With the country’s eight highest justices staring down from their perch, no lawyer had the time to look at the notes. Srikant Srinivasan, at least, couldn’t.
He has argued many cases before the eight justices of the US Supreme Court, with mixed results. On Wednesday he was arguing in a different body, for a different client.
Chandigarh-born Srinivasan appeared before a senate committee to argue for his confirmation to be US judge for the District of Columbia circuit.And he was not using notes once again. If confirmed Srinivasan will be the first Indian American to be appointed to a federal court. There is much riding on his lean shoulders.
The hearing was attended by Indian American congressman Ami Bera, and the first and only Hindu congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, another Indian American whose rise in the US judicial system is being closely watched: district attorney Preet Bharara.
Is he likely to go through? The committee was certainly impressed. What objections could anyone have to your appointment, asked senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat.
“You have done a fine job today,” said Republican senator Ted Cruz.
Saroja Srinivasan, who came to the US with her husband when Srinivasan was four said, “He is very hardworking and humble.” A distinctly proud mother, who had just heard some very tough politicians say extremely good things about her son.