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Detailed Profile: Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi

NameDr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi
Father's NameDr. Laxmi Mall Singhvi
Mother's NameShrimati Kamla Singhvi
Date of Birth24/02/1959
Birth PlaceJodhpur (Rajasthan)
Maritial Status Married On 08/12/1982
Spouse NameShrimati Anita Singhvi
No. of Children Two Sons
State NameRajasthan
Party NameIndian National Congress
Permanent Address473, Beriyo Ka Mohalla, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Present AddressA-129, Neeti Bagh, New Delhi - 110049
Telephone : 26515599, 26510344, 26968254, 26511343, Mobile: 9810027705
Email ida[dot]singhvi[at]sansad[dot]nic[dot]in
Educational QualificationsB.A.(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D., PIL Educated at St. Columba's School, Delhi, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, U.K. and Havard University, U.S.A.
ProfessionSenior Advocate, Political and Social Worker
Positions Held 1997-98 Additional Solicitor General of India 2001 - April 2012 National Spokesperson, Congress Party April 2006 Elected to Rajya Sabha Aug. 2006 - May 2009, Aug. 2009-Aug. 2011 and April 2012 onwardsMember, Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Aug. 2006 - Aug. 2007 Member, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit Member, Joint Committee to examine the Constitutional and Legal position relating to Office of Profit Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Urban Development Sept. 2006 - Sept. 2010 Member, Committee of Privileges July 2010 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs July 2011-April 2012 Member, General Purposes Committee Aug. 2011-April 2012 Chairman, Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice April 2012 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha
Freedom FighterNo
Books PublishedWrites a popular column, 'Candid Corner' in the Hindustan Times; his columns have been published in a book form as 'Candid Corner: Reflections of Abhishek Singhvi', 2006 with a Foreword by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and also released by him; fortnightly columnist, earlier in 'Indya.com', 'The Pioneer' and now in the 'Hindustan Times'; also a monthly columnist in India's largest Hindi daily, 'Dainik Bhaskar'; has written several articles in leading magazines and periodicals; 'Collection of Legal Writings' (under publication) and 'Emergency Powers: A Comparative Study' (under publication)
Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and RecreationBadminton, cricket, table tennis, chess; Member, (i) India International Centre, Delhi, (ii) India Habitat Centre, Delhi, (iii) Qutab Golf Club, Delhi, (iv) Delhi Golf Club, Delhi and (vi) reading, writing, swimming, movies, ghazals and sufi music, travel and electronic gizmos
Countries VisitedU.S.A., U.K., Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Mauritius, erstwhile Czechoslovakia, Austria, Thailand; all S.A.A.R.C. countries, Japan, Iran, Italy, Germany, France, Benelux countries (the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg), Spain, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Hungary, Israel, South Africa and Mauritius
Other InformationHas the unique distinction of being the youngest person to be appointed/elected Senior Advocate, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India and Vice-President, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA); eminent jurist and front ranking Senior Counsel of the country; designated Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; has appeared in several leading and landmark decisions of the Supreme Court on Constitutional Law, Commercial Law and several other areas of Civil Law including D.K. Basu decision on custodial death (as amicus), 1997, Naveen Jindal Right to Fly the Flag Case, Commercial Free Speech Case of Tata Press Yellow Pages, 1995, NTC Bombay Mills on urban environmental issues, Mandal case on backward classes reservation, Mental asylum reform (as amicus), Renusagar 1 and 2 on international commercial arbitration, Badal case on the Prevention of Corruption Act, Delhi and Mumbai airports privatization and several other cases; has also acted as Counsel in numerous leading cases in Delhi High Court and in almost all High Courts in the country; appeared in landmark cases before the MRTPC (Anti-Trust Tribunal), CEGAT (Excise Tribunal), Company Law Board, TELECOM (Original and Appellate Tribunals), National Consumer Tribunal and Central Administrative Tribunal (service matters); has also conducted international commercial arbitrations at I.C.C. Paris, London, New York and Delhi; Vice-President, (i) Supreme Court Bar Association, 1998-99, (ii) Indo-Greek Parliamentary Forum; Former Member, (i) Governing Board, International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), (ii) Executive Committee, Central Social Welfare Board, Government of India, (iii) Copyright Advisory Council, Government of India, (iv) Education Sub-commission of Indo-US Education and Cultural Commission, (v) All India Organisation of Employees (A.I.O.E.), (vi) Governing Board, Indraprastha University, Delhi, (vii) Governing Body, Gyan Bharti School, Delhi and (viii) High Powered Group of Indian and US judges and lawyers; Co-author of its Report on Alternative Dispute Resolution submitted to Chief Justice of India in Feburary 1997 which led to the amendment of Indian law on ADR; has attended innumerable other legal and non legal international and national conferences, seminars, symposia and colloquia; Former Member and Speaker, (i) Indo-British Legal Forum, (ii) Indo-U.S. Legal Forum and (iii) Indo-Canadian Legal Forum; All India Chairman, AICC merged Law and Human Rights Department and formerly Vice-Chairman, Media Department, Indian National Congress; Former Vice-Chairman, Media Department, Indian National Congress; Member, (i) Apex