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Senior counsel and former attorney general (AG) Mukul Rohatgi.(HT File Photo)

‘Senior lawyers’ court appearances should be restricted': Mukul Rohatgi

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2021 05:14 AM IST
Rohatgi wants the practice of designating a select few as “senior advocate” to go.
WhatsApp, through its counsel, had written to the court suggesting that justice Singh should not hear the matter because she appeared as a senior counsel against WhatsApp in a matter in the Supreme Court in 2016.(MINT_PRINT)
WhatsApp, through its counsel, had written to the court suggesting that justice Singh should not hear the matter because she appeared as a senior counsel against WhatsApp in a matter in the Supreme Court in 2016.(MINT_PRINT)

Delhi HC objects to WhatsApp asking judge not to hear PIL

By Richa banka, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:24 AM IST
Justice Pratibha M Singh said the e-mail, which was later withdrawn, was completely unwarranted because she was anyway going to recuse herself from hearing the case filed by lawyer Chaitanya Rohilla, who has contended that WhatsApp’s updated policy violates the individual’s Right to Privacy.
In a special sitting over the weekend, the SC bench, headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, asked the MLA to approach the high court with his request to carry out demolition of all identified unauthorised constructions by himself.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
In a special sitting over the weekend, the SC bench, headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, asked the MLA to approach the high court with his request to carry out demolition of all identified unauthorised constructions by himself.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

SC stays for 2 weeks demolition of BJP MLA’s illegal construction in Roorkee

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 03:19 PM IST
The bench heard senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi on behalf of Pradeep Batra, as the lawyer submitted that the MLA will himself pull down all illegal constructions after an inspection and identification by the Roorkee- Haridwar municipal authorities.
Deepak Kochhar was arrested on September 7 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with the ICICI Bank-Videocon money laundering case probe.(HT Archive)
Deepak Kochhar was arrested on September 7 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with the ICICI Bank-Videocon money laundering case probe.(HT Archive)

ICICI Bank-Videocon loan case: Delhi HC asks ED to respond to Deepak Kochhar’s plea to quash FIR

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 11:32 AM IST
Deepak Kochhar has also sought interim bail on the ground of his present medical condition as he is admitted to a private hospital here after being tested positive for COVID-19.
Former Punjab director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini, a 1982-batch Indian Police Service officer, who was the youngest DGP in the country, was booked along with six others on May 6 in Mohali for the alleged kidnapping of junior engineer Balwant Singh Multani in 1991. The murder charge was added later after two co-accused policemen turned approver in August.(HT file photo)
Former Punjab director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini, a 1982-batch Indian Police Service officer, who was the youngest DGP in the country, was booked along with six others on May 6 in Mohali for the alleged kidnapping of junior engineer Balwant Singh Multani in 1991. The murder charge was added later after two co-accused policemen turned approver in August.(HT file photo)

Former Punjab Police chief Sumedh Singh Saini moves SC after high court dismisses bail petition

HTC and ANI | By HTC and ANI
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 12:48 PM IST
Ex-DGP is likely to be represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi in the Supreme Court next week; Punjab Police file caveat requesting court to hear it before any order is passed in the case
The court was hearing a plea challenging a 2018 Maharashtra law granting reservation benefits to Maratha community in educational institutions and government jobs.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The court was hearing a plea challenging a 2018 Maharashtra law granting reservation benefits to Maratha community in educational institutions and government jobs.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Reconsider 50 per cent cap on quotas, Supreme Court bench told

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2020 05:58 AM IST
Lawyers including Mukul Rohatgi and Kapil Sibal submitted before a 3-judge bench headed by justice L Nageswara Rao that a Constitution bench should be constituted to examine the 50% cap laid down by the 1992 judgment in Indra Sawhney v. Union of India, delivered by a bench of nine judges.
Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi is going to move the Supreme Court against what he felt was an intervention in his authority to decide on an anti-defection petition.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi is going to move the Supreme Court against what he felt was an intervention in his authority to decide on an anti-defection petition.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Rajasthan Speaker to move SC over HC’s ‘intervention’ in rebel MLAs’ disqualification

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rakesh Goswami
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 01:12 PM IST
Speaker CP Josh said in 1992, the SC’s constitutional bench had settled that Speaker was competent to decide anti-defection petitions.
Senior counsel and former attorney general (AG) Mukul Rohatgi(Photo: Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
Senior counsel and former attorney general (AG) Mukul Rohatgi(Photo: Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)

Striking down NJAC flawed, says former AG Mukul Rohatgi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 05:46 AM IST
Rohatgi, who argued the case on NJAC for the central government when he was AG, said the constitution empowers the President of India to appoint judges of the Supreme Court and high courts in consultation with the Chief Justice of India (CJI).
KK Venugopal has appeared and successfully defended the central government in cases like Aadhaar and Rafale before the top court.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
KK Venugopal has appeared and successfully defended the central government in cases like Aadhaar and Rafale before the top court.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

KK Venugopal likely to continue as Attorney General

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 05:18 AM IST
KK Venugopal took over as Attorney General on July 1, 2017. He is the 15th person to serve as Attorney General for India.
This was a petition filed by an advocate Sachin Jain seeking a cap on the cost of Covid treatment by private hospitals.
This was a petition filed by an advocate Sachin Jain seeking a cap on the cost of Covid treatment by private hospitals.

