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Delhi high court

11 May 2015

The Delhi high court Bar Association (DHCBA) has called for an extension of its strike against the Rajya Sabha passing the bill to increase lower courts’ pecuniary jurisdiction, asking for “complete abstention from work” on 12 and 13 May.

05 May 2015

The Delhi subordinate judiciary recruited at 17.5 per cent of its actual requirement this year, dipping lower than its last recorded recruitment rate, after only 2 per cent of the candidates who appeared for its final examination passed it.

29 April 2015

The Delhi high court has designated six new senior counsel today, according to two authoritative sources.

28 April 2015

The Delhi lower judicial service (DJS) exam is once again on a schedule delayed by several months after the release date for of final result in its June 2014 round remains uncertain.

26 March 2015

Hot on the heels of the government getting ready to create special fast-track commercial divisions of all high courts, Delhi high court chief justice G Rohini has decided to redesignate four benches of the Delhi high court to exclusively handle commercial disputes, of which around 20,000 are currently pending.

“According to information released by the office of the Registrar General, Delhi high court, two benches hearing matters of Original jurisdiction, and two division benches, as Commercial Appellate courts, will start functioning from Thursday,” reported the Indian Express.

“Two of these will be e-courts and will function as paperless courts. Sitting judges with the appropriate experience and expertise have already been appointed,” reported The Hindu].

According to the Express, DHCBA secretary Abhijat said it was “alarming that the decision was taken without consulting the Bar” and said that it was a “prima facie meaningless order” since the issue of jurisdiction was to be finalised by the Parliament. “The decision is at best an administrative order which can’t override or supplant a bill which is still being drafted,” he said.

26 March 2015

The Delhi high court yesterday stayed until April 27 a decision of its single judge to bring the Attorney General of India’s (AGI) office under the RTI Act.

The Times of India reported that “a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw said that the single judge’s findings “require consideration” and it will hear the appeal filed by the Centre against the ruling” that the AG is not a public authority.

25 March 2015

A Supreme Court bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and NV Ramana today stayed the 20 March Delhi high court order that restrained generic drug maker Glenmark Pharmaceuticals from manufacturing an anti-diabetes drug over which Merck allegedly held a patent, reported Mint.

Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi acted for Glenmark, with TR Andhyarujina acting for Merck. The next hearing will be on 28 April.

25 March 2015

The Delhi high court today issued notice to Delhi Aam Aadmi Party’s law minister Jitender Singh Tomar after a new petition, this time by the BJP politician Tomar had defeated in elections, that Tomar had enrolled himself as an advocate on the basis of a “false and bogus” science degree, reported Zee News.

18 March 2015

Rajiv Khosla (l.) and Abhijat Bal (r.)This week in Mint, Legally India dove into the complicated and fascinating politics of the Delhi bar.

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