The Judiciary

‘My dear Chagla’

Print edition : February 07, 2014

March 27, 1948: Bombay High Court Chief Justice M.C. Chagla (sitting, extreme left) and Chief Justice of India Sir Harilal J. Kania (sitting, fourth from left) with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the Chief Justices of other High Courts at the Gymkhana Club in New Delhi when they met to discuss the draft Constitution of India. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The Supreme Court building. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

The Bombay High Court was housed in a majestic building modelled on a castle on the river Rhine in Germany, whereas the Federal Court, which later became the Supreme Court of India, did not even have its own building. It was only in 1958 that the Supreme Court got its own building. Photo: Vivek Bendre

High Court Chief Justices are now considered inferior to Supreme Court judges. It was not always so, as is clear from the case of Chief Justice M.C. Chagla of the Bombay High Court who passed up an opportunity to join the new Supreme Court of India.
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