20 October, 2020

'The Situation Could Slide Into Anarchy.'

One of the country's leading legal lights registers a protest against the attack on Christians in Gujarat by handing over the brief to argue the Narmada case

'The Situation Could Slide Into Anarchy.'
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Fali Nariman, one of the country's leading legal lights, has been known to take a principled stand whenever there has been a violation of human rights. In keeping with this, he registered a protest against the attack on Christians in Gujarat by handing over the brief to argue the Narmada case poised at a critical stageback to the state government. It is not the first time he has done so. In 1975, he resigned as additional solicitor-general, protesting against the imposition of Emergency by Indira Gandhi. In an interview to Murali Krishnan, he explains why he felt the need to lodge a personal protest, and says he is apprehensive that this offensive against Christians could be symptomatic of a greater damage to society. Excerpts:

Why did you quit as counsel for the Gujarat government in the Narmada case, especially when the final hearing is scheduled for January 26?
I quit in anguish, it wasn't an act of heroics. It was not a sudden decision, I had thought it over for a period of time. When chief minister Keshubhai Patel called on me three months...

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