Friday, August 19, 2011

Can’t digest what we heard in RS, says SC judge in farewell speech

Rajya Sabha members cutting across party lines attacked the higher judiciary’s collegium system of appointment, an indignant Supreme Court found its voice in the farewell speech of a retiring Justice.

Justice VS Sirpurkar, whom Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia referred to as a “jolly good fellow” in his address, said the sight on TV was “not at all digestible”.

“The country is at crossroads. It was not at all a pleasant experience to watch what happened on TV yesterday. It was not at all digestible,” Justice Sirpurkar said at the very outset of his speech to a gathering of fellow SC judges and senior lawyers at a farewell function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association on the court’s lawns on Friday evening.

Speaking on the impeachment motion against Calcutta High Court judge Soumitra Sen, member after member in the Rajya Sabha had sought a second look at the closed-door collegium system of judicial appointments, and urged an alternative “to get honest judges”.

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