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Luthra hires young ex-judge in Delhi lit as counsel

Bharat Chugh: From Delhi judiciary to LuthraBharat Chugh: From Delhi judiciary to Luthra

Luthra & Luthra has hired Bharat Chugh as a counsel in Delhi, according to its press release as reported Bar & Bench.

The 2011 Jamia Milia Islamia graduate had begun his career as an advocate at the Delhi high court and the Supreme Court until March 2013.

But in May 2013 he then started as a civil judge / metropolitan magistrate in Dwarka, Delhi, as part of under-training at the Delhi Judicial Academy, after securing first rank in the Delhi Judicial Service exam, according to his Linked-in profile.

He then joined the Delhi Tiz Hazari district court from June 2014 to February 2016 as a metropolitan magistrate, and returned to Dwarka as a metropolitan magistrate from February 2016 to August 2016.

Until December 2016 he was then a civil judge in the Delhi district courts, according to his profile.

Between 2015 and 2016 he had also completed a master of laws from Kurukshetra University, and while studying for his undergraduate in 2009 had a brief stint as a correspondent at legal magazine LegalEra.

Chugh told Legally India about his decision to move from judiciary back to private practice that he had "always been a passionate litigator".

"Judgeship is extremely fulfilling but I always used to miss the high that one gets on successfully arguing a challenging legal question, cross examining a tough witness or convincing a difficult bench," he said. 

"The last three and half years on the bench have given me an insight into civil, commercial and criminal litigation, having had the opportunity of dealing with thousands of such cases. Armed with this experience, I am really looking forward to some great litigation." 

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Like +20 Object -4 Ok 21 Dec 16, 00:30  interesting  top rated
He sold himself short. Too short.
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Like +9 Object -2 Hello 21 Dec 16, 05:03  interesting
Accha! 2011 graduate becomes a counsel in L&L, what's next!
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Like +3 Object -6 2 cents 21 Dec 16, 15:43
A former Judicial Magistrate certainly deserves more than "Senior Associate", don't you think?
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Like +2 Object -2 Hello 21 Dec 16, 21:02
Both ways to look at it. Yes, maybe he does and I am not doubting his experience, but at the same time, he has been in the profession only since 2011 and there would be other deserving people in L&L who may be senior to him and seen more court litigation - HC, SC, etc. - not just at district court level - it seems unfair from that perspective. I reckon some SAs or others in L&L may not be happy with this. But then again, just an opinion
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Like +0 Object -0 Agree 23 Dec 16, 02:00
Agree with the above
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Like +3 Object -0 Shraddhalawyerist 11 Jan 17, 11:44
He's principal associate
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Like +10 Object -1 Name1 21 Dec 16, 10:15  interesting
Paisa bolta hai
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Like +8 Object -3 advocate priya 21 Dec 16, 12:32  interesting
it is sad that judiciary failed in retaining such a brilliant legal mind. after appearing in his court many a times, i can surely say that he is one of the most intelligent and hard working judges I have ever ever across. Apart from that, he is extremely humble and polite, who is always ready to guide and help lawyers and judiciary aspirants. Well, bench;s loss is bar's gain.
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Like +22 Object -6 Business 21 Dec 16, 14:15  interesting  top rated  controversial
It is even more sad that he has joined Luthra & Luthra...
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 21 Dec 16, 12:42
since when L&L had a counsel position...perhaps a newly created position for new people.
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Like +8 Object -1 Confused Zeus Says . . 21 Dec 16, 14:46  interesting
Very impressive. He has a long career ahead. Perhaps will join the bench once again sometime in future. Here's wishing him all the best. Nice also to see LI publish "non law school" stories like this.
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Like +4 Object -0 Bihari Chai Wala 21 Dec 16, 19:19
It is always better to know the judge than law...and...even better if the judge knows his law as well !
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Like +0 Object -1 Therainmaker_2012 10 Jan 17, 16:48
He isz
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Like +3 Object -1 Vikas_rainmaker2014 10 Jan 17, 16:51
One of the sharpest trial court judges, ever. Extremely fair and hardworking. As a young counsel appearing in his court I found the experience to be extremely educative. As far as legal acumen is concerned, Bharat is far beyond his years. He will bring great insight to Luthra's litigation practice. All the best to him !
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