Tuesday, November 19, 2013


(This speech was delivered on 7.10.2013 in the farewell function of Justice RS Sharma on his demitting the office on his appointment as President of the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Raipur)

My brothers, members of the Bar and Registry, ladies and gentlemen,
Namaste, Jai Johar, and a very good afternoon to all of you.

We have assembled here to bid farewell to Brother R. S. Sharma who is demitting office as Judge of this Court to join his new assignment as President, Chhattisgarh State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Raipur.

Brother Sharma was born on 25th November, 1951.  He joined the judicial service of the erstwhile State of Madhya Pradesh in the year 1981.  He became a member of the Higher Judicial Service in 1994.  He was Registrar (Vigilance) in this High Court in the year 2007 and was Principal Secretary, Law Department, Raipur from March 2009 till his elevation as a Judge of this High Court on 10th May, 2011.

When I came here, I realised that the committees in the court were large and unwieldy.  It wasn't that they were not good but as they say, 'too many cooks spoil the broth': they were made smaller and tighter; so that they may meet more often and work more efficiently.

I rmade them smaller with the help of the senior judges; at that time one thing surprised me. I realised that one judge was in great demand and he was Brother  RS Sharma.  The reason was simple: he is competent, good and the best part is he has ability to put his point of view, without offending anyone: he has quality of getting along with the team; the fundamental quality in being in a team.

In a team, it is not the most brilliant man but the person, who can get along with the team; the one who can bind the team contributes the most. He not only has this quality but has sound knowledge of civil and criminal law. I can vouch for it for I sat with Brother Sharma and he is a hard working Judge. The present assignment is a recognition of his these qualities.

On behalf of my brother Judges and myself, I extend good wishes to Madam Sharma and Brother Sharma and wish him good luck in his new assignment.
Jai Hind

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