We are at MITWPU organizing National Moot court competition in collaboration with the Competition Commission of India.

Important info: 

The link to the Google form for registration is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqHcvQy9UDIDhrkPDpnxKitUrs7zHuy0DPDKY0YeBMzzhXaQ/viewform

All the teams shall be required to pay ₹2000/- via NEFT/RTGS before 16th April, 2022 (11:59 P.M. IST) to register for the competition. 

Registration Deadline 

16th April, 2022 (11:59 P.M. IST). 

Register by scanning below QR code:

Payment Info:

Contact Information: 

For further clarifications or queries, you may contact the Organizing Committee members or write at law@mitwpu.edu.in

Gaurish Padekar - 7972355766

Prithvi Kapoor - 9225818974

Shreya Deo - 6263999452

Prizes Information:

Winners: Cash Prize of INR 45,000/-, and trophy, with certificate of merit 

Runners-up: Cash prize of INR 30,000/-, with certificate of merit 

Best Speaker in prelims: Cash prize of INR 7,000/-, with certificate of merit 

Best Memorial: Cash prize of INR 8,000/-, with certificate of merit 

Best Researcher: Cash prize of INR 5,000/-, with certificate of merit 

Best Speaker in Finals: Cash prize of INR 5,000/-, with certificate of merit 


Information About Moot Court Competition:

          CCI-MIT WPU School of Law 2nd National Moot Court Competition, 2022(April 28-30,2022); Register before 16th April,2022; Prizes worth 1 Lakh. Physical/offline Moot Court Competition.

About the Organizers:

Dr. Vishwanath Karad MIT WPU is the Flagship University of MAEER’s MIT Group of institutes, which has over 100,000 alumni all over the world. MIT WPU Campus is in Kothrud, Pune and is most preferred destination for students. MAEER MIT’s journey in the last 37 years has been in the pursuit of quality & excellence in education and research, a commitment to values.

MIT-WPU prides itself on offering a holistic education catering to an individual’s educational, physical as well as spiritual well-being. Our syllabus reflects our pursuit to balance the requirements of the industry along with advancement in scholarly learning. The teaching methods employed are a perfect blend of practical knowledge, industry visits, guest lectures, student exchange programs and rural immersion visits. We have numerous programs, events, clubs and activities undertaken throughout the year for the refinement of our student’s extracurricular abilities and social skills.

School of Law was established in the year 2018 and with the launch of this School, a new chapter began at MIT WPU. Within a short span of three years, MIT WPU has become the preferred destination for pursuing higher education in Law. The School of Law provides value-based learning in Law programs through interactive sessions, hands-on practical sessions, moots, classroom presentations, industry driven assignments.

Furthermore, field trips, rural immersion programs, internship, national and international study tours as well as projects give an in-depth insight about society in general and the role of legal fraternity in particular. Unique blends, courses related to world peace in addition to real life research projects, are part of program design.

 Adequate emphasis is laid upon co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The School of Law aims to provide an overall view of the importance of legal education in the contemporary world; and gives students an opportunity to build career in diversified domains. 

About the Competition:

MIT-WPU Faculty of Law cordially invites your college to participate in CCI - MIT WPU School of Law 2nd National Moot Court Competition 2022. Which is going to be held from 28th April to 30th April 2022. This competition intends to allow young law students to develop their skills in drafting, researching and advocating.

The objective of this moot court competition is to test the research skills of students in contemporary topics in the sphere of competition law, and provide a platform where students can learn about competition from industry experts.   

Eligibility: 

The moot is open to all the students currently enrolled in LLB undergraduate degree courses. The competition has been designed for all the students pursuing law courses at different Universities/Institutes/Colleges approved by the Bar Council of India.

Students pursuing the five-year integrated law degree as well as students pursuing the 3-year law degree are eligible for participation in this competition.  

