Call it the Grace of the Almighty or the influence of blessed parental upbringing which inculcates the virtues of compassion, generosity and zeal in an individual to serve society and humanity. Drawing pleasure from his profession as an established legal luminary and his ardent passion to serve the needy, downtrodden and deserving victims of injustice by providing free legal aid to all, the well acclaimed advocate Mr. Raman Walia stands apart and above the rest thanks to these traits.
Hailed as a messiah by hundreds of poor farmers of the nearby sleepy village of Karoran, Mr. Raman Walia, armed with profound legal knowledge and expertise, turned out to be a legal saviour for the farming fraternity.
He stood like a rock with his Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which brought justice to the farmers when the Supreme Court of India set aside the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the entire land i.e. 3700 acres in Village Karoran was Forest land for the purpose of Section 2 of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980. The same being applicable on the entire Village Land had adversely affected the entire farming community while holding up the development of the entire area just neighboring Chandigarh, the City Beautiful.
Born on February 21, 1962 at Chandigarh, Mr. Raman Walia did his schooling from St. Johns High School, Chandigarh and graduation from DAV College, Sector 10.
He was always a meritorious student, adored by his teachers and fellow students as a socially oriented human being, the trait he has nurtured and relished till today.
Later, Mr. Walia secured his degree in Law from Panjab University and started his law profession as junior of Mr. Vinay Mittal, who was later elevated as Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
His father, Mr. Mahinder Kumar, was a senior officer in the Central Government’s Audit and Accounts department while his mother Mrs. Santosh Raikhy is a known educationist and a national award winner. She retired as Principal of Government Model School, Sector 16, Chandigarh. She also remained Principal of Government Model School, Sector 35.
Mr. Raman Walia got expertise in corporate and civil cases and became the Legal Advisor of a prominent multinational company in the field of immigration, education and real estate.
Besides handling the legal department of the company, he is also Standing Counsel of the Central Government in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He is known as an expert on Customs matters and has a reputation of cent per cent success in such matters, representing the Central Government in the High Court.
To ensure that he serves the community, Mr. Raman Walia decided to use his profession for the cause and any poor person can approach him for free legal advice or taking up cases in the High Court without any fee, even for the documentation.
He is involved in providing free education to poor students through an organization of which he is a Legal Advisor. He is also associated with some other social organizations focussing on the welfare of the poor and the needy.
Besides being an acclaimed advocate, Mr. Raman Walia is a devoted husband and father. He is married to Mrs. Meenakshi Walia, a lecturer in the Chemistry department of Government College for Girls, Sector 11, Chandigarh.
The couple is blessed with two sons. The elder son, Shivam, has completed his degree in Computer Engineering (Hons) from the prestigious BITS Pilani and has set up his business in Dubai. The younger son, Shrey, is a medical student.
Mr. Raman Walia prefers spending quality time with his family. As his children grew, they became his top priority and for them he even scarified his social life.
Mr. Raman Walia is a widely travelled person and has travelled to the Middle East, USA, Canada and many other countries several times.
Too heavy a workload and stress go hand in hand and Mr. Raman Walia is no exception to this. However, he has never allowed stress to have an impact on his self and his long working hours. Mr. Walia never misses his morning walk, which relieves him of stress. He also prefers listening to light music.