Jindal law school introduces electronic fingerprinting to take attendance

JGLS: CSIJindal Global Law School (JGLS) Sonepat move to take fingerprints of students for attendance has been criticised by a minority of students and faculty.

Desai & D, VNS seal Rs 40 cr Hyderabad hospital buy by Aster DM

Desai & Diwanji partner Siddharth Mody acted for Aster DM Healthcare, which invested Rs 41 crore ($6.8m) in Sri Sainatha MultiSpeciality Hospital, which owns and manages the Prime brand of hospitals in Hyderabad.

Chennai-based VNS Legal partner Shiva Shankar acted for Sri Sainath.

The Desai & Diwanji team also included senior associate Ashraf Lala, and associates Rumma Panchmatia and Ankesh Jain.

Big 5 & IndusLaw top private equity rankings by value, as AZB, ALMT did most deals

Winning: EverythingAZB & Partners came out on top of a 2014 first-half-year league table released by corporate analytics company Venture Intelligence, recording 22 deals worth more than $2bn.

Bombay judge suspended for inappropriate & offensive staring at woman

Sessions court judge MT Gaikwad has been suspended in South Mumbai after a preliminary inquiry about a complaint from a female member of the court staff complained of his “inappropriate behaviour” - in particular, by staring at her in an offensive manner, reported the PTI. The preliminary inquiry was conducted by special judge SD Tulankar, with Gaikwad now facing a departmental inquiry.

Deals in brief: Mahindra-Tsubakimoto JV | Rs 1000 cr M&A for Luthra | AMSS-S&R-CC QIP | Sotheby in India | more

Deals in BriefSome of the deals lawyers have been working on this month that we didn’t manage to cover separately.

HNLU places 30 graduates in jobs, with Chhattisgarh ministry hiring half, law firms most of the rest

HNLU RaipurHNLU Raipur placed 30 out of 81 graduates in jobs this year, with half of them joining the Chhattisgarh Law & Legislative Ministry.

Khaitan & Co closes PXV acquisition with 8 associates for ‘strong synergies’ & ‘specialist experience’

Khaitan PXV joinersKhaitan & Co has completed its acquisition of the practice and teams of three co-founding partners of PXV Law Partners.

'Gulami Bhasha': Advocate petitions SC to replace English with Hindi as judicial lingua franca

A petition in the Supreme Court pleaded for a constitutional amendment to make Hindi an official language to conduct high and apex court proceedings in.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice HL Dattu issued notice to the government about the petition that was filed by advocate Shiv Sagar Tiwari, who argued that English was a British colonial legacy and “Ghulami Bhasha” (a language of slavery), reported the PTI:

Time has now come that language of the Supreme Court should be ‘rashtra bhasha’ as defined under Article 343 of the Constitution and it has to be amended.

Sex harass investigation panel biased: Gwalior judge

The former Gwalior district judge who alleged she was sexually harassed by a high court judge who transferred her, said she would not cooperate with the panel set up to investigate her complaint until the panel is reconstituted.

The panel set up by Chief Justice of India RM Lodha to probe the allegations could not do its job while the judge she accused continued in his role because witnesses would not be able to depose freely, and one of the judges on the panel had transferred her before and could be biased, she wrote in a letter NDTV.

Her original account included reference to an inappropriate request the Madhya Pradesh high court judge had allegedly sent her via a court official.

Delhi HC upholds stay on CCI's case against CA regulator's education monopoly abuse

A Delhi high court bench of chief justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw rejected the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) appeal against a stay order in the same court by Justice Manmohan Singh, reported Mint.

Justice Singh had stayed a CCI investigation into the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), which informant and chartered accountant (CA) Arun Anandagiri alleged had abused its dominant position by not permitting anyone else to conduct continuing professional education (CPE) programmes, which the ICAI, as the profession’s regulator, has made compulsory for CAs to attend.

In dismissing the appeal and telling the CCI to fight it out in front of the single-judge bench where the case is currently listed, the bench had complained that the informant had not appealed against the stay. The CCI’s counsel, additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain, argued that the CCI investigated matters independently.

Update: The petitioner, who is the founder of tax website Tax Sutra, wrote on Twitter that he'd already filed his counter before the single high court judge.

2014-promoted Wadia G partner Gaurav Singhi leaves for JSA

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