Guesses And Conjectures

An ‘august’ bench of the SC [A.K. Ganguly and Swatanter Kumar JJ.] once held: “Guess as understood in its common parlance is an estimate without any specific information while calculations are always made with reference to specific data. Guesstimate is an estimate based on a mixture of guesswork and calculations and it is a process in itself. At the same time guess cannot be treated synonymous to conjecture. Guess by itself may be a statement or result based on unknown factors while conjecture is made with a very slight amount of knowledge, which is just sufficient to incline the scale of probability. Guesstimate is with higher certainty than mere guess or a conjecture per se” [See, Trishala Jain v. State of Uttaranchal, (2011) 6 SCC 47].

Bar&Bench has published today an interview of Advocate Raju Ramchandran, where Mr. Ramchandran, unprovoked, has spoken ill of Chief Justice Ajit Nath Ray. The Latin phrase de mortuis nil nisi bonum is often forgotten by many an ordinary Advocate. Ray maintained his silence for years and years (with the sole exception of indulging George Gadbois once) and that silence has been taken advantage of at the slightest of opportunities. Explain it to me like I am a 5 year old, and this qualifies as Rhetorical Question No. 3 for the purposes of this Blog, is it a guess or a calculation or a conjecture or in fact a guesstimate to call CJI Ray a “stooge of the ruling dispensation”? His autobiography shall stand published soon, which is sure to ruffle a few feathers. The silence shall be broken.

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