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Harish Salve appointed as Queen’s Counsel for England and Wales

The title of QC is awarded to those who have demonstrated particular skill and expertise in the conduct of advocacy.



Advocate Harish Salve

New Delhi, Jan 16 : India’s former Solicitor General and senior advocate Harish Salve has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel for the courts of England and Wales. He will be formally appointed as QC in March this year.

His name featured on the list of appointments of those ‘taking silk’ (a reference to their court dress), which was released by the UK’s Ministry of Justice in January. The title of QC is awarded to those who have demonstrated particular skill and expertise in the conduct of advocacy.

Salve was India’s lead counsel on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and secured a verdict which would prevent Jadhav’s execution and ensure justice for the Indian national.

In July 2019, the ICJ ruled that Pakistan must make an “effective review and reconsideration” on the conviction and death sentence to Jadhav and grant him consular access. A 16-member bench led by President of the Court, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, in a majority by 15-1 votes ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav.”

This ruling was hailed as a massive victory for India, against the backdrop of Pakistan deploying its finest legal warhorses in this high-profile case at a global forum.

Salve’s fee in the Jadhav case was a resolve to restore his country’s pride. Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, hours before her demise, had asked Salve “to come and collect his fee of Re 1” for representing India at the ICJ in the case. Her daughter Bansuri had visited Salve and fulfilled her mother’s promise by handing him a coin of Re 1.

However, he believes the battle against Pakistan in the Jadhav case is far from over, as the next step for India is to ensure Pakistani authorities offer a fair trial as per its Constitution. And, then Jadhav can eventually get justice.

Salve also played a leading role in the UK high court ruling in October in favour of India and the titular 8th Nizam of Hyderabad and his younger brother in a long-drawn out battle against Pakistan in connection with rights to 35 million pounds (Rs 306 crore) deposited in a British bank account after India’s Partition.

This was a second high-profile international victory for Salve, after the Jadhav case, and also a second successive victory against Pakistani barrister Khawar Qureshi, who had represented Pakistan at the ICJ and UK High Court.

In a media interaction after this ruling, Salve said: “We had a good case. We won both times.”

A LL.B. from Nagpur University, Salve was designated as senior advocate by the Delhi High Court in 1992. He was the Solicitor General for India 1999-2002. Salve was called to Blackstone Chambers in 2013.


Nigerian gets 5 years in jail for cheating Kolkata man





Kolkata, Feb 29 A Nigerian national has been sentenced to five years in prison by a court here for cheating a man of nearly Rs 20 lakh by impersonating as a European and falsely promising to produce a short film in India.

The chief judicial magistrate, Alipore court, also ordered the accused Vincent Collins Otto to pay Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the complainant Anutosh Dey or otherwise undergo six more months of imprisonment in the five year old case.

The accused befriended Dey through the social media by impersonating as a European Barry Williams and allured him with a false assurance of investing 30,000 UK Pound for producing the film.

Believing Otto, Dey paid Rs 18,79,600 to different bank accounts provided by the fraudster.

When Dey became suspicious that Otto was defrauding him, he lodged a complaint at the Garfa police station, which registered a case on February 13, 2015.

The case was then handed over to the detective department, and the sleuths arrested Otto with a woman Indian accomplice from Mehrauli, Delhi, in July 2015.

He was charged under different sections of the Indian Penal Code relating to impersonation, cheating and criminal conspiracy and also under the Foreigners Act.

The CJM on Friday sentenced Otto to five years in prison and fined him Rs 10,000 for cheating as also under the Foreigners Act, besides handing him a three-year jail term for impersonation.

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JNU admin, JNUSU at loggerheads over shelter for riot victims



Jagdesh Kumar JNU VC

New Delhi, Feb 29 After the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Students’ Union (JNUSU) called for providing shelter to the Delhi riot victims inside the campus, the varsity administration has issued a warning to the union against any such step.

The move has now invited yet another turn to ongoing tussle between the administration and JNUSU.

“You have no legal right to make the JNU campus a shelter, the notice issued by varsity Registrar Pramod Kumar,” read.

The university administration has also warned the students of disciplinary actions if the students are found doing so.

“You are strictly advised against any such activity, failing which appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against you. You are also advised to uphold the need to keep an educational institution like JNU a congenial space for study and research,” it said.

It was on Wednesday that the JNUSU had put posters on social media announcing “JNU open for Shelter” and called victims of Delhi riots to get shelter in the campus.

However, the notice by the administration has left JNUSU red faced, who in return claimed that the JNU will remain open for riot victims.

After receiving the letter, the Vice-President of JNUSU, Saket Moon tweeted, “While the JNU Admin’s masters in the government burned Delhi, the JNU Admin threatens us to turn survivors of the violence from our campus.”

“JNU was open for shelter in 1984, it shall remain open today!,” Moon added in the tweet, attaching photographs of the notice by the administration and the poster issued by the JNUSU.

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When you did not listen to Vajpayeeji in Gujarat why would you listen to us ! Kapil Sibal to BJP



Kapil Sibal PC On Economy

New Delhi, Deb 29: After BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the Congress for trying to preach ‘rajdharma,’ Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal responded with a satirical comment referring to 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad criticised grand old party after a Congress delegation led by president Sonia Gandhi met President Ram Nath Kovind and asked him to push the Narendra Modi government to follow the path of ‘rajdharma’by removing Amit Shah as Home Minister for “abdication of duty” during the communal violence in northeast Delhi that has claimed 42 lives so far.

Kapil Sibal tweeted on Saturday, “Law Minister to Congress : “Please don’t preach us Rajdharma” How can we Mr. Minister ? When you did not listen to Vajpayeeji in Gujarat why would you listen to us !

Listening , learning and obeying Rajdharma not one of your Government’s strong points ! (sic)” he tweeted.

The senior Congress leader was referring to the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s comments over the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat.

At a press conference in Delhi on Friday, Law minister Prasad alleged that the communal violence was an outcome of “instigation” and provocative remarks made by opposition leaders
but failed to highlight the communal and inflammatory remarks of BJP ministers since 2014 and which has increased after Citizenship Amendment Act.

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