Justice M R Shah breaks down in SC courtroom on his last working day, cites Song from Hindi Movie, Mera Naam Joker

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New Delhi, May 15 : Second seniormost judge in the Supreme Court, Justice M R Shah broke down in his last working day, as he sat on a Supreme Court bench for the last time on his retirement day today. Justice Shah, in his farewell speech quoted a song, from Raj Kapoor’s Hindi movie, Mera Naam Joker’ ‘Kal khel me hum ho na ho’!

Before he broke down, Justice Shah said, Please excuse me if I get emotional and start crying, I am like a coconut.

“I am not a person to retire. I will start an new innings. Kal khel me hum ho na ho..gardish me taare rahenge sada,” said, Justice Shah, and after this, he broke down, while addressing the members in his farewell address today.

After Justice Shah broke down in the courtroom, the video proceedings even abruptly got disconnected, and halted, which may be perhaps happened for the first time during which a judge on his or her last day sat with the CJI.

Justice Shah retires today, after working for more than 4 years as a Supreme Court Judge.

“All of you have accepted me as a family member.. and have given me full support. The CJI has encouraged me as a brother and I have learnt a lot from him. I always try to do justice to the work and to the litigant,” Justice Shah in his farewell address said.

He also in a very emotional note said that he has always performed his duties without any fear or favour.. If I hurt somebody’s feelings, I apologise. I always believed in work. Everybody has said that, In my court I considered senior and junior alike, but I think a bit differently, my 5% was leaning more towards the junior and always thought that they should be the arguing counsel..

The Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, remembering Justice Shah and his work, said that he have known Mylord as a judge and as a lawyer too, he is one of the few brave judges that I have known.

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chadrachud, who was heading the bench said, he was a true friend and a great ally on the collegium.. “I have a lot of secret stories, that I will be talking about in the evening,” the CJI said.

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