A Supreme Court bench of justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Ashok Bhushan, last week, on 20 October, extended the deadline for submission of applications for the verification process of lawyers to 30 November 2016, making it clear that it would sanction no further delays.

ICCA proposal of a 8-week, 8-meeting roadmap to hammer out liberalisationThe Indian Corporate Counsels Association (ICCA) has proposed eight weekly meetings between various stakeholders in the legal services liberalisation discussion, in order to prepare a status report on the points of consensus and disagreement between them.

The Cauvery dispute is the most intractable of all the river water disputes, did you say? Think again.

It was a series of surprises wrapped in an enigma, so to speak. In the end, the King of Surprises, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, pretty much proved to those who assembled in Court 5 of the Supreme Court on 17 October that no one could beat him in the game of springing surprises.

As SC pushes for rethinking BCI's role, BCI seizes day to float reforms, increase control over professionThe Bar Council of India (BCI) has proposed to tighten its control over the legal profession by assuming more than a dozen new functions, statutorily recognising bar associations, formulating new governing rules for law firms and foreign lawyers, and enacting more stringent standards of professional qualification and conduct.

The Cauvery climax, which was originally scheduled for 6 October, unraveled itself yesterday.

The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) website was hacked yesterday, for the second time since March 2013. The hack was ostensibly in revenge against the Indian army’s recent “surgical strikes” operation, according to a message on the environment regulator’s website.

The Supreme Court today told the Bar Council of India (BCI) that state bar councils should hold elections, even if the BCI’s verification drive had not yet been completed, ordering the BCI to frame guidelines to conduct elections and relax its certificate or practice rules if required to allow elections, reported Bar & Bench.

The Hindu newspaper yesterday successfully persuaded the SC to change its mind for the second time in the same case.

6 October is likely to be the climax in the ongoing Cauvery hearing in the Supreme Court, if one were to interpret today’s outcome in Court No 4 in the afternoon.

A Supreme Court bench of justices JS Khehar and Dipak Misra today disposed of three writ petitions challenging President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, which was imposed on 26 January, as infructuous.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested senior Tis Hazari judge Rachna Tiwari Lakha while accepting a Rs 4 lakh bribe from an advocate in a case she was hearing, according to CBI sources as reported by PTI.

So, how did today’s much expected hearing on the Cauvery case go in the Supreme Court?

ywb32lwmThe posts of chairman, secretary and Bar Council of India (BCI) member at the Punjab and Haryana bar council (PHBC) remain ambiguously occupied after turf wars resulted in a police complaint, an allegedly forged resignation letter, rebukes and intervention by the BCI, an allegedly improper election and allegations of goons attacking the state bar council office.

At an NUJS Kolkata executive committee meeting today (24 September), the term of vice chancellor (VC) Ishwara Bhat was extended for five years, according to several authoritative sources.

Gujarat high court advocates Tirth Bhatt, Nimit Shukla and Sairica Raju acting for four gamers and gaming enthusiasts have asked to intervene in the public interest litigation against augmented virtual reality game Pokemon Go, which is being heard in the Gujarat high court. Bhatt and Shukla are GNLU Gandhinagar alumni.

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