For completing 50 years of legal service
CHENNAI: Senior advocate Habibullah Badsha was on Wednesday felicitated on completing 50 years of legal service that was a balance of professional excellence and selfless social service.
A host of speakers lauded Mr. Badsha as a role model, secularist and champion of minorities’ rights at the felicitation organised by The Muslim Educational Association of Southern India (MEASI), Southern India Educational Trust, Anjuman-E-Himayath-E-Islam and Omeiat.
Justice Ibrahim Khalifulla, Madras High Court Judge, said Mr. Badsha had balanced a distinguished career in the Bar against various activities borne out of a concern for the poor. The crowning glory in the advocate’s 50-year-long career was his appointment as Advocate-General of Tamil Nadu, a demanding role which too he served with merit.
Another hallmark for someone who has completed such a long stint was that he never appeared perturbed or lost his cool to provocations, Mr. Justice Khalifulla said. Also not for him were the gimmicks to disrupt the flow of the opposing counsel’s arguments, he said.
Describing Mr. Badsha as a sincere and honest advocate, Justice K.N. Bhasha, Madras High Court Judge, unveiled another facet of the man who not only impressed judges with his erudition and grasp of nuances of law but also his ability to enliven the courtroom with his wit.
The Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, resorted to “Shayari” to lionize Mr. Badsha and at the same time to acknowledge the latter’s love for Urdu verse.
Apart from being widely respected and admired as a professional, Mr. Badsha was also known to render unreserved help to anyone who approached him, he said.
Former civil servant Moosa Raza, former MEASI president Mohamed Hashim, director of Apollo Hospitals M. Rafeeq Ahmed, MEASI president Ameenur Rehman, former vice-chairman of State Minorities Commission Kamal Sheriff and U. Mohamed Khalilullah and T. Rafeeque Ahmed also spoke.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Badsha said he was overwhelmed by the regard and affection shown to him from colleagues and friends from all walks of life. “When the heart is full, the words are few,” he said.