The Supreme Court held a virtual farewell today in Chief Justice NV Ramana’s court to say goodbye to Justice Ashok Bhushan, who will retire on July 4, 2021. Justice Bhushan was born on July 5, 1956, in Jaunpur (district), Uttar Pradesh, and received his bachelor’s degree in arts in 1975. In 1979, he graduated from Allahabad University with a first-class law degree.
On April 6, 1979, he was admitted to the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh and began practising civil and original law in Allahabad High Court his elevation to the Bench. Justice Bhushan, who was appointed to the Supreme Court on May 13, 2016, was a part of several landmark decisions, including a five-judge Constitution bench decision in November 2019 that cleared the way for the construction of the Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ordered the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of a mosque.
He was also a member of a five-judge Constitution panel that found the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme constitutionally lawful in September 2018, but struck down certain of its aspects, such as the linking of bank accounts, mobile phones, and school admissions.
Moreover, Justice Bhushan presided over a five-judge Constitution bench that refused to refer the issue of whether to revisit its 29-year-old Mandal verdict capping quotas at 50% and quashing a Maharashtra law granting reservations to Marathas in admissions and government jobs in the state, citing a violation of the principle of the right to equality, to a larger bench last month.
While attending the farewell at the court of CJI NV Ramana, the Attorney General remarked that the loss would be devastating to the legal community, the judiciary, and the country’s population. “It is with great sadness that we announce the departure of Justice Ashok Bhushan,”
Agreeing to the Attorney General, Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General of India, said that during court sessions, Justice Bhushan usually had a “soft smile” on his face, according to the SG. “His Lordship’s Court etiquette, regard for members of the Bar, and care for the ordinary man are all excellent,” the SG said. “
According to Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, President of the Supreme Court Profession Association, Justice Bhushan was “very humble” and “quite compassionate to young members of the bar.”
‘Judges are only known by their judgments; judgments are the only authentic standard to evaluate the metal of a judge.’ According to CJI Ramana, Justice Bhushan will be remembered for his judgments and his welfare and humanist orientation.
Even on his last day of service, Justice Bhushan’s bench issued a significant decision regarding the payment of ex-gratia compensation to the relatives of COVID victims.