- Justice Ashok Bhushan held the last hearing as Supreme Court judge on Wednesday
- His bench directed to pay compensation to the kin of the Kovid dead
- Justice Bhushan used harsh words many times while giving judgment in favor of deprived sections.
- Justice Ashok Bhushan was to retire as a Supreme Court judge after four days.
Justice Ashok Bhushan Said goodbye to the Supreme Court four days before the date of his retirement. Wednesday was his last day in the apex court. Justice Ashok Bhushan, who wrote the addendum to the judgment delivered by the five-judge bench on the Ayodhya dispute, continued to be known as the ‘favourite judge of lawyers’.
Why did you take leave four days before retirement?
In fact, Justice Ashok Bhushan took leave four days before his retirement to participate in the Shradh program of his mother. His mother had passed away nine days ago. Justice Bhushan used to have a friendly attitude towards young lawyers and would be found trying to encourage them. He wrote a 116-page addendum to the unanimous decision of a five-judge bench in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case.
Unique blend of gentleness and toughness in personality
Everyone in the Supreme Court knew Justice Bhushan as his gentle and soft spoken judge, but when it came to the backward and deprived sections of the society, he never hesitated to use harsh words in favor of these sections. He also left his mark on his last decision on Wednesday. The case was about compensation to the families of those who lost their lives due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. Along with Justice MR Shah, he ruled that the government cannot shirk its constitutional obligation and must pay compensation to the next of kin of the deceased, whatever the amount may be. The bench said that it is not necessary that the amount of compensation should be only four lakhs, but the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will have to make guidelines by fixing the appropriate amount.
Decision on migrating laborers
After the announcement of nationwide lockdown in the first wave of Kovid last year, when the exodus of laborers from metros like Delhi-Mumbai started, the matter reached the Supreme Court. A bench headed by Justice Bhushan directed the government to make arrangements for shelter, food and ration for lakhs of laborers walking hundreds of kilometers away to their homes. The bench asked the government to arrange community kitchens for the laborers forced to migrate.
Justice Bhushan will also be remembered by these decisions
His bench had directed the airline companies to refund the tickets for the flights canceled due to the lockdown. His bench compelled the government and the Reserve Bank to instruct banks not to charge interest from those who could not repay loan EMIs during the Kovid period. In the same year, a bench headed by him took a classy class on the government’s blunder in registering all 38 crore workers in the unorganized sector to take advantage of social welfare schemes. Expressing displeasure over the attitude of the government, the bench said it was “unforgivable apathy”.
Born in Jaunpur, UP
Justice Ashok Bhushan is from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh. Bhushan, 65, joined the legal profession in 1979 at the age of 23 and was appointed a judge of the Allahabad High Court in 2001. He was appointed as a Supreme Court judge on May 13, 2016. He served a total of 5 years and two months in the Supreme Court. Chief Justice NV Raman, on the occasion of farewell, called Justice Bhushan a rich personality. He said, ‘Justice Bhushan raised the value of justice system on the basis of welfare and humanitarian aspects.’
Retired Justice Ashok Bhushan.