Jurist Habibulla Badsha was an amazing person and he always did what he thought was right, Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Group of Hospitals, said on Sunday.
Speaking at the launch of the book ‘When Mercy Seasons Justice’ - The Life and Times of Habibullah Badsha authored by historian V. Sriram, he recalled how they had met in the 1950s as college students.
“It was for an event in which the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was to address students. I had chosen the Presidency College grounds and I went to meet their chairman and it turned out to be Badsha, and that was the beginning of a life long relationship,” he recalled. The former Advocate General was also a founder-director of the Apollo Hospitals.
Recalling his long association with Badsha, Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali said that on many occasions, he had fought cases for free for clients who could not afford any fees.
Chief Justice of the Manipur High Court R. Sudhakar recalled how his guru’s home was always open to friends and family.
He said Badsha and his wife were a couple who should be emulated and added that their home was witness to many an intellectual discussion.
Mr. Sriram said he had used large passages from Badsha’s memoirs in the book. His memoirs reflected the life of the Muslim community and the anguish they felt during Partition.