Altamas Kabir sworn in as Chief Justice of India

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    NEW DELHI: Justice Altamas Kabir was on Saturday sworn in as the 39th Chief Justice of India by President Pranab Mukherjee .
    He took over the post from Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia, who served as the CJI for nearly two-and-a-half years.
    Justice Kabir, 64, took the oath inthe name of God at a brief ceremony in the Ashoka Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
    Justice Kabir was appointed Supreme Court judge on September 9, 2005. He has delivered several landmark judgements, including on humanrights and election laws. He will have a tenure of nine months till July 18, 2013.
    Besides Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, several Union ministers were present at the ceremony.
    NDA working chairman L K Advani, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD leader Lalu Prasad were also present at the swearing-in.
    Born on July 19, 1948 in Kolkata, Justice Kabir did his LLB and MA from University of Calcutta and was made a permanent judge of the Calcutta high court on August6, 1990.
    He is part of the bench hearing the case of the two Italian Marines who allegedly shot dead two Kerala fishermen taking them as pirates.
    Justice Kabir headed a bench which recently decided the case of disqualification of MLAs by the speaker of the Karnataka legislative assembly. The bench quashed the speaker's order on disqualification of the MLAs who had defected from BJP.
    He also decided the important issue of whether an MP suspended from a political party can continue as MP.
    The bench headed by him held that even after being removed orsuspended from a party, the person can continue as MP and participate in its proceedings and shall be entitled to vote.
    He is also dealing with the petition filed by Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadavseeking review of the judgementordering a CBI probe into a case of disproportionate assets against them and members of their family. The verdict is reserved.
    Altamas Kabir sworn in as Chief Justice of India - The Times of India

    The first indian bengali muslim who becomes Chief Justice of India.
    I wish him every success.
    I hope his example will inspire the backward indian bengali muslim community to make progess in life and make important contribution for india.
     
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  3. Ray

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    Good for Altamush!

    No community is backward unless it wants to remains so.

    Why bring in issues that are irrelevant?
     
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    very inteligent man
     
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    He is known to be extremely honest
     
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    India, meet your future boss: CJI-to-be Altamas Kabir vs SH Kapadia (profiled by Court Witness)

    It’s four in the evening and shadows lengthen along the main corridor of the Supreme Court of India. It is Friday, a miscellaneous day, and all courts have completed their work in time to enjoy what passes for a busy lawyer’s weekend - Friday evening.

    All except one court.

    Here advocates bearing the burden of the crushing grind of the week wait impatiently as the court takes its own sweet time in getting through its “board” for the day.

    The court-masters envy their colleagues who will get their administrative work completed in time and enjoy an early Friday. Clients exhausted by the day long wait for their cases don’t cling to the partition separating the lawyers’ section from the visitor’s gallery but sit wearily in the visitor’s sections still bearing anxious and somewhat worried looks.

    Only one man sits calmly and goes through the proceedings with a quiet professionalism and ease, a smooth, calming voice and a freshness of mind that belies the fact that he’s nearly 64.

    Meet Justice Altamas Kabir, senior-most puisne judge of the Supreme Court of India.

    Boss in waiting

    Originally from the Calcutta High Court, Kabir was sworn in as judge of the Supreme Court of India in 2006. Strangely, like some of his predecessors from Calcutta (Justice SC Roy, and Justice AK Mukherjea), Kabir’s health took a serious turn for the worse upon getting to Delhi, affecting his Court work.

    Fortunately, he managed to get back on to his feet, slowly but surely and made a timely recovery back to work at the Supreme Court of India. Since then he’s heard a fairly wide range of cases and was most recently in the news for the review order in the Black Money case.

    Kabir will also take over from Sarosh Homi Kapadia as Chief Justice of India when the latter retires in September this year.

    He is also the polar opposite of Kapadia in seemingly every way possible.

    Manufacturing chalk and cheese

    The average miscellaneous day in Kapadia’s court is an hour or less of fire and brimstone, thunder and lightning. In Kabir’s court miscellaneous days are long marathons of slow and patient hearings that stretch sometimes beyond the official closing hour.

    The proceedings in Kapadia’s court are run with something approaching the ruthless efficiency of an iPhone assembly-line (too early?) as the thirty or forty matters are disposed of within the first hour of the Court’s sitting.

    In Kabir’s court on the other hand, proceedings are carried on in a sedate, but somewhat haphazard manner where one can never be sure when one’s matter will be called out. On some days urgent matters, or even three of four similar matters together, are taken out of turn.

    Advocates crowd around the court master after lunch trying to find out when their matters will be taken. Only sometimes do they come away enlightened.

