On The Demise of Pt. K.L. Misra – Northern India Patrika, Allahabad
Kanhaiya Lal Mishra Dead – 16th Oct. 1975.
By a staff reporter. Allahabad Oct. 15 – Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra, former Advocate General U.P., a leading luminary and a prominent Congress leader died of heart failure on October 14th in the morning at his Park Road residence here. He was 73.
The cremation took place with State Honours in the evening of the same day. His eldest son Sri V.P. Misra performed the last rites. The State was represented by Smt. Rajendra Kumari Bajpai, Minister for food and Civil Supplies U.P.
The wife of K. L. Mishra predeceased him. He leaves behind five sons, three daughters, a number of grand children and a host of relations and friends to mourn the loss.
The funeral procession joint by a number of High Court Judges, Advocates and important personalities of every walk of life in the city, was taken out to the `Sangam’. Smt. Bajpai, District Magistrate R, D. Sonkar, local Congress leaders, several member of the Bench and the Bar, educationist and others placed wreaths on the pyre.
The Congress flag in the District Congress Committee flew at half-mast as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Smt. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister, Union Railway Minister Kamla Pati Tripathi, Union Transport and Shipping Minister Uma Shanker Dixit, Congress President Sri Dev Kant Barooah, Vidhan Parishad Chairman Virendra Swaroop U.P. and all the office bearers and staff of the All India Congress Committee sent messages of condolences.
SHORT LIFE SKETCH
Pt. K.L. Misra was born on August 31st 1903 in village Maryadpur in district Azamgarh, and was educated in the Theosophical School at Banaras. He passed B.A. with honours in 1926 and there after L.L.B. from Banaras Hindu University. He joint the District Court Bar in 1928 at Azamgarh and shifted to the Allahabad High Court in 1930. He made his mark very soon enjoying a lucrative practice and his reputation as an eminent lawyer and jurist spread over the whole country.
In 1951 he was honoured with the offer of High Court Judgeship which he refused.
In 1952 he was appointed the Advocate General U.P. and was closely associated with the Government headed by Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant, Dr. Sampurnanand, Sri C.B. Gupta, Smt. Sucheta Kripalani and Sri Charan Singh. He attained excellence in the profession in the country by appearing at at-least in every High Court of India. During the time he was Advocate General of U.P. and even thereafter he appeared for several states of the country in important cases, viz. Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal etc.
Some of the important conducted cases were the Blitz case in the Bombay High Court, Maharashtra – Mysore boundary dispute, case of Sri Pratap Singh Kairon, for States of West Bengal and Bihar, in-famous Symbol Case before the Election Commission, Gorakhnath Case in the Supreme Court and in the case against Murdhra etc. He had the distinction of appearing against almost all the top advocates of the country.
He appeared successfully for the state of Bihar against the Raja of Ramgarh in the Calcutta High court. He commanded the top position both on the civil as well as the criminal side and attained the position of a legal luminary.
In 1957 he was offered the Supreme Court’s Judgeship which he declined. Then he was the first advocate in the country who received this direct offer for the appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court.
Sri Mishra also defended for sometime the Prime Minister in the election case at the Allahabad High Court conducted on behalf of the ruling Congress, the Congress Party Symbol Case in the Supreme Court and was also responsible for defending the State Government in the State Zamindari Abolition case.
He has been serving various organizations and institutions in various capacities. He also served the University of Allahabad as honorary Treasurer for about twenty years. He was the President of the Bar Association of Allahabad High Court for several years, was also the Chairman of the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh. He was the President elected to the Governing Council of the Mehta Research Institute of Mathematics and Mathematical Physics.
He was also the working President of the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan which has been declared as a national institute of all India importance by the Parliament. He was also the President of the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, the foremost institution in music in northern India.
In spite of his scholarly career he did not lag behind during the time of struggle for freedom of the country and joint the Quit India Movement in 1942. He suffered imprisonment for some months and earned reputation as a freedom fighter and a Congress leader.
There will be a full court reference in Chief Justice’s court at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 to moun the demise of Sri K.L. Mishra, former Advocate General.
K.L. MISRA’S DEATH MOUNED – 16th Oct. 1975.
At a meeting of the members of the District Bar Association held yesterday under the President-ship of Sri Satya Narain Mishra a condolence resolution was passed on the death of Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra, former Advocate General U.P.
At a meeting of U.P. Young Advocates Association held yesterday under the President-ship of Shri Bhagwati Prashad Srivastava a condolence resolution was passed on the demise of late Pt. Kanhaiya Lal Misra. Light was thrown on the various aspects, achievements and contributions in the legal field rendered by the deceased.
Similar resolutions were passed by the following amongst others: Office of the Mahavidyalaya Inter College, Teaching and non-teaching staff of Prayag Mahavidyapitha Inter College, State Law Officers’ Ministerial Staff Association, High Court Ministerial Officers’ Association, City Congress Youth Committee, Atala-Kauldabad Delegacy Socialist Youth Congress Forum, Rashtriya Samaj Seva Sansthan, BLD, Prayag Sangeet Samiti and Akhil Bhartiya Manav Kalyan Sangh.