Soli Sorabjee was admitted to the bar in 1953 after graduating from the Government Law College in Mumbai. Sorabjee received the Kinloch Forbes Gold Medal in Roman Law and Jurisprudence at his law school. In 1971, the Supreme Court of India designated Sorabjee as a senior lawyer. From 1977 to 1980, he served as the Solicitor General of India, and from 1998 to 2004, he served as the Attorney General of India.
Maneka Gandhi, Keshavananda Bharati, IR Coelho, SR Bommai, and BP Singhal are just a few of the notable cases he has fought.
Students pursuing a legal degree with a specialty in Human Rights or International Law should examine the case studies of Soli Sorabjee, an icon for Human Rights and Minority Rights protection.
Nani Palkhivala – The Courtroom Genius, The Emergency, Censorship, and the Press in India, World of All Human Rights, and Search for Values are all books by Soli Sorabjee.
“If a man is willing to be robbed, will you be a thief?” Soli Sorabjee advises lawyers. Sorabjee was a vocal opponent of high-priced lawyers. Even though he was a renowned lawyer in India, he charged the lowest rates. He believed lawyers charging their clients 30-40 lakhs to be extortion.
Awards – Kinloch Forbes Gold Medal in Roman Law and Jurisprudence awarded in 1952, Padma Vibhushan awarded in 2002, Justice K. S. Hegde Foundation Award, 2006
Essays by Soli Sorabjee –
• Fundamental Rights as published in “Public Law of India”
• The Constitution and the Governor
• Protection of Human Rights in Emergencies
• Equity in the United States and India published in “Constitutionalism and Rights” (1990)
Fali Sam Nariman
Fali S Nariman received his law degree from the Government Law College in Mumbai in 1950 and went on to win the Kinlock Forbes Gold Medal and Prize for Roman Law and Jurisprudence. The law, on the other hand, was not the first choice of this eminent Indian constitutional scholar and senior Supreme Court advocate. His father wanted him to go into the military, but he ended up going into law because the family couldn’t afford it.
Nariman has been a lawyer since 1971, and in 1991 he was elected President of the Bar Association of India. From 1972 until 1975, he served as the Additional Solicitor General of India but resigned due to the proclamation of emergency.
He has battled high-profile lawsuits like the horrific Bhopal gas tragedy, Golak Nath, SP Gupta, TMA Pai Foundation, and others.
God Save the Hon’ble Supreme Court, Main Bhool Na Jaoon, The State of the Nation, Before Memory Fades: An Autobiography, India’s Legal System, Courts, Legislatures, Media Freedom are some of Fali Sam Nariman’s books.
Awards – Padma Bhushan award in 1991, Padma Vibhushan award in 2007, Gruber Prize for Justice awarded in 2002
Advice by Fali S Nariman for Lawyers – “The skill of a practicing lawyer is not flamboyance or verbosity but hard work”. “Avoid histrionics and stick to the record; you will find the judge receptive to your please”
Ram Jethmalani, a man of many odds, obtained his LLB degree from the Government Law College in Mumbai when he was 17 years old. Because the minimum age to become a lawyer at the time was 21, a special resolution was made to allow him to get this degree. Later, he received his LLM from SC Shahani Law College in Karachi.
He was India’s Union Law Minister and Chairman of the Indian Bar Council. He was elected President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 2010.
Ram Jethmalani fought many high-profile and contentious cases, including KM Nanavati vs. the State of Maharashtra, Jessica Lall murder case, defending Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi’s killers, underworld don Haji Mastan’s case, Afzal Guru’s case, Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, Spectrum 2G case, and others.
Awards – Human Rights Award by World Peace Through Law awarded in 1977, International Jurist Award
Books by Ram Jethmalani –
• Big Egos, Small Men,
• Conflict of Laws,
• Conscience of a Maverick
• Justice: Soviet Style
• Maverick: Unchanged, Unrepentant
After graduating from the University of Mumbai with a law degree, Mukul Rohtagi, the 14th and current Attorney General of India, began practicing law under Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal, the 36th Chief Justice of India. Rohtagi began his legal career working for Sabharwal at the high court but eventually established his firm.
Mukul Rohtagi was appointed as the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s, chief legal advisor, but he resigned because he wishes to practice as a private lawyer.
His notable cases include the Y K Sabharwal property suit, the Jharkhand Assembly floor test case, the Gujarat Riots of 2002, and the Ambani brothers’ gas supply case, among others.
Following his graduation from the Government Law College in Mumbai with a law degree in 1952, Ashok Desai went on to the London School of Economics to pursue a bachelor of economics degree, which he received in 1956. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London, in the same year, and he attended the Harvard International Seminar in 1967.
From 1996 until 1998, Ashok Desai held the position of Attorney General of India. He also held the position of Solicitor General of India from 1989 to 1990.
Sakharam Binder, Piloo Modi, Antulay, Ramanna Shetty, Narasimha Rao concerning Parliamentary privilege, Vineet Narain, and others are some well-known cases.
Book by Ashok Desai – Supreme but not infallible