Gogoi: Wanted to be like ex-CJI Sabharwal
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday disclosed his “secret” desire on what he wanted to be, saying he had always idolised former CJI Y K Sabharwal and was so impressed by his “courage and fearless attitude” that he wanted to be like him.
Releasing a book on the life of the former CJI who passed away in 2015, Justice Gogoi said, “I have always been a fan of Justice Sabharwal. Secretly I wanted to be a lawyer and judge like him for his clarity and precision of thought, flow and flair of language. I always admired him as the chief justice.”
Remembering his contribution, Justice Gogoi said it was Justice Sabharwal who had revived the legal fight of LGBT community for decriminalising homosexuality by setting aside the order of the Delhi high court which had initially refused to hear the plea and referred the case back to the HC to examine it on merit. The HC subsequently read down Section 377 of IPC and decriminalised gay sex among consenting adults in private, a verdict which was finally approved by the Supreme Court.