Mr. Chief Justice, My lords the Judges of this hon’ble court, Mr President of the Bar Association members of the subordinate judiciary, friends ladies and gentlemen.

This afternoon we assemble in grief to mourn the sudden and unfortunate death of our colleague at the bar Shri Tika Lal Taploo who fell to the bullets of his assassins in the morning of Thursday 14th of September 1989, just outside his house while on his way to the court.

The sad news did not take long to reach the court and it was at about10 30 AAM when both the president and vice president of the bar informed me and sought confirmation from the authorities. Everyone in the room thought this would just turn out to be a rumor--- but alas the authorities confirmed that the news was true. Everyone was heard the news received it first with disbelief then shock, revulsion and indignation. Tika Lal more popularly known as Lala had an endearing quality that took within its fold people of al l hues of opinions and different relations. He was a man of strong conviction and steadfast in his actions. A secularist among religionists his social work was informed by sheer and unqualified humanism. This was so evident in his death, in the grief and wailing and tears and sobs of men and women both Hindus and Muslims gathered in his house or those who accompanied his body for the last rites.

His political career dated back to his student a days in UP and he rose to be a Senior Vice President of his party at the State level and a member of the executive body at National level.

He joined bar as a pleader in year 1977 after passing his LL.B from Aligarh Muslim University. On October 6, 1964 he was enrolled as a Vakil and there after on April 1, 1971 as an Advocate of this court. Most of his practice at the bar was also in the nature of social work.

In his passing way the bar has not just lost a member but a sensitive, compassionate and helpful soul. His party a veteran worker and the grief of his family is compounded by the fact that his younger brother professor in the Regional Engineering College had suddenly passed away a couple of month back.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray that the departed soul may rest in peace.

Advocate General (18-8-1989)

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Hon’ble Chief Justice, Hon’ble Companion Judges of High Court, Advocate General Respected Bar members, Members of subordinate judiciary.

We are here to mourn the sad and untimely demise of our esteemed colleague Sh. Tika Lal Taploo popularly known as Lala. Tika Lal Taploo was born on 10th of March 1930 passed his matriculation in the year 1945 from Punjab University and completed his masters and law degree from Muslim University Alighar in the year 1957 and in the same year joined Bar and since then had been working as an active participant in the promotion of justice.

The dastardly murder of Sh. Tika Lal taploo early morning of Thursday 14th Sept. 1989 caused wide spread indignation to people belonging to almost all the sections for the society who expressed their deep shock and sorrow over the tragic demise of Mr Tika Lal Taploo, rich tributes were paid to the deceased by every one . On the day of death his neighbors from all sects especially poor wailed and mourned his death. Tika Lal Taploo all along his career helped poor and in the process remained poor. He was a social worker steadfast and forthright in his views and honest in his convictions, he was very popular not only in his own community but also in other communities and loved by all fro his virtues and humanitarian qualities.

What ever were his social and political convictions and learning he was first and foremost and above all an honest lawyer dedicated in providing legal help to the needy irrespective of their cast, color and religion. We the legal fraternity have lost a senior colleague who had shown us the path of serving with our legal acumen to the poorest of the poor and most down trodden and weak. This resulted in his living a very poor and indigent lie and alas he died as pauper. That is the reason he became a focal point of an impressive gathering which bid a tearful farewell to the assassinated member of the Bar. The last journey of Tika Lal Taploo was a moving even all along the way up to the crimination ground. We express our condolence with the braved family and pray to god that his soul may rest in peace.

President
Bar Association
S Nagar.

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Extempore speech delivered by Hon’ble Dr A.S. Anand Chief Justice, in the full court reference held on 18.9.1989 in connection with the sad demise of Shri Tika Lal Taploo advocate.

My Lords, Mr. Advocate General, President of Bar Association, members of the bar, Members of the subordinate judiciary, ladies and gentlemen.

Once, again in a short span, we assemble today to mourn the sad demise of another member of the family. The loss of my esteemed colleague Justice Shah is still fresh in our minds and while we were still in the process of getting over that shock, we got another shock about the sad and untimely demise of Shri Tika Lal Taploo. On Thursday 14th of September 1989, in the morning, when my Secretary cam to my Chamber as I was getting ready to come to the court room and informed me that some lawyer had come to him and told him that Mr Tika Lal taploo had died as a result of gun shot wound. I, as an instant reaction, could not believe it. As the advocate general has said, and rightly so, the news was taken in utter disbelief. I immediately sent for my colleague-brothers, who came to my chamber in the state of shock. The President of Bar Association as well as the Vice President were there with me at that time. They informed us that enquiries made by them had confirmed the news. Hoping, still against the hopes, that the news which had been confirmed was still not true, I asked my Secretary to get in touch with the authorities and when one of the senior officers himself contacted me on telephone and confirmed the news, the gelling of sadness over came all of us.

In Mr. Taploo, we have lost a lawyer who was sincere, honest and upright. He was a gentleman per excellence. He possessed great qualities of had and heart. I can not recollect any occasion when I might have found late Mr Taploo to be either ruffled or impolite. Even when he was aggressive it was punctuated with a sense of humor. The members of the bar, who have spent more it me with him then me, particularly the senior member would recollect that he was full of wit, humor and jovial. He was affectionate and compassionate. My brother have told me that even since they had known him they had found that he was true to his convictions, but equally true to his duties and his devotion to the profession was tremendous.

After having been admitted as an advocate of this court in 1971 Mr taploo did practice, but the extent of work that he did outside his professional duties of a social nature for the betterment of the humanity at large, for relieving the suffering of those with whom he came into contact, would stands out and shows the character, integrity and the value for which he stood.

The funeral procession, which was very largely attended, bears ample testimony to the fact of how popular and social he was amongst all strata, all communities and people of all religions. Even at the cremation ground where there was an unending stream of mourners, on thing which each one was saying was that what a noble should had left us and can we fill the void? My brother judges and myself share those sentiments. Mr Taploo had respect for his seniors and elders, love for his juniors and affection for his compatriots. To the bench he was respectful and polite. Right from the lowest member of the Judiciary to the highest, he had all the regard, a quality which every lawyer is expected to possess. Mr Taploo possessed it in abundance. The members of the bar with whom he came into contact would recollect that he was one of the honest lawyers, who never ran after money. Money was not the primary consideration with him. It was not the all and the end all. The president of the bar has said, that he died almost a pauper, that is true because he did not amass wealth. Whet he amassed was goodwill something which can not be bought by money something which can not be stolen and something which can not be kept in a safe deposited. He has left behind a tremendous amount of goodwill and that is why we feel his loss all the more. We have lost a dear member of the family. We have lost a noble soul and a gentleman, who had courage of conviction, who loved humanity who had integrity and who had character. It is because of these virtues that we remember him today even after having bid him a tearful farewell, with a sad heart and mourn his loss.

On behalf of my brother judges and on my own behalf, we pay homage to the noble departed soul. We offer our hear felt condolences to the members of the bereaved family. We pray to the Almighty to grant peace to the noble departed soul.

We resolve that a copy of the proceedings of this reference, shall be sent by the Registrar to the widow of the deceased.

We shall now rise and observe two minutes silence in memory of the deceased and thereafter my Brother Judges and myself shall retire to our Chambers.

Reference is declared closed.

Srinagar
September 18, 1989