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During the hearing, the judge of the Supreme Court repeated the last words of Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Justice Chandrachud has practiced as a lawyer in the Bombay High Court for many years.

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court’s virtual hearing took an interesting turn today when Justice DY Chandrachud referred to the historical painting behind former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. The court was hearing a petition by real estate developer Supertech in which the former attorney general was representing it.

Justice Chandrachud praised the painting in the background of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi’s office and said, “This is the central hall of the Bombay High Court during the Tilak trial.”

The Attorney General thanked Justice Chandrachud for the compliment.

When he saw a painting of Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s trial in the Bombay High Court in 1907, Justice Chandrachud repeated the last words Tilak had said during his trial.

Justice Chandrachud said, “Notwithstanding the judgment of the jury, I hold that I am innocent. There are higher powers that rule the fate of men and nations and it may be the will of Providence that the cause I represent is may be more prosperous than my being free from my misery.”

Justice Chandrachud has practiced as a lawyer in the Bombay High Court for many years. Later, he was also appointed as a judge in the Bombay High Court.

A plaque with the last words of Bal Gangadhar Tilak and a painting showing the scene of his historic trial in 1908 are installed on the second floor of the Bombay High Court outside the central court, where Lokmanya Tilak’s trial took place.

Justice Chandrachud today said he remembers Tilak’s words as he read them everyday during his time in the Bombay High Court.

The Bombay High Court is known for its marvelous architecture and was restored during a heritage conservation project. Abha Lamba, a very renowned conservation architect, did the renovation in 2012.

There are also portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar in the Bombay High Court.

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