Name, College, Year
Siddharth Pandey, ICFAI Law School, The ICFAI University, Dehradun, BBA LLB (Hons) 4th Year.
Name of Organisation and Address
Karanjawala & Company Advocates
Head Office: 7, Factory Road, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi.
Branch Office: 9th Floor, Hindustan Times House, K.G. Marg (Barakhamba Road), New Delhi.
I interned at the branch office.
Duration of Internship
15th May to 14th June 2019 (4 weeks)
How I applied?
Normally here the internship slots are confirmed by applying through references. But one can apply by emailing their resume and cover letter at- internship[at]karanjawala.in.
I applied on the said email and I got the confirmation in the month of March. Please note that one should apply at least 5-6 months prior to the internship period and follow-ups are must to be done. Along with the confirmation mail, there was a word document attached with it which was ‘Worksheet Template’.
The interns are required to update the assignments done by them in the said worksheet date wise and it shall be signed by the associate who assigned the particular work.
The worksheet was to be submitted along with a copy of the confirmation mail at the end of the internship.
First day formalities, infrastructure
In the confirmation mail, I was allotted the Hindustan Times Office and was asked to report at 10:30 am in the morning. I reported at the reception of the office.
The receptionist told me to sit in the conference room and wait for the associates to arrive in the office.
The infrastructure of the office was wonderful. The office was totally air-conditioned. The associates use to sit in cubicles. It had separate chambers for founding partner, managing partner, two partners and one senior partner.
Apart from this, it had a conference room, IT room, clerk room, accounts department, stenography room and two hurdle rooms wherein various case files were kept in bags. It also had separate washrooms for male and female.
Karanjawala & Co. is totally different when it comes to timings. Due to an increase in the number of interns, it divides the time slots for the interns as follows:-
1. Morning slot- 10:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
2. Evening slot- 2:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m.
I worked in the morning slot. The office worked six days a week (Monday-Saturday). Sunday was off.
I worked with two associates, Shravan Sahny Sir and Vardaan Wanchoo Sir. I got maximum work from Vardaan Sir. Mainly the interns were allotted research work only. The firm had access to SCC Online and Manupatra. However, if any associate had any drafting work, that also he/she gave to the interns.
Sharvan Sir gave me the work regarding checking of the cause lists from the website of National Green Tribunal, High Courts and Supreme Court.
While Vardaan Sir allotted me various tasks like researching case laws on various topics in the constitution, the scope of judicial interference in government contracts, the validity of rent arrears in case of merger of two companies, consideration in form of goods and services, etc.
Apart from this, he also gave us to draft a comparative chart of arguments between petitioners and respondents in cases of Maharashtra Beef Ban (Bombay High Court, matters pending before Supreme Court) and the Supreme Court judgement on right to privacy i.e. KS Puttuswamy v/s Union of India.
Also, I worked on various provisions on the Indian Registration Act, the National Green Tribunal Act, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Indian Penal Code, Indian Contract Act, etc.
The one major advantage interning here is that it helped me in sharpening up my researching skills as I got the maximum amount of research work and also learning various other acts which are not being taught in the college.
My internship was during the period of May-June and during this time, courts in Delhi are closing down for the summer vacations.
So there was less amount of workload during this time. There had been situations where the associates didn’t a lot a single work to the interns. But I use to self-study on my own.
Accommodation, commuting to the office
The nearest metro station is Barakhamba Road (Blue Line Metro). From there the office is just five minutes walking.
I use to come from Mayur Vihar-II staying at my relative’s house. But one can stay in PGs located in Laxmi Nagar and Shakarpur. Laxmi Nagar Metro has a direct link to the Barakhamba Road Metro. The head office is located near AIIMS Metro Station (Yellow Line).
The major attraction in the office was the coffee machine, wherein we use to take coffee during free hours.
Apart from this, The Hindustan Times Office had a huge spaced cafeteria where I eat my lunch (Veg Thali at Rs.80 and Non-Veg Thali at Rs. 100).
During working days (Monday-Friday) the cafeteria gets crowded because there were many other corporate offices of renowned MNCs in the building.
However, during Saturdays, there is not much crowd and it was easy to order thali within quick time. One can go to Connaught Place which is nearby only. Also, there is a famous ‘Parikrama- The Revolving Restaurant’ located just beside the building.
If one wants to improve his/her researching ability and wants to pursue a career in the field of Litigation, then Karanjawala & Co. is the best of all for getting opportunities to improve your researching and learning skills.
Editor’s note: You can read an internship experience of Karanjawala & Co. here.