Aggression of SC Judges I

Judge 4 of the Indian Supreme Court, Justice Lokur, will retire in December this year. Earlier, he questioned the integrity of the Chief Justice. In April, he yet again interestingly worded a judgment.

Mukul Rohtagi (Gautam Gambhir too) went to his school. We have forever expected aggression.

The couldn’t-care-less and insouciant attitude of the Union of India with regard to litigation, particularly in the Supreme Court, has gone a little too far… The Union of India must appreciate that by pursuing frivolous or infructuous cases, it is adding to the burden of this Court and collaterally harming other litigants by delaying hearing of their cases through the sheer volume of numbers… On 23rd June, 2010 the Union of India released the ‘National Litigation Policy’… None of the pious platitudes in the National Litigation Policy have been followed indicating not only the Union of India’s lack of concern for the justice delivery system but scant regard for its own National Litigation Policy… In this appeal, the Union of India has engaged 10 lawyers, including an Additional Solicitor General and a Senior Advocate… In other words, the Union of India has created a huge financial liability by engaging so many lawyers for an appeal whose fate can be easily imagined on the basis of existing orders of dismissal in similar cases. Yet the Union of India is increasing its liability and asking the taxpayers to bear an avoidable financial burden for the misadventure. Is any thought being given to this? The real question is: when will the Rip Van Winkleism stop and Union of India wake up to its duties and responsibilities to the justice delivery system?

Hon’ble Justice Madan B. Lokur, Union of India v. Pirthwi Singh, [Civil Appeal No. ___ of 2018 arising out of Diary No. 8754 of 2018].