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513 NUJS trained Lawyers oppose CAA-NRC



The statement backed by 513 NUJS trained lawyers to clear the record that the majority of NUJS lawyers are opposed to the actions taken by the ruling establishment. 

513 NUJS trained lawyers oppose CAA-NRC

513 lawyers who are members of the NUJS [The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS or NUJS)] alumni have issued a statement pointing out the unconstitutionality of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the dangerous consequences it can have in conjunction with the NRC.  The petition also calls for an investigation into the police brutalities across the country, especially in UP and Delhi. The official student body of NUJS also issued a statement condemning the attacks on protestors, along with other NLUs.



As you may be aware, NUJS Kolkata is one of the leading national law schools of India and this petition has been framed after discussions among lawyers with diverse backgrounds, from those in law firms, academia, policy and litigation.

However, a counter-petition in favour of the CAA-NRC, got the support of 25 alumni members and of 50 students (out of a total of 600 students) and it was published by Swarajya Magazine, with the headline claiming that NUJS lawyers are supporting the CAA-NRC. It is unfortunate that legitimacy for these reprehensible acts is being derived from one of the top centres of legal education, one committed to the values of pluralism and secularism, by willfully ignoring the petition, which enjoys considerable support within the NUJS fraternity. My colleagues had requested to Swarajya to correct their article, but they have failed to do so. The main petition acknowledges the dissent by 25 alumni members.

The statement backed by 513 NUJS trained lawyers to clear the record that the majority of NUJS lawyers are opposed to the actions taken by the ruling establishment. 

NUJS Alumni – Statement in Solidarity

We, the undersigned, are alumni from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. As Indian citizens and members of the legal fraternity, we feel compelled to put forth this statement in opposition of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the atrocities that have been perpetrated post its enactment.

The CAA has been enacted with the stated intent of removing hurdles in granting citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis, who have arrived from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh prior to 31st December, 2014. However, the impact of the CAA alongside the proposed nationwide National Citizens Register (NRC), will, in all likelihood, lead to the persecution of several segments of the population, most notably the Muslim community which has been excluded from the CAA. The potential impact of the NRC on many other communities who may struggle with documentation cannot be overstated.

The collective impact of the CAA and NRC threatens the very fabric of India. It runs afoul of our constitutional principles, our obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the cornerstone of international refugee law—  the principle of non-refoulment. We view the CAA and its implementation with a strong sense of foreboding — one that may polarise our beloved nation beyond repair.

We also stand in solidarity with student communities and citizens across the country, who are peacefully voicing their opposition against CAA. We do not condone violence in protests, but we strongly condemn the brutality and disproportionate force used by law enforcement authorities in various parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to muzzle dissent, particularly in educational institutions. We demand that those responsible for such atrocities be held accountable under law.

We appeal to the Government of India to respect the fundamental right to peaceful protest and allow the free exercise of this right across the country.

NB: This represents the views of the 500+ alumni signatories below. We understand that there may be dissent among certain members of the alumni - however, we categorically dissociate ourselves from any views supporting CAA and state violence.

