14 May 1954
Raju Ramachandran is a senior advocate at Supreme Court of India and a former Additional Solicitor General. He has also served as an amicus curiae (friend of the court) for the Supreme Court of India in the 2002 Gujarat riots3 case and in the appeal of Ajmal Kasab in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case.
Early life and education
Ramchandran was brought up in Delhi. He studied economics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Initially he wanted to be a journalist but he was so affected by the Kesavananda Bharati judgment that he decided to study law. He studied law at the Faculty of Law of Delhi University.
As a lawyer
Ramchandran joined the bar in July 1976 at the chambers of MK Ramamurthi and three and half years later started an independent practice.He qualified as an Advocate-on-Record in the Supreme Court of India and was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in September, 1996 at the age of 42. He was elected as Vice-President of the Supreme Court Bar Association for 2001 – 2002. In 2002 the NDA Government appointed him as an Additional Solicitor General of India and he remained so till the change of government in 2004. He has argued several important cases in the Supreme Court and various High Courts in various branches of law including Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Service Law, Admiralty Law, Civil Law and Copyright Law.
He was an amicus curae in deciding the appeal of the Ajmal Kasab in relation to his conviction in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case. He also acted as an amicus curae in the Gulbarg Society case related to the 2002 Gujarat riots. He had donated his fees in the Mumbai attack case to the legal service authority which was directed to be distributed among family members of the eighteen state policemen and other security personnel who sacrificed their lives in the 26/11 anti-terror operations. This was described as an act of "high professional ethics" and was appreciated by the Supreme Court of India.
Ramachandran was the counsel for the Justice Sawant Committee under the Judges Inquiry Act-1968, which probed the charges against Justice V Ramaswami. He also represented the state of Kerala before the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, besides the Justice RS Pathak Inquiry Committee, which inquired into issues arising from the Volcker Report.
- "Conversation with Raju Ramachandran, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- Krishnan, Murali (30 March 2015). "In Conversation with Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran". Bar and Bench. Bar and Bench. Archived from the original on 1 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- "Legal Luminaries". Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Fees of Kasab's lawyers to go to 26/11 slain policemen's families". IBN 7. Press Trust of India. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Raju Ramachandran, playing the terrorist's advocate". Hindustan Times. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2013.