Veteran entrepreneur Dr Sanjay Gupta receives honorary doctorate degree from OIUCM Colombo

Every great idea begins with a dream but if we have within us the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world, we can easily accomplish any task at hand. An inspiring figure of success amidst adversities, Dr Sanjay Gupta, Chairman, Ramagya Group has been awarded doctorate degree by the Open International University for complementary medicines – Colombo (OIUCM-Colombo, Sri Lanka) for his exceptional contribution to education sector and his service to the mankind. The degree was bestowed on Dr Sanjay Gupta at a conferment ceremony held at Kualalumpur in Malaysia. 

With the potential to excel and the desire to succeed, Dr Sanjay Gupta has accomplished various feats and won prestigious awards and recognitions from renowned institutes of the country. For his extraordinary contribution to education, he has also been conferred the Asia Pacific Achievers Award by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath.

Accepting the honorary doctorate in the presence of who’s who of the world of education, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chairman, Ramagya Group said, “I am honoured to have been awarded this doctorate. I would like to express my great appreciation for this recognition of our efforts towards transforming the country’s education system on international platform. In a way, it has added to my responsibilities of continuing to live by example while taking Ramagya Group of Schools to the next level of excellence.”

Ramagya School affiliated to CBSE & CIE boards is located in the heart of Noida, Sector 50 within a sprawling campus area of more than 3 acres. The school’s enviable scholastic and co-scholastic attainments are attributed to an eclectic mix of faculty having more than 15 years of teaching experience. As part of the management policies, teachers of Ramagya School Noida are regularly attending international and national seminars and conferences thus broadening their horizons of academic excellence both at national as well as international platforms. 

Ramagya School, Noida is one of the trendsetter schools in India due to its contemporary teaching pedagogies which incorporate best practices of Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence, Montessori Learning Corridors, Reflective Corners, Word Wall, Open Doors and the school’s own customised ‘flexi learn technology’ at the secondary and senior secondary level. The curriculum followed at Ramagya boasts of its global lineage with wide-ranging core subjects, students and teachers exchange programme for global exposure and an ideal student-teacher ratio of 25:1. For a greater balance of mind-body-soul, Ramagya School has devised education as a way of life for the students under its roof. Programmes like ‘Know your Brain’ and  ‘Baal Saathee’ help in promoting physical, emotional and psychological wellness of the students and boost their confidence to achieve greater heights. Also, programmes like ‘Geeta Saar’ and ‘Stories of Panchtantra’ help the students by  imparting  wisdom and knowledge of  ancient scriptures in an engaging and interesting way to enhance their life skills and prepare them for leadership roles. The school has also incorporated Transcendental Meditation as a ‘Quiet Time Programme’ for children and teachers which helps in minimizing anxiety, managing stress and also improve brain functioning thus making teaching and learning a simple and enjoyable activity. In sports education, the Ramagyans have special access to Noida’s top sports academy (Ramagya Sports Academy) that offers world-class training in 35+ sports, in association with Indian sports legends like MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, and Bhaichung Bhutia. Ramagya School has also joined hands with globally acclaimed and famed universities and organizations such as UCLA, Cambridge University, British Council and Goethe Institute, Germany, which share the common goal of enhancing student learning. The collaborations have been made with a commitment to enrich educational experiences for the students. For these reasons, Ramagya School, Noida has been voted as one of the top 5 senior secondary schools in Delhi- NCR and is also listed amongst the 30 great Indian Schools. 

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Future of Litigation Funding in India

Litigation funding is where a third party provides the financial resources to enable costly litigation or arbitration cases to proceed. The litigant obtains all or part of the financing to cover its legal costs from a private commercial litigation funder, who has no direct interest in the proceedings. In return, if the case is won, the funder receives an agreed share of the proceeds of the claim. If the case is unsuccessful, the funder loses its money, and nothing is owed by the litigant. Litigation Financing is a very old concept and has been permitted in England and Wales since 1960’s. Third-party litigation funding is permitted in India. There is no specific public body that oversees or governs third-party litigation funding. However, the terms of such contract are subject to the Indian Contract Act, 1872. 

