The Supreme Court has sent a message: Menaka Guruswamy
The SC lawyer talks in an interview about the recent court's ruling on bureaucratic reforms
On Thursday, a pathbreaking Supreme Court judgement, based on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by former cabinet secretary T.S.R. Subramanian, sought to unshackle the bureaucracy from political influence. The lawyer for Subramanian was Menaka Guruswamy, 38, who previously defended a provision in the Right to Education Act mandating that all private schools admit disadvantaged children, and was among the lead lawyers challenging section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that punished people for same-sex relations. A Rhodes scholar, Guruswamy was the Gammon Fellow at Harvard Law School. She spoke about Thursday’s verdict in an interview immediately after the ruling. Edited excerpts.