MADURAI: `A lawyer without a book is a warrior without a weapon,' concurred all speakers at the opening ceremony of six new sections in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court Bar Association (MMBA) Library here on Saturday.
In his address, Justice P.D. Dinakaran said, a good library is a must for the success of a lawyer. "We (Judges) cannot write a good judgement without your (advocates) contribution and books are inevitable for you to contribute."
Justice K. Ravirajapandian worried that most of the lawyers in the Madurai Bench were appearing before him without books, "which was not expected of a good lawyer". He urged the bar members to always carry books while arguing a case.
"I want to enrich myself through your learning," quipped Justice Makena Eswara Patrudu. The MMBA president, Isaac Mohanlal, said that the new sections in the library had been established with the help of philanthropists, including serving judges, retired judges and senior lawyers practising in the Madras High Court as well as Supreme Court.
While Justice P. Jyothimani and Justice R. Regupathi, who were the erstwhile members of the association, had contributed many books from their own library, the retired judge of Madras High Court, K. Ramamurthy, had donated Rs.3 lakhs for the cause. The president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, P.H. Parekh, and senior counsel, P.P. Rao, who is also practicing in the apex court, had contributed Rs.1 lakh each. Besides, T.V. Masilamani, senior counsel practicing in the Madras High Court, contributed Rs. 1 lakh. "As of now, the library has 10 sections. Still, we are in need of more donors for filling up the remaining vacant shelves," said Mr. Mohanlal.