1. If we had a Krishna Iyer-like candidate today, we would be hesitant to recommend him for elevation, says CJI TS Thakur

If we had a Krishna Iyer-like candidate today, we would be hesitant to recommend him for elevation, says CJI TS Thakur

Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, in his inaugural address at the First Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer Memorial Lecture Series, made a startling revelation pertaining to a recent meeting of the collegium.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 27, 2016 8:15 PM
Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur further stated, "Today, if we had a Krishna Iyer-like candidate, we would be hesitant to recommend him for elevation." (Express Photo) Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur further stated, “Today, if we had a Krishna Iyer-like candidate, we would be hesitant to recommend him for elevation.” (Express Photo)

Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, in his inaugural address at the First Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer Memorial Lecture Series, made a startling revelation pertaining to a recent meeting of the collegium.

Referring to the meeting of the collegium, Chief Justice TS Thakur said, “One of the objections about two of the candidates is that they obtained a chamber and later the allotment was canceled as it was not valid as per rules and the said allottee has gone to court, challenging this cancellation. One of the objections is that the candidate is in litigation…we have even deferred now. Can you believe it – the candidate is in litigation – that is the objection!”

Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur further stated, “Today, if we had a Krishna Iyer-like candidate, we would be hesitant to recommend him for elevation.”

cjiphppIn this context, Chief Justice TS Thakur recalled, “Justice VR Krishna Iyer was the first person who came from politics to the judiciary. He was also the first person who had 10 criminal cases against him and had been jailed yet he went on to become a Supreme Court judge! We have seen judges, who after they retire, turning to politics and even fighting elections, but to see a politician becoming a Judge, that too elevated to the Supreme Court, is inconceivable today, as the collegium scrutiny is stringent.”

He further stated addressing members of the Bar, “If the Sarada Sathgamaya Foundation can organize a lecture series like this, why can’t we do the same? I urge members of the Bar to organize lectures like this on regular basis. To support such lectures series, on our part, we can even look at offering financial support for such purposes.”

Referring to Justice VR Krishna Iyer’s vocabulary, CJI TS Thakur said, “His vocabulary was phenomenal – in fact, he has the distinction of coining new expressions to the English language. For an Indian to accomplish that, I think it is only a man from Kerala, who can do all this.”

The first Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer Memorial Lecture Series ended with a few words of praise for the iconic ”Super Judge” from PH Parekh, Chairman of the Sarada Krishna Sathgamaya Foundation, Delhi Chapter and concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Sanand Ramakrishnan, Convener of the Sarada Krishna Sathgamaya Foundation, Delhi Chapter.

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    A.C.Philip
    Oct 28, 2016 at 3:14 am
    If the legendary and exemplary judge, who always stood with the consutional propriety, professional ethics and the cause of the common men, is found to be unfit to be elevated to the Supreme Court by the existing collegium, then it is time for the Nation to decide that we do not want such a colleguim......What Nation needs is the judges like J.Krishna Iyer....Not the Collegium, which promotes only nepotism and favouritism, leaving merits to the back burner......
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      V.V.Chandrasekaran
      Oct 28, 2016 at 4:47 am
      Today people never count or in the reckoner except for voting.But during those days people were the main consideration. That's why honest people oriented politicians became Judges.Krishna Iyer belongs to the era when Communists were hunted & haunted,the reason for criminal cases. But now criminals,corrupt are elected again and again.Judicial appointments have to be made transparently. Some judges are recommended even without any cases except having been Government pleasers due to political patronage eventhough there are many other parameters.
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