Litigation Financing has been a little-known concept for litigants and law firms in India. Some of the world’s top litigation financing firms are planning to open their offices or representative offices in India to tap Indian Market which is full of opportunities. Litigation Financing would safeguard the litigants to lose huge legal costs in big-ticket claims, on the other hand it will give a chance to Litigation Financiers to get higher returns on their investment when decisions come in favour of the party to whom they are backing. These transactions are non-recourse, means there is no recovery would be made if the judgement is not in favour of the litigant.

The corona virus pandemic has hit the economic growth of India and lots of businesses suffered huge losses, causing more legal contractual disputes between the companies in India. Indian companies have only one option to fight the case and pay hefty legal fees to lawyers who are very expensive. Companies are not able to meet the working capital requirement due to payment of hefty legal fees to the lawyers. Number of cases having good merits are going uncontested in India. Last year two notable examples of third-party funding have raised awareness amongst corporate finance advisors to see litigation funding as an alternate means of financing: the monetisation of arbitration award in Hindustan Construction Company and Patel Engineering. Major infrastructure companies in India are struggling with stressed assets and huge pending claims, litigation funding would definitely help them to settle their claims. 

India has more potential in the monetisation of claims than London, Singapore, and Hong Kong. The return on this type of financing is more than 50%-100% in some cases which is considerably better return on any investment done in any conventional corporate finance deals in the Indian Market. 

Indian legal sector is growing very fast for last few years. However, the clients are still very conscious spending money on litigations even having good merits. Litigation Funding would be welcomed by the clients and will have excellent future in India. However, India needs a strong regulatory framework focusing disclosure, qualifications and conduct of litigation funders. 

(The article is authored by Mr Priyanshu Kumar, Managing Director – Head of Legal & Corporate Advisory, MP Morgan Capital)

Let’s Connect aims to create buzzing Coworking Spaces across the country

Revolutionising the way the professionals and the companies work in the new era of technology driven world of business, Let’s Connect, a frontrunner in flexible workspace industry, has emerged as provider of world-class Coworking Office Spaces exclusively for Startups, independent professionals and talented people. Offering premium and exquisitely crafted Coworking spaces, Let’s Connect aims to expand its wings all across the country.

‘Let’s Connect Coworking Spaces in Noida are built for those who aspire to work on their own freedom and have the passion in their work to lead a balanced lifestyle altogether. These Coworking Spaces are flexible, scalable, equipped with latest IT Technologies, and quite affordable for individuals as well as expert teams to have the highest work performance from the first day onwards.  With the future of work changing rapidly, various industries have shifted to agile strategies to optimise their workforce best. Evolving with these changing needs, Let’s Connect has already emerged as a leading provider of coworking space in Noida

Mr. Sagar Narang, Founder, Let’s Connect said, “At Let’s Connect, we take pride in offering wonderfully designed state-of-the-art shared office spaces exclusively where the gen-next entrepreneurs are conveniently being able to give wings to their dreams and aspirations. Here they can create their own workspace model to  fulfil their specific requirements from office work to organising meetings and events. We believe in offering our platform as a place to nurture best minds and provide them with a premium experience for startups to begin their journey in competitive markets. ”

While the Companies and Startups today consider various factors like ease of access, additional costs, reliability, stringent health and sanitations prior to selecting workspaces and offices,  Let’s Connect shared office spaces cater to all these requirements. Even with the availability of beautifully furnished private rooms and Meeting Rooms, Let’s Connect has already gained a distinct competitive edge over its counterparts in offering coworking space in Delhi /NCR.

Now that the Indian economy is showing decisive sings of a V-shaped recovery, the demand for shared as well as Co-working office spaces is growing on fast pace. Such office spaces relieve to operate from a private office space that requires huge investment; hence the emerging entrepreneurs choose Fully Furnished Coworking spaces offered by Let’s Connect for their growth. All through its avant-garde offerings Let’s Connect is all set to create a way of living in cities that is focused on community and convenience. 

Utkarsh Gupta, MD, Ramagya Group Of Schools bags ‘Education Icon-Of-The-Year Award’

In recognition of his contribution to the education sector, Mr Utkarsh Gupta, MD of ‘Ramagya Group Of Schools’ has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Certificate of Excellence Award by Education Times – Education Icon of the Year 2020’. The esteemed award was presented to Mr. Gupta in the presence of the leading lights of the industry, at a well-attended ceremony held at ‘The Chancery Pavilion’ in Bangalore to felicitate all the India’s Top School winners.

