New Delhi: Outgoing senior girl Supreme Court docket decide Justice Indira Banerjee on Friday, September 23, hoped that extra ladies could be appointed as judges of the highest judiciary within the coming days. Justice Banerjee, who’s the fifth senior-most decide within the apex courtroom could be demitting workplace after serving for over 4 years. In addition to her, different ladies judges within the apex courtroom are Justices Hima Kohli, B.V. Nagarathna, and Bela M Trivedi. Justice Banerjee was the eighth girl decide to be appointed to the Supreme Court docket and now along with her retirement, there could be three ladies judges within the apex courtroom.
The Supreme Court docket, which got here into being on January 26, 1950, has seen only a few ladies judges since its inception and within the final over 72 years – solely 11, beginning with Justice M Fathima Beevi in 1989. Different feminine judges appointed to the apex courtroom had been – Justices Sujata V Manohar, Ruma Pal, Gyan Sudha Misra, Ranjana P Desai, R Banumathi, and Indu Malhotra.
On the final working day, Justice Banerjee shared the ceremonial bench with Chief Justice of India U U Lalit who praised her contribution to the judiciary in her over two-decade-long profession.
“All of us can be lacking our sister, Justice Banerjee. In twenty years of judicial profession, she has given all the things. Arduous-working – sure. Clever – Little question. She has all of the qualities which a decide ought to have. All of us can be lacking her on the bench and naturally, she is going to all the time stay in our hearts. So, good luck sister! Want you all one of the best!,” stated the CJI.
Justice Banerjee, who was elevated to the highest courtroom on August 7, 2018, from Madras Excessive Court docket the place she was the Chief Justice, acknowledged the help of the bar in judgements delivered by her. She recalled her first day within the high courtroom because the decide saying that it appeared identical to the opposite day when she was sharing the bench with Justice (since retired) Dipak Misra on August 7, 2018.
“I acknowledge the help which I’ve acquired from the members of the bar. If I gave judgments, it was due to their (legal professionals’) help,” she stated, including that the apex courtroom bar is “very sturdy, impartial and clever”.
“I do hope that there can be extra ladies sooner or later…Hope there’s cooperation for the weaker, and there be equality and justice within the shortest span of time. Thanks all,” she stated in her concluding remarks.
The retirement of justice Banerjee would convey down the variety of serving judges within the high courtroom to 29 in opposition to the sanctioned energy of 34 together with the CJI. The SCBA (Supreme Court docket Bar Affiliation) would maintain a proper perform to bid farewell to Justice Banerjee, the senior decide among the many 4 ladies judges within the high courtroom, within the night.
As per the Structure, Supreme Court docket judges retire on the age of 65. Legal professional Basic Okay Okay Venugopal, Solicitor Basic Tushar Mehta, SCBA president, and senior advocate Vikas Singh paid wealthy tributes to Justice Banerjee on her final day in workplace.
“We’ve got only a few ladies judges on the bench and it is vitally unhappy that we’re shedding the most effective amongst them,” the highest regulation officer stated.
Justice Banerjee, born on September 24, 1957, did LL.B from the Faculty of Regulation of Calcutta College and enrolled as an advocate on July 5, 1985. She practised each within the Authentic and Appellate Sides of the Calcutta Excessive Court docket in all branches of regulation besides Felony regulation, with appearances within the Supreme Court docket, different Courts, and Tribunals.
She was elevated as a everlasting Choose of Calcutta Excessive Court docket on February 5, 2002, was transferred because the Choose of the Delhi Excessive Court docket on August 8, 2016, and in addition grew to become the chairperson of the Delhi State Authorized Companies Authority. She was sworn in as Chief Justice of Madras Excessive Court docket on April 5, April 2017, and was later elevated as Supreme Court docket Choose on August 7, 2018.