Justice PB Majmudar of the Bombay high court, who is known for his stern attitude towards any inaction by the government and its bodies on public-related issues, said judges should have a perfect character.
Majmudar, who was speaking as a guest at the inauguration of the First Foundation Day of Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Legal Research Centre on Saturday, said: “A judge can give many judgments, but if their character is not perfect then they should refrain from giving advice.”
Reminding the students of the contribution by Dr Ambedkar in framing the Constitution of India and his fight for equal rights to Dalits, justice Majmudar asked students to take his (Ambedkar) example and build their character.
Justice Majmudar emphasised that the students should concentrate more on building character than on earning wealth. He said: “Money is nothing, your conduct is important.”
“There is a proverb which says, if health is lost something is lost, wealth is lost nothing is lost, but if character is lost everything is lost. Today, the proverb has been changed to, if character is lost nothing is lost but if wealth is lost everything is lost,” said the judge.
He further said no one should be deprived of education and health for want of money.
Citing the example of Dr Ambedkar, justice Majmudar said one should learn from his [Ambedkar] life.
“He worked hard against all odds in the unfortunate days of untouchability. The way he built his career and built the Constitution of our country, you as a student should follow his steps. Your attitude and character will make your life,” said justice Majmudar.
Siddharth College of Law also released its Legal Research Magazine during the celebration of 55th Annual Day and Prize Distribution Function on Saturday.