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A new Law museum building and archive centre was recently inaugurated at the Allahabad High Court.
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"The Allahabad High Court museum is such a rich museum that we can have inspiration for our working. We can learn a lot from this museum", Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, Justice Govind Mathur commented.
The event, which took place last Saturday, January 9, was attended virtually by Supreme Court Judges Justices Ashok Bhushan, Vineet Saran and Krishna Murari. An escalator facility at the High Court was also inaugurated the same day.
"Law museum and archives will present our historical and judicial treasures in more elegant way which will be easily accessible to common people due to its convenient location… The history of any society or organisation, including the judiciary, is relevant and gives inspiration to the society and its members for imitating the good deeds and achievements made in the past", Justice Bhushan said.
Justice Murari, while lauding Chief Justice Mathur for making the High Court's historical archives accessible for all, including the litigant public, commented on the rich pool of artifacts that are with the museum.
"I distinctly remember, there is a letter written in the handwriting of Jawarhalal Nehru, requesting him to be appointed as law reporter of the High Court. There is a grandfather’s clock, apart from other important artefacts … It is a very happy occasion for me that the High Court has built a new building for the law museum and archives and where all these artefacts can be kept and displayed for the benefit of the general public", he said.
Justice Saran joined in expressing his congratulations on the initiative, commenting that the rich heritage of the High Court can now be displayed in this museum. Adding Justice Murari's mention of Nehru's letter requesting permission to be a law reporter at the High Court, Justice Saran remarked,
"If that application had been accepted, then the destiny of this country may have changed... All these things are preserved in the Allahabad High Court museum, and it will be on display for not only the lawyers, but for the public, who will come to know of its rich heritage."
Justice Saran also noted that apart from the Allahabad High Court, the Madras High Court also has a law museum, which was developed when Markandey Katju was the Chief Justice of the High Court. He added that the Orissa High Court has also undertaken such an initiative during his tenure there.
Also present at the event were Chief Justice Vikram Nath of the Gujarat High Court, Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court and various judges of the Allahabad High Court.
Chief Justice Mithal observed that the intiative was perhaps the first of its kind in the country, going on to observe that a law museum can become a solid foundation for a person's judicial career.