Prof. Anup Surendranath resigns as Deputy Registrar (Research) in the Supreme Court of India

Prof. Anup Surendranath resigns as Deputy Registrar (Research) in the Supreme Court of India

Portraying great conviction, NLU Delhi faculty and Director of Death Penalty Research Project has resigned from the post of Deputy Registrar (Research) in the Supreme Court of India. According to his Facebook post, the recent execution of Yakub Memon, the lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case was the ‘final nail’.

His post says,

“I have been contemplating this for a while now for a variety of reasons, but what was played out this week at the Supreme Court was the proverbial final nail --- I have resigned from my post at the Supreme Court to focus on death penalty work at the University.

It is in many ways liberating to regain the freedom to write whatever I want and I hope to make full use of that in the next few days to discuss the events that transpired at the Supreme Court this week.”

Commenting on the execution, Prof. Anup had earlier posted, “It would be silly and naive to see the events of the last 24 hours at the Supreme Court as some triumph of the rule of law --- the two orders at 4pm on 29th July and 5am on 30th July (and the reasoning adopted therein) are instances of judicial abdication that must count amongst the darkest hours for the Supreme Court of India.”

Prof. Anup was appointed as the Deputy Registrar (Research) last year in May. His fervor and dedication to the Death Penalty Research Project is commendable.

Read the press note of Supreme Court and Anup Surendranath's resignation letter.