As expected, the Supreme Court rejected the review petitions against its decision to cancel the 2G licences, former judge Nirmal Yadav has moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of proceedings against her in the 2008 cash-at-judge's door case, the Karnataka High Court says that only its Chief Justice can suggest who the next Lok Ayukta shall be, several High Courts fail to comply with CIC directive and more.
Supreme court dismisses review of decision to cancel 2G licenses
Unsurprisingly, the Apex Court has not found any merit in the review petitions filed against its February 2, 2012 decision cancelling the 2G licenses. However it has agreed to hear an application filed by the Centre seeking clarification of the February 2 order. In the application, the Centre has stated that it will not be able to meet the 4-month deadline for fresh auctioning of licenses.
Cash-at-Door Scam: Former Judge Nirmal Yadav reaches SC
The cash-at-judge's door case against former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Nirmal Yadav has reached the Supreme Court. Former Judge has moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the charge sheet filed by CBI against her on the ground that Chief Justice SH Kapadia has no power to recommend sanction to prosecute her as it was denied by the previous CJI K G Balakrishnan. She has approached the Supreme Court against the Punjab and Haryana High Court order dismissing her plea contesting grant of sanction for her prosecution in the case.
Karnataka High Court says only Chief Justice can choose Lok Ayukta
Setting aside a 25-year old practice, the Karnataka High court has held that the names of the Lok Ayukta and his deputies can only be suggested by the Chief Justice of the High Court. For a comparative analysis of the practice followed in other states see here.
High Courts ignore CIC directive to reveal information
Various High Courts of the country have failed to disclose specific information, despite an order passed by the country's Chief Information Commissioner, Satyananda Mishra. In the order passed in January this year, the CIC had asked High Courts to provide disclose complete information of the organisation, employees, salaries drawn, decisions taken and budget allocated, on their websites by April 1. The final date of submission was arrived at after consultation with the High Courts.
Shearman senior partner quits firm to head up Citi's legal team
As reported in Legal Week, the Harvard educated Senior Partner will replace the bank's general counsel Michael Helfer who will now take up the position of vice chairman.
"The hire is a rare example of a direct appointment from management of a major international law firm to a general counsel role." More information on Rohan Weerasinghe can be found here.
New York court holds that Ponzi-scheme victim cannot redo terms of his own divorce
The New York Supreme Court has held that an individual who lost his post-divorce settlement proceeds in a Ponzi scheme cannot modify the divorce settlement scheme.
A US law graduate decides to start his own law firm. And blog about it.
“After working non-legal jobs for six months, I decided to break out on my own and start my own law firm with only the bare essentials.”