‘The judiciary will not fall in line with politicians’

Law Minister H R Bharadwaj’s legal management skills and sound advice is sought whenever the UPA government is seen running foul of the courts. Needless to say, he has acquitted himself with honour by ensuring that the delicate balance between the judiciary and the executive is not disturbed. He disagrees with the view—made famous by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh—that the courts are over reaching themselves. His contention is that courts step in when the executive fails to perform its duty.  Bharadwaj is also excited by the revolutionary gram Nyayalaya programme, in which 6,000-7,000 judges would go to the villages and dispose off pending cases.

Excerpts from an interview with Sanjay Kapoor

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Jeemon Jacob Thiruvananthapuram

Bad pitch

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Veturi Srivatsa Delhi

Pol Pot’s death factory

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Pranay Sharma Phnom Penh

Bangla dilemma

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Afsan Chowdhury Dhaka

Sex, lies and children

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Nishi Malhotra

Dont bet on backwardness


 
The formulaic approach to reservations should be abandoned in favour of more subtlety and sensitivity. This would be an unequivocal gain for the cause of social justice, instead of plotting acts of institutional vengeance 
 
Sukumar Muralidharan

 

 

Your honour at stake

It is important that the government and the entire society work towards restoring the credibility of the judiciary at all levels so that it dispenses justice without fear or favour

Sanjay Kapoor

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