New Delhi: Known for his bold judgments on various cases, particularly in criminal and corruption issue, Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju has retired.

Katju who was famous for giving landmark judgments while referring the ‘sher’ of the Mirza Ghalib was given farewell by the Supreme Court Bar Association on Monday. 

At the farewell, Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia said Justice Katju has lost neither the courage to speak the truth nor his concern for the common man.

“He will always be remembered for his bold remarks and stern judgments. He always took tough stand against the social evils. Accepting his own mistakes reveals simplicity and gravity of his personality,” Kapadia said.

Looking at his journey, there are many examples stating his strong and fearless attitude. Citing few, he said that in a strong indictment of a judge of the Allahabad High Court for passing orders for extraneous considerations, Justice Katju said “Something is rotten in the Allahabad High Court.”

Justice Katju had made headlines several times by his strong views on corruption saying "the corrupt should be hanged from the lamp post as this is the only way to get rid of corruption in the country."

To stop criminal activities in the society, he awarded death sentences in cases like dowry deaths, honour killings and fake encounters.

Katju in one of his judgment passed order to rehabilitate the sex workers/prostitutes but also directed government not to force them.  

(JPN/Bureau)