The Supreme Court today witnessed an extraordinary reunion of three legal luminaries who once shared the halls of Harvard Law School four decades ago. Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, International Court of Justice Judge Hillary Charlesworth and distinguished lawyer Parag Tripathi, all Harvard Class of 1983 alumni, were part of a special audience.
The meeting was marked by a sense of nostalgia and celebration as the three legal stalwarts, now occupying eminent positions in their respective careers, converged in the Chief Justice’s courtroom.
CJI Chandrachud, presiding over a bench to hear the cases, extended a warm welcome to his old friend and classmate Justice Charlesworth, who was visiting the high court as the chief guest of the Foundation Day ceremony. Justice Chandrachud acknowledged the rare honor of having an ICJ judge on the bench. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta echoed the sentiment and expressed collective joy at having Justice Charlesworth present in the courtroom.
The convergence of legal mentalities did not end there. During the proceedings, senior advocate Parag Tripathi also joined the courtroom. Tripathi, taking advantage of his wealth of experience, also passionately argued a case.
Speaking exclusively to NDTV, Tripathi expressed his surprise on discovering Justice Charlesworth’s presence in the courtroom and recounted the pleasure he felt seeing her on the bench alongside CJI Chandrachud.
After the hearing, the three friends took a walk around the Supreme Court premises, and Justice Charlesworth paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Dr BR Ambedkar before their respective statues.