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Justice Ashok Bhushan’s Farewell- “He Will Be Remembered For His Judgments”: CJI NV Ramana

Justice Bhushan is retiring on July 4 but Wednesday (June 30) was his last working day. As he will be leaving for Allahabad before July 4th i.e., his official retirement date to attend the funeral ceremonies of his late mother and thus, will not be attending court till then

By: Sachin Jain, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, in his speech, said that many of the Chief Justices used to entrust complex cases to Justice Ashok Bhushan. Justice Bhushan will be remembered for his judgments, the CJI said.

Further, CJI said, “I recently came across an interview of Justice Bhushan’s where he rightly said- “The Judges are only known by their judgments. Judgments are the only true criteria for testing the mettle of a Judge. Judges delivering the greatest of decisions are justifiably remembered. Justice Ashok Bhushan will always be remembered for his judgments.”

Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association also said, “Justice Bhushan was an extremely humble person and extremely gentle to young members of the bar. He never let any lawyer feel he is unprepared even if he felt so or that the lawyer didn’t know the law. He always guided the junior lawyers. Even if you lost a case, you never felt dissatisfied in his court.”

Justice Ashok Bhushan was born in Jaunpur (district), Uttar Pradesh on July 5, 1956, to Late Chandrama Prasad Srivastava and Kalavathi Srivastava. He graduated in 1975 and obtained his Law Degree from Allahabad University in 1979 and enrolled as an advocate on April 6, 1979, in Uttar Pradesh.

On April 24, 2001, he was elevated as a permanent Judge of the Allahabad High Court, after holding more than 20 years of successful expertise in practice.

Later on, after completing his job as the Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, he was then elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on May 13, 2016.

A bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan, on his last working day, delivered a vital judgment in favor of persons who succumbed to COVID-19, concerning payment of Ex- Gratia Compensation to their families.

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