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Good response to judicial history exhibition

FORMER CHIEF Justice of India Justice R C Lahoti inaugurated an exhibition on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of MP High Court formation at the Indore High Court premises yesterday. MP High Court Chief Justice A K Patnaik was also present along with HC judges of Indore and Jabalpur Bench.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 00:54 IST

FORMER CHIEF Justice of India Justice R C Lahoti inaugurated an exhibition on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of MP High Court formation at the Indore High Court premises yesterday. MP High Court Chief Justice A K Patnaik was also present along with HC judges of Indore and Jabalpur Bench.

The exhibition invited intrigue and awe while reflecting lesser-known aspects of judicial history. It had on display the two-piece blue velvet dress of first Chief Justice Gilbert Stone.

Its brass buttons and fine cuts added to couture effect. Equally intriguing was the execution order of the hero of 1857 mutiny Mangal Pande and the jail warrant of Subhash Chandra Bose issued in 1933. A `bharmar bandook’, which looked like a walking stick too was on display.

Mughal coins, old scripts, weapons, badges, court office material and photographs of former judges were also part of the exhibition.

Law books as old as 1874, judgements written in Persian between 1840-1855, Jhabua Darbar gazette, old paper weights, century old lamp shades, old punching machines, magnifying glasses suspended along a wooden rod from London, Mughal coins and the wooden mono of military of Jiwaji Rao Scindia also evinced interest.

The iron hand cuffs and long leather bags used for keeping cash with a leather hook to insert iron lock had onlookers pause for while.

What impressed wives of High Court judges, who were present in good numbers, was the wall mural on Parliament building at New Delhi depicting the Goddess of Justice. The ‘Nyay ki Devi’ has no band around her eyes, which are wide open with light emanating from them.

Interestingly, most goods displayed at the exhibition were seized as evidence during court trials in the last two centuries and kept under lock and key for long and have now become antiques.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 00:54 IST