I was asked to reach the chamber which is in the old Lawyer’s Chamber of Delhi High Court by 9:15 AM and was greeted by Sir only. Sir had asked me about my previous internships and my subjects of interest. Since he is currently an Additional Public Prosecutor most of the cases are criminal in nature and consequently I got abundant criminal case files around me to read.
Since I did not get my intern pass on the first day, I was asked to sit in the chamber and to prepare the brief of the cases listed for the next day. Required instructions were given to me by the other intern for the same task. It was for the first time that I had to jot down the brief of any case.
On my first day itself, I got the task which I really wanted to do since long i.e. to research on legal propositions. Sir had asked me to research on Section 50 of Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances, 1985 vis-à-vis bail.
Work assigned during the tenure
I can easily say that this internship was the most fruitful internship among all I did in past. I was mainly assigned to the research task. Sir used to give legal propositions and asked me to research for judicial pronouncements on the same. After this, I was asked to draft my research in the form of synopsis and to hand over him two copies of the same.
Initially, he used to check every synopsis written by me but by the end of first week he stated handing over the same directly to the Hon’ble Judge in the Court without even going through it. He entrusted me with his some most complicated cases and the cases for which he immediately requires arguments drafted.
In the second week of my internship, I was allotted an appeal against the acquittal of 10 accused persons in a case registered u/s 302 r/w 149 and 307 r/w 149 of Indian Penal Code, 1860. I took around 3 days to draft the appeal and the same efficiency was required since the limitation to file the appeal had already passed much before the appeal came to us for the drafting purpose. There I learnt the importance of reading the impugned judgment again and again as the grounds of appeal were extracted from it only.
I substantiated my every argument/ground with case laws and Sir got impressed with the same. The 75 lengthy appeal was sufficient enough to instigate sir to assign me with more and more work. I was much I was made familiar with the process of filing any petition in the High Court and thereafter, I have filed around 3-4 appeals in the High Court.
Research on propositions like status of a SC/ST women after she marries a man belonging to general category, the application of Rule 12 of The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007, the kind of presumptions, second revision petition under Cr.P.C, law on quashing of FIR under different sections were assigned to me throughout the internship.
During the last week of internship, I was asked to research on contempt of court and trial by the High Court of any misuse of writ of Habeas Corpus. In that case, the husband had filed a petition and upon the production of the son, fled away with him. The question then arose before the court is that can the court while exercising its writ jurisdiction conduct the trial of the accused person. This research took maximum time and I submitted my synopsis after 2 days concluding with the scope of the writ of Habeas Corpus and criminal contempt of court.
Sometimes I had to call Investigating Officers of every case and ask them for Status Reports, Case status, stage at which the case under trial is. I was asked to assist the other co-interns in their appeal. I basically played the role of a researcher throughout the internship.
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