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Chief Justice for a united Bar


Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court J.S. Khehar on Monday said he was given to understand that there are different factions in the Bar (advocate association) and added he was willing to play the role of a mediator to ensure that the advocates’ association stands united.

He pointedly urged the advocates to shed their differences and unite. “Even though a divided bar will help us, I am willing to mediate and ensure that all factions unite,” he said.

He was speaking at a function organised by the Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) on the High court premises to welcome him.

Mr. Khehar said priority would be given to all cases though those relating to certain important issues of public and human interest would be taken up expeditiously.

Mr. Khehar replaces Mr. Dinakaran as Chief Justice. While Mr. Khehar has been transferred to Karnataka from Uttaranchal, Mr. Dinakaran has been transferred to Sikkim .

All eyes in the overflowing Court hall No. 1 were on the Chief Justice as he and all the judges walked on to the podium to participate in the function.

Justice Khehar referred to the contributions of the former Chief Justice of India, M.N. Venkatachalaih (who hails from Karnataka) and said he would do his best to discharge his duty sincerely and faithfully.

KSBC Chairman and senior advocate Jayakumar S. Patil welcomed the new Chief Justice and hoped that the Bar and Bench could work together in tandem for the betterment of society.

He promised all cooperation with the judiciary and said the legal fraternity would actively support all its programmes.

High Court Judges, Advocate-General Ashok Haranahalli, State Public Prosecutor H.S. Chandramouli and Bhavani Singh, Additional Advocate-General K.M. Nataraj, Law Secretary, senior advocates, advocates, presiding officers of lower courts and High Court employees were present.

AAB function

Later, the Chief Justice spoke at a function in his honour organised by the AAB and said the Bangalore Bar was one of the best of its kind.

AAB president K.N. Putte Gowda said there is no division among the AAB and only a few disgruntled elements among them had given that impression.



  • Advocates urged to shed their differences
  • ‘I am willing to mediate and ensure that all factions unite’

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