18th - 20th September 2015


The art and science of TARKA, or logic, eternally prevails as the strongest weapon of a lawyer. Undeniably, the strength of this weapon can only be established by subjecting it to the ultimate test of truth. We bring to you this ultimate test at the 5th TARKA SASTRA NATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION, 2015. The first four editions of TARKA SASTRA witnessed success in fostering national spirit, legal vision and exposure of talent. We are here again with the promise to provide one of the best mooting experiences in the arena of law school mooting from 18th to 20th September 2015, at SASTRA University.

The First edition of TARKA SASTRA had a humble yet successful beginning with 16 teams participating from all over India in a test of law and logic in the field of Constitutional law. The final round was judged by Justice (Retd.) Prabha Sridevan, former Chairman of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board and retired judge of Madras High Court, Shri G. Rajagopalan, Senior Advocate and the current Additional Solicitor General (Madras High Court), and Professor Dr. S. Manoharan, former Special Officer on deputation, Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli , wherein the team from Government Law College, Ernakulam emerged as the victors, beating their opponents from Government Law College, Mumbai.

The second edition was inaugurated by Shri S. Gurumurthy, renowned socio-economic commentator and Thought Leader, and the distinguished Research Chair Professor on Legal Anthropology, SASTRA University, with over 36 teams participating from various National Law Universities and other institutions of legal studies all over India. The moot proposition was based on Arbitration Law and was drafted by Mr. Anirudh Krishnan, founder of AK Law Chambers. The Finals bench comprised, Justice N.V. Balasubramanian, retired Judge of High Court of Madras, Shri G. Masilamani, Senior Advocate and the then Additional Solicitor General of High Court of Madras, and Shri. Aditya Bhat, Partner at AZB & Partners. National Law University Delhi was adjudged as the winners.

The third edition was an intellectual symphony orchestrated on the issues of International Taxation and Capital Gains Tax, concerted through the proposition drafted by Shri V. Niranjan, the 2010 Rhodes Scholar from India and Advocate at the Madras High Court. The final round witnessed and intense mooting battle between Jindal Global Law School, Haryana and Symbiosis Law School, Noida before an erudite bench comprising Justice K.R. Shriram, Judge High Court of Bombay, P.H. Arvindh Pandian, Senior Advocate and Additional Advocate General of High Court of Madras, Shri Rajib Hota, Commissioner of Income Tax. The team from Jindal was adjudged as the winners.

The fourth edition staged yet another battle of brains which explored the intricacies and nuances of Corporate Criminal Liability through the problem framed by Mr. Triambak Kannan, Advocate, High Court of Madras. SASTRA bore witness as the teams from ICFAI, Hyderabad and Symbiosis Pune fought neck to neck with ICFAI emerging as the winners, before a panel of judges comprising Justice (Retd.) K. Sampath, former Judge, High Court of Madras, Mrs. Chitra Narayan, Partner at J Sagar Associates , Mr. R. Murari, Senior Advocate, High Court of Madras.

We welcome you all to join us in sculpting TARKA SASTRA's mooting ipseity. The last edition of TARKA SASTRA was truly national in every sense of the word, with teams from across all over the country participating. We would be delighted if this trend continues.