Glowing tribute paid to Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas

March 1, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: A rich tribute was paid to a renowned personality and icon of the judiciary, Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas in a befitting manners at a Condolence Reference organized by Sindh Madressatul Islam University Karachi within the premises of the University on Sunday night. The distinguished speakers highlighted background, life achievements, performance, and role played by Rana Bhagwandas for strengthening Judiciary and democracy in Pakistan.

Former chief minister Sindh Syed Ghous Ali Shah said Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas was an honest and daring judge who had never compromised on his principles, thus no one can question about his honesty and character. He said Rana Bhagwandas was resident of Naseerabad, District Larkana and he himself belonged to Kairpur Mirs, and there was passage of River Indus in between both, but he owned will like River Indus, thus he never made any wrong decision during his span of life, in such a way he kept his respect up, and respects of his own community and the country as a whole.

Renowned parliamentarian and MPA Syed Sardar Ahmed said Rana Bhagwandas was a man of great character and dignity. He also possessed symbols of great human beings prominently and was like a rose flower spread fragrance everywhere.

Senator Saeed Ghani was of the view that Rana Bhagwandas always upheld justice in all eras, either of dictatorship or democratic in the country. He said Rana Bhagwandas was not only judge but he was a true supporter to humanity.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University spoke in detail about the services of Justice (Retd.) Rana Bhagwandas rendered for judiciary and especially for Sindh Madressatul Islam University. He said Rana Bhagwandas was selected a member of the first Selection Board of Sindh Madressatul Islam University constituted after getting university status in 2012. He said during the last two years, he, as its member participated in its all meetings, which lasted for 28 days on different dates.

Dr Shaikh said it was his effort that he provided full opportunity of expression to every candidate, and he had never consideration of cast, creed, colour, ethnicity or religious. Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh said Rana Bhagwandas remained present in about 400 interviews of the candidates, out of which 100 employees were selected, who are presently performing their duties at SMIU. He added that people like Rana Bhagwandas take birth in centuries.

Dr. Mohammad Ali Shaikh also read out message of Justice Mohammad al-Ghazali, Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan and member of Shariat Appellate Bench. In his message Justice Ghazali said that Justice (Retd.) Rana Bhagwandas was a pride of judiciary. He while appreciating the effort of Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh to organize the reference said that it is indeed a well-deserved tribute to the great man who was an embodiment of noble humility. He radiated trust in human values and inspired nothing but respect and admiration among all those who met him. “I compliment Dr Shaikh for hosting this meeting and or recording our nation’s debt of gratitude to this pride of our judiciary,” Justice Mohammad al Ghazali said and added that indeed it behoves the great Alma Metre of the father of the nation to perform this solemn national duty.

Justice (Retd) Hamid Ali Mirza counting his almost 50 years old friendship with Rana Bhagwandas was weeping and said that whenever he stayed at Hala, Kotri, Karachi, or Islamabad, we remained with each other. He said that we usually discussed and consulted each other on legal aspects/points. He said Rana Bhagwandas never came under pressure of any one. He added that when former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chowdhary and other judges were made non functional, at that time Rana Bhagwandas was made acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, where he constituted a full bench and in spite of pressures, he reinstated Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chowdhary and other renowned Judges. “Rana sahib’s such decision was based on justice,” he said.

Noted businessman Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui highlighting various decisions given by Ran Bhagwandas in many cases and said that he was a big justice loving person and always made decisions based on reality and truth.

Justice (Retd) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah paid rich tributes to Rana Bhagwandas and said that he never done favoritism and every one salute him on his judgments. He said that Rana Bhagwandas was not promoted twice in spite of seniority. Later in 1994, former Prime Minister Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto promoted him.

Justice (Retd) Ali Aslam Jaffery said he was a multi-dimensional personality and stood like a rock in the crucial circumstances. Justice (Retd.) Saendino Meitlo, former Cabinet Secretary Mr. A.W. Kazi, and former Chairman Sindh Public Service Commission Mr. Mohammad Hassan Bhutto also spoke on the occasion.

Ms Anita Kumari, daughter of Rana Bhagwandas said her father is alive. He will live always with his honesty and Judicial decisions. She added that he always paid due care to his children, parents, relatives and friends and there will be no other alternate to him. Rana Kailash Chandar, son of Rana Bhagwandas said he always loved the country, this is why he could not listen anything against Pakistan. He said that his father made training to the children in a way that we could stand on their own feet, but may not be from others. He also expressed his gratitude for Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh on organizing the condolence reference for his father.

Rana Ashok Kumar, brother of Rana Bhagwandas, said that although he was 11 years old to him, but he was not only his brother, he was his friend and ideal also.

Besides the family members of Justice (Retd) Rana Bhagwandas, noted personalities including Dr Hamida Khuhro, Justice (Retd) Mushtaq Ahmed Memon, Justice Nazar Akbar, Judge of Sindh High Court, Justice (Retd) Agha Rafiq Ahmed, Aftab Lodhi, former Special Secretary to Governor Sindh, noted Sindhi poet Imdad Hussaini, noted poetess Sahar Imdad and Deans, chairpersons and faculty members of SMIU attended the programme.

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