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I'm an RSS member, ready to join back: newly retd Calcutta HC judge

Im an RSS member, ready to join back: newly retd Calcutta HC judge

Kolkata: A former judge of the Calcutta High Court who retired on Monday, Justice Chitta Ranjan Dash, said that he was a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and is ready to join the organisation back, PTI reported.

Judge Dash, who was speaking during his farewell at the high court in the presence of the judges and members of the bar, said he was ready to help RSS with any work that he was capable of doing.

"To the distaste of some persons, I must admit here that I was and I am a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)," he said. "I owe a lot to the organisation... I am there from my childhood and throughout my youth."

"I have learnt to be courageous, upright, and have an equal view of others, as well as, above all, a sense of patriotism and commitment to the work," he said. "I have never used my membership of the organisation for any advancement of my career because it is against its principles."

He said that because of his work, he distanced himself from the organisation for 37 years.

He claimed that he treated everyone as equal, be they rich or poor, communist, BJP, Congress or Trinamool Congress.

"All are equal before me; I do not hold any bias for anyone or for any particular political philosophy or mechanism," he claimed, adding that he tried to dispense justice on the principles of empathy and that "law can be bent to do justice, but justice cannot be bent to suit the law".

"Because I have not done anything wrong in my life, I have the courage to say I belong to the organisation because that is also not wrong," he said, adding that if he was a good person, he could not belong to a bad organisation.

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