Bengaluru, April 25: When Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur broke down on Sunday while making an emotional appeal to double the number of judges, it showed a very sensitive side to him.
Justice Thakur has an emotional side to him and all those who covered his farewell speech in the Karnataka High Court in 2004 would know that very well. Justice Thakur was a judge in the Karnataka High Court between 1994 and 2004.
After the full court reference, he was delivering his farewell address at the Advocates Association in Bengaluru. When Justice Thakur broke down remembering a ten year association with the state, it had taken many by surprise.
An emotional side to the Chief Justice of India
For any reporter, the court of Justice Thakur was a favourite to cover. Suave, polished and extremely tough, the manner in which he would take litigants on the wrong to task had impressed many.
When the news of his transfer to the Delhi High Court had been received, it was a sad day for the Karnataka judiciary. The entire day reporters and advocates spoke about how much he would be missed.
The reporters too missed him despite him heading a Bench along with Justices H L Dattu and V G Sabahit who were hearing a contempt petition against a number of media organisations.
Following the full court reference, he was to address the advocates of the state. A packed advocates' association hall awaited Justice Thakur who began his speech. Calm and composed at first, he spoke about his association with Karnataka for the past ten years.
As he was ending his speech, he choked up and broken down. There was not a single person in the hall who did not have tears in their eyes.