During the hearing of the case, the Supreme Court judge repeated those last words of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

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New DelhiDuring the hearing of a case in the Supreme Court, suddenly the atmosphere changed completely on Monday. The matter was being heard in a virtual way. That’s when Justice DY Chandrachud referred to the historical painting behind former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. The court was hearing a petition by real estate developer Supertech. The former Attorney General was representing the company. Justice Chandrachud praised the painting in the background of the office of Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi. Said, ‘This is the central hall of the Bombay High Court during the trial of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.’ The former Attorney General thanked Justice Chandrachud for his appreciation. Not only this, Justice Chandrachud also reiterated Tilak’s last words that he had spoken during this trial. He literally remembered these words. Recalling those words of Tilak, Justice Chandrachud said, “Despite the verdict of the jury, I believe that I am innocent. There are greater powers that control the fate of men and nations. It may be God’s will that the cause I am representing flourished and flourished more from my misery than from my free will.’ In 1907, Bal Gangadhar Tilak was tried. On seeing the painting of this case, Chandrachud got excited and said all this. Justice Chandrachud has practiced as a lawyer in the Bombay High Court for many years. Later he was also appointed as a judge in the Bombay High Court. A plaque with Tilak’s last words and a painting depicting the scene of his historic trial is on the second floor of the Bombay High Court outside the Central Court. Here Lokmanya Tilak was tried. Justice Chandrachud said that he used to read these words of Tilak daily during the time of Bombay High Court.

[Attribution to NBT]

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