Hon’ble Supreme Court judge Justice Rao, the seventh in the history of the apex court who was elevated directly from the Bar, says “goodbye” and took the retirement after serving for over six years as the judge of the Apex court and fondly recalled his advocacy days as well.
“Even today I feel that that side (advocates) is much better than this side and given a chance I would be there for my lifetime. Thank you very much. It has been a good sojourn for me. I have learnt from brother and sister judges and I hope that I live up to your expectations because I am from this Bar,” he said.
Moved by the good wishes from the members of the Bar and Attorney General K.K. Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Justice Rao said that he wanted to apologize if he had hurt the lawyers during the court proceedings by raising his voice.
“And the pressure of work sometimes gets to us because we are not monks. I know that sometimes I have raised my voices a few times at least to drown the voices of lawyers,” he said.
Justice Rao said that he would prefer to be a lawyer for his entire life and said, “When I was elevated, I had told Justice Gogoi, with whom I used to sit for a while, that I still think like a lawyer and he said you continue to do that, and that will help you to understand lawyers better.” Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana, who was heading the ceremonial bench, said that he and Justice Rao had started the advocacy practice from the same place in Andhra Pradesh.
During an emotional ceremony, NV Raman said, “He is a first-generation lawyer. He had no godfather and no support. I wish him and his family all the best. It is a very emotional day, we started our careers together and after some time I will also demit. and He has been strong support for me,”
The CJI indicated that Justice Rao would be heading the Hyderabad international arbitration center after demitting office on June 7.
Justice Ramana CJI said that he was reserving his further comments for the farewell function to be organized by the SCBA in the evening.
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