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After IPC, Mumbai lawyer releases Urdu dictionary of over 50,000 legal terms
Sunday September 15, 2013 6:23 PM, Agencies

A Mumbai based lawyer, who has earlier translated the Indian Panel Code (IPC) in Urdu, has come out with another first, this time with a dictionary in Urdu language of more than 50,000 legal terms.

"For the first time in India, dictionary of legal terms have been translated in Urdu and made available for readers. The Urdu Law Dictionary named as "Qanoon Lugat" is the first of its kind in the country, and encompassing over 52,000 legal terms", said Muhammad Irshad Hanif, the chief translator.

Adv Irshad Hanif, who is the advocate on record in the supreme court of India, has earlier translated Indian Penal Code, 1860, Indian Evidence Act, 1872 in Urdu and has published two books namely "Taziraat-e-Hind" and "Qanoon Shahadat-e-Hind".

"It has a foreword written by Chief Justice of India (retd.) Altamas Kabir. Though the dictionary is focused on the Indian legal system, it will have wide usage even in the international sphere," Hanif said.

"Justice (retd.) Markandey Katju has been very kind enough to pen a foreword for the translations of the laws, which has been a matter of great encouragement," Hanif told media person here.

Top criminal lawyer Majeed Memon said these three translations would greatly benefit the legal fraternity.

"In my four decades in the legal career, I have never come across any law books in Urdu and this should help us all," Memon said.

Jamiat Ulama-e-Maharashtra legal panel member, lawyer Shahid N. Ansari said this is the first time that the line-to-line translation of the two laws is available in Urdu.

"It will immensely help the legal fraternity, especially the litigants to understand the legal nuances in their cases in courts," Ansari said.

He added that with these books, the ordinary litigants would be more empowered with correct knowledge of the laws and in a better position to understand their lawyers, rights and liabilities, as well as the legal proceedings in the courts.

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