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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and
pray that the departed soul may rest in peace.
Advocate General (18-8-1989)
Hon’ble Chief Justice, Hon’ble Companion Judges of High Court,
Advocate General Respected Bar members, Members of subordinate
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
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.
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.
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.
Lords, Mr. Advocate General, President of Bar Association,
members of the bar, Members of the subordinate judiciary,
ladies and gentlemen.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
resolve that a copy of the proceedings of this reference,
shall be sent by the Registrar to the widow of the deceased.
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.
is declared closed.
September 18, 1989