SHIMLA---A Full Court reference was held today in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh to bid farewell to Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sureshwar Thakur, who has been transferred to the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.
The Registrar General Sh. Virender Singh conducted the proceedings.
Speaking on the occasion, Hon'ble the Chief Justice Sh. Mohammad Rafiq said that Justice Sureshwar Thakur has a warm and affectionate nature and a genuine concern for people. He further said that Justice Thakur's cordial behavior and humility endeared him to the members of the Bar and Bench and his presence will be sorely missed in the High Court of H.P.
On this occasion, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sureshwar Thakur, Judge thanked and appreciated Hon'ble the Chief Justice saying that Hon'ble the Chief Justice has the enviable qualities of deep learning and mature understanding of men and matters. Speaking about the transition in his career, Justice Sureshwar Thakur shared the famous quote of William Shakespear, encapsulating the changing roles, the human beings have to perform with efflux of time :"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players;…."
Justice Thakur further said that he feels extremely proud to have been a part of High Court of H.P., as it has robustly stood up to the clarion society call of delivering speedy and value based justice of the utmost pristine quality. He encouraged the young member of the legal profession and advised them to acquire more matured and cutting edge legal skills, by learning from their seniors and asked the seniors too, to impart them the finer nuances of legal skills and of Court craft. He asked the Advocates to harness their skills not only towards the old civil, criminal and revenue laws but also make themselves adept in the recently enacted taxation and corporate laws and now developing laws relating to insolvency, bankruptcy, arbitrations, cryptocurrency etc.
On this occasion, he recalled all those people, who contributed to nurturing and chiseling of his legal personality, especially his mother Smt.Nirmala Thakur, renowned poetess, his late father, Justice Hira Singh Thakur, his brother, sisters and many others, from Advocate Clerks to the Hon'ble Judges. He appreciated and thanked his brother and sister Judges, the H.P. High Court Bar and the staff of the Registry on the occasion.
Shri Ashok Sharma, Advocate General, Shri Ajay Kochhar, Chairman, Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Lovneesh Kanwar, President, H.P. High Court Bar Association, Sh. Balram Sharma, Assistant Solicitor General of India also spoke on the occasion and extended their best wishes to outgoing Justice Sureshwar Thakur.
Justice Sureshwar Thakur was presented Guard of Honour, red carpet and warm send off after the Full Court Reference.
Hon'ble Judges of the H.P. High Court, Justice Sabina, Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, Justice Vivek Singh Thakur, Justice Ajay Mohan Goel, Justice Sandeep Sharma, Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia, Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua and Justice Satyen Vaidya also attended the Full Court Reference.
Justice P.S. Rana, Chairperson, H.P. State Human Rights Commission and former judges of High Court of Himachal Pradesh, Justice D.P. Sood, Justice A.K. Goel, Justice K.C.Sood and Justice V.K. Sharma were also present on the occasion. Other Registrars of the H.P. High Court, Officers and officials of the Registry were also present on the occasion.
Brief History of Justice Sureshwar Thakur, Judge
Justice Sureshwar Thakur was born on 18.5.1963 at Shimla. His father, Justice late Sh. Hira Singh Thakur, was a Judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court and mother Smt. Nirmala Thakur is a renowned English poetess. He had his schooling from St. Edwards School, Shimla, did B.A. (Honours) from Govt. Degree College, Shimla and B.A. LL.B from the Himachal Pradesh University. He commenced practice in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh in the year 1987 and handled civil, criminal and constitutional work. He remained as Addl. Central Government Standing Counsel from 1994 till 2000. In the above phase, he also served for a brief stint, as litigation Incharge, for conducting the cases of Union of India, in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh. In the year 2001, he was selected as Addl. District & Sessions Judge and was posted as Addl. District & Sessions Judge (II), Kangra at Dharamshala. Thereafter, he served as Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mandi. Subsequently, he served as District and Sessions Judge, Kinnaur at Rampur, Presiding Officer, Labour Court, Kangra at Dharamshala, District and Sessions Judge, Bilaspur, President of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Shimla, District and Sessions Judge, Sirmaur at Nahan and District and Sessions Judge, Kangra at Dharamshala. He also served as Registrar, High Court of Himachal Pradesh. He was elevated as Additional Judge of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh and assumed office as such on 5th May, 2014. He took oath as Judge of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh on 30 th November 2014.
PFA:-Photographs of Full Court Address