Why a lack of judicial reforms could kill India’s startup story
If the Stayzilla co-founder’s arrest shook Indian entrepreneurs a while ago, a look at the judicial trend behind the incident must shake the policymakers
Alok Prasanna Kumar
The payment dispute between Stayzilla and Jigsaw epitomises a deeper problem with the Indian judiciary that could potentially torpedo the growth of Indian startups
The use of criminal cases to try and resolve a civil dispute is not a new phenomenon but its latest manifestation seems to have obtained judicial blessing
The trends from both the District Courts and High Courts are clear—civil litigation is stagnating or falling and criminal litigation continues to rise
In its 188th Report, the Law Commission had recommended that an outer limit of two years be set for civil suits
Entrepreneurship is being encouraged today throughout institutions, across the ranks. But we know it is a messy process, particularly in commercial enterprises. So when Stayzilla co-founder Yogendra “Yogi” Vasupal was arrested by Chennai Police earlier this year, it took the entire startup community by shock, consternation, and eventually, a furore erupted.
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