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Telegraph follows Courtwitness’ lead: Meet almost-CJI justice Altamas Kabir

After Forbes profiled CJI Kapadia’s career at its dusk, it is now time for The Telegraph to docket India’s future boss Altamas Kabir’s run-up of seven years and 21 days to the helm, and his days before and after.

Sending a husband to jail for taunting his wife on her dark complexion, ruling for power to trans-gender people, giving a landmark judgement bringing female relatives of the husband definitively under the Domestic Violence Act, Kabir fought for the undermined against the might of the state in his time at the Supreme Court.

As the 57-year-old chief justice of Jharkhand high court, where he was transferred to within weeks of being appointed chief at the Calcutta high court, he set up juvenile courts and passed several orders on the welfare of remand-home inmates.

Often the last judge to leave the Supreme Court, Justice Kabir is popular with junior lawyers

Junior lawyers always felt confident arguing their cases in his court as they knew that he would give them a patient hearing

We need people like him who understand what it means to be marginalised, stigmatised and ostracised simply for the fact that we are who we are

No less delighted at Justice Kabir’s elevation are the 43 inmates of Women’s Probation Home in Namkum, Ranchi. They call him and his wife Minna Kabir “Papa” and “Mummy” [Telegraph India]

Read Courtwitness’s profile of Kabir here

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