Moot Problem for Contest:

MOOT PROBLEM

  1. PLF is a company incorporated under the provisions of Indusland and is one of the leading players in the real estate-construction sector with a handful of other enterprises in the arena. Its major area of activity includes massive residential housing projects, commercial/business parks, as well as infrastructure development.
  2. Indusland is a developing country with metropolitan cities spread across its territories. New Tumbai is one of such metropolitan cities which is also referred to by the Indian populace as the commercial capital of Indusland. Naturally, owing to sprawling business and employment opportunities, New Tumbai witnessed immense international migration to it creating an acute shortage of housing.
  3. Bahisar is a revenue village located at the outskirts of New Tumbai which is predominantly agriculture oriented land and has a relatively small population as compared to New Tumbai.
  4. PLF saw Bahisar as an emerging market to provide housing to the ever increasing population in New Tumbai which was merely a half an hour train journey from Bahisar. Hence, the migrants to New Tumbai would naturally see residential units at Bahisar as a cheaper alternative as against expensive residential units in New Tumbai.
  5. Hence, PLF acquired vast areas of land in area of Bahisar closed to New Tumbai. About 02-03 other major real estate enterprises also saw the opportunity and acquired vast area of land in Bahisar but not as close to New Tumbai as PLF. DMK Builders was also one of the major builders who also acquired Land in Bahisar, around 3 kms away from PLF.
  6. Eventually, PLF launched a housing complex, ‘Solitaire’ which, as per initial plan consisted of 368 flats in total in 5 multi-storied residential buildings consisting 19 floors each to be constructed in PLF City, near New Tumbai. The payments schedule was linked to projected stage wise competition of the project with some amount to be paid at the time of booking of the flat, 2 months after the booking date and remaining as per scheduled stage-wise competition of the project. The advertisements of the builder also guaranteed additional facilities such as clubhouse, gymnasium, sports grounds, clubhouse etc., and ensured completion of the buildings within 36 months from the launch of the project.
  7. Interestingly, PLF chose to build the housing complex on a very small portion of land as compared to the vast areas acquired by it. PLF withheld development and construction of the remainder of the land and launched no projects thereon but focused exclusively on Solitaire.
  8. When the construction began, 5 buildings itself were constructed, however each building’s floor number increased from 19 to 29 leading to an increase in total number of flats from 368 to 564. Additionally, the facilities ensured by the builders were compressed due to shortage of area and the delivery of the apartments were delayed to the owners by 2 years, even though the apartment owners made their payments well on time.
  9. Meanwhile, DMK Builders constructed 25 floors while the sanctioned plan was only till 17 floors. They also reduced the amenities which were previously promised by DMK Builders. Earlier, they had promised that they would provide clubhouse, sports arena, gymnasium, Ampi-Theatre but they did not provide it.
  10. The PLF and DMK entered into a verbal agreement that they will reduce the amenities as the construction cost has increased. To cover the extra cost incurred in construction they will reduce the amenities.
  11. The Solitaire Owner’s Association (SOA) filed a complaint against the PLF Constructions Ltd. with Competition Commission of India (CCI) accusing them of abuse of dominant position by their use of contracts with the apartment owners. In addition to that they alleged that PLF and DMK Builders have entered into an Anti- Competitive Agreement.
  12. The DMK Owner’s Association(DOA) has also filed the case against the DMK builders with similar issue. Therefore, the CCI has clubbed both the cases.
  13. CCI analyzed this information and held that it is a prima facie case of abuse of dominance and Anti- Competitive Agreement and requested the Director General (DG) to conduct further investigation. PLF immediately challenged the CCI’s jurisdiction but dropped the matter subsequently. The DG conducted an in-depth investigation and discovered that the conditions imposed by PLF and DMK did violate certain provisions of the Competition Act.
  14. The CCI on the basis of DG’s in- depth investigation held that the Act is applicable in the instant case. Subsequently CCI ordered that the Competition Act is applicable to this dispute.
  15. CCI ordered that PLF has abused the dominant position in the real estate market through their unilateral powers to alter the provisions in the buyer’s agreement without giving any rights to the buyers, PLF’s discretion to change inter se areas for different uses such as residential commercial etc., without informing the buyers and PLF’s sole discretion to determine ownership rights.
  16. CCI also held that the agreement between PLF and DMK Builders is anti-competitive as they by mutual consent (informal) have limited the amenities as they have not provided sports arena and gymnasium and increased the number of flats as well.
  17. However, PLF appealed against this order before National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT). NCLAT has withheld the order passed by CCI and stated that it was a clear abuse of dominant position by PLF and Anti-Competitive Agreement by PLF and DMK in the real estate market, as per the CCI order, the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) imposed a penalty of INR 6,300 million on PLF which was 7% turnover of PLF and penalty of 50 million on DMK which was 0.3% of the Total Turnover of DMK Builders.
  18. Aggrieved by the decision of NCLAT, PLF Constructions Ltd and DMK constructions has approached the Honourable Supreme Court. The matter is put for final hearing with following issues
  1. Whether the appeal is maintainable before the Hon’ble Supreme Court?
  2. Whether PLF is occupying a dominant position in the above relevant market?
  3. Whether the Agreement Between PLF and DMK is Anti-Competitive as per Section 3 of The Competition Act, 2002?

