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Extra legal / Issue 82

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The Chennai writ petition against 31 foreign firms is certainly not achieving very much in pure legal terms after it was adjourned again this week of Indian independence celebrations. Manu Singhvi argued the case was politically premature, the petitioners held their positions and the BCI called for more time to get another meeting in, which is set to be held tomorrow. But the real effect is outside the court room.

With a certain hint of panic – or is it prescience? – the American Bar Association (ABA) president has now pleaded with the BCI not to make matters worse for the foreigners. Instead, he has requested that the BCI maintains the status quo - which in this case still means a ban on their practising in India of course.

Compared to foreign lawyers’ gung-ho attitude about liberalisation just a few years ago, the Chennai petition has certainly put them on the back foot again and many, not just former best friends, are visibly losing faith.

Amongst law schools a revolution is afoot in the mooting circuit after two-year-old newcomers NLU Delhi are now leading the Mooting Premier League 2 by a solid margin. It is getting tough.

Far less accurate are two leading magazine’s rankings of law schools, argue NUJS professor and students, who have followed up on their complaint against Outlook India.

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