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Chelameswar gets compliments from top lawyers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Justice J today received glowing compliments from top lawyers for his judicial approach, with former law even equating with Justice H R Khanna, the lone dissenting voice in a verdict that had upheld suspension of fundamental rights during

The remarks by and came a day before the court adjourns for summer vacation which could also be the second last day of his judicial work.

Justice Chelameswar, the senior most after (CJI) Dipak Misra, has been at loggerheads with the CJI after he had led three judges -- Justices Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and -- to an unprecedented press conference on January 12 for alleging arbitrary allocation of cases.

The judge, who demits office on June 22 during the vacation, has refused to accept the invitation of the to attend a farewell ceremony in his honour.

hailed Justice for his "courage, judicial approach and uprightness" and said he was one of the greatest judges of the top court and drew parallel between him and late legendery Justice H R Khanna, who was superseded by a junior during the Indira Gandhi rule.

Justice was in a minority in the infamous ADM Jabalpur case that had held that the State has the power to suspend fundamental rights even the right to life during

Bhushan's views found an echo in the tributes given by Dushyant Dave, who said that former law minister's tribute was befitting of a

"He (Justice HR Khanna) sat in court room 2 and people talk about him all the time. His portrait is here. I am sure your's will be here soon," Bhushan told Justice

Bhushan said in his decades-long professional career, Justice Chelameswar was one of the "greatest judges" that he has had the fortune of appearing before.

After Bhushan ended his tribute, Dave joined in and said it has been a privilege and pleasure of the Bar members to appear before a judge like Justice Chelameswar.

Visibly moved by these tributes, Justice Chelameswar thanked the members of the Bar, Bhushan and Dave. He also apologised for being harsh on the Bar at times, saying it was not intentional.

"In the last 6 years and 10 months, if I have been angry and unreasonable, it was not intentional and not because I had anything personal against anyone. It is only because of the lack of preparation or such reasons. I apologise if I hurt anyone's feelings," Justice Chelameswar said.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 22:10 IST