Anatole France

Recently, the SC, while imposing exemplary costs of Rs. 10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakhs) on the Industrialist-Appellant, in Vijay Mallya v. Enforcement Directorate, [Criminal Appeal No. 1406 of 2009], has quoted Anatole France.

The famous words of Anatole: “The law in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread”, has been cited in a SC judgment four times before.

Murthy Match Works, (1974) 4 SCC 428.

N.M. Thomas, (1976) 2 SCC 310.

Moti Ram, (1978) 4 SCC 47.

Ganga Sugar Corporation, (1980) 1 SCC 223.

No points for guessing that the Hon’ble Judge on each occasion was Hon’ble Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer.

Anatole France