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Litigant molested at Delhi HC, files outraging modesty case

A woman has allegedly been molested inside a Delhi high court room while she was accompanied by her father and lawyer.

An unnamed man allegedly first stared at her in the court's lobby, later stood beside her and put his hand on her shoulder, and then touched her inappropriately on 5 March. CCTV footage is being examined. [Times of India]

SC affirms right of CAG to look at private TelCo accounts to unearth tax dodging

A Supreme Court bench of Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Vikramjit Sen modified a Delhi high court order giving the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) power to do a statutory or special audit of private telecom companies accounts.

Instead, the bench decided that the CAG should have the right to scrutinise the accounts of private telecoms companies to make sure that the government was getting "legitimate share" from the Telcos' use of natural resources such as spectrum.

The case began in 2009 when the CAG looked into the books of Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. [Financial Express]

NSE drags intermediary giant GoDaddy to Bombay HC for hosting allegedly infringing content

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has alleged that Hyderabad-based firm Manshi Systems has been selling customers access to a subscription-only NSE service. The stock exchange has now started proceedings in the Bombay high court against the firm and, significantly, also against the Indian subsidiary of the firm's web hosting company GoDaddy, which is the world's largest domain name registrar.

The NSE is represented by Krishna and Saurastri Associates partner Manish Saurastri. Cyber lawyer Pavan Duggal told Mint that under the IT Act, intermediaries, such as GoDaddy, would have to prove in court that they had exercised due diligence against copyright infringement.

The story did not specify whether GoDaddy, which apparently manages 57m domain names, received and ignored any takedown requests from the NSE before the court case, or whether it otherwise failed to be diligent in spotting the allegedly infringing service. [Mint]

[Read judgment] SC undoes some damage: Makes ‘third gender’ recognition mandatory for government

The Supreme Court has ruled that all government departments must recognise a third gender, and not discriminate against transgender people in the provision of services.

Next BCI chairman likely to be Rajasthan member Biri Singh Sinsinwar

SinsinwarRajasthan bar council member Biri Singh Sinsinwar, is likely to be appointed as Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman following the expiry of the term of Manan Kumar Mishra on 17 April.

Stranger than fiction: Delhi HC can’t force man to ‘lock his zip’ in writ over public urination on Gods

Public urinationThe Delhi high court has disposed of a writ petition seeking to get deities’ portraits removed from a building walls because men were urinating against them.

Fali Nariman: 'Apprehensive' about Modi, Manmohan = failed; likes Sathasivam, doesn't like Lokpal, panchayats

A few days ago the Financial Express did a long interview with senior advocate and former parliamentarian Fali Nariman.

The chat covers a dozen topics, including Nariman's fear of modern Hinduism's intolerance, how a Narendra Modi prime minister would affect the courts and constitution, judicial reforms, Lokpal and more. Well worth a read. [Financial Express] [via @AparatBar on Twitter]

How Indian Supreme Court clerkships inadvertently became cool (and everything else you ever wanted to know)

They used to be one of the last resorts in law students' career ambitions. But SC judicial clerkships have become fashionable.

PETA wins in Bombay HC to release tortured elephant

NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has won its nearly two-year legal battle to move an elephant, named Sunder, to a sanctuary in Bangalore, after shooting video footage of Sunder having been beaten, chained and abused by his keeper at a temple.

Senior counsel Shiraz Rustomjee and advocate Rohan Rajadyaksha, instructed by K Ashar & Co Advocates & Solicitors appeared for PETA. [Economic Times]

1.7m lawyers must support Narendra Modi: Outgoing BCI chairman Mishra

BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said that he supported Narendra Modi’s bid to become India’s next PM.

SC Advocate-on-Record exams announced for 3-6 June

The Supreme Court has uploaded the notification of the next AOR exam, which will be held on 3, 4, 5 and 6 June 2014. Details in ,%202014.pdf the [Notice]

Journalist @SellingViolets in 4-hour, 100+ live tweet marathon on #Shaktimills rape sentencing [Update: death for 3]

India Today senior editor Gayatri Jayaraman has been live-tweeting diligently from the Mumbai sessions court in the Shakti Mills gang rape sentencing hearing today, at which the judge will decide whether the accused will get the death sentence.

SCBA starts job board experiment to hook up juniors and seniors

Supreme Court: Changing of the guardThe Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has attempted to simplify the process of hiring chamber juniors for senior advocates, by maintaining a register in one of the SC’s libraries.

SC U-turns, withdraws Oz arbitrator in Reliance-Gov dispute because too much Ambani #win

Supreme Court Justice SS Nijjar, who on Monday appointed a former Australian Supreme Court judge as the chief of three arbitrators to settle a $1.8bn dispute between Reliance Industries and the government, has withdrawn the suggestion.

The problem, said Nijjar, agreeing with objections from the government, was that James Spigelman's name was on a list of preferred arbitrators that had been prepared by Reliance, holding: "Although two lists have been duly supplied by the learned counsel for the parties, I am of the opinion, in the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case, it would be appropriate if an individual not named by any of the parties is appointed as the third arbitrator. I have discretely conducted a survey to find a suitable third arbitrator who is not a national of any of the parties involved in the dispute." [PTI] [Original appointment of 31 March]

SC orders Samsung top boss to surrender to Indian justice over cheating charges

The Supreme Court has ordered septuagenarian Lee Kun-Hee, the billionaire chairman of Korean electronics giant Samsung, to surrender before a Ghaziabad court within six weeks to answer to charges in $1.4m cheating case relating to a supply of goods between Samsung Dubai and another company in 2002.

The Ghaziabad trial court had issued a non-bailable warrant in 2012, with relief for the Samsung boss rejected in an Allahabad high court and subsequent Supreme Court appeal. [NDTV] [Supreme Court appeal judgment (PDF)]

National Green Tribunal (NGT) calls for six-month grad clerks, unpaid student interns

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has published a call for interns. Law clerks should be graduates from a recognised university and will be paid Rs 25,000 per month, while law interns will be students pursuing a law degree who "would not be paid any remuneration and shall be exposed to the learning experience in the field of environment issues and shall be awarded Merit Certificate at the conclusion of the internship".

Law clerks or interns will have to work for at least six months to get issued the certificate, but their posting can be terminated at any time without notice or reason, according to the invitation. "Any ethical breach" by an intern or clerk would be "viewed seriously and will entitle [sic] the Law Clerk / Law Intern from receiving the certificate", with breaches, "if it becomes necessary", being "reposted to the Bar Council" if they are enrolled.

Clerks or interns will not be able to appear before the bench to whom they are attached for one year after concluding their tenure. The NGT has two currently active benches with former Supreme Court judge Swatanter Kumar as chairman. [Notification with job description]

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