July 19, 2024


The Intersection of Information and Insight

Aniket Vivek Pandkar, a ‘Bail Expert’ Criminal Lawyer

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In conversation with Aniket Vivek Pandkar, a practicing Criminal Lawyer in Pune. He has done his B.com from T.C College, Baramati, and LL.B from Modern Law College Pune. Currently, he is practising in session court in Pune and Baramati.

Interview conducted by Suraj, a 3rd-year law student from Institute of Law, Kurukshetra University as a part of his Campus Leaders Program at Lawctopus.

Hi, my name is Aniket Vivek Pandkar, I am from Baramati, Pune Maharashtra. I completed my schooling from V.P’s. Bal Vikas Mandir, Completed B.Com from T.C College, Baramati, and LL.B from Modern Law College Pune.

Currently, I am practising in session court in Pune and Baramati. My hobbies are Reading, Stock Trading, and watching movies.

I started Practising in June 2022 and I specialize in Criminal litigation.

To be honest, I never wanted to pursue law, I wanted to join Army as an officer. So right after B.com, I gave the CDS exam and appeared for the SSB interview for 4 times but I was not able to crack the interview.

So my attempts were getting exhausted and at that time I found that there is a JAG (Judge and Advocate General) Entry through which I could join the army that’s why I decided to pursue Law.

But later on, life took a different turn, and simultaneously while pursuing law my interest developed in criminal law and I decided to go for litigation.

First, be very clear that you want to pursue litigation. If you are seeking job/payment security then this is not the right time to consider litigation.

Secondly, nobody will pay you right after you leave college because at that time you just know what law is (that too if you study seriously). You don’t know how actually litigation works. The only way to survive in litigation is to constantly improve your skills (drafting, legal research, oratory, vocabulary, and observation).

When a graduate joins an office of a lawyer his constant focus remains on whether his senior will pay him/her, rather his/her focus should be on learning skills that his/her senior has and how can he/she do better than him after learning those skills.

As a beginner be consistent in attending courts, show up every day, learn the jurisdiction of each court, learn to draft all kinds of applications and most importantly learn HOW TO FIND RELEVANT CASE LAW FOR YOUR CASE.

Majority of the lawyers don’t know how to find a relevant judgement even if they found a relevant judgement they are not sure whether it has been overruled, but if you master this skill your learning curve in litigation will reduce drastically and you can become independent soon. 

One question every new lawyer should ask himself/herself that “Am I here to establish myself as a well-known lawyer or an obedient junior of a well-known lawyer?”.

Well, one should focus on doing quality internships rather than the number of internships. I would suggest choosing one area (civil/criminal etc) and then start interning under a good lawyer who has a good amount of cases in that field and sticking to it at least for 6 months.

Now how to choose which area one should select is to analyse which subject you understand easily. If you can understand IPC and other criminal minor acts easily choose criminal. If you can’t find out which subject excites you, choose any field and do it for some time. If you find it interesting go ahead, if not, change it but keep exploring until you find your area of interest. 

In order to sustain right after leaving college, one should start interning as soon as the first semester of the first year gets over. And keep interning till you graduate and if possible stick with one senior.

Till you graduate you will be familiar with all court procedures, also during the internship develop good relations with court staff they help you a lot while you are learning. Be updated with all the latest landmark judgments related to your field.

Read each and every piece of paper that comes to your hand while interning, and be so well-equipped that nothing should hinder your work after you graduate. When I was interning I just focused on learning how to get Bail.

I read everything about bail jurisprudence so while I was in my last sem I was able to draft bail applications for any offense on my own and due to this, my seniors used to faithfully rely on me. And when I graduated and got my Sanad within 6 months I secured 3 bails and got a bail rejected for one accused by appearing on behalf of the victim.

I would prefer to intern under a lawyer with a big name because the reason he has a big name is he has worked on a number of cases and has a good amount and variety of cases. When you work under a lawyer with a big name you get to handle a variety of cases.

When a person chooses to join a profession (lawyer, architect etc) he/she should not keep the expectation that his senior will hold his hand and teach him everything. One should learn by observing everything that his/her senior does and asking every doubt that comes to your mind without any hesitation. Spoon feeding will hamper your critical analytical skills.

I would advise that select one area of practice and master it, learn everything about it. Go deep rather than broad. Law is a vast field and there are ample opportunities available you just need to be prepared to grab those when they come.

Be enthusiastic and take initiative while working under any lawyer. Initially don’t focus on money focus on gaining knowledge and skill. Money and clients will automatically follow you.

Best of Luck!

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