The Last Word

Friendships & Rivalries, Losses & Victories never have an end – only a beginning. Spectacular Judges of the Supreme Court have hoped for an impactful conclusion. The irreversibly powerful ones have known more. There is never a last word. Life travels with the surety of a pendulum clock, tick tock.

We remember: in Puttaswamy, [Writ Petition (Civil) No. 494 of 2012] CJI Khehar chose not to author a judgment and instead relied on Hon’ble Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud. Only once before in Indra Sawhney, 1992 Supp (3) SCC 217 did a Chief Justice of India (CJI M H Kania), despite being on a Nine Judge Bench, not write. Indra Sawhney was released a day before CJI Kania’s Retirement; Puttaswamy, two days before CJI Khehar’s.

My investigation was proposed by Novartis A.G. v. UOI. Hon’ble Justice Aftab Alam concluded on Imantib Mesylate [Zimmerman’s Patent], 2 weeks before his good bye.

CJI Thakur commented, on an article involving CJI Sabharwal, 2 days before his [Vitusah Oberoi v. Court, (Criminal Appeal No. 1234 of 2007)]. Hon’ble Justice G.S. Singhvi, of course, crucified homosexuality on his last day.

It has been argued recently 62/65 is not a questionable age for a Judge. “They just stop coming to Court to make way.” Most – still need money – still want to ‘allow’ their children to dream (nepotism) – still wish to be relevant. Want, Wish, Need. Thus:

Hon’ble Justice  Pronounced On [*], [Day(s) Before Retirement]
M. Katju

Correctness of Death Penalties [“Many persons want abolition of the death penalty. While I agree that ordinarily the death penalty should not be imposed, I am of the view that in exceptional case it should be awarded.”], [7]

A.K. Ganguly

2G SPECTRUM [“If Sita had not crossed the Lakshman Rekha, Ravan would not have been killed. Lakshman Rekha is not that sacrosanct. It has a limited purpose.”], [1]

Hon’ble CJI A. Kabir

NEET [“How did he know that Justice Dave was going to dissent?”], [1]

The most keenly-awaited ruling by a Bench led by CJI Misra is Aadhaar. It had the second longest oral hearing in history of the Apex Court. CJI Misra shall be CJI for just another 7 days. This game of ‘departure lounge impact’ is old and silly.

One book of Future CJI Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud’s son was released recently. The book was cited by The Economic Times because of CJI Ray. It is true Ray has helped several earn their names. He even tailor made Future CJI Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud’s father’s career – allowing him even to look through his expensive set of sophisticated shoes gifted by New Zealand and Russia. I do wear them. All while I often wonder, there is never a last word. Life travels with the surety of a pendulum clock, tick tock.

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