    The Chagla school

    Kapadia’s speed of disposal could also be attributed to the fact that he’s usually read all the briefs beforehand and has already made up his mind in advance what to do in Court. Kabir however, is more in the mould of Justice MC Chagla who never believed in reading the briefs prior to the hearing or making up one’s mind in advance. He prefers to listen carefully, and at length if required, in Court to achieve just the same ends as Kapadia.

    Where Kapadia repeatedly expresses a deep and abiding contempt for out of turn mentioning (i.e., seeking relief in a matter that is not listed on that day), Kabir listens to advocates mentioning matters with just the same seriousness and thought that he gives to a regular listed matter.

    For junior counsel, arguing in Kapadia’s court is a strict no-no. You never know when your complete lack of knowledge of something or the other will be ruthlessly exposed to all and sundry. In Kabir’s court, it doesn’t matter if you’re someone just out of law school or Nani Palkhivala himself re-incarnated - you will receive a patient and friendly hearing.

    East v West

    In their backgrounds as well, Kapadia and Kabir could not be more different. Kapadia’s office-clerk-to-Chief-Justice-of-India story is well known.

    While Kabir didn’t exactly enjoy a bed of roses, he grew up in a milieu about as far removed from Kapadia as geographically and culturally possible: a family of well known public intellectuals and politicians, prominent to this day in Bengal politics.

    One could easily stereotype and see them as true-blue representatives of their respective cities and High Courts. Kapadia represents the efficient hustle and bustle of Bombay (as he prefers to call it) and the depth and knowledge in commercial law that practice in the Bombay High Court requires.

    Kabir perhaps represents a world fast disappearing — the slow, measured and gentlemanly ways of the Bengali bhadralok that reflects a fine, cultured and broad-minded intellect. Where Kapadia speaks with a strong Gujarati accent so characteristic of Bombay Parsis, Kabir speaks with an enunciation that smooths over his Bengali roots and places him somewhere firmly in Victorian upper class London.

    But emphasising the differences between them is perhaps mistaking form for substance.

    Different cut, same cloth

    For all their superficial differences, Kapadia and Kabir are more alike than they seem.

    Despite the alleged shenanigans involving their progeny (such as this and this) their personal integrity has never been seriously questioned.

    They are both very hard working judges held in deep respect by the Bar.

    They both share the hidden burden of running the administrative behemoth that is the Supreme Court of India, and carrying out all the responsibilities that come with the top two jobs in in the judicial fraternity.

    Kapadia leans on Kabir to head many of the numerous committees of judges that are in charge of various administrative issues within the Supreme Court in order to devote more time to his work as Chief Justice.

    In fact, just like that, Kabir has become the public face of the Supreme Court at a lot of functions and public meetings (including at the recent visit by the Pakistan SCBA to India), as Kapadia cloisters himself with his judicial and administrative work.

    Necessary toughness

    While Kapadia’s tough core seems evident and obvious, Kabir’s toughness is well hidden. Kabir doesn’t fly into a rage for the small inconveniences of everyday life.

    But when faced with a seemingly minor breach of propriety on the part of a lawyer, Kabir comes down harder than a megaton of bricks.

    Many advocates, and even some senior advocates, make the mistake of believing that Kabir’s gentlemanly nature makes him a pushover. When they push a little too hard, they suddenly find that they are at the receiving end of a thunderous tongue lashing in open court.

    One instance perhaps best illustrates the folly of going by appearances alone.

    A senior advocate, recently elevated and a well-known scion of a famous legal family, apparently mistook Kabir’s liberal attitude with mentioning matters for mere indulgence. When denied interim relief of early listing of his case (after a long-ish and patient hearing on Kabir’s part), instead of walking away with a shrug, he hung around at the Bar trying to butt in between other mentioning matters.

    He barely got a word in before Kabir flew into a rage. No no no Mr. _____________! This is completely unacceptable behaviour on the part of senior counsel. We have heard you and dismissed your plea and now you attempt to abuse our indulgence. This is appalling!

    The courtroom was silenced in an instant.

    Not only did he refuse early listing, he banned all advocates from mentioning matters seeking early listing, reminding them and a certain over-confident senior advocate exactly who’s boss in the courtroom.

    Handing over power

    Kapadia’s term as the Chief Justice of India will go down in the history books as the period when the apex court became the most powerful and respected institution in the nation (also, check out the link for another awesome Kapadia pic!).

    When Kapadia hands the baton over to Kabir in September this year, he knows he’ll be handing over to a person from literally the opposite end of the country from him in every possible way.

    Yet he’ll probably hand it over with the confidence that he’s giving way to someone just like him.

