Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

‘DE­CENT DIS­SENT’ MAY TURN INTO CRI­SIS

- Politics

Apro­pos “Who watches the watch­man?’ (HT, Jan 13), though un­prece­dented, the four judges’ ac­tion is not a re­volt, but their “de­cent dis­sent” might turn into a cri­sis, if not han­dled prop­erly. Step­ping out of the court­room to de­clare that things are not in or­der, they have a put a ques­tion mark on their own in­sti­tu­tion. Is there a pos­si­bil­ity of ac­tive po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence? The ju­di­ciary’s in­ter­nal trust tus­sle — now out in the open — can re­sult in un­der­min­ing of its au­ton­omy. Much will de­pend on how the coun­try chooses to re­spond to this cri­sis. MS Khokhar

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