Government Litigation: An Introduction

Reports by Judicial Reform · February 16, 2018
Author(s): Shriyam Gupta, Sumathi Chandrashekaran and Deepika Kinhal

There is a wide consensus that India is in need of large-scale governance reform. In order to adequately address such a mammoth challenge, we need to delve deeper into factors that contribute to the inefficiency of public institutions. One such constituent is the high volume of government litigation. While it is well known that litigation clogs bureaucratic machinery, hardly any attempts have been made to understand the issue. In an effort to address this gap, Vidhi has taken an initiative to publish a series of reports on government litigation in India.

The following report sets the context for the series by introducing government litigation as a challenge. It provides a literature review of current debates and policies to address the challenges, following which it highlights the scope of the series and its intended objectives.

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About Shriyam Gupta:

About Sumathi Chandrashekaran:

Sumathi Chandrashekaran is a lawyer working in the field of public policy. She has previously worked at Vidhi as a Senior Resident Fellow and led our Judicial Reforms Vertical. Sumathi has completed her LLB from Delhi University, and a post-graduate course in public policy from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

About Deepika Kinhal:

Deepika Kinhal is a Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Karnataka. Her areas of interest are judicial reforms, women and child rights, and legal-technology. Since graduating from NLSIU in 2012, she has worked at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (real estate and capital markets) and Dua Associates (litigation team). At Vidhi, she has undertaken independent and engaged projects studying court and case management systems across different levels of judicial hierarchy. Significantly, she has lead a team engaged by the J&K High Court to improve its court management systems. She considers tackling government litigation as one of the key ways of addressing judicial overload and is working with the Government of Karnataka in formulating litigation management policies for different departments. She is a co-founder of an online dispute resolution platform and has keen interest in legal-technology solutions for problems plaguing the judiciary and legal industry. She writes regularly in leading newspapers on topics related to the judiciary and women and child rights, and collaborates with other CSOs to conduct legal awareness campaigns. While not worrying about the state of the judiciary in the country, she sings and paints. She is a trained Carnatic singer with a brief stint at All India Radio and in Kannada movies.