New Delhi [India], August 30 (ANI): Supreme Court judge Justice Arun Mishra has turned down Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) invite for a farewell function to be organised ahead of his retirement on September 2.
Justice Mishra said his conscience doesn't permit him to participate in any farewell function, due to COVID-19 pandemic.
In his letter to the President of SCBA, Justice Mishra said: "I am grateful for your kind invitation for inviting me to the farewell function proposed on the eve of my retirement."
"I have always considered the Bar as the mother of the judiciary, and it would have been a great pleasure to attend the said function. However, taking into consideration the severe situation and sufferings the world over on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, my conscience does not permit me to participate in any farewell function," he said.
Justice Mishra "assured" that as and when the situation normalizes, he will "certainly visit the Bar and pay my respect."
The Supreme Court will pronounce on Monday its order on the point of sentence against senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan in connection with the suo motu criminal contempt case over his tweets accusing former Chief Justices of India of corruption. (ANI)