Foot-in-the-Mouth Judge

India’s famous foot-in-the-mouth judge seems to have bitten more than he could chew. Of course no such apology will be forthcoming from him for his nasty comments about Hindus and Hinduism that he keeps inserting in his judgements with or without context.

For some strange reason, Katju has appointed himself as a commentator on everything under the sun, whether people like it or not. It does look like he deliberately inserts these kind of statements in his judgements to attract media attention to himself. He is truly a product of the intellectual fashions that ruled in the sixties and seventies when he was an impressionable youth.

SC judge apologises for ‘Taliban’ remarks on Muslims


New Delhi: Under criticism from Mulsim groups, Supreme Court judge Justice Markandeya Katju apologised for his controversial comments that Muslim students cannot insist on sporting beards as it would lead to ‘Talibanisation’ of the country.

A bench of Justices R V Raveendran and Markandeya Katju also withdrew the order passed by it on March 30 in which it had dismissed the petition filed by a student challenging the directive of a convent school in Madhya Pradesh that Muslims cannot sport beard.

“During the hearing, certain observations were made by one of us (Justice Markandeya Katju). His intentions were not to offend anyone. However, if any one’s feeling has been hurt, he apologises and expresses regret in the matter,” the bench said in an order.

The apex court said since the petitioner Mohd Saleem had expressed apprehension that one of the judges (Katju) was biased it was requesting the Chief Justice of India to place the matter before another bench for hearing.

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3 responses to “Foot-in-the-Mouth Judge

  1. satender

    ‘Justice’ Katju is going to end his term in Sep 2011 and hearing his ignorant rants and apologies, I guess he is doing groundwork for ensuring job(and money too) safety after retirement in the most ‘noble’ profession of India, NGO-waad. We have had lifafa journos and now, lifafa judges.

    Common people feel ashamed/embarrassed at Katju’s survival antics on making a mockery of his office but not this joker. Someone has aptly defined a Judge: a law student who marks his own papers.

  2. Bharat Nair

    See reaction of some Supreme Court judges in the “Ashis Nandy Case”.
    There were some comments frm the judges doubting the “staunch nationality” of the petitioner V.K.Saxena (?) (see Ashis nandy’s blog)

  3. JGN

    Some time back I had seen a R.K. Laxman cartoon in TOI where a small boys talks about his ambition to become a “Retired Judge” and a head an Enquiry Commission that goes on and on and on……………like the great M.S. Liberhan Commission which took 17 years to submit their report! Justice should not only be done but seem to be done also. Our learned Judges seems to forget this maxim.

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