The principle of real likelihood of bias has now taken a tilt to ‘real danger of bias’ and ‘suspicion of bias’ [(2004) 8 SCC 788]. Theatrics of Learned Senior Counsels? “Difficult to say for sure. But deep within, don’t we all understand” [(2014) 8 SCC 470]. No one can suppose that Hon’ble Justice Dave could be, in the remotest degree, influenced by the interest he had in the NJAC. The maxim ‘NO MAN IS TO BE A JUDGE IN HIS OWN CAUSE’ should not be held sacred, especially for Judges of the stature of a Supreme Court Judge. Recusals have become far too common though. The Judiciary is well and truly under attack. Here is an illustrative list of Recusants of SC, who have retired in the last half a decade.
|Hon’ble Justice||Matter Pertaining To|
|Markandey Katju||Novartis Patent|
|R.V. Raveendran||Reliance Industries|
|Cyriac Joseph||Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor|
|Dalveer Bhandari||Majithia Committee Report|
|D.K. Jain||Prakash Singh Badal|
|G.S. Singhvi||Radia Tapes|
|S.S. Nijjar||Sehajdhari Sikhs|
|B.S. Chauhan||General V.K. Singh|
|C.K. Prasad||Cairn Energy-Vedanta Deal|
|R.P. Desai||Doctor Strikes|
|S.J. Mukhopadhaya||Teesta Setalvad|
Quiz Time: Name the Missing Judges?