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(This speech was delivered on 23.09.2013 in the farewell function of Justice Satish K Agnihotri on his transfer to Madras High Court.
A pdf format of the speech can be downloaded from here.) 

My brothers, members of the Bar and Registry, ladies and gentlemen,

Jai Johar, Namaste, and a very good afternoon to all of you.

We have assembled here to bid farewell to Brother Satish Kumar Agnihotri. He is going to Madras High Court, a bigger and an older Court, as the senior most Judge.

Brother Agnihotri was born on 1st July, 1956.  He assumed office as a Judge of this High Court on 5th of May 2005.  In the last few years, the arrears in this Court has gone down and he shares the credit; his rate of disposing cases is high.

Brother Agnihotri is a good administrator as well.  A few months ago, the office bearers of the employees' association and my staff thanked me.  The reason was that after many years, comprehensive promotions of the High Court staff was done. This was because of the committee that was chaired by him.

There is another field, where we will miss him: how to rightly hold a function. Well, our loss is Chennai's gain. But I have no reason to doubt that in Chennai, Brother Agnihotri will keep our flag flying high.

With these words on behalf of my Brother Judges and on my own behalf, I extend good wishes to Brother Agnihotri and madam Aginhotri.
Jai hind


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