14 April, 2021

The Man Who Keeps Knocking

In physicist-turned-advocate Mukul Sinha, causes find a doughty champion

The Man Who Keeps Knocking

When you are taking on an administration led by a man who aims to be the prime minister one day, the choice is pretty stark­—either you give in to the fear of reprisal and clam up or stand rock solid to fight for your beliefs. No matter what they throw at you. Advocate Mukul Sinha has always known which way is his. That he has to mount this campaign while living in Gujarat, unlike many high-profile activists who have taken on the Modi regime, doesn’t make his life any easier.

He is the man to ask about the riot cases of 2002—and now about the encounter cases. It’s not just the Ishrat Jahan case that he picked up after advocate Vrinda Grover and Ishrat’s mother approached him in 2009.Sinha is also the advocate in two other key encounter cases—the Soh­rabuddin and Kausarbi murder case and the Sadiq Jamal killing. He took over the Sadiq case in 2007, after which the high court ordered a CBI probe. The advocate, an IIT Kanpur passout with a doctorate in physics, was also asked by Sohrabuddin’s brother Rubabuddin to take up the...

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