India Team

New Delhi: PT-62/26, Kalkaji, New Delhi, INDIA 110019

Ajay Verma – IBJ Senior Fellow and India Country Manager 

Ajay is a practicing lawyer based in New Delhi, India. Besides his private law practice in the area of General Litigation, Criminal Law, Human Right Laws,
International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law and Prison Law, Ajay has also been representing many poor litigants on pro-bono basis who are unable to afford private lawyers to represent them before court. Many of them were those who were confined in prisons. Ajay also rendered services to Government of India as Senior Counsel before Delhi High Court. Ajay was Recognized as The Outstanding Young Person of the Year 2010 (TOYP) by JCI, Osaka, Japan and also handled responsibility as Vice-Chair of India Committee of American Bar Association, Section of International Law, from 2008-2010. As a Member Ajay is actively involved in American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Society of International Law, International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), International Corrections and Prison Association (ICPA) and Supreme Court Bar Association. Ajay is also a Trainer in many regional and national training program organized for capacity building of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Prison Staff organized by IBJ and its partner organizations.

Ajay has earned his Bachelor of Science and Bachelors of Laws (LLB). After completing LLB Ajay has done Certificate courses on Cyber Law, International Trade Law and has completed various Training Programs from United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, including a certificate Program on Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education.

Ajay is trained and certified as war crimes investigator by Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI), Hague and also a rostered expert of Justice Rapid Response which deploy experts on international justice and rule of law oriented missions, including UN commissions of inquiry and other fact-finding bodies dealing with violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

Ajay Raghav – Volunteer Lawyer (Delhi)


Ajay Raghav started practicing as a lawyer in 2005 as a trial courts lawyer. He has more than six years of experience in handling both civil and criminal cases in the District courts of Delhi. He has also handled Writ Petitions, Public Interest Litigations, civil as well as criminal cases in Delhi High Court and is volunteering with IBJ as a duty lawyer since September 2011. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University and L.L.M from Veer Kunwar Singh University from Ara, Bihar.


Katyayini – Volunteer Lawyer (Delhi)

Ms. Katyayini is an apprentice lawyer based in New Delhi. She has completed her LLB in 2015 from the Institute Of Law and Research, Faridabad, India. Katyayini has been volunteering with IBJ since 2014 and has been providing pro-bono legal services to the prisoners who are in need of legal assistance before the Delhi District Courts and the High Court of Delhi as a volunteer lawyer.

M.L. Yadav – Senior Volunteer Lawyer (Delhi)

Mr. M.L. Yadav is a lawyer based in Delhi. He mainly practices before the Delhi High Court,  and has done so since 1999. Besides his private practice Mr. Yadav works closely with IBJ India, taking on many cases of indigent prisoners to provide them with free legal assistance. 


Purnima Malik – Volunteer Lawyer (Delhi)

Purnima is a lawyer based in New Delhi.  She completed her BA LLB(H) in the 2014 at Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida, U.P. Purnima is licenced to practice law with the Delhi Bar Council. Since 2014 she has handled criminal cases in various courts in Delhi as well as Bombay. Purnima works predominantly  to provide free legal assistance to women and children in the justice system.


Krishna Parkhani – Volunteer Laywer (Delhi)

Ms. Krishna Parkhani completed her BA. LLB from Symbiosis Law School,  Pune and her LLM in Criminal Law from RGNUL, Patiala. She is practicing law across all forums in Delhi with an aim to make legal services accessible to all.


Gaurav Bhattacharaya – Senior Volunteer Lawyer (Delhi)

Mr. Bhattacharya has been practicing law since 2004 in Delhi before Delhi High Court and also before the Trial Courts. He has vast experience in handling both civil and criminal cases before the Learned District Courts of Delhi besides Writ Petitions, Public Interest Litigations, civil as well as criminal cases before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. Mr. Bhattacharya had volunteered has also been handling various pro-bono cases requested by IBJ India. He earned a BA. LL.B. (Hons.) from Meerut University besides graduation degree in BA (Hons.) Political Science from Delhi University.


