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22 April 2016

Som Mandal: Happy

While the Delhi office of Fox Mandal may have seen better days, Som Mandal, its Delhi region managing partner has stood for West Bengal assembly elections in Shyampukur on a BJP ticket.

11 July 2013

A Supreme Court bench of Justices AK Patnaik and SJ Mukhopadhaya ruled that lawmakers can be disqualified if they have been convicted of a criminal offence.

The bench struck down as ultra vires section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act (RPA), which protected MPs, MLAs and other legislators in their posts if they had appealed their criminal convictions in a higher court, reported the Indian Express.

The ruling, which will not apply retrospectively to those who have already filed their criminal appeals, was made in petitions filed by Lily Thomas and the NGO Lok Prahari, which challenged a number of RPA provisions as unconstitutional.

According to disclosures made by candidates to the Election Commission, 1,460 MPs and MLAs have criminal cases pending, of which 688 were serious, reported the Express.

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28 May 2009


Incumbent Law Minister H R Bhardwaj has been dropped from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's new Cabinet in a surprise round of appointments today that could derail the process of India's judicial and legal reform.

With continuity being a prized quality in Indian political progress, it is still unclear who will get the law and justice portfolio and whether the existing course of reform will be held.

One Delhi lawyer, who preferred not to be named, said: "If he had come in, we would probably be looking at a December opening. But now that he is not and some non-descript person is slated to come in, I think it is open for speculation."