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Justice M. Hidayatullah
(Former Chief Justice of India and Vice-President of India)
I met him when he released a book “Law of Industrial Disputes” by O.P. Malhotra at Maulana Azad Road. Once he told me that he had started writing a Commentary on the Constitution of India and for that he needed my services to supply him the latest Indian and Foreign Books on Constitution. In that connection I was a regular visitor to his residence. Ultimately his book was published by the Bar Council of India.

Justice M.C. Chagla
I met him when he was elected the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in the year 1971. I hope most of you might have read his Autobiography “Roses in December”. Justice Chagla has been a Cabinet Minister of Education and External Affairs during 1963-1967 under the Primeministership of Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Gulzari Lal Nanda and Indira Gandhi. During that four year period India had four Prime Ministers.

Justice Achhru Ram
After his retirement from judiciary Justice Achhru Ram migrated from Lahore (now in Pakistan) and settled in Kanpur, U.P. In early sixties once accompanied by his daughter-in-law Mrs. Laxmi Sehgal he visited my Bookshop in Delhi. I was told that Justice Achhru Ram was the father of Capt. P.K. Sehgal of Indian National Army founded by Subhash Chandra Bose. Mrs. Laxmi Sehgal w/o Capt. Sehgal, was Captain of Rani Jhansi Regiment of INA. I was in regular touch with Justice Achhru Ram, particularly during summer vacations, as he used to visit my Bookshop while going to Srinagar every year.

Shri Ashok Sen
Ashok Sen was the Cabinet Minister of Law, during 1961 to 1966, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association for five terms. Apart from his busy schedule, he would take special care to maintain and update his library. I once met him at his residence with the intention to see his library. He personally showed me various rare books and journals. I was surprised to see some andwritten legal material in Sanskrit and Urdu languages. He told me that during every summer vacation he arranged to take out his entire library under the sun in a lawn for pest control treatment, dusting and repair of damaged titles. It is a fact that during my long career I have never ever seen such a rich library.

Refer Pages 12 and 13 of the book

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