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About the Editors and Authors

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Shruti Vidyasagar is a lawyer and editor. She has pursued a varied legal practice in Bengaluru for several years. She also works with leading academic presses, editing books and journals on law, society, development, and management. She has an undergraduate degree in law (B.A.L., LL.B.) from Bangalore University and a post-graduate degree in law (BCL) from the University of Oxford.

Harish Narasappa is a lawyer and co-founder of DAKSH. He is also the founding partner of Samvãd: Partners, a law firm headquartered in Bengaluru. He has a B.A., LL.B. (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, a BCL from the University of Oxford (where he was a Radhakrishnan Scholar), a B.A. (Philosophy) from the University of London, and a Ph.D. from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.

Ramya Sridhar Tirumalai is an associate at DAKSH. Her work interests lie in the sphere of judicial reform, with a focus on data-driven systemic change, judicial administration, and judicial efficiency. She holds a B.A., LL.B. (Hons) from the School of Law, Christ University, Bengaluru.


Ahmed Pathan is a data analyst at DAKSH. His work interests are in the intersection of data-driven insight-generation, access to justice, and political change. He graduated with a B.Tech in electronics and communications from Pacific University, Udaipur in 2017.

Alok Prasanna Kumar is an advocate. He is the Senior Resident Fellow of the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, and heads their Bengaluru office. He has represented the union government in the Supreme Court in taxation, constitutional law, and service matters. His research interests lie in judicial process, constitutional theory, and tax policy.

page.png 236 Amulya Purushothama is a graduate fellow at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. She graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons) from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, in 2015.

Annapurna Sreehari is a legal associate at Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP), where she focuses on training, outreach, and awareness of mediation in India. She completed her B.A., LL.B. (Hons) from Gujarat National Law University and obtained her master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Aparna Chandra is Assistant Professor of Law and Research Director at the Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance at National Law University, Delhi. She has been part of drafting committees of the Law Commission of India’s reports on judicial arrears and backlogs and the death penalty. She was also a member of an expert committee set up by the Ministry of Law and Justice to examine recommendations on judicial impact assessments.

Arunav Kaul is an associate at DAKSH. He conducts empirical legal research on the problem of delay in the Indian judicial system. He has a B.A., LL.B. (Hons) from the School of Law, Christ University, Bengaluru.

Ashwin Mahesh is the editor of India Together, an electronic news magazine devoted to covering public affairs, policy, and development in India. He is also a founder of the Centre for Public Problem Solving, an institution dedicated to solving large public problems.

Avanti Durani is an associate at the IDFC Institute. She works on criminal justice systems and special governance zones. Avanti holds an LL.B. from Government Law College, Mumbai and B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Gaurav Rai is an advocate. He practises arbitration as a legal assistant in the office of Justice A.K. Patnaik, former judge of the Supreme Court of India. He holds a master’s degree in law from University College London and an integrated bachelor’s degree in business administration and law from National Law University Odisha.

Jude Angelo is an assistant public prosecutor working with the Judicial Magistrate Court—Commercial Crimes Investigation Wing (CCIW) at Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. She holds an M.A., LL.B. degree from Bangalore University.

page.png 237 Keerthana Medarametla is pursuing an LL.M. at Harvard Law School. Her areas of interest include criminal justice policy, prisoners’ rights, access to justice, and gender and the law. She was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance at National Law University, Delhi, where she led the Prison Advocacy Project.

Leah Rose-Goodwin is the manager of the Office of Court Research (OCR) at the Judicial Council of California, where she has worked for over 12 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Neha Sinha is an assistant director with the IDFC Institute, Mumbai, and works on the criminal justice system in India. Prior to this, she worked as an economist with financial institutions.

Kishore Mandyam is a co-founder of DAKSH. He is the chief executive officer of PK4 Software, Bengaluru, a market leader in cloud and mobile business solutions. He has over 24 years of experience in the software industry.

P.N. Prakash is a sitting judge of the High Court of Madras. Prior to this, he practised in Tamil Nadu, working primarily on criminal matters. Justice Prakash previously worked as a special public prosecutor for both the government of India and the High Court of Madras. He is also the founder of the law firm, Norton & Grant.

Padmini Baruah is an associate at DAKSH. Her research interests include legal history and legal system reform. She has worked as a business analyst with McKinsey and Co, and has a B.A., LL.B. (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.

R. Sri Kumar is the founder and chairman of the Indian Centre for Social Transformation, a public charitable trust that offers e-governance initiatives through use of appropriate and affordable technologies. He retired as the head of the police force in Karnataka (DG & IGP) in January 2009, and was a member of the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi during 2010–2014.

Rangin Pallav Tripathy is Assistant Professor of Law at National Law University Odisha. He has a Ph.D. on judicial performance evaluation and statistical profiling of judges. His primary interest lies in empirical enquiries in the area of judicial reforms, and has published several papers on the subject.

page.png 238 Rithika Kumar is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as an associate at the IDFC Institute, Mumbai. She is interested in issues relating to urban politics, political behaviour, and the criminal justice system in India, studied using a political economy lens.

Shivamurthy Shivacharya Mahaswamiji is the 21st Jagadguru in the lineage of Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Brihanmath, Sirigere, Karnataka. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sanskrit from the Banaras Hindu University and completed his post-doctoral studies at the Indological Institute of the University of Vienna.

Shruthi Naik is an associate at DAKSH. She has worked extensively on DAKSH’s projects relating to access to justice. Her interests lie in the area of legal system reform, with a focus on improving accessibility and efficiency of dispute resolution mechanisms. She is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.

Shruthi Ramakrishnan is an independent legal consultant in Bengaluru, working on human rights law and child rights. She has a B.A., LL.B. from Christ College of Law, Bengaluru and an LL.M. from Columbia University, New York. She has worked at the Centre for Law and Policy Research, Bengaluru and the Centre for Child and the Law at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.

Sudarshan Iyengar is Chair Professor, Gandhian Philosophy, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad. He is currently the Vice Chairperson of the High Level Dandi Memorial Committee and Member of the National Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission, by Ministry of Culture, Government of India. He has a Ph.D. in Economics.

Surya Prakash B.S. is Programme Director at DAKSH. He regularly interacts with judges and registrars in different courts across the country with a view to better understand the challenges facing the judiciary. He is a chartered accountant and law graduate with more than 14 years of experience in handling tax functions of large global IT companies.

Tara Ollapally is the coordinator of CAMP, and a mediator. She is certified in mediation from Harvard Law School. She has worked as a human rights lawyer with several international organisations in Washington, DC. She received her LL.M. degree from Columbia University’s School of Law, and received her B.A.L., LL.B. degrees from University Law College, Bengaluru.