PUCL Bulletin, June 2004

Orissa High Court Bar Association
Condolence resolution on the sad demise of Justice V.M. Tarkunde

The General Body meeting of the High Court Bar Association held with deep sorrow on the sad demise of Justice V.M. Tarkunde, who was the judge of Bombay High Court. He started his practice in Supreme Court as a Senior Advocate after retirement as a judge. He was an ardent supporter of civil rights and human liberty and was the President of PUCL over a decade. He was a great critic of the Emergency and after late Jaya Prakash Narayan, he was the advisor to the PUCL till his last-day. He was fighting even litigation in S.C. in protecting the Civil liberty of individuals. He was individual liberty personified. He was known world-wide.

His death is a severe blow to the rights and liberties movement of the country.

This meeting offer heart-felt condolence on his sad demise and pray to the almighty that his soul may rest in peace.

As a mark of respect to the departed soul, 2 minutes silence is observed.
A copy of resolution be sent to the bereaved family. -- Guru Mohanty, President, 31.3.2004

Press Release: Punjab Human Rights Committee

PHRC has passed a resolution condoling the sad demise of Justice V.M. Tarkunde on March 22.3.2004 at New Delhi. Justice Tarkunde was one of the great humanist of India. He was a father figure in Human Rights movement in the country. His sincerity, devotion and truthful commitment to the cause of common man and his able guidance in human rights and civil liberties work influenced thousands of men and women in India. PUCL and other many human rights bodies have lost a leading light in this field. India has lost the greatest personality in Justice Tarkunde’s death. His sad demise is an irreparable loss to all of us. -- Ved Prakash Gupta

Hemlata Prabhu:

Dear Mr. Chhibbar, I was saddened by the news I read in the PUCL Bulletin of the death of Justice Tarkunde. I went back in the time to recall the many splendid battles he fought in the cause of justice and liberty and in particular the services he rendered to PUCL in its many struggles against the violation of civil liberties.

The last time I met him was many years ago in the early 1990s when he had put up at the University Guest House for a day before leaving to address a group of rural works in a nearby village. He was suffering from a stomach disorder and a guest house was not the proper place to nurse without medical attention and proper diet. I prevailed on him to shift to the house where Krishna Jerway and I lived so that he could get proper medical attention and diet. He was quite unmindful of the honour he was doing to us by accepting the invitation but so very acutely aware of what he thought was the trouble he was giving us.

His devotion to duty, his soundness, his simpatico, which I recall, touched every one he met. Indeed a really great man has passed away.
Please take care of yourself.

Yours Sincerely, -- Hemlata Prabhu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu


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