Sukumaran; Visually challenged lawyer makes a point

S. Sukumaran, is on an arduous journey of ensuring equality and justice, colleagues and friends, acquaintances and family, who have watched and known him for years, say they almost don't realise that he is blind.

He has recently been appointed the first-ever visually handicapped Senior Panel Counsel, Government of India, Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

A freak accident led to loss of vision in this Periyakulam born boy. As a B.Com student at Raja's College in Pudukkottai in 1970, he was leading a demonstration protesting the abolition of English medium in Government colleges when he got hurt in the ensuing melee. His optic nerve got cut setting in gradual deterioration in his vision and by the turn of the new millennium he completely lost his eye sight

Endowed with an exceptional photographic memory, he has all High Court judgements read out to him by friends and remembers them precisely, he easily recalls what witnesses say and argues only in Tamil. He moves around as a pillion rider with a friend. He frequently quotes from the Gita and practises high values in life.

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