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B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Phil, LL.B

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G-11, Gaiety Palace, No. 1, Blackers Road, (Near Casino Theatre), Chennai – 600002



Manuraj Shunmugasundaram is one of the founding Partners of Ganesan and Manuraj Legal LLP and an Advocate practicing at the Madras High Court. He is also a National Media Spokesperson for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Party.

Mr. Manuraj is known for his understanding and sharpness in dealing with and assisting Senior Counsels in complex constitutional and criminal matters. He is adept at handling intricate subjects with utmost diligence. He has significant experience in handling Civil cases, Criminal cases and Consumer Disputes, specifically in cases involving Medical negligence, and has an in depth understanding on matters pertaining to Writs and other Constitutional issues. Mr. Manuraj is also well versed in Election laws, having appeared in various election matters of national significance. He has represented parties in high profile cases of alleged money laundering and other economic offences.

Mr. Manuraj has always worked to advance the cause of responsible politics, participatory governance and social justice. He was the former Founder Director of Vaagai Advisory, a public policy research and political consultancy firm. He has also worked as a Policy Advisor to Members of Parliament. It was his Petition before the Madras High Court in S. Sushma & Anr vs. Commissioner of Police & 22 Ors. which led to the landmark order wherein detailed guidelines were laid down to incorporate sensitization programme at the grass root level of administration for the welfare of the LGBTQIA+ community.

In June 2015, Mr. Manuraj was appointed a National Media Spokesperson for the DMK party, an exceptional and prestigious honour for a person under 35 years of age. He has regularly participated in news discussions and talk shows on English news channels such as NDTV, India Today, CNN News 18, Times NOW and NewsX and Tamil news channels including Puthiya Thalaimurai, Thanthi TV and News7. In all of his over 100 such appearances, Mr. Manuraj has strived to elevate the level of debate through meaningful deliberation of political and legal issues. In addition, he is a regular writer on contemporary policy issues and legal developments for the Times of India, Huffington Post and Indian Express. He has also published articles in The Hindu, Scroll and Caravan magazine.

Mr. Manuraj has enhanced his knowledge on International legislation drafting and public policy In November 2010, and he was selected as a Fellow of the Legislative Fellows Program organised by the US State Department in Washington DC. In July 2013, Mr. Manuraj participated in the European Union Visitor Program, with fellowships in Brussels, Strasbourg and The Hague. In January 2014, Mr. Manuraj was part of the Australia – India Youth Dialogue in New Delhi and Hyderabad and in recognition of his work and contributions, he was appointed as the Chair of the AIYD Steering Committee. In August 2017, Mr. Manuraj was part of an all-India delegation to Israel under the Project Interchange program.



2012 – 2015 University of Delhi, New Delhi LL.B.

2005 – 2007 Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. Master of Philosophy (Physics)

2005 – 2007 ANU Master Degree Tuition Scholarship

2005 – 2007 ANU Master Departmental Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering (RSPhysSE) Scholarship

2005 – RSPhysSE Honours Scholarship

2001 – 2005 Australian National University, Canberra. Bachelor of Science (Honours)

2001 – 2005 ANU International Undergraduate Scholarship



2019: Chair Person, Steering Committee – Australia India Youth Dialogue Advocate (2016)

Member of the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Bar Council, Republic of India (2016)



Contact information


G-11, Gaiety Palace,
No. 1, Blackers Road, (Near Casino Theatre),
Chennai – 600002

+91- 98995 73745, +91- 44 2854 0646



Mon – Fri : 9:30 AM – 5.00 PM

Sat : 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Plot No.79, 501, 5th Floor, M.B.House,
Janmbhoomi Marg (Ghoga Street),
Fort, Mumbai – 400001.

+91- 98995 73745, +91- 44 2854 0646



Mon – Fri : 9:30 AM – 5.00 PM

Sat : 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM