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“Lawyers should first respect judges”

If the judiciary goes down in the estimation of people, it will be the end of democracy, former Advocate General Habibullah Badsha said on Saturday.

Delivering the N.T. Vanamamalai lecture on ‘Professional Ethics - The fine tuned part of the Noble Profession,' he stressed that the lawyers should first respect the judges, saying that if the lawyers did not respect the judges, the clients would also follow the same line. “You should not paint the entire judiciary with the same brush,” he said.

Stating that Govind Swaminathan and N.T. Vanamamalai were the two lawyers to set the standards in the legal profession, he said NTV was an outstanding lawyer, a social activist and wonderful human being. He also explained how NTV would make a point without raising his voice. “He was firm but polite,” Mr Badsha said.

Senior CPI leader R. Nallakannu, a long-time associate of NTV, recalled the days he appeared for him and others in the Nellai conspiracy case and how the judge appreciated the legal acumen of NTV.

Justice R. Ragupathi, who had worked as a junior to NTV, released the biography of the late lawyer, Karaiserkum Yuirthudupai, penned by advocate S. Arunachalam.

Justice T. Sudanthiram released an audio CD on NTV produced by advocate P. Ezhil Nilavan. Justice K.N. Basha said when he was appointed as Judge of the High Court, he stitched a coat and made NTV to wear it before he wore it. “I am still using the coat,” he said. Senior Advocates R. Krishnamoorthy, R. Gandhi, NG.R. Prasad, Vaigai, CPI leaders D. Pandian and S.S.Thiyagarajan and many others participated.

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