HT Correspondent, Allahabad, January 25
FORMER CHIEF Justice of India Visheshwar Nath Khare, who was awarded Padma Bhushan, took his law degree from the Allahabad University.
Thereafter, in 1961 he was enrolled as an advocate and practised on the civil, writ and revenue sides in the same court. In the initial years, he was under the guidance of his father Bishambar Nath Khare and uncle SC Khare, both noted lawyers of their times.
Later, he became the Chief Standing Counsel of UP at the Allahabad High Court.
After his stint as the Chief Standing Counsel he was elevated to the Bench in June 1983.
In February 1996 he was appointed as the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court.
He was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court in March 1997. Justice Khare, who was known for his progressive judicial intervention, was appointed the CJI in December 2002. He retired in May 2004.
As CJI, Justice Khare had censured the Narendra Modi Government on the Gujarat carnage. He had ordered that the Best Bakery case be transferred out of Gujarat so that victims got justice and blasted the Modi Government for its inability to deliver justice to riot victims.
When Hindustan Times broke the news about the award to him on Wednesday night, Justice Khare, who now lives in Noida, said, “I have always been a humble person and I don’t know if I really deserve this national honour”.