    Court Witness is an advocate of the Supreme Court of India and tweets @courtwitness1.

    http://www.legallyindia.com/Supreme...kabir-vs-sh-kapadia-profiled-by-court-witness
     
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    @ray da backward means economicly,educationaly,government service.
    bengali muslim's backwardness in education,economics,government service was addressd in sachar report.
    so altamas kabir's example is inspiring for them to concentrate more on school education than madrasa.
     
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    Again you are wrong.

    Check the police officers in high position in Kolkata and also in the districts.

    Who stopped the Muslims protesting in Kolkata over the anti Islam film in front of the US Centre?



    It was controlled by the Commissioner of Police. Shamin Jawed.

    I read the Bengal news.

    Two things I notice is that petty crooks are Muslim and most of the head honcho of the Police are Muslim officers!

    I don't find SCs or tribal amongst top chaps.

    I think they are the real backward.

    My only request is don't bring in religion in a normal event and that too make it a heart wrenching sob story of wretched some people are, giving purchase to the idea that India is an awful nation for the otherwise highly talented and yet Machiavellian manner done to deprive the Muslims!
     
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    When Major Bhaskar Roy got an MVC, did you find any Bengali stating the 'OMG finally the Bengalis have disproved the British skunkish trick of depriving Bengalis of their rightful status of being martial'?

    Such irrelevance would only make it appear juvenile and immature.

    Kabir was selected because of his seniority, and hopefully, competence, and not because he was a Muslim..

    He is a Muslim and hopefully will be an example for all, Muslim and others, that hard work and honesty and knowledge is the sole way to success.
     
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    Why is his religion being highlighted ? See his work not his faith or lack off.

    Agreed.

    The legal gossip is that there are more than 200 vacancies of judges in high courts throughout India and he will fill majority of them unlike the previous cji who didn't try filling the gap.
     
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    I would day spot on!
     
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    It looks like lately it has become the habit of few to bring the religion or highlight the same when someone succeeds after decades of dedicated work in his/her chosen field. I am getting fed up with this narrow vision and limited way of thinking. People who highlight the religion should also explain as to what kind of emotional satisfaction they get by doing it? In order to succeed anywhere in this world there is no need to wait for someone to reach the top and than hope rest will follow into their footsteps. Set your own goals and achieve them.
     
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    Altamas Kabir is the nephew of the famous Humayun Kabir, the great academician.

    He is from a affluent family from Faridpur (now in Bangladesh).

    His father, Jehangir Kabir, was an influential politician.

    One of CJI Altamas Kabir's greatest contribution is that as the Chairman of the National Legal Aid Services, he devised practices that made justice accessible to the poor.

    He will remain CJI for a year.. He retires on 18 July 2013.

    He inherits 3 crore pending cases!
     
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    How can you expect reforms, overhaul ? When CJI stays for a year and that too when the Govt is on shaky ground.

    This is malaise, of appointing heads for a few months and expecting miracles, is gnawing away at the foundations of institutions.
     
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    The recently retired CJI Kapadia was there for 16 months.
     
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    I think these two will be the last two honest judges we will see
     
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    Sorry, double post.
     
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    28 months. (12 May 2010 – 28 September 2012)

    It says, the FirstPost article.......

    Why CJI Kapadia was the man India needed in the SC

    by R Jagannathan Sep 29, 2012


    As Chief Justice Sarosh H Kapadia hangs up his robes at the end of today (28 September), he can look back on his 28-month tenure as the country’s highest judicial officer with a sense of quiet satisfaction.

    His court truly made history. It handed down several path-breaking verdicts (Vodafone, 2G, Salwa Judum, Gujarat 2002, Sahara, et al) that put the fear of god in the high and mighty, but, at the same time, ensured that judges did not go overboard by stepping into the area of policy-making which is the executive’s domain......

    Why CJI Kapadia was the man India needed in the SC | Firstpost
     
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    all a lawyer need is just some time to present his case, in SC they throw case out even before lawyer can say a word in 95% cases.
    Jp all are honest unless you prove them otherwise. Plus you cannot give selective certificate. Juges in Higher judiciary are honest, very tough processes for thei appointment, including IB internal report.
     
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    How come a dishonest man like KG Balakrishnan become a Judge of the SC and then CJI?

    If indeed there was an IB internal report, was it fudged?

    Political issues play an important part too.

    I wonder if one remembers that coot Narayanan's demand as a President so to say that a SC chap should become a CJI.

    KGB is a Christian and not an SC, but he was taken to be an SC.

    And Narayanan too is alleged to be a Christian masquerading as a SC.
     
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    Few bad apples always slip the net. The problem is that a good portion of judges are not of top quality, that doesn't mean they're crooks.
     

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