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Bar, Bench & Litigation  25 January 2018

BCI cancels today’s press meet about unruly advocates due to Republic Day

The Bar Council of India (BCI) cancelled the sudden press conference that it had called unexpectedly to announce its action against advocates who “create ugly scenes in courts”.

Litigation  25 January 2018

India cuts down on death sentences by 27% since 2016 • Maha most aggressive judicial death dealer • Only Tripura against death penalty

India reversed its trend of death row population spike since last year, with a drop of nearly 27% in the number of prisoners sentenced to death by sessions courts in 2017, according to the second NLU Delhi Death Penalty Report.

Fun and games  24 January 2018

SAM commemorates 100 years of AMSS with cricket T20 in memory of Shroff parents • 7 law firms take part (but no CAM)

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (SAM) will hold the Suresh and Bharati Shroff Memorial T20 Cricket League in Siri Fort Ground Delhi from 4 February - 11 March 2018 to be played in 15 matches over six weekends, between eight teams, including seven law firms, according to a press release from the firm.

Bar, Bench & Litigation  24 January 2018

Andhra bar council: Even if the SC forced us we couldn’t hold elections here - lawyers would riot after bifurcation of state

No bar council elections will be held in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, predicted Bar Council of India (BCI) member from Andhra Pradesh N Ramchander Rao, because of the political climate in the states since the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

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Bar, Bench & Litigation  23 January 2018

What timing! BCI’s MK Mishra: ‘3 to 4 advocate’ intervenors ‘make mockery' of legal profession, will hold press conference, tackle menace

At a time when the judiciary is arguably facing its greatest internal crisis in decades, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra has struck again, noting in a letter that “the entire institution is becoming a mockery at the hands of only 3-4 such Advocates” (yes advocates!) who create “ugly scenes in the courts every day”.

Law firms  23 January 2018

Young 8-partner team managed by Nalsar ‘14 grad Sid Nayak starts 5-city firm Atharva with Moody GC, Jamia ’11 grad

Nalsar Hyderabad 2014 alumnus Siddharth Nayak, credit rating agency Moody's former general counsel Gyanendra Mishra and Jamia Milia 2011 alumnus Suresh Sharma have co-founded litigation and corporate commercial firm Atharva Legal in January 2018, as a 30-lawyer outfit across six cities to majorly act for US businesses coming into India.

Bar, Bench & Litigation  23 January 2018

BCI finally calls mid-March elections for 15 states • Assam reports no ‘fake lawyers’ found in verification • Guj counts 50k lawyers

15 state bar councils (SBCs) will go to polls between 15 March and 28 March, starting with Jharkhand and ending with eight other SBCs, according to the election schedule announced yesterday by the Bar Council of India (BCI), as reported by Live Law and by the Times of India.

SCOI Reports  23 January 2018

SC holds firm on Padmaavat ban against MP, Rajasthan, Karni Sena appeals • Rohatgi, Naik rep Viacom

The Supreme Court has dismissed all intervention applications filed by various organisations, including the Karni Sena, for intervention in the writ petition in which it had cleared the screening of the movie Padmaavat on 18 January.

SCOI Reports  22 January 2018

Blow-by-blow fireworks in the SC Loya case today: Dave vs Salve & Rohatgi • CJI vs Jaising

Judge BH Loya’s mysterious death was finally heard today for nearly an hour by the Supreme Court, under the shadow of the 12 January press conference of the Famous Four Judges, as well as Justice Arun Mishra’s equally mysterious recusal from hearing the case, after passing an order on 16 January.

Law firms  22 January 2018

Milbank hires NLS ‘04 partner Sinjini Saha from Cadwalader London + 3 to add volume to restructuring practice

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy added former Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft partner and NLSIU Bangalore 2004 alumnus Sinjini Saha in London, as reported by Legal Business.

J’accuse! An open letter to justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph
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Bar, Bench & Litigation  19 January 2018

Uttar Pradesh deletes 1.3 lakh advocates, shrinks voter list by 55% in run up to super late SBC elections

The Uttar Pradesh bar council deleted more than half of the state's enrolled advocate strength from its provisional electoral roll, which now consists of around 1.6 lakh advocates who will be eligible to vote in its upcoming bar elections.

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