Chief Justice Of India: Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Friday said that Justice L.Nageswara Rao’s retirement is a big loss for the bench. He said that his lack of analytical skills and passion for justice will be felt by everyone. Justice Rao is the seventh person in the history of the Supreme Court to be appointed a judge of the apex court directly from the Bar. He is retiring on 7th June.
Addressing a farewell function for Justice Rao organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Justice Ramana said he played a key role in formulating the law and interpreting the Constitution. The CJI said that Justice Rao’s journey from a farming family in Andhra Pradesh to the top court of the country and that too without any godfather, would indeed inspire many young lawyers and judges.
Who has been appointed as the ASG of the two term country?
The CJI said that when he started practicing law in Delhi, there was no one to help him. Only because of his phenomenal talent did he get recognition at the national level. He was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India for two terms. In those years he left his mark as a hardworking and committed ASG. As an ASG, he argued many important cases.
Who appeared in the case of Subramanian Swamy vs Union of India?
Justice Ramana said he (Justice Rao) appeared in the Haider Consulting case in which the Supreme Court interpreted Section-31(7) of the Arbitration Act. He also argued the famous Subramanian Swamy vs Union of India case, which was a matter related to the constitutionality of criminal defamation. He appeared in many popular cases and was one of the most talked about lawyers in the country.
The CJI said that as a judge, Justice Rao played an important role in formulating the law and interpreting many important ideas of the Constitution and delivered several landmark judgments. SCBC chairman and senior advocate Vikas Singh said Justice Rao is a man of versatility. Apart from being an eminent jurist, he is the real custodian of the Constitution.