Standing up for those who stood with us – Statement of support for Lawyers Collective

We, the undersigned concerned citizens, are extremely perturbed at the increasing tendency of the Government, through its agencies, to use excessive power to curb the voice of the people, which is the very essence of democracy.

The work of Lawyer’s Collective in general and that of Indira Jaising and Anand Grover in particular, has contributed to changing the lives not just of individuals but of citizens of a democratic republic. They have not only represented the rights of individuals and communities such as slum dwellers, workers, trade unions, prisoners, SC/ST associations, Bhopal Gas tragedy victims, women, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities as lawyers, but have also contributed immensely to the discourse of human rights and state accountability as public intellectuals.

They represent a commitment to the country that our founding leaders envisioned and that is enshrined in our Constitution. They have fearlessly exercised their right to not just freedom of speech and expression but the fundamental right of every citizen to hold the Government and Institutions of the day accountable. This is a right that every constitutional democracy must seek to protect for its citizenry.

The registration of an FIR against them under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code, on the very allegations that are already under challenge before the High Court of Bombay, is a clear sign of executive haste and overreach. Pillorying them in this manner would deprive vulnerable sections of society of the benefit of representation of such high caliber and commitment. We do not wish to see a future where the voices of people such as Indira Jaising and Anand Grover are curtailed and the attempt of the State to do so must be strongly criticized. We must today as citizens of a free country, stand with those who have, for the last four decades stood with us.

We call upon the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the courts of law to desist from the unjustified and vindictive use of Criminal Law on the likes of Indira Jaising, Anand Grover or any citizen of this country.

Signatories:

Anju Dodiya, Artist, Mumbai

           

Atul Dodiya, Artist,Mumbai

           

Amar Kanwar, Artist, Film-maker New Delhi

       

Arundhathi Nag,Theatre Director &Actor,Bengaluru

       

Atul Kumar, Theatre Director &Actor, Mumbai

       

Ava Bhavsar, Artist, Ahmedabad

           

Amol K Patil, Artist, Mumbai

           

Amir Rizvi, Artist, Mumbai

           

Archana Hande, Artist, Mumbai

           

Anant Joshi, Artist, Mumbai

           

Anuradha Kapur, Theatre maker, New Delhi

       

Ammu Joseph, Senior Journalist, Bengaluru

       

Ajay Noronha, Cinematographer/Filmmaker, Mumbai

     

Anjali Monteiro, Filmmaker and academic, Mumbai (TISS)

     

Anjali Gopalan, human rights and animal rights activist, Naz

Foundation

 

Abhro Banerjee, Film editor

           

Aparna Andhare, Museum Professional, Mumbai & Jaipur

     

Aditi Ray, Journalist, Kolkata

           

Anand Patwardhan, Filmmaker, Mumbai

         

Arpita Singh, Artist, New Delhi (Padma Shri)

       

Anjum Singh, Artist, New Delhi

           

Abhijeet Tamhane, Art critic, Mumbai

         

Arijit Bhattacharyya, Artist, West Bengal

         

Arunesh, Sangama, Resource Centre on Sexuality, Bengaluru

     

Antara Dev Sen, Journalist, New Delhi

         

Anjali Damania, Advocate, Mumbai

         

Avijit Mukul Kishore, Filmmaker, Mumbai

         

Anup Surendranath, Lawyer, Professor, Delhi

       

Aparna, President, IFTU

             

Anima Muyarath, Advocate Kerala

         

Armaity Irani, Advocate, Mumbai

           

Avantika Mehra, IIT Mumbai

           

Advait Pednekar, Mumbai

           

Anuradha Kalhan, academic, Pune

           

Anita Rampal, Academic, New Delhi

         

Aileen Marquez, Advocate, Mumbai

         

Dr Bernard Imhasly, Journalist, Mumbai

         

Bharatesh G D, Visual Artist, Bangalore

         

Behroze Gandhy, Filmmaker, London

         

Balachandran Ramiah, Investments, Mumbai

       

Bharati Kapadia, Artist, Mumbai

           