The award acknowledges the exemplary work of the education leaders in India. At this prestigious platform, Ramagya School Noida also won India School Merit Awards 2020. Ranked No.1 in India under the Top CBSE Schools for ‘Individual Attention to Students’ category, in a survey conducted by ‘Education Today’. The award was presented to Principal, Ms. Aparna Magee.  Ramagya School Noida has bagged this award out of 2375 schools based on jury-rating, parent’s votes (98,970 votes) as well as analysis by ‘Education Today’ team (Perception based, Survey & Nomination based). 

Accepting the Certificate of Excellence Award with sheer humility, Mr. Utkarsh Gupta, MD, Ramagya Group Of Schools said, “It’s certainly a very proud and humbling experience to receive such an esteemed honour and I dedicate this award to my entire team for extending their unflinching support to me in my journey.  I also take this opportunity to appreciate my team for believing in my vision and performing exceptionally well in achieving our designated goal of bringing a positive change in society through education. ” 

Ramagya School affiliated to CBSE & CIE boards is located in the heart of Noida, Sector – 50 within a sprawling campus area of more than 3 acres. The school’s enviable scholastic, co-scholastic attainments are attributed to an eclectic mix of faculty having more than 15 years of academic teaching experience. As part of the management policies, teachers of Ramagya School Noida are regularly attending international and national seminars and conferences thus broadening their horizons of academic excellence both at national as well as international platforms. 

Ramagya School, Noida is one of the best in the list of schools in Noida, due to its contemporary teaching pedagogies which incorporate best practices of Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence, Montessori Learning Corridors, Reflective Corners, Word Wall, Open doors and the school’s own customised ‘flexi learn technology’ at the secondary and senior secondary level. The curriculum followed at Ramagya boasts of its global lineage with wide-ranging core subjects, students and teachers exchange programme for global exposure and an ideal Student-Teacher ratio of 25:1. Ramagya School, Noida is voted as one of the top 5 Senior Secondary schools in Delhi- NCR and is also listed amongst the 30 great Indian Schools. 


Pachar Group, a trailblazer in developing high end real estate and luxurious hospitality projects, presents a grand luxury to travel connoisseurs seeking a calm peaceful ambience without compromising world class facilities in the lap of nature at its royal property- “Aaram Bagh, Pushkar”. 

The property takes you back 1000 years ago with a quick deep dive into history depicting 5 most  significant civilization of the world. It has 63 rooms based on ancient civilisation viz. 16 Arabian royal suites, 12 Persian royal suites, 12 Egyptian royal suites,12 Greek royal suites and 8 Tribal villas based on rural theme.

Egyptian court portrays the great Pharaoh built the pyramids some 5000 years ago and civilization developed along the banks of River Nile, showing in detail sphinxes, obelisks, Egyptian God and its history. 

Persian court shows the civilisation born in Mesopotamia about 5000 years ago and developed along the banks of River Tigris and Euphrates, being ruled successively by Sumerians, Assyrians, Babylonians and finally followed by Persians.

Greek court depicts in detail the civilization belonging to a period of Greek history from the Greek Dark Ages of the 13th–9th centuries BC to the end of antiquity (c. 600 AD).

Chinese architecture is a style of architecture that has taken shape in East Asia over many centuries. The structural principles of Chinese architecture have remained largely unchanged, the main changes being only the decorative details. Since the Tang Dynasty, Chinese architecture has had a major influence on the architectural styles of Korea, Vietnam, and Japan.

Tribal Courts are best place to experience lives of tribes which are groups of distinct people who remain dependent on their land for their livelihood and are largely self-sufficient. 

This beautiful property takes you back into more than 1000 years ago and gives you an opportunity to relive the history which is just available to read in books. More than 5 civilisations can be experienced at one place and that too without compromising on the facilities and comfort which people expect when enjoying their holidays. What else a travel aficionado can ask for! 

Ajay Chaudhary, CMD, Ace Group: Redefining skyline of NCR with much-acclaimed real estate projects

With a determined focus on timely delivery of real estate projects, Mr Ajay Chaudhary, CMD, Ace Group has steered his firm to newer heights of glory while fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of seekers of both affordable and luxury housing

A name to reckon with in real estate sector, Mr Chaudhary has created benchmarks in terms of timely delivery of real estate offerings to its valued customers. Under his astute leadership, Ace Group is giving consistently stellar performance with a strong commitment to maintain quality yardsticks. Transforming the skyline of NCR, Ace Group has established itself as an industry leader by setting benchmarks one after another.

