The designated acting chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Rana Bhawan Das had spent about a fortnight in Lucknow taking part in religious discourse and often reciting Gita at friend’s place. ( By the time you get to see this piece, Das was sworn in as acting chief justice of Pakistan’s highest judicial court).From March 4 to March 14, very few people had any inkling about his stay in the city but once General Pervez Mushraff sacked the chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, people came to know about Justice Das.
Having spurned the request of intelligence agency for a security cover, the acting chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, was moving from Kaiserbagh, Alambagh to Krishnanagar and other localities as guest. On March 18, a few newsmen reached his Kaiserbagh abode, to seek an interview with him. “Dada Tahan Saun Akhbar Bara Gehai Chenai Chahinta?” asked his host in Sindhi. Das also replied in Sindhi saying “I am here on a purely private visit and want to attend “satsang”.
When newsmen asked him about the justification of sacking of chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, Das declined to comment . He merely quipped that he was not posted with the full facts and thus unable to comment on it.
Soon his host’s place started getting stream of visitors and incessant telephone calls. The acting chief justice had a booking on March 22 but he was finding it difficult to stay any longer. He immediately left the place promising his hosts and friends to come again, said Mukesh .
This was not the first visit of Justice Das to this place, said one of his hosts . Das was so unassuming that no could realise that he was holding such a high position in
Pakistn’s judiciary, said his host. An erudite scholar in Islamic study, Das told his friends in Lucknow that he never encountered any discrimination in Pakistan. Incidentally Das is the second non Muslim to hold this position in Pakistan.
On the day Justice Das was sworn in as acting chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, several houses in Kaiserbagh and other localities had been listening news about his swearing-in ceremony.