CM exhorts lawyers to work hard to secure justice for disadvantaged

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 May 2017 09:44:52


 Staff Reporter,

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presents best junior lawyer awards to Adv Sameer Sonwane, Adv Sweety Bhatia and Adv Pravin R Agrawal

Junior lawyers should work hard, accumulate more knowledge, sharpen legal acumen, improve courtcraft and should strive to secure justice for disadvantaged people, exhorted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after presenting ‘Best Junior Lawyer’ award instituted in memory of former Vice-Chancellor late Dr P L Bhandarkar at a glittering function organised at High Court auditorium by Vidarbha Lady Lawyers Association.

The awards were instituted by lawyer-couple Shreerang and Anjali Bhandarkar in memory of Dr Bhandarkar, a scholar par excellence to encourage budding lawyers to excel further.

Senior Administrative Judge of Nagpur bench Justice Bhushan Gavai, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Advocate General Rohit Deo, graced the occasion.

Among the youngster Sameer Sonwane, Adv Sweety Bhatia and Adv Pravin R Agrawal were selected for the award. A special award for legal reporting was presented to Rakesh Ghanode.

Appreciating the laudable initiative, Fadnavis advised award winners not to get swayed by accolades but to move further and carve niche for oneself. Mere command over language or impressive presentation is not sufficient, but you must be thorough with law, understand the jurisprudence and master the art of formulating arguments and be able to handle the complex legal challenges, the Chief Minister told the budding lawyers. He also asked senior and successful lawyers to be more generous towards juniors and society.

Many a times, a lawyer earns name, fame and lot of wealth, but is reluctant to share his knowledge, expertise even with juniors and a small portion of earning for betterment of society, such individuals, howsoever talented they may be, often fails to make indelible impact on social life, he stated.

Justice Bhushan Gavai in his impressive speech reminded lawyers’ that they are part of noble profession, where making money should not be the guiding principle. Most of the great leaders of our freedom struggle were very successful lawyers who sacrificed their roaring practice, he stated while urging lawyers to follow in their footsteps and become thought leaders of society.

Advocate General Rohit Deo while appreciating Bhandarkar family and VLLA, hoped that recognition for good work boosts morale of junior lawyers. Sharing many anecdotes, Adv Deo stated that instead of merely lip-service, leading lights must come forward and encourage junior lawyers.

Earlier VLLA President Padma Chandekar made introductory remarks. Head of jury Meera Khadakkar announced the award while VLLA Secretary Ritu Kalia proposed a vote of thanks. Adv. Ila Sudame compered the function. Sitting judges of Nagpur bench including Justice P B Varale, Justice Ravi Deshpande, Justice Z A Haq, Justice Sunil Shukre, Justice Nitin Sambre, MNLU VC Prof Vijender Singh, senior lawyers, ASGI Ulhas Aurangabadkar, former minister Ranjit Deshmukh, Katol MLA Ashish Deshmukh, DBA President Prakash Jaiswal, District Government Pleader Nitin Telgote, Adv Uday Dable and others were prominently present on this occasion.