Amarchand PA Ajay Joseph takes Lakshmikumaran partnership

Amarchand Mangaldas principal associate Ajay Joseph has joined Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan as a corporate partner in Mumbai.

After graduating from Symbiosis Pune and a postgraduate at the University of Durham, Joseph worked at FoxMandal Little for around two years, Khaitan & Co for four years, and Amarchand Mumbai from 2012.

He could not be reached for comment since yesterday.

Centre for PIL top lawyers brave SC order, decide to guard whistleblower's identity

The NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), represented by advocate Prashant Bhushan, today declined to name the whistleblower who disclosed the alleged interference by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ranjit Sinha in the 2G investigation and prosecution after meeting the accused in the 2G and coal scam cases.

The CPIL, in its affidavit filed Thursday, said that its governing body in its meeting Sep 17 decided not to reveal the identity of the whistleblower who took off the lid on the alleged interference in 2G matters by the CBI director. The NGO’s governing body consists of advocates Anil Divan, Colin Gonsalves, Shanti Bhushan, Kamal Jaswal, Kamini Jaiswal and Prashant Bhushan, reported *Mint].

The NGO said this in response to the Sep 15 order of justices HL Dattu and SA BobdeRead more at: , who, citing the Supreme Court Rules 2013, had asked the NGO to disclose the identity of the whistleblower who gave it the information on the basis of which the averments and allegations were made against the CBI director. [Source]

Even Rajinikanth needs affidavit sometimes: Read his ex-parte stay plea v Bollywood movie stealing his image, caricature, style

RajinikanthTamil movie legend Rajinikanth, also less well known as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad, has filed a petition and managed a stay of the Bollywood movie Main Hoon Rajinikanth.

BJP politician Lalitha Kumaramangalam becomes new NCW chief

BJP politician and the party’s former national secretary Lalitha Kumaramangalam was Wednesday appointed as the new chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW), replacing pervious chairperson Mamta Sharma.

The announcement was made by union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi at a press conference on the completion of 100 days of her ministry here.

Background: An interview with Kumaramangalam from 2001 and from 2004, both on Rediff.

Should (alleged?) Nithari killer Surendra Koli have more days in court? lists nine, mostly compelling, reasons for why convicted serial murdered Surendra Koli should not be hanged, including a lack of evidence, his apparent psychopathy, iffy confession and oher circumstances. Worth a read, at

Senior counsel Indira Jaising had obtained a stay on Koli’s execution in the early hours of Monday, 7 September morning, from Supreme Court Justice HL Dattu. The Supreme Court has now stayed his execution until the end of October.

Responding to Delhi high court e-rickshaw bans, government steps up to regulate

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari Monday said the government will soon come up with a law and allow running of e-rickshaws in Delhi.

Addressing reporters here on the completion of his 100 days in the ministry, Gadkari said his ministry Monday brought a draft notification concerning the plying of e-rickshaws in the national capital.

He said the draft notification will be on the ministry’s website for the next 10 days.

He said soon his ministry “will make the relevant law and e-rickshaws will start plying again”.

The Delhi High Court last week said the ban on plying of “illegal” e-rickshaws in Delhi would continue till the law is amended to bring them under the ambit of the Motor Vehicles Act, adding that “what is prohibited by law is not permitted in action”.

Former ASG Gourab Banerji to join old friends at Essex Court as overseas barrister, says India's losing work to Singapore & Hong Kong

flbrngylSenior Advocate and former Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG) Gourab Banerji will be joining London’s Essex Court Chambers as an overseas associate on 1 October.

Delhi HC sets aside Ashok Chavan paid news show cause

Koli death penalty postponed till October-end

The Supreme Court Friday extended its order putting on hold the execution of the death sentence of Nithari killer Surendra Koli till Oct 29.

While extending the stay, an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice-designate Justice H.L. Dattu asked the senior counsel to place before them in bullet points the grounds on which Koli is seeking a review of the judgement confirming his death sentence by the top court.

The court will hear Koli’s review petition Oct 28.

Late on Sunda night senior counsel Indira Jaising had obtained the first stay of execution that was scheduled for Monday, in order to hear an oral review of his judgment.

More background at The Hindu.


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