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Jerome Merchant + Partners

Jerome Merchant + Partners, formerly known as P&C Legal, was started by Vishnu Jerome.
13 August 2015

The Metropolitan Stock Exchange of India Ltd (MSEI), formerly known as MCX Stock Exchange Ltd (MCX-SX), has raised Rs 75 crore (750 mn) by issuing equity shares to its existing shareholders, according to a [http://www.msei.in/SX-Content/Press-Release/2015/July/PR-ENGLISH-08-JUL-2015

01 July 2015


20 June 2015

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10 June 2015

Court reporter Avantika Mehta’s Biting Friends personal blog tells the story of Kishan Bahadur and other Nepali staff working in Delhi’s Patiala House district court, who have lost property (and often more), in the 25 April earthquake that levelled 90 per cent of buildings in places such as his hometown Pokhara.

His colleagues are trying to raise funds and so far have Rs 2,000 towards rebuilding a house that will cost many times that. But shockingly, neither Tis Hazari court, which has about 50 Nepalis working in it, Saket court with around 20 Nepalis, nor Patiala House Court with 18 to 20 Nepalis, have granted any of those affected compassionate leave.

Post worth reading in full, and if you “want to help Kishan and others like him, please go to the Court Staff Secretaries at the various district courts, and donate what you comfortably can to their cause”, writes Mehta.

21 February 2015

The Delhi High Court Monday exempted former Delhi University vice chancellor Deepak Pental from personal appearance in trial court Feb 28 in a plagiarism case filed against him by P. Pardha Saradhi.

Justice Sunil Gaur granted the exemption, taking into consideration the application filed by Pental to allow him not to appear before the trial court Feb 28.

Pental's counsel told the court that the allegations against him was that of plagiarism which is a bailable offence. 

Pental further contended that he has never skipped any court hearing in the plagiarism case.

On the other hand, Saradhi's counsel vehemently opposed pental's plea, saying: "Why does he not want to appear before court."

Saradhi, a professor of environment biology at Delhi University, had filed complaint against Pental accusing him of plagiarising his paper on biotechnology.

In November, the trial court had sent Pental to jail, however, the high court ordered his release later.

In his complaint filed in the trial court, Saradhi had alleged that Prasad, who used to be a Ph.D student under him, helped Pental copy the findings of his 1999 research project 'Production and characterisation of osmotic stress-tolerant transformants of Brassica juncea with bacterial code gene'.

Saradhi said he had allowed Prasad to use the findings of the result obtained in his Ph.D thesis.

He alleged that Pental subsequently engaged Prasad and started working on the same plant "Brassica (which belongs to the mustard family)", but using a different technique. 

Saradhi contended that the detailed progress report submitted by Pental on the project had "copied verbatim" a major part of the summary and conclusion of Prasad's Ph.D thesis.

On the other hand, Pental, who was also the vice-chancellor of Delhi University 2005-2010, had said an expert committee constituted to examine the complaint of plagiarism lodged by Saradhi had exonerated him in 2009.

29 October 2014

Fixed fee bids submitted by law firms to win work to document clients’ non-convertible debentures (NCDs) are now only Rs 2-3 lakh per NCD, instead Rs 4-5 lakh that law firms would have charged at the beginning of this year, reported the Economic Times citing a “mid-sized law firm” promoter, as in-house departments were increasingly able to handle part of such deals in-house and competition amongst law firms increased.

Another law firm partner told the ET that it billed around Rs 3 crore on NCDs annually.

11 September 2014

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunder Lal has declined taking congisance of the police’s charge sheet against BJP president Amit Shah for alleged hate speech in Uttar Pradesh during the election campaign there, because the police had not tried arresting Shah, or seeking warrant or attachment proceedings under section 173[2] of the CrPc before filing the charge sheet in court.

The magistrate returned the charge sheet to the police to “remove errors”, reported PTI. The police charged Shah with seeking votes on the grounds of religion, race, caste and community under section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act, and section 188 of the IPC (disobedience to order promulgated by a public servant).