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  May 2016
  April 2016
Messanger of Legal Knowledge

Memoirs - Events - Views and Expressions

Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha- A Judge with the highest integrity and ability, he delivered the judgment of Election Petition filed against Mrs. Indira Gandhi and disqualified her. On 24th June , 1975 emergency was imposed and a large number of opposition leaders, wor k ers and those opposed to her act i on were arrested. I wa s also one among those arrested because o f m y active parti c ipat i o n in " Sampoorna Kranti" movement headed b y Lok Nayak Jaipraka sh Narayan.

After the internal emergency was over, I went to Allahabad to meet Justice Sinha. The day was Sunday and without seeking a ny appointment I went to meet him at his residence . I saw a person i n the lawn in a very ordinary dress watering the plants. I enquir e d from him whether Justice Sinha was inside . He took me to a visitor s' room and asked me, "Where have you come from and what is y ou r purpose of visit?" I told him that I was from Uni v ersal Book Trade rs, Delhi and just wanted to pay my regards . He asked me to h ave a chair. Then I realized that I was talking to Justice Sinha . I sa i d , " Sir , I am sorr y , I could not recognize you. I have r ead much ab out you i n the Newspapers and somewhere it wa s men t ioned that the Judgment of Election Petition " Ra j Nara i n v. I n d ira Gan d hi" w a s typed by you. " He said , " Yes , the concluding port i o n w as t y ped b y me, " and showed me an old Rem i ngton typewr it e r on a sid e table i n the adjoining room.

Last year I was glancing through a book " Co ur t i n g D estiny", an Autobiography of Shri Shanti Bhushan, a Senior Ad v ocate and former Law Minister . One of the chapters is a Tribute to J ust ice Jagmohan Lal Sinha wherein the author has mentioned that Just ice Sinha was always keen to maintain the dignity and prestige o f a Judge in the Court . The day when Mrs. Gandhi was to appea r i n his court , before calling Mrs. Gandhi to the court room he anno u n ced in the packed court room that according to court tradition , peop le rose from their seat only when a Judge entered the c ourt room a nd for nobody else, so the people should not rise w he n th e wi tness enters the court . When Mrs . Gandh i entered the court , nobod y r ose except her own senior counse l Mr . S . C . Khare , who also onl y hal f r o se. It is worth mentioning here tha t Mr . Shant i Bh u sh an was a Senior Counsel of Mr. Raj Narain in that his t orica l c a s e.

(Refer page no. 16 of the book)

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