Bina Sarkar Ellias, Poet, Editor & Publisher, Bombay

     

Babu Eshwar Prasad, Artist, Bangalore

         

Brinelle D’Souza, TISS, PUCL, ICWM, Mumbai

       

Chitra Palekar, Film Writer and Director, Mumbai

       

Charles Williams, BPO Operations, Mumbai

       

Chhatrapati Dutta, Artist, Kolkata

           

Chitra Joshi Academic, Delhi

           

Dhruvi Acharya, Visual Artist, Mumbai

         

Dilip Ranade, Artist, Thane

           

Diksha Sharma, Filmmaker, Mumbai

         

Danish Husain, Theatre Artist, Mumbai

         

Dibeyendu Ganguly, Journalist, Mumbai

         

Deepti Gopinath, Secretary, Indian Airports Employees Union,

Mumbai

 

Francis Pullambra, Self‐employed, Mumbai

       

Franklyn D’souza, former President, Hindustan Lever Employees

Union, Mumbai

 

George Jose, Academic, Mumbai

           

Gopalji Pradhan, Professor, Hindi School of Letters,

Ambedkar University, Delhi

Gayatri Kodikal, Artist and Writer, Rotterdam

       

Geeta Kapur, Art historian, New Delhi

         

V Geetha, Scholar on feminism and caste, Publisher &

Co-director, Tara Books, Chennai

Gayatri Singh, Senior Advocate, Mumbai

         

Geeta Seshu, Journalist, Mumbai

           

Gautam Mody, General Secretary, NTUI

         

Hardik Doshi, Investment Fund Advisor, Mumbai

       

Hussain Indorewala, Asst. Professor & Architect, Mumbai

     

Indu Chandrasekhar, Publisher, Tulika Books,Delhi

       

Ina Puri, Art Promoter, New Delhi

           

Ira Bhaskar, Professor, New Delhi

           

Javed Akhtar, Writer, Mumbai

           

Jitish Kallat, Artist, Mumbai

           

Jhelum Paranjape, Dancer, Teacher & Choreographer, Mumbai

   

Jahangir Jani, Artist, Mumbai

           

Justin Ponmany, Visual Artist, Mumbai

         

Jyotsna Murthy, Entrepreneur, Bangalore

         

Jyoti Punwani, Journalist, Mumbai

         

Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Artist, Mumbai

         

KP Jayasankar, Filmmaker & Academic, Mumbai (TISS)

     

Krishna Rao, Independent Consultant, Bangalore

       

Krishnapriya C P, Visual artist/Curator, Chennai

       

Kumkum Sangari, Professor, New Delhi

         

Kamini Tanka, Professor, New Delhi

         

Karuna Nundy, Advocate, New Delhi

         

Kirti Jain, Theatre, Delhi

             

Keval Arora, Academic, Delhi

           

Kavita Singh, Art Historian, Professor, School of Arts and

Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi

V S Krishna, Human Rights Forum (HRF) Andhra Pradesh

     

K. Anuradha, Human Rights Forum, Andhra Pradesh

     

K.Sudha, Human Rights Forum, Andhra Pradesh

       

Kritika Agarwal, Advocate, Mumbai

         

Lara Jesani, Advocate, Mumbai

           

Lubaina Rangwala, Urban Planner, Mumbai

       

LN Tallur, Artist, Koteshwara

           

Laxmi Murthy, Journalist, Bengaluru

         

Madhushree Dutta, Filmmaker

           

Meeta Jain, Architect, Bangalore

           

Mansore, Artist & Filmmaker, Bengaluru

         

Meera Devidayal, Artist, Mumbai

           

Mansi Bhatt, Artist, Mumbai

           

Mandira Mitra, Advocate, New Delhi

         

Maya Rao, Theatre artist, Delhi

           

Mohan Rao, Professor (retired), Bangalore

         

Mithu Sen, Artist, New Delhi

           

Mamta Murthy Filmmaker, Mumbai

         

Mitra Mukherjee Parikh, Academic, Mumbai

       

Mukta Srivastav, NAPM, Mumbai

           

