An expert on tax laws, Justice Kapadia, who completes 22 years of judicial career, had a word of advice for judges asking them to be objective and professional. At a farewell function for him at the Supreme Court premises, he received accolades from the Chief Justice-designate Altamas Kabir who described him as a man full of wisdom, self-imposed discipline and loved by many people as he stood by what he decided and is a true replica of Abraham Lincoln.
Justice Kabir recalled that once Justice Kapadia said "integrity is his only asset". He said that can be the catchline but he had qualities which were much more than integrity as a judge. Justice Kapadia, who is to demit office on Saturday, pronounced several path-breaking verdicts during his nine year tenure as a judge and CJI. Among them are upholding the right to education act, evolving doctrine of postponement for media reporting, Vodafone tax case, interlinking of rivers, CBI probe in the Karnataka mining scam and quashing the appointment of PJ Thomas as CVC chief.
He gave a very strong dissenting verdict on Lallu Yadav's disproportionate case in which he held that the Bihar government's plea against acquittal of RJD chief was maintainable