Legal fraternity welcomes Justice Thakur as new Chief Justice of India

State Legal Aid Committee, J&K today welcomed the new Chief Justice of India, Justice T.S. Thakur who enjoys tremendous credibility as a jurist and popularity as a justice. Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate & Executive Chairman of the State Legal Aid Committee also presented red-rose flowers to Chief Justice, Mr. T.S. Thakur who was administered the oath of office at Rashtrapati Bhawan this morning by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of members of the lawyers fraternity from all over the country.

Several lawyers also came from J&K and presented flowers and bouquets. They included M/s. H.C. Jalmeria, O.P. Sharma and others.

Prof.Bhim Singh while addressing the members of the State Legal Aid Committee expressed hope that the cases shall be heard on the basis of urgency to ensure that justice is not delayed or denied. He in a welcome letter addressed to the new Chjef Justice of India hoped that the State Legal Aid Committee in the Supreme Court shall be activated so that justice is not delayed as it has been happening for the past 10/15 years. He said that all cases concerning human and fundamental rights of the citizens shall be taken on priority. He also hoped that the cases pending in the Supreme Court concerning human rights and civil liberties shall be taken on priority. He appealed the revolutionary Chief Justice to take up all human right cases including those connected with fundamental and civil rights of the citizens as well as others within the meaning and scope of Article 21 of the Constitution of India which applies to the citizens of India as well as to the non-citizens.

Prof.Bhim Singh hoped that the revolutionary Chief Justice shall come true to the expectations of the wretched of earth and the penny-less justice seekers in the country.

Prof.Bhim Singh has been fighting in the courts and the streets for the poor, helpless and penny-less human beings and made a history in the field of human rights and speedy justice for those who could not dream even entering the doors of the High Courts or the Supreme Court.   

Bhim Singh urged SC to ‘save this temple of justice’ from NJAC as wisdom lies in daring

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate and petitioner-in-person while arguing his petition before the Constitution Bench this afternoon argued vehemently to quash National Judicial Appointments Commission Act as well as 99th Constitutional Amendment in the Indian Constitution to save independence of judiciary in the interest of democracy and rule of law.

He told the 5-judge Constitutional Bench headed by Mr. Justice Mr. Justie Jagdish Singh Khehar and comprising JJ Mr. Justice J. Chelameswar, Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph & Mr. Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel that the independence of judiciary has been threatened by a draconian Act called NJAC in the process of appointment of judges to the High Court and to the Supreme Court. In his brief arguments Prof.Bhim Singh submitted,

“That I, myself was protected and has survived by the mandate of Article 21 of the Constitution of India when this (Supreme Court) even find Rs.50,000 to ask the Govt. of J&K to pay compensation against his illegal arrest and wrongful confinement. The State (the power that be) would like to scuttle the independence of the judiciary which is evidence that the latest NJAC has been empowered to veto the decision of the three-sitting judges of the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice of India by a veto of two ordinary members. He further said that the appointment of two eminent persons is a fraud on Constitution as one of the members has to be from the reserved category which is unknown in the history of judicial appointments. He said that the veto power vested in two members can defeat the entire process of appointing Judges to the higher judiciary including that of Chief Justice of India, Chief Justices of the High Courts as well as Judges of the Apex Court and the High Courts. This is totally unnatural, undemocratic and unacceptable in democracy. He submitted the day people shall loose faith in the judiciary, the democracy will be under a threat and there is a serious threat to the integrity, unity and sovereignty of the nation.

Prof. Bhim Singh appreciated the bold and positive decision of the Chief Justice of India to opt out of the selection committee of the three persons floated by the Government to select two eminent persons. He said this is a mockery that eminent persons have not been defined and they could be Amitabh Bachchan or Ambani or Adani or even Lata Mangeskar as they are among the foremost eminent persons. Shall these eminent persons nominate the next Chief Justice of India, the judges of the Apex Court and the Chief Justice of the High Court. This is an attempt, he submitted, to demolish the independence of judiciary in the country to please the corporate houses as well as money and muscle power.

He urged the Constitution Bench to act boldly and fairly as wisdom lies in daring, to save this (judiciary) from the assault of draconian commission NJAC.   

Bhim Singh urged Supreme Court to act with wisdom & daring in NJAC case

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate and petitioner-in-person while arguing his petition before the Constitution Bench this afternoon argued vehemently to quash National Judicial Appointments Commission Act as well as 99th Constitutional Amendment in the Indian Constitution to save independence of judiciary in the interest of democracy and rule of law.

He told the 5-judge Constitutional Bench headed by Mr. Justice Mr. Justie Jagdish Singh Khehar and comprising JJ Mr. Justice J. Chelameswar, Mr. Justice Kurian Joseph & Mr. Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel that the independence of judiciary has been threatened by a draconian Act called NJAC in the process of appointment of judges to the High Court and to the Supreme Court. In his brief arguments Prof.Bhim Singh submitted,

“That I, myself was protected and has survived by the mandate of Article 21 of the Constitution of India when this (Supreme Court) even find Rs.50,000 to ask the Govt. of J&K to pay compensation against his illegal arrest and wrongful confinement. The State (the power that be) would like to scuttle the independence of the judiciary which is evidence that the latest NJAC has been empowered to veto the decision of the three-sitting judges of the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice of India by a veto of two ordinary members. He further said that the appointment of two eminent persons is a fraud on Constitution as one of the members has to be from the reserved category which is unknown in the history of judicial appointments. He said that the veto power vested in two members can defeat the entire process of appointing Judges to the higher judiciary including that of Chief Justice of India, Chief Justices of the High Courts as well as Judges of the Apex Court and the High Courts. This is totally unnatural, undemocratic and unacceptable in democracy. He submitted the day people shall loose faith in the judiciary, the democracy will be under a threat and there is a serious threat to the integrity, unity and sovereignty of the nation.

Prof. Bhim Singh appreciated the bold and positive decision of the Chief Justice of India to opt out of the selection committee of the three persons floated by the Government to select two eminent persons. He said this is a mockery that eminent persons have not been defined and they could be Amitabh Bachchan or Ambani or Adani or even Lata Mangeskar as they are among the foremost eminent persons. Shall these eminent persons nominate the next Chief Justice of India, the judges of the Apex Court and the Chief Justice of the High Court. This is an attempt, he submitted, to demolish the independence of judiciary in the country to please the corporate houses as well as money and muscle power. The hearing continues.