Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mohammad Rafiq, Judge, Rajasthan High Court
My Esteemed Colleagues on the Bench
Shri Mahendra Singh Singhvi, Advocate, Rajasthan
Shri Chiranji Lal Saini,
Chairman, Bar Council of Rajasthan
Shri Anil Upman,
President, Rajasthan High Court Bar Association, Jaipur
Shri Narpat Singh Tanwar,
General Secretary, Jaipur Bar Association, Jaipur
Learned Senior Advocates, Learned Members of the Bar, Officers of the Registry &
Mr. Justice J. K. Ranka, former Judge of this Court, and other Members of the bereaved family.
With a profound sense of grief, we have assembled here to mourn the sad demise of Dr. N. M. Ranka, learned Senior Advocate who left for heavenly abode on 30th May, 2019, leaving all of us in shock and pain.
Dr. Ranka was born at Beawar on 27th September, 1933. He did his Graduation in Commerce in 1953 and obtained degree in Law in 1955. He joined the Profession in 1953 and was enrolled as a Pleader in 1956 and thereafter as an Advocate in 1962. He was having specialization in the field of tax laws and was an expert of national repute. He is one of the eminent names in the domain of tax consultancy. By utilizing the vast knowledge of this field, he remained involved in propounding reliable services. He was also engaged in a lot of philanthropic activities. During his lifetime participated in more than 750 Tax Conferences, Seminars or Workshops organized in different parts of India. He has contributed more than 500 articles and papers, to various National Tax Journals. He was felicitated by a large number of Tax and other Associations. All India Federation of Tax Practitioners has honoured him as “AIFTP Man of the Millennium” and “Jain Sewa Ratna” by Shree Jain Sewa Sangh, Mumbai. On 5-1-2019 Dr. Ranka was conferred with the Degree of ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ by Honoris Causa in recognition of his eminence and contributions in Legal Practices and Public Life by JECRC University, Jaipur.
Dr. N. M. Ranka was earlier President of Rajasthan Tax Consultants’ Association, and later he became its patron. He was President of the Jaipur Tax Consultants’ Association. He was also President of Mansarovar Advocates Club Trust, Chairman of Ranka Public Charitable Trust and Trustee of a large number of Charitable Trusts and Societies in educational and medical field. He was Secretary and also Vice-President of Amar Jain Medical Relief Society for over 35 years and was instrumental in setting up a Medical Hospital with all facilities. He was Member of Supreme Court Bar Association, Bar Association of India, All Gujarat Federation of Tax Consultants and many more professional associations. He was also life member of Indian Law Institute. He was conferred honourary membership of Direct Taxes Professionals’ Association, Kolkata and Rotary Club of Beawar. He believed in Gandhian philosophy and, through his trust, installed 39 marble statues of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi including one in the premises of this Court. He had been organizing ‘Ranka National Moot Court Competitions’ since 2011. All India Federation of Tax Practitioners had instituted ‘Ranka Awards’ in his name. He also founded ‘Ritu Sharda Mandir Foundation’ for orphans and presented more than 3,100 precious law books to Rajasthan University, Direct Tax Professional Association, Kolkata & others.
Hearing Dr. N. M. Ranka was a matter of pleasure. He would place his case before the Court coolly but firmly. He never raised his voice but always argued his cases with smile and softness. He was very simple, yet sophisticated and gentle in his arguments. He argued the cases in a simple and understandable way. While arguing a matter, he was never in hurry. He would present a most difficult case at great ease. He had a pleasing personality. Out side the court also, he would always meet you with a smile on his face.
Dr. N. M. Ranka was not only soft spoken, humble and very courteous to all but was very friendly and an enthusiastic personality. Hardly he would step in the Court without full and complete study of the facts. He practiced with a sense of dignity and pride, and dispensed all the best of his own art. He was possessing sharp legal acumen and was very hardworking personality and fully dedicated to his professional commitments. Recognizing his talent, the High Court designated him as Senior Advocate in 1990. Though he was ailing for last about one month but he never lost the touch and thread till last of his work. He set standards of exemplary character and conduct to be emulated by young members of the Bar.
The profession has been rendered poor, indeed, by his sad and sudden departure. We have lost an advocate of unique qualities.
Sad demise of Dr. N. M. Ranka has resulted in an irretrievable loss not only to his family but to the fraternity as a whole. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son Justice
J. K. Ranka, former Judge of this Court. His grandsons Shri Siddharth Ranka and Shri Sambhav Ranka are continuing the law tradition in the Ranka family.
The great personality, who by his accomplishments has enhanced the esteem and majesty of the institution, whose heartrending departure, we have assembled here to mourn, indeed has by his character, conduct and deeds, set for us landmarks to be achieved.
On behalf of my colleagues and on my own behalf, I share the sentiments expressed and the tributes paid to the departed soul by learned representatives of the Bar and offer our heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family. I pray the Almighty to provide strength and courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss and grant eternal peace to the departed soul.
May I now request you all to pay homage to the departed soul by standing in silence for two minutes.
As a mark of respect, the Court shall not sit for rest of the day.
A copy of the resolution be forwarded to the bereaved family.