New Delhi: Notable human rights activist and former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Rajinder Sachar passed away on Friday. He was 94. He had been admitted to a private hospital in the capital for treatment of age-related ailments.Justice Sachar was the chairperson of a committee set up by the Manmohan Singh government to prepare a report on the social, economic and educational conditions of Muslims in India. The report is often cited as a reference on issues relating to Muslim community.He would be cremated at the electric crematorium in Lodhi Road here at 5.30 pm, reported an English daily
His judicial career:
Mr. Sachar enrolled as an Advocate in April, 1952, and began practicing at the Supreme Court from December, 1960. He was appointed as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court in February, 1970, and was confirmed as a Permanent Judge in July, 1972, making his way to Chief Justiceship in August, 1985.
He was the chairperson of a committee set up by the previous UPA government to look at the social, economic and educational status of Muslims in India. Sachar, who was Chief Justice from August 6, 1985, to December 22, 1985, has since his retirement been associated with the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, a rights group.