Internship Experience at Advocate Ashima Mandla, Delhi: Extensive Research for the Cases

Name, College, year of study of the student intern

Jyoti Prakash Dutta, University Law College, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar (5th year)

Name of the Organisation where you interned and its full address

Name:Ms. Ashima Mandla, Advocate, Supreme Court of India.

Address: Chamber No. 117, Chander Kishan Daphtary Block, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi-110001

Duration of Internship

03 October 2019 to 21 October 2019

How did you apply

I had sent my internship application to Ashima Ma’am through email. Ma’am had been generous enough to confirm my internship promptly. She is extremely affable and one may contact her with ease.

First day formalities, infrastructure and formalities

Ans: I joined the Chamber of Ashima Ma’am on 3rd October 2019. I arrived a bit early on the first day and waited in the Chamber for a few minutes. I was introduced to other advocates of the Chamber who usually work with Ashima Ma’am. She arrived at around 10:30 AM and allotted me certain research works for her ongoing cases. Later, after the lunch break, I went to the Apex Court to get my Court-pass issued.
The Chamber, though not so spacious, can accommodate 6-7 people at a time. The Chamber had a collection of law reports and other law books.

Main Tasks

The main tasks basically revolved around doing extensive research for the cases which were listed for hearing in that month. So, I did research on multiple areas of law, i.e. Constitutional Law, Service Law, Criminal Law and a little work on Motor Vehicle Act and Data Protection Bill. After doing research, I used to briefly discuss the matters with Ma’am.
It is apposite on my part to mention two cases working on which I cherished the most.
Anun Dhawan v. Union of India [Writ Petition (Civil) No. 1103 of 2019]:

A Public Interest Litigation which sought for the establishment of country-wide ‘community kitchens’ to feed poor and needy people. The case was listed for hearing before a Division Bench (consisting of Justices N.V. Ramana and Sanjiv Khanna) of Hon’ble Supreme Court on 18 October 2019. Ma’am was successful in getting notices issued to all the States and Union Territories on that date.

Fatima Khan & Anr. v. Delhi Public School & Ors., [Writ Petition (Civil) No. 8394 of 2018]:
This case pertained to a service matter which was filed before the Hon’ble Delhi High Court. The matter was listed for hearing on 10 October 2019 before a Single Judge Bench consisting of Justice A.K. Chawla. It was a privilege to accompany Ma’am to the Court room.

Work Environment

As there were only a few people working in the office, it was less chaotic. Besides that, all the members of the Chamber acted amicably throughout. Mr. Gyan, the sole clerk who was working in the Chamber, often used to assist the interns in finding important files and annexures.

Good things

There were a plethora of things which I can pleasantly remember as ideal. The first and foremost thing which mesmerized me is the direct guidance of Ashima Ma’am in every case and research. She hardly ever put any pressure on the interns and focused a lot on getting things done as per the capability of an intern. She urged the interns to do in-depth research on whatever matter she allotted. She appreciated innovative approaches. I can finely remember her appreciation that she accorded on me for my little research on ‘Aadhar and Shortcomings of Data Protection Bill’. Apart from that, she took us to Courts which was indeed a unique and unforgettable learning experience. She allowed the interns to attend Court proceedings during the breaks and leisure. As the Supreme Court is just in front of the C.K. Daphtary Block, it enabled me to witness several Court sessions, including the final hearing of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Case on 16 October, urgent hearing of Aarey forest matter on 7 October and the hearing of the constitutional validity of Section 24, the Land Acquisition Act, 2013 by a Constitution Bench on 16-17 October, 2019.

Bad things

Nothing bad about the internship. But I regret that I got merely 18 days to work in the office.

Stipend

No monetary stipend as such. However, the lessons and experiences that I got are worth a lot more than any monetary remuneration.

Accommodation and commutation to office

One can easily find a PG facility in the near-by areas. The office is in front of the Hon’ble Supreme Court which is very near to Supreme Court Metro Station (formerly Pragati Maidan Metro Station).

Lessons learned

Success is mostly getting satisfaction out of the journey rather than looking forward to reach the destination. More often than not, our journey attains finality with the destination, so does our success. Therefore, getting some opportunities to be a part of the making of great cases is much more valuable than obtaining a mere ‘internship certificate’. And most importantly, we need not aspire to be a part of landmark cases, rather we must do our best to make a simple case a landmark one.

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