The best way to remember Hon'ble Justice Late Protik Prakash Banerjee of the Calcutta High Court who bade an untimely farewell to his family, friends and colleagues at the bar and the bench in the early hours of 3rd July 2020, is through his writings. Some columns on a few platforms have recently remembered him by revealing bits of his irrepressible personality.
However, to do justice to his memory and talent, of the 1,300 odd decisions he made, here is a random selection of his orders and judgments. Hopefully through these his command over the language, keen and varied interests beyond the courtroom, breadth of reading, and flamboyant articulation will shine through. These judgments have been chosen from a broad spectrum spanning constitutional rights to contractual obligations, education to custody, motor accidents to matrimonial disputes.
The ratio of the decisions is not the focus, the style and articulation are. They also provide a glimmer of the quirks of personality, the idiosyncrasies of style and the willingness to experiment with ideas and above all compassion for those who were before him. Late Justice Protik Prakash Banerjee had the rare distinction of embodying all these qualities in abundance.
His judgments being appreciated would have made Protik a very happy man; please do spare some time to read.
Since the spotlight is and must only remain on the gifted judge who we lost too soon, the compiler, a friend and a colleague, prefers to remain anonymous.
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