New Delhi: Former Chief Justice of India K G
Balakrishnan today said the Supreme Court should be
"accessible" to the poor and asked lawyers to work for the
uplift of the downtrodden.
"The Supreme Court should be accessible to the poor. The
Supreme Court has to help the poor. They should not be
neglected," he said at a farewell function organised by the
All India Senior Advocates Association.
Justice Balakrishnan, who demited office today, asked
lawyers to take up the cause of the poor and cited his own
instance wherein as a lawyer he took up the cause of poor
litigants without charging any fee.
"In one case, a client who could not pay me the fee
gifted me a Titan watch," he said.
He also complimented the Supreme Court lawyers for
maintaining high standards of advocacy and expressed happiness
that lawyers of the apex court had never struck work unlike
the frequent strikes resorted to by lawyers in other courts.
President of association Adish Aggrawala complimented
Justice Balakrishnan for his simplicity, humility and legal