Agent Katju

Markandey Katju (“Katju”), for those uninitiated, was once a Judge at the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. As a retired Judge, Katju writes a blog – writes abundantly, in fact – and appears to be an angry old man. He has described Subhash Chandra Bose recently as A Japanese Agent – for “through his actions, knowingly or unknowingly” Bose “perpetuated Japanese imperial interest in the Indian sub-continent.

Katju served at the Supreme Court between 10th April 2006 and 19th September 2011. In the opening game, the Chief Justice of India (“CJI”) was Late Justice Sabharwal. In the middle game, it was Justice Balakrishnan’s turn. And in the end game, the CJI was Late Justice Kapadia. Katju in his lifetime has criticized all three. But it is my intuitive academic observation that Katju actually was Sabharwal’s Agent.

Justice Sabharwal suffers from the ignominy of several corruption allegations. Prashant Bhushan, the crusader against corrupt Judges, wrote a great piece once for The OutlookThe Contempt of Judicial Power (See, – whereby the conclusion, in part, was this: “Justice Sabharwal is guilty of serious judicial misconduct and appears to be prima facie guilty of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, which need to be investigated. It is also significant that highly respected former Judges of the Supreme Court of India like Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, Justice P.B. Sawant, Justice J.S. Verma etc. have all called for a thorough investigation into this matter…

Sabharwal J.

Katju has described Justice Sabharwal of having made “improper compromises”. Justice Ruma Pal had in fact come out in support of Katju. But when asked why he did he wait for 10 years to voice his allegations, why did he not have the gumption to speak to his master’s voice while at the Supreme Court, Katju merely said this: “question is not why I did not make this disclosure earlier, the question is whether what I am saying is correct or not.”

Did not then Katju, while he was a Supreme Court Judge, through his actions, knowingly or unknowingly, perpetuate Justice Sabharwal’s imperial interest in the Indian Supreme Court and its functions? This is Rhetorical Question No. 5: Is Katju Sabharwal’s Agent?