Shanti Bhushan, Dushyant Dave pay heartfelt tribute to Justice Chelameswar

NEW DELHI, MAY 17: Just before Court No 2 rose for lunch today, Senior Advocate Shanti Bhushan gave a heartfelt tribute to Justice Jasti Chelameswar on the eve of his last working day as a Supreme Court Judge. Bhushan praised Justice Chelameswar for his courage, conduct, judicial approach and uprightness, and said that he is one of the greatest judges the Court has produced.
The former Law Minister drew a parallel between late Justice HR Khanna and Justice Chelameswar, given the fact that both these judges retired from Court 2 and did not make their way to the Chief Justice’s Court.
“He (Justice HR Khanna) sat in court room 2 and people talk about him all the time. His portrait is here. I am sure yours will be here soon”, Bhushan said to Chelameswar J.
Bhushan ended his tribute by saying that in his forty years of practice, Justice Chelameswar is one of the greatest judges that he has had the fortune of appearing before.
Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave joined in and said that it has been a privilege and pleasure of the Bar members to appear before a judge like Justice Chelameswar, adding that Bhushan’s tribute was befitting of a great judge.
Justice Chelameswar, visibly moved by these tributes in his honour, thanked the members of the Bar, Bhushan, and Dave. He also apologized for being harsh on the Bar at times.
“In the last 6 years and 10 months if I have been angry and unreasonable, it was not intentional and not because I had anything personal against anyone. It is only because of the lack of preparation or such reasons. I apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings.”
May 18 is Justice Chelameswar’s last working day as a Supreme Court Judge. He had earlier refused to accept the invitation to a farewell function that was to be organized for him by the Supreme Court Bar Association.