21 January, 2021

Justice K.G. Balakrishnan (Aka KGB)

Should I quit, I will be denying myself the fundamental right to serve the country..

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Justice K.G. Balakrishnan (Aka KGB)

For starters, the New Year didn’t bring good cheer for me or my family. In fact, we have every reason to be upset, what with TV channels and newspapers going on about land scams involving my two sons-in-law and my brother. Now, those levelling these allegations obviously don’t have the faintest idea about the power of persuasion. Let me explain. Let’s say my son-in law, Sreenijan, goes shopping for  vegetables. He gifts his favourite vendor a handful of candy for his son. He then might in return sell him tomatoes cheaper than the market price. Should we then conclude that the discount was given because Sreenijan is my relative? Again, from my own experience, I know my favourite chaatwallah obliges me with few free golgappas (Rs 2.50 each) just because I occasionally gift him copies of my old judgements (which he uses to pack sev puri). Now, tell me, does this make me corrupt? Of course, I admit there is quid pro quo involved. But you can’t say I accepted golgappas as bribe for ‘judgements...



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