chennai l thursday l march 16, 2023 l `9.00 l PAGES 18 l late city EDITION Bar Council allows entry of foreign lawyers, firms in India The pathbreaking decision comes with the caveat that foreign lawyers and law firms can practise only in certain areas such as int’l law No permission to appear in Indian courts Foreign lawyers and firms will, however, not be allowed to appear in Indian courts and tribunals, says the Bar Council of India Rules for Registration and Regulation of Foreign Lawyers and Foreign Law Firms in India. They can practise legal work related to joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property matters, drafting of contracts etc on a reciprocal basis BCI BCI registration must for practice ■ According to the new rules, foreign lawyers and firms can’t practise law in India without registering with the BCI. The registration fee for a foreign lawyer is $25,000, while it is $50,000 for a foreign law firm ■ No registration is required for law practice by foreign lawyers or law firms giving advice to clients in India on ‘fly in and fly out’ basis is a statutory body that regulates the legal practice and education in India CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI March of 18 Oppn parties to ED office blocked PR E E THA N AIR @ New Delhi THE face-off between the Opposition and the government escalated on Wednesday after a march organised by 18 Opposition parties demanding a probe into the Adani row was called off after Delhi police blocked the roads. At least 200 MPs from several Opposition parties took part in the march, which started from Parliament House. They were stopped at Vijay Chowk, following which the members called off the march and returned to Parliament. Leader of Opposition in the Ra- jya Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge, who led the march, said the government is trying to suppress the voice of the Opposition inside and outside Parliament. “They have deployed over 2,000 police personnel and we are only 200 people. We are doing a peaceful protest and not harming anyone. We are only requesting them to allow us to go TMC missing in action The Trinamool Congress was not among the list of signatories of the letter. The Mamata Banerjee-led party did not attend the march either to the ED office and submit our letter to ED. We want an inquiry into the Hindenburg finding and the exposure of LIC and SBI to Adani group. We want to know why the government is helping Adani,” said Kharge. Though the MPs requested the police to allow them to meet the ED director in small groups, the police did not relent. “We were told that the ED director did not want to meet us,” said Pramod Tiwari, Congress deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha. Later, Kharge emailed the complaint to the ED director, in which he, along with several opposition MPs, demanded a thorough probe into the report of New York-based Hindenburg Research, which accused Adani group of stock-price manipulation and fraud. Reminding the ED that it cannot turn around and abdicate its jurisdiction, the letter said: “Charges related to accounting fraud, the dubious nature of how the FollowOn Public Offer was manipulated behind the scenes, the shocking similarity with Adani’s previous actions for which they have been investigated by your predecessors, are all available in the public domain.” HC says Grama Natham not govt land, stops eviction R S IVA K UMAR @Chennai spreading wings Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the new integrated terminal of the Chennai airport by the first week of April. The new terminal will enhance the airport’s capacity and allow it to handle 27 million passengers per year | Ashwin prasath | P3 Garcetti gets final Senate nod to be US envoy to India Eric Garcetti E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e The US Senate voted 52-42 in favour of Eric Garcetti as the next ambassador to India late on Wednesday night (India time), two years after his name was first proposed by President Joe Biden. He got the support of seven Republican senators as well while three Democrats voted against his candidature. The position had been vacant ever since Kenneth Juster stepped down as the US envoy in January 2021 after Biden was elected president. Earlier in the day the Sen, ate on voted on a cloture motion limiting debate on his nomination, which indicated the ruling Democrats had enough votes for his selection for the key post. Last week, the Senate foreign relations committee had voted 13-8 in Garcetti favour. The voting process initiated by Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer came amidst a fresh round of campaign against Garcetti, who is facing charges of inaction in a case of sexual assault by one of his staffers when he was the mayor of Los Angeles. For his part, Garcetti has maintained that he was unaware of the misdemeanor. Garcetti’s confirmation was pending before the US Congress since July 2021, when he was first nominated. During his hearing at the Senate foreign relations committee meeting in December 2021, he had said the human rights situation in India would be a core piece of his diplomatic engagement during his tenure. Consulate shuts after Khalistan threat Days after Australian PM Anthony Albanese vowed to deal with extremists, India’s honorary consulate in Brisbane was on Wednesday forced to close down due to safety concerns after Khalistan supporters organised an unauthorised gathering and blocked entry | P11 THE first bench of Madras High Court has quashed eviction notices issued against the occupants of land classified as Adi Dravidar Grama Natham and, citing previous court orders, said that Grama Natham land does not vest with the government. A bench of Acting Chief Justice T Raja and Justice D Bharatha Chakravarthy recently pronounced the verdict on the petition filed by five members of a family challenging eviction notices issued by the revenue department. The department wanted them to vacate the houses and shops they had built on land classified as Adi Dravidar Grama Natham at Poonamallee so it could be taken over for Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) construction. Quoting previous orders, the bench pointed out that Grama Natham land does not vest with the government, which has no “paramount title” to such land, and provisions of Section 2 of Tamil Nadu Land Encroachment Act, 1905 cannot be invoked to evict people occupying the land. The petitions were filed by Sacratice, Inbarasi, Kalaiarasi, Ezhilmaran and Pandian, who have constructed residential and commercial buildings on 456 sq. metres of the land. P5 express read Arunachal integral part of India: US Washington: The US on Tuesday recognised the McMahon Line as the international boundary between India’s Arunachal Pradesh and China, and rejected Beijing’s claim over the Indian state | P11 H-1B workers’ grace period extension Washington: A sub-panel of the US president has recommended that the grace period for retrenched H-1B workers to find a new job be extended from 60 days to 180 days | P11 Guv can’t precipitate govt fall, observes CJI Questions directing Uddhav Thackeray to take trust vote S h r u t i K a kk a r @ New Delhi The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the Maharashtra governor’s role in directing the then chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to take a trust vote following rebellion by the Eknath Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena, saying it had precipitated the situation. Orally observing it would be a sad spectacle for democracy, Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud said, “The only thing is that a resolution of 34 MLAs which said that there was widespread discontent among the party cadres and legislators... Is this sufficient ground to call a trust vote?” The governor, he said, cannot enter a domain that would precipitate the matter. “People will start ditching the ruling party and governors being willing allies would end up toppling the ruling party This will be a sad . spectacle for democracy .” Trust vote, he said, is to establish who is the leader of the House and not who is the leader of a party Referring to allega. tions that the rebel MLAs were facing threats to their life and property the CJI said the proc, ess is to lodge FIRs, not bring down a government. Pointing out that there were no ideological differences between the factions for three years, the CJI said, “They broke bread for three years. They broke bread with the Congress and NCP for three years. What happened overnight after three years of happy marriage?” The bench made the observations after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the then governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, said there were various materials before the governor, including a letter signed by 34 Shiv Sena MLAs and a letter from Independent lawmakers withdrawing support to the Uddhav Thackeray government, which prompted him to order a trust vote. The CJI said the governor could not assume to himself judicial power and come to the conclusion that the 34 MLAs would have to be excluded from consideration because they had incurred a disqualification under the tenth schedule. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Thackeray faction, said: “We’re back to ‘Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram’.” Bhagat Singh Koshyari Use powers judiciously, says CJI “The governor must be conscious of the fact that his calling for a trust vote may itself be a circumstance which may lead to toppling of a government... A governor may actually precipitate the falling of government. That is very, very serious for democracy... Governors must exercise these powers with the greatest circumspection,” the CJI remarked
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