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Justice Chelameswar hailed for ‘upholding democracy’

New Delhi, May 18: Supreme Court judge Justice Jasti Chelameswar, who is retiring on Friday, shared a bench with Chief Justice Dipak Misra on his last working day and lawyers praised him saying he did a “great job in upholding democracy”. As the bench was about to rise for the day, Justice Chelameswar won the praise of lawyers. Senior advocate Rajiv Dutta thanked him saying he “upheld the ideals of democracy” during his stint as judge in the apex court. Advocate Prashant Bhushan also thanked Justice Chelameswar for his service in judiciary saying he “did a great job in upholding democracy”. “The Bar will always remember him,” he added. It is a custom and practice of the Supreme Court that on his last working day, a retiring judge shares bench with the Chief Justice in Courtroom number one.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Misra, Justice Chelameswar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud on Friday sat for approximately 15 minutes, as only 11 matters were listed before the bench and out of which 10 were transfer petitions related to matrimonial disputes. Justice Chelameswar had turned down the SCBA’s request to participate in a farewell function it wanted to arrange for him, saying he wanted his retirement to be a “private affair”. The 65-year-old judge — is one of the four top court judges who held the unprecedented press conference in January saying “all was not well” on the administrative side of the Supreme Court. (IANS)

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