After verdict on gay rights, Justice Singhvi retires

Gay sex in indiaThe seniormost judge of the Supreme court retired on Wednesday, with the judgment in the Naz Foundation case related to criminalisation of homosexual acts as his swan song. (AP)

Placing his faith in god and saying that his 23 years of judicial service was "what god has directed and ordained" him to do, Justice G S Singhvi of the Supreme Court of India bid an emotional farewell to the court on Wednesday.

The seniormost judge of the Supreme court retired on Wednesday, with the judgment in the Naz Foundation case related to criminalisation of homosexual acts as his swan song. The judge refused to comment on the case in response to the media's questions, and focused in his speech on thanking his seniors, brother judges and family for supporting him in his work.

During the farewell ceremony, Chief Justice P Sathasivam in his speech praised Singhvi for his work ethic, acumen and concern for the poor and vulnerable sections of society. "Like his views on land acquisition matters, just today he has said that farmers and victims in accident cases must get their rights," said the Chief Justice, who added that he consulted Singhvi "many times while taking decisions."

Supreme Court Bar Association President Senior Advocate M N Krishnamani in his speech also praised the retiring judge for the "staunch adherence to dharma."The senior lawyer in his speech also mentioned the Naz Foundation judgment, stating that as a constitutional court, the Supreme Court was correct to have sent the issue to Parliament.

Justice Singhvi, credited with several orders in monitoring the 2G Spectrum scam cases, the Greater Noida Land acquisition case and many other landmark judicial interventions, has served as a Judge of the Supreme Court for over six years.

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