Judiciary is not a 9-to-5 job, says the Chief Justice
Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir was so moved with the warm felicitation given to him here on Saturday that he refused to take off the heaps of garlands from round his neck even when Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda tried to help him remove them.
Justice Kabir’s face was fully covered with the garlands after several people garlanded him, leaving no space for another one despite a long line of people waiting to garland him. “Once I went to Garhwa [in Jharkhand] and 400 people were waiting to welcome me. I was overwhelmed with their gesture, and my face was covered with garlands. I had to take them out four to five times then. And I witnessed it here today [on Saturday]. I am overwhelmed with the love and kindness!” said Justice Kabir after allowing the garlands to be removed.
This is the Chief Justice’s first visit to a State since assuming office in New Delhi recently. Justice Kabir had earlier served as Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.
Speaking on “Judicial excellence in dispensation of justice”, Justice Kabir pointed out that some lawyers charged astronomical fees, adding that the poor should be given legal help so that justice can be delivered to the rich and the poor alike.
“Some lawyers charge astronomical fee and only some clients can afford it,” he said, expressing concern over the poor meeting their legal expenses.
He asked the judiciary to come up with something “extra” to help deliver justice to the rich and the poor.
“As Justice [Supreme Court judge] S.J. Mukhopadhaya said, judiciary is not a 9-to-5 job,” Justice Kabir.
In his speech earlier, Justice Mukhopadhaya had said that judiciary was not a 9-to-5 job and asked judicial officers to do their homework perfectly so that they are well prepared to deal with the next day’s work.
Besides Mr. Munda, other dignitaries present during the ceremony were Supreme Court Judges Gyan Sudha Misra and Aftab Alam; Madras High Court Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal; Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice P. C. Tatia and a host of judges from Jharkhand and other legal luminaries. — PTI