A spectacular beginning

A rare honour.

A rare honour.  

IT IS a lively spectacle of magnificence.

The call was for the inauguration of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, and the response was overwhelming.

It was a rare come-together of advocates, judges, party functionaries, officials and the people. Legal luminaries, including the Chief Justice of India, R.C. Lahoti, were present at the much-awaited commissioning of the Bench, a 32-year-old dream of litigants in this part of the State.

Thousands of advocates representing Bar associations in the southern districts thronged the city to witness the historic occasion. At the stroke of 4 p.m., Mr. Lahoti inaugurated the Bench as mild showers swept through Ulaganeri, 10 km off the city on the Madurai-Tiruchi National Highway. The majestic buildings were lit up with colourful lights, and the beautiful landscaping and greenery added to the magnificent spectacle.

Representatives of political parties were present at the function. The `pandal' with a capacity of 3,500 seats was full, hours before the scheduled time, and a host of judicial officers and their families occupied the front rows.

Mr. Lahoti drove straight to the venue and unveiled the statue of Angel of Justice and Mahatma Gandhi. He went around the 12 air-conditioned court halls and opened the operations formally by sitting at a court along with the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, B. Subhashan Reddy. The Madurai Bar Association president, K. Vellaichamy, argued a case.

From Vijay Kumar S.

Photo: S. James

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