Judges in various courts of the country have made controversial remarks. (Representational)
New Delhi: Days after Calcutta High Court judge Justice CS Karnan, who faces an arrest warrant for his controversial remarks, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Justice Karnan episode calls for a greater scrutiny of the judiciary. Justice Karnan became the first sitting High Court judge to be awarded a jail term for his defamatory remarks against the top court's collegium system. In the recent years, several other judges in various courts of the country have courted controversy with their statements. Recently, Rajasthan High Court judge Mahesh Chandra Sharma told reporters that peacock is a life-long brahmachari (celibate). The remark became the top trend on social media.
In May 2007, Justice Markandey Katju said "hang the corrupt to the lamp posts" while hearing a bail plea connected to the Bihar fodder scam.
During a hearing of the coal block allocation case in 2013, then Chief Justice of India RM Lodha observed that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is like a "caged parrot speaking in its master's voice". Though Ranjit Sinha, who was heading the premier agency then, agreed with Justice Lodha, the Congress, who was at the Centre brushed them aside.
In 2009, Justice Markandey Katju rejected the plea of a Muslim student that he should be allowed to sport a beard in his convent school, saying, "Muslim students sporting beard would lead to Talibanisation of the country".
Soon after, Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma said the peacock is a lifelong brahmachari (celibate). "It never has sex with the peahen. The peahen gets pregnant after swallowing the tears of the peacock," he told reporters.
Justice CS Karnan was held guilty of contempt by a seven-judge constitution bench of Supreme Court after he named 20 judges he said were "corrupt" earlier this year, and wrote to several people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking for an investigation.