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6 hours ago
As political protests were organised in Lucknow against the CLAT yesterday and the Rajasthan high court adjourned its hearing in the writ petition against the CLAT to today after the CLATs senior counsel did not appear, we take a look at where the litigation stands while the national law schools prepare to close the process in July.
In a partial breather for Nestle, the Bombay high court on Tuesday allowed the company’s Indian branch to export all varieties of its popular two-minute Maggi noodles.
The domestic restrictions, however, would continue to apply. The matter will now come up for further hearing on July 14.
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai partner Ameya Gokhale acted for Nestle with with senior counsel Iqbal Chagla.
Maggi was banned by the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on June 5 after several samples were found having lead and MSG contents beyond permissible limits.
Nestle India had challenged the ban on grounds that it was ‘unauthorised, arbitrary, unconstitutional for violating right to equality and trade’, and violative of principles of natural justice since the company was not given a proper hearing.
Madhya Pradesh district and sessions judge Jagdish Baheti has filed a petition before the Supreme Court over the Madhya Pradesh high court collegium’s decision to elevate his juniors but not him, due to a chargesheet against him alleging that he had granted defendants anticipatory bail on the basis of incorrect facts, reported the Indian Express’s Utkarsh Anand.
He has asked for the elevation process to be stayed until the close of the internal inquiry against him in the case that will be heard by Chief Justice of India (CJI) HL Dattu in July, Baheti had made the news in 2013 for concluding a rape trial in nine days, and had previously appealed before the Supreme Court the inquiry against him, which had told the high court to hear his plea where it was dismissed.
'Totally misquoted' on section 377: SCOTUS, social media 'mood' [DID NOT] nudge law minister Gowda to consider making gay sex legal [UPDATE-1]
DV Sadananda Gowda, commenting on the US Supreme Court’s national country-wide legalisation of gay marriage last week, said that the government could de-criminalise gay sex under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and might even consider gay marriage as an option.
“The mood appears to be in favour of it. But it can be done only after widespread consultations and taking all views into account,” he told the Economic Times.
Update: Gowda has told ANI News that he was "totally misquoted": "When I was asked about the judgment that was given by the US court, I said that it is not an easy task in our country. So, the people of that country might have accepted it but here it has to be widely debated. Only then can something be done. Otherwise, it is not an easy task. So, we have no idea of scrapping or doing anything about [Section] 377."
Hat-tip: @mohitsingh8 and @sayantan_b on Twitter
10 hours ago
Foreign firm entry proposal to be sent for NaMo sign-off in weeks, as proper talks begin with BCI, SILF
Commerce ministry Rajeev Kher held a press conference yesterday, saying that the government had begun talks about opening up the transactional legal services sector and India-based international arbitration, having drawn in law firm lobby group Society of Indian Law Firms (Silf) and the regulator Bar Council of India (BCI).
"Justice [Gyan Sudha] Misra, who although sat a little after the scheduled time, never compromised by rising just after half-an-hour. She was the last one to leave the court premises, be it the Supreme Court or High Court. There were absolutely no cause-lists that were not exhausted by her and no judgments that were not churned out by her,” wrote her daughter, advocate Unnati Misra, in a letter to attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, as reported by the Indian Express’s Utkarsh Anand.
She was referring to Rohatgi’s repeated attacks on now retired Supreme Court judge Justice Misra’s habit of coming late to court as a notable example of a bad appointment made by the collegium, in his argument for the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) before the Supreme Court, saying he had “run down the reputation of people who have given their sweat and blood to judicial institutions, all in the name of NJAC, are reflective of bias and based on superficiality”.
However, Unnati Misra said that her mother had been recommended for the Supreme Court in 1986 before the collegium system and she was approved by six chief justices and Chief Justices of India (CJIs) before her elevation to the apex court in 1998 as the fourth woman to ever do so. She also wrote that her Justice Misra had fought “personal battles” caring for her ill husband, who passed away shortly after her retirement.
In 2013, Justice Misra had hit back at a Times of India column arguing that judges were “ultimately human beings” and not “robots”, and that judges “cannot be expected to give an account of every single minute or else face derogatory publicity”.
4 days ago
Luthra & Luthra is acting for fast-growing RBL Bank of 183 branches, formerly called Ratnakar Bank, which aims to raise Rs 1,100 crore ($173m) via initial public offering (IPO), with AZB & Partners and Dorsey & Whitney acting for the bankers, led by Kotak Mahindra Capital Company.