Meena Gopal, Academic, TISS

           

Milind Champanerkar, author and activist, Pune

       

Mohua Ray, Artist and art educator, Mumbai

       

Dr Mathew Abraham, Mumbai

           

Mini Mathew, Advocate, Mumbai

           

Nilima Sheikh, Artist, Vadodara

           

Naseeruddin Shah, Actor, Mumbai

         

Nityanand Jayaraman. Journalist & Social Activist

       

Neeladri Bhattacharya, Historian, Delhi

         

Nimi Ravindran, Producer, Writer, Director, Bangalore

     

Neera Adarkar, Architect, Mumbai

         

Nancy Adajania, Curator and cultural theorist, Mumbai

     

Oli Ghosh, Artist and Art Educationist, Mumbai

       

Pushpamala N, Artist, Bangalore

           

Priyanka Jain, Visual Artist, Delhi

           

Prajakta Potnis, Artist, Mumbai

           

Persis Anklesaria, Retired, Mumbai

         

Premjish Achari, Art Historian/Curator, Delhi

       

Poorna Swami, Choreographer & Writer, Bangalore

       

Paramjit Singh, Artist, New Delhi

           

Priyanka Raja, Gallerist, Kolkata

           

Prabhavathi Meppayil, Artist, Bangalore

         

Pravin Nadkar, Trade Union Centre of India (TUCI), Maharashtra

   

Preeti Sharma Menon, AAP

           

Partho Sarothi Ray, academic & activist, Kolkata

       

Prabodh Parikh, Poet & Writer, Mumbai

         

Pervin Jehangir, NAPM, Mumbai

           

Pradeep Mandhyan, Advocate Mumbai

         

Rajani Iyer, Senior Advocate, Mumbai

         

Ratna Pathak Shah, Actor, Mumbai

         

Reena Kallat, Artist, Mumbai

           

Ravi Kulkarni, Lawyer, Mumbai

           

Rohan Shivkumar, Academic, Architect & Urban

       

Designer, Mumbai

             

Rakhi Peswani, Artist, Bangalore

           

Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, Visual Artist, Mumbai

       

Rashna Imhasly-Gandhy, Psychologist, Mumbai

       

Rina Kamath, Legal Practitioner, Mumbai

         

Radhi Parekh, Designer, Mumbai

           

Reetha Balsavar, Theatre, Mumbai

         

Ram Rahman, Photographer, New Delhi

         

Rakesh Shukla, Advocate, Supreme Court, Delhi

       

Rekha Mammen, Academic, TISS

           

Dr. Raj Kumar Mazinder, Asst. Professor, Dept. of

       

Visual Arts, Assam University

           

Rabindra Hazari, Advocate, Mumbai

         

Ritambhara, Journalist, New Delhi

           

Rahul Kamerkar, Advocate, Mumbai

         

Radhika Singha, Professor, New Delhi

         

Rana Behal, Academic, Delhi

           

Rasna Bhushan, Art Critic, Hyderabad

         

Radhika Wader, Artist, Vadodara

           

Rupande Pannalal, Mumbai

           

Rajiv Dhimri, General Secretary, AICCTU

         

Saba Dewan, Filmmaker, Gurgaon

           

Shakuntala Kulkarni, Artist, Mumbai

         

Shilpa Gupta, Artist, Mumbai

           

Surekha, Artist, Bangalore

           

Sandhya Srinivasan, Journalist, Mumbai

         

Sheela Gowda, Artist, Bangalore

           

P Sainath, Journalist,writer, founder editor, People’s Archive of

Rural India

 

Sheela Ramanathan, Advocate, Coimbatore

         

T V Santhosh, Artist, Mumbai

           

Suresh Rajamani, Sound Recordist, Mumbai

       

Sankalp Meshram, Filmmaker & Editor, Mumbai (National

Award‐winner)

 

Sameer Khedekar, IT, Mumbai

           

Shweta Wagh, Asst. Professor, Architect, Mumbai

       

Shalini Sawhney, Art Promoter, Mumbai

         

Sanjana Shelat, Artist, Mumbai

           

