February 26, 2014 1:16:05 am
Renowned lawyer and former Additional Solicitor General of India K T S Tulsi has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
Tulsi, who has several high-profile clients, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, is known for successfully taking on the Ansals on behalf of the victims of the Uphaar Cinema tragedy in Delhi. He was recently in news for seeking commutation of the death sentence of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar — an accused in the 1993 Delhi terror attack.
“It is a golden opportunity to help streamline the criminal justice system… Every criminal case should be resolved in three-six months. Reforming our criminal justice system is now the main mission of my life,” Tulsi told The Indian Express.
Asked about the numerous disruptions seen in Parliament recently, Tulsi said, “It is very sad that parliamentary democracy, which depends on debate, is being denied… this is dangerous for democracy.”
Born in 1947 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, Tulsi graduated in Political Science from Punjab University and completed his Bachelors in Law in 1971. In the 1980s, he took to criminal law.
Tulsi stood out in the 1980s when he was appointed as a Special Prosecutor and handled several terrorism cases. He refused to defend the Gujarat government in the apex court after CM Narendra Modi reportedly justified the Sohrabuddin encounter.
In 1987, he was designated as a Senior Advocate and in 1990, he was appointed as Additional Solicitor General of India. He represented the State before more than ten Constitution Benches of the Supreme Court in several important cases.
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