Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Chief Justice of the Madras High Court A.P. Shah on Thursday criticised the “politicisation” of the Bar and the behaviour of a section of legal professionals.

Speaking after opening the library section in the name of Habibullah Badsha, Senior Advocate at the Madras Bar Association, at the Madras High Court campus on Thursday, Mr. Shah said it was unfortunate that politicisation had crept into the legal profession. This had prompted him to think whether the profession continued to enjoy a noble status.

While appealing to the senior legal fraternity to take up the role of teaching the juniors the basic ethics of the Court, the Chief Justice noted that the Bombay High Court did not allow any politicisation to creep in. In this context, he suggested that senior lawyers took the responsibility of moulding the younger generation.

Mr. Shah described the 75-year-old Mr. Badsha, who had completed 50 years of legal practice, as one of the leading lights of the Madras Bar. Former Judge of the Supreme Court S. Natarajan, while offering his felicitations, criticised the present tendency of legal professionals to owe allegiance to political parties.

He said it was unfortunate that the professionalism of the legal profession was not only degenerating but being degraded at all levels. “We must stand out as legal professionals as we provide justice to those hapless litigants,” Mr. Natarajan said, urging the seniors in the profession to shape and mould the younger generation.