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Satisfied with own performance: The Hindu talks to CJI Sathasivam on eve of retirement

The Hindu’s senior court reporter J Venkatesan has interviewed Chief Justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam, who retires tomorrow from his post. In the hour-long interview, excerpts of which were published by the paper, Sathasivam recounted how he rose to the highest judicial office in the country from humble beginnings, having been the first in his Tamil Nadu village to graduate.

Sathasivam said he was satisfied with his performance, having appointed four Supreme Court judges, six chief justices and 89 high court judges in his nine-month tenure. He said that vacancies were reduced by 2 percentage points to 28 per cent, while a Lok Adalat disposed of 71.78 lakh cases, and pending cases at the apex court are now only 63,625 compared to 67,964 before in addition to 10 Constitution Bench matters that were disposed of as the Supreme Court briefly enjoyed a full bench-strength of 31 judges.

The soon-to-be-ex-Chief also said that he prefers the collegium system to a National Judicial Commission and that most complaints of corruption against judges could not be proved because they were "vague allegations". He did not say how many cases of corruption were proven.

On sexual harassment allegations against judges, he didn't comment much except that Justice AK Ganguly was "treated with dignity and all courtesies were extended to him". [Full interview at The Hindu]

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