Fight against prejudice, battle the oppressors, support the underdog.” This quotation could be seen hanging both at his gate and the desk of his office in Mumbai. It is not a surprise that among the guiding principles of his life were the following words by Roy Black, a New York-based civil and criminal defence lawyer “By showing me injustice, he taught me to love justice. Nine years after his death his case is still being heard across courts in Mumbai. At the moment Inder Singh, who was the assistant at Shahid’s office in Kurla, is being presented in the court as witness to murder. Apart from studying law, she is assisting Mohammed Shoaib, who is one of the few lawyers in the state fighting cases of the terror-accused for a couple of years now. They entered through the door of his chamber, shot two bullets at his chest, and fled. This, admittedly was, just a re-enactment of an incident in the director's own life as against that of Azmi. It was a call from his office assistant and court clerk, Inder. In the acquittal, the Judge blasted the Mumbai police for the case it made against him and Sabauddin Shaikh. “Shahid” director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his Death Anniversary.. That it would deter those who’d dare to follow in the footsteps of their dearly loved lawyer – instilling in them the fear of an untimely and abrupt end. 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Through this, I intend to send a strong message to the evil fascist elements that they can’t be a barrier for justice by killing a young lawyer, who stood for justice and upheld constitutional values.” After finishing his law course last year from SDM Law College, Mangalore (Karnataka), Riyas is now practicing in his home district Kasargod. Yadav also remembers meeting a young Muslim woman lawyer in Amroha, a small town in western Uttar Pradesh, who like Azmi, wants to fight for justice. (April 2009). It was a life which took to the legal profession with the objective of using law as a shield and tool in the quest for justice. Remembering Shahid Azmi, a patron of justice and a victim of intolerance . Eight years since that fateful day when Advocate Shahid Azmi, fondly remembered as Shahid was killed on February 11, 2010, but it is as if he never died. The film has a scene in which Mr Azmi's face is blackened by assailants outside the court room. Singh was with Azmi in the office when bullets were pumped into Shahid’s body. According to him, out of 108 witnesses, the case is … (more…) The 48th Episode of Dastaan Contains Real Life Murder Story of Advocate Shahid Azmi. [1] In jail, he was encouraged to resume his education, and by the time he was released, he had taken a degree in law. [5] Shahid Azmi was married to Maryam of an affluent Assamese descendant whom he later divorced. At age 14, Azmi was arrested (or detained) by Mumbai police for indulging in violence during the 1992 Mumbai communal riots. They have planned a meeting where they will raise the issue and condemn the murder. Speaking to The Wire, Yadav says that he has by now met dozens of youth who wish to become like Azmi and carry on his legacy by doing something similar to what he was doing. Apart from Siddiqui, there are several young Muslims who are assisting Shoaib in light of the path shown by Azmi. He was a real hero and inspiration.. In short, for those who conspired to see Azmi dead, he might be long dead and gone. Shahid Azmi’s life (1977-2010) exemplifies one answer to this perennial question. [8][18] Shahid Azmi was shot dead on February 11, 2010 and eight years, and at least 12 court transfers later, the trial of the four men accused of murdering him is yet to begin. Remembering Shahid Azmi, a patron of justice and a victim of intolerance . Advocate Khalid Azmi, Shahid’s younger brother and an intervener in the case, told The Wire that while the case was taking too much time, he was satisfied with the way it was being handled by the public prosecutor. After Kashimji’s murder, his wife advocate Nusrath Fatima joined Poojary as one of his six juniors. In short, for those who conspired to see Azmi dead, he might be long dead and gone. Azmi is the third lawyer killed in Mumbai. He did not believe in just whining about what he had to go through, but moving beyond that and working and fighting for those who were going through a similar situation. [7], It was while he was defending Faheem Ansari in the 26/11 attacks case that he was killed. “Shahid, Muhammed Riyas, from Kerala’s Kasargod district, remembers Azmi as someone who was “unapologetic and courageous”, though he never met him personally. Category News & Politics According to Rajeev Yadav, a journalist turned human rights activist who works with the Rihai Manch, a forum to campaign for the release of innocent youth accused in terror cases, “Shahid ’s life and work kindled a new kind of spirit amongst Muslims, especially young men and women.”