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Judge warns against silence by ‘law men’

The silence of “law men” does more harm than the violence of lay men, Justice Kurian Joseph said in his farewell address on Thursday.

The Number Three judge in the Supreme Court, who was termed a “compassionate, humanitarian judge” by the Supreme Court Bar Association, lawyers and fellow judges alike, retired after a tenure of over five years.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said in an emotion-choked voice that he was losing a “personal friend” .

Justice Kurian said he was retiring with a clean conscience. “I have served as a judge without fear or favour for anyone. I do not claim to be perfect, no one can, I believe,” he told a packed crowd on the Supreme Court lawns.

He said judges should practise “constitutional compassion”. “Compassion from the court is not the charity of a judge, it is the bounden duty of a constitutional court,” Justice Kurian said.

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