New Delhi: The All India Bar Association (AIBA) has welcomed the reconstitution of the Law Commission of India and hailed the appointment of Justice Rituraj Awasthi as its Chairman.
In a statement in New Delhi, Dr Adish C. Aggarwala, Senior Advocate and Chairman of AIBA, also slammed lawyer—turned-politician Asaduddin Owaisi for criticising the choice of Justice Awasthi for the prestigious responsibility, citing the jurist’s judgment in the Hijab case while heading a bench as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.
One, the judgment of the bench headed by Justice Awasthi was later upheld by the Supreme Court in letter and spirit. Two, it is unfair and unethical to judge a judge instead of judging his judgments. On both counts, Mr Owaisi’s criticism of Justice Awasthi’s appointment as Law Commission of India Chairman deserves to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
Asaduddin Owaisi, himself being a jurist and barrister, should not misrepresent facts and should demonstrate his faith in the judiciary of this nation, said Dr Aggarwala who has also been Vice Chairman of the Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association.
AIBA hereby pledges its unflinching support to the Law Commission of India and its new Chairman Justice Awasthi and undertakes to stand by the institution against all disruptive and destabilising forces.
(Dr. Adish C Aggarwala)
Chairman, All India Bar Association