The Supreme Court of India in a 1987 judgment paid rich tributes to our high courts by observing, “Our High Courts are High Courts. Each High Court has its own high traditions. They have judges of eminence who have initiative, necessary skills and enthusiasm. Their capacity should be harnessed to deal with every type of case arising from their respective areas, which they are competent to dispose of.” This author is in complete agreement with this statement of the apex court about the general quality of our high courts and has repeatedly criticised the collegium system for making no room for consultation with the high court judges as required by the Constitution.But hold your breath and compare the above observation with this 2010 assessment of the apex court: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, said Shakespeare in Hamlet, and it can similarly be said that something is rotten in the Allahabad High Court.” The court was shocked to see that the matter was decided when the Allahabad Bench did not have even the jurisdiction to decide it as the jurisdiction in that case was of the Lucknow Bench. The apex court was unable to understand how a writ… Read full this story
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