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NLSIU Bangalore

NLSIU Bengaluru is India's first national law university.
16 December 2013

Rajasthan HC judge accused of locking up daughter over ‘wrong’ caste boyfriend
Rajasthan high court Justice Raghvendra Singh Rathore has allegedly locked his 30-year-old daughter up at home to stop her marrying a man from another caste, who has now filed a Supreme Court petition against the illegal detention [IBN Live] Update: The Supreme Court has ordered the release of the daughter. “She is a major and has the liberty to make her choice in marriage,” said Justices HL Dattu and C Nagappan [AFP]

TN bar council locks horns with BCI over upper age-limit for LLBs
TN bar council Although the Bar Council of India (BCI) has abolished the controversial upper age limit of 35 years for students taking law degrees, the Tamil Nadu bar council has retained the age ceiling, and reinforced it in a resolution on Saturday (14 December). The conflict has left thousands of students in the state, who enrolled in law courses between 2008 and 2011, in limbo, said the BCI, which is looking into the matter [TOI]

CJI: Bench must understand new phenomenon of frivolous litigation
CJI Sathasivam said that long-pending mercy petitions and other frivolous litigations are a new challenged that the bench must learn to understand in order to tackle effectively [The Hindu]

NLS safe but BU campus isn’t one year after rape
NLSIU Bangalore campus now safe after curfew and more guards, one year after the rape of a student near the adjoining Bangalore University campus, where ‘fear still stalks varsity students’, reported the New Indian Express

Delhi HC confirmation of gang rape verdict likely in Jan
The Delhi high court’s verdict on whether the death sentence of the four rapists convicted in the December 2011 Delhi gang rape will likely be delivered in January [IANS]

18 November 2013

MPL5-HSF-logo-400NLIU Bhopal and NLSIU Bangalore made it to the world rounds of the 18th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

05 November 2013

Lawyer myths: NLSIU Bangalore grad and Singapore’s Nanyang Tech B-school lecturer Krishna Udayasankar has penned down a mythological trilogy – the Aryavarta Chronicles. Interview by [Bangalore Mirror]

TOI didn’t defame: The Times of India is off the hook for criminal defamation after the Madras HC dismissed the Tamil Nadu government’s case against the paper for a 28 March news item exposing an irregular public auction. “The court taking cognizance of a complaint against the press must follow due diligence. Before taking a prima facie view, the news item should be analysed and an attempt should be made at least to indicate the basic reasons, which would attract the offence of defamation and as to whether the news item made a reference to the government or minister with an intention to defame or tarnish the image,” said the HC judge [TOI]

SC Tarun Chatterjee to UP HRC: Former Supreme Court justice Tarun Chatterjee has been appointed as the UP state human rights commission’s chairman [Jagran Post]

Dec 16 rape confirmation: The Delhi HC has begun confirmation hearings for the death sentence reference by the Saket trial court in the 16 December Delhi gang rape case [PTI]

Law school paycheques: ET reports breathlessly that national law schools have broken the business consultancy glass ceiling with Bain Capital creating its first legal position after hiring from NLSIU Bangalore this year – also the campus from where McKinsey and Deutsche Bank have made an offer each so far. At Nalsar Hyderabad, between 25 2014 graduates hired so far the average salary is, reportedly, Rs 14.5 lakh per annum, while the highest international pay package is 40,000 pounds. The average salary at NUJS Kolkata is Rs 9 lakh per annum – marginally up from last year

28 October 2013

Yadav: Oxford boundThe prestigious Rhodes scholarship this year was won by NLSIU Bangalore graduate Raag Yadav and NUJS Kolkata alumnus Amba Kak, alongside three non-lawyers.

21 October 2013

MPL5-HSF-logo-200 The mooting bonanza weekend starting 17 October and ending yesterday saw 17 law schools creating a flutter in the season 5 rankings.

04 October 2013

Partner promotions across Big Six since 2009: NLSIU rules the roostNLSIU Bangalore, Delhi University (DU), GLC Mumbai and ILS Pune have given India’s biggest law firms more than three times as many partners than most other younger law schools since 2009.