SC seeks replies on pleas to reduce hospital charges

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 01:21 AM IST
The first petition it heard was a public interest case filed by petitioner Avishek Goenka, who requested the court to fix a cap or a ceiling on the amount to be charged by private hospitals for treating Covid-19 patients.

‘This will seal my fate’: Devendra Fadnavis to SC on plea to review verdict on affidavit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 12:47 PM IST
In its judgement last year, the apex court had set aside the Bombay High Court order which gave a clean chit to Fadnavis in the case.
Vodafone Idea’s dues total about Rs 50,000 crore, according to government estimates.(Reuters Photo)
Vodafone Idea’s dues total about Rs 50,000 crore, according to government estimates.(Reuters Photo)

Telcos make part payments, SC refuses to block coercive action

Hindustan Times, Mint | By Navadha Pandey and Japnam Bindra
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 03:31 AM IST
Vodafone Idea’s board on Monday decided to immediately pay Rs 2,500 crore to the department of telecommunications (DoT) and pay an additional Rs 1,000 crore before the end of the week.
The actions of Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari came under scrutiny in the Supreme Court on Monday(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The actions of Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari came under scrutiny in the Supreme Court on Monday(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Sparks fly in Supreme Court over Maharashtra case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 01:07 AM IST
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta maintained that Koshyari took the decision to invite BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to form the government based on materials placed before him by the chief minister. Mehta said that there cannot be a roving inquiry into the actions of the governor.
Devendra Fadnavis got busy with work in his second stint as chief minister of Maharashtra by signing his first cheque for a relief fund.(@CMOMaharashtra)
Devendra Fadnavis got busy with work in his second stint as chief minister of Maharashtra by signing his first cheque for a relief fund.(@CMOMaharashtra)

Devendra Fadnavis gets down to work, his first sign of 2nd term is on a cheque

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2019 06:03 PM IST
The CMO Maharastra tweeted pictures of the CM signing his first cheque for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The new chief minister was then seen handing over the cheque to a woman.
The court is hearing the disqualified MLAs’ petition questioning the speaker’s decision to disqualify them as members of the house instead of giving a final verdict on their resignations.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The court is hearing the disqualified MLAs’ petition questioning the speaker’s decision to disqualify them as members of the house instead of giving a final verdict on their resignations.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Allow us to contest or defer by-elections: K’taka MLAs to SC

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 11:51 PM IST
The Election Commision’s counsel said the body has no view on the disqualifications but that the polls should not be deferred.
Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Shivakumar, opposed the ASG’s submission and said that he was innocent and that the ED was desperate to keep him in jail.(AP)
Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Shivakumar, opposed the ASG’s submission and said that he was innocent and that the ED was desperate to keep him in jail.(AP)

‘DK Shivakumar case poses threat to national economy’: ED to court

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 10:10 PM IST
Additional Solicitor General K M Nataraj, appearing for the ED, opposed the bail application before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, saying that Shivakumar cannot turn his tainted property into untainted one just by paying tax on it.
On assuming power in the state on May 30, Jagan had announced his decision to review the PPAs signed with solar and wind power producers on the pretext that the agreements smacked of huge corruption.(Style Photo Service.)
On assuming power in the state on May 30, Jagan had announced his decision to review the PPAs signed with solar and wind power producers on the pretext that the agreements smacked of huge corruption.(Style Photo Service.)

Andhra HC stalls govt move to review power purchase agreements, suspends order

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 06:05 PM IST
A division bench of the high court headed by Justice M Ganga Rao, which heard a batch of petitions filed by nearly 40 private solar and wind power producers, ordered that the government order (GO. No. 63) be suspended for a period of four weeks and posted the case to August 22 for further hearing.
Rebel Karnataka MLAs outside the speaker’s residence on Saturday(PTI)
Rebel Karnataka MLAs outside the speaker’s residence on Saturday(PTI)

Karnataka crisis reaches SC, rebel MLAs say Speaker sitting on resignations

New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 03:14 AM IST
Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the petition before a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to request an early hearing. Chief Justice Gogoi has agreed to hear the petition tomorrow.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also directed the poll panel to submit its decision to the court in a sealed cover and said it will consider the matter on April 22.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also directed the poll panel to submit its decision to the court in a sealed cover and said it will consider the matter on April 22.

