Analysis of SC revolt: Indian judiciary must accept that there are certain judicial ethics that every judge must have to strictly adhere to after taking oath under constitutional guidelines. 1. A judge shall not enter public debate or express his views to public on political matters or on matters that are pending or are likely to arise for judicial determination. 2. A judge is expected to let his judgement speak for themselves. He shall not give interviews to the media.
Unfortunately, top judges of the Supreme Court went public on 12 Jan 2018 to cleanse their soul for lodging protest against presumably erratic boss. The act broke the backbone of the top court, and set a precedent for high courts and lower courts to target respective boss of their territory. The wise men instead of approaching the government or the President of India opted for press to air their grievance. Technically, they have invited contempt action against themselves. But we are not talking of individuals but the institution that has suffered tremendously by the act of top judges. CJI should take the responsibility of the gross mismanagement in apex court and introspect the reasons why his top brother judges are up in arm against his conduct, he has completely failed to conduct the administration of the apex court transparently by occupying high seat but four wise men has failed the system. It is a man made unprecedented crisis that could have been easily avoided in the larger interest of the institution that all the top judges ( wise men ) are part off.
Detail cover story on the subject will be published in Feb 2018 issue of Opinion Express.
Letter from Senior Judges