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Another NLU first: NLS ‘97 grad Vikramjit Banerjee youngest new ASGs to SC with Aman Lekhi, Sandeep Sethi

Vikramjit Bannerjee adds to NLU accolades in the courts (Picture via Twitter)Vikramjit Bannerjee adds to NLU accolades in the courts (Picture via Twitter)

NLSIU Bangalore 1997 graduate and Nagaland’s advocate general and senior counsel Vikramjit Banerjee, is the youngest in the batch of three new additional solicitors general (ASG) who has been appointed at the Supreme Court. He is also the first NLU graduate to make it to the post of ASG.

Senior advocates Aman Lekhi and Sandeep Sethi have also been appointed, reported Bar & Bench.

They will join five other lawyers who are currently ASG at the Supreme Court, according to the Express.

Banerjee made Nagaland’s AG in June 2015, and was designated a senior by the Gauhati high court in December 2016. He is a member of the BJP legal cell.

Banerjee had co-edited a book in 2008 titled The Truth About Teesta Setalvad. The book has received mixed reviews on Amazon, alternately praising it with five stars as a “very nicely written shady and propaganda links of Teesta..scamster” or with one star as “malicious propaganda”, that “is a work of fiction presented as researched evidence against India’s leading torch bearer of morality. The agenda is clear, to undermine the activist fighting against fascism at tremendous personal cost. The core ideology of those opposing this woman is that of a religious theocratic state. Worst propaganda of it's kind”.

CLC Delhi alumni Sethi and Lekhi are enrolled with the Delhi bar council in 1989 and were designated, respectively, in 2004 and 2005 by the Delhi high court.

The husband of BJP national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, Lekhi's most famous appearances have been in the Supreme Court's coal scam cases, 2G case and Commonwealth Games scam case.

Sethi specialises in IPR, having co-founded Lall & Sethi with Chander Lall before becoming a senior advocate.

His more well-known appearances in the Delhi high court include for Republic TV vs Shashi Tharoor, and the WhatsApp privacy case.

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Like +51 Object -19 Observer 28 Feb 18, 20:09  interesting  top rated  controversial
The most undeserving of the lot is Vikramjit Banerjee. Leave alone ASG for that matter Nagaland AG...wonder how he even got a gown! Sad that such appointments are going through.
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Like +13 Object -33 Legal dada 01 Mar 18, 06:25  controversial
How do you know he is not competent.whether Nagaland CM informed U abt him or any SC judge.. Nonsense comment.. He is appointed to represent Govt.of India. Not ur fake and pseudo intellectualism which have foundation of only abusing others 4 political reasons. Being the AG of a state he is the most competent in the list. If he re-presents an ideology which governs the country Doesn't make him less competent rather most competent and effective. If Even though u feel u are more capable come and argue against hi. And proof ur worthiness...
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Like +27 Object -7 Niravbhai 01 Mar 18, 12:01  interesting  top rated  controversial
Aree kar sevakji don't worry you will also get your turn.
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Like +2 Object -20 NiravbhaiSlayer 01 Mar 18, 14:32
You never know. Legal Dada may get his turn and then laugh at your sad life. Shoo..
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Like +18 Object -2 Niravbhai 01 Mar 18, 16:39  interesting  top rated
Hahhaha. I am living a much better life that many of you low lifes.
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Like +2 Object -14 NiravsDad 01 Mar 18, 17:49
I don't know about Legal Dada but given the job scene in legal sphere in India, I am certain you have a long way to go to do I what I do. My best wishes!
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Like +2 Object -12 Legal dada 01 Mar 18, 23:31
Ur comment squarely falls under the category of "RHETORIC Shallow fullness of ur wisdom and word" ... If you are saying that he is not deserving then say it with facts... U are just saying he is not deserving... As per you any person having Ideological leaning with BJP is undeserving.. have you ever checked satisfaction of his clients.. have you ever checked his reputation in Kolkata HC where he practiced more than 7 year struggling as 1st gen lawyer.. you know nothing about litigation... Ranting and writing articles doesn't gives the wisdom to judge worthiness of a senior whether to be appointed as ASG or Not.....
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Like +4 Object -17 ObserverSlayer 01 Mar 18, 14:30
You seem to be really frustrated with your joblessness. Do something productive rather than ranting here. Let me know if you have any achievement that you or your family may be proud of.
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Like +1 Object -25 Anoop Prakash 01 Mar 18, 20:49  troll?
Dear Observer, you are actually the most undeserving to comment upon him!!!! Mr. Bannerjee is a scholar, a class of Seervai and Fali S. When observations are made through politically coloured goggles such funny comments are obvious.
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Like +20 Object -9 Guest 28 Feb 18, 21:31  interesting  controversial
Dear Vikramjit:
Here's to your upholding the Constitution sans saffron colored lenses
A very concerned citizen
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Like +27 Object -6 Advani 28 Feb 18, 22:38  interesting  top rated  controversial
Well the Kar Seva finally paid off.
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Like +31 Object -9 Niravbhai 01 Mar 18, 01:32  interesting  top rated  controversial
Mr Bannerjee is extremely undeserving. Not an alumnus NLSIU should be proud of.
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Like +9 Object -26 NiravbhaiSlayer 01 Mar 18, 14:38  controversial
NLS grad. Leicester LLM. Chevening Scholarship. 20 years of experience. AG of a State. Dozens of publication.

