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      Dated: 29/04/2015

    To, Chief Justice of India and all other Companion ud!es of the "ull Court of the #on$%le &upreme Court

    Dear Chief Justice and other Jud!es of the "ull court,

    I 'rite to (ou on a matter of !reat concern to the )ar in India

    *ou ha+e on 2-04-2015 desi!nated fi+e persons as &enior .d+ocates of 

    this Court-

    The pro+isions of &ec 1 the .d+ocates .ct of 191 read as:

    16. Senior and other advocates.—(1) There shall be two classes of  advocates, namely, senior advocates and other advocates.

    (2) An advocate may, with his consent, be designated as senior  advocate if the S!reme "ort or a #igh "ort is of o!inion that by  virte of his ability standing at the $ar or s!ecial %nowledge or  e&!erience in law he is deserving of sch distinction.

    (') Senior advocates shall, in the matter of their !ractice, be sbect to

    sch restrictions as the $ar "oncil of ndia may, in the interest of  the legal !rofession, !rescribe.

    (*) +++ot relevant+..

    The underlined portion in &u% &ec 2 'as added %( the

     .mendment .ct of 19

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     .s I see it, the purpose of desi!nation is to further the administration of 

     ustice %( impro+in! the 3ualit( of ar!umentation at the %ar in terms of 

    inputs from seniors 'ith eperience and or epertise in special %ranches

    of la'- That apart, seniors are epected to present the case

    dispassionatel( %efore the Court rather than ad+ance an( unsustaina%le

    point of +ie'- .ll this is in pu%lic interest and the act of desi!nation is not

    meant to %e a lar!ess !i+en %( the Jud!es for indi+idual ad+ancement of 

    a particular la'(er-

    The desi!nation is not the pri+ile!e of those 'ho handle re!ular criminal

    or ci+il &6s on 7onda(s and "rida(s runnin! from court to court- There

    seems to %e an un'ritten %ias a!ainst la'(ers 'ho do 6I in

    8n+ironmental la' or #uman i!hts la' cases and those 'ho ha+e

    domain epertise in the specialied su%ects such as International

     .r%itration, Inter &tate ;ater Disputes, C(%er la', etc-

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    the candidate for desi!nation- )ut, it appears, the con+ention has %een

    departed from in the recent desi!nations and in its place, a s(stem of 

    secret %allot has %een reportedl( introduced- ;hile the %allot ma( ha+e

    the merit of !i+in! all Jud!es a chance of participation in the decision

    ma=in!, there is no !uarantee that a +ote reflects that the person has

    merit- Indeed the s(stem of +otin! has the disad+anta!e of encoura!in!

    unhealth( and non transparent lo%%(in! for desi!nation-

    This is e+ident from the current desi!nation- >ut of 14 candidates 'ho

    had recommendations from not less than fi+e Jud!es, onl( fi+e ha+e %een

    selected for desi!nation 'ith nothin! to indicate 'h( the others 'ere not

    desi!nated- 8ach of the fi+e .d+ocates is a !eneral practitioner-

     .d+ocates 'ith 6I %ac=!round and domain epertise ha+e %een totall(

    left out-

    The impression has lon! %ein! !ro'in! at the )ar that onl( relati+es of 

    seniors of those 'ho come from particular cham%ers !et desi!nated-

    ;hat is 'orse, there seems to %e an im%alance %et'een caste and

    communities and I can onl( hope that this is not conscious as that 'ould

    !o a!ainst the ethos of the Constitution %( 'hich 'e are all !o+erned-

    I 'ould place for consideration of the #on$%le Chief Justice and #on$%le

    Jud!es that a &earch Committee of ud!es %e constituted to identif( those

    la'(ers doin! 6I 'or= in 8n+ironmental la' or #uman i!hts and those

    la'(ers ha+in! domain epertise for conferrin! desi!nation as &enior 

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     .d+ocates- This #on$%le Court has po'ers coupled 'ith dut( to de+elop

    a )ar 'hich represents all %ranches of la'- It 'ould %e ad+isa%le to issue

    ules under .rticle 145a specif(in! the criteria and the procedure for 

    %ein! desi!nated as &enior .d+ocates of the Court-

    &pea=in! for m(self I ha+e no +ested interest in the issue, ha+in! %een

    desi!nated 'a( %ac= in 19? %( m( o'n #i!h Court and I am ustl( proud

    of the fact that I 'as indeed the first 'omen to %e desi!nated %( the #i!h

    Court of )om%a(- #o'e+er, I do consider it m( dut( to ma=e su!!estions

    for (our consideration for the impro+ement of the 3ualit( of representin! at

    the %ar and hence this letter-

    I do hope that this letter 'ill %e ta=en in the spirit in 'hich it is 'ritten

    rather than %ein! seen as an ad+ersarial approach to the pro%lem-

    *ours faithfull(,

    Indira Jaisin!