Number of Alumni Signatories as of 21.12.2019 - 513. Following are there names with batch.
1. Satchit Bhogle 2016
2. Ulka Bhattacharyya 2016
3. Mansi Binjrajka 2018
4. Rishabhdev Jain 2015
5. Alphonsa Jojan 2008-2013
6. R Ranjan 2010
7. Pranav Mittal 2011
8. Ira Chadha-Sridhar 2019
9. Sushruti 2016
10. Durga Priya Manda 2015
11. Akshit Goyal 2017
12. Abhijnan Jha 2013
13. Neeti Bhatt 2016
14. Vaneesha 2011
15. Akhileshwari Reddy 2016
16. Shruti khetan 2014- 2019
17. MihikaPoddar 2019
18. Ankita Mandal 2016
19. AvinandanKundu 2016
20. Akshay Sharma 2015
21. Sankalp S Srivastava 2018
22. Shouvik Kumar Guha 2010
23. Siddhant Sharma 2018
24. Pavishka Mittal 2019
25. Pratik Datta 2010
26. Apeksha Dhanvijay 2019
27. Shivam 2017
28. Anushree Malaviya 2018
29. Saubhagya Raj Alfred 2018
30. Divyanshu D 2015
31. Anubhav Dutt Tiwari 2013
32. Deepank Singhal 2019
33. Srishti Aishwarya 2009-2014
34. YashMaheshwari 2019
35. Atreyo Banerjee 2014-19
36. Kunal Chatterji 2005
37. Neha Mathen 2015
38. Namrata Roy 2019
39. Kirtikar Srivastava 2018
40. Aneek Bangabash 2008
41. Varsha Bhattacharya 2013
42. VishrovMukerjee 2007
43. Shezin Waziha Hussain 2009
44. Ashish Arun 2010
45. Ambika Sahai 2017
46. PRIYANKA RAJ 2007-2012
47. Subhajit Banerji 2011
48. Shardha 2019
49. Malavika Chandu 2009-2014
50. Naman Khatwani 2019
51. Piyush Karn 2012
52. Sanika Gokhale 2016
53. Aditi 2009-2014
54. Abhiroop Lahiri 2009
55. Vinayak Mehrotra 2014
56. AmeyaVikram Mishra 2017
57. Shilpa Margaret Ekka 2014
58. Samhita Mandal 2015
59. Shaishir Divatia 2019
60. Kshitij Maheshwari 2018
61. Shreyangshi Gupta 2014-2019
62. Sanchari Ghosh 2015
63. Vidhisha Ambade 2019
64. AKANKSHA MAHAPATRA 2013
65. Ratnavel Pandian 2016
66. Aditya Kapoor 2005-10
67. Umang Poddar 2019
68. YashVijayvargiya 2016
69. Pranjal Srivastava 2018
70. Aishwarya Gupta 2018
71. Isha Choudhary 2019
72. Oieshi Saha 2018
73. Arhat Chhabra 2013-2018
74. Leah Thomas Batch of 2018
75. Ananya Mukherjee 2018
76. Krishanu Roy 2016
77. Akshay Jose 2018
78. Pratik Ranjan Das 2017
79. Tulika Paul 2016
80. Sarthak Sood 2014-19
81. Mansi Birla 2018
82. Rupa Roy 2014
83. M U Ganashruthi 2009
Robin Grover 2012-2017
85. Amrita Sarkar 2013
86. Ketaki Purohit 2011
87. Shreyashi Ray 2011-2016
88. Manthan Jindal 2019
89. Abhyudaya Agarwal 2006-2011
90. Rishi Ray 2012-2017
91. AnushaPeri 2018
92. Saniya Mirani 2019
93. Soumyaditya Dasgupta 2019
94. Asmita Roy 2016
95. Saptarshi Mandal 2017
96. Varun Ramdas 2018
97. Abhiroop De 2017
98. Vishal Narula 2017
99. Chitwan Deep Singh 2016
100. Farhan Shehab Umar 2018
101. MonalisaKosaria 2014
102. Prafful Goyal 2018
103. Nithya Rajshekhar 2014
104. Sanchit Garg 2011-2016
105. Anish Singhvi 2014
106. H. Murali Krishnan 2009-2014
107. Akanksha Choudhary 2014
108. Archismita 2019
109. Anirudh Srinivas 2011
110. Swagata Raha 2005
111. Ankur Singh 2015
112. A Padmanabhan 2012
113. Sindhu Rao 2015
114. Avani Chokshi 2013
115. Yousala chenp 2000
116. Kruthika NS 2017
117. Shivam Chauhan 2018
118. Winnu Das 2018
119. Pranav Bansal 2015
120. Aparimita Pratap 2019
121. Shubhankar Jain 2019
122. Gauri Shukla 2018
123. Titli Datta 2001-2006
124. Madhuparna Dasgupta 2008
125. SanchariSaha Menon 2000
126. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay 2005
127. Abhinav Tigga 2014
128. Avik Biswas 2006
