Honoring convention, Justice Chelameswar spent his last working day in Courtroom no. 1, alongside Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.
While the Bench assembled at 10:35 am for a fairly brief period of time with 11 matters listed before it, Advocate Prashant Bhushan, Senior Advocate Rajiv Dutta, and Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan approached Justice Chelameswar to give farewell speeches before the Bench could rise for the day.
Mr. Bhushan stepped forth to thank Justice Chelameswar for his contribution to the institution, saying, "On behalf of the Bar, I would like to say that it was a pleasure and honor to have appeared before you… future generations will remember your contribution to democracy and to the country."
Advocate Dutta and Advocate Sankaranarayanan similarly thanked him and reminded him that he would always be remembered and appreciated.
Yesterday, Advocate Shanti Bhushan had also addressed Justice Chelameswar in his Court, expressing his heartfelt appreciation for the way Justice Chelameswar had conducted proceedings in the Court, "with uprightness and dignity". He in fact told him that he "wishes and prays and hopes" that Justice Chelameswar's portrait also adorns the walls of the Court someday, alongside Justice Khanna's portrait.
He had then expressed hope that the Apex Court will continue to perform its functions as destined by the framers of our Constitution and had added, "I wish your lordship great happiness during your period of retirement. The people of this country are grateful for your contribution... I am indeed grateful to your Lordship for this opportunity."