Go­goi: Wanted to be like ex-CJI Sabharwal

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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