. While Shahid changed and put his lawyer’s uniform to rest for the day, Rehana started preparing tea for him. Mumbai: ‘Shahid’ director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. “While I was studying law in Malegaon, it was my dream to work with him, which I eventually did. Shaheed Shahid Azmi. While gunning down Mumbai-based lawyer Shahid Azmi on February 11, 2010, his killers must have thought that this act would strike terror within the Muslim community, especially amongst its youth. By Arvind Narrain and Saumya Uma Progressive lawyers, social activists and academics have invested much time in trying to puzzle out what is the progressive potential of law. The trial of Azmi’s murder is, however, yet to begin. Shahid Azmi also represented one of the men accused of involvement in the 2007 Mumbai attacks, who went on to be acquitted shortly after Azmi’s death. Nampally: Hyderabadis remembered the zealous advocate of Mumbai, Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated by unidentified men at his office ten years back.Speakers recalled how he … The death of Shahid Azmi in the evening of February 11, 2010 is in a series of lawyers thrashed, shot at, injured or killed across the country in the aftermath of bomb … Justice was the key word in his life. The cases handled by him were almost exclusively of defending cases for those accused of terrorism. “Shahid bhai was not just courageous but also competent to fight the cases he decided to take up,” Nadeem, who briefly worked with Azmi and now practices in Mumbai, told The Wire. He was shot dead by four assailants in his office in Kurla, Mumbai on 11 February 2010 at the age of 32. While two of the accused – Vinod Vichare and Pintu Dhagle – have been granted bail, two others – Devendra Jagtap and Hasmukh Solanki – continue to be behind bars. Though his absence can’t be compensated, we keep his memory alive” “Many deaths are forgotten, but not Shahid’s. Released in 2013, “Shahid” is based on the true story of Azmi.He was killed by unidentified assailants in his office on February 11, 2010. There were the likes of Fahim Ansari, incarcerated on charges of drawing maps for the 26/11 terror attacks. [14] On 20 January 2011, MCOCA court dropped the MCOCA charges levelled against the accused in the police chargesheet as it found no evidence suggesting "pecuniary gains were made in the crime, a mandatory aspect for MCOCA charges. When asked as to why Intelligence Bureau would indulge in such acts against national interests, he said it was to stereotype Muslims and lobby for stringent laws[17]. Shahid, the … The murder of lawyer Shahid Azmi has brought the legal fraternity together with bar associations across Mumbai planning to discuss the security of lawyers dealing with terror-related and underworld cases. Jamiat Ulema did not help us in his murder trial in spite of the struggles we were facing, says advocate Shahid Azmi's brother Khalid. Azmi was born and brought up in the Deonar suburb of Mumbai, in a Muslim family with origins in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. Responding to the petition, the court ordered an inquiry in the case, and the allegations were found to be true. Let off lightly as a juvenile, and due to lack of any proper evidence against him. [16], In a 2007 interview with Rediff News Correspondent Sheela Bhatt, Azmi accused the police of staging an encounter at Antop Hill where a Pakistani was killed, because, that area was isolated and "terrorists always hide in places where you find a lot of other people". The martyrdom of Shahid Azmi reminds one of similar assassination of another young lawyer from Hubli whose name was Naushad Kasim who was killed few months before Shahid's death. In the movie, there is a sequence where Shahid defends Faheem Ansari who is accused of perpetrating the 26/11 attacks. Shahid (2012) A biopic on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, Shahid, helmed by Hansal Mehta starred Rajkummar Rao. “Shahid bhai’s murder changed my life” he recalls. It is worth recalling that Azmi and Kashimji worked in an environment when their own legal fraternity was against them. Azmi was accused of crime at a young age; in 1992, aged 15, he was arrested for violence during the 1992 Bombay riots. “What is striking about these young men and women is that they don’t want to become just any other lawyer. It was a life which took to the legal profession with the objective of using law as a shield and tool in the quest for justice. From his personal experience, Azmi knew what it meant to be a terror accused. Mumbai: Shahid Azmi, the lawyer who defended 26/11 Indian accused Fahim Ansari, was shot dead in his office on Thursday evening. I have witnessed cold-blooded murders. [11], Azmi then had represented the accused in the 7/11 Mumbai local train blasts, the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul, the 2006 Malegaon blasts case. In April 2009, a