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Suresh, Mayur (2019) 'The “Paper Case”: Evidence and Narrative of a Terrorism Trial in Delhi.' Law and Society Review, 53 (1). pp. 173-201.

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Through an ethnography of a terrorism trial that followed bomb‐blasts in Delhi in 2008, this article seeks to understand the centrality of files and documentary practices to the production of legal truth. By following key documents regarding the case against one man I call Fahad, I argue that the truth produced in a trial crucially depends a chain of seemingly insignificant certificatory practices‐the signatures, countersignatures, stamps, and seals that appear on documents. What emerges in the account I provide is that juridical truth is less a matter of finding ‘what really happened,’ and more about the competition between narratives that depend on the certificatory correctness of humble sheets of paper.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISSN: 15405893
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Law and Society Association. This is the accepted manuscript of an article published by Wiley in Law and Society Review, available online:
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2018 10:44

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