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Bombay HC makes 7 new senior counsel (but only 1 woman): HRLN’s Gayatri Singh & Mihir Desai; Rajiv Chavan, Sanjeev Gorwadkar

The Bombay high court has designated the seven advocates as senior lawyers, according to a notification on its website dated 8 May.

New senior advocates are:

  • Avinash V Gupta (Nagpur)
  • Surendra Kumar Mishra (Nagpur)
  • Mihir Akshaykumar Desai (Mumbai)
  • Sudin MS Usgaonkar (Goa)
  • Rajiv Balasaheb Chavan (Mumbai)
  • Gayatri Singh (Mumbai)
  • Sanjeev Mukund Gorwadkar (Mumbai)

Desai is a human rights lawyer, who co-founded the Indian People’s Tribunal and the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) with senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, as well as having been behind other initiatives and written books.

Gayatri Singh is also part of HRLN.

Chavan is the presidetn of the Advocates Association of Western India.

In 2014, the Bombay high court had designated 11, of whom one was a woman, after having not designated a single woman in the two preceding years, at which point only six out of 203 new senior counsel designated in 20 years in Delhi and Mumbai were female.

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