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Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra Shanti Bhushan

By Shanti Bhushan – ..Northern India Patrika 19th Oct. 1975

The last of the giants of Allahabad High Court has passed away. During the last quarter of a century Punditji strode the Indian legal scene like a colossal. He was a great lawyer, a matchless advocate, but above all he was a loveable personality who was kind to a fault. I first heard of him before he had become one of the leaders of the Allahabad Bar. I was studying in the Allahabad University then. One Shri Sharma, who use to publish a single sheet irregular journal mainly devoted to the High Court News, came to meet my father. He showed me some of the issues of this journal, many of which contained predictions about possible appointments to the High Court Bench. I was familiar with some of the names mentioned therein, but not with the name of Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra. I asked Shri Sharma as to who this gentleman was, whose High Court Judgeship he was predicting. Shri Sharma spoke to me about the brilliance of Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra in very high terms. This was sometime in 1945, almost two years before Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra was appointed a Deputy Government Advocate in the High Court. I use to visit the High Court fairly frequently even during those days when I was studying for my B.Sc and I made it a point to find out and watch Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra in court during my next visit to the High Court. I found him in the court of Chief Justice, Sir Iqbal Ahmad, arguing a couple of second appeals for admission. He was dressed in a rather shabby black Khadi coat and a white Khadi pant. He also did not strike me then as a handsome man, but I was struck by the great confidence, with which he was making his points before that extremely sharp and quick judge, Sir Iqbal Ahmad. Even so, little could I then conceive of the sheer brilliance of his intellect and the poetic music of his language and the diction as also of the other great qualities of his head and heart with which I was to become so familiar in due course. DEPUTY GOVERNMENT ADVOCATE It was in 1947 that Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra was appointed Deputy Government Advocate, when a vacancy was created on my father’s resignation from the office of State Council and it was his performance in this post which became the foundation of his future glories. His masterly conduct, during that period of difficult Government appeals against acquittals immediately marked him out for very high positions in times to come. In was in 1951 that Shri Govind Ballav Pant, a shrewd judge of men and their capabilities, subjected Punditji to, what I regarded, a test in the constitutional field by asking him to appear for the Government, in the Zamindari Abolition case, although this fell outside his domain as Government Advocate who was only responsible for criminal cases. Punditji’s grasp of the principles of constitutional law and the brilliance of his advocacy in a case in which the cream of the Indian Bar was on display with men like P.R. Das and Moti Lal Setalvad made Punditji’s elevation in the highest office of Advocate General of the largest Indian State a mere matter of time. Soon there after in 1952, when the office of the Advocate General fell vacant on the account of the demise of the great advocate Pyare Lal Banerjee, Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra was asked to adorn the great office. By this time, I had already come in fairly intimate professional contact with him, having appeared against him in 1959 for seven days in a full bench case involving a question relating to the delegation of essential legislative powers. The years after 1952 were years during which Punditji rose from eminence to eminence in the all India field and came to be regarded by many as the best available all-round advocate in the whole of India. What distinguished him from many others was his completeness as a lawyer and an advocate. There was no field in law in which he was not equally at ease and he was as brilliant on the original side as on the appellate side. He was a very formidable cross-examiner and had no peers in the building up of a case at the stage of original trial. Being of a retiring nature, my contacts with Punditji remained confined to cases and to court till the year 1962. My intimate contact with him on a personal level really began in 1962 and was at its peak from 1962 to 1967 during the period that I held offices of Senior Standing Council and Additional Advocate General. During this period, I was privileged to receive from him the same affection and regard as any member of his immediate family. It was during this time that I realized what a great soul Punditji was. I then was that, his brilliance as a lawyer and as an advocate, which was by now so universally acknowledged all over India, virtually failed into insignificance before his other human qualities. His compassion and concern for his fellow being, the complete absence of any malice towards anyone and his great interest in all aspects of human life created a deep impression on my mind. The simplicity of his personal life and his vast knowledge about almost everything also evoked any spontaneous feelings of great admiration and respect for him. SUFFERING WITHOUT MURMUR Punditji had a great capacity of undergoing physical suffering without showing it, and I had many occasions to witness this. During the last months of his life however I simply marveled at the manner in which he silently suffered when it was visible that the suffering was as great as to be beyond anybody else’s endurance. Even in these conditions he always had a word of cheer for the others. I saw him in June, July in August and finally on the 11th of October, just about 41 hours before his end. Even on this last occasion, he had a completely alert mind while his body was completely emaciated and there was so much swelling on his limbs and face that it looked almost frightening. He talked, to me with his head resting on the stool in front of him, on his bed. It was just once during the conversation that he fully raised his head and looked at me squarely in the face. That look of his shall haunt me for quite sometime to come. He talked to me about the Prime Minister’s election case and about the state of his physical health. He told me that there was nothing wrong with him because each one of his organs was functioning very well and yet added that nothing was right also as he was not in a position to move about. I waited for as few minutes and then quietly took leave of him with folded hands. This was the last that I saw of Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra while living. Punditji lived a full life replete with achievements and honours. He was such a versatile and noble man that the like of him may not be born again.