Now, let me know how deserving are you to even comment what you commented.
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Like +23 Object -0 Niravbhai 01 Mar 18, 16:40  interesting  top rated
More qualified than the bootlicker that you are for sure.
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Like +3 Object -18 NiravsDad 01 Mar 18, 17:46
Hahaha! I don't need to lick anyone's boots like you lowlifes do. I am better off in a foreign land doing things that you underpaid lawyers dream of doing.
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Like +21 Object -1 Tu tu tu tu tu tara 01 Mar 18, 18:22  interesting  top rated
Tell na!!! tell na!!! What are our dreams in phoren land ? I always dreamt of getting paid a lot of money abroad to do mindless photocopying and proofing.
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Like +12 Object -0 Niravbhai 01 Mar 18, 18:41  interesting  top rated
Lol. What can I say? Sahi kaha bhaiya
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Like +12 Object -29 Legal dada 01 Mar 18, 06:36  controversial
It seems lawyers and readers having communist congress and islamic leaning prefers to abuse an honest man for his honesty and hard work. There is no fact put forward against a recent appointed ASG, But he is being criticized for having affiliation and history of having fighting prominent cases for an Ideology. Is it a disqualification niggas. He is the most competent and deserving appointee among all. Govt. Appoints to represent it in the court not to represent ur rotten ideology and ailing pseudo intellectualism and sense of privileged. Not Only this he is the 1st gen Advocate along with 1st among NLU , so if you want to criticize, criticize on facts not by rhetoric. He is also a chevening scholar and very keen understanding of law and religion. Are you suggesting govt. Should make appointments after taking consultation with I Jaising or K sub or 4m AKG bhawan. Nonsense..
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Like +4 Object -7 Legal dada 01 Mar 18, 06:42
Dear team legally india there is defamatory comments against a newly appointed ASG, So plz follow ur T&C to make the comment. And not only this the article it self says a lot underlined.. plz don't judge a person b4 giving him a chance
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Like +5 Object -2 kianganz 01 Mar 18, 11:05
Hi Legal dada, thanks for your comment, I have looked through the comments but haven't seen anything overtly defamatory beyond personal opinion.

Re comment number 1, arguing whether someone is deserving or not of public office is not necessarily the same as attacking someone's competence.
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Like +2 Object -1 Legal dada 01 Mar 18, 23:43
Dear Kianganz I will send you my love letter explaining all the relevant provisions and case laws dealing with defamatory statement then you will realize it. .. the qualification you made is non est as there is nothing in legal doctrine providing with 'overtly defamatory' seeks some more clarification on this point and the thread of your legal sense.... It is apperant that some person hates some one only for the sake of harding ... No private exp. No public exp... Just they want to say they wish to against 1st gen lawyers.. good for bootlicker of privileged and generational lawyers...
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Like +5 Object -1 Haha 01 Mar 18, 10:19
Love the article Kian! Clickbaity title (for your readers, because NLS is second only to CAM/SAM in terms of reader interest) followed by lovely bashing of the new appointees (in my view deservedly) and some trackbacks to previous LI articles as well! Job well done!

Can’t say the same for the government unfortunately, they’ve still not appointed an SG, and had added BJP legal cell and HABs of BJP to the government officer posts.
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Like +7 Object -2 kianganz 01 Mar 18, 12:02  interesting
Finally someone gets it :) The reason we keep putting NLS in headlines is that lots of people click on NLS stories, not the fact that we love NLS so much... ;)

I do take objection to your use of the word clickbait though. Just because a story is headlined attractively and encourages people to click on it, makes it clickbait only if:

- the headline hides crucial information to encourage clicks (i.e., the traditional "You'll never guess which NLS graduate just became ASG!!"), or
- it promised more than the article delivers ("The appointment of this NLU grad as ASG will BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF!!").
- or "Vikram Banerjee makes ASG, and 11 other amazing things NLU graduates have done".

Luckily, those types of headlines have died a swift death with the decline of Facebook as a traffic source for publishers.

