Com­pas­sion­ate Kabir known for giv­ing a pa­tient hear­ing

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - NATION - Satya Prakash

NEW DELHI: Jus­tice Al­ta­mas Kabir was on Satur­day sworn in as the 39th Chief Jus­tice of In­dia re­plac­ing Jus­tice SH Ka­pa­dia, who re­tired af­ter head­ing the coun­try's ju­di­ciary for nearly two-and-a-half years.

The fourth Mus­lim CJI, 64year-old Jus­tice Kabir is the nephew of for­mer union min­is­ter Hu­mayun Kabir, who served in the cab­i­net of three prime min­is­ters — Jawa­har­lal Nehru, Lal Ba­hadur Shas­tri and Indira Gandhi. His fa­ther Ja­hangir Kabir too was a West Ben­gal min­is­ter in the late 1960s.

Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee ad­min­is­tered the oath of of­fice to Jus­tice Kabir at a cer­e­mony in Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van in the pres­ence sev­eral dig­ni­taries.

Due to re­tire on July 19 next year, he will have a 10-month ten­ure. He at­tended Mount Her­mon School in Dar­jeel­ing and Cal­cutta Boys School be­fore grad­u­at­ing in his­tory from Pres­i­dency Col­lege. He ob­tained his LL.B and MA de­grees from Univer­sity of Cal­cutta.

Jus­tice Kabir is known to be a com­pas­sion­ate per­son with a soft cor­ner for weaker sec­tions of so­ci­ety. Re­spected for giv­ing a pa­tient hear­ing, he en­cour­ages young lawyers and is the last judge to leave the court premises in the evening.

Dur­ing his stint at the SC, Jus­tice Kabir has de­liv­ered many im­por­tant ver­dicts. He led the bench which held that even af­ter be­ing re­moved or sus­pended from a party, an MP can continue to be an MP and par­tic­i­pate in par­lia­men­tary pro­ceed­ings and vote in the House.

Jus­tice Kabir will de­cide on many key cases in­clud­ing a con­tempt case against ad­vo­cate Prashant Bhushan and a plea by SP chief Mu­layam Ya­dav seek­ing re­view of the SC's or­der for a CBI probe into al­leged dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets case. The or­der is awaited.

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