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RMLNLU student’s custodial death | Law min to add 4 ASG posts | Ex-Singhania joins Kochhar projects | Delhi & Madras lawyers strike | SEBI opens in Jaipur | NLUO new campus

RMLNLU Lucknow student Satnam Singh Mann dies three days into judicial custody after he was arrested from a religious mutt in Kerala on 2 August 2012. Mann was charged with attempt to murder after a police official allegedly suffered injuries while trying to block Mann from “creating panic” at the Mata Amritanandamayi mutt. He was remanded to 14 days in judicial custody but on showing signs of mental disturbance, he was shifted out, first to a local mental asylum, and then to an asylum in a different district, where he died on Saturday night. The police registered a case of unnatural death.
However, the two asylums gave contradictory statements about the presence of injury marks on Mann’s body. Mann’s brother maintains that his body was injury-less when he was in judicial custody, but Mann’s dead body in the asylum was covered with injury marks. A magisterial inquiry suggested that the 30 injury marks on Mann’s body indicated torture by hand, as well as wood or iron rods. Kerala BJP called for a “high level probe” to be started to look into the “mysterious death” of Mann who hailed from Bihar [Daily Pioneer / Facebook page Justice for Satnam]

Law ministry plans to add four more ASG posts to the present 14, by creating two posts in the SC, one in the northern region and another one in the southern region. Out of the 14 present posts, two are vacant. One is in Chennai- the Chennai ASG is in charge of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala HCs. The other vacant post is in Lucknow - Lucknow ASG is in charge of Allahbad HC and its Lucknow bench [IBN Live]

Three-year-old NLUO Cuttack shifts base from Chahata to Naraj, in a new 60-acre campus [TOI]

Former Singhania & Partners partner Bidan Chandran joins Kochhar & Co Mumbai’s banking and project finance practice, after three years at Singhania & Partners and four years at Singhania & Co [Bar & Bench]

Delhi district court lawyers from Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Karkardooma, Rohini, Saket and Dwarka boycott courts protesting against the over-10-fold hike in court fee, which Delhi CM Shiela Dikshit justifies as coming in accordance with Delhi HC’s instructions, and only 55 years since the last revision [PTI]

Madras HC lawyers boycott courts in protest against the HC’s order suspending president of Madurai bench of Madras HC from practicing in any court for two years. The lawyers also burnt copies of the “suspension order” and chanted slogans condemning the Bar Council which had taken the action. Advocate W Peter Ramesh Kumar faced the order after an enquiry in a September 2010 reference made by the court’s registrar against Kumar, for making “baseless allegations” while conducting a case [The Hindu]

Regulator decentralisation: SEBI sets up new office at Jaipur, Rajasthan for benefit of local investors. Jaipur office comes under Ahmedabad office’s administrative control. In July last year, Sebi board had also decided to open a new Western Regional Office at Mumbai and three local offices at Hyderabad, Guwahati and Lucknow [Business Standard]

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