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A shot across the bow in choppy waters: Court Witness’ Mumbai Mirror postcard on Gopal Subramanium

Legally India Supreme Court postcard writer Court Witness’s latest column in the Mumbai Mirror on l’affaire Gopal Subramanium:

Make no mistake about it. The underlying reasons for the rejection (or the "separation") of the recommendation of the five senior most judges of the Supreme Court (better known as the Collegium) for the elevation of Gopal Subramanium as a judge of the Supreme Court has very little to do with Subramanium himself.

The "reasons" being cited for turning down the recommendation, the allegedly "unfavourable" report of the CBI and the IB, are more in the realm of calumny than fact. It reflects poorly on both the agencies as well. The same agency which thought it fit to engage him to argue on its behalf in some of the sensitive cases in the Supreme Court, such as the Jessica Lal murder case and the 26/11 attacks case, suddenly finds that it in fact harboured grave doubts about his character all along. The very same agency that gave a report under the previous regime finding no reasons why he shouldn't be a judge of the Supreme Court, feels that, well he is kind of "odd". "Odd"? Really?

The substantive content of these reports are laughably thin.

Read the rest of the column at the Mumbai Mirror.

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