Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has concluded today

Chandigarh March 18:- In the finale of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Exhibition was today inaugurated by Mrs.Padma Bhandari wife of Justice A.N. Bhandari, the then Chief Justice of the Punjab High Court.The Exhibition displays photographs of opening ceremony of the High Court on March 19, 1955 by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the 1st Prime Minister of India in the company of Le Corbusier, the master architect of Chandigarh. The prominent personalities that can be seen in the photographs include Babu Brish Bhan, Chief Minister, Pepsu, Shri Bhim Sain Sachar, Chief Minister, Punjab, Sardar Swaran Singh, Cabinet Minister, Government of India, Sardar Partap Singh Kairon, (later Chief Minister, Punjab), Sardar Gurdial Singh Dhillon (Speaker, Lok Sabha) Maharaja Yadvindra Singh, Raj Pramukh Pepsu - the father of the present Chief Minister Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh. The photographs also show Mr. Justice A.N. Bhandari (the then Chief Justice) as also Justice G.D.Khosla, Justice Harnam Singh, Justice D.Falshaw, Justice J.L.Kapur, Justice S.S.Dulat and Justice Bishan Narain. Mrs. Padma Bhandari is also seen in these pictures. The inauguration of the exhibition by her represents the dove tailing of past with the present. The album which was prepared in 1955 by Shri Nar Singh Dass, an Assistant of High Court at that time, has also been displayed along with the Model of the High Court. There are rare original drawings prepared by the Architects for the High Court building in 1952-53. The bell which was used at one time for commencing the work in the Court and for lunch hours as well as for closing has also been displayed. There are rare portraits of Sir Shadi Lal, who was elevated to the Privy Council and Justice F.W.Skemp and Justice Ram Narain Dar - the 1st Indian Judge of Chief Court, Lahore.
The journey of the High Court from Lahore to Chandigarh also has been covered by depicting the Lahore High Court, the "Peter Hoff" building from where the High Court functioned at Shimla after partition of the country in 1947 and the present building. Some pictures highlight the double roof of the High Court building with the upper roof placed over the lower one in a manner of a parasol shading the lower roof, which itself shows the unique architectural feature of the building. There are 'tablaqs'/hard envelopes which were in use by the Chief Court and High Court at Lahore, Shimla, Punjab, Pepsu and at Chandigarh. Similarly, stamps (seals) from Lahore, Shimla, Pepsu, Punjab and Chandigarh have been collected and displayed. Even the stationery items used in the earlier period are displayed which includes, the Roller Calendar, which was placed on the dias. The judgements of the famous trials of the Lahore Conspiracy Case popularly known as Kartar Singh Sarabha's case and the second Lahore Conspiracy case of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev have also been displayed on the digital display boards as well as in show cases. The original pen used to pass the death sentence of Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev which has been made available by the Punjab Archives and Museum Departments has been displayed. The judgment in the Kairon murder trial case" has been displayed. The handcuffs by which Nathu Ram Godse was handcuffed has also been displayed. On display also are the translites of the tapestries designed by Le Corbusier which adorn the walls of Court Room Nos. 1 to 9 which adds grace to the exhibition.
The weapons used in the commission of crimes are on display. A unique case property that has been displayed includes a bow and arrow etc. The cases decided by the Judicial Commission after the 1st War of Independence showing the pronouncement of death sentence to various Indians have also been displayed. These judgments have been made available/furnished courtesy the Haryana Archives and Museum Department. The maces from Lahore High Court as well as the Punjab and Haryana High Court have been displayed by the use of mannequin of Ushers. The dresses of mannequin reveal their tale of journey from Lahore to Chandigarh. These mannequin are shown in different dresses.
A copy of the Constitution of India signed by the Members of the Constituent Assembly has also been displayed. It has signatures of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda, father of the present Chief Minister, Haryana. There are number of cases on display which have been argued by Punjab Kesri Lala Lajpat Rai when the great martyr practiced as Pleader at Hisar.
Chandigarh Desk


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