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K.L. Misra’s Demise – Sehat Bahadur, Bar Council

Bar Council of U.P. – Northern India Patrika 20 Oct. 1975

K.L. Misra

K.L. Misra’s Demise – Sehat Bahadur, Bar Council

In the legal profession, I happen to be just a few years senior to the late lamented Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra. I had ample contact with him. This legal luminary had an unprecedented light and an admirable culture. Hardly there was any complicated problem which he could not solve with smoothness, decency, persuasiveness and precision. Philanthropic by nature, he never refused to extend his helping hand to the needy and the distressed. To the juniors he was a boon. To his friends, he was a true friend. His keen and prompt wit and amiable temperament were assets which anybody would envy.

At times his philosophical silence carried better and more successful impressions than a vociferous retort. He was a nationalist to the core and a man of erudite reasoning. The void which his departure from this world has created is not easy to fill up. – Sehat Bahadur, Member, Bar Council Of U.P. Allahabad.

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High Court – Bench and Bar mourn demise of Pt. K.L. Misra

High Court – Bench and Bar mourn demise of Pt. K.L. Misra – 17th Oct. 1975. Northern India Patrika

From our Staff Reporter

ALLAHABAD, Oct. 16

A full court reference was made today, in the court room of the Chief Justice, to mourn the death of Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra, former Advocate General of the state of Uttar Pradesh, an eminent senior member of the Allahabad High Court Bar and a legal luminary of the country.

The reference was made at 3 p.m. The Full Bench was presided over by Mr. Justice G.C. Mathur, senior-most judge, as the Chief Jusitce Mr. K.B. Asthana was away from Allahabad.

Pt. K.L. Misra used to speak on behalf of the Bar Association in the capacity of a President on the occasion of either welcoming a judge on the Bench, or bidding farewell to a retiring judge or on similar occasions of sad demise of a member of the Bench or Bar. He always provided the audience with his magical selection of words and with prose talked musically. This was a sad occasion when Pt. Misra had departed and the reference was made to mourn the irreparable loss and to pay rich tributes to the memory of the departed soul. Pt. Misra was adored as a great human being, a scholar, and a jurist. His calm unruffled temperament and pleasing manners earned him a place amongst the topmost citizens of the country. He was a voracious reader and knew many languages. He would remain a concern of posterity. Pt. Misra was an institution in himself.

This reference was made in the court room of the Chief Justice packed to its capacity with lawyers, staff and litigants.

SHRI S.N. KAKKAR

Speaking on the occasion Shri S.N. Kakkar, Advocate General U.P., said that it would be difficult to fill the void created in the sad demise of Pt. K.L. Misra. He recalled that Shri Misra gave this court his protection and the history of this court was the history written with the progress of Shri K.L. Misra. He referred that at the persuasion of late G.B. Pant and Late K.N. Katju he accepted the office of Advocate General of U.P. He was the tallest personality of this High Court, his advocacy had no parallel in this country with unmatched power of persuasion. He was at his best when he was arguing a very weak case or suddenly facing a ticklish point of law or when he was facing a hostile bench. He always took pains in making copious notes of his case. His way of conducting a case was a matter of education to others. Problems used to resolve itself by his magic touch. Shri Misra was a great lover of fine arts and a pro9tector of many institutions. Shri Kakkar extended his condolences on behalf of the Government Advocates to the members of the bereaved family.

SHRI S.N. MULLA

Shri S.N. Mulla, President of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association, paid glowing tributes in the head and heart of Pt. K.L. Misra. Shri Mulla said that Pt. Misra was the pride and jewel of Allahabad High Court Bar. He was known as a great lawyer both in this country and abroad. He was an example to austerity and never made any show of his own qualities. He was helpful to the members of the Bar as a head of family. His death has created a void of which there is no visible substitute. He conveyed the message of condolence on behalf of the members of the Bar Association to the members of the bereaved family.

JUSTICE MATHUR

Mr. Justice G.C. Mathur on behalf of the members of the Bench conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family. Pt. K.L. Misra made his mark by his brilliance not only in the Bar of this State but in the Bar of other States. He was a great lawyer and the leader of the Bar.

BAR ASSOCIATION

At an emergent general meeting of the H.C. Bar Association the following resolution was passed:

`hat this emergent general meeting of the High Court Association places on record its greatest sense of sorrow and grief on the sad demise of our former President Pt. K.L. Misra. His loss to the Association is irreparable. He had been the beacon light of our Association for the last half century.

May his soul rest in peace’

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P.M. CONDOLES K.L. MISHRA’S DEATH – 17th Oct.75

P.M. CONDOLES K.L. MISHRA’S DEATH – 18th Oct. 1975

NEW DELHI October 17. – (PTI)

The Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, has described the death of Mr. K.L. Mishra, former Advocate General of Uttar Pradesh as “a great loss to our public life and the legal profession.”

Mr. Mishra, she said, was known for his erudition and insight into the relationship between law and life. His analysis and advice were widely sought and greatly valued and he rose to the top of his profession. Mr. Misra was deeply concerned with the cause of justice and gave much of his time in the service of the people” she said in a condolence message.

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