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(L to R) Former law secretary P K Malhotra, Supreme Court judge Justice N V Ramana, Former Supreme Court judge Justice B N Krishna, Editor of India Legal, Inderjit Badhwar and Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Justice Pradeep Mandar in the Legal Leadership Conclave /Photo: Anil Shakya

Above: (L to R) Former law secretary P K Malhotra, Supreme Court judge Justice N V Ramana, Former Supreme Court judge Justice B N Srikrishna, Editor-in- Chief of India Legal, Inderjit Badhwar and Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Justice Pradeep Nandrajog in the Legal Leadership Conclave /Photo: Anil Shakya

By Inderjit Badhwar

As the first and only weekly, independent politico-legal journal that covers an entire gamut of legal news and developments in the country, India Legal magazine has constantly endeavoured to promote the spread of legal education. This approach forms the bedrock of all our media initiatives, including the widely acclaimed news channels APN TV and N1 News. Both carry national news as well as in-depth, interactive legal programmes, including a live, daily legal helpline.

India Legal weekly, APN TV and N1 News channels are a part of the ENC Group which takes great pride and responsibility in promoting new ideas, initiatives, and recommendations for the benefit of not only the legal fraternity but also society at large. In continuing with this tradition, we are pleased to inform our readers about the launch of a series of Legal Leadership Conclaves in partnership with the Supreme Court Bar Association and various national law universities and state legal authorities.

While it is common to hear of leadership summits and conclaves which focus on themes like politics, business, technology, arts and culture, it’s rather rare to have a forum exclusively dedicated to the exchange of ideas on law.

The Legal Leadership Conclave is a significant attempt by the ENC Group to fill that void. These conclaves are being held nationwide on a wide range of contemporary legal issues with the participation of sitting judges of the Supreme Court and high courts and several other legal luminaries and thought leaders.

By the time this issue hits the stands, we would have hosted the first of these events on April 27, 2019, at the St Regis Hotel, Mumbai, with the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) as the topic for discussion.

Joining hands with India Legal for this Conclave are the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU) and the India Legal Research Foundation (ILRF), all leading institutions in their own right. The SCBA, which works tirelessly in upholding the professionalism and integrity of Supreme Court lawyers, is an important pillar of our legal system.

Our second partner, MNLU, is one of the youngest national law universities and is already taking great strides by attracting some of the brightest minds in the country. Our third partner, the ENC Group-promoted ILRF, is a non-profit organisation which is committed to bringing justice to those who deserve it but cannot afford it.

At the time we were planning the Mumbai conclave a few weeks back, the IBC emerged as the topic for discussion almost unanimously, the reasons for which are not hard to fathom. The IBC is a major economic reform initiated in the country in recent times to provide for a time-bound insolvency resolution process. Since it was enacted in 2016, as many as 12,000 insolvency cases have been filed under it and around Rs 1 lakh crore has been recovered through insolvency proceedings. Before the introduction of the IBC, it took companies about four to five years to dissolve their operations; now the time has dropped drastically to a year.

As with any new legislation, however, the IBC’s smooth implementation has been riddled with many issues that had not been thought of at the time of drafting the legislation. Some of these issues have been addressed by way of legislative amendments and court orders. This conclave proffered another opportunity for various stakeholders to deliberate on several aspects such as practical issues in the insolvency resolution process and recent developments in the IBC as well as a prognosis of what is to come.

—India Legal

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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma says only 8 people applied for citizenship under CAA

Addressing a press conference at the Lok Sewa Bhawan in Guwahati, Sarma said that out of these applicants, only two have attended interviews with relevant authorities.



Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that only eight people have applied for citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) from the state so far.

Addressing a press conference at the Lok Sewa Bhawan in Guwahati, Sarma said that out of these applicants, only two have attended interviews with relevant authorities.

The Assam CM further said that the State conducted outreach programmes in the Barak valley and approached many Hindu Bengali families and asked them to apply for citizenship under CAA. However, they refused to do so saying that they would prefer fighting their cases at the Foreigners Tribunal (FT), Sarma added.

Foreign Tribunals (FT), quasi-judicial bodies exclusive to Assam, are authorised to decide the nationality issue of doubtful citizens, he asserted. Sarma also claimed that most of the Hindu-Bengali families, who were not included in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), told him that they possessed the necessary documents to prove their Indian citizenship and preferred the FT route rather than applying for through the CAA.

When asked whether the Assam government is dropping cases in Foreigners Tribunals (FT) against Hindu-Bengalis, Sarma termed it misleading. He said the State cannot drop any case. The government is simply advising that before initiating a case, individuals should apply through the CAA portal. Even if a case is filed, there won’t be any outcome because these people are eligible for citizenship, Assam CM emphasised.

