Justice Sachar’s sterling qualities and fight for human rights recalled at memorial meeting

New Delhi, May 4 (UNI) People from various walks of life, politicians, lawyers, social workers and activists paid glowing tributes at a memorial meeting here on Friday for Rajinder Sachar former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
Sachar was a member of United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and was also the Chairman of the Sachar Committee report on the social, economic and educational status of Muslims in India.

He died on April 28.

”His used to be the first voice against any injustice and today when there is an invisible emergency like situation in the country people like him are needed more than ever before,” said senior leader Sharad Yadav.

CPI leader D Raja said one should draw from his life and “learn how to fight when Constitution, democracy and polity are under attack and Parliament is curtailed”.

Joginder Sharma of CPI-M said, “Justice Sachar showed us where we should reach.”

Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaisingh said Justice Sachar was a strong votary of the independence of the judiciary and “now we must take carry the torch for the right causes that he so vehemently pursued.”

Several members of the judiciary including Justice Jaspal Singh, RS Cheema, Indira Jaisingh, Ashok Panda, Ashok Gerora, Shams Khwaja recalled the sterling qualities of Justice Sachar and his fight for human rights and the Sachar report.

Social activists like Manoranjan Mohanty, Dr Sunilam, Bhaskar Rao, Viresh Pratap, Kavita Srivastava, Vimal Bhai and Dr Aparna of the Federation of Trade Unions recalled the central role played by Justice Sachar in several movements. He was a counsel to the People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

Haribachan Siddhu of the Hind Mazdoor Sabha talked about the Study Circle formed by Rajunder Sachar along with socialist leaders like Surendra Mohan.

Swami Agnivesh said that the best tribute to Justice Sachar would be to ensure that there is a moratorium on any Chief Justice taking up a post for 10 years after retirement.

The memorial meeting was organised by Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Parikh and over a dozen organizations.

Journalist Kuldip Nayyer, who is related to Justice Sachar, sat through the two hour-long the meeting but did not speak.