CJI DY Chandrachud Wanted to Withdraw His Consent For Appointment as HC Judge, But This Happened!

The High Court Bar Association at the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has commenced a grand three-day centenary celebration. The prestigious event was today evening inaugurated by none other than the Chief Justice of India, Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, marking a significant moment in the history of the legal fraternity in Nagpur.

The celebration is expected to draw legal luminaries from across the country, including an illustrious lineup of guests of honour.

Supreme Court Justices BR Gavai, AS Oka, Prasanna Varale, and Dipankar Datta are among the distinguished attendees, bringing together a wealth of judicial experience and wisdom to the event.

The presence of Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya, the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, further underscores the importance of this centennial celebration.

Adding a touch of historical significance to the event, former Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde shared a memorable anecdote from his tenure.

Reflecting on a moment of camaraderie among justices, Former CJI Bobde recounted an incident involving a delay in appointments from Bombay High Court that lasted over two years.

He said that 3 names from Bombay High Court i.e Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Chandrachud and Justice Bobde had been hanging fire for 2 and half years. In a regular phone call with Justice Chandrachud, he told the CJI (Advocate at that time) that this is too much. To this Justice Chandrachud came up with a bright idea that why don’t we withdraw consent.

To this Justice Bobde said its good idea, and we will write a letter to the then CJ Sabarwal. They wrote that letter separately, but they also decided to call each other Lordship and they used this name because they were not going to be judges.
Justice Bobde went to CJ Sabarwal’s chamber and spoke on behalf of both. He asked then CJ Sabarwal if he received their letters, to which CJ Sabarwal replied, I have torn up both letters, is there anything else?

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As such if the then CJ would not have refused to accept the consent withdrawal letter of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Bobde, both of them couldn’t have become the Chief Justice of India.

As the High Court Bar Association of Nagpur celebrates this monumental milestone, stories like Bobde’s serve as a reminder of the rich history and legacy that the legal community continues to build upon.

With the assembly of such eminent figures and the sharing of pivotal moments from India’s judicial history, the centenary celebration of the High Court Bar Association at Nagpur Bench promises to be an event of profound significance, fostering a deeper appreciation for the rule of law and the individuals who uphold it.

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