11 September 2013

8th alleged NLS rapist caught: The eighth accused in the rape of an NLSIU Bangalore student in October 2012, who was absconding till the sentencing of six convicts in the case three days ago, has been caught [TOI]

02 August 2013

CCI vegetates fair markets: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) will examine agriculture markets to ensure that there is no cartelisation or unfair play in the determination of vegetable prices, since prices are soaring despite their tendency to ease during the monsoon season. In 2011, the CCI had looked into the pricing pattern in the onion markets [HT]

New DoJ secretary: The ministry of law and justice’ department of justice has a new secretary in 1979-batch IAS officer Anita Kaul, taking over from previous secretary DK Sikri who retired yesterday. The Department of Justice appoints and transfers Supreme Court and high courts judges in the country [ANI]

Juvenile homecoming: The [NYT India Ink blog] took a tour of Delhi’s juvenile justice homes to find slow bureaucratic approval for security facilities, lack of trained staff, terrible working conditions, and the general map of these spaces

Fundamental Facebooking rights: Facebook has argued that right to social media is an extension of the UN Human Rights Council-declared fundamental right to the internet, and a ban on minors’ use of social media limits freedom of speech and expression [TOI]

NLSIU Kranti: Bangalore students form a student political organisation Kranti “to resurrect the culture of protest”, reports [DNA]

13 July 2013

NandimathNLSIU Bangalore appointed associate professor Dr OV Nandimath as its new registrar on Thursday, to succeed former registrar Prof V Nagaraj who was appointed as NLUO Cuttack’s vice chancellor (VC) on 4 March.

10 July 2013


NLSIU Bangalore side-stepped Right to Information (RTI) requests on grades, cheating & faculty.

05 July 2013

Due indiligence: GLC Mumbai and New College Mumbai students could miss the 25 July Bar Exam because their law schools have not yet paid the Bar Council of India affiliation fee. GLC fixing problem at the moment… [Mumbai Mirror / Bar & Bench]

Judicial eviction: According to SC guidelines framed today, judges (and other high officials) will have to vacate their government accommodations within a month, or at most two months, from their retirement or they will be evicted with three months’ notice. They are also not allowed to leave behind “memorials” constructed on the accommodation premises [PTI]

Smart bars: The Kerala High Court Advocates Association has released an Android App called Kerala High Court Case Status. The application displays the court status of all the courts inside the Kerala HC on smart phones [Live Law/App]

Cash-for-judges scam proceeds: The SC has given the trial court a go-ahead to prosecute former Punjab & Haryana high court judge Nirmal Yadav in the cash-at-judges-door scam. Rs 15 lakh were delivered at the residence of P&H HC Justice Nirmaljit Kaur on 13 August 13 2008, following which she reported the matter to the Chandigarh Police. The money, allegedly meant for Yadav, was said to have been delivered to Kaur due to confusion over their names [Zee News]

NLSIU rape trial: The 13 October NLSIU Bangalore student’s rape will now be tried in-camera, every day, with 44 witnesses to be examined. The victim has discontinued her education at the law school and returned to her hometown [NIE]

Fresh bucks: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has posted revenue increase of 7.2 per cent since last year to £1.221bn – the largest rise among all UK Magic Circle firms where revenues were stagnant [The Lawyer]

24 June 2013

Ramlu wants moolah: RMLNLU Lucknow on Saturday decided to raise its fees from the current Rs 80,000 per year to an, as yet, undecided amount, which “will be at par with other national law schools”. However, “the university will consider the financial status of students who come from UP before finalising the fees”, according to university sources [TOI]

CCI short staffed: The Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) director general AK Chauhan has asked for direct recruits for his office up to at least 25 per cent of the CCI’s total employees, after being faced with a manpower crunch. [ET]

Inadequate drug tests: Serial PIL filer, who started a PIL against Ranbaxy in the Supreme Court this month, has argued that the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) suffers from inadequate infrastructure and staff shortages, causing new drugs to be approved for the Indian market by short-circuiting testing (and in some cases not testing them at all on Indian patients) [BS]

Outlook ranks NLS: Outlook India magazine ranked NLSIU Bangalore as India’s “best” law college, ahead of Nalsar Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal, NUJS Kolkata, ILS Pune and NLU Jodhpur, Symbiosis Pune, GNLU Gandhinagar. Ninth was Amity Delhi, followed by New Law College Pune BVDU, Jamia Islamia Delhi, VHU Varanasi, MS Ramaiah Bangalore, Osmania University Hyderabad and Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies [Ranking, via Bar & Bench]. Rival weekly India Today ranked Nalsar Hyderabad as India’s “best” law school last week. Legally India has reduced coverage of third party law school rankings since last year.

