Definition of ‘Fraud’ under the Companies Act: A case of a blurred signpost to criminality.

First published by SCC Online #ExpertsCorner "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."  "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."  "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all." ** Who is the master of them all? … Continue reading Definition of ‘Fraud’ under the Companies Act: A case of a blurred signpost to criminality.

WHY THE HIGH COURT ORDER DENYING BAIL TO THE STANDUP COMEDIAN MUNAWAR MAY BE UNTENABLE IN LAW

Just looked at the High Court order denying bail to the comedian Munawar. With great respect, here are my two cents on how the decision is untenable in law, in my humble opinion: The decision ignores the fundamental principle of criminal law : Presumption of Innocence. The decision also ignores the rather limited scope of … Continue reading WHY THE HIGH COURT ORDER DENYING BAIL TO THE STANDUP COMEDIAN MUNAWAR MAY BE UNTENABLE IN LAW

Understanding white collar crime (webinar)

A great conversation with Beyond Law CLC team and young lawyers/law students from P&H, and across the country on issues relating to White Collar Crime (WCC) defence. The conversation ranged from : What really is ‘White Collar Crime’? and the criminology behind it, to a brief overview of principles of corporate criminal liability and salient features of … Continue reading Understanding white collar crime (webinar)

The Art of Justicing: The Story of Justice Gita Mittal

First published on Bar and Bench A call from the High Court is a big thing, whoever and wherever one is – in life. Especially when you are a 25-year-old Magistrate, and it is your parent High Court. It fills you with excitement and dread. One late afternoon, during my stint as a Magistrate at Dwarka Courts, … Continue reading The Art of Justicing: The Story of Justice Gita Mittal

A few words for the young litigator…

I distinctly remember. This was 2011. This was one of my first mandates, as a freshly minted 21 year old lawyer. I read and prepared for days. The research was reasonably good. I also had a proper speech in place. The speech had a beginning, a middle, and an end; it was also full of … Continue reading A few words for the young litigator…