129. Ipshita Sengupta 2005
130. Shatarupa Dasgupta 2008
131. Vishnu Chandran 2011
132. Yaman Mannan 2000
133. Mahima Selvakumar 2019
134. Dilme r m momin 2018
135. Murtaza Somjee 2008
136. Smaran Shetty 2014
137. Varsha Shivanagowda 2015
138. Tania Sarcar 2006-2011
139. Tanvi Varma 2010-15
140. Aishwarya Giridhar 2016
141. DINESH CHOUHAN 2018
142. Medha Srivastava 2007
143. Moneshaa 2019
144. Jeet Chaudhuri 2013
145. Devaang Agarwalla 2016
146. Amulya Sharma 2017
147. Vikram Lakshman 2016
148. Rahul Rai 2007
149. Ramanuj Gopalan 2007
150. Abhishek Shandilya 2018
151. Akshath 2018
152. Shayonee Dasgupta 2012
153. Wasim Uddin Siraj 2002-2007
154. Yashaswi Kant 2015
155. Tundra Guha 2007
156. Vasudha Sharma 2013
157. BharathAjithSreenivasan 2017
158. Adrija Das 2014
159. Arunima Chatterjee 2015
160. SidhantChandalia 2016
161. SagnikGhose 2001
162. Kanak Bose 2015
163. Anamika Gode 2016
164. Mohammed Abid Hussain 2009
165. Sai Vinod 2013
166. Aishwarya Ayushmaan 2015
167. Vasudha Reddy 2009
168. Nalin Kanaujia 2015
169. Poulomi Saha 2006-2011
170. Arun Geetesh 2009
171. Paavni Anand 2017
172. Soumya Shanker 2010
173. Anirudh Vohra 2016
174. AmanTaneja 2013
175. Sankarshana Meeyala 2013
176. Mrunmayee Malabika 2009
177. Shweta Luthra 2002—07
178. Aindrila Biswas 2012
179. Antara S Priya 2010-2015
180. Gaurav Dasgupta 2002-07
181. Anuj Sahay 2008
182. Shobhit Shukla 2019
183. Kabir Manchanda 2016
184. Kushagr Bakshi 2019
185. Ananya Sanyal 2006
186. Gayatri menon 2012
187. Raktima Roy 2016
188. Nikhil Pratap 2017
189. Muqeet Drabu 2017
190. Ira Chatterjee 2007
191. Kinshuk Jhunjhunwala 2010
192. Anwesha 2008
193. Arindrajit Basu 2017
194. Ravi Shankar 2006-11
195. Shambo Nandy 2013
196. Modhulika Bose 2014
197. Manjula Baxla Batch of 2009
198. Monal Mukherjee 2006
199. Shatakratu Sahu 2017
200. Abhinav 2013
201. Ruth Chenchiah LL.B., 2009-2014
202. Esha Shekhar 2007-2012
203. Shruti Jere 2012
204. Gauri Subramanium 2006
205. Dhananjay Mundari 2007-2012
206. Sohini Mandal 2006-2011
207. Tanvi 2017
208. Kritika Vohra 2016
209. Akshaya Venkataraman 2017
210. Udit Misra 2016
211. Arvind Abraham 2017
212. Smriti Tipirneni 2010
213 Soumik Das 2009
214. Shubhojit Ghosh 2008
215. Neha Batch of 2012
216. Vinayak Chawla 2019
217. Deeya Ray 2017
218. Diksha Sanyal 2016
219. Abhimanyu Hazari 2017
220. Shailja Singh 2004 - 2009
221. Jigme NorbuBhutia 2016
222. Parika Singh 2016
223. soumya.george Batch of 2005
224. Roopali Adlakha 2010-2015
225. Abin Francis 2016
226. Rohan Sahai 2006-2011
227. Ashish Kumar 2008
228. Roochi tripathy 2006
229. Aastha 2009
230. Gavish Malhotra 2016
231. Ahaan Mohan 2016
232. Aayush Rathi 2017
233. Akash Mishra 2017
234. EshikaMaji 2017
235. Maathangi Hariharan 2014-19
236. Naman Nanda 2016
237. Tanaya Sanyal 2015
238. Ramanuj Mukherjee 2011
239. Sahana 2016
240. Vishakha Gupta 2017
241. Sanghamitra Roychowdhury 2006
242. Dr. Sarfaraz Ahmed Khan LLM 2000-2002
243. Zeba Sikora 2015
244. Amrita Chatterjee 2010
245. Abhisaar Bairagi 2011
246. Sudipta Bhattacharjee 2005
247. Shruthee Srinivasan 2015
248. Saarthak Biswas 2019
249. Aakash Dasgupta 2013
250. Prashant Sagar 2014-2019
251. Shashwat Tewary 2002
252. Nivedita Sen 2013
253. Saloni Chaturvedi 2006
254. Siddhartha Srivastava 2016
255. Aatika 2013-18
256. PadminiSubhashree 2018
