Justice Najmi Waziri is a distinguished legal scholar celebrated for his significant contributions and strong commitment to environmental conservation. His academic journey, marked by a philosophy degree from St. Stephen’s College and an LLB from Delhi University’s Campus Law Centre, led him to be recognized as a member of the Bar Council of Delhi in 1987. Further enriching his legal prowess, he pursued an LLM from Vrije Universiteit Brussels in Belgium. Justice Waziri’s career trajectory encompasses practice before esteemed legal entities, including the Supreme Court, various High Courts, and a range of tribunals. His advocacy for environmental preservation earned him the moniker “green judge” due to his compassionate verdicts and efforts to protect the city’s trees and surroundings. Two unique parks in the Indian capital of Delhi, themed on atonement and justice, called “Maafi Bagh” and “Insaaf Bagh” were created as a result of court orders that directed errant residents to plant trees as a sign of penance.
L To R: Gursharan Dhanjal Vice Chairman SKOCH Group; Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, SKOCH Group; Justice Najmi Waziri, Former Judge, Delhi High Court
Elevated to the Delhi High Court in April 2013, Justice Waziri garnered admiration from both legal professionals and civil society for his unwavering dedication to social justice and his instrumental role in safeguarding Delhi’s greenery. During his farewell address, he emphasized the community’s collective responsibility for the city’s well-being and encouraged active citizen participation in tree planting. Justice Waziri’s legacy is intertwined with his dual commitment to promoting social justice and championing environmental causes. His retirement marks the conclusion of an exceptional career marked by his steadfast dedication to societal welfare and environmental advocacy. His impact on the legal community and the environment is profound and lasting, defining his enduring legacy.
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