Ranjeev C Dubey
Penguin Books India 2015
So we get to learn about the way Tees Hazari courts function, the role of the key players inside of a trial court, the corruption inherent in the legal system, the debauchery that some practitioners unhesitatingly indulge in, the unscrupulous nature of the legal system, the dog-eat-dog competitive nature amongst lawyers, and several examples of legal proceedings involving national, multinational and government agencies.
When the courts did function - about half the time they should have - I had myself a crash course in amoral pragmatism. I was bewildered by the idea that the legal community rarely looked at the rights and wrongs of any legal issue. As far as lawyers were concerned, there was the law, and then there were the loopholes. If they could fit the facts of their case into a loophole, well that was great. If they could not, they could change the facts to fit the loophole. When it comes to helping your client win a point, the truth had no space between two cynical lawyers and a bewildered court. No one tarried a moment before lying through their teeth, posturing about things they knew were untrue, or putting on an emotional drama based on complete fabrications. Within two years, I had become an existential nihilist: there was no objective truth in the world, only random data reinterpreted and packaged into a court case. I had discovered the ethical void.
It would have been interesting to know about the role Dubey's family played in his struggles, which could have shed some light on just what goes on in the personal lives of legal eagles.
Towards the end, when you are screaming at Dubey not to listen to his chief tormentors, the narrative ends rather abruptly leaving you wondering if he did leave them to launch his own law firm. Does this mean there a sequel in the offing?
Also, is that his son on the cover page?
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