Can Indian judiciary be seen to be taking care of its own?
This award seems to fortify the impression that people have of the judiciary - so well represented in this cartoon. | Cartoon by Manjul; Published on 26-12-2009; source and courtesy - manjul.com | Click for source image.
Justice Verma, who chairs the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) set up by the News Broadcasters Association (NBA), said he was reminded of an incident long back when a weekly magazine had published a photograph of Justice K Ramaswamy instead of Justice V Ramaswami in an article relating to the impeachment of Justice V Ramaswami.
“At that time, every one of us in the Supreme Court, including Justice K Ramaswamy himself, just ignored it because no one could attribute anything wrong to Justice K Ramaswamy, whose photo had been wrongly published instead of that of Justice V Ramaswami,” he said.
The Supreme Court earlier in the day had refused to interfere with a Mumbai High Court order under which Times Now news channel was asked to deposit Rs 20 crore in cash and to give a bank guarantee of Rs 80 crore before its appeal against a trial court award of damages of Rs 100 crore to former apex court judge P B Sawant could be heard.
On a defamation suit by Justice Sawant, the Pune district court had ordered the company to pay him Rs 100 crore as damages. (via news.outlookindia.com | Wish Justice Sawant Ignored Media Lapse: Justice Verma).
3 questions that are troubling me
Has anyone got any case resolved so fast – from the Pune District Court to the Supreme Court, and back.
So very fast.
Has any other litigant won any award which was anywhere even close to this. Say 1% or 2% of this award?
The Lordships may end up promoting a belief that the judiciary is taking care of its own. Is that the impression that the Indian judiciary wants to promote?