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Hemant Gupta: Making people happy is not the job of judges

Justice Hemant Gupta of the Supreme Court, who will be retiring on October 16, stated on Friday that a judge couldn’t make people happy because “that’s not his role”.

Justice Gupta spoke at a felicitation program organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association on his final working day as an apex judge.

“A judge can’t make people happy. That’s not his role.” This role is given to others in public life. He said that one cannot fulfil this role in an effort to please people.”

He claimed he was blunt and harsh in court. However, he said that he followed all orders as I understood them.

“The most important thing is my inner satisfaction in giving the best I can to the institution. I don’t regret anything. Although I sometimes lose my cool, I have done my best to fulfill my duties with humility and sincerity. Nobody is perfect. I can’t claim perfection. He said that in all my failures, when I erred it was unintentional.” He added, “I am retiring filled with a lot contentment in my heart.”

Chief Justice of India (CJI), Uday Umesh Lelit described Justice Gupta a “great asset to the institution.”

The CJI stated that he is a man who “has the ability to go into every situation to make the most of what is before him.”

He also praised Justice Gupta’s “completely digitalized” status.

His court encouraged paperless living. He was involved in legal aid work. He did everything he could to make it as good as possible,” said the CJI.

The CJI also praised Justice Gupta for his speed in delivering the judgment.

“Whatever he did, any judgment would be ready within two weeks.” He is a man who can find the time to write judgments right away,” he stated.

Justice Gupta had Friday’s last day working as an apex court judge. He expressed satisfaction with his work and stated that he did his best to fulfill the role. “Whatever matter has been presented to me, I have not hesitated to decide, regardless of the subject.”

Justice Gupta was made an apex court Judge on November 2, 2018.

Justice Gupta’s retirement would reduce the number of judges serving in the top court to 28, against the 34 sanctioned members, including the CJI.

Justice Gupta was a judge at the apex court and delivered many important judgments, including the Karnataka Hijab case verdict.

Justice Gupta dismissed appeals against the March 15 Karnataka High Court’s refusal to lift the ban on the Hijab case.

Justice Gupta had sat down with the CJI earlier in the day to hear the proceedings. CJI Lalit stated, “I must speak something.” Today, this combination makes us the two oldest judges in this court in terms of age.

CJI Lalit will retire on November 8.

Justice Gupta is the son of the former Chief Justice of Punjab and Hayana High court Jitender Vir Gupta. He was born October 17, 1957 and became an advocate in July 1980. From 1997 to 1999, he was also an additional advocate general for Punjab.

On July 2, 2002, he was elected a judge at the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Justice Gupta served as a member of the Computer Committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court over a period of more than 10 years. This period saw the complete computerisation of the high courts, including the digitization of all records of the judicial files and the development of a mechanism that could scan the newly filed case, the introduction of the case management software, and the launch of an electronic diary.

On February 8, 2016, he was elected as Patna High Court judge and was made acting Chief Justice on October 29, 2016.

Justice Gupta was sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on March 18, 2017.

He was a judge at the apex court during his tenure. A five-judge Constitution bench refused to refer to another bench to review its Mandal verdict of 29 years ago, which capped quotas at 50%. It had quashed a Maharashtra law that granted reservations to Marathas for admissions to government jobs in the state. This violation of the principle of equality.

Justice Gupta was also part of the bench that said that insulting remarks to a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe member within the house’s four walls without witnesses is not an offence. It also nullified the SC/ST Act charges against a man who allegedly abused a woman in her building.

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