Retired Justice Chandru returns by train
People’s judge takes train home after last day at work
"Justice K Chandru is to the judiciary, what Donald Bradman is to cricket." This is what a young labour law specialist commented, reacting to the retirement of Madras high court's Justice Chandru, who disposed over 96,000 cases in less than seven years. At the end of his last day in office on Friday, Justice Chandru met acting Chief Justice R K Agrawal and submitted a copy of his 'voluntary declaration of assets'.
After returning to his chambers, he signed some papers brought by the court registry personnel, before slipping into a khadi kurta and dhoti and trekking down towards the press room, where he spent a few happy moments answering queries from journalists.
He then walked across
NSC Bose Road
to join a group of his old friends, waiting at Sangeetha restaurant, to have
coffee with them. He then reached the Beach Station and boarded a suburban MRTS
train bound for Velacherry. "I will get down at Greenways Road station and walk home. I
have purchased a monthly season ticket.
As I am a senior citizen, it cost me only Rs 105," he told TOI. It was a farewell of sorts, as by the time he emerged out of the high court gate, Justice Chandru was being followed by about 150 advocates and others, jostling to get close and capture every word he uttered.
While he was on
NSC Bose Road,
many platform-dwellers, vendors and rickshaw-pullers, who were once represented
in court by 'advocate Chandru', came rushing and greeted him with a 'Vanakkam'.
He discouraged a rickshaw man from following him, and curtly told him to go and
do his business.
Earlier, when reporters asked him about his 'prescription' for reducing the huge pendency of cases in courts, Justice Chandru said, "One, lawyers should not boycott courts. Two, they should not take adjournments unnecessarily. Three, they must come to court after reading the case and laws."
As for his post-retirement plans, the judge said he would engage himself in social work and offer law-related assistance to the needy sections of society. Declaring that he never felt bad about any order he had passed during his stint, Justice Chandru said not reaching the 1-lakh mark too did not bother him.
"It is a mere number. I have discharged the constitutional duty entrusted to me with utmost sincerity and satisfaction," he said.
Chennai: Justice K. Chandru retired on Friday after serving seven years as judge of the
high court. Justice Chandru walked to the nearest railway station, hopped on
to an MRTS and reached home, leaving behind the keys of the official car with
acting chief justice R. K. Agrawal and final hand-shake. Madras
On his last day as judge, Justice Chandru said in order to bring down the pendency of cases, advocates should not resort to boycott and seek adjournments, but do their home work and argue their case in courts.
Justice Chandru turns trendsetter
After having spent his sevens years as judge of the Madras high court as a role model for others, Justice K. Chandru avoided the ‘traditional’ farewell tea and five-star dinner when he demitted office on Friday.
Justice Chandru had said in his letter, “I will be happy if 8th March, 2013, passes off as any other day in this Court.”
Thereafter, accompanied by his friends, he took a stroll to Beach station and reached home by MRTS.
The judge had already dispensed with the practice of his duffedar carrying a mace and walking in front when he went to the court and returned to the chamber.
He also sent back his gun-toting PSO (personal security officer) and at home, did not want official servants. A notice was pasted at the entrance of his chamber stating “No deities—no Flowers, no one is hungry-no Fruits, none is shivering—no shawls. We need only best wishes.”