Events

Knowledge Series on Law & Justice (LEAF III): July 04-05, 2020

Introduction

We are delighted to inform Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA in association with Lex Witness, THS - The Law Firm, SADGAMAYA presents 'Knowledge Series on Law and Justice'. Sessions as part of the Knowledge Series will take place in June-July 2020 from June 20, 2020 and onwards. The Knowledge Series includes Talk by the Resource person followed by a special live Q & A session.

The resource persons at the Knowledge Series will be Judges (Retired and incumbent), Senior Advocates, Partners of Law firms, In House Counsels and allied industry who have extensive expertise in the field of law. Attendees include Learners of Law including students, members of the Bar, legal professionals and special invitees. 

Objective

The Knowledge Series aims to provide Continuing Legal Education to the Members of the Bar and to provide an opportunity to the Students of the Law School to learn from the best and most experienced legal luminaries and have a first hand experience of interacting with the members of the Bar.

Schedule of the Knowledge Series on Law & Justice (Leaf III)

Resource Person: Doctrine of Res Gestae: An Exception to HEarsay Rule | JuLy 04, 2020 - 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm

Mr. Niteen Pradhan, Senior Counsel, High Court of Bombay

Mr. Niteen Pradhan has more than 43 years of professional experience. He has appeared in Bombay High Court, Supreme Court of India and other Courts in the Country.

Mr. Niteen's practice areas include (but not just limited to) Constitutional Matters, Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Small Depositors Act. 

Mr. Niteen was the Special Counsel on behalf of the State of Maharashtra in the Arbitration in London with respect to the Enron Power Project in India. He has represented several national and multinational corporations before various forums. 

Mr. Niteen has appeared in well-known election matters for the erstwhile Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Gopinath Munde, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for Industry and Technology and Public Affairs late Mr. Pramod Mahajan, Ex- Chief Minister Mr. A. R. Antulay. He represented clients before the Shrikrishna Commission (constituted to look into the Bombay riots of the year 1992-93); the Lentin J. Commission (constituted for formulating standards in pharmaceutical companies and their supply to the Government Hospitals and Institutions.) He represented several individuals accused in the Bombay Blast Case, 1993 but withdrew in 2006 from the matters in protest of the serial Bomb Blast in Mumbai trains.

Mr. Niteen is an avid reader especially on History and Philosophy.

Resource Person: Media and Freedom of Speech: Difference between Article 19(1)(a) and 1st Amendment of AMerican Constitution | July 05, 2020 - 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm

Mr. Vikas Singh, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Mr. Vikas Singh is an eminent Senior Advocate practicing in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India with a standing of over 30 years at the Bar. He has been the Additional Solicitor General of India from 2005 to 2008. His contribution in the field of law and public life is immense.

While appearing as a Law Officer of the Government of India, Mr. Vikas Singh has successfully represented the Government in diverse matters ranging from Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Contractual matters, Service matters, Income-Tax, Central Excise and Customs, COFEPOSA, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Company matters, Espionage matters, matters relating to Government policies, Preventive Detention, etc. In all these matters he has got important law laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court while zealously defending the interest of the Government. In fact, some of the judgments, which are also now reported in various Supreme Court Journals, are of such importance that they have been referred to in books relating to the said subject written by various authors indicating the stand of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and the importance of the issues decided therein. The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi in the famous Abu Salem trial appointed him as the special prosecutor.

Mr. Vikas Singh had been a visiting faculty member in the Indian Parliament for giving lectures to foreign delegates on various issues including legislative drafting and legal education. He has propounded the theory of ‘Legislative Control on Terrorism’ in his address in the India Parliament to international delegates immediately after 9/11 incident by suggesting that a law should be enacted to prohibit the media from publishing any photograph of the terrorist, so as to act as a disincentive for any terrorist organization since invariably terrorist attacks are well known to publicize the cause for which the terrorist organization is fighting for. He has also addressed a detailed letter in this regard to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on July 18, 2016. 