AZB Mumbai partner Varoon Chandra with senior associate Lionel D’Almeida acted for the lead managers. Dorsey Hong Kong partners John Chrisman and Kenneth Kwok advised on international laws.
Luthra & Luthra Mumbai partner Manan Lahoty acted for the issuers.
Khaitan & Co Mumbai associate partner Madhur Kohli was domestic counsel for two selling shareholders, Beacon and Gpe, that together sold 13 million shares according to the Business Standard.
Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has written a letter to the Delhi high court chief justice on 18 June after having received allegations of “corruption, favouritism and nepotism” in the long-controversial Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) exam, reported the Indian Express’ Utkarsh Anand.
As reported by Legally India on 5 May, only 15 out of 659 candidates or 2 per cent passed the exam this year.
Gowda noted that allegedly Delhi high court judges’ children were very successful in the exam - two out of the 15 who passed - while the majority of other candidates failed spectacularly, as the “the Department of Justice has received many grievances alleging corruption, favouritism and nepotism in the recently concluded Delhi Judicial Services Examination, 2014”.
A petition on change.org signed by 310 supporters and aggrieved students complained that the the DJS should recruit more than just 15 candidates, as it still had 570 vacancies remaining that were unfilled.
4 days ago
As the Indian food safety regulator has just announced that it would finally draft new norms for maximum lead and other heavy-metal content in foods, Advocate Kunal Kishore explains why food regulation has been neglected for far too long.
5 days ago
In the latest hearing on the CLAT 2015 case, the High Court of Bombay on 25 June asked the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) convenor to seek clarification from its expert committee on the objections raised by the petitioner regarding 7 questions in the UG exam. The court has refused to grant any interim relief, and the next date for hearing is set for 30 June 2015.
5 days ago
Memories of a Surrender: 16 minutes in which legendary lawyers & judges remember the emergency [SPONSORED]
Since the time of its inception, myLaw.net has worked on building a video archive of memories about India's legal profession. In the process of interviewing some of our subjects - senior advocates and Supreme Court judges, we became aware of the immense shadow cast over the entire legal system by the Emergency.
25 June 2015
The Jabalpur high court on Tuesday (23 June) stayed the downgrading of at least 15 Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) candidates who were allotted NLIU Bhopal in the first allotment list under the Madhya Pradesh state domicile category, but were later assigned lower-preference colleges in the second list.
24 June 2015
24 June 2015
Anindita Mukherjee, the Nalsar Hyderabad graduate who successfully requested the university to issue her graduation certificate with the gender-neutral honourific Mx, rather than Mr or Ms, has explained her decision and the issues involved in a personal column on the website Orinam.
23 June 2015
23 June 2015
23 June 2015
The Bombay high court has stayed publication of the final allotment list of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2015, in an order passed on Saturday (20 June), noting that the CLAT convenor has not complied with an earlier direction of another high court by publishing a new allocation list.
The bail hearing of Reliance Industries in-house counsel Janhavi Gadkar, who is accused of driven while drunk and killing two men, was adjourned in the Kurla metropolitan magistrate’s court yesterday to 25 June amidst arguments between counsel.
Advocate Dimple Shah, representing Gadkar, had argued that they needed access to the treatment records Gadkar had received in hospital for a fractured hand to ascertain whether she had received the correct medical care, reported Mid Day. Her bail application would rely on the medical report, Shah told the court.
Public prosecutor Prahlad Mahajan told the defence to argue for bail immediately, rather than asking for another adjournment.
The Mumbai Mirror reported that after examination in prison by an orthopaedic surgeon on 15 June, where she complained of pain in “upper left abdomen, left hand, rib region and drowsiness”, Gadkar was taken to JJ Hospital on 17 June, where she was diagnosed with a fractured wrist without normal chest X-Ray and ECG results.
Mahajan said that the defence should file a written application asking for adjournment, and that the medical care she had received was sufficient.
The Karnataka government today moved the Supreme Court challenging the state high court's verdict acquitting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, her aide Sasikala Natrajan and two others in a case of disproportionate assets.
The Karnataka government has urged the apex court to stay the operation of the May 11 verdict.
"Pass an ex-parte ad-interim order of stay, staying the operation of impugned final judgment and order of May 11," a petition by the Karnataka government said in its prayer for interim relief.
