FOR THE SECOND TIME within a year, the highest court of the land has come under a cloud of controversy. Both the incidents have been unprecedented and have brought the functioning of one of the three pillars of democracy under a close lens.
The current Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi figures in both the controversies. Son of a former chief minister of Assam, Justice Gogoi had built up a formidable reputation for honesty and integrity and by deciding to participate in an unprecedented press conference last year by four senior judges against the then Chief Justice he had taken a major risk against his elevation as the next Chief Justice of India. Government had then done well to follow the precedent of appointing the senior most judge as the next chief.
The way the allegations were made and systematically leaked out are evidence that there was more to it rather than ...