Recently, I came across news sources stating that Sarosh Kapadia passed away. It came as a shock of his sudden demise. He was the former Chief Justice of India who left a legacy. Kapadia is known for his integrity and dedication to his work. According to Advocate General Darius Khambata- “His integrity was unimpeachable and his dedication to this work came at a personal cost. He avoided social gatherings and was often misunderstood.”
He was born in a poor Parsi family. He started his career as a clerk in a city law firm. Later, he became a lawyer and was appointed the judge of the high court. He went on to be a permanent judge. He was then promoted to the Supreme Court in 2003.
He is known for some landmark rulings, like the Vodafone case. In cases like Vodafone, Sahara, Kapadia has laid down the law for both the government and India. Kapadia states that only the rule of law ensures a “minimum standard of fairness’ as the “single largest” stimulant factor to economic growth rather than an impediment. (Source- The Hindu)
Quotes from the great man–
Chief Justice Kapadia stated the following at the Independence Day Celebrations in the Supreme Court-
“I am proud to be an Indian. India is the only country where a member of the minority Parsi community, like myself, can aspire to attain the post of Chief Justice of India. These things do not happen in the neighbouring countries.”
During his lecture on “Jurisprudence of Constitutional Structure”-
“Right to life, we have said, includes, environmental protection, right to live with dignity. Now we have included right to sleep, where are we going? It is not a criticism. Is it capable of being enforced? When you expand the right, the judge must explore the enforceability.
Justice Kapadia’s reaction to a flood of PIL (Public Interest Litigations) being filed in the Supreme Court against corruption and non-performing government authorities.
“A day might come when the rule of the law will stand reduced to a rope of sand.”
He passed away on Monday 4th January 2016 following a cardiac arrest according to Bombay High Court sources.
RIP: Sarosh Kapadia
References- News sources
Indian Express, Times of India, First Post