The Karnataka government contended that the high court committed a "grave mistake" in arriving at a figure of Rs 24,17,31,274 while a total of 10 loans taken by Jayalalithaa and others and the companies they were associated with was Rs 10,67,31,274.
It is because of this "grave mistake" in the calculation that the high court erroneously concluded that the disproportionate assets were only to the extent of 8.12 percent of the income whereas it was 76.7 percent.
Contending that the reversal by the high court of the trial court verdict convicting Jayalalithaa had resulted in "miscarriage of justice", the Karnataka government said that apart from other infirmities, the "grave mistake" had led to the acquittal of Jayalalithaa and others including VN. Sudhakaran and J Elavarasi.
The Karnataka government has questioned whether Jayalalithaa's appeal against the trial court order convicting her and others was maintainable without making Karnataka a respondent.
The state has contended that because Jayalalithaa and the others did not make the Karnataka government a party to the case, it could not appoint a public prosecutor to pursue it.
The trial court in Bengaluru on Sep 27 convicted Jayalalithaa of possessing assets disproportionate to her known sources of income and awarded four jail terms and fined her Rs 100 crore.
The case dates to the period from 1991 to 1996 when Jayalalithaa was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
The Karnataka government had earlier this month decided to appeal the acquittal, after special public prosecutor BV Acharya had recommended that it was a case fit for appeal in May.
The politico’s acquittal by the Karnataka high court was widely criticised for dubious maths and reasoning.
J Sagar Associates (JSA) acted for Suprajit Engineering Limited, which bought 51 per cent of equity shares of Phoenix Lamps Limited from the Actis Group, which was advised by Platinum Partners and E&Y, followed by an open offer.
JSA Bangalore partners Murali Ananthasivan and Mary Julie John, and Delhi-based partner Amitabh Kumar acted for Suprajit, with senior associate Gautam Shahi and associate Rajashree Balasubramanian. Grant Thornton was the financial adviser to Suprajit.
Platinum Mumbai partner Gautam Bhat acted for Actis.
Both buyer and target are listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange. SEL is a supplier of cables and components to overseas and domestic customers in the automotive and non-automotive sectors. Phoenix is the largest manufacturer of automotive lamps in India and has three subsidiaries in Europe, according to a JSA release.
SEL acquired 51% equity shares in a first tranche and will complete acquisition of the remaining non-public shareholding of Phoenix in a subsequent tranche post-completion of an open offer, reported Moneycontrol.
Karvy Investor Services acted as adviser to the open offer, without the law firms advising.
A Delhi court today dismissed the bail application of Delhi's former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar in the fake degree case, saying that allegations against him were serious in nature as he is a legislator.
Dismissing the plea, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Tarun Yogesh extended his judicial custody till July 6.
Tomar has sought bail on the ground that he has to attend Delhi's assembly sessions commencing from Tuesday.
The court, while refusing bail to Tomar, said it considered "the gravity of allegation against him as a public representative being an elected MLA, who is accused for using alleged false document for getting enrolled as an advocate".
Delhi Police opposed the bail plea, with Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava contending that he is an influential person and might tamper with the evidence in the case if he will released.
Tomar's counsel and senior advocate Ramesh Gupta however said that the case is based on documentary evidence, and hence there is no possibility of influencing witnesses as well as investigation.
He contended that Tomar has become victim of tussle between the central and state governments.
The magistrate observed that as a general citizen, he observed that how the legislators using fake documents can fool the common people and opined that Supreme Court was right in introducing none of the above (NOTA) option in the voting system.
Tomar was in police custody for the past 12 days after he was arrested on June 9. Police have slapped a case of cheating, forgery and conspiracy against him. Sent to a day's judicial custody on Sunday, he was presented before court after its expiry.
22 June 2015
‘Huge opportunity’: SN Gupta opens in Doha with 3-lawyer office, one year after Singapore expansion [UPDATE-1]
Mumbai and Delhi-based firm SNG & Partners, which opened an office in Singapore one year ago and specialises in advising financial services sector clients, has opened a second overseas office in Qatar.
22 June 2015
V Arun Roy, a 2002-batch NLSIU Bangalore graduate and Tamil Nadu Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has taken charge of the Tamil Nadu-based National Law School Srirangam as acting vice chancellor (VC).
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