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Bhabatosh Banerjee: A tribute

Captain WA Sangma

Bhabatosh Banerjee, senior advocate, sportsman, social worker, and a resident of Ulubari, Guwahati left for his heavenly abode on October 4 due to sudden cardiac arrest. Late Banerjee was ailing since long but in spite of his strong will power he attended the court to protect the interests of his clients.

Late Banerjee was born at Golaghat on August 30, 1948. He had his early education at Golaghat and after HSLC examination, he was shifted at Imphal where his elder brother was working and he took admission in Imphal College and graduated from Imphal College under Gauhati University. During his college life, he proved himself as a good sportsman. He was the best badminton player of the college. After graduation, Late Banerjee did his Masters in Political Science from Gauhati University. Thereafter, he served at Sorupathar College as a lecturer.

Meanwhile, he took admission at Jorhat Law College and completed his LLB. under Gauhati University in the year 1978. Late Banerjee thereafter shifted at Gauhati and joined in the Gauhati High Court Bar Association on March 31, 1978 under the able guidance of senior advocate, Bijay Das.

Late Banerjee served as government advocate of the Government of Assam and senior government advocate of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. During his 41 years of continuous practice, he proved himself his ability in all the streams of law. He was sincere, honest, dedicated, punctual and a good friend of the poor and downtrodden clients.

He fought for the cause of poor Harijans who were retrenched from service. During Gauhati High Court sports meet, he was declared as the Best Badminton player. Late Banerjee was a good singer though not stage artist those who were his close associates enjoyed his songs. As a lawyer, his drafting was excellent, submission was precise but to the point. He was having very good practice having clients from the entire northeast. After brief recovery from his ailment, he again resumed practice nut he never took fees from his clients till he could finish his argument in the case. The reason was that after taking fees if he failed to argue the case it will be injustice to the clients and unethical on his part. That was the spirit of Late Bhabatosh Banerjee. He had strong will power that even after the chemotherapy session, when he felt better he went to the Court and argued the case and came back home.

The death news of Late Banerjee came as a bolt from the blue amongst the advocates circle, a large number of his juniors, advocates, well wisher attended his residence to pay last homage to his departed soul. His funeral was attended by members of the legal fraternity, judges, magistrates and well-wishers. He was 71 and is survived by wife and son who is an advocate of Bombay High Court. His death was widely condoled by different organizations of Guwahati. Today on the occasion of his Adya Shraddha, I pay my homage to his departed soul.

Subhash Chandra Biswas

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