“Nothing stands in the way of truth. Let truth alone triumph. My salute to the nation,” these were the words of NIA Special Court Judge S Vijayakumar, who delivered the verdict in the Kashmir recruitment case.
Vijayakumar retired from service on Friday.
When reporters entered the judge’s chamber to meet Vijayakumar, after he gave the verdict in the case, the judge distributed a leaflet titled “My Fundamental Duties”.
He was also the judge who gave the first verdict in the Kozhikode twin-blast case two years ago.
He also gave verdicts in sensational cases like the Naxal Varghese case, the Chekannur Maulavi case and the SSLC question paper leak case.
After graduating from S N College, Kollam, in 1973, Vijayakumar joined the Thiruvananthapuram Law College in 1975.
He received a first rank in criminal law and won a gold medal. After passing from the Law College, he practised in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram.
He was selected for Judicial Service in 1988. In this role, he served at the Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha courts.
He was also the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Ernakulam and was selected as the NIA Special Court judge in 2009.
While the verdict was being delivered for the Kozhikode twin-blast case, he asked jail officials to give autobiographies of martyrs of the nation to Thadiyantavide Nazeer.
Though his original retirement date was in April 2013, he was given an extension of six months to complete the case.
“What touched me most in the Kashmir recruitment case was the statement given by two military officers who were part of an encounter team which killed terrorists in Kashmir in 2008.
Their words clearly bring out a picture of the life in Kashmir,” he added.