A judge must withstand all pressures and odds and stand up bravely against all obstacles, Justice N V Ramana, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court has said.
Justice Ramana, the next in line to become Chief Justice of India (CJI), was speaking at a condolence meeting in memory of Justice A.R. Lakshmanan, former judge, Supreme Court, who passed away in August this year.
The greatest strength of the judiciary is the faith of the people in it, the judge remarked, days after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy wrote a letter to the CJI S A Bobde casting aspersions on his integrity.
Many associations of lawyers have already condemned CM Reddy’s letter.
Paying homage to late Justice Lakshmanan, Justice Ramana said “Faith, confidence and acceptability cannot be commanded, they have to be earned. I believe Justice Lakshmanan epitomized all the required qualities of being one of the best judges this country has seen”.
Justice Lakshmanan has left the world after making a mark on the lives of thousands of people and will always remain in our memory, Justice Ramana said in tribute.
Justice Lakshmanan was born on March 22, 1942, in Sivaganga District of Tamil Nadu. He was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court in the year 2002. He served the Supreme Court for five years before retiring in 2007.