The articles authored by Mr. Vikas Singh on blemishes in the collegium system on appointment of judges has been widely published and received appreciative attention of the Judiciary and Legislature. He has, in fact suggested that the government should be well within its rights to bring in a Bill to regulate the Collegium System so as to ensure that people of high integrity and high caliber are only considered for appointment to the higher judiciary. 

Mr. Vikas Singh regularly appears pro-bono in matters relating to important issues where the larger national or public interest is at stake.

Mr. Vikas Singh was elected as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association for the year 2018-19 and during the period of one year he took key steps for the welfare and long-term financial security of the members of the Bar, including provision of life insurance and contribution towards premium for free life insurance of SCBA members with income below Rs.10 lakhs p.a. along with various other steps to improve the overall infrastructure available for the members of the Bar. This included purchase of 25 state of the art air purifiers for Library-I, II and IV, Ladies Bar Room and SCBA Bar lounge and gym equipments for the Ladies bar room. Throughout his tenure he had a zeal for providing better facilities for the Bar as well as providing better opportunities for the overall growth of the Bar. 

Mr. Vikas Singh is very active in social causes especially in providing help to the disabled and is involved with the All India Deaf and Dumb Society as well as in the treatment of handicapped children. He has been promoting education of the girl child with the philosophy that educating a man is educating a person whereas educating a girl is educating a family.

Mr. Vikas Singh is also an avid tennis player and has even played at a tournament at Wimbledon in 1999 hosted by International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain, on their 75thAnniversary, representing the International Lawn Tennis Club of India.

Mr. Vikas Singh’s wide legal experience has given him a cutting edge in the legal profession and his rich pool of legal knowledge has little parallel. He is a person always in touch with the changing times and was one of the first few to raise the issue of video-conferencing in the Courts in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. His rich experience has also given him the unique ability to give pointed and practical legal advice in order to get the best outcome for a case.   

About the Moderators

Mr. Raj Kamal, Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India

Mr. Raj Kamal has been working on the Criminal side in the Supreme Court of India, High Courts and Delhi Courts/Tribunals with parallel expertise in Real Estate, Insolvency, Constitution, Company, Educational, Service, Matrimonial and Arbitration Laws.

Mr. Raj Kamal before establishing RK Chambers in January 2014, was retained under the tutelage of Mr. KTS Tulsi, Sr. Advocate & MP (RS) (July, 2006-December, 2013. Took up individual matters apart from assisting and briefing Mr. KTS Tulsi since 2009. He was Standing Counsel of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee before the High Court at Delhi (2007-2012). 

Mr. Raj Kamal is alumnus of Symbiosis Law School, Pune (2006) and completed Masters in Business Law from NLSIU, Bangalore (2007). 

Mr. Raj Kamal is associated with Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA since its inception in varied roles including teaching and mentoring learners of law. 

Mr. Kumar Mihir, Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India

Mr. Kumar Mihir, Advocate on Record, the Supreme Court of India, has an experience of about Fourteen Years in handling disputes relating to constitutional law, general trade and commercial laws, civil and criminal laws, electricity laws, mining laws, alternate dispute resolution, construction contracts etc.

Mr. Kumar Mihir has been handling cases before handling cases before the Supreme Court of India, various State High Courts, District Courts, Competition Appellate Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Mines Tribunal, Company Law Board, National State and District Consumer Forums, Debt Recovery Tribunal et cetera and have also been advising various domestic and multinational clients on the contentious issues relating to the areas mentioned above.

Mr. Kumar Mihir before setting up his own office was associated with M. G. Ramachandran & Associates (November 2012-March 2014); Lakshmi Kumaran and Sridharan (July 2011 – October 2012); Khaitan & Co. (October 2007-June 2011); The Chambers of Law (August 2006-September 2007).

Mr. Kumar Mihir has been a member of the drafting committee of the Ministry of Power, Government of India for drafting the amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003. 

Mr. Kumar Mihir is an Alumnus of Symbiosis Law School, Pune. He has been associated with Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA since its inception in varied roles including teaching and mentoring learners of law. 

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