Eminent public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam addressed audience at the Dr. D Y Patil University. Special Public Prosecutor for the Government of Maharashtra Ujjwal Nikam gave a worthy-of-note speech on the challenges of criminal jurisprudence relating it to some of the high profile cases that he has handled. He was addressing a gathering of law students, parents and teachers at the Dr. D Y Patil University at Nerul. He was welcomed by Padmashree Dr. D Y Patil and Presidents Dr. Vijay Patil and Ajeenkyta Patil. The special prosecutor started off his speech on a humorous note. He said that a major concern for judiciary today is the decreasing credibility of the profession of lawyers. He said that crime is a universal subject that calls for universal solution and hence there is a need for making an international forum. The eminent legal luminary said that one of the biggest challenges for criminal jurisprudence is the inability to execute sentences especially in cases of death penalties. Where delays are caused after mercy petitions. Referring to the high profile Mumbai blast case and particularly the Sanjay Dutt hearing he shared with the audience the argument he gave against Sanjay Dutt’s probation plea. He also emphasized upon the need to have immediate amendments in the extradition laws after his experience of these laws in the Nadeem Saify extradition case. Ujjwal Nikam said that unless amendments to close the loopholes of the laws were enacted and sentences were executed, rise in crime will be – making these the biggest challenges of criminal jurisprudence. Unfortunately, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam arrived over an hour late for the event and did not stop to speak to the media on several current challenges of judiciary and laws. With cameraperson Vikrant Baile, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
April 17, 2015