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The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy launched its report ‘The Quest for Prosecutorial Independence’ on 21st February 2022.

The report studies the functioning of the office of Public Prosecution and interrogates the various institutional and structural factors that impinge on the independence of the office of prosecution in India. It explores amongst other things, the issues related to the functioning of the various categories of prosecutors and the relationship they share with the state executive. The report argues that the current context in which the prosecutors operate interferes with the aims of a due process based criminal justice system. It does so by compromising the ability of prosecutors to make independent decisions about the progress of criminal trials.

The keynote address was delivered by Justice (Retd.) John Michael Cunha, which was followed by a panel discussion.


  • Justice John Micheal Cunha, Former Judge, Karnataka High Court
  • Mr Renjith Thomas, Assistant Professor, NLU Jodhpur
  • Adv Rajat Bansal, Assistant Public Prosecutor, NCT of Delhi

The event began with a presentation of the report by Aditya Ranjan, Research Fellow, Vidhi & Chitrakshi Jain, legal researcher.

Deepika Kinhal, Lead, Judicial Reforms team at Vidhi, moderated the event.