Our Campus Manager, Ashna Siddiqui of KIIT, Bhubaneshwar interviewed the team of HNLU, Raipur which emerged victorious at the 2nd KIIT Moot Court Competition 2014. Read on:
1. Hey guys Congratulations! What made you choose the moot in the first place?
Initially what drew our attention to this moot was the fact that the moot proposition was based upon Tax and Corporate Law, which are our areas of interest. Further, getting an opportunity to argue before a constitutional bench in the finals and the ‘cash prize’ enhanced our zeal to participate in this moot competition.
2. How was the process of preparation? How did you go about the entire stage?
Since, the competition involved two moot propositions, simultaneous preparation was required that was very hectic, but turned out to be very satisfying in the end. We chalked out the various issues involved and divided the same amongst all of us. We maintained a constant coordination regarding the research involved and kept on discussing the various line of argument regularly which helped us to be thorough with both the moot problems.
3. How was it like working with the team? What do you think are your team’s fortes? What were the roadblocks?
We three have previously worked together and hence, compatibility was never an issue amongst us but rather the same was our team’s forte. Since, both the moot problems involved very intricate and contemporary issues of tax and corporate law, researching upon them simultaneously along with attending our regular classes at times proved to be a very challenging task.
4. How many teams were you up against in the competition? Which team would you consider to be your toughest competition?
The competition involved a memorial selection round, pursuant to which 22 teams were selected. We faced 5 teams in the competition and faced the toughest competition from RGNUL Patiala in the finals.
5. How was the final round up against RGNUL Patiala?
The team representing RGNUL Patiala gave us a very good competition as their research work and presentation during the orals was of high standard. Moreover, arguing before a constitution bench presided over by Hon’ble Ex-CJI Altamas Kabir was an enthralling experience in itself as the questions posed by the bench were of a very intricate nature which tested the legal aptitude and knowledge over the subject of the speakers.
6. What message would you like to pass on to the mooters and the non-mooters?
AMAN: I am firm believer of the fact that despite many failures one may encounter one should not stop doing the work from which one derives the maximum interest and satisfaction.
SALONI: I believe that researching on intricate issues in a moot competition helps to grasp the true essence of a legal concept to the maximum, because researching in a moot involves an active coordination and healthy discussion.
ARJYADEEP: I feel that everyone should atleast once experience the thrill of participating in a moot court competition and should aim to gain the maximum out of the interaction ensued with various teams and judges.
7. Also, Aman you bagged the best speaker award, how was your experience?
The judging level throughout the competition was of a very high standard and the questions posed by them really tested my mettle and spontaneity. Since, the competition involved two propositions, changing my submissions according to the moot problem overnight was a very difficult task.
8. Final comments on the level of competition and the organisation of the competition.
The level of the Competition was of a very high standard with some of the best teams participating. The moot was very well organized and coordinated throughout. Lastly, we would like to mention our team representative, Nikhil Ranjan who helped us a lot and made our stay in KIIT comfortable.
9. Considering the fact that, particularly HNLU, did really well at National moots in past on year. What’s the secret of this sudden roar?
The mooting culture in our University is very healthy and the students are very passionate about mooting. To add to that the resources available in our University and our Faculty members help us to give our best in every competition we participate in.
10. Any other thing you would like to mention about the moot?
The overall quality of the competition was exemplary and we hope that the same shall be inducted in MPL Rankings in near future.