Despite many “legal giants” practising in the Calcutta High Court, very few of them are seen doing so in Delhi, said Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir who was in the city to launch a book.

“We need more of Calcutta to shake Delhi up as well,” said Justice Kabir here on Friday.

Justice Kabir who was launching an e-book‘The High Court at Calcutta 150 Years: An Overview’ and the website of the Indian Law Institute said that the young lawyers present at the event “will remember with pride what the Calcutta High Court has been.”

“It is they who will carry forward the Calcutta High Court in its path of glory. They are the future.” he said.

Stating that the publication of the e-book on the history of the Calcutta High Court was “long overdue” Justice Kabir said, “The publication of the e-book and the launching of the website will greatly benefit many people who have no idea about the 150-year history of the Calcutta High Court.”

Perhaps last visit as CJI

This is perhaps his last visit to the Calcutta High Court as the Chief Justice of India, he added.

Emphasising the need to bring out high quality research work, Justice Kabir pointed out that the Indian Law Institute in Delhi has published many important works of research on significant legal issues such as legislation regarding contempt of court, legislative restrictions and copyright laws.

The event was also attended by the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, Arun Mishra and Justice Indira Banerjee.


  • “Publication of e-book on history of Calcutta High Court long overdue”

  • Emphasises need to bring out high quality research work