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Felicitations to mark his 50 years at the Bar

New Delhi: Eminent speakers have recalled the contributions made by the former Attorney-General Ashok Desai to the legal profession at a meeting held here to mark his `50 years at the Bar.' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his message to Mr. Desai, said: "Your competence as a legal professional at the national and international levels and your reputation for creatively applying the principles of jurisprudence to a wide variety of cases have firmly established you as one of the legal luminaries of our country. Your contribution in understanding and interpreting law has enriched the domain of jurisprudence in India."

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam joined the Prime Minister in extending his felicitations to Mr. Desai. In her message to Mr. Desai, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said, "As Attorney-General and Solicitor-General of India, you have dealt with a host of vital and complex issues relating to the growth and integrity of the country with competence and dedication that are admirable."

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, in his message, said, "Mr. Desai is undoubtedly among the leading figures in the country's legal profession today. As an eminent lawyer, a distinguished law officer of the Government of India, a champion of human rights and rule of law in the country and in many other capacities, he has been serving the interests of the profession and the country with rare sensitivity, passion and commitment."

The former Chief Justice of India A.M. Ahmedi released a felicitation volume in honour of Mr. Desai at the meeting held on Sunday.

Fali Nariman, president of the Bar Association of India, which organised the meeting, recalled his long association with Mr. Desai. "Mr. Desai's entire legal career shows that it is not enough merely to know your law but important to know many things outside the law as well."

Lalit Bhasin, president, Society of Indian Law Firms; G.E. Vahanvati, Solicitor-General; and P.H. Parekah, president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, spoke on Mr. Desai's contributions in various branches of law.

Describing advocacy as an art of persuasion, Mr. Desai gave an account of the various cases in which he appeared and his experience with various judges.


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