Chief Minister Narendra Modi said he had “never seen a court premise in his life, not even been given a parking ticket ever”, at the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Bar Council of India held here on Saturday.
Refraining from making any political comment, Modi 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 neither 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 in February last year, made it clear that Gujarat was chosen for the closing ceremony because of the “way the wind was blowing”. Praising Modi, 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”.
Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, where the two-day event was 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 of the Patna High Court also attended the event, the highest number from one High Court.
The event was inaugurated by Supreme Court (SC) Justice K S 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 the Gujarat High Court justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya also spoke on the occasion.