Chief Justice of India Honble Ranjan Gogoi Launches Architecture of Justice Book by Vinay Thakur  


 “Architecture of Justice” release by Chief Justice

New Delhi,  : A statement coffee table book – ‘Architecture of Justice’ – authored by father-son duo Vinay Thakur and Amogh Thakur, was officially released by the Chief Justice of India – Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sharad Bobde at the India International Center in the presence of many legal luminaries and dignitaries. This book is a one of its kind and never before seen a photographic rendition of the Supreme Court of India, the 24 High Courts and its 12 benches.

                Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi has also appreciated this effort of showcasing the architectural beauty of the court buildings, which are an integral part of our judicial system.The corridors of the center leading up to the main event hall were transformed into an art gallery resplendent with pictures from the book that showed off the courtroom buildings in all their grandeur.The evening of the launch unfolded with addresses from the esteemed panel.  The Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ravindra Bhat – Judge Delhi High Court spoke about the book in high regard. The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sharad Bobde, whose vision laid the foundation for this book, spoke about the author’s dedication and commitment to such a massive feat.

               His Lordship Justice Bobde said, – A book dedicated to the images of court building architecture is a rarity. Structurally there is little that is beautiful in most buildings, and those who use these buildings seldom notice their architecture. They are rarely on tourist maps and even though what happens in them is always in the news, there is barely a reference to the buildings. This book contains unexcelled images of courts which are enduring symbols of the guarantee of justice under the Constitution. I do not know of any judge, lawyer or litigant who has visited and seen these court buildings.The 223 pages of this coffee table book are mesmerising to say the least.  The authors have included 20 panoramic shots –each 24 inches wide that show off the court buildings in all their glory. It also includes some stories and facts that make for an interesting read for architects, designers, photographers and the common man in general.

                    In the words of the author, Vinay Thakur – who is also a lawyer cum photographer: Our court structures are a classic piece of history from India’s pre-Independence days. And tell us stories of rulers and Kingdoms and their outlook to art and architecture. I want readers to rejoice this aspect of history from India and her glorious past.

                   As said by International award winning photographer Amogh Thakur: Through this book, I want to take readers into the depths of these court buildings, telling them never heard before stories, and bringing alive a side of the judicial system that has been hidden for so long. By capturing the windows, facades and carvings in my images, I want to the world take in the grandeur of the buildings that are home to our legal system.This book has been recognised by people from the legal and non-legal world alike. It has been lauded by Sr. Adv. Harish Salve - Former Solicitor General Of India, Adv. Shashank Manohar - Chairman International Cricket Council and world renowned Indian Astro Physicist – Dr. Jayant Naralikar to name a few.

                   The event was attended by a full roster of judges and lawyers and was concluded by a vote of thanks by co-author Amogh Thakur.