Mr Ajay Chaudhary, CMD, Ace Group

Established in 2010, Ace Group has completed projects covering an area of 8.5 million sq ft (approx 8 lakh sq mtr) while another 12.8 million sq ft (approx 12Lac sq mtr) are under construction. Among its completed residential projects include ACE Platinum, ACE City, ACE Aspire and ACE Golfshire, all of which have gained considerable customer attention. 

Steered by Mr. Chaudhary, Ace Group has also established a series of milestone commercial projects including City Square and ACE Studio. ACE Parkway, Ace Medley Avenue and Ace Divino, among others, are currently underway. Recently Ace Group has announced that its prime residential project ‘Ace Golfshire’ has been completely sold out. Located at Sector 150, Noida, Ace Golfshire offers 2 and 3 BHK apartments comprising 455 units set amidst great ambience embellished with international specifications.

Ace Golfshire is situated in Noida’s greenest residential locale as the Noida Authority is developing a massive 42-acres Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park at Sector-150 at a great pace. The project offers its residents scenic views of the vast area of beautiful unspoiled greenery, presenting soothing and calming environs. While such recuperating natural luxury is hard to find in the entire NCR, Ace Golfshire is also strategically situated in the close proximity to Noida Expressway, metro station, shopping complexes, hospitals and world-renowned education hubs.

Says Mr. Chaudhary, “Our belief since the starting has been to deliver projects on time without any compromise on the aspect of quality. Sticking to this motto has always given us excellent results.” 

It is worth noting that Ace Golfshire was one of the first two projects to be completely delivered in sector 150 Noida. Though, this kind of success is not new to Ace Group as it has successfully sold out and delivered a series of projects including ACE Golfshire, ACE Platinum, ACE City and ACE Aspire, to name a few among others. Thus, Ace Group has successfully achieved its goal of delivering credible and sustainable real estate projects

Apart from all these landmark projects, Ace Group has partnered with Godrej Properties Limited for a 100-acre township called ‘Golf Link’ in Greater Noida. The project will have luxury villas/apartments and housing units with a 9-hole golf course in a serene setting. ‘Godrej Palm Retreat’ in Sector 150, Noida, is another joint venture project of Ace Group with Godrej. Moreover, Ace Group has joined hands with ATS for ‘ATS Destinaire’ and with ABA Corp for ‘County 107’. Ace Group has also formed a joint venture with Bengaluru-based prominent real estate developer Prestige Group.

Ace Group enjoys a strong brand equity with a strong delivery track record in real estate sector. Even at this time when most of the players are keeping away from launching any new project, Ace Group has recently launched limited edition 3-4 BHK ultra luxury towers “X Residences” at its premium residential project Ace Parkway located at Sector 150, Noida.

A man of exemplary vision and enterprise, Mr. Chaudhary believes in the importance of creating long-term relationships with his customers, investors and dealers. He says there is only one way to earn customer loyalty and that is through timely delivery of projects. His undying passion for scaling professional heights has resulted in Ace Group gaining strong brand equity. Under his stewardship, Ace Group has emerged as one of the foremost real estate developers in just over a decade of its existence. With a belief in creating modern, elegant, and state-of-the-art residential and commercial real estate projects, Mr. Chaudhary has successfully carved a niche for Ace Group in the industry.

He feels proud to have played a major part in providing affordable and luxurious projects in NCR and it is no wonder that the Ace Group has developed a strong foothold in the real estate sector by creating innovative futuristic spaces.  

At the helm of affairs from a young age, Ajay understood the importance of celebrity endorsements well in time. He roped in the celebrity interior designer Gauri Khan for the ‘Ace Golfshire’ and ‘ACE Parkway’ projects. The announcement to this effect was made by Ajay at Maison & Object, Paris, one of the most prestigious fairs in home decor and design globally. Some of the country’s top-notch celebrities such as Deepika Padukone and Kriti Sanon have been associated with Ace Group.

