SUMMARY:- Justice Agrawal said that more than the personal comments, it was the innuendoes directed at the 150-year-old institution which made it a subject of public ridicule that pained him. “The danger,” he added, “is from within, not outside.”
The outgoing Chief Justice of Madras High Court R K Agrawal, whose tenure saw unprecedented incidents including lawyers boycotting court protesting the judge-designates chosen by the HC collegium and an open outburst by a brother judge against the same, warned that the institution was becoming a subject of public ridicule.
Justice Agrawal was talking at a farewell organised in the court on Wednesday after he was elevated to the Supreme Court the day before.
While the advocates in the Madras High Court and subordinate courts are an active and often volatile group, the recent past witnessed incidents that stunned even the most experienced.
“Believe me, many of my colleagues here have privately expressed their desire to seek voluntary transfer to other High Courts. My colleagues from other High Courts are hesitant to come to this court,” Agrawal said.
He also recounted judge C S Karnan’s confrontation with him that created a huge controversy.
“Friends, I seek to mention an unfortunate incident which happened recently with me. In my entire career of more than 37 years both in the Bar and at the Bench, nobody, be it my friends or foes, had raised their voice while talking to me or while addressing me during proceedings. But here on one fateful day, a respected colleague of mine hurled invectives at me and cast aspersions at the affairs of this court,” he said.
Justice Agrawal said that more than the personal comments, it was the innuendoes directed at the 150-year-old institution which made it a subject of public ridicule that pained him.
“The danger,” he added, “is from within, not outside.”
……………… Express News Service | Chennai | February 14, 2014 1:19 am