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Justice Chelameswar shares dias with CJI on his last working day

Justice Chelameswar, who has been at loggerheads with the CJI maintained the tradition of sharing the dias with CJI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Justice J Chelameswar

Justice J Chelameswar, the senior most of the who had virtually revolted by holding a controversial January 12 presser, on Friday shared dais with of India Misra on his last working day.

Justice Chelameswar, who retires on June 22, sat in a bench headed by the CJI along with Justice D Y Chandrachud as Friday was the last working day before the apex court goes for the long summer vacation.

It is the custom in the top court that a retiring judge, on his last day, is given the honour of sitting with the CJI in the majestic Court no 1.

Justice Chelameswar, who has been at loggerheads with the CJI over the functioning of the apex court including the allocation of sensitive cases and on recommendation of judges for appointment to higher judiciary, maintained the tradition of sharing the dias with the CJI.

The ended the speculation among the legal circles that he would not be a part of the bench. The speculation had gained momentum after he had refused the invite of the Bar Association which was preparing a farewell function for him on Friday.

A large number of people, besides lawyers and litigants, thronged the court room this morning. There was no mentioning in the court no 1, which is usually flooded with cases and where 11 matters were listed for today.

The bench sat for a brief period and rose for the day at 11:15 AM.

Rajiv Dutta, advocates and gave short farewell speeches to

Bhushan thanked for "upholding democracy" and said,"On behalf of the Bar, I would like to say that it was an honour to have appeared before you. Future generations will remember your contribution to democracy and to the country."

Dutta thanked the for "upholding the ideals of the institution", while Sankaranarayanan expressed his gratitude towards him for the grace he has shown towards junior members of the Bar and said this would always be remembered and appreciated.

left the courtroom with folded his hands.

He had earlier declined an invitation from the SCBA for his farewell function citing personal reasons.

The judge also told the members of the bar that he had not accepted a farewell earlier when he was moving out of the to another high court.

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 16:44 IST
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