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Chief Justice Shah regrets “politicisation” of Madras Bar

Special Correspondent

Doubts whether the profession continues to enjoy noble status

— Photo: M. Vedhan

LAW BOOKS: A.P. Shah, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, inaugurating a section in the Madras Bar Association’s library, named after Habibullah Badsha, a senior advocate, in Chennai on Thursday. Habibullah Badsha (left) is in the picture.

CHENNAI: Chief Justice of the Madras High Court A.P. Shah on Thursday criticised “politicisation” of the Bar and the behaviour of a section of legal professionals.

Speaking after opening the library section in the name of Habibullah Badsha, Senior Advocate in the Madras Bar Association, on the Madras High Court campus, Mr. Justice Shah said it was unfortunate that politicisation had crept into the legal profession. This had prompted him to think whether the profession continued to enjoy a noble status.

Appealing to the senior legal fraternity to take up the role of teaching the juniors the basic ethics of the Court, the Chief Justice noted that the Bombay High Court did not allow any politicisation to creep in. In this context, he suggested that senior lawyers take up the responsibility of moulding the younger generation.

“Leading lights”

Mr. Justice Shah described the 75-year-old Mr. Badsha, who had completed 50 years of legal practice, as one of the leading lights of the Madras Bar.

Former Judge of the Supreme Court S. Natarajan, offering his felicitations, criticised the present tendency of legal professionals to owe allegiance to political parties. It was unfortunate that the professionalism of the legal profession was not only degenerating but was also being degraded at all levels.

“We must stand out as legal professionals as we provide justice to those hapless litigants,” Mr. Natarajan said, urging the seniors in the profession to shape and mould the younger generation.

In his speech, Mr. Badsha said he owed everything to his senior, S. Govind Swaminathan, under whose guidance he was able to make a mark in the legal profession.

Donation

He announced an initial donation of Rs.30,000 towards creating a corpus fund to equip the libraries at the district-level courts with the required law books.

Advocate General G. Masilamani presented a memento to Mr. Justice Shah and Mr. Natarajan. T.V. Ramanujun, President of the Madras Bar Association, thanked Mr. Badsha for his donation of Rs.1 lakh for setting up an exclusive section in the Madras Bar Association Library.

S.M. Loganathan, secretary, said the initial donation of Rs.30,000 announced by Mr. Badsha for creating a corpus fund to equip the libraries at district-level courts was a “boon.” The Madras Bar Association would continue to donate law books to these courts.

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