GUWAHATI, JULY 23, 2022: A new law firm partnered by three young legal minds, “ASD Legal & Associates” was formally inaugurated in Guwahati on Friday. Hafiz Rashid Ahmad Choudhury, former law teacher at Sokoto University in Nigeria and former Chairman of the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim inaugurated the firm. He expressed the hope that firm will assist their clients in understanding the position of law, and rights, and liabilities. He said, “I firmly believe that this firm partnered by young legal practitioners will help their clients settle the cases through available mechanisms, and they will also help transact business taking care of all the legal compliances.”
Sarfaraz Nawaz, one of the three partners, is a ranker all through. In his HSLC exam in 2002, he secured the 7th position in the Board; later the 1st rank in law examination from Gauhati University in 2012. He cleared the Assam Judicial Service (AJS) exam with a 1st rank in 2014 and joined service as a Judicial Officer. He mostly dealt with criminal trials and juvenile justice during his various postings at Guwahati, Hojai, Mangaldai, and Abhayapuri. He resigned from his job about two years ago in order to explore law beyond prescribed service rules.
The other partner, Surajit Das, completed his Integrated BA LLB hons course from JB Law College in 2012 and LLM from Gauhati University in 2015. He too had joined the AJS in 2015 and served at Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Boko, and Dhubri. He held various posts including Judicial Magistrate, SDJM, and Principal Magistrate Juvenile Justice Board. He resigned from service in 2021. On being asked about the reason for resignation, he said “I was an umpire while in service, now I want to be a batsman playing the ball!”
The third partner, Aman Wadud, did his LLB from Bangalore in 2010 and went to Delhi to practise at the Supreme Court. But later he came back to Guwahati realising that he could serve the state better from here. Subsequently, he got a scholarship to participate in an intensive course on Statelessness conducted by Melbourne Law School, Australia. He had also addressed seminars at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and Columbia Law School in the USA. Last year, he received the Fulbright scholarship and went to University of Texas to do his Masters in law. During his stay in the USA, he was featured by prestigious publications such as the Time Magazine and New York Times.
The inauguration on Friday was attended by the legal fraternity, both from Assam and other states of India.