CM also assured that he is going to request the Advocate General to flag the issue of CAA so that FTs can give time to people whose cases are going on to apply for citizenship under the newly implemented law.

He added that the government cannot give a direction to the court to pause while deciding the citizenship cases. The FT judges themselves have to decide and they know the latest situation, Sarma said.

He also explained why there was a low number of applications in CAA, saying the Opposition myth that 15-20 lakh Bangladeshis will get citizenship in Assam has been busted completely.

The Chief Minister said that during the anti-CAA movement, five Assamese youths lost their lives. So they made the sacrifice to prevent only these eight people, he asked. This abysmally low number of eight applications, of which only two turned up for interview, is a bit surprising for us also, he said.

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AAP claims Arvind Kejriwal lost 8.5 kg, Tihar jail rebuts

Not 8.5 Kgs but Kejriwal lost around 3.5 Kgs during his incarceration period in prison.



The authorities in Tihar jail on Monday addressed the accusations of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that the Delhi Chief Minister has lost 8.5 kg weight through his term of imprisonment, saying not 8.5 Kgs but Kejriwal lost around 3.5 Kgs during his incarceration period in prison.

This was only after one of the confessed BJP’s was planning to destroy Kejriwal’s life by ignoring his medical needs as a diabetic. In contradiction, Tihar prison representatives, according to reports, disclosed that the chief minister has only lost 2 kg of weight from March 30 till now, and he is under the scrutiny of a medical board comprised of doctors from AIIMS.

It all started when AAP leader and Delhi Minister Atishi on Sunday claimed that Kejriwal had a drop in his weight of 8.5 kg after his arrest and his blood sugar continued to be below normal levels several times while in care.

AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh painted a picture of doom by stating that Tihar doctors had verified Kejriwal’s weight loss, mentioning the consequences of excessive health complications due to hypoglycemia. However, the Tihar prison administration denied the claims of AAP, which were sent to the home department of Delhi by saying they were misleading and detrimental to the prison, and were crafted to weaken trust in the prison system.

The authority alleged that they see a report each time the measurements are done; it makes them do their work better, as Kejriwal’s doctor uses it to monitor his condition. Prison staff stated that all necessary health care is provided to him, and he is always fed three times a day with home-cooked meals.

They were vociferous in condemning a plot, saying that the aim was to damage the image of the prison with wrong tales. As stated by Tihar-based medical documents, Kejriwal’s weight was 65 kg on April 1, as he got into the prison, and 66 kg from April 8 to 29. After getting back to jail on June 2, following a 21-day intermediary bail, his weight went down to 63.5 kg.

On July 14, his weight reduced further to 61.5 kg. Thus, a total of 2 kg was lost during his detention. The health condition of Kejriwal is still monitored by the AIIMS medical board, and updates on his health are being regularly given to his wife, Sunita Kejriwal.

However, there is the AAP that is adamant about their affirmative claims, stating that the act of reporting the documents without his go-ahead is illegal and also gives the impression that there are activities going on with the ultimate goal of getting rid of him.

This was followed a few months later by his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation on June 26 in a corruption case that revolved around the same case. Although he was granted anticipatory bail by possibly the apex court filed in the case of money laundering, he is still detained due to the ongoing corruption case.

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Hemant Soren meets PM Modi in Delhi, first meeting after release from jail

He secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.



Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in Delhi. This was his first meeting with the Prime Minister after he was released from jail where he spent around five months.

Taking to X, Jharkhand Chief Minister said that the meeting was a courtesy call. Notably, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 31 this year in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged land scam.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president had spent around five months in prison, he secured bail and became chief minister again on July 4.

On July 3, JMM leader and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Soren stepped out of the Birsa Munda Jail in Ranchi Friday following the grant of bail by the Jharkhand High Court.

A single-judge bench of Justice Rongon Mukhopadhyay, while granting bail, noted that the Court’s findings satisfy the condition that there exist reasons to believe that Soren is not guilty of the PMLA offence he has been accused of.

Following Soren’s bail on July 3, the outgoing Chief Minister Champai Soren had said that the party alliance decided to elect Hemant Babu (Hemant Soren) as leader, after which he resigned from his post. Champai Soren tendered his resignation to Governor C P Radhakrishnan and soon after Hemant Soren staked a claim to form the government. Soren along with alliance party leaders met the Governor after he reached Ranchi on July 3 evening from outside. Hemant Soren took oath as the 13th Chief Minister of the State on July 4 again.

Meanwhile, earlier today, BJP leader Deepak Prakash claimed that Hemant Soren’s government of 4.5 years has been one that wreaks havoc on the public, one that takes away employment from the youth. Hemant Soren’s government is a synonym for corruption. The government has been involved in a mining scam, a tender scam and one that has brought jungle raj in the state, he added.  

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