Founder President of SJOBA (St. John’s Old Boys Association) and SJOBA Foundation, Manmohan Lal Sarin, popularly known as Mac to friends, has been the Advocate General of Punjab twice and Haryana once, a unique distinction indeed of having held this prestigious constitutional post of two States. He has been Chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.
A multi-faceted personality, Sarin obtained his LLB from Panjab University and LL.M from Northwestern University, Chicago (USA). He joined the Bar on July 1, 1971 and was designated as a Senior Advocate in March 1987. He is a legal luminary, an acclaimed social activist and crusader of the Voluntary Blood Donation Movement and, above all, a fine human being. He has successfully maintained his tradition of excellence in all realms and responsibilities he has undertaken. Well planned time management is his secret weapon. On two occasions he was offered High Court judgeship, in 1992 and 1993, but he politely turned it down as he was opposed to the policy of transfer of High Court Judges.
Mac taught law at Panjab University for 6 years and has attended law conferences in over 100 countries where he presented Papers. He produced the Blood Bankers’ Legal Handbook in 2003 for the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation. The Handbook was distributed free of cost throughout the country to help establish Blood Banks promoting Voluntary Blood Donation. Mac is a Star Donor himself, having donated blood 115 times. He is also the President of the Blood Bank Society Chandigarh.
Mac has been knighted by the French Government with the award of ‘Chavelier des Palmes Academiques’ in 1999 and, in 2016, by the second highest French Award “Chevalier L’Ordre National du Merite”. He was conferred ‘Samman Patras’ in 2000 and 2002 for being the highest income tax payer in the professional category. He received ISBTI Appreciation Award 2014 from the then Union Health Minister, Dr. Ramadoss and the H.D. Shourie Award in 2015 from FBDOI (Federation of Blood Donor Organisation of India).
He has been Vice President of International Grouping of Accountants & Lawyers, Member of 6 Bar Associations and dozens of other professional bodies, both national and international. He has been President of the Alliance Francaise Le Corbusier de Chandigarh since 1990 and is actively involved as a Member of various legal and social organizations. He is the Founding Trustee and Secretary General of the Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation.
In 2010, the birth centenary year of his late father, Mr. H. L. Sarin, Senior Advocate, he, with the help of his son, Nitin Sarin, Advocate, started the Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition. The Moot has travelled around the globe and is the first and only one in the field of Aviation Law in the world.
Sarin is a pioneer of Chandigarh, having lived here since January 1, 1955. In the last two decades he has become the “Ambassador of Chandigarh” and has taken up many causes in Public Interest to save and protect the ‘City Beautiful’ from ruination through excessive development in and around it.
Mac married Niti, the daughter of the ‘mother of Blood Banking in India’. They have three children. The eldest Nikhil, an Engineer with Google in U.S.A., is married Divya and they have a son, Samarth, and a daughter, Mihika. Malini, their daughter married to Vivek, is home-schooling their only daughter Kismet, now 11 years old. The youngest, Nitin and his wife Kismet, are the proud parents of a year old delightful girl -Vera- who is the heart throb of her grandparents and great grandmother, Mrs. Kanta Krishen.
Like his father, Mac Sarin is a strong believer and proponent of social ethics and moral values. The family has tried to inculcate the same values, honesty and integrity in the younger generation.