In a First, an Indian Lawyer Among Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders

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Indira Jaising Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders

Senior advocate Indira Jaising has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the World’s 50 greatest leaders of 2018. The list was released on Thursday.


This is for the first time ever that an Indian Lawyer has featured on this list.

The former Solicitor General of India recently faced flak when the Supreme Court questioned their remarks against her submissions in the Judge Loya case.

When asked the human rights lawyer, Jaising, about the feeling, she expressed, “This comes on a day when the Supreme Court says I am guilty of contempt for arguing that contempt action should be taken against the administrative committee of the High Court for having transferred the CBI judge hearing the Loya case in violation of the direction of the Supreme Court , I stand by my submissions in court , I respect decisions of the Supreme Court more than they respect their own decisions,” LiveLaw reported.

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Jaising is the founder of Lawyers Collective. Writing about her, Fortune stated, "When the poorest in India need a voice, they find one in Jaising, a lawyer who has dedicated her life to battling injustice."

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"She has fought on behalf of victims of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster, helped Syrian Christian women in India win property rights equal to their male counterparts', and helped draft India's first domestic violence law," the article stated.

It also added, "Her work has recently led her to Myanmar, where she was appointed by the UN to lead an investigation into the persecution of Rohingya Muslims."

The current issue features three Indians for their noteworthy contributions -- Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani at the 24th, Jaising at 20th and architect Balkrishna Doshi at 43rd places respectively.

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