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.


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



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,



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



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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