The Supreme Court collegium had in March rejected nearly every contentious clause that the Centre had insisted upon in appointing judges to the higher courts.
With Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, one of the seven judges who heard the Karnan case, having since retired and thus not able to sign the judgement, its legality could be challenged.
Senior lawyer K.K. Venugopal had advised the court to ignore Justice Karnan’s orders since no one was taking them seriously and wait till he retires in June. But Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi wanted strict action against the Calcutta high court judge.
The time has come for the judges of the Supreme Court to sit together to apply their minds and devise a way for these serious documents to be thoroughly investigated.
It is troubling to see the media, government and even the ruling party interpret a verbal exchange of remarks as a Supreme Court-granted license to make Aadhaar mandatory for tax filings and mobile connections.
Judges whose rulings have gone against the BJP and its leaders are discovering that their prospects for advancement have been blocked.
The move to seek review of the judgement coincides with a fresh attempt by nine rebel Uttarakhand Congress MLAs pleading for a stay on their disqualification by the speaker by relying on the Arunachal verdict.