Kochi: Newly appointed Chief Justice of
India, Justice S H Kapadia, has said the only asset he
possesses is integrity and hopes to fulfil the constitutional
obligations to achieve the goal of "inclusive growth."
"I come from a poor family. I started my career as a
class IV employee and the only asset I possess is integrity,"
Justice Kapadia said in a letter written to former Supreme
Court judge V R Krishna Iyer on May 3.
Justice Kapadia, successor to Justice K G Balakrishnan
who demits office on Tuesday, said, "Even as a judge of the Supreme
Court, I have used my knowledge of accounts and economics for
the welfare of the downtrodden including tribals and
"... I hope to fulfil my obligation to the Constitution in
the matter of achieving the goal of inclusive growth", he said
in his letter, replying to a congratulatory message from
Justice Iyer following his new appointment as CJI.
Replying to Justice Kapadia`s letter on May 10, Justice
Iyer said, "The letter fills me with hope that we are on the
verge of an era of constitutional justice. India is a poor
country and poverty jurisprudence and social justice must
receive high priority."