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“Choice of abstaining from work not available to lawyers,” remarks outgoing Chief Justice

“It is my firm belief that the temple of justice has to remain open for litigants to knock the doors at any time. The closure of the temple shakes the faith of the common man”

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Chennai, 17th Feb, 2017: Elevated to the Supreme Court, Sanjay Kishan Kaul: The outgoing Chief Justice of Madras High Court departed with some advice for his fellow lawyers. During his felicitation, he said in his farewell speech “It is my firm belief that the temple of justice has to remain open for litigants to knock the doors at any time. The closure of the temple shakes the faith of the common man.”

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Kaul, who assumed charge as Chief Justice of Madras high court on July 26, 2014 further addressed the audience saying that he had always urged the members of the Bar that the choice of abstaining from work was not available to advocates who were in a noble profession.

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Again, he added that, “Lawyers were the officers of the court who were meant to advance the cause of justice by pursuing cases of their clients.”
Requesting the senior lawyers and judges to nurture youngsters, Kaul thanked the Bench, the Bar and the people of Tamil Nadu for the love they had shown to him.

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By Nikita Saraf of NewsGram; Twitter:- @niki_saraf

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Pollution Severe In Delhi In Spite Of Odd-Even Scheme: SC

SC says despite odd-even scheme, pollution in Delhi became severe

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In spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Friday said in spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level, and again called the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Harayana and Uttar Pradesh, to report on measures taken to curb air pollution particularly related to stubble burning.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said, “Do not give exemption to two-wheelers, and it will work.”

During the hearing, the judges scrutinized the Odd-Even scheme of the Delhi government in respect of air quality index data gathered in the past two years. The judges queried the Delhi government counsel, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, what purpose the scheme served by keeping out cars which contribute mere three per cent of the total pollution.

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The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Even scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. Pixabay

The court observed that Delhi’s local pollution is a major problem, if stubble burning which contributes 40 per cent is kept out.

“According to the authorities, stubble burning has reduced to somewhere near five per cent now…we are concerned about Delhi’s local air pollution. What is the government doing?”

The court observed the data presented by the authorities suggest the Odd-Eeven scheme had hardly any effect on improving air quality. “Question is what are you gaining by this scheme?” observed the court.

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Further commenting on the social aspect of the Odd-Even scheme, the court said “Odd-Even will only affect the lower middle class but not the affluent ones since they have multiple cars… Odd-Even isn’t a solution, but public transport could be. But nothing has been done about that”, said the court.

The hearing on the matter will continue on November 25. (IANS)