26 October, 2020

'Hoodlums Shouldn't Become Judges'

The leading criminal lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP on the Shiv Sena/Bal Thackeray attacks on his representing Dec 13 accused and much more.

Tribhuvan Tiwari
'Hoodlums Shouldn't Become Judges'
Leading criminal lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani's decision to defend the suspended lecturer, S.A.R. Geelani, one of the accused in the December 13 terrorist attack on Parliament, has raised Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's hackles. Despite vociferous protests with Sainiks defacing Jethmalani's office premises in Mumbai and a signed editorial by the Sena chief asking him to quit the Rajya Sabha before "shedding tears for traitors", Jethmalani has stood his ground. Excerpts of an interview with Murali Krishnan:

What were the specific reasons that prompted you to defend Geelani?
You don't need reasons to defend anyone. It is part of our professional duty and under our Constitution, which many people do not understand, every accused has the right to be defended by a lawyer of his choice. If the lawyer of his choice refuses, he must have a very valid reason, he becomes a party to denigrating a fundamental right. It is a breach of a statutory rule of the bar council. And a breach which calls for disqualification from the profession.



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

Latest Magazine

November 02, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section