Mangalore-based lawyer, Naushad Kashimji, was killed. “That was the turning point of my life,” he told. Shahid (Azmi) Lives, Shaheeds Never Die. On 11 February 2010, his lawyer Shahid Azmi was murdered in what was suspected by authorities to be a professional contract killing. [5], On 23 July 2012, the Bombay High Court granted bail to one of the accused, Vinod Vichare, against a personal bond of Rs 50,000 stating he was not "shown to be present" during the assassination. Six years ago an on February 11, Shahid Azmi, an advocate famously known as a crusader of justice was killed when he was just 32-year-old. In the wake of terror attacks, several bar associations across the country had passed resolutions that forbid members from representing those accused in terror cases. Biopic is a territory where very few Bollywood filmmakers want to tread, but Hansal Mehta was not apprehensive to take on the real-life story of slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi even though people dissuaded him. Shahid means the one who is immortal. Azmi’s life, well reported and also depicted in Hansal Mehta’s film Shahid, was full of twists and turns with some contentious events. According to him, out of 108 witnesses, the case is … Shahid Azmi also represented one of the men accused of involvement in the 2007 Mumbai attacks, who went on to be acquitted shortly after Azmi’s death. Before his murder Azmi had secured the acquittal of more than a dozen youth languishing in jail on false charges, and was representing another 50 accused under the various terror laws. He says there are several others in his home town who want to practice law like Azmi. Shahid Azmi was himself arrested in 1999 and accused of being involved in a plot to kill a prominent Mumbai politicians. Sometimes, answers to deep philosophical questions emerge from a single life. It was a life which took to the legal profession with the objective of using law as a shield and tool in the quest for justice. Shahid Azmi (1977 – 11 February 2010) was an Indian lawyer best known for defending cases of persons accused of terrorism. While two of the accused - Vinod Vichare and Pintu Dhagle – have been granted bail, two others - Devendra Jagtap and Hasmukh Solanki - continue to be behind bars. , Yadav says that he has by now met dozens of youth who wish to become like Azmi and carry on his legacy by doing something similar to what he was doing. lawyer in 2003. He spent seven years in Delhi's Tihar Jail. Singh was with Azmi in the office when bullets were pumped into Shahid’s body. It was also a life which was tragically cut short, when Shahid Azmi was assassinated at the age of thirty three. While Shahid changed and put his lawyer’s uniform to rest for the day, Rehana started preparing tea for him. Shahid Azmi’s life (1977-2010) exemplifies one answer to this perennial question. –Shahid Azmi (1977-2010) This courage to stand up for those accused of crimes which were tried as much in the media as in the courtrooms –and decided as much by the ‘collective conscience’ as by law – defined Shahid’s life, and in the end his death as well. This is a huge loss to our society, my family. At the moment Inder Singh, who was the assistant at Shahid’s office in Kurla, is being presented in the court as witness to murder. Meet Asim Khan, who was a TV journalist when Azmi was killed but now practices in the courts of Mumbai. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and UTV, 'Shahid' tells the story of Azmi's "death and life in that order". His mobile rang. By teaching me what pain and humiliation were all about, he awakened my heart to mercy. Actually not . Remembering Adv Shahid Azmi, journalist Nikhil Dixit, who knew him from his journalism school days, says in a story in DNA: Shahid Azmi often joked that he would be felled by bullets. Released in 2013, ‘Shahid’ is based on the true story of Azmi. [6][8][10], After receiving his degree, he worked with lawyer Majeed Memon for some months,[9] before starting his career as a Released in 2013, Shahid is based on the true story of Azmi. Shahid, who has represented accused in terror cases including the July 11, 2011 serial train blasts and who was instrumental in the acquittal of two men in the 26/11 terror attack, was shot dead in his office at Taximen’s colony in Kurla on February 11, 2010. As a young adult, he was again arrested, this time under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, for plotting against the state. Soon started picking up cases of Muslims charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 (POTA). –Shahid Azmi (1977-2010) This courage to stand up for those accused of crimes which were tried as much in the media as in the courtrooms –and decided as much by the ‘collective conscience’ as by law – defined Shahid’s life, and in the end his death as well. And if you have an iota of doubt about this, just count the number of programmes being organised in Delhi, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal among others, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of his murder. “But in spite of all that, it will never be easy for me to see an innocent being sent behind bars or to the gallows only because the crime alleged was a bomb blast.”