President launches former CJI Bhagwati's memoirs

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 15:50 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday launched memoirs of former Chief Justice of India P.N. Bhagwati at an event at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The memoirs - titled 'My Tryst With Justice' - provide an insight into Justice Bhagwati's career spread over many years as an advocate, judge and chief justice.

Highlighting and admiring Bhagwati's achievements, the president said that he "humanised law" and proved how judges can be instrumental in helping the poor and backward.

"His contribution and continued efforts to improve justice system in India are remarkable through his judgments. He made justice more accessible for the poor," said Mukherjee.

Bhagwati's daughter Pallavi, speaking on behalf of her father, said that his spiritual learnings helped him a lot while passing judgments.

Also present at the event were External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Minister of Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar and Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir.

Bhagwati was appointed the 17th Chief Justice of India July 1985 and held that office till December 1986. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2007.

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