New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who held the court for the last time on Monday with his 13-month tenure coming to an end, said that all cases are equally important for the judges, irrespective of whether they are concerned with rich or poor.
“All cases are equally important to us. Tears are tears, whether of the rich or the poor,” said outgoing CJI Misra while speaking at the farewell function organised at the premises of the Supreme Court.
CJI Misra, who will retire on Tuesday, said that Indian judiciary is the “most robust institution” in the world and young lawyers were assets having potential to develop the jurisprudence.
“Our judiciary has been strongest judiciary in the world having capability to handle mind boggling number of cases,” he said.
The outgoing CJI said, “Justice must have human face”.
“History can be sometimes kind, and unkind. I don’t judge people by their history but by their activities, perspective,” the CJI said.
“In my whole career as a judge, I never dissociated myself from the lady of equity,” Justice Misra said.
“I am indebted to Bar at every level and go from here with satisfaction, he added.
CJI Misra also said that he hoped that the good things said about him were not just out of courtesy.
“When Supreme Court Bar Association connects a judge with ground reality, it’s a strong bridge. It doesn’t mean that judges aren’t aware of reality but I am talking of the needed bridge to connect. It connects us to belong and it matters,” he said.
The outgoing CJI said that several people have asked him to write an autobiography, adding that if he chooses to do so, its title would be “No Rhetoric”.
He spoke after Chief Justice of India-Designate, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, praised him saying that his greatest contribution has been to civil liberties and cited his recent verdicts in this regard.
Justice Gogoi, who is set be become the new head of the Supreme Court on October 3, showered praises on the outgoing CJI at the event.
“Justice Misra has continuously upheld the freedom of the individual, freedom to choose… He has supported women’s rights. His words have inspired people,” he said.
Justice Gogoi said “if we fail in endeavour to hold true to our Constitutional ideals, we will continue to kill, hate each other”, and added that the judges in the Supreme Court are all committed and they will remain committed.
“We live in times when what we should eat, wear have stopped being little things of our personal lives,” Justice Gogoi said while addressing the farewell function for the CJI.
Ranjan Gogoi spoke on various judgments delivered by CJI Dipak Misra, including those of Navtej Singh Johar, Tehseen Poonawalla, Charu Khurana and the National Anthem.