13 June, 2021

‘Supreme Court Order On Corruption Is Difficult To Support’

Former chief justice of the Supreme Court of India explains the thin line between overreach and intervention

Jitender gupta
‘Supreme Court Order On Corruption Is Difficult To Support’
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Former chief justice of the Supreme Court of India, J.S. Verma, has often been identified with the judicial activism movement. But he has a caveat to add—judicial activism has to be legitimate. Verma’s views have to be seen in the context of recent orders passed by the apex court on Salwa Judum, black money and land acquisition that have left the legislature and the executive wondering if it does not impinge on the separation of powers. Justice Verma explains the thin line between overreach and intervention to Anuradha Raman. Excerpts:

Do you think the recent orders of the Supreme Court smack of judicial activism? Or are they timely judicial interventions?

Let me clarify what is legitimate judicial intervention. Judicial review is the basic feature of the Constitution and is beyond doubt. The judiciary is the guardian of the rule of law and the bedrock of democracy. But to keep every organ of democracy within delineated, legitimate control doesn’t meant that the...

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