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Posted at: Jan 21, 2018, 1:26 AM; last updated: Jan 21, 2018, 1:26 AM (IST)

Dissent is vital

No one in the judiciary is a holy cow (Kaffeeklatsch: ‘The top 5 judges should go home’). Dissent is an essential component for a vibrant society. If this were  not the case, how would cases move from trial courts to the apex court? The senior judges did nothing at the spur of the moment. They exhausted well laid-out conventions and rules before going public. No one is infallible. Justice is needed for and by the members of judicial fraternity. 

BM Singh, Amritsar


II

The issue is whether the Chief Justice of India is the master of the roster or just a first among the equals. This need not be made a political issue. The Chief Justice can take the initiative and reach out to his dissenting colleagues, who must also believe in the spirit of accommodation. If the matter remains unresolved, the Centre should appoint a mediator. This crisis can give birth to an opportunity for long-lasting judicial reforms.

P Lal Singh, Amritsar


III

The writer’s views are utopian. If the four dissenting judges put in their papers, it would be amount to levelling baseless charges against the Chief Justice of India. If the CJI resigns, it would be perceived as a vindication of the charges levelled against him. Since the die is cast, let both parties justify their stand till some logical conclusion is reached.

Chanchal S Mann, Ropar


IV

If there was a code of conduct for the judges, it was torn to pieces and consigned to a Lohri bonfire. Their act amounts to a judicial mutiny. The top five judges should resign or seek apology from the nation for their unworthy act. A patch-up despite differences is useless.

Wg Cdr CL Sehgal (retd), Jalandhar


V

The article is apt, calling a spade a spade in the face of defiant judges who created ruckus. Influential corporate groups have distorted the judiciary’s independence. The judges are also of mediocre level. Had they been blessed with a high sense of intellect, many verdicts wouldn’t have invited harsh condemnation. We don’t have any choice. We will have to live with the existing system.

Gurnam Singh Seetal, Khanna


Social stigma

The presence of “lesbian gay bisexual transgender” (LGBT) community in society is a nuisance (‘Despite SC breather, LGBTs face stigma, police inaction’). The 2013 the Supreme Court order criminalizing the community is good. It should be implemented effectively. 

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh


Peace games

The world will heave a sigh of relief only if the Winter Olympics bring a lasting peace between the belligerent nuclear-armed neighbours — North and South Korea (As I Please: ‘North Korea tension has subsided, for now’). Their decision to march under a common flag at the Games is considered a diplomatic thaw that has raised hopes of an eventual de-escalation of military tensions on the Korean Peninsula. 

PS Kaur by email


The bandwagon

Bollywood and even stars from conservative Pakistan have supported the   “Me too” campaign. Surprisingly, when casting-couch syndrome hit our entertainment industry, no one, even victims, raised the voice. Sexual abuse will be hard to stop in the glamour world.

LJS Panesar, Amritsar


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