New Delhi, Jul 7(ILNS) The Delhi High Court Bar Association today Bid farewell to Justice J R Midha who completed 14 years of service as a judge at the Delhi High Court.
The farewell function was organised on an online mode. High Court Judges Justice Vipin Sanghi, Justice Mukta Gupta, Justice Pratibha Singh, Justice Manmohan, Justice Nazmi Waziri, Justice Suresh Kait along with senior advocates Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Mr AS Chandhiok, Mr Siddharth Luthra, Mr Sandeep Sethi lauded the judgments passed by Justice J R Midha saying, that that there is always a humane touch in his judgements.
DHCBA president Mr Mohit Mathur who was a student of Justice Midha at Delhi Law Campus said that the Bar will always remember the person who has always been a citizen’s Judge.
Justice Midha had concern for the victims. He always wanted me to research on Victimology and give him some inputs, Mohit Mathur said.
Justice Midha said I joined the bar in 1982. I come from a humble back ground. I lost my father when I was 13 years old. We had a meager income of Rs 500 which came from a rented property and my there was my father’s pension also. When I joined the bar I used to travel to the Tees Hazari court in a bus. I had a passion for teaching so i joined the Delhi Law Campus as a teacher. I had never dreamt that I will ever be a judge. I had no Godfather, No one in my family was a lawyer but yet I could make it because of our robust and magnanimous Judicial system. I appreciate and salute our system that allowed me to become a judge. Our System is very magnanimous and supportive, Justice Midha said.
Senior Counsel Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, I worked with Justice Midha when he was a lawyer, he always boasted about his work-life balance. He knew the best practices of Meditation, about the posture, about which incense to be lighted, and when. and what fragrances to be used for effective meditation and much more. He has vast knowledge of what to eat and when, and knows about spirituality. He plunged into judgements with great passion, Mr Singhvi said.
In a judgement, Mr Midha had said, Victims are unfortunately forgotten people in the criminal justice system, which tends to think more of the rights of the offender than that of the relief to the victims of a crime. He said this while ruling that Section 357 CrPc, which empowers the courts to award compensation to the victims, is mandatory and it is the duty of all courts to consider and pass an order of fair and reasonable compensation in every criminal case. Justice Midha had laid down a procedure to be followed by the trial courts in Delhi after every conviction in a criminal case.
Today when I look back at my life here in court, I am more than satisfied. I am demitting office with a lot of satisfaction and completeness. I have no regrets in life. I feel as if I had a purpose to come here which I have fulfilled,” Justice Midha said.
Former Additional Solicitor General and Former president of the Delhi Bar Association Senior counsel A S Chandhiok said, that Justice Midha’s judgements on Motor Accident Tribunal has revolutionized the legal system and helped thousands to get accident claims and speedy compensation. Even the Supreme Court on May 30, 2016 said that the procedures formulated by Justice JR Midha is a revolutionary step in mitigating the woes of Road Accident Victims, Mr Chandhiok said.
The Apex Court in an order passed on May 13, 2016 by a Bench presided by Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla and Justice S A Bobde ruled that the the procedure being followed by the Insurance Companies in Delhi by way of a Scheme called “Claims Tribunal Agreed Procedure” which was formulated by Justice JR Midha shall be followed nationwide.
In a judgement released last week, Justice Midha observed that animals have a right under law to be treated with compassion, respect and dignity, while asking the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to designate areas in consultation with resident welfare associations for feeding stray dogs in the national capital. Stating that it was the moral responsibility of each and every citizen to protect animals, the judge also directed the AWBI to ensure that every RWA constitutes an animal welfare committee.
Recently, Justice Midha also issued detailed guidelines for execution of decrees under the code of civil procedure. He also ruled that a foreign state cannot claim sovereign immunity against enforcement of an arbitral award arising out of a commercial transaction.
I will always remember the advice given by former chief Justice of India, Justice RS Lahoti, who told me to never waste Judicial time. Thereafter I have even skipped my overseas conferences, I never watched TV, I skipped social functions, lunches, I am short of sleep for the past 13 years so that my work is not delayed. I took Judicial work as mediation, Justice Midha said.
I only hear the counsel, but my eyes are on the litigant, I have used my powers under Section 165 CPC to arrive at the truth. My aim is to understand the case and reach out for the Truth. There is always a way to reach out to know the truth. Powers of a judge under 165 are enormous and can be used by a judge at any stage to examine the parties and reach out to the Truth. /ILNS/SNG