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HERITAGE GHATS OF CALCUTTA – Judges Ghat

Judges Ghat on The Day Of Mahalaya

Sir Elijah Impey was designated as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court at Fort William in Bengal on 13th June, 1732.  He became infamous in India for his vindictive judgement against Maharaja Nandakumar. In 1775 he presided at the trial of Maharaja Nandakumar, who was accused by Warren Hastings of forging a bond in an attempt to deprive a widow of more than half her inheritance. Warren Hastings happened to be a school friend of Sir Elijah Impey. Some historians opined that Maharaja Nandakumar was falsely charged with forgery and Sir Elijah Impey intentionally adjudged him guilty and ordered to hang Nandakumar. Nandakumar’s hanging was called a judicial murder by certain historians.

Sir Elijah Impey
Sir Elijah Impey

At the instance of Impey, a new Ghat was constructed along the eastern side Hoogly River, a few yards to the north of Prinsep Ghat. This Ghat was categorically marked only for the use of the dignified British officials, especially Judges, who were posted by the Empire in India. The Ghat, therefore, was christened as the Judges Ghat. Interestingly, it is also known as the Gwalior Ghat, perhaps because of its nearness to the Gwalior Monument.

Unlike Prinsep Ghat, Babu Ghat, Armenian Ghat and others, Judges Ghat does not have any building. However, there is a shaded concrete space overlooking the water body for performing the religious rituals.

Judges Ghat
Judges Ghat
Judges Ghat Plaque
Judges Ghat Plaque
Howrah Bridge from Judges Ghat
Howrah Bridge from Judges Ghat
Judges Ghat part of stretch towards Prinsep Ghat
Judges Ghat part of stretch towards Prinsep Ghat
Dibyendu Banerjee
Dibyendu Banerjee
Ex student of Scottish Church College. Served a Nationalised Bank for nearly 35 years. Authored novels in Bengali. Translated into Bengali novels/short stories of Leo Tolstoy, Eric Maria Remarque, D.H.Lawrence, Harold Robbins, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham and others. Also compiled collections of short stories from Africa and Third World. Interested in literature, history, music, sports and international films.

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