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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 partner of the 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.

Manuraj is known for his understanding and sharpness in dealing with and Assisting Senior Counsels in complex constitutional matters. He is adept at handling intricate subjects with utmost diligence. He has a significant experience in handling Consumer Disputes, Cases involving Medical negligence, Civil and criminal cases and has an indepth in understanding matters pertaining to Writs and other Constitutional issues. He has represented parties in high profile cases of alleged money laundering and other Economic offences. Manuraj is mostly sought after for Legal Advice on Election Laws.

Manuraj has always worked to advance the cause of responsible politics, participatory governance and social justice. Manuraj 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.

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, Manuraj has strived to elevate the level of debate through meaningful deliberation of political and legal issues. In addition, Manuraj is a regular writer on contemporary policy issues and legal developments for the Times of India, Huffington Post and Indian Express. Manuraj has also published articles in The Hindu, Scroll and Caravan magazine.

Manuraj’s has enhanced knowledge on International legislature drafting and public policy. In November 2010, Manuraj was selected as a Fellow of the Legislative Fellows Program organised by the US State Department in Washington DC. In July 2013, Manuraj participated in the European Union Visitor Program, with fellowships in Brussels, Strasbourg and The Hague. In January 2014, Manuraj was part of the Australia – India Youth Dialogue in New Delhi and Hyderabad. In August 2017, 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