Note-

  1. The issue of maintainability of the Writ Petition is mandatory to be argued by the parties.
  2. Participating teams are allowed to frame additional issues and sub-issues accordingly.
  3. Names of People and Organizations are fictional.
  4. The Law of Indusland is Pari Pasu with that of the Republic of India.

Moot Court Competition Rules:

CCI - MIT WPU School of Law 2nd National Moot Court Competition 2022

INTRODUCTORY

Short Title: These rules shall be called the CCI - MIT WPU School of Law 2nd National Moot Court Competition rules, 2022  

  • Definitions: Unless the context otherwise requires, -
  1. “Administrator” shall mean the MIT WPU, School of Law Moot Court Committee
  2. “Competition” shall mean the CCI - MIT WPU School of Law 2nd National Moot Court Competition 2022.
  3. “Participating Team” shall mean the team which has registered for the competition
  4. “Participating Institution” shall be presumed to the parent institution to which the participating belongs to
  5. “Rules” shall mean the CCI - MIT WPU School of Law 2nd National Moot Court Competition rules 2022
  6. “Organizers” means MIT, WPU, School of law 

GENERAL RULES

  • Date of the competition: The Competition shall be held between 28th and 30th April, 2022
  • Dress Code: The participating team shall adhere to the dress code whenever required
    1. Ladies: White salwar and kurta or white shirt and black pant or skirt along with black coat and black shoes; and
    2. Gentlemen: White shirt, black trousers and black tie along with black coat and black shoes.
  • Language: The medium of language of this competition shall be in English

 ELIGIBILITY AND TEAM COMPOSITION

  • Eligibility: The competition shall be open to students who are –
    1. Pursuing a 5-year integrated L.L.B Degree Programme in India: or
    2. Pursuing a 3-year L.L.B Programme in India 
  • Composition of teams: Each participating team shall consist of minimum two members and shall not exceed three members. Under no condition shall there be a team with more than three members. 
  • Three Member team: In an event wherein a team consists of 3 members, the following shall be applicable: -
    1. Such team shall have two members designated as speakers; and
    2. Such team shall designate one member, who has not been designated as speaker, as a researcher.
    3. It is the team itself which must at the time of registration for this competition identify the speakers and researcher.
  • Two Member Team: In the event a team consists of two members then such team shall designate both the members as speakers and no member in the team shall be allowed to be represented as a researcher and take the researcher’s test. 
  • Change in Team Composition: Any change in team composition must be intimated to the Administrator at the earliest. Any change must be accompanied with a registration form and an authority letter duly signed by the head of the institution. No change in team composition is allowed after the formal registration.

REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITON

  • Mode and Date of Registration: The registration for this competition is to be filled in e-form and the fees for each team participating shall be INR 2000/- (Inclusive of GST), the payment for the participation in the competition shall be done via NEFT/RTGS. Participants must make the payment and upload a screenshot of the same in the registration link. The details for payment will be provided in the Annexure
  • Allotment of team code: Every team which has successfully completed the Registration requisites under the Rules shall be allotted a unique code after the closure of the Registration for the Competition. Once allotted, every team must use the team code for any communication with the Organizers during the course of the Competition. The team code shall be allotted by 20th April, 2022.
  • Registration shall be on first come-first serve basis: The registration for the competition shall be on a first come first serve basis. The Participation for the competition is capped at Twenty-four (24) teams.  
  • Consent letter from Participant’s University: Participants must also submit a consent letter from their respective university granting them permission to take part in this competition. The letter must be issued from the participant’s university’s appropriate authority on the university’s letterhead. The format of the consent letter shall be provided in the Annexure. The consent letter must be uploaded in the registration form. 

FORMAT OF THE COMPETITION

  • Rounds of the Competition: The competition will be completely held in a physical mode/offline mode at MIT WPU, School of Law, Pune and the competition is divided into the following: -
    1. Preliminary round
    2. Semi Final Round
    3. Final Round 
  • Draw of Lots: The match up of teams in the preliminary round shall be determined on the basis of draw of lots.
  • Preliminary Rounds: In the preliminary round, the team shall argue from only one side. The side of the team shall be decided by way of lots.
  • Scoring in the Preliminary Rounds:
  1. A) The aggregate score of a team shall be computed as the total of -
    1. Score of speaker 1
    2. Score of speaker 2
  • Half the score of the memorial 
  • Arrangement of ranking: The teams in the preliminary rounds shall be ranked on the following basis: -
    1. The teams shall be first differentiated on their win-loss record after the Preliminary Rounds;
    2. If there is a tie, the team with the higher aggregate score will be allotted the higher rank;
    3. If the tie subsists, the team with the higher speaker score will be allotted the higher rank;
    4. If the tie still subsists, the team with the highest individual speaker score out of speakers of tied teams will be allotted the higher rank;
    5. If the tie still subsists, the team with the higher memorial score will be allotted higher rank;
    6. If the tie still subsists, then the rank shall be determined by toss of coin. 
  • Results: The results of the Preliminary Rounds shall be declared soon after the conclusion of both the Preliminary Rounds. The top 4 teams as per the criterion laid down under above will qualify for the Advanced Rounds 
  • Advanced Rounds: The semi-finals and finals shall constitute the Advanced Rounds of the Competition. 
  • Semi Finals:
    1. 4 teams from the Preliminary Round shall qualify for the Semi-Finals.
    2. The team shall argue only one side in the semi-finals. The side of the team shall be decided by way of the draw of lots.
    3. The semi-final shall be a knock-out round.
    4. The win-loss shall be decided on the basis of the aggregate speaker score. No memorial score will be added in the semi-final. The win-loss shall be determined on the basis of score so computed. The team with higher aggregate score shall proceed to the final round. 
  • Final Round:
    1. In the final rounds, the win-loss shall be decided on the basis of the aggregate speaker score. No memorial score will be added in the semi-final. The win-loss shall be determined on the basis of score so computed 

Memorials

  • Strict Adherence to rules in regard to Memorials:  All requirements have to be strictly followed. Non adherence to the same will attract penalty subject to the discretion of the organizers. 
  • Memorials to be prepared from both sides:  Each team must prepare memorials for both sides to the dispute (Appellant/Petitioner and Respondent). 
  • Submission of Hard copies of Memorial:
    1. Soft copies of the memorial from both sides (Appellant/Respondent) should be sent to law@mitwpu.edu.in on or before 24th April 2022. On the day of the inauguration (28th April) the participants must bring 8 hard copies of their memorials from both sides (8 copies from the side of appellant/8 copies from the side of Respondent) to MIT WPU, School of law, Pune.
    2. A penalty of 1 mark per hour per side shall be deducted in case of delay in submission of hard copy of memorials 
  • General conditions for Memorials:
    1. The memorials shall not contain any form of identification apart from the team code. If any such identification or mark, symbol, etc. which has the effect of identifying the team is found on the memorial, then it shall result in instant disqualification.
    2. Appellant memorials are required to have a blue cover and Respondent memorials are required to have a red
    3. A penalty of 1 mark per side shall be levied in case the team uses wrong cover page for each side of memorial. 
  • Guidelines for formatting of Memorials:
    1. Memorial Structure: The memorial must have only contain the following pages: -
      1. Cover Page – The cover page shall contain the case title, side of the memorial, year of competition, name of the forum and team Code on top right corner.
      2. Table of Contents
  • List of Abbreviations
  1. Index of Authorities
  2. Statement of Jurisdiction
  3. Statement of Facts
  • Issues Raised
  • Summary of Arguments
  1. Pleadings/Arguments Advanced
  2. Prayer

 

  1. Team Code: The team code must be ascribed on the top right corner of the cover page. The code must be preceded by the side for which the memorial is prepared. The teams must use “A” for Appellant, P for “Petitioner” and R for “Respondent.” For example: in case the Team Code is 100 the team must write “A-100” in case of memorial for Appellant and “R-100” in case of memorial for Respondent. 
  1. Font 

                

                Text

         Times New Roman

          Font Size – 12 points

          Line Spacing 1.5

        

           Footnotes

          Times New Roman

          Font Size – 10 points

 Line Spacing – Single Spaced

 

  1. Pagination: The pagination must be done at the bottom of the page
  2. Margin: A margin of 1 inch on all sides of the memorial should be left.
  3. Citation Format: The 20th Edition of Bluebook system of citation should be followed throughout the memorial.
  4. Page Limit: The memorial shall be of a maximum of 30 pages including the cover page and Pleadings/Arguments Advanced shall be of a maximum of 15 page. No annexures, photographs, exhibits, etc. should be added to the memorial

 Penalty:  A penalty of 1 mark per violation per side shall be levied in case of non-adherence with the aforementioned guidelines for formatting

 Marking Criteria for Memorials:

 

Sr. No

Marking Criteria

Marks Allotted

1.       

Evidence of Original Thought

20

2.       

Knowledge of law and Facts

20

3.       

Proper and Articulate Analysis

20

4.       

Correct format and Citations

20

5.       

Extent and use of research

20

 

Total

100

 

 Oral Rounds

  • Timing for Oral Pleadings/Arguments
    1. Preliminary Round and Advanced Rounds
      1. Each team shall be allotted a total of 30 minutes to present their oral arguments.
      2. The timing can be divided between both the speakers according to the wishes of the team subject to maximum of 15 minutes per speaker
  • The time division has to be informed to the Court Master/Clerk before the beginning of the oral arguments.
  1. A maximum of 3 minutes may be reserved for rebuttal or sur-rebuttal which shall be at the discretion of the judges.
  2. The allotment of extra time shall be at the discretion of the judges. 
  • Marking Criteria for Oral Arguments/Pleadings

Sr. No

Marking Criteria

Marks Allotted

1.       

Knowledge and Application of Law and Facts

20

2.       

Ingenuity and ability to answer questions

20

3.       

Style, Poise, Courtesy and Demeanor 

20

4.       

Organization and flow of arguments   

20

5.       

Reference to Memorials

20

 

Total

100

 

 

Researcher’s Test

  • Researcher’s Test
    1. The identified researcher during the formal registration shall take the researcher's test.
    2. In case of two-member team, no member from the team will be allowed to take the Researcher’s test.
    3. The test shall contain questions related to the moot problem and the relevant law.
    4. The researcher’s test shall be conducted in offline/physical mode at MIT WPU School of Law, Pune.
    5. In tabulation of result for the researcher’s test the total marks obtained by the researcher plus fifty percent of the memorial score will be considered. In case of a tie, the researcher with the higher memorial score will be allotted higher rank. If the tie subsists, the researcher belonging to the team with the higher aggregate score will be allotted higher rank. If the tie still subsists, then the rank shall be determined by toss.

