Chandigarh: Young lawyer Utsav Bains, who has roused the nation with his affirmation in the Supreme Court that sexual harassment charge against the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, was a plot to make him resign, is recognized for his work on child rights in Chandigarh, the city where he was born and brought up in.
The 32-year-old advocate is the son of human rights lawyer RS Bains and grandson of former Punjab and Haryana high court judge Ajit Singh Bains. Utsav graduated from Panjab University and has briefly practised at Punjab and Haryana high court.
For two years now, he has been in Delhi.
Utsav has made a documentary on child rights and in 2012, he had pitched for investigation into the sexual exploitation of children at a shelter in Rohtak, Haryana.
Known as Apna Ghar sexual exploitation case, the matter was later investigated by the CBI. It was this case, which got him linked with Harsh Mander, then a member of the national advisory council, led by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, during the Congress regime.
After this, he participated in a programme at Harvard Law School on ‘child rights advocacy’.
For about two years now, he has been representing various witnesses in the sexual harassment cases against self-styled godman, Asaram.
In Punjab and Haryana high court, he had brought one Bobby Joshi to court in 2016, who had claimed that rapes took place during the 2016 February Jat quota violence in Murthal, Haryana.
Earlier this month, Utsav had hit the headlines by declining to be a part of guests on Queen Elizabeth’s birthday celebrations, organised by British High Commission in Delhi.
At high court in Chandigarh, he has appeared only in few cases, but even senior lawyers say that he is a “sharp and energetic” lawyer, who won’t succumb to any kind of pressure.