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"Analyse every Judgment and don't colour it this way or that way. If I have hurt anybody then please pardon me, pardon me, pardon me", the retiring judge said.
Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and senior members of the Bar bid farewell to Justice Arun Mishra, who retires as a judge of the Supreme Court today.
As per tradition, Justice Mishra shared the Bench with CJI Bobde on his last working day.
In a short farewell speech, Justice Mishra said that whatever he could do "came from the Supreme powers of this Court". He said,
"I always tried to borrow the weapon of power given to me by my learned brothers. All of you were the power behind whatever I have done."
Paying tribute to the Bar, he said,
Justice Arun Mishra
Justice Arun Mishra said that over the course of his career as a judge, he has "dealt with every case with his conscience."
Referring to the Prashant Bhushan contempt case that he heard and decided, Justice Mishra stated,
"...even in the last case of contempt, AG said that he didn't want any punishment (for Prashant Bhushan) but.....".
CJI Bobde remarked that it was the very first time that he and Justice Mishra were sitting together, and would be the last time too. He said,
CJI SA Bobde
Attorney General KK Venugopal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Supreme Court Bar Association President Dushyant Dave and Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association President Shivaji Jadhav were among the lawyers logged in to Court 1 to address Justice Mishra on his last day in office.
While AG Venugopal addressed Justice Mishra as the "iron judge of the Supreme Court," other law officers wished him well for his "second innings." The AG said,