This book marks the commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Justice Bijan Kumar Mukherjea. He was a great scholar, saint, jurist and one of the most illustrious judges of matchless qualities who served in the Calcutta High Court, the Federal Court as well as the Supreme Court of India and rendered some memorable and landmark judgments. He ploughed the lonely furrow of scholarship keeping the sacred flame of knowledge trim and bright. His life is an inspiration and his memory a benediction thus persuading the author to come up with the present work. The book contains a biographical sketch of Justice Mukherjea, some writings by and on him, comprehensive editorial notes on his judgments in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court and short notes on his judgments in the Calcutta High Court. They are masterpieces of exposition of law expressed in a pithy language and shedding lambent light on ticklish legal issues. To sample his life and work which the book portrays is to partake of a rich heritage for the lawyer and the non-lawyer alike. It is an admirable and appropriate reminder of his enduring footprints on our jurisprudence illuminating the legal and judicial landscape with his effulgence.
V Sudhish Pai, an accomplished lawyer and jurist, is a visiting Chair Professor — Asutosh Mookerjee Chair, in the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. His law practice covers different branches of law, mainly civil, constitutional and administrative law. He has also been a Government Advocate at the High Court of Karnataka, Bangalore, and handled some important and sensitive litigation on behalf of the State of Karnataka in the High Court as well as the Supreme Court of India. He is a member of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, as well as the Karnataka (India) Section of International Commission of Jurists and has also been a resource person at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, for continuing legal education for judges. The author's contribution towards academics has been immense. He assisted Dr Durga Das Basu, the world renowned commentator on Constitutional Law, in the revision of his commentary on the Constitution (1993-1997). He also participated in several seminars and presented papers and authored articles on different subjects as also some widely acclaimed books.