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Aishwarya Mohanty
Associate - Research

Aishwarya graduated from National Law University Odisha, Cuttack with a degree in B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) in 2017. Over the course of various internships she has worked on issues pertaining to, inter alia, human rights violations in prisons, gun violence in Kashmir, and religion-based violence. She has won accolades in domestic as well as international moot court competitions.

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Amartya Kanjilal
Associate - Litigation

Amartya graduated in law from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University in 2013. After graduating, he worked as a judicial clerk at the office of Justice S. Muralidhar in the High Court of Delhi. He then worked in the litigation chambers of Mr. N. Hariharan where he practiced in several courts and tribunals in Delhi.

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Ankita Sarkar
Associate - Litigation

Ankita graduated class of 2014, from ILS Law College, and completed her LLM, specializing in Criminal Law from Department of Law, Pune University in 2017. She worked at the chambers of Advocate S. V. Sirpurkar, before the Bombay High Court, Nagpur Bench, and various other Courts and Tribunals in Nagpur.


Anshu Raj Singh
ASSOCIATE - Litigation

Anshu graduated from Chanakya National Law University, Patna in 2015. Prior to joining Project 39A he worked at Human Rights Law Network in its Patna and Bombay offices, where he handled cases related to prisoner’s rights, victim compensation, land rights issues, implementation of MNREGA as well as criminal cases. During his time at HRLN, he was also part of the team which, in association with Bihar State Legal Services Authority, inspected all the prisons of Bihar and came out with the report titled ‘Prisons of Bihar’.

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Dr. Anup Surendranath
Executive Director

Anup is the Executive Director of Project 39A and an Assistant Professor of Law at NLU, Delhi. At NLU, Delhi, he teaches courses on constitutional law, legal methods, jurisprudence and comparative rights adjudication. He was invited by the Supreme Court of India to serve as the Deputy Registrar (Research) and was on deputation to the court between May 2014 to August 2015. Anup completed his legal education from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (2001-06) and the University of Oxford (2007-12).


Devina Sikdar

Devina completed her B.Sc.(Hons) in Forensic Science from Amity University in 2015 as a gold medalist. She has interned with Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Kolkata. She went on to graduate from King's College London with M.Sc. Forensic Science in 2016. She has also worked with the London Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Services as part of this course. She specialises in Forensic Biology and Forensic DNA profiling.


Dharmender Yadav
Court Clerk

Dharmender is currently pursuing his B.A. from the University of Delhi. He has over eight years of clerical legal experience in the District Courts, the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India.

Himanshu Agarwal
Associate - Litigation

Himanshu graduated from Symbiosis Law School, Pune in 2013. Before joining Project 39A, he worked in the litigation chambers of Dr. Menaka Guruswamy and assisted her work in the Supreme Court. He has also practiced in courts and tribunals across Delhi.


Maitreyi Misra
Associate - Research

Maitreyi graduated from Symbiosis Law School, Pune in 2010. She holds a Masters in Law from New York University. She was an International Law and Human Rights Fellow as part of which she worked with the Association for Civil Rights in Tel Aviv, Israel. Before joining Project 39A, Maitreyi worked with Mr. Anand Grover, advocate at the Supreme Court of India and assisted him in his work as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.


Medha Deo
Project Director - Fair Trial Initiative

Medha graduated from Symbiosis Law School, Pune in 2008 and started her career as a Corporate M&A lawyer. She subsequently did her Masters in Law from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS) in 2014. She has worked as an Access to Justice Fellow at TISS, focussing on cases of custodial deaths in Maharashtra (Dec 2014 - June 2016). Before joining Project 39A, she was working with the Resource Centre for Intervention on Violence Against Women (RCI-VAW) and has been involved in establishing and monitoring government programmes for supporting women survivors of violence in the states of Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra.


Neetika Vishwanath

Associate - Research

Neetika graduated from the School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore in 2012, after which she worked with the Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI), a legal advocacy and resource group, based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. In 2014, she went on to do her MA in Women’s Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She completed her Masters in 2016 and is a recipient of the prize for the best dissertation along with a silver medal for being the second best student in her batch.

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Nidhi Thakur

Office Administrator

Nidhi completed her graduation and post-graduation from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. Before joining Project 39A, she worked with various non-profit organizations in several capacities including project management, administration and organizational support. Simultaneously, she also completed her Post Graduation Diploma in Business Administration (HR) from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune.


Ninni Susan Thomas
Associate - Litigation

Ninni graduated from National Law University, Jodhpur in 2015 with B.A.,LL.B specialising in criminal law. Before joining Project 39A she worked with Advocate Sanjay Parikh in the Supreme Court, High Court, National Green Tribunal and other courts in New Delhi.

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Rahil Chatterjee
Associate - Mitigation

Rahil completed his graduation in History from Ramjas College, Delhi University in 2013 and went on to pursue an MA in Social Work with a specialisation in Criminology and Justice from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Prior to joining Project 39A, he worked as a Community Intervention Associate with Justice and Care, an international anti-human trafficking organisation.

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Ruchi Chaudhury
Associate - Communication

Ruchi graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 2016 and completed her Master's in Social Anthropology from SOAS, London in 2017. She has experience mediating research to various stakeholders, using new media and performance arts. She designed a radio program focusing on youth, gender, access and health for SOAS Radio, and worked as Research Officer for PositiveNegatives and Why Comics? in London. Prior to joining Project 39A, Ruchi was Ecosystem Mapper for the Latin American Leadership Academy, Colombia.


Sangeeta Sharma
Finance and Administration Assistant

Sangeeta graduated from University of Delhi and completed her Master’s in Economics. She then worked at a U.S based Pharma Company as Senior Admin Executive. Prior to joining Project 39A, Sangeeta worked with the Ministry of Finance where she handled administration and finance.

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Shreya Rastogi
Associate - Litigation

Shreya graduated from NLU Delhi in June 2013 as a double gold medalist. She subsequently worked for a year in the corporate and litigation teams at Khaitan & Co., Mumbai, before joining Project 39A. In 2016-17, she completed her LL.M. from the New York University School of Law, and was awarded the Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship for the year 2017-18.

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Vijay Badola
Finance Coordinator

Vijay is a graduate in Commerce from the University of Delhi and works in Accounts and Administration. He has extensive experience in managing the accounts of educational and private institutions.

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Yash S. Vijay
Associate - Litigation

Yash graduated from the National Law Institute University, Bhopal in 2014. His prior experience includes working at the Human Rights Law Network, Mumbai as a litigation associate where he handled cases related to criminal justice, women’s rights, housing and labour law. He has previously also worked at the Chambers of Sanjoy Ghose, Additional Standing Counsel, Government of NCT of Delhi, where he litigated on constitutional and administrative law, domestic violence law and labour law before the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.



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Dr. Angela Ann Joseph

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Anmary Varghese

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Dona John




Nishant Gokhale

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Pankhuri Aggarwal


Pankhuri Bhatia

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Peter John


Preeti Pratishruti Dash


Poornima Rajeshwar

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Rahul Raman


Sahana Manjesh

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Shweta Wankhede


Founding Members

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Dr. Anup Surendranath


Lubhyathi Rangarajan


Maitreyi Misra


Nishant gokhale

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shreya rastogi