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      Dated: 29/04/2015 To, Chief Justice of India and all other Companion ud!es of the "ull Court of the #on$%le &upreme Court

    Dear Chief Justice and Jud!es of the "ull court,

    etter dated 2?/04/2015 sent %( me ha+e some t(po!raphical [email protected]( i!nore the same and find enclosed here'ith the final one for (our  information and record-

    *ours faithfull(

    Indira Jaisin!

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      Dated: 29/04/2015

    &h- "ali &- Aariman, &enior .d+ocate &upreme Court of India Ae' Delhi-

    Dear &ir,

    I am enclosin! here'ith a letter dated 29/04/2015 addressed

    to all Jud!es of the #on$%le &upreme Court of India for (our 

    reference-

    I ur!e (ou to ta=e up this issue at e+er( appropriate forum includin! )ar .ssociations and )ar Councils and 'ith Jud!es at seminars and conferences on the su%ect so that the ud!es %ecome a'are of the !rie+ances of the )ar 'ith )ar .ssociations-

    *ours faithfull(,

    Indira Jaisin!

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    Dated: 29/04/2015

    7r- 7ohan 6arasaran, "ormer &olicitor Beneral of India &upreme Court of India Ae' Delhi

    Dear 7r-6arasaran,

    I am enclosin! here'ith a letter dated 29/04/2015 addressed

    to all Jud!es of the #on$%le &upreme Court of India for (our 

    reference-

    I ur!e (ou to ta=e up this issue at e+er( appropriate forum includin! )ar .ssociations and )ar Councils and 'ith Jud!es at seminars and conferences on the su%ect so that the ud!es %ecome a'are of the !rie+ances of the )ar 'ith )ar .ssociations-

    *ours faithfull(,

    Indira Jaisin!

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    Dated: 29/04/2015

    &h- 6-6- ao, &enior .d+ocate &upreme Court of India Ae' Delhi-

    Dear &ir,

    I am enclosin! here'ith a letter dated 29/04/2015 addressed

    to all Jud!es of the #on$%le &upreme Court of India for (our 

    reference-

    I ur!e (ou to ta=e up this issue at e+er( appropriate forum includin! )ar .ssociations and )ar Councils and 'ith Jud!es at seminars and conferences on the su%ect so that the ud!es %ecome a'are of the !rie+ances of the )ar 'ith )ar .ssociations-

    *ours faithfull(,

    Indira Jaisin!

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    Dated: 29/04/2015

    7r- Dush(ant .- Da+e, &enior .d+ocate &upreme Court of India Ae' Delhi-

    Dear 7r- Da+e,

    I am enclosin! here'ith a letter dated 29/04/2015 addressed

    to all Jud!es of the #on$%le &upreme Court of India for (our 

    reference-

    I ur!e (ou to ta=e up this issue at e+er( appropriate forum includin! )ar .ssociations and )ar Councils and 'ith Jud!es at seminars and conferences on the su%ect so that the ud!es %ecome a'are of the !rie+ances of the )ar 'ith )ar .ssociations-

    *ours faithfull(,

    Indira Jaisin!

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      Dated: 29/04/2015

    7r- #arish &al+e, &enior .d+ocate &upreme Court of India Ae' Delhi-

    Dear 7r- &al+e,

    I am enclosin! here'ith a letter dated 29/04/2015 addressed

    to all Jud!es of the #on$%le &upreme Court of India for (our 

    reference-

    I ur!e (ou to ta=e up this issue at e+er( appropriate forum includin! )ar .ssociations and )ar Councils and 'ith Jud!es at seminars and conferences on the su%ect so that the ud!es %ecome

    a'are of the !rie+ances of the )ar 'ith )ar .ssociations-

    *ours faithfull(,

    Indira Jaisin!

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      Dated: 29/04/2015

    7r- 7u=ul ohat!i,  .ttorne( Beneral of India &upreme Court of India Ae' Delhi-

    Dear 7r- ohat!i,

    I am enclosin! here'ith a letter dated 29/04/2015 addressed

    to all Jud!es of the #on$%le &upreme Court of India for (our 

    reference-

    I ur!e (ou to ta=e up this issue at e+er( appropriate forum includin! )ar .ssociations and )ar Councils and 'ith Jud!es at seminars and conferences on the su%ect so that the ud!es %ecome a'are of the !rie+ances of the )ar 'ith )ar .ssociations-

    *ours faithfull(,

    In

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