BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that he had never seen a court premise in his life or even been given a parking ticket ever, at the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Bar Council of India (BCI) held on Saturday, which he presided in the presence of Supreme court and high court judges.
Refraining from making any political comments Modi, who looked visibly tired, said, “This is a field in which I am not worthy enough to say anything because never in my life was I booked for a case of even parking on the wrong side. I have never gone to any advocate’s office nor have seen any court premises… if I have seen courts they were only in films”.
The BCI whose golden jubilee celebration launch was presided over by Prime minister Manmohan Singh last February, made it clear that Gujarat was chosen for the closing ceremony because of the “way the wind was blowing”.
Praising Modi, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said, “Mahatma Gandhi is reborn in Narendra Modi.”
In his welcome address, Mishra said “We chose Gujarat for this programme after looking at the atmosphere in 2014”, in an advertent reference to the ‘Modi wave’.
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Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar where the two-day event is being held was packed with thousands of lawyers who came from various districts of the state to celebrate completion of 50 years of BCI. Five judges from Patna High court are attending this event, the highest number from any one high court.
The event was inaugurated by Supreme Court (SC) justice KS Paniker Radhakrishnan while it was presided over by justice (SC) Anil R Dave. Besides them SC justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhyaya, justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, justice Jasti Chelameswar, Chief Justice of Maharashtra and Goa justice Mohit Shantilal Shah, Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya also spoke on the occasion.