SENIOR ADVOCATES

REBECCA MAMMEN JOHN

Rebecca Mammen John was designated as a Senior Advocate in 2013 by the Delhi High Court and is one of the most esteemed criminal lawyers in the country. She has appeared in several prominent cases throughout her career and has represented the Talwars in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, the cricketer S. Sreesanth in the IPL spot-fixing case, MP K Kanimozhi in the cases relating to the 2G telecom spectrum scam. She has also represented the victims of the Hashimpura Massacre, the arrested workers of Maruti Udyog, the accused in the Batla House encounter and more. More recently, she represented the journalist Priya Ramani in a landmark #MeToo case.

NITYA RAMAKRISHNAN

Nitya Ramakrishnan is a senior lawyer practising in New Delhi. She argues before the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court, and various criminal courts in Delhi. She is an ardent defendant of civil liberties and has many terror trial defences to her credit, notably the Indian Parliament Attack Case and the Haren Pandya Murder Case. Also reputed for her media-related cases, Ms. Ramakrishnan has successfully challenged the censorship imposed on many political documentaries. She has a vibrant civil litigation practice, arguing in arbitrations and other commercial disputes.

SANJAY HEGDE

Sanjay Hegde is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India. He has been in practice for more than three decades. He was on the Union of India’s arguing panel before the Supreme Court from 1996 to 2004, and also worked for a decade as the standing Counsel for the State of Karnataka, before focusing on his own private practice. After being designated as a Senior Advocate, he has appeared in several important matters in the Supreme Court. The Courts had also appointed him as an amicus curiae in the Nirabhaya case and as an interlocutor with the protestors at Shaheen Bagh. Hegde has frequently engaged in legal journalism including appearing on television panels and writing as an editorial columnist for newspapers like the Hindu , Indian Express and India Today.

MIHIR DESAI

Mihir Desai is a human rights lawyer, practicing as senior counsel in the High Court of Bombay and in the Supreme Court of India. He is the co-founder of Indian People's Tribunal and People's Law Network. He was the former Director of India Centre for Human Rights and Law and was the co-founder of the magazine, Combat Law. He has handled cases on fake encounters, riots, custodial deaths and state violence.

JP KHAITAN

Jayanti Prasad Khaitan is a Senior Advocate practicing in the Calcutta High Court. He is vastly experienced in the law of taxation, especially income tax. He has represented many major clients before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, the Calcutta High Court, and the Supreme Court. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at IIT Kharagpur. For this internship, a preference will be given to students who have completed a paper in tax law.

CHANDER UDAY SINGH

Chander Uday Singh is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. In his illustrious career, he has appeared before the Supreme Court in the Navtej Singh Johar case, as well as the Krishna Kumar Singh case, that held the repeated promulgation of ordinances as unconstitutional. He is also the Counsel for organisations such as Lawyers Collective and Citizens of Justice and Peace (CJP). He was previously a member of the Bombay Bar Association and practised in the Bombay High Court for many years. Before turning to law, Mr. Singh was a journalist with the India Today Group.

SOUMENDRA NATH MOOKHERJEE

S.N. Mookherjee is a Senior Advocate who practices before the Supreme Court, various High Courts, SEBI, the NCLT and the NCLAT. He specialises in commercial litigation. He studied at St Xavier’s Collegiate School, Calcutta and at Doon School; graduated with first class Honours in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta. After his Law Tripos from Churchill College, University of Cambridge, he was called to the Bar by the Hon'ble Society of Lincoln's Inn in July 1985. He was designated as Senior Advocate in 2004.