. Jamiat Ulema did not help us in his murder trial in spite of the struggles we were facing, says advocate Shahid Azmi's brother Khalid. Shahid Azmi was a famous lawyer known for defending innocent Muslim guys who were in jail because of false crime. His Case- Subsequently, he crossed over into Pakistan-administered Kashmir, where he spent a brief period at a militant training camp, but soon returned. Advocate Shahid Azmi murder case: Charges framed against four accused. That’s because he knew what he was doing and why. Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, "Film remembers Indian lawyer Shahid Azmi as symbol of hope", "26/11 accused Fahim Ansari's lawyer Shahid Azmi shot dead", "A Grain in My Empty Bowl: A crusader for justice is silenced. And death, ironically, came exactly the way he had predicted — while sitting in the same chair where he often laughed off his premonition. He was killed on 11 February 2010 in his office at Taxi Men colony in Kurla, when four gunmen entered his office and shot two bullets, point blank and fled. Meet Asim Khan, who was a TV journalist when Azmi was killed but now practices in the courts of Mumbai. February 11, 2012. It was a call from his office assistant and court clerk, Inder. On February 11, 2010, a young Mumbai lawyer, Shahid Azmi, was assassinated in his chamber, by a group of armed men. This enraged me and I joined the resistance. Shahid is a 2013 Indian Hindi-language biographical drama film directed by Hansal Mehta.Jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap, UTV Spotboy and Sunil Bohra, it is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010.The film stars Rajkummar Rao in the titular role; Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Prabhleen Sandhu and Baljinder Kaur appear in supporting roles. In court rooms and outside, he was often called the ‘terrorist lawyer’ because he was once a terror accused and had to spend five years in jail for a crime that he had never committed. Her son, Shahid Azmi, a Mumbai-based lawyer handling criminal and human rights cases at trial courts as well the High Court, had just returned from work. He was third amongst five brothers. Remembering Shahid on his death anniversary his brother, Khalid Azmi says, “The loss is irreparable. “I was a boy with an ambition to become a pilot and, therefore, chose to study science after my 10th standard, only to join a flying academy later on.” But then, on the first anniversary of Azmi’s murder, he read an article about his life and work and immediately decided to become a lawyer. Shahid was declared dead after being taken to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. 591 likes. In the movie, there is a sequence where Shahid defends Faheem Ansari who is accused of perpetrating the 26/11 attacks. Though he was taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, he was soon declared dead. MUMBAI: The murder of defence lawyer Shahid Azmi has shocked the legal community not just in Mumbai, but across the country. Shahid Azmi, the lawyer for Faheem Ansari, accused of helping the Lashkar-e-Taiba in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, has been killed. Produced by Anurag Kashyap, Sunil Bohra and UTV, 'Shahid' tells the story of Azmi's "death and life in that order". The trial has just started in the Shahid Azmi’s murder case with the first of the prosecution’s 108 witnesses in the witness box, says advocate Khalid Azmi. Vichare had already spent two years in jail, ever since he was held for the possession of one of the four revolvers given to Bharat Nepali. "[15], Then in April 2011, while the accused were in a sessions court at Kala Ghoda, for a hearing the police caught a man named Munna reportedly of Navlekar gang, with a weapon and live cartridges in the court premises, who had come allegedly to free the accused. Mumbai: Shahid Azmi, the lawyer who defended 26/11 Indian accused Fahim Ansari, was shot dead in his office on Thursday evening. The film had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival's 'City to City' programme in September 2013 and is released on 18 October 2013 in India. On 3 May 2010, Ansari and the co-accused Sabauddin Shaikh were acquitted of any complicity in the attacks. [17] He further accused the Intelligence Bureau of perpetrating the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, which are otherwise believed to be the work of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Students Islamic Movement of India. Mumbai: ‘Shahid’ director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao remembered slain human rights activist and lawyer