Shashi Mehta, Designer of Truth, Mumbai

         

Sudipta Ghosh, Service, Bangalore

         

Shuchi Kapoor, Photojournalist, Chennai

         

Shireen Gandhy, Gallerist, Mumbai

         

Sudharak Olwe, Social documentary Photographer

       

(Padma Shri)

               

Sanjeev Khandekar, Artist, Poet & Writer, Mumbai

       

Sujay Saple, Performance Maker, Mumbai

         

Sachin Kamani, Theatre Manager, Mumbai

         

Sunil Shanbag, Theatre, Mumbai

           

Sameera Iyengar, Theatre, Mumbai

         

Simantini Dhuru, Film‐Maker & Educationist, Mumbai

     

Sajal Sarkar, Visual Artist, New Jersey

         

S N Sujith, Artist, Mumbai

           

Sonya Gill, womens’ rights Activist, Mumbai

       

Suman Samajpati, Artist, Kolkata

           

Sourav Roy Chowdhury, Artist, Kolkata

         

Sherna Dastur, Graphic Designer, New Delhi

       

Sopan Muller, Filmmaker, Mumbai

         

Sukirat Anand, Punjabi Writer and Journalist, Jalandhar

     

Sushma Veerapa, Filmmaker, Bangalore

         

Sunanda Bhat, Filmmaker, Bangalore

         

Shukla Sawant Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics,

JNU, New Delhi

 

Susanta Mandal, artist, Delhi

           

Satyajit Dave, Historian, Mumbai

           

Sarah Kapadia, Advocate, Mumbai

         

Suren Uppal, Advocate, Delhi

           

Sumangala Biradar, Advocate, Mumbai

         

Sree Goswami, Gallerist, Mumbai

           

Surabhi Sharma, Filmmaker, Mumbai

         

Sanjay Singhvi, Senior Advocate & President, Trade Union

Centre of India (TUCI)

Sukumar Damle, National Secretary, AITUC

       

Saumya Uma, Professor, Delhi

           

Subhashini Ali, Politician, Lucknow

         

Suhaas Ahuja, actor & singer, Mumbai

         

Shriprakash, Film maker

             

Satyen K Bordoloi, Film maker, Mumbai

         

Srikant Modak, Journalist, Mumbai

         

Stephen Rego, journalist, Mumbai

           

Sachidanand Shetty, restaurateur, Mumbai

         

Teju Jhaveri, Graphic Designer, Mumbai

         

Tamal Mitra, Artist & Teaching, Mumbai

         

Teesta Setalvad, human rights activist and Journalist, Mumbai

   

Trideep Pais, Advocate, New Delhi

         

Uttam Ghosh, Artist, Mumbai

           

Usha Anna Abraham, Mumbai

           

Vaishali Narkar, Artist, Mumbai

           

Varna Balakrishnan, Research Fellow, Karwan e Mohabbat,

New Delhi

 

Vinod Shetty, Lawyer, Mumbai

           

Vickram Crishna, Private Citizen, Mumbai

         

Vivan Sundaram, Artist, New Delhi

         

Varunika Saraf, Artist, Hyderabad

           

Vasudha Nagaraj, Advocate, Hyderabad

         

Veena Johari, Advocate, Mumbai

           

Vineesh Amin, Artist, Bengaluru

           

Veena Gowda, Lawyer, Mumbai

           

Vivek Monteiro, Secretary, CITU, Maharashtra

       

N.Venugopal, Journalist, Hyderabad

         

N. Vasudevan, President, NTUI, Mumbai

         

Vasudha Sawaikar, Ph.d student, Goa University

       

Vidya Das Arora, Academic, Delhi

         

Vikas Rawal, Professor, New Delhi

         

Yardena Kurulkar, Artist, Mumbai

           

Yunus Khimani, Artist, Jaipur

           

Yusuf, Artist, Bhopal

             

Yug Chaudhry, Advocate, Mumbai

         

Zoya Hassan, Political Scientist, New Delhi

       

Zasha Colah, Curator, Mumbai

           

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