Professor D Banerjea, as he is popularly known, was one of the founding fathers of National University of Juridical Sciences. He taught criminal law in NUJS and was also the then Coordinator of the School of Criminal Justice and Administration. He left NUJS in early 2008. A page on Orkut dedicated to Professor Banerjea reads follows:
"His long career in studying and teaching criminal law is unparalleled. Having taught most of the senior IPS officers in the country, he commands immense amount of respect from people from different walks of life, including government officials, academicians, legal personalities, activists. He is undoubtedly the most respected teacher in our NUJS family. This is the community for the people who admire him."
I requested Prof. Askand Pandey to say a few words and share his experiences with Prof. Banerjea so that our readers know more and understand better about this illumining personality. Prof. Askand Pandey - who was a part of NUJS in the initial years - is presently teaching at RMNLU.
His message to me is pasted below:
"Professor D. Banerjea Sir's death has saddened everyone who knew him. I first saw him in the Selection Committee interviews, where I was a candidate for lectureship and he was one of the Members of the august panel which also included Prof. M.P. Singh (who later became the VC of NUJS) and Prof. Pillai, and few others. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to work with him for two years between 2004-2006.
Professor Banerjea was a father figure to all the young faculty members who looked up to him for inspiration and encouragement and he always did in style. He was a judge-turned-academic and loved teaching to the hilt. For many many years, he was one of the popular and respected professors in the Adiministrative Training Academy at Mussourie and has brilliant disciples as IAS officers in every part of the country.
I received his blessings throughout and he had sensed my interest in criminal justice system, even when in NUJS I was teaching subjects such as Banking Law; Science, Tech &Law; Media Law, Biotech Law. Though technically, i was part of a different school in NUJS, he involved me in many projects, seminars and workshops organised by the School For Criminal Justice Administration (SCJA). Prof. Banerjea used latest pedagogy and technology in his classes and thereby setting an example for the young teachers.
I feel myself privileged to have had a mentor like Prof. D. Banerjea in the early days of my career. We had promised to meet each other, after I left NUJS. Alas! That would remain a promise unkept. May his soul rest in peace."
Thank you Prof. Pandey for this beautiful note.