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‘Regret I couldn’t demolish feudal culture’: Madras HC Chief Justice pens farewell note for staff

On 15 November, the law ministry had notified Justice Sanjib Banerjee's transfer to Meghalaya HC, according to the recommendation made by the Supreme Court collegium.

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New Delhi: On his last day in office Wednesday, Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee expressed gratitude towards the members of the legal fraternity and the court staff that worked with him. Justice Banerjee will now head the Meghalaya High Court.

On 15 November, the law ministry had notified Justice Banerjee’s transfer, according to the recommendation made by the Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana. The resolution sparked protests in Chennai where lawyers wrote letters to the CJI against the recommendation.

In his letter, which Justice Banerjee read out during his farewell function, he wrote:

“My dear family at the Madras High Court, to my colleagues at the Bench: I apologise. First, for being unable to last the distance, and second, for not saying goodbye to you in person. Finally to the few of you, who may have felt offended by any of my actions, please know that they were never personal: I perceived those actions as necessary for the institution.

Ranee and I have been overwhelmed by the warmth and affection you have showered on us at all times.

To the members of the Bar: you are among the best in the country and have suffered a talkative and sometimes a grumpy old Judge with more patience, respect and understanding than I may have deserved. My sincere gratitude to you all for your kind words.

To my Registry: your efficiency made administration easy. I also acknowledge the sincerity that you have shown to improve and better the systems and processes: please continue your endeavour to bring about transparency and accountability.

To all the Staff: I am sorry for the long hours you had to keep for me. I appreciate your fullest cooperation. My regret is that I could not completely demolish the feudal culture in which you serve.

Ranee and I remain forever indebted to everyone in this beautiful and glorious State we had the privilege of calling our own for the last eleven month and for the kindness and  warmth with which we were greeted during the entire tenure.

We leave with the happiest memories. God bless and warm regards.

Nandri. Vanakkam.”


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