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JSA, AZB act on Dascher’s buy of Dascher India from Indian JV partner AFL

J Sagar Associates (JSA) advised German shipping and logistics provider Dachser in acquiring 50 per cent shares of Dachser India from its local joint venture partner the AFL Group which was advised by AZB & Partners.

JSA Bombay M&A partner Sandeep Mehta, senior associate Arup Pereira and associates Punita Gupta and Adil Ladha acted for Dachser. AZB Mumbai partner Abhijit Joshi, senior associate Anand Shah and associate Navroz Vakil acted for the AFL Group.

This deal was part of a larger transaction by which Dascher acquired AFL's stake in a separate JV in Thailand and majority stake in another venture in Bangladesh, according to VC Circle.

RTI replies to be uploaded online (with applicants’ personal details)

All central ministries and departments will mandatorily upload on their website their replies to Right to Information (RTI) requests from 31 October, to comply with yesterday’s directive issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DPT), reported the Economic Times and others.

Currently the government replies to individual RTI applicants by post, either providing them the requested information in paper or in electronic form, or asking the applicant to inspect relevant documents at the government department’s premises, or rejecting the request.

Applicants often publish their RTI replies anonymously through various media channels, after redacting their own particulars. When the DPT’s directive is implemented, the particulars of the applicants may also be disclosed transparently on the ministry or departments’ websites.

RTI activists have often faced threats and reprisals.

@bhanupriyarao: Here is the circular http://t.co/0eca5k6ENt Worth writing to DoPT + NIC contacts given there

Last year the UPA government launched an online portal to file RTIs with 82 ministries and departments.

Undaunted, Kar HC green-lights Yeddyurappa prosecution over land deals

NLSIU takes 13 MPL points after bested by HNLU in BR Sawhney Moot

MPL 6: Rocking it.HNLU Raipur has won the 8th Nalsar Justice Bodh Raj Sawhney Memorial Moot Court Competition 2014, besting NLSIU Bangalore.

[Opinion] HC rewrites Constitution after Governor defies President’s authority in K’taka PSC ousting

Advocate KV Dhananjay argues that a recent decision of the Karnataka high court in one of his cases amounts to a rewriting of the Constitution of India, which is without parallel or precedent in the constitutional history of India.

Kerala bar council wants to ban lawyers from speaking to journalists

The Kerala bar council is discussing plans to ban all lawyers from talking to the media about their own cases under the anti-advertising rule 36 of the Bar Council of India (BCI) Rules, which could be implemented after a meeting soon, reported the Deccan Chronicle.

The rule states that advocates must not solicit or advertise, and “not promote himself by circulars, advertisements, touts, personal communications, interviews other than through personal relations, furnishing or inspiring newspaper comments or producing his photographs to be published in connection with cases in which he has been engaged or concerned”.

Proceedings in the Kerala high court are currently ongoing to ban open court reporting by media, while former Chief Justice of India (CJI) and current Kearala governor P Sathasivam said last week that if journalists always read judgments first, there shouldn’t be any reason to ban court reporting.

Britannia gets new GC: Phoenix Mills legal GM Sudarshan KC joins

Phoenix Mills general manager legal Sudarshan KC has joined consumer foods giant Britannia Industries as its head legal in Bangalore earlier this month.

Before joining Phoenix Mills in 2012 was deputy general manager legal at the UB Group, GM-legal at Kingfisher Airlines, and an independent practitioner between 1994 and 2007.

Man jailed under IT Act s66A for 'spreading canards' online, complains it was SC contempt

A Bangalore-based businessman was arrested and jailed by police for 21 days in April under section 66A of the IT Act for “spreading canards” about another on online forums, reported The Hindu (via Pranesh Prakash).

The businessman has filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and demanded a police inquiry that his arrest was in direct contravention of the Supreme Court guidelines that detentions under Section 66A for sending offensive messages over the internet require permission from a high-ranking police officer (inspector general in cities, or, in districts, deputy commissioners or superintendents).

Digital justice (finally?): All lower courts to upload new judgments by 6pm

All 15,000 subordinate courts will have their judgments digitised, with new judgments to be uploaded by 6pm on the day that it is handed down, law ministry sources told the Times of India.

US lawyers & activists contest NaMo's head of state immunity

TV live broadcasts Fali's SC arguments for Jaya: Bar ass'n wants contempt (+ Jonn Oliver!)

The All India Bar Association (AIBA) has has requested the Supreme Court’s secretary general to issue contempt proceedings against Tamil TV news channel, Thanthi, for apparently having broadcast live the arguments of Fali Nariman successfully arguing for J Jayalalithaa’s bail in the Supreme Court, reported the Business Standard.

AIBA chairman Adish C Aggarwala said: “It is inappropriate and contemptuous to record and telecast court proceedings. The telecast of Fali Nariman’s arguments in Jayalalithaa bail matter in the Supreme Court by Thanthi Television on October 18 is contemptuous and the Supreme Court of India should take stern action of contempt of court against all concerned who are responsible for its recording and telecast.”

Also see: Very topical John Oliver on US live Supreme Court TV reporting, via @logic on Twitter

Gautam Khaitan denied bail, as still wanted by Italians

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