Mr. Chaudhary is also a sports enthusiast and he particularly likes football, owing to which ACE Group was earlier associated with Mumbai FC, a team owned by Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor for the Indian Super League (ISL). Understanding the challenge that football promotion faces in a cricket-crazy India, Ace Group decided to contribute to the betterment of the game in the best possible way.

Mr. Chaudhary has bagged two awards from CNBC Awaaz for the best construction quality in 2013, and best affordable homes in Delhi-NCR for ACE Platinum and ACE City in 2014. Under his leadership, ACE also won awards from a prestigious media house in 2018 and 2019.

Sanjay Gupta, Chairman, APL Apollo: Leveraging innovation and technology

In its over thirty years of operations as the largest producer of structural steel tubes in the country APL Apollo Tubes Ltd has created a remarkable brand presence, managing to wrest 50 percent of the market share. Its vast distribution network across India includes a cavalcade of warehouses and branch offices in 24 cities to support its business interests at home as well as across a string of 30 countries across the globe.

Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Chairman, APL Apollo

Under the stewardship of Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Chairman, APL Apollo, the firm approached the business with a complete fresh outlook. Earlier the main applications for round shaped steel tubes included transportation of water, oil and gas and these tubes were largely being produced by the big players in the market. 

When APL Apollo entered the market, instead of following the prevailing trend it transformed the entire scenario, by introducing square and rectangular pipes which have a better load bearing capacity even for huge structures and replacing the conventional steel products. Working endlessly to fulfill the shifting preferences of consumer requirements and to provide high quality products at competitive prices, APL Apollo focuses on innovation. 

Be it instilling latest technology or optimum utilisation of resources, the company never hesitates in investing more in R&D which works as a driving force behind its ever-growing ability to create new products, adapt new applications, strengthen processes, develop new markets and enhance existing market share. 

I take great pride in sharing that today most of our products are compatible for large structural infrastructural projects and buildings such as airports, metros, convention centers etc. As the demand has risen sharply on the back of growing usage of steel tubes in all these projects, we have also grown our capacities extensively as a company,” Mr. Gupta saysas he shares his observations on how things have changed in the industry.

As a market leader in structural steel segment, APL Apollo has high stakes in India’s $200 billion construction industry. In the future, APL Apollo may explore various diversified segments in the building material category as well, but as of now it will be too early to comment on the investment involved and how big the projects would be. However, its focus will remain intact on structural steel segment where it foresees abundant growth to be capitalized upon over the next 10 years.

Already, the company is engaged in developing high diameter, high thickness steel tubes that will instantly replace concrete RCC, metal plates and various other steel products being used currently in the construction process of high-rises and other heavy infrastructure construction.

Innovation is the key to APL Apollo’s dynamic growth and Gupta emphasizes upon it as an inextricable part of the company’s DNA. No wonder that the firm has been successfully replacing the five conventional structural products such as steel angle channels, wood, aluminum, concrete RCC and long steel products including metal plates with its extraordinary products in this segment – which gives it an edge over its counterparts. 

APL Apollo, has been a pioneer in contemplating, researching, producing and then taking a lead in the market by launching a wide range of futuristic products in the market. Surpassing the competition, APL Apollo is ruling the market as single largest company capturing a major market share in structural steel tubes industry.

Okaya and its top management functionaries hog the limelight at White Page International felicitations

Mr. Arush Gupta, Director & CEO, Okaya Power Private Limited adjudged India’s Inspirational Leader 2020 while Okaya wins India’s most diversified energy products and solution company award at White Page International conclave. 

Okaya Power Pvt Ltd (Okaya), a multi-billion battery and power back-up products company has won India’s most diversified energy products and solutions company award, and Mr.  Arush Gupta, Director & CEO, Okaya Power Private Limited has been adjudged as India’s Most Inspirational Leader felicitationat the recently-held virtual conclave by White Page International. 

At the same occasion, Mr. Prashant Parida, Chief Marketing Officer, Okaya Power Private Limited won the prestigious Marketing Marvels Certificate 2020 for his exemplary achievement in shaping the internal, external communication and marketing of Okaya. The multiple recognitions won by Okaya testify to the company’s top positioning and its extensive brand value validated on such an esteemed international platform.

