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Bar troubles Chief Justice walks out after office- bearers fight over proceedings PHOTOS: NAVEEN JORA

SQUABBLING between two members of the Supreme Court Bar Association ( SCBA) marred the celebration of Law Day on Monday. On this day, 63 years ago, the Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly.

Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir and several sitting and retired judges of the Supreme Court waiting for the start of the event walked out in a huff after the spat between SCBA president P. H. Parekh and secretary K. C. Kaushik on the dais.

The incident took place on the lawns of the apex court after Kaushik, who was on the podium, announced the arrival of the Chief Justice and asked the SCBA president and vice- president to escort him to the dais.

At this point, Parekh rushed to the podium, pushed Kaushik aside and announced that he ( Kaushik) had been suspended and was no longer the secretary.

Kaushik then grabbed the microphone from the podium and told Parekh to stick to his job and let him conduct the proceedings. All this happened in the presence of the Chief Justice, judges and law minister Ashwini Kumar. Kabir and the judges then decided to walk out.

Sanity was restored after attorney general G. E. Vahanvati, on a request by lawyers, took charge of the event, organised every year by the SCBA. With Vahanvati taking charge, the Chief Justice and judges agreed to come back. The attorney general invited the Chief Justice and the law minister to the dais, and in keeping with tradition, also asked Parekh to take a seat on the dais.

Vahanvati then invited Kabir and Kumar to light the lamps to mark a formal beginning to the function.

The law minister praised the judges of the Supreme Court for keeping the spirit of the Constitution alive over the years.

Kabir talked at length about the justice delivery system and on the need to introspect on whether the vision of the founding fathers had been fulfilled.

Sanity restored after attorney general takes charge of event

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Date:Nov 27, 2012
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