Kochi

B Kamal Pasha – Oru adaar judge

It was during my initial years of practice that I first met Justice B Kamal Pasha, when he was officiating as Principles Sessions Judge, Ernakulam. It was an appeal against conviction under S. 379IPC (Crl App 687/11), and I was seeking suspension of sentence within 5days of imprisonment. He said – nothing doing, that appellant/accused will steal again. I submitted that the accused is recently married, showed the wedding card, and stated that he is expecting a child within 7months – a reformed man. This moved the judge, and he immediately suspended the sentence, without even seeking the report of the prosecutor. (Years later, his brother – B Kalam Pasha J, allowed that appeal and set aside the conviction). The rare empathy showed by Justice Kamal Pasha, in the form of interim suspension of sentence, saved the appellant’s marriage, and my career in criminal law (I am more of a civil guy).

Thereafter, I have consistently appeared before Justice B Kamal Pasha, in Sessions Court and after his elevation, in High Court. J Pasha is a man of simple common sense. He will decide cases on logic and fairness, rather than on strict letters of law. Because of this, in High Court, it was dangerous to appear before him in criminal matters, and more easy to handle in civil jurisdiction. Bold, outspoken and upright, he loved dictating judgments in open court – like a king. Though he had a questionable affinity for limelight and newspaper-recognition, he was a good judge overall.

On his day of retirement, I write this, because he has avowed that he will not take up any government posts hereafter. That is a decision, many good judges shy away from taking, but is a need of the hour to protect the system. He also retired with a blast. In his retirement speech, he criticized the collegium nominees sent for elevation to the Kerala High Court. I had goosebumps, when he said that aloud, in full court reference. It is a matter which many lawyers whispered to each other but never dared to air it in public. Pasha was classic Basha, the character Rajanikanth portrayed, on his day of retirement.

Anyway, I wish Justice B Kamal Pasha, all happiness and peace in his retired life.!
(I am sure he is not done yet, and we will hear more from him)

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Candlelight Justice

This was the state of affairs in Wakf Tribunal, Ernakulam, today morning (on 26.5.2017). No electricity, no ventilation light. The judge was given a candle, to see minimum. The lawyers were given their colonial gown. Everyone had super fun, courtesy the unforgiving summer.

Vayaliparambil, Vazhakkala Annex..!

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A dream come true.. A home for my twins to run around.. Some land for me to plant trees.. Introducing my new address – Vayaliparambil, Moolepadam Road, Vazhakkala, Kakkand West – 682030. Everyone is invited.!

Podcast replaces FM Radio

I have 20 minutes drive to reach my office at Paramara Road. In the car while driving, Radio Mango 91.9 and Club FM 94.3 were my companions to kill the traffic. But things changed when I downloaded ‘Podcast Addict’ in my mobile phone. It has a wide range of on-demand audio entertainment programs to enjoy the spare the time spent inside the car. My favourite podcast stations are:

  1. Economist – Editors Pick
  2. BBC Documentaries
  3. Legal Talk Network
  4. TED Radio Hours
  5. Criminal
  6. This American Life

Podcast has the edge to kill the dominance of FM Radio inside the car. I am sure, some time in near future, this is going to happen, in Kerala too.

The First Sports Magistrate of Kerala!

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The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Kakkanad, Ernakulam is functioning underneath an Open Sports Stadium 🏇🚴.. May be it is to enable the Magistrate to award sentences like two laps around the turf, instead of the usual boring sentences like standing till the raising of the court 🙂 :mrgreen:! #Judiciary #Court #Sports #Kerala

PS: For those who are in search of this newly established Court House, it is situated 100meters beyond the Thrikkakara Police Station, on the same road where Thrikkakara Sub-Registry Office and Red-Cross situate.

In Love with Nano..!

The transition from bike happened after a sting of stiff neck experience and discovery of a vestigial bone call cervical rib, that was squeezing my nerves.  The Doctor said “no more biking”. I have always maintained that a two weeler is the best mode of transport, in kochi, unless you have the luxury of time and a chauffeur. I didnt have both.

During the initial days after the forced transition, I used Ford Figo. The driving experience in city was so horrible, I hated my life, being wasted on traffic jams. There were days I was forced to drive around Kerala High Court, three four times, just to find a parking space. In two weeks, I decided to buy a compact car like Tata Nano or Mahindra Riva, for the sake of convenience. After some consultation with my auto-enthusiastic friends, I squared on Tata Nano Twist XT.

The on-road price of Nano Twist XT is 2.60Lakhs, in Kochi. The car was delivered on the third day of booking, and I have been using it for a month.

Exhilarating, Liberating and Economical !!! are the terms I would use to deacribe the driving experience of Nano Twist. The car is so easy to handle, park and drive in city-traffic, it is the ideal second car, one can opt for. The seating is perfectly suited for a six feet like me, unlike the deep seating of most of the popular cars. Nano can zip through the unofficial two-wheel lane, like an auto-rickshaw. The acceleration is mind-blowing and without comparison. It doesnt have the infamous kudu-kudu-auto-rickshaw sound generally attributed, at-least inside the cabin. The car is spacious, despite the compact size. Honestly speaking,  I’m in love with Tata Nano. I dont know why people is so prejudicial about it, and thinks so low about it. Nano is the best car and the most used one, among the five cars I have at home. Drive it once before making a judgment, you will understand it yourself.

Cosmopolitan city of Perumbavoor

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I’m obsessed with the greatness of my home town – Perumbavoor. Its a beautiful place, with vibrant people. The industrial capital of Ernakulam. The city of migrant labours and the land of opportunities. Now, the first place to have Oriya and Hindi Church Mass, making Perumbavoor, the true cosmopolitan city of Kerala.