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PUCL Bulletin, 2007

Rajindar Sachar

Rajindar Sachar, the former Chief Justice of Delhi and Sikkim High Courts is a graduate of the pre-partition, Government of Law College, Lahore. He spent long years in the specialist movement under the leadership of JP and Lohia and went to jail several times as a Trade Union Worker. He joined Law practice in the Punjab High Court in 1952. In February 1970 he was appointed a judge of Delhi High Court.

He established the Sikkim High Court in 1975. He was the Chair person of the Committee appointed to review the MRTP Act and the Company’s Act 1977. He retired as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in 1985. After retirement he was elected the President of the PUCL in 1986 and continued in that post till 1995. He was the Convenor of the UN Sub Committee on Housing Rights. He was named the Chair person of Prime Ministers High level Committee on the status of Muslim Committee in India in March 2005 and submitted its reports last week. He continues to be actively involved in the working of the PUCL and in the Human Rights Movement in general in the country.

He has filed a number of PILs in the Supreme Court on behalf of the PUCL and obtained landmark judgement. Some of the important cases that he filed in the Apex Court were the letter to Child Trafficking; telephone Tapping, Clean Elections, TADA, POTA, and the Domestic question and the Open Ballot System in the Rajya Sabha polls. Excepting the last all were on behalf of the PUCL.

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