Media Committee, Indian National Congress, (ii) Indo-U.S.legal study team of Indian and U.S. judges and lawyers to propose legal reforms for reducing court arrears - the report was submitted to the Government of India and was made the basis of several amendments in the Civil Procedure Code in 2000, (iii) Kumaramangalam Birla Committee set up by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (S.E.B.I.) to recommend a new legal regime on Insider Trading, (iv) Apex Advisory Board, ABN AMRO Bank, (v) Governing Body, National Law University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, (vi) Governing Body, National Law University, Delhi, (vii) Agenda 2000, a non-governmental initiative of eminent persons dealing with Delhi’s civil problems and (viii) Executive Committee, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) (Northern Region); was Chairman, (i) Eisenhower Foundation Fellowship Selection Committee, USIS, (ii) Indo-US Parliamentary Forum, led a multi-party delegation of MPs for intense interactive programme at Yale University, USA, June 2008; Chairman, Indo-US Forum of Parliamentarians; President, (i) SAARC LAW(representing India), an association of Judges, Lawyers and Law Persons of the seven SAARC countries and (ii) Indian Society of Arbitrators; was Hony. President, Oxford and Cambridge Society of India; was President, (i) Governing Body, Motilal Nehru College, Delhi and (ii) SAARC LAW India Chapter; Hony. Joint Secretary, International Institute of Human Rights (I.I.H.R.) (headed by the Chief Justice of India); was Trustee, Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable Tourism (F.A.S.T.); Founder, Indo-Israel Law Forum, Dec. 2008; Co-founded the Citizen’s Colloquium - a debating forum with FICCI and other co-founders Ms. Shobhana Bhartia, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Shri Suhel Seth, Shri Sunil Mittal and Shri Rajendra Lodha; has addressed several national and international conferences including, (i) US Bicentennial Conference at Karachi, 1987, (ii) The ILO Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, 1989, (iii) The ICCA Conference of Paris, 1998, (iv) The ICCA Conference at New Delhi, 2000, (v) SAARC LAW Conferences in each of the seven SAARC countries including India, (vi) Indian Economic Policy Reform Conference, Stanford University, California, U.S.A., June 2007, (vii) Stanford University's Centre for International Development (SCID) on the Indian Economy in June 2007 (chairing one session and panelist in another) and several other legal and non-legal international and national conferences, seminars, symposia, colloquia and discussion groups as keynote speaker and/or inaugural speaker; Awarded, (i) Global Leader of Tomorrow (GLT) award by the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland, 1999 and (ii) Trinity College Scholarship for Ph.D.; got his Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University under the renowned constitutional lawyer, Sir William Wade; taught at St. John’s College, Cambridge University while completing his Ph.D. and did a short summer programme (PIL) at Harvard University after Ph.D.; Keynote Address on Reforms in the Administration of Justice to Achieve Developmental Goals at inaugural dinner, Tenth Annual Conference on Indian Economic Policy Reform, Stanford Centre for International Development, October 21, 2009 (forthcoming publication in Stanford Policy Review, January 2010); has lectured as guest lecturer at several fora and universities including, (i) The National Law Schools at Bangalore, Hyderabad and Jodhpur, (ii) The Delhi Law Faculty and (iii) Rotary Clubs and Conferences; selected as lead speaker from Treasury Benches of Parliament on all major debates like Indo-US Nuclear Agreement, Office Of Profit, Internal Security and Judicial Acitivism; Guest Speaker, US NGOs and Universitites on “Surging India : The Economic Success Story” and “Indo-US Nuclear Deal” invited by the Heritage Foundation, Washington, International Council of World Affairs, Washington, Student and faculty associations at Yale, Boston University, MIT and Harvard, U.S.A., April 2008; Lectures, Articles etc. published: (i) Beating the Backlog: Less Talk, More Action", Chagla Memorial Lecture Government Law College, January 7, 2006 published in 2007, 2SCC (journal) p. 9, (ii) "Nani as I See Him'-Nani Palkivala edited by Major Nilendra Kumar, p.45, (iii) Anuradha Salhotra, "The Intellectual" on Intellectual Property Law, Vol-1, Issue 2, Dec.-Feb. 2007, (iv) Third Dr. H.S. Sethi Memorial Lecture on "Drug Addiciton in Children: Prevention and Control", July 13, 2007, (v) Federalism, lecture to Nepalese parliamentarians and policy makers during drafting of Nepal's new Constitution at Kathmandu, Nepal on 2-3 September, 2007, (vi) Indian Civil Justice System Reform (co-author) 1997-98 (Vol. 30:1) New York Journal of International Law and Politics, pp. 1 to 78, (vii) "Emerging India: Rights and Responsibilites: India's Constitution and Individual Rights: Diverse Perspectives", March 13, 2009 at George Washington University Law School, Washington DC, U.S.A. (publication forthcoming in GW Law Review in 2010, (viii) "Interview on the Legal Profession", Lawz Magazine, Vol 6. No 12, Issue 64, December 2004, p. 28; (ix) "Women's Reservation Bill", Seminar, Monthly, No. 457, September 1997; (x)"Corruption: Ensuring Transparency", Seminar, Monthly, No.502, June 2001; (xi) "Judgment Day" India Today, November 6, 2006, p. 72; (xii) "Cyber Laws", Saarclaw India Chapter Publication, 20-21 January 2002, Chandigarh, p. 2, (xiii) "Arbitration in India" (edited by Mr. Sumant Batra), INSOL India February 2000, p. 44, and (xiv) "Beating the Backlog: Managing the Humongous Numbers", paper presented at first Indo-Israel Legal Colloquium, Tel Aviv, December, 2008; Leader/office bearer of several legal, social and cultural organisations

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