Interview With SLS Pune, Winning Team at KLA Moot Court Competition

This is an interview of the winning team of 24th Kerala Law Academy Moot Court Competition. The team comprised of Neeati Narayan, Shayan Dasgupta and Indraneel Gunjal.

Below is an interview taken by Neeati Narayan of her fellow team mates.

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1. Hey guys, congratulations on your victory! Basic questions first, what made you choose the moot in the first place?

Indraneel : I read the problem and I loved it since it contained a very important issue about freedom of speech online.

Shayan : The problem was short. It was a debated issue – specifically 66A of the IT Act, concerning the recent controversy in which two girls were arrested for posting certain comments on Facebook. Further, the moot was a prestigious moot and one of the oldest moots in the country.

2. How was the process of preparation? How did you go about the entire stage?

Indraneel : I wanted the preparation to be as thorough as possible, not missing out on any point of law. Since I am passionate about mooting I enjoyed going through all the books and judgments.

Shayan : It basically involved a lot of research, not difficult research though. The topic was pretty interesting and that probably made me work harder than I normally would. We first worked on the memo – I specifically worked on the issue of constitutionality of Article 66 A. Then we spent some time (about a week) pleading amongst ourselves.

3. How was it like working with the team? What do you think are your team’s fortes? What were the roadblocks?

Indraneel : Working with the team was wonderful! We know each other well so our team dynamics are perfect. The best quality that the team has is the desire to excel as well has the mental fortitude to make that desire a reality.

The only roadblocks I can think of are a very disorganised curricular schedule and the dearth of good books and authorities on cyber laws.

Shayan : It was, as usual, a pleasure working with the team. Our researcher, Indraneel, had very good knowledge of the subject matter involved. Also, the first speaker, Neeati, worked hard.

As for fortes, our team is generally good in preparing a memo (download here) In fact, in our last moot too (Amity International), we won Best Memo and Best Team.

Also, in this moot, we missed best memo by just one mark. Also, Neeati is a good speaker and handles rebuttals well. I, personally, also love speaking. As far as I remember, there were no real roadblocks for us. The only challenge was handling the moot along with all other college Internal Assignments.

Indraneel : Working with the team was wonderful! We know each other well so our team dynamics are perfect. The best quality that the team has is the desire to excel as well has the mental fortitude to make that desire a reality.

4. How many teams were you up against in the competition? Which team would you consider to be your toughest competition?

Indraneel and Shayan : Over 50 teams participated. Without a shred of doubt, Jamia Milia Islamia University’s team was the toughest competitor we faced in the quarter-final rounds. Their speakers had won Best speaker and best co-speaker at Surana and Surana Trial Advocacy. They were well-prepared and confident.

5. How was the final round up against NLU Delhi?

Indraneel : It was the longest round and had the toughest judges. The round required a lot of mental stamina on part of the speakers.

Shayan : The rounds were really good. The judges were absolutely fantastic. Since all three judges were High Court judges, they knew the law very well and asked very pin-pointed questions. In fact, they asked so many questions that the round went on for almost 2.5 hours.

The team from NLU- D was also very good – especially their first speaker, Parul Sharma. She spoke in an extremely calm and composed manner, which impressed me a lot. In our team, both Neeati and I spoke pretty aggressively whereas the Delhi team spoke in a very calm manner.

Shayan : The rounds were really good. The judges were absolutely fantastic. Since all three judges were High Court judges, they knew the law very well and asked very pin-pointed questions. In fact, they asked so many questions that the round went on for almost 2.5 hours.

6. What message would you like to pass on to the mooters and the non-mooters?

Non-mooters: Start mooting. It’s helluva lot of fun. And they always give good food.

To Mooters: Don’t be intimidated by any college or any team or any mooter.

Continue Mooting, irrespective of whether you win or lose. The people you meet and the things you learn will stay with you forever!

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