Karnan accused SC judge of connivance: Madras HC justice CS Karnan wrote to “a Supreme Court judge” who “had bemoaned the developments at the Madras high court” at a “recent function”, accusing him of heaping insults on him and “conniving” with vested interests to prevent Karnan from inaugurating a court building, reported the [New Indian Express]. The NIE had earlier reported that former Madras HC chief RK Agrawal, in his farewell speech on his elevation to the SC, had adversely commented on Karnan’s allegations, controversial episodes, and on the situation at the HC
New Chhatisgarh law comm and new TN law comm members: Former Madras HC justice T Suthanthiram, former additional secretaries in the State Law Department R Vivekanandan and R Kathirvel, and former district judges R Dayalan and R Munirathnam have been appointed to the Tamil Nadu Law Commission as full time and part time members. Chhatisgarh has meanwhile set up a law commission to review existing laws according to state conditions, for the first time since its formation out of Madhya Pradesh. Till now its law was entirely adopted from Madhya Pradesh state law [The Hindu/TOI]
New anti illegal lending law in Maha: The Maharashtra legislative assembly has passed a bill to regulate transactions of money lending in the state and do away with the five year limitation for probing illegal lending transactions [Mumbai Mirror]
SC lawyer Vineet Dhanda arrested: Supreme Court additional standing counsel for Arunachal Pradesh, Vineet Dhanda, was arrested at Vishrambaug for allegedly manhandling the police. Dhanda countered that the police hit him on the head and pushed his wife [TOI]
HSF is not renewing Singapore licence: “Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance, Latham & Watkins, Norton Rose Fulbright and White & Case have successfully renewed their Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licences in Singapore, while Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has decided not to re-apply,” reported [The Lawyer]
Bombay high court comes six judges close to its full strength today with justices Anil Menon, Chandrakant Bhadang, Vishwas Jadhav, Ananta Badar, Pukhraj Bora and Anuja Prabhudesai taking oath today to take its strength to 66, reported the Times of India.
Prabhudesai is the HC’s first woman judge this year, and also the first Goan woman ever to be elevated to the Bombay HC. Bora was a registrar in the Supreme Court between 2010 and 2012, Badar was Principal district judge in Pune, Bhadang the registrar general of the Bombay high court and Jadhav a district judge too. Only Menon comes from the bar.
Delhi high court Justice Vipin Sanghi disbanded an arbitration tribunal that had run up a bill of Rs 1.44 crore charging Rs 18 lakh as fees per hearing, reported the Times of India.
The tribunal, comprised of retired Supreme Court and high court judges, was hearing an arbitration between the government and three private firms, and was dissolved with mutual consent of both parties after the government approached the HC with the request to do so.
The tribunal had already been paid Rs 47.25 lakh towards fees. Without commenting on the fee amount the HC ordered that no further fees should be paid to this tribunal and appointed retired SC judge GS Singhvi as the sole independent arbitrator for the dispute.
In September, partners from a number of Indian law firms formed the Indian Arbitration Forum with a view to excluding the judiciary from arbitrating disputes, in part because of the exorbitant fees charged by retired judges on arbitration tribunals.
01 March 2014
The Supreme Court asked the law ministry and central government on Friday about establishing a national court of appeal to hear certain appeals from the high courts instead of the Supreme Court, after a writ petition was filed by a Kerala advocate, reported PTI.
V Vasantha Kumar from Puducherry has been pushing since November 2013 to consider the Supreme Court's 1986 suggestions to insert into the judicial hierarchy a National Court of Appeal with benches in several cities.
28 February 2014
RMLNLU Lucknow is blogging its SCC Online International Media Law Moot Court Competition live from today! Blogging has already started and will continue until Sunday (2 March). Follow the blow-by-blog account of 26 teams fighting for mooting glory.
Separate justice dept for budgetary abundance? A PIL filed in the Kerala HC by the HC’s former finance officer alleged that since the administration of justice was presently under the home department a substantial portion of budgetary allocations were being allotted to the police and jail authorities. However, maintaining that the judiciary wasn’t being discriminated against, the state government told the court that it was not feasible to have a separate adminstration of justice department for the sake of greater budgetary allocation [TOI]
SC asks TN to stay release of 4 more Rajiv Gandhi assassins: The Supreme Court followed up its earlier decision to not let the pardoned Rajiv Gandhi assassins walk, by asking the Tamil Nadu government to stay the release of four more convicts in the case [PTI] Meanwhile, in two other cases, the Madras HC warned the state goverment if it did not comply with a high court order to release other convicts, this would be contempt of court [PTI]
Subrata Roy apologises to SC for absconding, still arrested: The Lucknow police is looking for Sahara chief Subrata Roy, who is missing, but has sent an “unconditional apology” to the Supreme Court for not appearing before it this week, on the ground that his mother whom he was “emotionally attached” to is severely ill, and a request that it recall an arrest warrant against him [NDTV] He has now been arrested in Lucknow after surrending to police [Indian Express]
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