ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said heavy responsibility rests with the judicial institution to dispense justice at the grassroots level in accordance with the constitutional and legal norms in order to restore and strengthen the confidence of the public in the judicial institution. The CJP expressed these views while addressing a farewell at full court reference on the retirement of Justice Ghulam Rabbani here Wednesday. Lauding the role of judge, the Chief Justice said that Justice Ghulam Rabbani stood firm in all testing moments, such as the day of emergency on 3rd November, 2007, when a seven member bench of this court, for the first time in the history of this country defied a dictator, who arbitrarily removed and sent packing scores of independent-minded judges. Justice Rabbani, along with his colleague brothers was one of the members of the bench who daringly and boldly passed the restraining order, the CJP added. He stated that the apex court through its order on the same day, turned a new leaf in the constitutional history of this country, thus paving way for democratic order and constitutional dispensation in the country. The nation backed the judiciary. The lawyers, civil society, media, students, labourers and people from all walks of life were on the streets in support of the judiciary, for the implementation of its order dated 3rd November, 2007. The Chief Justice stated that all the efforts to suppress the judiciary in the then despotic regime was useless as the dictator was compelled by the nation to hold elections in the country and also provided an opportunity to all the political forces, for the first time during his nine years old regime, to participate in the election. The Chief Justice said: We acknowledge and recognize the Parliaments stance of non-validating the unconstitutional actions of the dictator, adding that in fact they brushed aside dictators illegal, unconstitutional and void actions. He said that some of the laws like National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), which had benefited a large number of personalities in the country, too were not accepted and the same never received endorsement from Parliament. The Vice President Supreme Court Bar Association read out the message of President SCBA Asma Jahangir. Jahangir appreciating the services of Justice Ghulam Rabbani said the legal fraternity expects that it would be the last reference of an adhoc judge. She also demanded that all the vacant posts of Supreme Court and high courts would be fulfilled by permanent judges in future in the light of Al-Jihad Trust case judgment. The outgoing judge Justice Ghulam Rabbani on the occasion said: I tried my best to see that the deserving must get what he is entitled to and the other side remains satisfied, as well that justice has been done. Attorney General for Pakistan Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq, Chairman Executive Committee Pakistan Bar Council also appreciated the services of Justice Ghulam Rabbani whereas a large number of SC advocates and Advocates on Records also attended the reference.