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By Prateek Kumar, Sahil Narang, Raveena Rai The corporate insolvency resolution process (CIRP) against Jaiprakash Infratech Limited (JIL) commenced when the National Company Law Tribunal, Allahabad (NCLT) passed an order dated 09.08.2017 admitting the petition of IDBI Bank Limited under Section 7 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 (IBC). Home buyers who had invested in […]

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The legal costs in ­Formula 1 chief Max Mosley’s five-day privacy suit against the News of the World are set to hit £1m. The ;legal ;costs ;in ­Formula ;1 ;chief ;Max Mosley’s five-day privacy suit against the News of the World are set to hit £1m. Mosley took action against the Sunday newspaper after it secretly filmed him taking part in […]

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