‘Always played with straight bat’

Justice Ganguly retires: ‘law for butcher,baker’

Written by Krishnadas Rajagopal | New Delhi | Published:February 3, 2012 12:02 am

Reminding that the law is made primarily for “the butcher,the baker and the candlestick maker”,Justice A K Ganguly on Thursday hung up his black robes,leaving it to the world to judge his time on the Bench.

“This is the end of my innings as a judge. I don’t know how well I played it,but I played it with a straight bat. It is for you to judge how I performed,” the retiring judge said in his farewell speech at the Supreme Court lawns on Thursday evening.

The ‘judgment’ of his judicial conduct,however,came earlier than expected from Attorney General G E Vahanvati,who represented the government of which Ganguly has at times been critical.

“Justice Ganguly has been a tough judge,but I say it as a compliment. Fighting corruption has been dear to Justice Ganguly throughout his career,” Vahanvati said.

Justice Ganguly’s retirement coincided with the judgment in the 2G case,whereby 122 UAS licences and spectrum allocation was cancelled by the Bench he shared with Justice G S Singhvi.

On a personal note,Justice Ganguly said he found strength in the stalwarts of the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia said the retiring judge had “earned appreciation from all on the judicial side”.

The CJI referred to how Justice Ganguly started his legal career with Sankardas Bannerjee,“a colourful lawyer in Calcutta Bar”,and was closely associated with Mohitos Majumdar,who “ingrained in him constitutional values in human rights”.

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