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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.

Tempus, Tatva on Cyient's $5m buy of Invati Insights in Hyderabad

Desai Diwanji partner Sumes Dewan, ex-Fox partner & others start up Delhi-Mumbai firm

vsn4qmyzDesai & Diwanji (D&D) Delhi head and corporate partner Sumes Dewan started up last week, having left the firm two months ago. His full service start-up law firm Lex Favios has offices in Bombay and Delhi, and has 15 lawyers, including him, with at least 10 years of experience working in various law firms.

UP court returns police's hate speech chargesheet against Amit Shah

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunder Lal has declined taking congisance of the police’s charge sheet against BJP president Amit Shah for alleged hate speech in Uttar Pradesh during the election campaign there, because the police had not tried arresting Shah, or seeking warrant or attachment proceedings under section 173[2] of the CrPc before filing the charge sheet in court.

The magistrate returned the charge sheet to the police to “remove errors”, reported PTI. The police charged Shah with seeking votes on the grounds of religion, race, caste and community under section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act, and section 188 of the IPC (disobedience to order promulgated by a public servant).

Special report: Nalsar’s first direct SBC elections yield first female president, as campus hotly debates new diversity constitution

ox1qe0swNalsar Hyderabad elected its first ever female Student Bar Council (SBC) president last month in the first ever direct presidential elections at the law school.

Showcase time it takes bench to write judgments, orders Madras CJ inspired by SC from 2001

Madras high court chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul has ordered that every judgment must mention on its first page, the dates on which it was reserved and pronounced, in a bid to increase transparency of and reduce the delay in pronouncing judgments, reported The Hindu.

Kaul relied on the 13-year-old Supreme Court order in Anil Rai vs State of Bihar, in which justices KT Thomas and RP Sethi said that “if the judgment, for any reason, is not pronounced within six months, any of the parties shall be entitled to moving an application before the Chief Justice with a prayer to withdraw the case and make it over to any other Bench for fresh arguments. It is open to the Chief Justice to grant the prayer or pass any other order as he deems fit”.

Kaul has directed the the high court’s registry to create a new column in judgment templates to contain those dates, and to send him a list of all judgments reserved but not pronounced.

Vijay Mallya lucky in Gujarat? HC strikes down RBI wilful defaulter director restrictions, in unrelated case [READ ORDER]

Kingfisher promoter Mallya: Probably still screwedThe Gujarat high court has struck down the part of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular governing wilful defaulter notices, which restricts all directors of wilful defaulter companies from banking services for other businesses for five years.

Teetotal Justice Anil Dave sees 'no logic' behind Kerala booze ban

In the petition against the Kerala government shutting down 730 bars, Supreme Court Justice Anil Dave said: “There is no logic. What do you mean sub-standard [bars should be shut]? I am a teetotaller, but even I see no logic... how do you distinguish here?”

The policy that is set to come into force on 12 September, bans liquor sales at 730 supposedly “sub-standard” bars but not at toddy shops and five star hotels, complained a number of senior advocates who appeared for Kerala bar owners, reported The Hindu.

“What are they trying to attain? Prohibition? Five-star hotels, toddy shops will all function... only certain establishments will be cut off,” argued senior advocate Aryama Sundaram, while senior counsel Rajiv Dhavan argued that bars’ licences should not be cancelled prematurely and should continue in their normal duration, until 31 March 2015.

Senior counsel Kapil Sibal countered for the state that selling liquor was not a fundamental right, that the ban was a policy decision, and that bar licences could be cancelled any time by the state. The Supreme Court will hear further arguments tomorrow.

Case of the week: Ban 'Finding Fanny' because 'vulgar' word pollutes kids' minds [Update: DISMISSED]

A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Delhi high court yesterday seeking a ban of the word “fanny” from promotional materials for, and songs, title and dialogue in the Bollywood film Finding Fanny, because of the “vulgar word ‘fanny’”, reported IANS.

The petition filed by Nandini Tiwari and the NGO Jai Jagriti Foundation, represented by advocate Abhishek Krishna, also questions the UA certificate given to the Deepika Padukone starrer, which they argue would pollute childrens’ minds because the dictionary definition of “fanny” was highly sexually explicit. It is set to be heard today before chief justice G Rohini and Justice RS Endlaw.

An online dictionary defines fanny as either slang for “the buttocks” in the US or Canada, or “the female genitals” in the UK.

Update: The Delhi high court has refused to hear the petition, reported Zee and others.

NUJS registrar appeals against suspension in Cal HC

Ex in-house lawyer starts ‘one of first’ corporate law firms in Goa

The former legal general manager of Advanta India, Ameya Salatry, has started a real estate, contracts, corporate, transactional, banking, business finance, licensing and intellectual property law firm in Panjim, Goa, according to Bar & Bench.

The firm, called Legal Minds LLP, was started in April 2014, according to the 2001-ILS Pune graduate’s Linked-in profile. It was also “one of the first legal firms of its kind in Goa”, Salatry told Bar & Bench, with lawyers and “corporate affairs professionals” on an “affiliation basis” in Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

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