Mr. Arush Gupta, Director & CEO, Okaya Power Private Limitedsaid, “We are incredibly honoured to have received back-to-back accolades at this international platform. It demonstrates the incredible strength of the brand Okaya. These awards are at the same time reaffirm that our efforts are in the right direction. I’m personally humbled to have bagged recognition for leadership and for that I take this opportunity to appreciate the entire team Okaya for believing in my vision and performing exceptionally well in achieving all the designated goals.”

With more than 110 million customers, 4,900+ distributors, 43,000+ Channel Partners, 200+ Exclusive Shoppes and 355+ Service Points, Okaya Power Group has one of the strongest distribution channels in the country. Okaya has already achieved distinct technological advancements in cell structure with simultaneously commanding excellence in bringing various new innovations in module design of energy storage solutions.  

Okaya takes pride in delivering only the highest quality product line that exceeds customers’ expectations. With its excellent range of Lead Acid Batteries along with Lithium batteries, Okaya has set in motion another big revolution in power storage solutions. Okaya takes pride in delivering only the highest quality product line that exceeds customers’ expectations.  Moreover, Okaya has already taken a great leap forward in providing well equipped EV Charging infrastructure so much so that it’s regarded as one of the largest players in this fast growing segment.

Applicability of Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018

The Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 (the FEO Act) which came into existence on 21st April 2018 has been fairly a subject of criticism due to its infamous & draconian provisions. Let us examine these draconian provisions of the Act on the touchstone of the Constitution of India, 1950. 

Rohan Garg, Partner, Fox Mandal

One of the foremost aspects of any Act is its applicability. The provisions of the FEO Act shall apply to any individual who is, or becomes, a fugitive economic offender on or after the date of coming into force of this Act. However, when we analyse some relevant sections of the FEO Act, we find that Section 10(3) of this Act states that a notice under sub-section (1) shall (a) require the individual to appear at a specified place and time and that failure to appear on the specified place and time shall result in a declaration of the individual as a fugitive economic offender and confiscation of property under this Act. 

Concurrently, Section 12 (Declaration of fugitive economic offender) of this act states that after hearing the application under section 4, if the Special Court is satisfied that an individual is a fugitive economic offender, it may, by an order, declare the individual as a fugitive economic offender for reasons to be recorded in writing. According to Section 14 (Power to disallow civil claims) of this Act, on declaration of an individual as a fugitive economic offender, any Court or tribunal in India, in any civil proceeding before it, may, disallow such individual from putting forward or defending any civil claim.

Let us now examine these sections on the touchstone of the Constitution of India, especially in relation to Article 14, 21 and 300A of the Constitution of India. Article 14 states that the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India. The FEO Act, as the name suggests, applies to an individual who is declared a fugitive economic offender. The far-reaching effect of such a declaration is that all his properties are confiscated to the Government and disposed, even before the accused is proven guilty. 

The golden principle of criminal law that is “an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty’ is completely undermined by such confiscation. Another significant and infamous consequence is that the individual is barred from defending any civil claim before any court in India, once he is declared fugitive. Furthermore, the Act appears to be nothing but offering an unlawful bait to an individual, which is either to surrender and return to India to face prosecution or lose claim on all properties as well as right to file or defend any civil matter. Therefore, the individuals who are grouped as “fugitives” bear the brunt of this Act. 

The question that needs immediate consideration is whether an individual who has left India can be asked to return through the FEO Act even if the Extradition Act already exists for the same very purpose?  Moreover, as per Article 300A of the Constitution of India, no person shall be deprived of his property save by authority of law. Here also, the authority of the FEO Act is in question. Also, the Section 12 of the FEO Act which empowers confiscation of the properties is in the teeth of the Article 300A of the Constitution of India for the simple reason that the manner in which an individual is declared a fugitive is prima facie unconstitutional. 

As pointed above, the way an individual is declared a fugitive wholly undermines the extradition Act and renders it meaningless. It also violates the right to equal protection of law because on one hand, an individual is unable to defend his extradition if he returns to India pursuant to FEO proceedings and on the other hand, he loses his properties if he refuses to return to India under the FEO proceedings and continues to lawfully defend his extradition. In my opinion, these two Acts cannot be simultaneously applied by India. Another facet of this infamous legislation is that it also undermines right to life and liberty under the Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The appropriate law to bring back an individual residing in a foreign country is Extradition and not the FEO. 

