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Army Institute of Law wins 7th Law College Dehradun National Moot Court Competition

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Dehradun, 26 Feb: A scene like the Supreme Court was witnessed today at the Law College Dehradun of Uttaranchal University. The occasion was the 7th Edition of National Moot Court Competition of the College. Justice Sharad Kumar Sharma of Nainital High Court was the Chief Guest and presiding judge on the occasion while District and Sessions Judge Pradeep Pant, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court SB Upadhyay, Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court Nandani Gore and Dean of Law College Dehradun Prof Rajesh Bahuguna were present as judges.

The questions under consideration of the Supreme Court included – Is wearing of hijab a fundamental right under freedom of expression? Constitutional limit of freedom of expression? Does any state have the right to secede from the union? Validity of President’s rule in states.

Dean Prof Rajesh Bahuguna said that 21 courts were set up for this competition while a total of 47 dignitaries were invited as judges. As many as 28 teams from renowned universities and colleges of the country participated in the competition. On behalf of the petitioners, the participants presented their claims on freedom of expression, misuse of Article 356, right to self-determination and federalism, etc. The participants lobbying on behalf of the Government of India not only presented their strong side but also justified every effort of the Legislature.

The Winners were Tarnbir Singh Jhandi, Rakshak Tyagi and Tanvi Mishra of Army Institute of Law, Mohali. The Runners-up were Akshita Shandil, Parth Gondia, Ishita Singh, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab. The

Best Male Advocate was Pranjal Mishra, SOA National Institute of Law, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

The Best Female Advocate was Akshita Shandil, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab. The Best Memorial was by Anushka Singh Chauhan, Shubhi Jain and Ghanshyam Gaur of Amity Law School, Rajasthan. The Best Researcher was Deepti Yadav of Banaras Hindu University.

Justice Sharad Kumar Sharma in his address said that, in the profession of law, there is an opportunity to learn every day and a legal practitioner remains a learner throughout his life. He said that the legal profession is the most rewarding in which, along with money, time and freedom, one gets the reward of self-satisfaction. He commented on the presentation of the participants and described the level of Moot Court of Law College Dehradun as excellent and gave tips to the students on ideal advocacy.

Senior Advocate SB Upadhyay said that a law graduate does not need to make any special investment to start a legal profession. He or she becomes a practitioner from the very first day of registration, but unfortunately, today a very small number of students enter the court choosing practice as their option. On the representation of renowned universities of the country in the Moot Court of Law College Dehradun, he said that this competition is a unique effort by the organisers.

Supreme Court Advocate Nandani Gore addressed the students and Prof Poonam Rawat proposed the vote of thanks.

On this occasion, the fourteenth edition of “Dehradun Law Review” – A Journal of Law College Dehradun, recognised by the University Grants Commission, was also released.

Those present on the occasion included Chancellor Jitender Joshi, Vice President Dr Satbir Sehgal, Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Rajesh Bahuguna, Prof Poonam Rawat, Kumar Ashutosh, Dr Anjum Parvez, Dr Kuljit Singh, Dr Anil Dixit, Dr Priya Lakshmi, Ramakant Tripathi, Abhiranjan Dixit and hundreds of students.