Thursday, September 10, 2009

Andhyarujina on 'Judges' assets'

TR Andhyarujina has a typically insightful op-ed addressing this issue in today's Hindu. (For posts from the archives of this blog which reference his previously published views, click here). He notes that most commentators have missed the true significance of Justice Bhat's judgment.

What is notable about the piece is Andhyarujina's willingness to gently chide the CJI (and those who advised him to resist Subhash Agarwal's initial RTI request), when he observes that "[t]he entire public controversy could have been avoided by the Supreme Court by providing this innocuous piece of information."

Towards the end of the piece, Andhyarujina examines the implications that Justice Bhat's judgment could have on the appointments process for superior court judges, and identifies "troublesome problems." Analyses such as this will, hopefully, lead to a closer scrutiny of Justice Bhat's judgment and its wider implications.

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