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Justice Gambhir retires after landmark verdict on women in Navy

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Delhi High Court Judge Justice Kailash Gambhir, who delivered a landmark judgment last week allowing women to get permanent commission in the Navy, has retired. A full court reference giving him farewell was held in the High Court on Friday.

A Division Bench headed by Justice Gambhir had observed that it would not allow “sexist bias” to block women’s progress and held that women can now have full-term service in the Navy and enjoy retirement benefits, including pension.

High Court Chief Justice G. Rohini, Additional Solicitor-General Sanjay Jain, High Court Bar Association president Rajiv Khosla and Delhi government Standing Counsel Rahul Mehra spoke at the reference.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Gambhir remembered the lathi-charge on lawyers on the Tis Hazari courts premises in 1988 and the bomb blast at the High Court’s reception counter in 2011 as the “most painful incidents”.

Justice Gambhir had also delivered a significant judgment in the famous BMW hit-and-run case, highlighting several issues including drunken driving, insensitivity and apathy of the government for public safety on roads, faulty police investigation, media hype and hostile and dishonest witnesses.

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