02 October, 2020

A Judge Made To Order

Chief Justice designate Adarsh Sein Anand will want to set the courthouse in order

A Judge Made To Order
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AS a student leader in Jammu in the troubled 1950s, he led agitations against outsiders meddling in the state. As a Supreme Court judge, he championed human rights and police reform. Now designated Chief Justice of India, Dr Justice Adarsh Sein Anand is expected to channelise his reformist zeal into setting the judiciary in order.

Taking over at a time when an activist, overburdened judiciary grapples with problems of corruption and seeks to define its turf vis-a-vis the executive, Anand has a unique opportunity to set in motion much-needed judicial reforms. For, he will have the longest tenure of any Supreme Court Chief Justice since Y.V. Chandrachud, all of three years and one month.

Affable, natty and soft-spoken, he's very much the sahib in the graciously-appointed Krishna Menon Marg home he shares with his wife and mother-in-law. Anand's avuncular aspect disappears inside the courtroom where he has a reputation for severity; woe betide the lawyer who shows up in his courtroom without having done his homework or puts a comma out of place in a...

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