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NUJS Kolkata

20 June 2013

NUJS Kolkata has received an internal complaint of sexual harassment from one of its vice chancellor’s (VC) staff members, against a senior employee in the registrar’s department, reports the Times of India.

The victim has reportedly alleged that she was receiving “lewd emails and objectionable proposals” from the accused for over a year, had complained to the administration and no action was taken, and has now filed a written complaint to the VC on the advice of the registrar to whom she had verbally complained.

NUJS has set up a committee comprising two senior faculty members, a senior non-teaching staff, and a teacher from Jadavpur University English department, to investigate the complaint. The accused has been suspended.

The accused told the paper yesterday that he had already resigned, and NUJS VC Ishwara Bhatt confirmed that he had received a call from the accused stating this intent, though the registrar said that he had received no resignation from the accused yet.

NUJS registrar Surajit Mukhopadhyay said:

“[…]This is the first time that such a controversy has happened in the university and we have taken very serious note of the matter. If the accused is proved guilty, strictest action according to the law of the land will be taken.”

Bhatt told the Times that NUJS would do everything to “uphold the dignity” of the complainant.

12 June 2013

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

03 June 2013

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

28 May 2013

Deplorable score: The Hindu’s V Venkatesan attacks former SC judge Cyriac Joseph’s suitability for the National Human Rights Commission based on the number of judgments authored by him being “deplorably and consistently below average”. He writes: “In the history of the Supreme Court, some judges are celebrated merely because of their salient contributions to the interpretation of the law and the Constitution, and not because they wrote more judgments than their colleagues. Yet, the number of judgments written by a judge cannot be dismissed as being irrelevant […]”

NUJS bribe hackers: NUJS Kolkata students Monalisa Saha and Sreerupa Chowdhury won a $30,000 grant from the World Justice Project for their website Bribe Hackers which encourages victims of the offence of bribery to report their complaint online so that the Bribe Hacker team can investigate it and publicise those found guilty of the offence on their site [DNA India]

Simple living, high disposal: Madras High Court justice Chandru settles more than 96,000 cases in less than seven years. The Milli Gazette lauds him for declining to have a farewell in his honour on retirement, and personally bidding a goodbye to companion judges, court staff and others by going around he court premises on his last day

Raveendran for NBSA: Former SC justice RV Raveendran succeeds late justice JS Verma in becoming the chairman of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), the self regulatory initiative of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA). Raveendran retired from the SC on 14 October 2011 [Indian Television]

Comic relief: Network 18 owned TV channel Comedy Central has been prohibited from broadcasting for 10 days starting Saturday, after an inter-ministerial committee (IMC) set up by the information and broadcasting ministry found that several of its shows carried "obscene dialogues and vulgar words," which appeared to "offend good taste." [India Today]

FDI in AI: Delhi lawyer Ankit Jain has complained to the Competition Commission against the government allowing FDI in aviation but not in Indian Airlines. “The government is pumping in thousands of crores into AI to keep it alive and yet denying it even an outside chance of getting funding, management expertise of a foreign airline that may help it turn around,” said Jain [TOI]

Unpromoted women lawyers: Former Clifford Chance lawyer Stephanie Haladner said: “said: "There is an unconscious bias that is stopping women from getting promoted in law firms. […]One other issue for women that constantly comes up is that women tend not to be as good at promoting themselves within an organisation.” [Telegraph]

15 May 2013

Time for a raise? HC judges request the CJI to increase their Rs 80,000 per month salary to an amount greater than what state chief secretaries get. They also want double the free electricity units at their residences, and to increase their retirement age from 62 to 65 [TOI]

Sibal for conciliation: Vodafone can resolve the issue of its Rs 11,200 crore tax liability in India by conciliation with the finance ministry, says new law minister Kapil Sibal. Sibal overturned his predecessor Ashwini Kumar’s decision disallowing the conciliation because it was illegal [NDTV]

NUJS internships: NUJS Kolkata signed a 5-year MoU with the department of consumer affairs for capacity building of the department by helping it with research on legal and procedural governing provisions. NUJS students will get to intern with the department and get experience of conducting court cases [TOI]

Mute trials: SC lambasts trial courts for flouting Section 309 of the Code of Criminal Procedure by granting too many adjournments in criminal cases instead of proceeding on a day-to-day basis after witness examination starts. “A trial judge cannot be a mute spectator to the trial being controlled by the parties,” said a bench of justices Dipak Misra and KS Radhakrishan [TOI]

Lawyers v police: A Madras HC lawyer asked the HC to direct the city police to take action against the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for harassing the lawyer by allegedly creating a scene outside his office for no reason [NIE]

14 May 2013

MilkroundAmarchand has emerged as the most aggressive Indian early recruiter hiring 36 fourth-year law students across 10 colleges.

