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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Postal stamp issued to honour 3rd CJI

Postal stamp issued to honour 3rd CJI
MoS in the PMO Jitendra Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and MoS for Communications Manoj Sinha release the postal stamp on ex-CJI Mehr Chand Mahajan in New Delhi on Sunday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service 

New Delhi, December 31 The Centre today released a postal stamp to commemorate the country’s third Chief Justice and former Prime Minister of J&K Mehr Chand Mahajan. 
Mos for Communications Manoj Sinha released the stamp, which was dedicated to the nation by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and MoS in the PMO’s Jitendra Singh. Jaitley paid glowing tributes to Justice Mahajan for his yeoman service to the nation. Justice Mahajan’s son Prabodh Mahajan (vice-president of the DAV College Management Committee), who was present at the release function, lauded PM Narendra Modi for his initiative to commemorate his father. “I am touched. It is a proud moment for us. 
After 50 years, the country has come to know of my father’s achievements,” Prabodh Mahajan said. Justice Mahajan as the PM of J&K was instrumental in the accession of the state with India. He worked closely with then Deputy PM Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and was sent to the state to nullify the Pakistani propaganda. 
Before taking charge as Prime Minister of the state, he was an Indian National Congress nominee to the Radcliffe Mission. 
He played a pivotal role in saving a major part of Punjab for India. Justice Mahajan was revered as a jurist. In 1943, he rose to the permanent judge of the Punjab High Court in Lahore. 
He had also made a mark as an educationist. He led the DAV College Management Committee from 1938-43 and from 1956-65. He was part of the governing body of the Punjab University Senate. 
On December 11, 1967, he suffered a cardiac arrest which proved fatal.

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