 Awards and Prizes

  • Awards and Prizes: The following awards and prizes shall be awarded in the competition
    1. Best Team: The team winning the final round of the Competition shall be given a cash prize of INR 45,000, trophy and certificate of merit
    2. Runners Ups: the runners up team in the final round of the Competition shall be given a trophy and a cash prize of INR 30000
    3. Best Speaker in prelims: The speaker having the highest score in the preliminary rounds shall be given a cash prize of INR 7000
    4. Best Memorial: The team having the highest average memorial score from both sides shall be given a cash prize of INR 8000
    5. Best Researcher: The participant having the highest score in the researcher's test shall be given a cash prize of INR 5000
    6. Best Speaker in Finals: The participant having the highest score in the final rounds shall be given a cash prize of INR 5000
    7. Certificate of participation shall be given to all the participating teams.
    8. Certificate of Merit shall be given to the team having second highest average memorial score from both sides
    9. Certificate of Merit shall be given to the participant having the second highest score in the researcher's test.
    10. Certificate of Merit shall be given to the speaker having the second highest score in the preliminary rounds

The awards, certificates of merit and certificates of participation shall be announced during the valedictory ceremony to be conducted on 30th April 2022. The soft copy of the same shall be mailed to the respective teams and prize money shall be deposited in the account details provided by the winners.                                                           

 Penalty

  • Non-disclosure of teams: Teams shall not disclose their identity, i.e., the name of their institution, city, etc. or any other information which has the effect of disclosing their identity and affiliation with a particular university or institution. Such disclosure shall result in disqualification subject to the discretion of the Organizers. 

Dispute Resolution

  • The Organizing Committee shall form an Internal Dispute Resolution Committee for resolution of any dispute pertaining to the manner of conduction of the moot or any other matter incidental thereto.

The Internal Dispute Resolution Committee shall become operational on receipt of an application of grievance, where post the dispute resolution process, the decision of such Committee shall be final and binding. 

 Miscellaneous 

  • Copyright: The copyright with regard to the memorials submitted for the participation in the Competition is assigned by participants and shall also vest completely and fully with the Organizers. The participants shall certify the originality of the memorials and the materials used and shall be responsible for any claim or dispute arising out of further use and exhibition of these materials. The Organizers shall have the right to publicly display, distribute either electronically or otherwise and they shall not be responsible for any liability to any person for any loss caused by errors or omissions in this collection of information, or for accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in these materials.
  • Power to amend or alter rules of competition: The rules mentioned herein are not exhaustive. The Organizers reserve the right to vary, alter, amend or modify or repeal any of the rules if so required and they may deem appropriate. All decisions made by Organizers in case of any disputes, doubts or related issues shall be final and binding. Imposition of all penalties including disqualification rests solely with the organizers in case of failure to comply with the rules mentioned herein.
  • Disclaimer: The problem is fictitious and any resemblance to any person, living or dead, or incident, past or present, is coincidental and not intended by the authors of the problem.
  • Contact: In case of any queries or clarifications regarding the competition feel free to mail your queries at law@mitwpu.edu.in
  • Attendance: Participants are to compulsorily attend the inauguration and valedictory program.

Annexure

  • Accommodation: MIT WPU, School of Law, will NOT provide accommodation, lodging, or any travel allowance to participants. On the day of the moot court competition, lunch and high tea will be provided to participants.
  • Format of Consent letter: The consent letter must have the following details.
    1. Name of the college/institution/university, from which the participants belong to.
    2. Name of students taking part in this Moot Court Competition.
    3. Year of study of participants.
    4. Permission granting the participants to take part in this moot court competition.
    5. Signature of competent authority and letterhead of university should be present in the consent letter.
  • Important dates:
  1. Last date for registration: 16th April, 2022
  2. Allotment of team code: 20th April, 2022
  3. Submission of Memorials from both sides in soft copy: 24th April 2022
  4. Inauguration and submission of hard copies of memorials from sides: 28th April, 2022.
  5. Moot Court Competition Rounds: 29th April to 30th 2022
  6. Valedictory Session: 30th April 2022