Name of the Intern, Year and College
Firm Name: R & S Associates
Location: Ground Floor, 1464, Kidwai Nagar, Allahpur, Allahabad, 211006.
They have offices at New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune as well.
Duration and Application Process
Period: September 01, 2020- November 30, 2020. This is a formal period but interns are given a choice to continue further, like I am connected till date.
Application Process: The vacancy for the interns was posted via Advocate Shashwat Anand’s Linkedin Profile. I applied with my CV and Cover Letter and then I was asked to answer a few questions (legal) and then I was selected. The entire process was very fast and completed within two days. One can follow his profile, as they post regular vacancies.
Structure: The firm is run by Advocate Shashwat Anand and Advocate Rajesh Inamdar. They are assisted by Advocate Sagar Kushwaha, Advocate Ashutosh Mani Tripathi, Advocate Syed Ahmed Faizan and Advocate Ankur Azad.
Advocate Shashwat Anand is practising in Supreme Court of India and High Court of Allahabad from 2017. He has also made appearances at High Court of Delhi and Bombay High Court (including Goa Bench) in handling and specialising in Constitutional, Civil (including fiscal), Criminal matters and Corporate Laws. He also takes pro bono matters, dispute resolution and legal drafting and conveyancing.
Advocate Rajesh Inamdar is practising in Supreme Court of India and High Court of Allahabad from 2011. He specialises in Constitutional and Civil matters. He has vast experience of election matters, most recent being: He represented Shiv Sena approaching the Supreme Court after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari recommended President’s Rule in the state.
Advocate Shashwat Anand runs a NGO by name People’s Charioteer Organisation through which they have raised relevant issues before the Court. Some of the cases are:
- Plea filed in SC to declare entire Animal Kingdom as ‘Legal Entities’ & Humans as ‘Loco Parentis’ and issue Guidelines for Animal Protection;
- Plea for appointment of Full-Time Chairman, VC, Members of National Commissions for SC, ST;
- Plea seeking guidelines on Custodial Violence, etc.
First Day, First Impression
There was no such formal welcome as in case of Offline Internship. In this case, interns were added in a group and then a Zoom meeting was organised. A short introduction took place about the organisation and interns.
Then, we were explained about our very first matter, i.e. the media trial in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. All the interns were asked to read the petitions and affidavits already submitted before the Court and make a brief on the procedure for holding media liable. We were asked to submit it the very next day and this was all about first interaction.
- Nilesh Navlakha and Ors. v/s. Union of India and Ors, ((2021) 2 AIR Bom R 179) in which the Bombay High Court gave guidelines on what kind of reporting amounts to media trial. Check here.
- The custodial violence matter where directions are sought from the Apex Court for the Union government to constitute a Committee with members from relevant departments and ministries to look after the cases of conviction in custodial death matters and provide a quick check. Check here.
- Plea before Allahabad HC to allow A4 size sheets with both sides printing for all Court proceedings in the wake of saving the environment. The Court amended the rules allowing the plea. Check here.
- PlL filed through NGO People’s Charioteer Organisation before SC to ensure appointment of full-time Chairperson for SC/ST Commission. The Court has issued notice on the same. Check here.
- Areeb Uddin Ahmed & Ors. v. Allahabad High Court & Ors: Plea filed before Allahabad HC to share VC links for virtual Court Proceedings filed through journalists of Bar & Bench and LiveLaw citing freedom of press. The Court has allowed the plea. Check here.
- Habeas Corpus petition filed by three members arrested while on their way to Hathras (Hathras rape Case, UP) in charge of conspiring to cause riots and charged under UAPA, IT Act. The proceedings are still going on. Check here.
Following are the activities where the interns were majorly involved during the internship period:
- Preparation of note on media trial- its history, landmark cases and International regime.
- Research work on fake, unjustifiable news broadcasted by various news channels (Republic TV, aaj tak, News Nation, ABP, etc.) in violation of Programme Code
- Making report on alleged instances of fake, paid and hate speeches, e.g. Palghar lynching, Bangalore Riots, etc.
- Research work on Investigative journalism-its implications and important cases..
- Drafting bail petitions, reply notices.
- Making notes from Court Proceedings, LiveLaw, Bar & Bench for written submissions.
- Research work on horse trading, custodial violence, environmental matters, etc.
- Proof-reading of documents, indexing, marking, etc.
Client Dealing and Pre-trial Preparation
Since this was an online internship, we hardly had chance to interact with client directly. For the major part of internship, we worked on SSR media trial matter, in which our client was Mr. Nilesh Navlakha who is a reputed filmmaker and has produced nine films on social issues, and is a recipient of national awards for his three films.
The interns were briefed by advocates over Zoom meeting. In the meeting we were briefed about our research works and some documents which were to be prepared as directed. Rajesh Sir also took the classes (sort of) sometimes, often enlightening the interns with his expertise on election matters.
Hence, the online internship was carried out in this way.
Constraints and Challenges Faced
I would say that overall the experience was very enriching and good. It involved a lot of knowledge gathering and learning. But, since this was an online internship, we were not able to go with client interaction, evidence preparation, and arbitration proceedings.
But one can really give a shot for the internship at their office. There is a lot to learn from highly experienced lawyers on a wide range of matters.
There was a lot to learn from this particular internship. We worked regularly with Shashwat Sir and Rajesh sir but he also had interactions with Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamath and AOR Amit Pai. I learnt following things from this internship:
- Drafting reply notices, bail applications and Supplementary Affidavits.
- Lots of learning from research work on horse trading, custodial violence, media trial, etc.
- Understanding of Court procedures, filing structures and document preparation.
- Importance of reading judgements and analysing it with your own learnings.
Despite being an online internship, communication was very proper and the work areas were clearly demarcated. Interns were free to engage among themselves and submit the reports. Overall, it was a great experience.
It felt there was nothing as such and I am not exaggerating this, believe me. The environment is very cooperative with an enormous scope of learning and gaining knowledge.
The working culture and environment of the institution is amazing. The advocates are very friendly and they explain things well before assigning any works. They also took care of our exams, online classes and there was no pressure to compromise our personal work with internship assignments. They always guided us to manage our time properly for both and inform well in advance of unavailability in any case. On the last day of internship, a virtual dinner party was also organised and the treat was from the institution’s side. It was a very cheering and happy moment.
A very brief Internship Certificate, clearly laying the works down by the intern and drafted in a very meticulous and impressive manner.
Remuneration: All the interns were paid for treat and also one gets additional perks according to work. The best thing is you get mentioned in the petition which is filed before the Court. My name was mentioned in a petition filed for Live Streaming in Allahabad HC. Other interns got mentioned in use of both sides of A4 size paper in Court, horse trading matter, appointment of SC/ST Chairperson, according to the petition one worked on. So, this is really encouraging!
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