257. Namrata Mukherjee 2016
258. Akshath Mithal 2019
259. Archit Krishna 2017
260. Adit Subramaniam Pujari 2005-10
261. SaiyedAnzer Abbas 2008-13
262. Sidharth Deb 2016
263. Titus James 2016
264. Souvik Roy 2011
265. Indrajeet Sircar 2013
266. Anuj Agrawal 2009
267. Ayesha Khan 2012
268. Kamaljeet Singh 2011
269. Raghunath Seshadri 2016
270. M.F. Philip 2007-12
271. Ayesha 2011
272. ROHIT RAJ 2009
273. SiddharthBagul 2017
274. W. Bhutia 2012
275. Nakul Sahnan 2019
276. AgnidiptoTarafder 2008-13
277. NiveditaUdupa 2016
278. Rohit Das 2006
279. Nooreen haider 2017
280. Sakshi Agarwal 2008
281. Suchismita Barua 2019
282. Debolina Saha 2006
283. Shouryendu Ray 2013
284. Kshitija Naik 2018
285. MrigankaShekhar Dutta 2011
286. Maneka Khanna 2015
287. Prakash 2019
288. Adreeka Pandey 2013
289. BedavyasaMohanty 2015
290. Nikhil Iyer 2019
291. Shrinidhi Rao 2015
292. Kriti B 2008-2013
293. AnanyaRamani 2013
294. Rimi Jain 2013
295. Shivangi Mewal 2011
296. Tanuj Kalia 2013
297. Amrit Mahal 2018
298. Annie Philip 2004-09
299. Amoolya narayan 2006-11
300. Arpita Sarkar 2007- 2012
301. Ashish Alexander 2014
302. Abhimanyu Ghosh 2002
303. Stella 2013
304. Rhea Goyal 2018
305. Pallavi Sharma 2013
306. Jay Sanklecha 2012
307. Deepro Guha 2013
308. Anurag Naskar 2017
309. Yamini Kumar 2013-2018
310. ArpitaSengupta 2017
311. George Varghese 2012
312. Rohan Banerjee 2005-2010
313. Tanay Gandhi 2017
314. Nityapriya S 2007 - 2012
315. Shivam Bhardwaj 2016
316. Adhip Kumar Ray 2017
317. Shruthi Anand 2017
318. Diptiman Mohapatra 2017
319. Rayner Dkhar 2019
320. Shashank Singh 2017
321. Meenakshi Kurpad 2011-16
322. Akshay Sewlikar 2015
323. Shantanu Gupta 2011
324. Amba Kak 2013
325. Rukmini Das 2011
326. Manavi B H 2009
327. Pranav Narain 2013
328. Shravani P.T. 2011
329. Deepak Raju 2011
330. Rishabh Prasad 2010
331. Akshay Malpani 2018
332. Midhun Joseph Zacharia 2014
333. Vijay GovindNath 2008
334. Nayana 2018
335. ShivliKatyayan 2002
336. Payoshi 2015
337. Raveena Dhamija 2014
338. Piyush Sharma 2018
339. BhavnaJha 2008-13
340. Sayan Deb 2018
341. Mayank Mikhail Mukherjee 2006-2011
342.Shristi B 2018
343. Arjun 2010
344. Deepthi 2016
345. Deepthi Gopalakrishna 2002-2007
346. Mustafa Rasheed 2014-2019
347. SiddharthNarsipur 2016
348. Sweta Gope 2016
349. KarthikaAnnamalai 2017
350. Senu Nizar 2019
351. GunchaDhiman 2019
352. Vivasvan Bansal 2019
353. Surabhi Dhar 2015
354. RakshitJha 2017
355. Chaitanya 2019
356. Arun Mal 2013
357. Shailja Agarwal 2018
358. Anshita Priyadarshini 2014
359. Maithili Pai 2017
360. IkshakuBezbaroa 2015
361. NiveditaSaksena 2015
362. Ringicha Chakma 2019
363. Upasana Chauhan 2017
364. Abhishek Verma 2018
365. Ramya Chandrasekhar Batch of 2018
366. Dheeraj K 2018
367. MaitreyaSubramaniam 2018
368. Akanksha Kaushik 2009-2014
369. Priyattama bhanj 2018
370. Pranav sethi 2018
371. Ujwala Uppaluri 2014
372. Naman 2013
373. Gauri Pillai 2017
374. Ashish Goel, Advocate 2012
375. Abhinav Harlalka 2013
376. Abhik Chakraborty 2017
377. Ranjith Varghese 2010
378. Sreya Das 2013-2018
379. Tarunya Shankar 2011-2016
380. Aisha Sharfi 2012
381. Saloni Dukle 2017
382. Ayushi Singhal 2018
383. Aditya ALok 2013
384. Debasmita 2014
385. Reigha yangzom 2018
386. Joydeep Halder 2018
387. Mishail Khan 2014
388. Swati Agrawal LLM (2015)
389. Aanchal Basur 2014