An individual has a fundamental right to personal liberty and to live with dignity. He has a right to legally defend himself from placing himself within the jurisdiction of a State where his arrest is wanted, which will curtail his personal liberty. The FEO Act undermines these legal rights. It also undermines the Extradition Act and the safeguards it provides to an individual to restrain his extradition. Moreover, the FEO Act and the Extradition Act cannot apply simultaneously because it results in the clash of interests and rights of an accused. 


Hence, the sustainability of the FEO Act will be tested on the touchstone of Articles 14, 21 and 300A of the Constitution of India. It will also have to be seen how the Courts view the fact that the simultaneous application of both the FEO Act and the Extradition Act adversely affect the legal rights of an accused and the fact that the FEO Act undermines the Extradition Act and renders it toothless or meaningless will require considerable contemplation by the Constitutional Courts in the times to come. Based on the discussion above, in my opinion, the FEO Act not only violates the Articles of the Constitution of India but also renders the Extradition Act meaningless by depriving an individual of it.

(The author of the article is Mr. Rohan Garg, Partner, Fox Mandal)

Ramagya Group launches Ramagya Theatre Lab to open new opportunities for theatre artists

Breaking new ground in the world of theatre, Ramagya Group has launched Ramagya Theatre Lab with the aim to open new professional possibilities for theatre aspirants across India. With a vision to support artists and channelise their creative energies, Ramagya Theatre Lab engages audience through intimate theatre and platform performances. 

Championed by Ramagya Group, the Ramagya Theatre Lab is designed, and developed by Mr Gyanendra Singh – one of the most eminent theatre practitioners in India today. Mr Gyanendra Singh, who is popularly known as Anshu is renowned for his unique approach towards acting. Some of his eminent works have received critical acclaim in Mr Uday Prakash’s “Tiricch” that is one of his magnum opus production that echoes eminence and creativity. Among his other memorable performances are Rag Darbari, Bade Bhai Sahab, Ramsajeevan ki prem Katha, Waiting for Godot, Andher Nagari, Dusara Adhyay and many more. As a polyglot, he has staged performances in English, Hindi, Marathi as well as in Sanskrit, and has won numerous awards, accolades, and media mentions throughout his outstanding theatrical career.

Announcing the launch of the Ramagya Theatre Lab, Mr. Utkarsh Gupta, Managing Director, Ramagya Group said, “The idea of the Ramagya Theatre Lab is to provide an uplifting recreational ground to theatre enthusiasts, literature aficionados, and everyone looking for the holistic development of self by experiencing the wholesomeness of performing arts. It is indeed a perfect amalgamation of engagement, entertainment and education. ”  

“The Ramagya Theatre Lab is conceptualised to create a vibe of freedom and sense of discovering oneself. The sole purpose of the Ramagya Theatre Lab as it sounds, is to experiment with performing arts and literature in a space that allows the individuals to embrace their spirits without inhibitions,” added Mr Gyanendra Singh.

The Ramagya Theatre lab is open for anyone who wishes to learn, unlearn research, comprehend, enjoy, and appreciate diverse aspects of theatre life and walk into the realm of acting. Recently, Shri Devendra Raj Ankur, former Director of National School of Drama (NSD), has also joined the advisory board of the Ramagya Theatre Lab. At the virtually organised launch of the Ramagya Theatre lab, Mr Gyanendra Singh and Shri Devendra Raj Ankur, gave some healthy insights on how the theatre industry has also been affected in the pandemic, especially during the lockdown period. The event also witnessed a series of discussions on ‘Transformation of Theatre from Stagecraft to Virtual Reality’ and how to use the current period as an advantage. Shri Devendra Raj Ankur suggested all the artists to sit tight and read as much as they can by downloading stories like Natyashastra and Stanislavsky from the internet and submerge themselves in their characters. 

The Ramagya Theatre lab also has a digital wing called ‘Ramagya Digital’ where various artists from diversified backgrounds can be offered a digital platform to showcase their talents. Various groups can come together and read their lines and practice online on Ramagya Digital platform. Ramagya Theatre Lab is an endeavour to enable and encourage the community of art lovers and practitioners towards nurturing creativity and honing their craft. The lab has been meticulously synthesized by top experts to develop an area that has an aura, which naturally squeezes the creative nectar out of the soul of an artist. The vision is to be the dream-adda of every theatre enthusiast with intimate theatre space, rehearsal room, screening room, craft lab, library, and pantry.