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PUCL Bulletin, Feruary 2007

Second V M Tarkunde Memorial Lecture - J S Verma delivers the Lecture, Rajindar Sachar dresides

The second PUCL V M Tarkunde Memorial Lecture was delivered on November 23 at 5.30 pm at Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi by (Justice) JS Verma (Retd.), former Chief Justice of India and the former Chair person of the National Human Rights Commission of India. Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and former President of the PUCL, Justice Rajindar Sachar (Retd.), presided.

In the beginning Dr Y P Chhibbar, the General Secretary of the PUCL, spoke briefly about the life of late Shri V M Tarkunde (see elsewhere). Dr Pushkar Raj, Secretary PUCL said a few words about (Justice) Rajindar Sachar. Dr George Mathew, President Delhi State PUCL, introduced (Justice) Verma (see at the beginning of his Lecture). Justice Verma spoke on Humanism: The Essence of Civil Liberties.

Speaking after (Justice) Verma. (Justice) Rajindar Sachar said a few words about Shri Tarkunde. He, in a voice charged with emotion, recalled that when he had approached Tarkunde to appear in defence of his father (late) Shri Bhim Sen Sachar, (the oldest person to be arrested, during the Emergency in 1975), Tarkunde, setting all formalities aside, came to his residence for preparing the brief. It is a well established practice that the client visit, the lawyer and not vice-versa. He also recalled how Tarkunde affectionately persuaded him to accept the Presidentship of the PUCL in 1986.

In the end Shri Mahi Pal Singh, General Secretary of the Delhi State PUCL expressed thanks on behalf of the National PUCL and the Delhi PUCL. He thanked the main speaker and the president of the meeting, Justice J S Verma and Justice Rajindar Sachar respectively. He specially thanked Ms Manik Karanjawala, daughter of Justice Tarkunde. He also mentioned the name of Prof Amrik Singh, who was the Vice President of the PUCL for a number of years. He also thanked the Gandhi Peace Foundation. He profusely thanked the audience for sparing the time to attend the Lecture.

K. G. Kannabiran, President, PUCL could not came from Hyderabad due to ill health. After the function every one was invited to a cup of tea.

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