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In a major victory for Common Cause, the Supreme Court on Aug 2, 2017, imposed a hundred percent penalty on mining companies indulging in illegal mining on account of lack of forest and environment clearances, mining outside lease/permitted area and for mining in excess of what has been allowed.

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Team Introductions

Anumeha- Senior Research Analyst

Anumeha- Senior Research Analyst

Anumeha is a Senior Research Analyst at Common Cause.  She holds post-graduate degrees in political science and social work from Delhi University and has been working on issues of governance, environment and human development for more than 10 years. Before Common Cause, she was engaged with Association for Democratic Reforms, as the coordinator of the Political Process Reforms unit and Chintan, an Environmental & Research Group, in capacity of a Project Manager & Coordinator.

Anumeha.jha@commoncause.in

Divyanshu Singh-Assistant

Divyanshu Singh-Assistant

Divyanshu has been with Common Cause since August 2014 as an assistant. He is a graduate with 5 years experience in field work and is keen on pursuing law in future.

Divyanashu.singh@commoncause.in

Hemlata Singh-Secretary to the Director

Hemlata Singh-Secretary to the Director

Hemlata is the Private Secretary to the Director and has been with Common Cause for 7 years. She holds a B.A. (Hons.) degree in History from M.D. University Rohtak, Haryana and has more than 20 years experience in administration.

Hemlata.singh@commoncause.in

Manoj Kumar-Office Assistant

Manoj Kumar-Office Assistant

Manoj has been an Office Assistant with Common Cause since 2011. He is a matriculate and is passionate about music and playing tabla.

Pallavi Sharma-Legal Consultant

Pallavi Sharma-Legal Consultant

Pallavi is a Legal Consultant with Common Cause. After a yearlong stint of commercial practice at a Delhi-based law firm, she moved to full-time public interest and human rights advocacy in 2014. She is a graduate of National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and has recently completed her Master’s in International Human Rights Law from University of Oxford. She is interested in censorship, freedom of expression and gender issues.

Pallavi.sharma@commoncause.in

Pankaj Gupta-Head, Administration and Accounts

Pankaj Gupta-Head, Administration and Accounts

Pankaj had been associated with the Eicher Group of Companies for over forty years with expertise in accounts, administration and management. He joined Common Cause as the Head of Accounts and Administration Department in July 2014.

Pankaj.gupta@commoncause.in

Shakeb Ayaz- Research Officer-cum-Assistant Editor

Shakeb Ayaz- Research Officer-cum-Assistant Editor

Shakeb is a New Delhi based journalist, associated with Common Cause as Research Officer-cum-Assistant Editor since August 2015. He started as a freelancer in 2003 after graduating in Political Science from Patna University. An alumnus of AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, Shakeb has worked with India’s national newswire services – United News of India (UNI), Press Trust of India (PTI) and Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). His core areas of interests are mass mobilizations, elections and socio-political protests. He is also associated with Lokniti-CSDS as an associate researcher.

shakeb.ayaz1@gmail.com

Swapna Jha-Senior Legal Consultant

Swapna Jha-Senior Legal Consultant

Swapna is the Senior Legal Consultant with Common Cause since 2010 and has vast experience in drafting public interest litigations and engagement with public authorities on issues of public concerns. After pursuing law from Delhi University, she worked as a corporate lawyer for 11 years and after a brief sabbatical of about four years, moved full-time to human rights research and advocacy.

Swapna.jha@commoncause.in

Vipul Mudgal, Director, Common Cause

Vipul Mudgal, Director, Common Cause

Dr. Mudgal has been a journalist, activist and media scholar in India, the UK, and South East Asia. He has held senior editorial positions at the Hindustan Times, India Today, BBC World Service and Asia Times. A doctorate in Media Studies from Leicester University, Dr Mudgal also heads a project called the Inclusive Media for Change at the CSDS, where he has earlier been a visiting Senior Fellow and founding Director of the Publics and Policies Programme. He joined Common Cause as Director and Chief Executive in March 2015.

Vipul.mudgal@commoncause.in