This opinion was published in Dainik Bhaskar on March 16, 2022.
About the Authors
Deepika Kinhal is Senior Resident Fellow and leads the Judicial Reforms work at Vidhi. She is currently managing multiple independent and engaged projects which explore the intersection of law and policy with other disciplines such as technology, design, management etc. She is working towards making the JALDI (Justice, Access, and Lowering Delays in India) mission at Vidhi a multidisciplinary, collaborative, innovative hub for judicial reforms. Deepika is currently a part of the experts group set up by the Supreme Court’s E-committee to envision e-courts phase III project. Her work at Vidhi across the years has focused on studying court management systems across different levels of judicial hierarchy, with specific attention on tackling government litigation across these levels. She regularly writes in leading print and online media on issues concerning judiciary, women and child rights. She also collaborates with other CSOs in conducting legal awareness camps and has conducted gender sensitization and legal trainings in police departments in Karnataka. She graduated from NLSIU, Bangalore, in 2012. Since then she has worked at CAM (real estate and capital markets) and Dua Associates (litigation team) before joining Vidhi. She is a trained Carnatic singer with a brief stint at All India Radio and in kannada movies.
Arghya is the Founder and Research Director at Vidhi. His areas of specialisation are constitutional law and regulation of the digital economy. He has served on a number of government committees including the B.N. Srikrishna-led committee of experts on a data protection framework for India. Arghya has a number of academic publications on the Supreme Court and the Constitution in leading law journals such as Law Quarterly Review and Public Law. He is also a columnist at The Telegraph and The Times of India. He has most recently authored a book “Independence and Accountability of the Indian Higher Judiciary” (Cambridge, 2019) which builds on his doctoral work at Oxford University. Prior to founding Vidhi, he was at Oxford as a Lecturer in Administrative Law at Pembroke College.
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