Justice Parkash Singh Teji of the Delhi High Court retired from office on Monday after serving the institution for almost four years.
In his farewell speech, Justice Teji highlighted that the court currently has just 34 judges, which is half the sanctioned strength of 60 judges. He called for filling up of the vacancies.
During his tenure, Justice Teji pronounced a number of landmark judgments which he either authored himself or co-authored with a fellow judge of the Bench. The HC’s website shows that Justice Teji either authored, or co-authored, 1,530 judgments.
He was part of the Bench that in February this year called for expanding a section in the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act, which prohibits sale of intoxicating liquor to a child, to also include over-the-counter items such as whitener, thinners and vulcanising solution or sulochans.
“We are prima facie of the opinion that such substances should be treated as ‘intoxicating liquor’ within the meaning of Section 77 of the JJ Act,” a Bench of Justice Vipin Sangi and Justice Teji had said.
The same Bench also upheld the life imprisonment awarded to five convicts in the 2010 Dhaula Kuan gangrape case in which a 30-year-old woman executive was raped by five men inside a moving vehicle.
Anti-Sikh riots case
A Bench of Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Teji had in November 2016 critiqued delays in delivering justice in cases such as the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying failure to do so “not only creates wounds which fester but those which incurably infect society”.
The Bench made the observation while dismissing applications of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and two others who sought recusal of Justice Teji from a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case on “apprehension of bias”.
Justice Teji started his career as an advocate in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1983. He later joined the Delhi Higher Judicial Service in 1995.
He contributed substantially to various projects at the Karkardooma Courts Complex, including construction and distribution of lawyers’ chambers, construction and function of first e-court of India, model lock-up, first child witness court of India and the first vulnerable witness examination court.
Justice Teji was elevated as Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court with effect from December 15, 2014. He was appointed as a permanent judge of the High Court on June 3, 2016.
We are prima facie of the opinion that such substances should be treated as ‘intoxicating liquor’ within the meaning of Section 77 of the JJ Act
A Bench of Justice Vipin Sangi
and Justice P.S. Teji
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