10 May 2013

NUJSNUJS 4th year recruitment committee bags at least 20 jobs but keeps shtum.

02 May 2013

NUJS: Now with counsellorCollege promises formal inquiry that will not ‘suppress anything’.

24 April 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting lives NLU Delhi defeats NUJS Kolkata in finals and bags best orator prize.

04 April 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting lives NUJS Kolkata has made the last 16 at the Vis Vienna moot plus HMs.

30 March 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting livesThe MPL 4 is still up for grabs as NLU D worries NLS rank.

14 March 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting lives NUJS Kolkata has reclaimed third place from NLU Jodhpur in the Mooting Premier League (MPL) as it qualified from the ELSA WTO Asia Rounds last Friday in Taiwan, alongside Amity Law School (IP University, Delhi), which defeated Renmin University China.

02 March 2013

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting lives NUJS Kolkata’s moot court committee members Nidhi Rao & Arunima Chatterjee are liveblogging this year’s NUJS – Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) Corporate Law Moot Court Competition.

Click here to read the blow-by-blow account of 20 top law schools testing their corporate law wits.

21 January 2013

Indian Law Institute (ILI) Delhi director S Sivakumar may lose his post at ILI if his experience teaching PG courses in law, as a full time lecturer, is found wanting by the High Court (HC) of Delhi.

Delhi HC judges SK Kaul and Inderneet Kaur asked Sivakumar to furnish records of his teaching experience, within three weeks, after ILI’s executive committee validated his appointment despite right to information (RTI) replies from NUJS Kolkata and KLA Trivandrum disputing his claim that his teaching experience at those colleges made him eligible for the post at ILI.

The bench said:

This in our view is a serious matter as there may be an element of perjury either on behalf of KLA or on behalf of the director. We call upon him to file an affidavit setting out which is the date when he joined KLA and what courses he taught and for which period. [TOI]

04 January 2013

NUJS Kolkata gets socio-astro palmist Nemai Bannerjee as its latest executive committee member after a recommendation by West Bengal chief minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee for his appointment.

Bannerjee had predicted the CM’s landslide victory in the 2011 assembly elections, as well as Indira Gandhi’s assassination on 31 October 1984. [TOI]

23 October 2012

MPL 4: Where Indian mooting livesNUJS Kolkata defeated Nalsar Hyderabad and orated with panache at HNLU Raipur’s fifth Justice Hidayatullah Memorial national moot on Sunday, soaring to second spot in Mooting Premiere League (MPL) 4 standings, sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills, right behind Lachs world round winners NLSIU Bangalore.

30 September 2012

MPL4-fin-200 The fourth season of the Mooting Premier League sponsored by Herbert Smith began this month with top law schools notching up early wins this season.

25 September 2012

The latest state government nominee to NUJS Kolkata’s academic council and executive council rejected the offer of honorary appointment to the posts after his nomination generated allegations of political favouritism in the legal community at large.

It was suggested that Suvaprasanna, an artist with no legal background, was nominated because of his closeness to West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee.

The nomination was a “show of shameless favouritism”, wrote The Statesman two weeks ago.

The post was left open for nomination after the previous state government nominee former Bombay High Court judge Chittosh Mukherjee’s term on the council expired on August 23.

Suvaprasanna who was not consulted by the state government before his nomination, said:

I am already a member of the Railway Amenities Committee and a member of the heritage committee. I understand these subjects, but I don’t know anything about the legal matters and have always maintained a distance from it. So I can’t not give any advice to the institute either. [Express]

21 September 2012

NUJS Exclusive: NUJS Kolkata banned a third-year student from representing the college in external activities this academic year, after a first-year student alleged he was ragged by his senior.

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