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.”
In 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.