Election Commission officials likely to watch PM Narendra Modi biopic today

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2019 03:02 PM IST
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Commission to watch the full biopic on Modi and take an informed decision on banning its pan India release by April 19.
The film producers have moved the top court against the ban imposed on the release of the movie by the EC.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The film producers have moved the top court against the ban imposed on the release of the movie by the EC.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Watch full Modi biopic before order: Supreme Court to Election Commission

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2019 03:05 AM IST
“If the petitioners pray for an audience before the Election Commission or its authorised representative the Election Commission would consider the same and grant such an audience,” the bench ordered.
The Supreme Court on January 4 this year had urged the government to appoint a Lokpal at the earliest, saying “much time has elapsed, something needs to be done”.(File Photo)
The Supreme Court on January 4 this year had urged the government to appoint a Lokpal at the earliest, saying “much time has elapsed, something needs to be done”.(File Photo)

Retired Supreme Court judge Ghose set to be country’s first Lokpal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2019 12:00 AM IST
Justice PC Ghose’s name was cleared by the selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi.
Members of Maratha community celebrate after Maharashtra Assembly unanimously passed a bill proposing 16% reservation for Maratha community.(HT PHOTO)
Members of Maratha community celebrate after Maharashtra Assembly unanimously passed a bill proposing 16% reservation for Maratha community.(HT PHOTO)

Maratha reservation for those below creamy layer only: Maharashtra government tells HC

Hindustan Times | By K A Y Dodhiya, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2019 10:54 PM IST
Principal counsel for the state VA Thorat said reservation was only meant for those in the socially and educationally backward category
Supreme Court.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Supreme Court.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court no to BJP plea on Bengal loudspeaker ban

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2019 11:48 PM IST
SC dismissed West Bengal BJP unit’s plea questioning a 2013 state government notification that prohibits use of loudspeakers in residential and institutional areas for two months – February and March – ahead of school exams.
A Bombay high court bench is hearing arguments for and against Maratha reservation(HT Photo)
A Bombay high court bench is hearing arguments for and against Maratha reservation(HT Photo)

Arguments on Maratha quota begin, will go on till next week

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2019 09:13 PM IST
Reservations have been based on caste, but its application has been selective
Deepak Talwar, arrested in a money laundering case, being taken to the Patiala house court by the Enforcement Directorate officials in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Deepak Talwar, arrested in a money laundering case, being taken to the Patiala house court by the Enforcement Directorate officials in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

HC seeks ED’s response on Deepak Talwar’s plea

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2019 11:23 PM IST
Talwar contended that his arrest and custody by ED was “illegal” and that orders should be passed to secure his liberty.
Supreme Court refuses to stay CBI probe against cops for firing at anti-Sterlite protesters.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Supreme Court refuses to stay CBI probe against cops for firing at anti-Sterlite protesters.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court refuses to stay CBI probe against cops for firing at anti-Sterlite protesters

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 07:53 PM IST
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice to the CBI on the petition filed by the Tamil Nadu government challenging the High Court order.
CBI special director Rakesh Asthana addresses the media in New Delhi.(PTI)
CBI special director Rakesh Asthana addresses the media in New Delhi.(PTI)

‘Missed the bus’: Supreme Court on CBI no. 2 Rakesh Asthana’s plea on midnight powershift

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2018 01:02 PM IST
CBI special director Rakesh Asthana filed his petition challenging the government’s order sending him on leave, on Friday morning, as the court was about to hear another plea by CBI director Alok Verma.
The Supreme Court reserved its order on the plea.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
The Supreme Court reserved its order on the plea.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Manipur killings: Centre seeks recusal of Supreme Court bench

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2018 10:45 PM IST
The Centre on Friday sought recusal of the two-judge Supreme Court bench monitoring the CBI probe into the alleged extra-judicial killings of 1,528 people in Manipur by security forces between 1985 and 2001.
On July 9, the Supreme Court had sought reply from the Centre, Andhra Pradesh and the firm on the petition seeking a court-monitored SIT or CBI probe into alleged illegal mining being carried out by the company in Andhra Pradesh.(File Photo)
On July 9, the Supreme Court had sought reply from the Centre, Andhra Pradesh and the firm on the petition seeking a court-monitored SIT or CBI probe into alleged illegal mining being carried out by the company in Andhra Pradesh.(File Photo)

We are not man-eating tigers, states should not fear us: Supreme Court

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2018 04:37 PM IST
The Supreme Court observation came when senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for a private firm, argued that a petition filed against the company, alleging illegal mining in Andhra Pradesh, was aimed at pressurising the state government.
Kiran Bedi in Pune.(HT File Photo)
Kiran Bedi in Pune.(HT File Photo)

Nominated MLAs can attend House: Supreme Court on Puducherry Assembly

Hindustan Times, | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2018 08:15 AM IST
According to the petitioner, K Lakshminarayanan, a Congress MLA, the Centre issued a notification on July 4, nominating BJP Puducherry unit chief V Saminathan, its treasurer KG Shankar and educationist S Selva Ganapathy as MLAs without consulting chief minister V Narayanasamy.
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