Shimla. August 6, 2021
A Full Court reference, through virtual mode, was held today to mourn the sad demise of Shri Ramakant Sharma, Senior Advocate and former Chairman, Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh, who passed away on June 1, 2021, after battling with the deadly COVID-19. He is survived by his daughter Ms. Ridhi Sharma and wife Mrs. Devyani Sharma, who is a practicing Advocate in the High Court.
Acting Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Judges of H.P. High Court, Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, Justice Sureshwar Thakur, Justice Vivek Singh Thakur, Justice Ajay Mohan Goel, Justice Sandeep Sharma, Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia, Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua and Justice Satyen Vaidya were present at the Full Court Reference.
Speaking on the occasion, Acting Chief Justice Ravi Malimath said that Shri Ramakant Sharma was a soft spoken, honest, hard working person and it is very difficult to encompass in a few words his distinguished career. He added that death of a lawyer is death in our family and we have lost 16 lawyers in our family due to COVID-19, most of them were budding lawyers who had a bright future ahead of them.
He offered his deep condolences on the death of Shri Rama Kant Sharma and the advocates Sh. H.P. Singh, Sh. Guljar Singh Rathore, Sh. R.K.Chauva, Sh. Pardeep Sharma, Sh. Chhatar Singh Thakur and Ms. Veena Devi from District Shimla, Shri Harish Chander Negi and Sh.Naseeb Singh Negi from District Kinnaur, Shri Vijay Mohan Dutt, Sh.Hari Ram Verma and Shri Aseem Sharma from District Solan, Shri R.K.Handa from District Bilaspur, Shri Beli Ram Rana from District Kullu, Shri Suresh Thakur and Shri B.K. Sood, Advocate from the District of Kangra at Dharamshala.
He assured the members of the bereaved families that the entire judicial family stands by them in their crisis and is eternally grateful to the departed souls for their rich contribution and their dedication in securing justice for their clients.
Sh. Ramakant Sharma was designated as the Senior Advocate in the year August 4, 2015. He was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh for two successive terms in the year 2006 and 2008. He was unanimously elected for the third time as Chairman, Bar Council of Himachal Pradesh w.e.f. 7th August, 2018 to 11.10.2018 and 23.10.2018 till his demise.
The Advocate General Shri Ashok Sharma, Chairman of the Bar Council of H.P. Sh. Ajay Kochhar, President of the H.P. High Court Bar Association Sh. Nareshwar Singh Chandel and the Assistant Solicitor General of India Shri Balram Sharma also addressed the Full Court reference and paid tribute to Sh.Ramakant Sharma.
Two minute silence was also observed as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
The Registrar General Sh. Virender Singh conducted the proceedings. The other Registrars of the High Court, were also present on the occasion. The Advocates, officers and officials of the Registry watched the live telecast of the virtual Full Court Reference.