Supreme Court on Allahabad High Court plea: Won't strike 'rotten' remark

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New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today refused to strike off the stinging remarks it had made against judges in the Allahabad High Court.

The Court said it is a time for introspection not reaction. The two judge bench also added that not all judges are bad, there are good judges also.

The Allahabad High Court had filed an application that asked for the Supreme Court's 'something is rotten' remark to be expunged. The application was listed for hearing before the same bench that had made the comment.

On November 26, a bench of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra had said,"Something is rotten in the State of Denmark, said Shakespeare in Hamlet, and it can similarly be said that something is rotten in the Allahabad High Court."

The bench also asked the Chief Justice of the High Court to take some strong measures, including recommending "transfers of the incorrigibles".

It made the observation in a 12-page order, while making the insinuation that several judges of the High Court suffer from 'uncle judge' syndrome, which refers to judges passing favourable orders for parties represented by lawyers known to them.

Referring to the rampant 'uncle judge' syndrome allegedly plaguing the High Court, the apex court bench said, "Some judges have their kith and kin practising in the same court.


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