State Legal Aid Committee paysTributes to Justice P.N. Bhagwati
New Delhi: June 17, 2017. (PCP) State Legal Aid Committee chaired by Prof.Bhim Singh held a meeting at its Headquarters, New Delhi to pay homage to the former Chief Justice of India, Mr. P.N. Bhagwati who passed away on 15th June, 2017 in New Delhi. Several advocates from Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India gathered at Jantar Mantar and expressed condolences on the unfortunate demise of leading judicial personality in India who introduced concept of Public Interest Litigation and absolute liability to the Indian Judicial System.
Prof.Bhim Singh, Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee & presently Sr. Executive Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) expressed deep shock on the death of Justice Bhagwati whom he considers as a legal guide and philosophy and a teacher in legal jurisprudence. Prof.Bhim Singh said that it was Justice Bhagwati in 1973 who forced him to come in Advocate’s uniform when he (Bhim Singh) appeared in person in a Public Interest Litigation against the Govt. of J&K challenging the drastic amendment that the Govt. of J&K had introduced in the Ranbir Penal Code (in J&K Indian Penal Code is not applicable). It was Justice Bhagwati who made Bhim Singh to appear in the Supreme Court as a lawyer to take up Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
Prof.Bhim Singh reminded his lawyer friends that it was Justice Bhagwati who made him to constitute J&K State Legal Aid Committee to take up the legal matters in the public interest domain. Prof.Bhim Singh said that he has been fighting for the public interest since 1982 till date and that was only because of the tremendous inspiration he had been drawing from the blessings of Justice Bhagwati. Chief Justice Bhagwati was the Chairman Advisory Board of the State Legal Aid Committee, J&K and it was unique inspiration in this field which made Bhim Singh to fight on legal platform for justice and equity for the helpless and poor sufferers from different parts of the world.
Prof.Bhim Singh also visited the residence of Justice Bhagwati this morning and expressed heartfelt condolences to the wife of Late Mr. Justice P.N. Bhagwati and to his daughters.
Prof.Bhim Singh pledged that he shall continue his legal battle for the helpless and the deprived members of the society at home and abroad and that is the mission which he has inherited from his great legal inspirer in life.