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The Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) has suggested the name of noted Senior Advocate Fali S Nariman for the post of President of India. Asking all the political parties to “cut across party lines”, the press release of SILF states that “no one knows the Constitution and its working better than Fali Nariman.”
The press release circulated by SILF states that Fali Nariman is an “exceptional and great citizen of the country” and a person of “great eminence, calibre and integrity.”
Nariman started his practice at the Bombay High Court under Jamsetjee Kanga. After practicing for 22 years, he was appointed a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India in 1971. He was also the Additional Solicitor General of India from May 1972 to 25 June 1975 and has been awarded the Padma Bhushan (1991), Padma Vibhushan (2007) and Gruber Prize for Justice (2002). Nariman was a member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Parliament of India for a term (1999–2005).
Although Nariman himself has said that he is not interested in contesting for the post of President, it will not be the first time a lawyer has been elected as the Head of the Indian State. The country’s first President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad was a lawyer by profession as were Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (India’s 5th President) and R. Venkatraman (India’s 8th President). The current President, President Patil, started her professional career as a lawyer in the Jalgaon District Court.