Born on 02nd September 1951. Completed law in 1976 and has been practicing in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court. Expertise area is service and labour laws. Has appeared before the courts for the workers in thousands of cases. During the last 12 years, besides doing the usual professional work, lot of work has been done for the rights of the children and particularly for the children belonging to the weaker sections of society. Public Interest Litigation has been specifically used as a tool to highlight the socio-legal grievances of the poor and downtrodden. Several articles have been written in the past on the draft right to education bill which has to some extent influenced the framing of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
OUTLOOK MAGZINE writes, “Call him the scourge of Delhi's education babus and the owners of upscale private schools. Or, call him an indefatigable fighter for good schooling for the capital's poor and powerless. Lawyer Ashok Agarwal is both. His brahmastra is the PIL: for 10 years now, Social Jurist, the lawyer's collective set up by Agarwal, has forced accountability upon a reluctant system, by successfully moving the courts. It has alerted them to admission irregularities, the abysmal lack of basic amenities, and dereliction of duty by teachers and principals in state-run schools. It has forced checks on extortionate fee hikes by private schools. If children from poor families are now being admitted free to Delhi private schools that took cheap land from the government but reneged on social commitments, and if a three-year-old is no longer subjected to an admission interview, this down-to-earth man of action has a lot to do with it.”