Judges with Colorful Lives: No. 9

Colorful’ does not only indicate vices or indiscretions. If Justice Mukherjee, at No. 10, is Grey, then my choice for no. 9 represents Red. It must be granted to Hon’ble Justice K.S.P. Radhakrishnan.

The Jalikattu Case, (2014) 7 SCC 547 and the studying of “Bull Behavioural Ethology” fetched Justice Radhakrishnan the PETA (India) Man of the Year Award, 2014. The bulls taking part in Jalikattu are “specifically identified, trained and nourished for the purpose of the said sporting event” much like how distinctive feeding techniques, accompanied by classical music prepares the Tajima-gyu breed of cattle for a Ritz buffet. The Jalikattu Case may be a “watershed moment in animal rights adjudication” and the reason behind Justice Radhakrishnan joining the ranks of Dream Girl Hema Malini, a previous PETA awardee – however, the Red I credit the Judge is with is a shade of Vermillion.

Pinakin Mahipatray Rawal v. State of Gujarat, (2013) 10 SCC 48 and Indra Sarma v. V.K.V. Sarma, 2013 (14) SCALE 448, pronounced by Justice Radhakrishnan, will stand to disrupt many marital lives! In Pinakin, it was held that “possibly, in a given case” a Wife could seek compensation, in monetary terms, from the party who disrupts her marriage and alienates her Husband’s affections. In Indra Sarma it was considered that “an unmarried adult woman, knowingly living in with a married adult male” is undeserving of mercy.

During his five years at the SC, Justice Radhakrishnan also pronounced on “Sexual Orientations” in National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India, (2014) 5 SCC 438 and recounted the famous story of Lord Krishna, “assuming the form of a beautiful woman called Mohini” and marrying Iravan, son of Arjuna. Iravan’s story is one of sacrifice, written in blood.

For his judgments, that I am sure were as enriching to construct as it is to read, Hon’ble Justice K.S.P. Radhakrishnan is my Judge with a Colorful Life: No. 9.

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