Indian Lawyers’ Forum (ILF) Organizes Reception to Justice Jasti Chamaleshar

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Indian Lawyers' Forum Kuwait, the Association of Indian Law Graduates and Lawyers in Kuwait organized a reception for the visiting Senior Justice of Supreme Court of India, Mr. Chamaleshar.

The function was presided over by the President of Indian Lawyers’ Forum, Adv. Thomas Panicker.

General Secretary of the Forum welcomed the Chief Guest and all others to the function. Adv.Suresh Pulickkal presented the details of forthcoming activities of the Forum.

In his address the President welcomed Justice Chamaleshar and all guests and members to the function.

President said that Shri. Jasti Chelameswar was a judge of the Supreme Court of India. He retired on 22 June 2018 as the second most senior Supreme court judge. Earlier, he was the Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala and Gauhati High Court.

Justice Jasti Chamaleshar said that going public about the issues crippling the apex court functioning was “the right thing” and he doesn’t repent it.
He headed the Bench which, in March 2015, struck down as unconstitutional the draconian Section 66A of the Information Technology Act that led to the arrests of many people for posting content deemed to be “allegedly objectionable” on the Internet.

He was also the lone dissenting judge in the five-judge Constitution Bench verdict that scrapped the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) law and upheld the two-decades-old collegium system of judges appointing judges.

Justice Jasti Chamaleshar had written against the government’s interference in the judiciary when the Centre, bypassing the collegium, directly asked the Karnataka Chief Justice to conduct an enquiry into a judge recommended by the collegium for elevation to the High Court.

President Thomas Panicker highlighted the activities of ‘Indian Lawyers’ Forum’ for the information of the Chief Guest and the guests.
President said the Forum was formed with 7 members in 1988 and it has grown since the inception and now the total membership is 130 Indian Law Graduates and Lawyers.

He described all the legal aids the FORUM has rendered in the recent past. He said the FORUM is very successful in providing a platform for the Indian Lawyers in Kuwait to meet and interact with each other. He observed that the FORUM enjoys the membership of Indian lawyers who are working for high profile legal firms/Corporations and holding key legal positions in various companies in Kuwait. Forum is well equipped to deal with any sort of legal and business consultations pertaining to Kuwait as well as India.

President also said that the Forum is ready to cooperate with any association in Kuwait which intends to conduct Legal Seminar for its Members/Public.

Adv.Thomas Stephen, Advisor of the Forum made falicitation speech.

Justice Chamaleshar made his reply speech. He spoke extensively regarding the Law system in India, under the Permanent Indian Constitution. Recent development in Indian Supreme Court also was a subject of discussion After the speech there was a question answer session. His learned speech was well appreciated by the Lawyers crowd.

Earlie the function was inaugurated by Justice Jasti Chamaleshar by lighting the Traditional lamp.

Advocate Shibin Jose, the Honourary Treasurer of the Forum proposed vote of thanks.
Advocate Mohammed Bashir, General Convenor of the Forum ably compared the function.
Functions concluded with a sumptuous dinner.

Those who are interested with FORUM activities may contact Tel. & Fax 23718748, Mob. 97203939, 69398905
Email. [email protected]

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