High Court Chief Justice's exemplary camaraderie allows senior judge to become acting Chief Justice
Many a time, we have heard of senior officials going on leave in protest to express their displeasure with the government. But, in a rare incident, a high court chief justice went on leave to pave the way for a senior most judge, who will retire next month, to become the Chief Justice.
Chief Justice Of Punjab And Haryana High Court S.J. Vazifdar proceeded 'on leave', reportedly to pave way for the senior-most Judge of the high court Justice Surinder Singh Saron to be appointed as the Chief Justice, days before his retirement. Justice Saron is scheduled to retire on September 4, reports Deccan Herald.
Subsequently, Justice Surinder Singh Saron took charge of the court as the Acting Chief Justice from Monday, August 21, 2017.
A notification by the Ministry of Law and Justice stated that Justice
Saron would perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court from 21 August to 29 August.
Had Justice Vazifdar not gone on leave, Justice Saron would not have gotten the opportunity to serve as the Chief Justice.
This is not the first time that Justice Vazifdar showed his exemplary camaraderie. Even during the Independence Day celebration, the former stepped aside to offer Justice Saron the privilege to unfurl the national flag at the ceremony.