Meenakshi Lekhi

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Meenakshi Lekhi
MP from New Delhi
In office
27 May 2014 – Current
Preceded by Ajay Maken
Personal details
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Alma mater Hindu College, University of Delhi
Occupation Lawyer

Meenakshi Lekhi is an Indian Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from New Delhi constituency.[1] She is the national spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party[2] and a Supreme Court of India lawyer. Meenakshi Lekhi won the high profile New Delhi parliamentary constituency with over 4.5 lakh votes as a BJP candidate in the 2014 elections.[3] Besides numerous articles in journals, periodicals and newspapers on social issues, she participates in various television shows on matters on national and international importance.

Early Life[edit]

After completing B.Sc. in Botany from Hindu College, Delhi, Meenakshi Lekhi joined Campus Law Centre-I, Delhi University for her LLB. She enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi in 1990, and started practising at the Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court, and several other courts, tribunals and forums in different parts of the country.

Legal Career[edit]

Meenakshi Lekhi has argued a wide variety of matters in Indian courts such as bails, revisions, trials, appeals, criminal writs, murder references, Prevention of Corruption Act/Official Secrets Act/Customs Act/FERA prosecutions, domestic violence and family law disputes. She has been a part of the Drafting Committees for Bills like 'Women's Reservation Bill' and 'Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill'. The latter was passed by the Parliament as an Act in 2013.

Meenakshi Lekhi represented the media in court to get the ban on media coverage of case proceedings revoked. She was successful in this effort.[4] She took up the case of permanent commissioning of women in the Indian armed forces in the Supreme Court.[5] Meenakshi Lekhi was also the lawyer of the victim in the Shanti Mukund Hospital rape case.[6]

Social Work[edit]

Meenakshi Lekhi has been a member of the National Commission for Women's special committee, Chairperson of the Special Task Force on Women Empowerment, Vice Chairperson of JPM, Blind School (New Delhi) and Joint Secretary of the Blind Relief Association, Delhi.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Meenakshi Lekhi contested elections from the coveted New Delhi parliamentary constituency in the General Elections 2014 and defeated incumbent Ajay Maken by a wide margin of 2.7 lakh votes.[7] She is currently the Presiding Officer of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).[8] She is the ex-officio Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (India chapter) and has been nominated as a member of the Press Council of India by the Lok Sabha Speaker.[9] As a Member of Parliament, she is currently an active member of the Standing Committee on Urban Development, Committee of Privileges, Consultative Committee of Commerce and Committee of Housing.[10]

Constituency[edit]

Meenakshi Lekhi has successfully launched a mobile phone app for the safety of women called 'Raksha' (literally meaning 'protection'). The app sends out a distress signal to a select group of contacts in case of emergencies and is programmed to do so with mapping technology, even when the phone is switched off.[11]

In July 2014, she also launched the 'Constituency Connect' app for Delhi citizens who can use it to connect with their local MPs and register their complaints and feedback. [12]

Controversies[edit]

Massive row errupted over Meenakshi Lekhi's tweet which allegedly revealed Tejpal rape vicitm's name. Dismissing the tweet completely, Meenakshi Lekhi claims that her phone was misused. But, the Congress has renewed its attack, demanding punishment for the BJP leader.[13] In March 2014, Meenakshi created another controversy when she drove a Jeep to file her nominations but without wearing a seat belt.[14][15] In July 2013, over 115 women signed a letter seeking an apology from Ms. Lekhi for her sexist slandering of deceased Ishrat Jahan in a television channel. The letter has also been sent to the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women for appropriate action.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Meenakshi Lekhi's husband, Aman Lekhi, is a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India. He has handled a variety of matters in the Supreme Court, most popular among them are the constitutional validity of ban on lotteries, Lajpat Nagar bomb blast case, Redfort shootout, Vasant Kunj multiple murder case etc. He has also argued in matters such as 2G Spectrum, Right to information, CWG, medical negligence etc. He successfully dealt with the probate will of Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia.

Her father-in-law, Late Pran Nath Lekhi, was one of India's leading lawyers, who primarily practised at the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court. Like his son Aman, Prem Nath had not joined any political party. However, his attempt in institutionalizing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the judiciary is widely recognized in legal circles. He is also known for fighting the case of Satwant Singh, the man who had killed Indira Gandhi. Prem Nath Lekhi was the lawyer of Zahira Sheikh in the Best Bakery case, one of the many victims of the 2002 Gujarat violence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Modi’s Four Favourite Women
  2. ^ http://www.bjp.org/organisation/office-bearers
  3. ^ Election Commission of India http://eciresults.ap.nic.in/ConstituencywiseU054.htm?ac=4, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Delhi_(Lok_Sabha_constituency)#16th_Lok_Sabha:_2014_General_Elections
  4. ^ http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/court-opens-delhi-gang-rape-trial-to-press/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
  5. ^ http://www.stratpost.com/supreme-court-takes-up-women-ex-army-officers-plea
  6. ^ http://www.thehoot.org/web/home/searchdetail.php?sid=1585&bg=1
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Delhi_(Lok_Sabha_constituency)#16th_Lok_Sabha:_2014_General_Elections
  8. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/meenakshi-lekhi-takes-oath-as-ndmc-member/article6133731.ece
  9. ^ http://www.outlookindia.com/news/article/Rudy-Lekhi-Hari-Nominated-to-Press-Council/858292
  10. ^ http://164.100.47.134/committee/Committee_Home_Page.aspx
  11. ^ http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/bjp-launches-raksha-app-to-aid-women-security/articleshow/32020986.cms
  12. ^ http://news.oneindia.in/feature/bjp-launches-constituency-connect-an-app-connect-you-your-m-1492234.html
  13. ^ http://www.timesnow.tv/videoshow/4442801.cms
  14. ^ http://www.abplive.in/india/2014/03/21/article281284.ece/BJP-candidate-Meenakshi-Lekhi-drives-to-nomination-without-seat-belt
  15. ^ http://www.delhincr.amarujala.com/news/delhi-news-ncr/nomination-filing-meenakshi-lekhi-without-seat-belt/
  16. ^ http://kafila.org/2013/07/05/women-condemn-meenakshi-lekhis-sexist-slandering-of-ishrat-jahan/

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