How Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud used his 1966 model Ambassador car to augment his lawyering skills

In his speech, the CJI fondly recalled his experiences at the Bar as a young lawyer.

Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud said on Monday that he used to drive around a 1966 model Ambassador car during his days as a young lawyer.

Interestingly, he also revealed how he put the classic car to good use to augment his legal skills

“I used to drive a 1966 Ambassador and while driving my seniors, I used to take longer routes just to absorb more from the senior and their arguments,” he said.

CJI Chandrachud was speaking at his felicitation by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).

In his speech, the CJI fondly recalled his experiences at the Bar as a young lawyer.

“Mr. Pravin Parekh had given me a land acquisition matter to appear before Justice Thakker. I was asked not to sleep and prepare for it and it went on to become a reported judgment. I was briefed along with Senior Advocate Fali Nariman on a case regarding withdrawal of prosecution against three chief ministers. I wanted to say something to the bench and I was told “be quiet” and observe what the judges were talking. I used to hear Senior Advocate Parasaran explain the bare text of the Constitution,” he said.

I am just a stream coming out of the great Indian bar.
CJI DY Chandrachud

The CJI expressed his gratitude towards the Bar, underlining that he is one among them.

“What I am today is what I have learnt from the greats of bench and the bar. Justice Sabyasachi Mukherjee had once remarked “let the wiser heads decide” while referring a matter to the Supreme Court. He then went on to become the Chief Justice of India. Can the stream ever rise above the source. I am just a stream coming out of the great Indian bar,” he said.

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