When activists challenge Powers

Before Milords who’re perching High

No one thinks it fit to ask them

“Why do you keep doing this? Why?”


The Powers are high on confidence

Experienced Milords won’t interfere

After all, they have duly been sworn

To decide without any favour or fear


So activists invariably get nothing

Except a lot of media coverage

Motivating them to appeal higher

Hoping to get better luck and leverage


In Appeal the wiser Milords decide

They will consider everyone’s say

But till then the Powers can exercise

As there is no question of any stay!


Aggrieved activists then go higher

Alleging that something is amiss

And are surprised when Milords say

We’re Supreme and we’ll hear this!


The Powers just wait, watch and smile

As this rids them of all lurking fears

They’ll now get a verdict in months

In a case that would’ve taken years!


Everyone’s confidence is Supreme

While Milords decide who lost, who won

No one disputes the proposition that

“Justice must be seen to be done!”


This is the best thing about rule of law

Whether the heroes win or the crooks

We, the people putting Constitution First

Get new vistas of law to fill law books!


(Raju Z Moray is an advocate who practices law in the Bombay High Court when not puncturing bloated egos. He is the creator of ‘Gobble D. Gook’, his alter-ego, who figured in the ‘Court Jester’ columns of ‘The Lawyers’.)