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A 1st, 2nd & 3rd in judgeships: Collegium tips Dua partner Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, NLS grads Chinnadorai Saravanan, Sunil Dutt Yadav for elevation [UPDATE-1]

The Supreme Court collegium has recommended to the Madras high court bench who would probably be the first of a modern Indian law firm’s partners, as well as the second-ever NLSIU Bangalore graduate.

Update 16:36: We have learned that a third NLSIU Bangalore graduate, Siddappa Sunil Dutt Yadav, has also been recommended by the collegium to become a judge at the Karnataka high court with four others, according to the collegium’s minutes. Yadav is a 1996 NLSIU graduate.

Dua Associates partner and Chennai office founder Senthil Kumar Ramamoorthy has received the nod from the collegium, according to the minutes published on its website.

Ramamoorthy, who we have previously reported as representing a number of foreign law firms in the old Madras high court writ petition by AK Balaji, had set up Dua’s Chennai office in 2001 and focuses on commercial and corporate work, as well as litigation and arbitration.

He did not wish to comment when contacted, because the collegium's recommendations remained subject to a final nod by the government.

On top of that, less than three months after a first national law university graduate made it to a high court bench as a judge, NLSIU Bangalore has seen 1994-batch graduate Chinnadorai Saravanan get the nod from the Supreme Court collegium to become a judge of the Madras high court, alongside Ramamoorthy and seven other lawyers.

Saravanan is a graduate of NLSIU's first batch, which began holding its first classes in 1989.

The next-oldest national law schools, Nalsar Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal and NUJS Kolkata only began their first classes between 1998 and 2000 respectively, so it could still be a decade or so before we see the first NUJS, Nalsar or NLIU high court judges.

Shekhar B Saraf, the first graduate from any national law school to have been appointed in September, was a 1996 graduate of NLSIU.

The NLSIU Facebook page posted the following message earlier today, congratulations Saravanan:

NLSIU celebrates second alumni judgeshipNLSIU celebrates second alumni judgeship

Out of the total of 11 names recommended for Madras high court judgeship this time, the collegium only confirmed its recommendation for the following nine:

(1) C. Emalias, (2) Ms. P.T.Asha, (3) M. Nirmal Kumar, (4) Subramonium Prasad, (5) Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, (6) N. Anand Venkatesh, (7) G.K. Ilanthiraiyan, (8) Krishnan Ramasamy, and (9) C. Saravanan

Prasad is the additional advocate general for Tamil Nadu in the Supreme Court.

While all candidates' Intelligence Bureau checks came back clean, two candidates were not confirmed by the Supreme Court, which noted the following:

As regards Shri A.V. Radhakrishnan (mentioned at Sl. No.1 above), he is more than 57 years of age. Even on the date of recommendation of the High Court Collegium he had crossed the maximum age limit of 55 years prescribed for Advocates recommended for elevation to the High Court Bench. Having regard to above, he is not found suitable for elevation to the High Court Bench.

As regards Shri C. Emalias (mentioned at Sl. No.2 above), as per record, though as on date he is more than the maximum age limit of 55 years prescribed for Advocates recommended for elevation to the High Court Bench, he was well within the said prescribed age limit on the date of recommendation of the High Court Collegium. Thus, his name can be considered for elevation.

As regards Shri B. Pugalendhi (mentioned at Sl.No.6 above), certain adverse but unconfirmed inputs have been received by the Collegium. The Collegium considers it appropriate to get the same verified before taking final decision on the proposal for his elevation. Consideration of the proposal for his elevation can wait till the verification is got done by the Collegium. In that view of the matter, the proposal for elevation of Shri B. Pugalendhi is deferred for the present.

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Like +0 Object -1 Nalsarite 06 Dec 17, 15:58
Nalsar - 2nd oldest
NLIU - 3rd oldest
NUJS - 4th oldest

Please make the necessary corrections.
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Like +3 Object -1 Wrong 06 Dec 17, 16:55
Nalsar and NLIU classes commenced in the same year i.e. 1998. However, NLIU Act was passed in 1997 which was before Nalsar, due to which, is actually considered as the 2nd oldest, albeit not for CLAT purposes. Please do a bit of research before you make your statements here. Also shocking that Kian is so biased against NLIU or just plain ignorance of facts that NLIU was not mentioned earlier.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 06 Dec 17, 16:03
@kian why no love for NLIU? NLIU was established before NUJS and yet you failed to give us a mention.
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 06 Dec 17, 16:05
Sorry sorry sorry and thanks, fixed now! :)
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Like +13 Object -3 Guest 06 Dec 17, 16:42  interesting
Pray that NLSIU alumni flood the bench and then the younger NLU alumni follow suit. Only this will save the Indian judiciary from mediocrity.

I also urge Legally India to encourage students to pursue careers in litigation, rather than obsessing over corporate law firms.
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Like +3 Object -0 LP 09 Dec 17, 19:27
can you enlighten as to how only graduating from NLU's is going to save the Indian Judiciary?!
To succeed in Litigation you need a completely different skill set & it is not dependent on which college you passed out from.
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Like +8 Object -1 Studboy 06 Dec 17, 16:48  interesting
acche din for NLS... a wave of senior advocate appointment, then judges...and soon the formal announcement that it has been selected as one of the 20 institutions of eminence entitled to 1,000 crores of funding.
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Like +0 Object -0 ? 08 Dec 17, 02:07
Is the IOE thing confirmed or is it just gossip???
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 06 Dec 17, 16:57
Saravanan is the second batch of NLS and graduated in 1994. The first batch joined in 1988 and graduated in 1993.
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Like +5 Object -10 Critic 07 Dec 17, 00:01  controversial
Kian you love to glorify NLSIU achievements and act like it's better than other NLUs. Many aspiring law students and parents are influenced by your site while making CLAT preferences. But I dare you to do a proper, objective NLU ranking and ask the following:

1) Are the placements at NLSIU really better than NALSAR or even NUJS?

2) Does NLSIU have the best infrastructure of all NLUs, especially campus and hostels?

3) Does NLSIU have better faculty than NALSAR or NLUD?

4) Is the administration at NLSIU more supportive of students that NALSAR and NLUD? Does an average student get more opportunities at NALSAR or NLUD?
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Like +12 Object -1 chill madi 07 Dec 17, 01:52  interesting
He would still have to report if a person gets elevated to judgeship, no?
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Like +1 Object -0 Reply to Critic 07 Dec 17, 16:35
Slow clap for you. Very well said.
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Like +4 Object -1 Nagarbhavi ninja 11 Dec 17, 05:43
Come to law school once and all ur doubts will be dispersed. Best grass amongst all law colleges this side of town.
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Like +0 Object -0 sounder rajan 07 Dec 17, 11:12
Good beginning for the New era Lawyers
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Like +4 Object -0 Guest 08 Dec 17, 15:27
What happened to LI's promised sexual harassment story? Time magazine has now named the sexual harassment whistleblowers as person of the year. In India Raya Sarkar's list was ignored by the legal community despite one very big academic (who is an NSLIU alum being named). In India courts are dens of sexual predators.
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Like +1 Object -0 DO NOT PUBLISH 11 Dec 17, 20:42
Confidential comment:

Kian Sir, Outlook is reporting that 73 universities have applied for IOE status. Can you please confirm if NLSIU applied? There are conflicting rumours. Sir, it is very unfair to other NLUs if NLSIU gets 1000 crore and the other NLUs get nothing. NLUD faculty is much better.
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