MEET INSPIRING PERSONALITIES OF LAW: JUSTICE D.Y. CHANDRACHUD AND PUBLIC PROSECUTOR UJJWAL NIKAM by PURNIMA NAIDU @LexCliq

MEET INSPIRING PERSONALITIES OF LAW: JUSTICE D.Y. CHANDRACHUD AND PUBLIC PROSECUTOR UJJWAL NIKAM 

This article is all about well-known personalities of legal profession. Their stories, their struggle and their experiences are remarkable, motivating and very encouraging. I highly recommend you to go through this article and believe me, you’ll going to feel proud of yourselves for opting Law and making your career in legal profession.

Let me introduce to you the Man behind most iconic Judgements- Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud

Justice D.Y. Chandrachud was born on 11 November, 1959. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Delhi in 1982. In 1998, he was designated as Senior Advocate by High Court of Bombay. He became a judge at the Bombay High Court from 29 March 2000 until his appointment as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. During this time, he was also Director of the Maharashtra Judicial Academy. He was Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court from 31 October 2013 until appointment to the Supreme Court of India on 13 May 2016. Justice Chandrachud will be likely to serve as Chief Justice of India for a period of 2 years starting from November, 2022 to November, 2024. Just for information, even his father, Justice Y.V. Chandrachud was the longest serving Chief Justice of India.

I became his fan after he expressly overruled the ADM Jabalpur V. Shiv Kant Shukla (Habeas Corpus) case in which the lead opinion was written by his father- Former Chief Justice of India Y.V. Chandrachud. In the matter of Adultery, Right to Privacy, Decriminalizing section 377 of the IPC, Sabrimala Issue and Validity of Aadhar Scheme, Justice Chandrachud has penned path-breaking judgments. You are lucky if you’re a student of University of Mumbai, The Okhlahoma University, School of Laws, US, because he is a visiting professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at mentioned Universities. He has also given lectures at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Australian National University and The University of Witwatersand, South Africa.

One must learn from him that you must speak out and stand out from the crowd. Speak for your opinions and be open minded. You must have faith in Law and Justice.

Meet our next personality, Special Public Prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam

Ujjwal Nikam was born on 30th March, 1950. He graduated from K.C.E. Society’s S. S. Maniyar Law College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra in 1977. Nikam began his career as a district prosecutor in Jalgaon and worked his way up to state and national trials. In a 34-year career, he has secured 628 life imprisonments and 37 death penalties. He is an Indian special public prosecutor who has worked on prominent murder and terrorism cases. He helped prosecute suspects in the 1993 Bombay bombings, the Gulshan Kumar’s murder case, the Pramod Mahajan’s murder case, and the 2008 Mumbai attacks. He was also the special public prosecutor in the 2013 Mumbai gang rape case, 2016 Kopardi rape and murder case. Ujjwal Nikam argued on behalf of the state during the 26/11 Mumbai attack trial.

He is the only public prosecutor in India who has been honoured with Padma Shri Award in Public affairs. He received more than 65 National Awards. He inspires us to think out the box and teaches us to be an independent Lawyer who must fight for Justice. I’m a huge fan of Ujjwal Nikam because he is an outstanding prosecutor, an amazing lawyer with commendable advocacy skills. He has been given a security detail with a classification of Z+ (the second highest level of security in India). There is a Marathi film “Aadesh- power of law” which was based on Nikam Sir’s life. In December 2010, Nikam Sir represented the Government of India at a worldwide convention on terrorism held at the United Nations in New York.

One can refer to the below listed cases in which he prosecuted and must go through the case in detail to learn from his advocacy skills:-

RAPE AND MURDER CASES:-

  • Murder of Gulshan Kumar (1997)
  • Marine Drive rape case (2005)
  • Kopardi rape and murder case (2016)
  • Mumbai gang rape (2013)
  • Khairlanji massacre (2006)

Terrorism Cases:-

  • 1991 Kalyan bombing
  • 1993 Bombay bombings
  • 2003 Gateway of India bombing
  • 2008 Mumbai attack

What more can I say about these two famous law personalities? Their stories, experience, achievements and struggles are enough to define their amazing personality.

 

Tell me about your favourite law personality in the comment box. Feedbacks and suggestions are always welcome. If any queries or questions related to this article, then feel free to comment below.

 

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