Dr Singhvi in a very recent article in a Festschrift on Sorabjee in 2021 on his 91st Birthday on March 9, 2021
Reminiscing about Soli conjures up so many memories and images. A sprightly Soli in the early years in his barsati office in Sunder Nagar—a period when Sunder Nagar was not known as a lawyers’ colony. Sparse and bare, the office was a no nonsense assembly line of short precise conferences in the morning of hearing day as far as SLPs were concerned. Soli would rely on his two or three juniors, make a one line note of a point on the last hard inside cover page of the file.
We would be out in a maximum of 10 minutes, usually dissatisfied with his degree of understanding and absorption and alarmed at the last minute conference a few minutes before court started. And then he would astonish us with his dexterity inside the court, his nimbleness with the point at issue, repeatedly hitting the nail on the head when questioned by the Court and usually carrying the day.
usually carrying the day. Regular final hearing conferences were longer and mercifully held the previous evening, but there again, the notes were sparse and instructions precise: to look up this point or that and reference to some case law. Read more…