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Siddharth Luthra

11 July 2013

Hot coals: Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Siddharth Luthra recused himself from acting for the Centreal Bureau of Investigations (CBI) in the Coalgate scam yesterday. CBI’s previous counsel was senior advocate Uday Lalit, who recused himself after he came under pressure for having represented mining companies owned by Naveen Jindal in the past [Zeenews]. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court slammed the government’s opaque allocation of mining rights after the CBI filed its third stats report in the case [Mint]

Bangalore dress-up: Karnataka state submits female bartender and waiter dress code proposal to high court, after petition by the Bangalore Ladies’ Working Bar and Restaurants Owners’ Association, which wants the dress code to prevent police shutting down bars on the grounds of female staff’s “indecent” dress. The proposed dress code includes full trousers and full shirt, or T-shirt with or without a blazer or a salwar kameez [Free Press Journal]

AP Shah for collegium reform: Former Delhi high court Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah calls for reform of judicial appointments to reflect merit and social diversity, but argues against the “reactionary move” of setting up a judicial appointments commission (JAC) [TOI]