390. Jay Ganguly 2008
391. Harjass Singh 2013
392. Gayatri 2016
393. Teslin Maria Augustine 2012
394. Ananya Kulkarni 2016
395. SabikaKazmi 2018
396. Debasmita Haldar 2017
397. RaveenaKallakuru 2018
398. Rachana Rautray 2016
399. Aniket Ghosh 2015
400. Debosmita Nandy 2009
401. Varsha Koshy 2019
402. Shyam Balakrishnan 2016
403. Aditi Somani 2019
404. Deep Rao Palepu 2014
405. Kavana Ramaswamy 2011
406. Vyjayanthi Raghu 2018
407. Kanika bansal 2012-2017
408. Nikhil 2016
409. Rubai J Singh 2015
410. Achalakumar 2017
411. Anjali Kumar 2017
412. Ankita Gulati 2015
413. Prateek Shroff 2010
414. Amana Ranjan 2015
415. Ragul 2018
416. Joachim Saldanha 2015
417. Esha 2014
418. ManeeshaKongovi 2007
419. Madhav Khosla 2015
420. Swati Narnaulia 2012
421. Prianka Rao 2010
422. Tejasvi Saxena 2015
423. Ameen Jauhar 2012
424. Aastha 2013
425. Anugya Sahai 2014
426. Diptasri Basu 2011
427. Jhalak Kakkar 2012
428. Asha Joy 2015
429. HarsimranKalra 2009
430. Sudarshan Suresh 2010
431. KasturikaKaumudi 2013
432. Aditya Sarmah 2018
433. Saptarshi Mandal 2004
434. SomalShruti 2007-2012
435. Snigdhanahar 2010
436. Aparajita Sinha 2018
437. PallabikaMitra 2011
438. Lizum Wangdi 2015
439. Ashika Dabholkar 2015
440. Aditi Pal 2009-2014
441. Sahana Ramesh 2015
442. AmrishaTripathi LL.M. 2015
443. SUBHOMOY 2010
444. PanktiVora 2015
445. PriyanshiKatta 2017
446. PrajnaRutambharaMohapatra 2012
447. Anusha Reddy 2014
448. Javedur Rahman 2013
449. DevrupaRakshit 2017
450. Aditi Venkat 2011
451. Aastha Kothari 2018
452. GarishmaBhayana LL.M. batch 2016-17
453. Rishika 2016
454. Ayushi Kumar 2010-2015
455. SuhrithParthasarathy 2008
456. AnirudhAgarwala 2010
457. SwarnangshuShekhar 2012
458. Soumalya 2016
459. Samarpita Deb 2006
460. Ujjaini Ghosh 2006
461. Sayantani Dutta Graduating batch of 2006
462. Jhelum 2013
463. Tulika Ghosh 2001
464. VardhitSinghania 2019
465. Siddharth 2005-2010
466. Ananya Bose 2017
467. Mohd Umar Iqbal khan 2012
468. Suvarna swain 2012-17
469. DeeptiJayakrishnan 2010
470. Mrinalini 2018
471. Rahul Saha 2008
472. Maureen 2008
473. Siddharth Sinha 2011
474. Sukanya Bhaumik 2011
475. Bulbul Khaitan 2010
476. Rahul Varghese 2010
477. Rishabh Goenka 2013
478. Babatdor Dkhar 2011
479. Yashvi Ganeriwal 2018
480. Vanya 2002
481. Sahithi 2012
482. Saurabh Mehta 2011
483. Adrika 2011
484. Rook Ray 2009
485. Namrata Das 2008-2013
486. Isha Narain 2016
487. Deepak Kumar Verma 2017
488. Abhinav Rao 2009
489. Abhishek prakash 2016
490. Ambika Vadehra 2016
491. Samim Ahmed Ranju 2005
492. ShubhamBarua 2019
493. Shobhit Singh 2016
494. Divya Sara George 2010
495. Priya Garg 2014-19
496. Sreyan Chatterjee 2016
497. Darshana Mitra 2012
498. Shashwat 2014-15
499. Shourya Dasgupta 2019
500. Vineet Bhalla 2010-15
501. Ritika Agarwal 2014
502. Jessamine TM 2017
503. Gagana N.V. 2015
504. Sreerupa 2013
505. Reecha Das 2013
506. M L Shankar Kaarmukilan (Mukil) LLM 2006-2008
507. Pallab Das 2009-2014
508. Atindriya Chakrabarty 2007-2012
509. Udit Sood 2011
510. Rashmi Bothra 2012
511. Issac John 2017
512. Lianlemsiam Phaipi 2013
513. Trina Saha 2010




Arvind Kurian Abraham
LLM Candidate 2019-2020, Harvard Law School
B.A LL.B (Hons), WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
Advocate, Bar Council of Delhi


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