The elephant in the courtroom
An elephant in the courtroom, which remains unacknowledged is the government and the role it plays in post-retirement positions for judges
On 12 January, four Supreme Court judges held a press conference at justice Jasti Chelameswar’s residence. It was remarkable to hear the judges express their concerns, directly to the public, about the manner in which the chief justice was running the judiciary. They and their immediate superior, the chief justice, are outside any normal internal or external oversight process, and may only be impeached, a step never taken in the Indian Supreme Court’s 67-year-history. The conference was a result of the absolute lack of other venues where these judges could discuss their concerns.