A Golden Era
Mr. Justice V. Ramaswamy
Chief Justice of
and Haryana High Court
recall with pride and satisfaction my period of service as Chief Justice
and Haryana High Court from November 1987 to
October 1989. The
and Haryana Bar is an extremely good, hard
working and intelligent Bar. The
President and executive committee of the Bar gave me the fullest
co-operation, with the result the High Court was able to show that the
disposals were more than the filing. In
fact, the then Union Law Minister complimented me on this fact which no
other High Court was able to achieve.
The government of the day was also very
helpful and gave whatever financial help the High Court needed.
I was able to get financial sanction for construction of the
Additional High Court Building, which included provision for the Bar.
The government also gave the land and sanctioned the project for
the construction of the District Court complex at
am happy to know that both
these projects have now been completed and magnificent structures have
I have to mention one other important
project which I had initiated. That
is the plan for construction of Additional Law Chambers for the Lawyers.
Considering the inadequate accommodation available and also the
future developments I wanted to construct an additional building for the
Lawyers Chamber. When we tried
to locate it in a particular place we found that there was an encroachment
on the High Court land.
I have to mention here and appreciate the
help rendered by the then President of the Bar, Shri Ashok Bhan (as he
then was, now Hon'ble Judge of the Supreme Court of India) in recovering
back the land. He offered to
file a writ petition and actually filed one such petition for removal of
the encroachment. However, on
my bringing this to the notice of the then Governor the matter was settled
and the encroached portion recovered.
A detailed plan for the construction was prepared and marked on
ground. In order to make it an
on going work I laid the foundation stone for the additional building
along wit the then President of the Bar Shri Ashok Bhan.
I am sorry to learn that the project was not completed.
IT would be attribute to the then President Ashok Bhan if the
construction is taken up and completed at an early date, which I have no
doubt will be a great boon to the Bar.
could successfully function without the
fullest co-operation of the Bar and for such co-operation the Bar should
have the necessary infrastructure
We had an excellent subordinate
Judiciary. During my period we
held a District Judges conference at
Chandigarh, in order to access the difficulties in
their functioning and how to improve the judicial administration in the
States. It was a very
I got excellent co-operation from my
colleague Judges but for whose co-operation, help and advice I could not
have been a happy and successful Chief Justice.
The Registrars and the staff of the High Court were also very
co-operative and willing to accept any changes in the administrative
structure which I proposed in the interest of better administration.
I consider my Judicial career in
and Haryana High Court as a golden era,
thanks to every body concerned.