13 June 2013

The 21-year old NLSIU Bangalore student who was allegedly raped near the law school’s campus by eight men in October has discontinued her studies at NLSIU and returned to her native city, according to the New Indian Express.

Dr H Chandrashekar, the Bangalore Medical College’s head of department of psychiatry, was treating her. He told the paper that she had very severe trauma and post traumatic stress disorder and could also have been “under pressure from parents or peers to discontinue and go back”.

The paper also reported that Judge K B Sangannanavar at the Additional City Civil & Sessions Court has begun trying the six accused — Ramu, Doddairayya, Shivanna, Maddura, Yeleyayya and Irayya of Ramangaram and Mattaradodigudda on Wednesday, exactly six months after the incident. The trial of the juvenile also started at the Juvenile Justice Court on June 6.

12 June 2013

CLAT preferencesAt least 50 CLAT 2013 candidates were reshuffled to different colleges two weeks after the first results were first released.

11 June 2013

Publicity interest litigation? SC judges GS Misra and Madan Lokur told Ranbaxy PIL petitioner advocate ML Sharma, who had prayed for cancellation of its licence for allegedly selling spurious drugs, this his allegations were “unfounded”. The judges told Sharma: “Do some serious research on it and only then, we will see it. You are taking a very serious issue and we should not entertain it just because of its publicity value.” [PTI]

NLS rape trial: Trial in the October 2012 rape of an NLSIU Bangalore student is starting tomorrow (12 June), reports the New Indian Express, thoughtfully reminding readers that it was a “sensational gang rape case” with “eerie parallels to the Delhi gang-rape case”.

Striking lawyers: The Tamil Nadu Advocates Association today boycotted proceedings in the Madras HC to press its demand for the dismissal of the state police chief after he refused to register their complaint against the Kanyakumari district police for attacking lawyers. [PTI]

Creative lobby lawyers? Visiting Harvard Law School researcher Bhargavi Zaveri analyses the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Bill, which seeks to regulate political lobbying in India where lobbyists often “creatively couch themselves as political aides, public relations officers and advocates for policy change”. Also, he asks, would the Bar Council of India permit lawyers to engage in lobbying practice? [EPW]

Advocates sexiest (too)? The UK’s GQ magazine has ranked criminal barristers (but not solicitors) as having the seventh-sexiest job in the world. “These are proper lawyers,” writes celeb journo and Guardian columnist Victoria Coren, who ‘compiled’ the rankings for the July edition of the magazine. “They wear wigs and gowns, which is pleasingly kinky. And they're constantly resentful that they don't make enough money. All women know that a combination of adrenaline, resentment and strange costumes can make for a truly enjoyable weekend.” [Legal Cheek]

10 June 2013

NLSIU Bangalore first-year student Chirayu Jain sued Hindustan Pencils for alleged racism by labelling their peachy pink-coloured crayon as “skin” coloured in the crayons box set, which the company sells under the brand Colorama, reported the Hindu.

Jain has filed in the Bangalore Urban Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum for compensation of Rs 10 lakh, including Rs 1 lakh for hurting his sentiments and Rs 9 lakh to the Consumer Welfare Fund, from the owner of the Nataraj and Apsara stationery brands. He told the paper: “I have been researching the issue of skin colour and the resultant differentiation for over a year now. It is in the course of my study that I stumbled upon this extremely offensive product.”

03 June 2013

Clat preferences Nuals Kochi drops behind RMLNLU Lucknow and CNLU Patna but seven oldest national law schools stay top.