Bar and Bench
So clean a man that he makes angels look disheveled and dirty.
Initially he practiced in Amritsar and later served both Punjab High Court and Delhi High Court.
A very renowned judge of the Supreme Court of India, Justice Khanna served its office from 1971 to 1977.
He is also know for the case of Kesavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala, which did not give the Parliament the power to destroy fundamental rights established by the Constitution.
If India ever finds its way back to the freedom and democracy that were proud hallmarks of its first eighteen years as an independent nation, someone will surely erect a monument to Justice HR Khanna of the Supreme Court.
He was later offered the Chairmanship of the Finance Commission which he refused.
He was also nominated for the post of the President of India which he lost to Giani Zail Singh.
In 1999, he was graced with Padma Vibhushan.
A constitution is not a parchment of paper, it is a way of life and has to be lived up to. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty and in the final analysis, its only keepers are the people. Imbecility of men, history teaches us, always invites the impudence of power.
Key figure as he was in the field of law, he casts an inspirational light on our youth today.