Monika Arora

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Monika Arora
Born (1973-08-28) 28 August 1973 (age 50)
EducationPost-graduate degrees in law
Alma materHindu College, Delhi University
Years active2007-Present
OrganizationGroup of Intellectuals & Academicians (GIA)

Monika Arora (born 28th August 1973) is an Indian lawyer practicing in the Supreme Court of India, the High Court of Delhi and District Courts.[1][2] She represents Government of India as its Standing Counsel in Delhi High Court.[3][4]


Arora graduated from Hindu College, Delhi University, with post-graduate degrees in law.

She won many awards and scholarships during her student life including Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) and ShastriIndo-Canadian Scholarship for research abroad, when she studied at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She also received Sahitya Shri Award from Hindi Sahitya Sammelan for her contribution in the field of education.

She served as president of Delhi University Students Union from 1993 to 1994.[5]


She was enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi in 2007.

She has appeared for many high profile cases such as,

  • She represented the Ministry of Home Affairs in the case where prayer was sought to lift the ban on the documentary on Nirbhaya case namely “India’s daughter”. [6]
  • She represented New Delhi Municipal Council in the Court to get the illegal slaughterhouses closed in Delhi.[7]
  • She represented the Government of India in cases filed regarding regulating transport aggregators namely Uber, Ola.
  • She represented Government of India in a case filed regarding Decriminalization of Marital Rape.[8]
  • She represented Dinanath Batra et. al. against The Hindus: An Alternative History, a book by Wendy Doniger for “heresies and factual inaccuracies” in the book. In an out of court settlement, the publisher Penguin India agreed to "pulp" all the copied of the book. [9][10]

Monika Arora in the media



Leading a group of Women advocates, she mentioned the Nirbhaya incident urging Chief Justice, Delhi High Court to take suomotocognizance and monitor the probe in the Nirbhaya rape case. Suomoto cognizance was taken by Delhi High Court thereafter. National Council Teachers Education (NCTE) had to include Sanskrit in the languages to be opted for Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET) in June 2011 following a PIL filed by her.


  1. "SC lawyer dispels myths about CAA". Tribune India. 29 December 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2020. Dispelling myths and misinformation surrounding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Supreme Court lawyer Monika Arora said the Act was not meant to take away
  2. "CAA in line with the Indian Constitution: SC lawyer". Hindustan Times. December 21, 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2020. Supreme Court lawyer Monica Arora on Saturday accused political parties of spreading lies about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 and fomenting trouble across the country.
  3. "HC seeks JNU's reply on pleas challenging decision to conduct open-book exams". Live Mint. 10 Feb 2020.
  4. "Monika Arora". Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  5. "Delhi University Students Union, Former Presidents of DUSU". Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  6. "Delhi HC refuses plea to lift ban on airing BBC gangrape documentary 'India's Daughter'". The Economic Times. 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  7. September 2, P. T. I.; September 2, 2015UPDATED:; Ist, 2015 20:05. "No illegal slaughter done in North Delhi area: NDMC to HC". India Today. Retrieved 2020-03-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. "With Social Stigma and Rampant Illiteracy, Will Declaring Marital Rape an Offence Help Women?". News18. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  9. "Penguin withdraws book on Hindus after court case". Reuters. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  10. "Penguin to Withdraw Wendy Doniger's 'Controversial' Book". Retrieved 2020-03-02.

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