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Justice MY Eqbal of Supreme Court retired yesterday. He served as a judge at the Supreme Court for more than 3 years.
Justice Eqbal started his practice in the year 1975 in Ranchi. He was appointed judge of the Patna High Court in 1996 and later served in the Jharkhand High court. He was appointed as Chief Justice of the Madras High Court in 2010 before being elevated to the Supreme Court in 2012.
A farewell function was organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday in the Supreme Court lawns.
SCBA Vice President Ajit Kumar Sinha, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and Chief Justice of India TS Thakur spoke on the occasion. Ajit Kumar Sinha said that Justice Eqbal had disposed of 1,23,000 cases as a judge of 3 High Courts and more than 8,000 cases in his capacity as Supreme court judge.
In his farewell speech, Eqbal J. thanked the Bar and the Bench saying that “it was a wonderful journey”. He also had words of praise for the Supreme Court bar which he said was a “Storehouse of lawyers who hold vast knowledge of law”.
With the retirement of Justice Eqbal, the vacancies in Supreme Court have now gone up to six.
Interestingly, the farewell function also brought forth a rift between SCBA President Dushyant Dave and Secretary Gaurav Bhatia. This was revealed by Chief Justice Thakur who spoke about why Dave was absent for the function. Read more about that here.