ROSES IN DECEMBER:
Mr.Justice M.C.Chagla, the then Chief Justice of Bombay in his famous autobiography reminisces:
“I can honestly claim that during my eleven-year tenure as Chief Justice, I gave to the High Court all the dedication and devotion of which I was capable. My thoughts day and night were all centred around the High Court. During the whole of that period I do not think I absented myself from court even once. I have sat when I had fever, I have sat when I had a violent attack of gout, and when I was sick or sorry. I believed that when the court was sitting my place was there. My wife would often ask me in fun whether I received extra pay for sitting in court even when I was not well, and my answer was that a conscience that remains untroubled was to me as gratifying as an extra month’s salary and that I would be utterly miserable if I stayed at home while the court was functioning. I used to tell my colleagues that if I died while still in office, they should not close the court and if they did, my ghost would haunt the building. I have never believed in closing courts or government offices as a mark of respect for someone who has died. To my mind, the best way of honouring his memory is to work harder than we did before. One may cancel parties and functions, if one likes, but I do not understand why one should cease working because someone has passed away”.