Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 7:
The Hidayatullah National Law University has emerged champions at the three day 2nd KIIT University National Moot Court Competition organized by the School of Law of the Odisha-based KIIT University, which concluded on Sunday.
A five-judge bench comprising Justice Altamas Kabir, former Chief Justice of India, Justice Pinaki Ghose, judge, Supreme Court of India, Narayan Chandra Sil, former Judge, Calcutta High Court, Justice B. P. Das of Orissa High Court and Justice A. S. Naidu judged the final round of Moot Court, fought between the Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur and the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala.
The Hidayatullah National Law University pleaded on behalf of the petitioner, while the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law represented the respondent.
Each team presented their case with equal enthusiasm and spirit. However, the Hidayatullah National Law University won the championship trophy and cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, while Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law got the first runners up trophy and cash award of Rs 50,000.
Aman Dwivedi of the Hidayatullah National Law University won the Best Student Advocate prize which carried a cash prize of Rs 10 thousand. Similarly the Best Memorial Prize went to NLU, Odisha and the team won a trophy and Rs 10,000 cash prize.
Addressing the valedictory, Justice Altamas Kabir advised the law students to try to be sincere and honest in their professional career and earn the trust of the court. The young advocates, in the initial days of their career should prefer lower courts where they can get enough opportunities to learn the legal processes, he said.
Prof. N.L. Mitra, Chancellor, KIIT University said, Moot Court is one of the dialectic forms of legal education. It is aprocess of learning and students from various law universities who take part in the Moot Courts should do their homework properly and come with fully prepared for the court room battle, he said.
Dr A. Samanta, founder, KIIT & KISS, Prof P. P. Mathur, VC, KIIT University, Prof N. K. Chakraborty, director, KIIT School of Law and Dr Sasmitarani Samanta, registrar, KIIT University were also present.