Justice (retired) M H Kadri of the Gujarat High Court passed away early on Sunday at his residence in Navrangpura. He was 72 and is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Kadri suffered a massive cardiac arrest past midnight, sources said.
On Februrary 28, 2002, when the post-Godhra riots broke out in the city, Kadri, then a sitting judge of the Gujarat High Court, was asked by the then Chief Justice D Dharmadhikari to shift out of his official residence near Gujarat College after his colleague Justice Akbar Divecha’s house was attacked.
Justice Kadri, with his daughter, wife and an ailing 85-year-old mother, moved to Muslim Society in Navrangpura area for personal safety, raising questions on the administration’s ability to protect even judges. Justice Kadri chose never to speak on the episode in public.
Noted human rights lawyer M M Tirmizi said that Kadri was in good health until his last day. “Justice Kadri was a very straightforward and soft-spoken person besides being honest and efficient in his personal and professional life,” said Tirmizi.
Born in 1942, Kadri belonged to a family of legal luminaries. He was the grandson of the late Sir Mehboob Kadri who was a district judge from 1915 to 1930. His father was an additional sessions judge. After graduation, Kadri started legal practice in the Gujarat High Court on civil and criminal cases.
He was appointed assistant public prosecutor and later additional public prosecutor in 1976. Subsequently, in 1987, he was appointed judge in the Ahmedabad city civil and sessions court.
Later, he was promoted as additional principal judge in 1994 and then as principal judge in January 1995 of the same court. He was elevated to the Gujarat High Court as additional judge in September 1995 and confirmed as a permanent judge in 1997. He retired in June 2004.