Justice Sonak & 7 others sworn in at Bombay HC

PTI, MUMBAI | 21 June 2013 17:40 IST

Eight new judges of the Bombay High Court were today sworn in, including Goa's top lawyer (Justice) Mahesh Sonak, taking the total strength of the bench to 60.

They were administered the oath of offices by the Chief Justice Mohit Shah in the Central Hall of the High Court. 

The new judges are Justice Sirish Gupte, Justice Z A Haq, Justice K R Sriram, Justice Gautam Patel, Justice Atul Chandurkar, Justice Revati Dhere, Justice Mahesh Sonak and Justice Ravindra Ghuge. 

All of them were advocates from the bar and are known for their sharp legal acumen.

Of them, Justice Sirish Gupte had practiced on the civil side for many years, while Justice Reveti Dhere was the chief public prosecutor. 

Justice Mahesh Sonak is from Goa while Justice Ravindra Ghuge hails from Aurangabad.

Justices Atul Chandurkar and Z A Haq are from Nagpur while others are from Mumbai. 

The strength of the judges of the High Court has now risen to 60, still 15 short of the sanctioned strength, High Court sources said.

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With Advocate Mahesh Sonak now having become Justice Mahesh Sonak, the scramble has just begun to grab his mountain of clients. The knives are out there. That plush three storeyed palatial Law office on Panaji’s 18th June Road will surely be on the forefront, all spruced up to accommodate clients at different levels, perhaps according to their importance and fees. But for those clients it may never be that care and compassion that they got from a very gentle Mahesh Sonak. Their only comfort will be that once stripped naked, they could run for cover into the Baron’s clothing showroom just next door.

In Mahesh Sonak, Goans have lost a good member of the Bar and the judiciary has devoured him. We hope that with this loss, the vultures are not sharpening their claws to make justice an illusion and a far cry.

Every advocate needs to conduct himself in the footprints of Mahesh Sonak. I hope the Advocate General, as the Leader of the Bar, is listening and will for once prove that the dog’s tail does straighten. From a Mercedes to a Nano and from Scotch to limbo pani may be the way to go.

- Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar - Goa | 21 st June 2013 18:54


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