Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde expressed happiness and satisfaction as he spoke about his past experience on the day of his retirement on April 23, 2021.
He was sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India in November 2020, and decided several important case including the Ayodhya verdict.
“I must say that the last day has evoked mixed feeling which is difficult to describe. I have been a part ceremonial bench before but did not feel such mixed feeling which could enable me to say things clearly,” he said.
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“I leave this court with happiness, goodwill with very fond of memories of wonderful arguments, excellent presentation, good behaviour, commitment to the cause of the justice from not only Bar but all connected with it,” he said in the court.
Speaking about the transition to virtual mode during COVID-19 pandemic, he said it would not have been possible without registry. He also stressed on the need for improvement in virtual hearings.
“Advantage was that hearings were homely as I could see hills behind lawyers, sculpture and paintings behind lawyers including guns and pistols. The painting behind SG Mehta has been removed now,” he said.
“I leave with the satisfaction that I did my best. I hand over the baton to Justice NV Ramana (48th CJI) who will I am sure very ably lead the court,” Bobde said.
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