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.
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.