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...“It is ‘Banglar rasogolla’, and not rasogolla, which has been GI-tagged in favour of a West Bengal government agency. Odisha, which never filed its objections before the Geographical Indications (GI) registry in the first place, can apply for its own unique Odishara rasogolla,” said advocate and IPR attorney P Sanjai Gandhi, who wrote to the Odisha chief minister about the option. So, why so much fuss about GI and is it worth the fight? India is full of unique agricultural, handicraft, handloom and food items — both natural and manufactured — which are worthy of being given a special status. This would enable people making or growing the products to exploit them commercially. ...TOI on Nov. 23, 2017, 7 a.m.
...But, when DMK’s working boss M K Stalin sought to know the fate of earlier high-voltage income tax searches in Tamil Nadu, one sat up and took note, because each such case had travelled a distinctly different path, showing inconsistency in approach. On April 22, 2016, Karur-based contractor C P Anbunathan’s houses and godowns were searched by income tax officials, and among the seized materials were about Rs5 crore in cash and currency-counting machines. Image IT-searches Three trucks found carrying Rs570 crore were intercepted by election commission officials near Tirupur in poll-bound Tamil Nadu in mid-May 2016. The trucks remained parked in an open ground for days before being taken to RBI vaults, but income tax officials did not show even an academic interest in the drama. In July-August 2016, I-T officials searched gutka godowns and fished out a diary containing names of officials and politicians on the payrolls of gutka wholesalers. ...TOI on Nov. 13, 2017, 7 a.m.
...The Madras high court alone has about 100 law officers, and almost every one of them has been a member of the ruling AIADMK’s legal wing. So is the case of subordinate courts. This was also the trend when the DMK was in office. It was a spectacle watching leaders of legal wing of the two political parties putting their heads together, picking people for posts, once the results of assembly polls tickle out. Names of prosecutors, pleaders, panel counsel and standing counsel would be apportioned among themselves, depending on their stature in the party. Law officers’ terms were considered co-terminus with the tenure of the party in power, and no neutral soul from the legal fraternity could break into the ring. The honourable exceptions were advocates-general, who were mostly from apolitical backgrounds. Things are set to change. ...TOI on July 4, 2017, 7 a.m.
...“Where is the beef ban? Show me who stopped anyone from eating beef. Even in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra slaughter alone has been by banned or regulated restricted. Import of meat and beef from other states can never be stopped, as it would impinge on the personal food choice of people,” says Justice K Chandru, retired judge of the Madras high court. Of course, once the law comes within the ambit of trade and import, then it has to play within the regulations relating to hygiene and public health, laid down by the respective governments. All trades are covered by Article 19(1) which sanctions reasonable restrictions, he adds. ...TOI on May 30, 2017, 7 a.m.
...Along the route they encounter ‘ambulance-chasing’ lawyers, cops who nudge them towards a paying lawyer on their ‘station panel’, indifferent insurance companies, emotionless hospital staff and lethargic courts. For about a decade now, calculating the compensation package for death and personal injuries has been institutionalised. Quite thankfully so. Courts now use a ‘multiplier’ formula wherein the age of the victim, his income at the time of the accident and other key factors are taken into account while awarding compensation. The past two years, however, would be remembered as a golden era for motor accident claims jurisprudence, as hitches that used to lead to delayed chargesheets, siphoning off of compensation by middlemen and fraud over assessing extent of disabilities, have all been judicially ironed out. ...TOI on April 18, 2017, 7 a.m.