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Perhaps it’s not surprising that most of the comments about the press conference held by four senior judges of the Supreme Court has been about the propriety of their action rather than what they revealed or, at least, alleged. When the four judges complained that well established conventions are being ignored and important cases listed before relatively junior judges, what they were really questioning was the integrity of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and many of their brother judges. It’s this we need to reflect upon.
First, when the four judges said that the CJI assigns important cases “selectively to the benches ‘of their preference’ without any rational basis”, they’re claiming that he has undertaken allocation in a way that could predetermine the outcome to suit his preference. In other words, he’s giving cases to certain benches because he believes that those judges will deliver the sort of verdict he wants. Although the four judges did not spell out who this would benefit, we assume that they have the government in mind. Therefore, they’re also suggesting that the CJI is beholden to the government or, at least, acting to further its interests. He is not independent of, but acting in support of, the executive.
Second, the four judges are also accusing many of their colleagues of being pliable. They’re suggesting that these judges are willing to do the CJI’s bidding and deliver verdicts to please him.
Once viewed in terms of what they have revealed or alleged, it’s hard to see how the rupture that the press conference made public can be quickly healed or easily papered over. You cannot attack the integrity of individuals, as has been done, and then smile and shake hands. No doubt this is why Tuesday’s meeting between the CJI and the four judges did not lead to a prompt resolution. It could be a while before the matter is settled.
On the other hand, if the charge against the CJI is true, does it not call for further action? When asked if he envisaged the CJI’s impeachment, Justice J. Chelameswar intriguingly replied: “Let the nation decide.” That clearly suggests that he doesn’t rule it out. This alone could make resolution of their differences difficult and prolonged.
Let me return to the question of propriety. The controversy it has created might be best addressed by first understanding what the press conference revealed. If my elucidation is accurate and acceptable, then, surely, we need to know and any step that informs us is, ipso facto, justified. To have kept silent would be tantamount to keeping the people of India ignorant. That is not acceptable in a democracy. Conversely, if going public means breaching protocol, does not the gravity of the revelations justify the unprecedented or extraordinary nature of how they’ve been made public? Some things are too important to be kept hidden in the belief that in-house mechanisms are the best way of resolving deep disputes.
- Propriety: conformity to conventionally accepted standards of behaviour or morals.
Synonyms: decorum, decency, courtesyAntonyms: discord, lawlessness, misbehavior
He always behaved with the utmost propriety.
- Alleged: aid, without proof, to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality. कथित तौर पर
Synonyms: supposed, claimed, purportedAntonyms: certain, definite, sure
This is the place where the alleged offences were committed.
- Conventions: a way in which something is usually done. जिस तरह से कुछ आम तौर पर किया जाता है
Synonyms: norms, a way of doing somethingAntonyms: without any manner, deviation
To attract the best patrons the movie houses had to ape the conventions and the standards of theatres.
- Verdict: a decision on an issue of fact in a civil or criminal case or an inquest. निर्णय
Synonyms: judgement, adjudication, decisionAntonyms: accusation
The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.
- Beholden: owing thanks or having a duty to someone in return for help or a service.
Synonyms: indebted, obliges, honour-boundAntonyms: ingrateful
I don’t like to be beholden to anybody.
- Pliable: easily bent; flexible. लचीला
Synonyms: flexible, pliant, workableAntonyms: hard, inflexible, rigid
Quality leather is pliable and will not crack.
- Prompt: (of an event or fact) cause or bring about (an action or feeling). अचानक
Synonyms: produce, evoke, elicit, quick, expeditiousAntonyms: delayed, late, sluggish, lethargic
The violence prompted a wave of refugees to flee the country.
- Envisaged: contemplate or conceive of as a possibility or a desirable future event.
परिकल्पना की गई
Synonyms: foresee, predict, forecastAntonyms: ignore, disregard
The Rome Treaty envisaged free movement across frontiers.
- Intriguingly: in a manner that arouses one’s curiosity or interest; fascinatingly. दिलचस्प
Synonyms: untiringly, enduringlyAntonyms: casually, disinterestingly
The film begins intriguingly with the barren autumnal landscape of New York.
- Tantamount: equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as. समान
Synonyms: equivalent to, amounting to, as good asAntonyms: different, reverse, opposite
The resignations were tantamount to an admission of guilt.