Srinagar: A full court reference to the demise of former Chief Justice Mufti Baha-ud-Din Farooqi was Monday made in the High Court by the senior most judge Justice Virender Singh, who described him as a “towering personality” and his demise as a “vacuum” in legal field, difficult to fill.
“Though I did not get an opportunity to meet his lordship, I have heard so much about his towering personality. His lordship’s demise has once again reminded us that the life is transitory and death is the ultimate truth,” Justice Singh said while placing on record condolence on behalf of the Chief Justice and other Judges over the demise of Justice Farooqi who passed at his residence at Jawahar Nagar here on July 5.
“Good deeds and actions of a good person are cherished and remembered for all times to come. He was by all reckoning an outstanding and illustrious personality. This all is reflected from the life sketch of this great soul,” Justice Singh said.
An eminent jurist and Judge with sharp intellect and profound knowledge of law, Justice Singh said the judgments of late Chief Justice are known for preciseness, clarity and incisiveness.
“He has delivered a large number of landmark judgment which find place of prominence in law journals. Besides has left an indelible imprint on the legal landscape of the country.”
Justice Singh said that Justice Farooqi was well known for his administrative skills also and has carved out a place for himself in the history of state in line with able administrators and eminent Judges.
“The sad demise has created a great vacuum in legal field, which is difficult to be filled up. It is an irreparable loss to the legal fraternity in particular and society as a whole in general. His memories will linger on in our minds for all times to come,” Justice Singh, who was flanked by Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Muzaffar Hussain Attar, Hasnain Massodi, Ali Mohammad Magrey and Dhiraj Singh Thakur.
Advocate General Mohammad Ishaq Qadri also paid tributes to former Justice Farooqi who was born on April 4, 1924.
One minute silence was observed with all those present including besides judges, present and former, Advocate General, Law Officers, Assistant Solicitor General and Judicial Officers of Subordinate Courts of Srinagar who stood up from their seats.
Justice Farooqi, who drafted constitution of Hurriyat Conference, did his Master’s in Arts and then Law at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. After completing his studies, he started practice at District Court Anantnag. He was enrolled as Pleader on November 15, 1946; joined Judicial Service as Munsiff on October 12, 1950. Subsequently, he was elevated as High Court Additional Judge on August 27, 1971 and permanent Judge on March 6, 1972.
He was appointed as Acting Chief Justice on February 23, 1980 and then Chief Justice on March 7, 1983. However, he tendered his resignation on August 23, 1983 in protest against his transfer to Sikkim, citing special status under Article 370 of the constitution of India.