Lawyers pay tributes to first Muslim chief justice of JK

SRINAGAR: The members of J&K High Court Bar Association here on Tuesday abstained from court proceedings in respect of Mian Jalal-ud-din, the former Chief Justice, who died on night intervening September 20 and 21.
The members also held a condolence meeting at High Court Bar room where rich tributes were paid to Jalal-ud-din who served as state’s top judge for little over two years from February 1978.
President of lawyers body, advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom recalled Jalal-ud-din’s involvement in the freedom struggle and quit Kashmir movement.
“He was the first Muslim of J&K State who rose to the position of Chief Justice on account of his simplicity, merit and competence. He was a noble soul and an embodiment of all virtues.” Advocate Mohammad Yousuf Parray, said Mian Jalal-ud-din was God fearing and he had tremendous love for the members of the Bar. He wanted to help the lawyers both inside and outside the court and if anyone had any problem, he would see to it that it is settled according to his wishes, Parray recalled.
Advocate Mohammad Sultan, said Jalal-ud-din was the first General Secretary of Muslim Conference and his two brothers are still in Pakistan, who have held high positions over there.
Advocate R. A. Sogami recalled that Jalal-ud-din was a gentleman and he helped people without discrimination of cast, creed and color.
He also recalled an incident when Jalal-ud-din appointed a person in judiciary who was badly in need of help and saved the family from starvation.
Advocate Ghulam Jeelani Bala, said that Jalal-ud-din was a friend of his father and was always concerned about the plight of the people of J&K. He said that Jalal-ud-din was a member of delimitation commission and in his capacity tried to highlight the miseries and sufferings of state’s majority community.
Advocate Mufti Mehraj-ud- shared personal experience with Jalal-ud-din from his childhood days. “He was himself an institution and the first Muslim Chief Justice of the State. In his capacity as lawyer I appeared in a number of cases before him and found him to be an upright and honest judge.”
Others who spoke include advocates Z. A. Qureshi , Mushtaq Ahmad Maqdoomi, Majid Jahangir, , Nazir Ahmad Ronga , Syed Manzoor Ahmad, Mohammad Ashraf Wani , Onkar Singh , G. N. Shaheen and Bashir Sidiq.