Shahid Azmi on his death anniversary. It was also a life which was tragically cut short, when Shahid Azmi was assassinated at the age of thirty three. “I am pained, the heart bleeds when I hear what they have endured,” he had said. As he said to The Times of India in an interview, "I had seen policemen killing people from my community. And if you have an iota of doubt about this, just count the number of programmes being organised in Delhi, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal among others, to commemorate the eighth anniversary of his murder. Underworld Don Took his assassination job and … It was also a life which was tragically cut short, when Shahid Azmi was assassinated at the age of thirty three. Khan is absolutely right in saying that it’s difficult to match Azmi’s calibre and courage, as in a brief career of only seven years, he secured the acquittal of 17 men charged with terrorism. Speed News Desk Azmi was not the first Muslim lawyer to have been killed. [11] In July 2008, Azmi filed a petition in the High Court alleging that the accused in the 7/11 Mumbai blasts, then lodged in the Arthur Road Jail, were being tortured. Disturbed by the 1993 riots, Azmi fled to Kashmir to take up arms against the state - though his family denies any knowledge of this. "[6] In December 1994, he was arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (now repealed), for an alleged conspiracy to assassinate some politicians and Shiv Sena leader, Bal Thackeray, and given a five-year jail sentence, however in the same year, the Supreme Court acquitted him. Shahid Azmi was shot dead on February 11, 2010 and eight years, and at least 12 court transfers later, the trial of the four men accused of murdering him is yet to begin. Nine years after his death his case is still being heard across courts in Mumbai. “While I was studying law in Malegaon, it was my dream to work with him, which I eventually did. While two of the accused – Vinod Vichare and Pintu Dhagle – have been granted bail, two others – Devendra Jagtap and Hasmukh Solanki – continue to be behind bars. Disturbed by the 1993 riots, Azmi fled to Kashmir to take up arms against the state - though his family denies any knowledge of this. Truly, in his death, Shahid has been immortalised. Shahid Azmi’s life (1977-2010) exemplifies one answer to this perennial question. But it was for a very brief time, just for about a month and a half month.”. Through this, I intend to send a strong message to the evil fascist elements that they can’t be a barrier for justice by killing a young lawyer, who stood for justice and upheld constitutional values.” After finishing his law course last year from SDM Law College, Mangalore (Karnataka), Riyas is now practicing in his home district Kasargod. He was beaten up in the Lucknow court premises by fellow lawyers in 2007, for defying the diktat of the bar association. Shahid was declared dead after being taken to the Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. The death of Shahid Azmi in the evening of February 11, 2010 is in a series of lawyers thrashed, shot at, injured or killed across the country in the aftermath of bomb blasts. Many of the cases were fought pro bono in consultation with NGOs, like Jamat-e-Ulema-e-Hind. But for dozens of Muslim youth across the country, Shahid abhi bhi zinda hai (Shahid is still alive). Shahid Azmi was himself arrested in 1999 and accused of being involved in a plot to kill a prominent Mumbai politicians. Remembering Shahid on his death anniversary his brother, Khalid Azmi says, “The loss is irreparable. Shahid Azmi was himself arrested in 1999 and accused of being involved in a plot to kill a prominent Mumbai politicians. The trial has just started in the Shahid Azmi’s murder case with the first of the prosecution’s 108 witnesses in the witness box, says advocate Khalid Azmi. On 3 May 2010, Ansari and the co-accused Sabauddin Shaikh were acquitted of any complicity in the attacks. [2][12][13], In February 2010, member of the Bharat Nepali gang, Devendra Babu Jagtap alias JD, Pintoo Deoram Dagale, Vinod Yashwant Vichare and Hasmukh Solanki, were arrested by the police under MCOCA. Though his absence can’t be compensated, we keep his memory alive. They entered through the door of his chamber, shot two bullets at his chest, and fled. And this does not include the many acquittals that took place after his murder. [8] His first major success as a defence lawyer came in the 2002 Ghatkopar bus bombing case, when Arif Paanwala, who was arrested under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) and was named the prime accused, was acquitted along with eight others, due to lack of evidence, by the court; this eventually led to the law being repealed. Shahid (2012) A biopic on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, Shahid, helmed by Hansal Mehta starred Rajkummar Rao. 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