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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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Government ends Haj subsidy as part of a new policy

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government's agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

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A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
  • The government had drafted the policy after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022
  • The government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls
  • This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage

The central government on Tuesday said it has decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government’s agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

“This is part of our policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement,” Naqvi told reporters here.

He said the government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls.

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The government had drafted the policy to abolish the Haj subsidy in a phased manner after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022.

This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased India’s quota by 5,000.

A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. IANS

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