Prashant Padmanabhan is an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India. He can be reached at [email protected]
An interview with Justice K T Thomas (Retd), former Judge, Supreme Court of India – Part 2
'There is a tremendous scope for improvement in the functioning of the legal aid and advice system in the country. As the Chairperson of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee, I got an independent open door audit conducted of the functioning of the Committee and that revealed very many things that needed to be critically examined to improve the effective, efficient and qualitative availability of legal assistance to litigants who approach the SCLSC. I think this is true across the board and it would be advisable for all legal services institutions under the Legal Services Authorities Act to conduct an open door audit.'
Anyone who had the slightest of doubts regarding the findings of Justice Chandrachud about the form of untouchability at Sabarimala, the notions of purity and pollution, must be clear of all such doubts after the ‘purification ceremony’ by the Thantri, that reiterates the deep gender bias, the form of untouchability at Sabarimala.
On behalf of The Leaflet, Prashant Padmanabhan, Advocate-on-Record at the Supreme Court of India, spoke to Justice Kurian Joseph (Retd) on December 4, 2018 for an in-depth peak into the recently retired Supreme Court judge’s mind and heart, as well as his inspirations while deliberating on major court cases and delivering landmark judgments. Justice Kurian Joseph, who has been known as an upright and compassionate judge, retired as a Supreme Court judge on November 29, 2018.
Is it proper to deal with the misbehaviour of a HC Judge under the contempt jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, instead of invoking the constitutional remedy?