But that's ok, you can keep calling it clickbait, people calling 'good' headlines clickbait, is just another pet peeve of mine. :)
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Like +0 Object -0 Bhai 02 Mar 18, 12:58
Good one Kian. Well thought through.
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Like +18 Object -1 VickyBanks 01 Mar 18, 10:59  interesting  top rated
Having had the chance to associate with Vikramjeet Bannerjee, ages ago, when he was just a lawyer, I can say, one he has never hidden his political leanings (I understand that was the case when he was and two, he is otherwise a very sharp mind. ASG is a political appointment, as are most of the others, so the fact that he has some political clout now, is immaterial. If only merit was the only basis, one could question this appointment, but then that is applicable to most cases. Not to say that people cannot comment, that is par for the course in respect of any public office appointment.
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Like +11 Object -2 Guest 01 Mar 18, 13:55  interesting
Tanaji, as Vikramjeet is more popularly known, has never hid his political affiliations.. there is nothing to criticize someone based on his political leanings. he has degrees from NLS and an UK college and has practiced law for 20 years. clearly he is competent, articulate, intelligent and cute
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Like +7 Object -0 UoI Watcher 01 Mar 18, 14:14  interesting
You guys need to get a life. How many of you have actually interacted with VB or have seen him arguing? Just because someone has a specific political leaning, you guys are dissing him.
All said and done, he is the FIRST ever NLS grad to hold a Constitutional Post i.e. Advocate General of a state (not additional AG that all and sundry from NLS have become).
Also, he is the FIRST person from NLU system to have become the ASG. Like it or not, this is the trust. And you will have to deal with it. HAHAHA! I feel so sad for you guys!
Now, go think about getting clients and making a living out of your frustrated lives.
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Like +3 Object -0 kianganz 01 Mar 18, 14:19
Anyone else thinks he's being groomed for future BJP leadership positions? I'd imagine they'd be keen to have a few more articulate young lawyers in their lineup...
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Like +5 Object -0 Guest 02 Mar 18, 17:07  interesting
This is from a very reliable source: VB is being kept in "reserve" as part of the BJP's Bengal push. VB was being discussed for a Lok Sabha seat, but instead Som Mandal will get it as he has been very active on the ground. However, a good performance in Bengal will mean that VB may be inducted as a junior minister through the Rajya Sabha route, and then be used as a spokesman against Mamata, leading up to the 2021 state election. Thus, for the short term, keep your eye on Som Mandal. A bare look at his Twitter account will show how active he has been.
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Like +15 Object -1 Guest 02 Mar 18, 01:26  interesting  top rated
Our man's claim to fame:

1. Wrote a book against Teesta Setalvad

2. Represented Hindu groups in the Ayodhya case

Acche din for BJP/RSS people.
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Like +12 Object -0 Request 03 Mar 18, 13:22  interesting  top rated
Kian it is my request to you to also cover achievements of NLS alumni in academics, who are making waves worldwide. There is one Ivy League academic of professor rank, which is a huge achievement for an Indian (Shyam at Penn Law). At Oxford there are 2 at Associate Professor level (Tarunabh and Dev) and 1 at lecturer level (Poorna). At Cambridge there is one lecturer (Surabhi), at LSE one assistant prof (Siva), at King's one Reader (Prabha) and at SOAS one senior lecturer (Rahul). Then you have Umakant at NUS. At Deakin University Australia Sandeep Gopalan has risen to the rank of Pro Vice Chancellor. I missed out many more names. These are all superstar alumni of NLS. You should profile all of them for Mint or something.

I doubt if you even know about them. These are very prestigious appointments which you should cover, because all the news you cover about academics is just confined to depressing news about bad faculty in India. This puts off students from joining careers in academics.
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Like +3 Object -1 Darkseid 04 Mar 18, 10:50
Quite true. These are exceptional people and their achievements are just as important as the ones doing well in law firms or litigation or elsewhere. At the same time, I would also suggest that NLU alumni, who have chosen to stay back at their alma maters or other NLUs, often ignoring more lucrative opportunities elsewhere including abroad, also deserve their contribution to be highlighted. This is not to belittle the achievements of the ones Request mentioned above, but I also feel that while it may not be as difficult or rigorous to join Indian academia as it is to join, say Oxbridge, but it takes a lot of determination to stay here and overcome all the hurdles to help groom the next generations of law school grads. The few people I know who have taken such decisions don't have it easy at all and while I can't claim to understand what drives them, I sure as hell respect their resolve and that they are doing a pretty good job on their own.
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Like +4 Object -0 Guest 04 Mar 18, 16:33
Both examples are very inspiring (alumni abroad and in India). Rest assured that LI will NOT cover either, as it is does not cover positive news.
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Like +2 Object -1 LI sux 06 Mar 18, 14:43
Kian will not do any report on faculty because it will demolish the myth that NLSIU is the best law school, which is a truth that Kian wants to hide. A proper study will show the following:

- NLS is basically KLS (Karnataka Law School) when it comes to faculty
- NLSIU alumni prefer to teach abroad or at NLUD
- NLSIU also has very few alumni from other NLUs
- Numerically, NLUD, NALSAR and NUJS have more NLU alumni than NLSIU
- Even graduates from other good universities (JNU etc) are not that many at NLSIU
- And if you count foreign degrees, NLSIU is behind NLUD, NALSAR and NUJS
- In terms of faculty research NLSIU's output is very average.
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