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A court adrift
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S. Subramanium The Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court by and large remains popular. Yet, if one digs a bit, beneath the surface is an institution that has strayed from its mission and may even be undermining the rest of the judicial system. By NICK ROBINSON


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Our higher courts are depressing. The courts are basically for the Judges and Lawyers; the
litigants time, money, and his/her distress occupies very less
work/emotion physical space of the courts.
from:  niranjani shetty
Posted on: Apr 27, 2013 at 10:58 IST
This pro-rich bias was recently shown by the SC in Sanjay Dutt's Case....
Need of the hour is to go from unitary to federal judiciary!
from:  Mansoor Ahmad
Posted on: Apr 24, 2013 at 11:36 IST
First, kudos to Nick Robinson for articulating an eye-opener. I always attached utmost respect for The Supreme Court as I reckoned it was amongst the only few institutions free from widespread corruption and malpractices. That The Supreme Court is selective in hearing cases, sets aside the Constitutional cases and is reluctant to judicial reforms comes as a rude shock to many students like me. One hopes the Parliament is able to influence positively and kick starts the much needed reform process.
from:  Maloth Dinesh Jadhav
Posted on: Apr 21, 2013 at 18:33 IST
A well analysed article. The Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear through its actions that it is for the affluent and those who can afford to engage well known advocates. It has rather made it a practice to listen only to those whom it cannot afford to displease. The statistics shared by the author are quite revealing and it is the misfortune of this country that the Supreme court Court should have degenerated so much and there is no one even to acknowledge this in public. Well done Frontline.

I very much like the concluding remarks "Journalists and editors routinely err on the side of caution when reporting on the court so as not to risk contempt. In order for the broader public to be actively involved in shaping a vision for the court’s future, its faults must be carefully scrutinised along with its strengths."
from:  B.Vaidyanathan
Posted on: Apr 21, 2013 at 08:40 IST
The law commission report suggeted the idea of forming regional benches. It was welcome suggestion and should be implemented. As far as coordination is concerned, it could be handled by information technology,its also important because of large geographical area.
from:  BADAL CHOURASIA
Posted on: Apr 20, 2013 at 13:22 IST
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