Do criminal lawyers in India have constant threats to their lives? This question has long plagued Indian lawyers. The Bar Council of India recently suspended the licence of one prominent advocate for three years. While many lawyers can get a notice on appeal and make their final arguments on merits, few are so successful. The question now is: should criminal lawyers in India be subjected to such threats? The answer to this question depends on your viewpoint.
Ram Jethmalani, a veteran criminal lawyer, is considered as the best in cross-examination. He has diverse social and political backgrounds. He has appeared in high profile defense cases and has handled all sorts of cases. He has also extended his support to ex-servicemen on One Rank One Pension. He assured them that his fees are not deducted from their benefits, as he believes that their innocence is a fundamental right in a democratic society.
Tulsi, a former additional solicitor general of India and senior counsel in the Supreme Court, is a notable example of a successful lawyer who has faced such threats. He has won several high-profile cases, including the murder of parliamentary attacker Mohammed Afzal guru, the CWG scam’s Suresh Kalmadi, and the case of the Uphaar massacre victims. His work in these cases has helped restore public confidence in the legal profession. Recently, Tulsi took up the case of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who was found guilty of killing a police officer.