Upendra Yogesh – Volunteer Lawyer (Patna)

Upendra completed his B.A.LL.B (Hons.) from Amity law school, Amity University, Noida in 2014. Following his admittance to the Bar Council of Delhi, he joined Advocate Manish Kumar Chowdhary and began practicing in Delhi trial courts and consumer forums where he has independently handled the civil cases before the courts. Upendra also conducted criminal trials in Delhi before moving to Patna and has experience handling matters pertaining to the Extradition Act. He is assisting indigent litigants through his pro-bono work.


Manoj Kumar Yadav – Volunteer Lawyer (Alwar)

Mr. Manoj Kumar Yadav is a Lawyer based in Alwar, Rajasthan. He has been practising law since 2005 before the District & Sessions Court in Alwar. He is also a panel counsel for the District Legal Services Authority.  Manoj has previously attended all training programs conducted by IBJ India and is now part of  a group of pro-bono lawyers assisting  prisoners held in Alwar District Jail.


Abdul Hanif – Volunteer Lawyer (Jaipur)

Mr. Abdul Hanif is a lawyer based in Jaipur, Rajasthan. He has been practicing law since 2008 before the Rajasthan High Court, Jaipur bench.  Mr. Hanif has been part of various training programmes conducted by IBJ in collaboration with its partner organizations. Mr. Hanif is now assisting many litigants through his private practice. 



Ranjana Singh Mertia – Volunteer Lawyer (Jodhpur)

Ms. Ranjana has been practicing law since 2001 before the Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court, as well as the Sessions and District Judge in Jodhpur. Her area of specialization is criminal Law, prison law, and Human Rights Law. She is based in Jodhpur, Rajasthan in India. Ranjana is also a Panel Lawyer of the Rajasthan High Court Legal Services Committee before Rajasthan High Court and also of DLSA, Jodhpur for the Sessions court of Jodhpur Metropolitan. She has provided legal assistance to many prisoners held in Jodhpur Jail. Ranjana has work experience with CHRI (an NGO) and has also completed and LLM in Crimes & Torts from Jai Narayanan Vyas University (JNVU), Jodhpur. She has been a regular participant in the training program organized by IBJ India with CHRI for lawyers in Rajasthan.

Laxmi Ramawat – Volunteer Laywer (Jodhpur)

Ms. Laxmi Ramawat has been practicing law since 2002. She has pleaded as Panel Lawyer of Rajasthan High Court Legal Services Committee & District Legal Services Authority before Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court (Jodhpur bench) and District Courts in Jodhpur. She has been a jail visiting advocate and also has been a regular participant in the training program organized by IBJ India with CHRI for lawyers in Rajasthan.


Tadu Bayor – Volunteer Laywer (Itanagar)

Mr. Tadu Bayor is a lawyer based in Ita Nagar in the State of Arunachal Pradesh, a North Eastern State of India. He has been practicing law since 2005 before High Court and District Courts. Tadu has been associated with IBJ India since 2008 and he was the one of the participants of International Criminal Defence Training program organized by IBJ India with Delhi State Legal Services Authority in 2008. Tadu has been helping many poor litigants in his area.


Joysheel – Volunteer Lawyer (Delhi)

Joysheel completed her B.B.A. LL.B. from O. P. Jindal Global University, India, in 2019. After graduating, she worked as an Associate at Trilegal, Mumbai and subsequently served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Indu Malhotra at the Supreme Court of India. She is licensed to practice by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.

She has a keen interest in human rights. An avid researcher and enthusiastic writer, she has authored several articles on issues such as gender justice, the Indian criminal justice system, and data privacy, which have been published by Outlook, The Citizen, Feminism in India, etc.

She will volunteer with IBJ India to provide pro bono legal representation to undertrial prisoners, assist IBJ in collaborating with different organizations in the public interest sector, and organize webinars on important questions of criminal law jurisprudence.



If you are interested in joining Team India, please read the following announcement.

IBJ India Internship Announcement